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Old 09-11-2014, 07:56 PM   #201
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Our best to Lady Di and crew. We will be looking for your trip reports.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:07 PM   #202
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Heading our tomorrow, Sept. 12.
We are very excited about our journey to SW Florida.
Thank you for all of your best advice. Maybe we'll have the privilege of seeing some of you along the way.
Looks like our AIS is not transmitting- a bit disappointment. This Raymarine equipment seems to be a bit quirky.
It's not stuck on silent mode anymore but I don't see us on Marinetraffic.com
I hope I can get this resolved.
Marinetraffic.com relies on volunteers who set up antennas and equipment to report vessel transmissions. If you are not in range (a few miles) of one of these receiving stations you will not be reported on marinetraffic.com.

Get to a more populated area and you will probably show up.
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PS, I agree, Columbus day is a hoot. What a dumba$$. But we still have indians, feather not spot. Go figure. Back to the original post, my electronic charts will put you in the mud or rosos in a heartbeat. If you dont have a track you need to be vigilant, radar and sonar are your friend at night, that and REALLY slow. I save my best tracks out of all of the passes on the Miss. And I have waypoints into every pass, with self made ranges. And waypoints befor and after every turn in the pass (tiger is a be,awch) leading to my slip. Fog can be a real problem here.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:21 PM   #204
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radar and sonar are your friend at night, that and REALLY slow. .
And if night travel is a regular part of your travel, I really recommend considering night vision. And our last too. A very powerful spotlight/searchlight. Look at the intensity of the lights on the river tows.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:20 PM   #205
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And that brings me to item #3, when in doubt get on the radio and ask - be it a tug and barge, a bridge tender, or a fellow recreational boater.

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I consider myself a relative beginner ... and this is the best advice I took from this post. I first read it when the thread was new and we were about to move from SW Florida to Jekyll. I thought about it a lot as we were underway and made it a point to get on the radio and ask for help and advice when we needed it as opposed to just guessing. We were given friendly, helpful information every time. There's a lot of good people out there.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:25 PM   #206
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And if night travel is a regular part of your travel, I really recommend considering night vision. And our last too. A very powerful spotlight/searchlight. Look at the intensity of the lights on the river tows.
Also a good set of light gathering binoculars will be your friend. You may be surprised at how much detail you can see through them. Use the spotlight sparingly to preserve night vision. Turn down or eliminate all interior lighting possible. Once your eyes adapt to the darkness you vision will sharpen.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:09 PM   #207
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Also a good set of light gathering binoculars will be your friend. You may be surprised at how much detail you can see through them. Use the spotlight sparingly to preserve night vision. Turn down or eliminate all interior lighting possible. Once your eyes adapt to the darkness you vision will sharpen.
Well stated Don. Please, please be easy with that powerful spot. You not only reduce your night vision, you seriously impair the night vision of the target. If you must use a spot light, do so with caution and consideration of others.

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I find in the places you most need to figure out where you are...meaning busy harbors with multitudes of lights and bright ones at that....your night vision is hardly in need of preserving...whatever it takes to see the next mark without blinding another mariner is OK with me.

Out in the middle of n owhere..the next flashing light is your next major turn and yep..a great pair of binocs can let you pick out the next mark...then again so will a decently used and mounted spot as there's hardly anyone around to care.
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Well stated Don. Please, please be easy with that powerful spot. You not only reduce your night vision, you seriously impair the night vision of the target. If you must use a spot light, do so with caution and consideration of others.

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Agreed. Spotlight is only for those times it's a must use. But that one time in 100 that it is needed, it is worth having. Last time we used one it was not for our benefit. There was another boat trying to find their way into an area and after communication with them, we lit their way for them by shining the light ahead and highlighting the rocks. Actually, I saw tow boats on the Tenn Tom do the same at night as someone would pass them, they would light the way ahead briefly.
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It seldom happens, but when I'm among a confusing array of lighted markers, ranges with shore light pollution picking out just the right marker can be difficult. In times like these I will slow down, place the chart plotter cursor on the desired marker, hit a go to, and let the auto pilot navigate to the spot. Sure takes the guess work out of it. For some reason I enjoy running some at night.,
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:28 PM   #211
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We made it!

Took us 14 days running. We had a bit of a deadline. I know, bad thing!

Great experience for wife and me.
Met some wonderful folks.

Trip back in 2015 will be way slower, complete with rose smelling.
New motto: "we don't have a schedule and we're sticking to it!"

Thank you for all your tips.
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Glad you made it and had fun! tell us all about it!
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:06 AM   #213
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Friday, 12 September:
Annapolis to Portsmouth.
150 statute miles.

Long day but had 3-4 foot following sea. We'd climb the waves and coast down the fronts. Bow never came close to burying (I think) and big spray was cast well to the sides. It was a bit scary until we realized that she was handling it fine. Remember, we're new to most of this!

Tied up at Tidewater Yacht Marina. Helpful staff. Nice facility. Portsmouth restaurant area was so-so. After walking to "downtown" we finally Found nice meal, service and atmosphere at Raddison. Local places seemed a bit too noisy and bright.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:17 AM   #214
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Norfolk Arrival

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Old 10-09-2014, 05:39 AM   #215
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Portsmouth to Alligator River

Saturday, 13 September.

Day 2. Didn't realize no wake zone "till the high-rise bridge", wherever THAT was. Figured it out when we got to it! Good lesson for me and my navigating wife.
Great weather until 90% across Albemarle sound. Saw a t-storm ahead and moving across to the east so we slowed down and scurried to the lower station.
I think the worst of it passed in front of us but still hit us pretty strongly for 15-20 minutes as we encountered our very 1st storm while underway.

It passed as we turned into the Alligator River Marina. Got fuel and tied up. We were the only boat there. Glenn and the staff were very nice. Never met the famous "Miss Wanda". This place is really a road-side convenience store/diner with a marina! Great shower and laundry. Zero security at night. Being the only boat just yards away from a public road felt a bit vulnerable. No problem, though.

Photo: Albemarle Sound. How do you like my red and green reminder clips?
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:30 AM   #218
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Photo: Albemarle Sound. How do you like my red and green reminder clips?
Great idea! I was thinking of using colored electricians tape but this is better yet....until they rust.
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Oh, Portsmouth to Alligator River: 84 statute miles.
The clips are coated with plastic but I try to stow them when not running.
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Thanks for sharing!

I wasn't impressed with the Alligator River Marina. The bathrooms were awful and the docks need a fair amount of work. Still, it serves its purpose. It's nice and quiet at night and an interesting view of cars crossing the bridge at sunset. I see it more like a highway rest stop for boaters. Certainly not a place you want to go visit, but a place that you need to stop when you have to pee :-)
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