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TIDES February 9, 2010

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Yes, still next to impossible to get in and out of here. Was just looking at the tide tables for the next 2 months. There is hope. This past week, high tides have been during the day which is nice. The high is just above average water, which is not that great. At average water I have a good chance of sliding along the bottom. Not so good. After this week, we get a neap tide period, then back to the wide swings, mostly on the low side. But then, it gets better. The lows start being not so low and the average between high and low get back to the annual average depth. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Our global warming winter has also caused a lot of rain in this area. I called the diver I use to clean my bottom. He is about 2 months late in doing my bottom and I was wondering if he was still in business. Thank goodness he is. He does a good job, and I have had problems in the past with finding good bottom cleaners. They either want to go over quickly and lightly and maybe do the prop and change zincs, or they use a very abrasive 3-M pad and sand off all your bottom paint. My current diver does it right.

He said he was about 3 months behind for 2 reasons. First when the water got cold, his helper quit and he has not been able to find a replacement till recently and secondly, the rain has made the water so cloudy he can not see more then a foot and a half in front of his face. I can believe that. I have tried to check my prop and zinc and can not see it and they are only about 2 feet below the water. He is going to try to make it out here this month. It is all coming together for spring. Wonderful.

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