Stuart Weibel

  • My anecdotal understanding is that this is a local decision, as in other parts of the country, channel 13 is available to recreational boaters. I wouldn’t argue in favor of changing this, but rather to provide better means of communicating to the boaters waiting to get in (or out).

  • Hmmm… perhaps I’m wrong about this, but I think that supporting recreational boaters is a formal part of their remit. Commercial traffic rightly enjoys precedence, but easy enough to argue that better-informed recreational boaters will improve the usefulness of the waterways for commercial traffic as well!

    • I think you’re right.

    • Stuart,
      The Corps of Engineers has one criteria for marine operations, commercial tonnage. Since the completion of the 520 bridge, the tonnage has fallen below the threshold for Corps to invest in upgrading the locks (they are 100 years old and in serious need of upgrading). I have just become aware of this problem. A number of years ago the…[Read more]

  • Nice article. Well worth a read by those going through with other crew as well.

    I am alone most of the time when I transit the locks, and I have benefitted from the consideration of the lock wallahs and from other boaters. It is key. I try to call attention to the fact that I am solo when that is the case.

    One thing that would help…[Read more]

    • I agree that there should be better communications. It’s sometimes very frustrating. However, I suspect their argument will be that they exist primarily (perhaps solely) for the purpose of managing commercial and fishing traffic. I’ll try and ask the next time I’m there walking about as a tourist – which remains an extremely fun thing to do from…[Read more]

      • Hmmm… perhaps I’m wrong about this, but I think that supporting recreational boaters is a formal part of their remit. Commercial traffic rightly enjoys precedence, but easy enough to argue that better-informed recreational boaters will improve the usefulness of the waterways for commercial traffic as well!

        • I think you’re right.

        • Stuart,
          The Corps of Engineers has one criteria for marine operations, commercial tonnage. Since the completion of the 520 bridge, the tonnage has fallen below the threshold for Corps to invest in upgrading the locks (they are 100 years old and in serious need of upgrading). I have just become aware of this problem. A number of years ago the…[Read more]

  • I’m planning a trip to Alaska through the inside passage, and as part of the preparations, I will purchase a new chartplotter with appropriate electronic charts. In addition, I’ll have iPad and iPhone chart plotting aps as backup.

    I really want to have a complete set of paper charts as well. I’ve found some used that cover about 1/3 of the…[Read more]

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