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The Age of Sail

posted Mar 21, 2014, 4:34 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Mar 21, 2014, 4:35 AM ]

Sailboaters especially, should enjoy this video.  Narration starts about 30sec in:

Mast Walk

posted Mar 10, 2014, 4:43 AM by Bob Mueller

Two years ago, Alex Thomson performed a stunt on his sailboat.  While his IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss was underway and heeled over, he walked on the keel that was exposed from the water.  This year he performed a new stunt going the other way on the boat.  She was making approximately 10 knots and she was heeled over far enough for him to walk up the mast and do a high dive.

Unloading Boats

posted Feb 28, 2014, 11:04 AM by Bob Mueller

This youtube video is pretty amazing.  I have seen youtubes of yachts being hoisted from transport ships before.   However, I had not see a ship open up it's hold and start to pull more yachts from below the deck!

Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Prints

posted Jan 8, 2014, 4:59 AM by Bob Mueller

I think these have been available for a while, but I just found them.  You can buy official prints from the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Reenactment.  The wonders of photoshop!  The photos illustrate the tall ships out there alone on the lake, without a gazillion pleasure boaters trying to get up close and personal.

USCG cutter and Laker collide

posted Jan 8, 2014, 4:52 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 4:52 AM ]

The USCG Cutter Hollyhock was breaking ice in front of the Interlake Steamships 990' Mesabi Miner on 7 January when the two ships collided at 10:45 am.

January Meeting Rescheduled!

posted Jan 7, 2014, 8:23 AM by Bob Mueller

Due to inclement weather, the 7 January meeting has been rescheduled for 14 January.  Please pass the word to everyone that you can.

Boat Show Sign up

posted Dec 3, 2013, 5:03 PM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Dec 3, 2013, 5:05 PM ]

Click the link below to volunteer to work our booth at the Cleveland boat show:

Edmund Fitzgerald

posted Nov 11, 2013, 1:16 PM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 1:19 PM ]

Radio chatter between the Arthur M. Anderson and the Coast Guard November 10th, 1975. The last time anyone ever heard from the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Chart Updates from NOAA

posted Nov 6, 2013, 9:03 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Nov 27, 2013, 6:12 AM ]

Last week, I posted information that NOAA is no longer offering litho printed charts.  It's important to keep in mind that NOAA is continuing to keep all their charts up to date, and the importance to having up to date charts aboard your boat has not changed at all.  Many people get complacent thinking that their chart area does not change that often.  If you would like to see the updates to any NOAA chart, you can visit this link:

Agree to the terms and then enter in a chart number to see the updated.  For the West End of Lake Erie use chart no: 14830.  For the Island of Lake Erie including Sandusky Bay enter chart no: 14844.  As you can see there were quite a few changes to both of these charts in 2013, including moving some navaids around.

One of the great things about electronic charts is that you can easily download up to date charts directly from NOAA for free!  

NOAA provides Chart Booklets that you can easily print on your home printer.  Just before your trip, you can download the latest chart book and print it out.  Here is a direct link to the Islands in Lake Erie including Sandusky Bay. For a complete list of all the Chart Booklets available:

For a limited time, NOAA is offering a download of every full chart in their catalog in PDF format.  Here is a link to the chart list of downloads:

I'll go ahead and give you direct links to 14830 West End of Lake Erie and also 14844 Island of Lake Erie Including Sandusky Bay.  These full size charts are less useful to the average person, unless you have a very large, wide format printer at home.  Another option is to take these PDF files to a local quick print shop and have them output on a wide format printer.  Quick print shops that output these files are more ubiquitous and convenient then marine chandleries such as West Marine.  NOAA is not yet certain how these PDF's will be used, and may discontinue offering these full chart PDF downloads in the future.

For quite some time NOAA has offered the free download of their charts in the RNC/BSB format.  You must use some type of plotting software such as Coastal Explorer (PC), Fugawi, MacENC (OSX) or iNavX (iPad/iPhone).  There are plenty of others out there as well, the list is to long to post here and the list will never be complete.  There are so many that it's impossible to have familiarity with them all.  I have familiarity with MacENC.  MacENC allows you to export the full charts to a file that you could take to a quick print shop to have printed on a wide format printer.  Even if NOAA discontinues the PDF's that I linked to above, there are still ways to obtain these files for printing.  

In spite of NOAA discontinuing offering litho printed charts, there are plenty of different ways that you can continue to carry paper charts on your boat.  Not only that, these new methods make it more simple to keep your paper charts up to date.  These are partially the reasons that NOAA stopped offering the Litho printed charts.  

Don't let anyone tell you this is the end of paper charts.  When computers came into the office place in the '90's, the experts proclaimed that the paperless office had arrived.  Here we are 20 years later, and I don't know many offices that are completely paperless.  There is one thing that computers do really well, and that's print paper!

Paper charts are simply evolving with the times, and will likely remain relevant for many mariners.  They still have a place on my boat.

Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment Videos

posted Nov 5, 2013, 4:52 PM by Bob Mueller

This video was broadcast on PBS Toledo about a month ago.  Here it is online if you would like to watch it:

You may have seen the B-25 that flew over the reenactment.  Here is a youtube video shot from that plane:
My favorite part is about at the 30 second mark, when you can see the large cluster of boats.

One last video that I will leave you with.  TBDBITL arriving on the miller ferry at PIB:

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