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BREE'S BLOG: In The Wake of the Fitzgerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald: A blog on the final voyage

Up north, the big lake is freshening with a sense of urgency that fall is approaching. Go out beyond the breakwaters and you know you have a force of nature beneath you. Careful, mariner! The countdown is beginning now for the annual observance of the last voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I know something  Read More 
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The last voyage of the Big Fitz begins

I was sailing down the coast of Superior, out of the Apostle Islands, when I entered the Superior entryway. I managed to tie up at the old Coast Guard station, now nearly abandoned, and tonight I was in the pilothouse of an old tugboat, chatting with the captain, as fog and night rolled in.  Read More 
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Old friends stop by from the Pacific

It was great to hear the hearty voice of Capt. Jules Nickerson on the phone and in short order we got togther to share old memories. We are old buddies from our early scuba diving days in Duluth on Lake Superior, but then the good captain spent many of his years as an ocean  Read More 
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Around the World race sets new record

Imagine yourself alone aboard a jolting 60-foot sailboat encountering the world's roughest patches of water and racing unassisted and nonstop around the world. Icebergs ahead. Storms. Danger. The Vendee Globe Race just ended and it's the incredible race on which Marlin Bree's novel Dead on the Wind is based. Click in right hand column on Dead on the Wind. You might want to check this one out.  Read More 
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Sunken ships

These days while I am recovering from recent surgery, I have been out and about talking about some of my discoveries leading to my books. Last Friday, I spoke at the Downtowner organization in that fine old rivertown, St. Paul, on the Last Hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald, to an overflow crowd. It was  Read More 
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No room for a little boat?

After storing my Persistence indoors at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for about 20 years, I find this year that the space filled up so quickly I was left out. Today I got back my deposit check and their regrets. So I have to leave a wooden boat out all winteer? Bummer.
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Island of Doom Encounter

For a pre-Halloween chills, take a gander at my story Curse of the Island of Doom in this month's (Nov -Dec. 2016 ) issue of Small Craft Advisor. When my sloop Persistence and I sailed past this Lake Superior rock, scary things started to happen. Check out www. Read More 
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Winterizing the engine?

If you're about to haul your boat for the winter, be certain to pay attention to the needs of your engine, whether it's an outboard or inboard, if you want it to start next spring and run reliably through the next boating season. Here's a free checklist in the Boat Log & Record (click on  Read More 
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boat fall haulouts and storage

It's that time for many who have to haul their boats and get them ready for winter storage. You can use a checklist such as my Boat Log and Record. You can see this section by clicking on Boat Log & Record on the right. It's free.
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Another link to San Diego blog

You can reach the wonderful allthings boat.com here.
http://www.allthingsboat.com/resources/
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