On the Atlantic Coast, a long, steady line of cruising boats has begun its way north to summer cruising grounds. In addition, hundreds of local marinas, boat clubs and launch ramps are starting to become hives of local boating activity.
But what greets boaters out on the water, at the inlet, bay or river may be a surprise. Winter storms and hurricanes have deposited new shoals, changed inlet topography and new navigational issues are always a part of each new boating season.
To help boaters keep clear of troubles is the complimentary "East Coast Alert" email service by liveaboards and authors Tom and Mel Neale available at www.boatus.com/eastcoastalert.