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November 8, 2019

 Now let’s get this straight! See my name up there? It’s my real name. It’s not the Americanized “Mark” Nuccio. Here’s some background. I went to overwhelmingly Irish Catholic schools. Classmates, nuns, priests, and brothers all ate baloney and white bread sandwiches e...

April 30, 2019

Last summer, Dan, my goodly neighbor on Oak Island, was taking a boatload across the lead to the parking lot dumpsters. Being short of space in his 19 ft. Carolina Skiff, I decided, without giving Dan a proper a heads up, to move from the center of the craft to sit on...

April 3, 2019

 Last fall I took two sorry oars home from my beach house on Oak Island.  I used these oars for over twenty years with my skiff and they had more than lost their luster. When I purchased them they were beautiful “feather lights” made of highly varnished ash and over th...

February 26, 2019

"The bride at every wedding”!
 “Speak softly but carry a big stick”!  Words of wisdom from a President of the United States, who spoke with a booming voice, had opinions about everything and refused to back down from a fight. His daughter, Alice, claimed that he “Wante...

January 28, 2019

There is one type of boat common to every port in our ever shrinking and trading world. That vessel is the mighty yet comparatively little tugboat. Tugboats push and pull every type of vessel from gigantic ocean liners into their berths to multiple filled barges up and...

January 28, 2019

Dr. Flotsam slowly worked himself up the stairs to Sherlock Holmes’ flat on a hot sticky morning in August. He stopped to catch his breath on the landing.  "Too many of those damned cigars!"

He thought to himself. He tapped the door with his cane and walked into those f...

December 31, 2018

Wallabout Bay
During the Revolutionary War (1775-83) our Republic lost more casualties on rotting British prison ships anchored in Wallabout Bay, New York Harbor and additional ships in Chatham, Portsmouth and
Plymouth, New England, than the 4,400 to 6,600 battle dead....

November 7, 2018

Late autumn, then winter is fast upon us. The sun rises low in the southeast and sets low in the southwest. That is if the sun comes out at all and is suppressed by low threatening clouds. All the excitement of pleasure boating on our bays is eradicated accept for a fe...

September 25, 2018

It’s no mystery that our Mid Atlantic and New England Coastal waters are in deep s—t!  I‘ve written about it often. From leaking sewer plants, nitrogen run off, plastic pollution, to the effects of having closed inlets into our bays.   Efforts are being made to thwart...

August 23, 2018

There is no doubt that GPS is one of the greatest navigational tools invented to date.  Sextant sales and nautical chart sales have plummeted. (“Dead reckoning?-What’s that, Mate!”) It’s so easy to get around the bay, coastal waters and beyond with the entry of longitu...

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