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Club Cruise to the Isles of S.E. Georgia

By: Len Palmisano
On April 21, three boats from the Cape Coral Cruise Club left Cape Coral northbound to the "Golden Isles" of Georgia. These were boats that cruised under 20 knots. The following day three more boats, cruising in excess of 20 knots left the Cape Coral area at 8 a.m. so all could arrive at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart that evening. The group traveled east on the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee and down the St Lucie Canal, headed for the Atlantic Intra Coastal Waterway. The weather was perfect and sunny with barely a ripple on the lake. After fueling and cleaning the boats, the cruisers met aboard... (read more)

Keep Pets Safely Afloat

A growing number of boaters like to take their pets along for the ride. It seems simple enough -- just plop Fido or Fluffy on board and push off. But do so without adequate preparation and you may find that your pet either cowers in a corner shaking with fear, or brazenly dives into the water, pouncing on unsuspecting ducks or dolphins. Here are a few tips to help you avoid those unexpected splashes or splats... (read more

Fish Caught Deeper into Back Country Locations

By: Captain Terry Fisher 
Recently I heard lots of complaints from many local Captains regarding catches over the last couple of weeks. However, I have found that with the current moon phase, favorable wind directions resulting in higher tides, that more fish are being caught deeper into back country locations and around some of the small islands off the main channel of Pine Island Sound. These locations include... (read more)


Learn to Read a Nautical Chart

Do you know how to read a nautical chart? If not, this article that will familiarize you with common chart elements. Click here to learn more

Restoring Shine to Fiberglass

Time and exposure to the elements eventually erode the relatively soft surface of gel coat. Fortunately, the glass can usually be restored with these steps:

  • Cleaning
  • Degreasing
  • Waxing
  • Polishing
  • Using Rubbing Compound
  • Electric Buffer
  • Restorer
To learn more about each of these steps, click here
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