How many times have you had a tough time pulling your marine anchor aboard? Perhaps it snagged on a rock, coral head, cable, or worse--another anchor? As a sailing skipper, you can avoid these headaches with a simple, easy-to-use trip line.
You see, George Boldt (a hotel magnate) bought Heart Island in the early 1900s I believe it was and hired all kinds of folks to build this castle for his wife as a summer home. Unfortunately, his wife died of consumption before the castle's completion and he had everything stopped. There it sat for a number of years deteriorating and being subject to vandalism and what have you. Now this castle is owned by the 1000 Islands icom earpiece (bought for a whopping one dollar from Boldt's daughter) and they have been restoring it, but never plan to complete it. They feel it should stand as Boldt left it.
DeSoto icom radio Club is holding their annual "Hamfest in Arcadia" at the Turner Civic Center on Roan St., Jan. 26, 2013, starting around 6:30 AM. Admission is $5/person with free tailgating. Check their site for maps, directions, and vendor information.
Learn some weather prediction skills. One of the biggest dangers on the water is sudden wind changes. Wind can make kayaking very difficult to impossible at times. Learn how to view the clouds and what they mean. Pay attention to the stories from your area about what to look for for wind or for rain. Get licensed for marine radio to listen to the forecasts and be able to communicate to other mariners about the weather. Local kayak centers often provide short courses in the local weather patterns and what to look for.
The equipment today is far more advanced from those early days of tube Icom radios. Somehow, the challenge of building my own gear was fun and interesting back then. Some of my friends took up this hobby too. I attended gatherings from St Andrews, NB. to Swampscott, MA and met a lot of interesting people both in person and over the air waves.