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LakeErieWX: Understanding Meteorological Time

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Introduction Weather recognizes no geographic or political borders. In order to coordinate their observations and forecasts, meteorologists around the world use a standard timekeeping system. The original standard timekeeping system was Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) a 24-hour clock system based on the local time in…

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Maintenance Maneuvers: Removing The Un-Removable

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If you’ve been around a while, you’ve heard the old saw: Once you stick stuff together with 3M 5200 (or any of the other one-part polyurethanes or polyether adhesives on the marine scene these days), there’s no going back. Not unless you want to tear…

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Slow Voyaging: Taking Holidays Before The Holidays

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Funny thing about sunsets, a naturally groovy phenomenon you tend to see a lot of while traveling onboard a boat like my relatively slow, leave-at-dawn-arrive-sometime-after-the-moon-comes-up trawler Betty Jane. On the one hand, there’s a certain similarity amongst most of them I suppose, but on the other, most all have their unique…

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Power-Cruising Lessons From The Volvo Ocean Race

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When I say there’s something powerboaters can learn from sailors, let me make one thing abundantly clear: I’m not talking about the day sailor hogging the middle of the channel with a trail of exhaust water spurting from his boat’s stern. I’m talking about the men and women competing in perhaps the sport’s most grueling event, the Volvo Ocean Race.

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On NOT Going Down With The Ship

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Sometime you don’t have to go down with the ship. Seventeen years ago I was on a boat 30 miles out of Boca Grande. It was myself, my first husband, and two other couples, plus the captain on our 57-foot Ocean.

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