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May 2017 – Sweet Summertime

Here we go.  It's officially summertime.  In the past May has always been one of our busiest months and this year was no different.  I'm still seeing a buying trend with the 35-45' sailboats.  I think a lot of folks have had it with the absurdly overpriced real estate in the Charleston area.  And it's nice if you can sail your home to the Caribbean for a week or two whenever you want.  I'm hoping to see this trend continue. On a personal note, I had a chance to spend a few days on Daufuskie Island with the family this month.  We took the boat down from Bohicket and through the ACE Basin on the ICW.  I forgot how nice it was to actually sit back and enjoy a boat ride.  No backdown maneuvers, no thermal imaging, just cruising.  The ACE Basin is still one of my favorite places on earth.   [gallery link="file" ids="865,866,880,881,882,868,867,879,878,877,876,874,873,872,871,869,875,870"]...

I Passed The AMS Exam

I have been looking forward to, and dreading this exam for years.  Last month I drove down to SAMS headquarters in Jacksonville, FL to finally take this 4-hour beast of a test. THE PROCESS Just qualifying to take the AMS exam is an achievement in itself.  The first step is getting accepted into SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) as a Surveyor Associate, or SA.  A solid SA candidate has years of technical marine-industry experience under his or her belt and has attended some kind of survey-specific school like the Chapman School of Seamanship.  Once accepted, an SA can begin surveying as a SAMS surveyor. While there are some exceptions, SAMS requires most SA's to survey and/or apprentice for the next 4-5 years.  During this time, SA's must complete mandatory continuing-education hours and submit yearly survey reports for review by their SAMS regional director.  Most importantly, SA's must maintain a clean, complaint-free professional record. Every surveyor's situation is a little different when they start off...

Special Delivery: 2016 Viking 52′ Express

Day 1: The Viking Factory: New Gretna, NJ It took me about 5 seconds to realize I dressed poorly for my first trip to the Viking factory. I knew it would be cold but I didn’t think it would be that cold. In my defense, we had just flown in from sunny 70-degree Charleston so my internal thermostat was a properly calibrated yet. Put it this way, I was the only idiot stomping around the snow-covered docks in boat shoes. [caption id="attachment_723" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Viking Factory Viking Factory[/caption]We spent the entire day at the factory provisioning and prepping the boat for the trip south. Several hours and several Wawa sandwiches later, we drove down to Atlantic City. Viking is tucked away a few miles inland and the only way to get the boats from the factory to the coast is to navigate through a maze of shallow and shoaly creeks...
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