Boat Shop Sea Savvy

Cruising Life through the Eyes of Tom Neale

The right boat for easing into the sunset

When I began boating as a kid, my 12-foot rowboat fulfilled my ultimate dreams. As I grew older, my ultimate dreams changed a bit. Across the river was not quite as far as I wanted to go.

I'd always wanted to cruise, but the concept had grown from overnight trips with a tent on the bow to a boat that could take me to far distances over weekends, weeks, months and maybe even longer.



Challenges of the ever-changing ICW

Shifting shoals make even the most current navigational data suspect, but it's still a trip worth taking

Despite its problem areas, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway retains a timeless beauty.Some of the worst mistakes newcomers to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway make come from reading the guidebooks. And some of the worst mistakes come from not reading the guidebooks. Too many things change along the ICW to depend on last year's, or maybe even yesterday's, information.

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Watching the bridges

ICW Bridges



Helpful ICW websites

Representative sites for navigational information:



It can be a jungle under there

From too little resin to cheaply made hose clamps, pretty boats sometimes can hide ugly problems

The hull of a newer boat showing voids, blisters and weak spots being repaired.You remember that scene from the old jungle movies, where the guy is treading carefully through the dense foliage when suddenly he disappears from the screen - drops off the bottom of it. The camera pans down and he's in a deep hole. He'd walked over an innocent-looking bed of leaves and grass that in reality was a disguised cover for a pit of doom.

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