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Got the Bug Solved!!!
Aug 10th, 2009 by PhilipQ

 

It was a real simple problem, but it occured in a very odd way.  Anyways the problem is solved, the Galleries are now displaying the way I want them to.  I think it looks very clean and allows for easy scanning throught the images.  There is also the slide show option as, the PicLens link, which allows even greater control.  Enjoy

The next stage is get the comment section back on line, which just requires the addition of another plugin that sort out spammer comments.  We rounding third base people and heading for home!

 

PhilipQ

Reasons why boat owners should not ignore their insurance brokers just yet
Aug 6th, 2009 by PhilipQ

 

As a boater who is based in Ontario, it's in your best interest to search for a good boat insurance broker Ontario. Insurance covers you against all mishaps that may involve you and your boat. It is the same thing as auto insurance, although there is no road involved here. It's just you, your boat and the water you're sailing on.


The coverage

Most boaters now search for boat insurance broker Ontario in order to find the cheapest and most comprehensive quotes. And there is no shortage of insurers who cover boats. It's only that these companies unique in terms of their product features, quotes and maybe reputation. So if you're one of the many boat owners based in Ontario, it would be good to conduct a research first in order to know what your coverage may look like.

Basically, boat insurance covers any damage that may happen to your boat or to others when operating it. This is also known as third-party liability. You need what is called hull insurance. It covers repairs most of the time. But if the vessel is completely damaged, then you might receive cash compensation for the agreed value of the boat at the time of destruction.

On the other hand, third party boat insurance in Ontario is involved with covering damage that your boat may inflict on others. You see, the wind shifts much the same way your engine does. Your boat may slam into a marine restaurant or another boat for that matter. When this happens, the owner of the damaged property will demand compensation from you.

Take note that damages of this nature can be costly, running in the tune of thousands of dollars. What do you think will happen to your bank account if you have to foot repair bills every time your boat causes damage? And this is not enough. When your boat is involved in a marine accident, then costs may come in form of medical bills, rescue operation, oil spills and towing expenses if necessary. These items are very pricey by the way. And it takes one mistake to land yourself in this kind of trouble, So you really want to be sufficiently covered. But on top of that, you need to be very much aware of the specifics of the policy.


Final thought

If you own a kayak or a canoe for that matter, these can be covered under your homeowners insurance if you talk to your insurance broker in Ontario. However, if you have a big boat, then you may be forced to purchase a separate policy that covers known troubles at sea. It always helps to be prepared.

ScubaQ News - Restoration Completed
Aug 3rd, 2009 by PhilipQ

 

Well it has been a long haul, longer than I initially thought it would take, but on Saturday I finally restored the last of Tom’s Dive pages.

Tom has 133 current dive site pages that incorporate 3564 images,… which is a very impressive total.  Of these 133 dive sites/galleries, 107 are of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Water System.  Now this is only just a small sampling of the shipwrecks that are known/found in the Great Lakes,… yet it is a still a very impressive tally.

Now we move on to the next stage,… the final design of the site.  Basically I am hoping to restore the site wrapper pages,… thankfully with CSS and design of Wordpress, I should be able create these wrappers and add in some much need functionality, detailed site searches,… So I am hoping to have final design finished by the end of August.

 

PhilipQ

North Carolina
Aug 1st, 2009 by Tom

Wreck Summary

Type  Shipwrecks
Build  Steel
Location

 Moorehead City, North Carolina, USA

Depth  60-120 feet
Length  Various
Built  Various
Sank  Various
Access  Boat
Experience Level  Beginner to Advance
Orientation

 Various

To say that diving in North Carolina offers a unique experience is an understatement akin to saying the Grand Canyon is larger than a bread box. In a relatively limited area it has some of the best of what diving is all about.

Most of the wrecks date from World War II, sunk in numerous ways, mostly from German U-boats (submarines). In one of those ironic twists where the hunter becomes the hunted, a U-boat is one of the most popular wrecks that brings divers from around the world. To be honest, the idea of diving a sub, at least in this instance, is better than actually diving it. From what I have seen, many people who dive it leave somewhat disappointed, myself included. The reasons for that are simple: the exterior of a sub is minimalist by design, everything is on the inside, and this wreck does not readily invite penetration since it is tight and silty (bad combination) with numerous entanglement hazards. Much of the outer hull has rusted away and it does not much resemble a submarine anymore.

Having said that, the sub was the ONLY disappointment about all of North Carolina diving, everything else exceeded expectations by an order of magnitude. Due to its location the gulf stream flows just off shore, meaning although dives are done miles out into the ocean, water temperatures are in the 70 degree area for most of the summer. Ditch the drysuit and get out the 3mm wetsuit - you can be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Bahamas, it’s that warm. That warm water makes for easy diving and prolific marine life. I was not prepared for the colorful critters and the absolute abundance of life. When our captain briefed us in a truly enjoyable southern drawl saying, "When you get down you may not be able to see the wreck, it’s usually covered in fish but you can drop just below them and you’ll see the wreck just fine," I was entirely certain he was kidding. He wasn’t.

As if wrecks of every shape and size, along with myriad fish species were not enough there is another major item which draws divers to this spectacular region: sand tiger sharks. The Australian name for this species seems much more appropriate - ragged tooth shark, because they have more teeth than can fit in their mouths, making them look entirely sinister and dangerous. It was difficult to tell how many sharks were on the few wrecks they elect to congregate around due to the way they swim in and out of your range of visibility, but a conservative estimate would say 30-50 on a wreck like the Schurz, ensuring you’re not about to fall asleep on that dive. Check out http://www.nc-wreckdiving.com/shipwrecks.html for a list of North Carolina wrecks.
 

 

Florida Wrecks
Aug 1st, 2009 by Tom

Wreck Summary

Type  Wrecks, reefs, caves, you name it
Build  Mostly by union members
Location

 Florida, USA

Depth  20 to a lot of feet
Length  Variable
Built  Variable
Sank  Variable
Access  Boat, Shore and Parachute
Experience Level  Guppy to Dive Guru
Orientation

 Every which way you can imagine

Here is a list of all the things Florida has to offer. No wait, that would take too long. It might take vastly less space to mention what Florida doesn’t have: volcanoes, mountains, and senior citizens that can drive well. That’s about it. Particularly for divers, Florida seems to have just about everything: caves, wrecks, reefs, and all in abundance.

Even if you’ve never cave dived, and aren’t cave certified, you can still get into a "cave" in Ginnie Springs which is one of the most famous cave diving locations in the world. If you do happen to be cave trained then you likely already know all about northern Florida, no matter where on the globe you call home.

Off the coast there are plenty of wrecks to dive, and more by the day. An active artificial reef program seems to drop a wreck frequently, giving divers more places to play and fish more places to call home, which attracts even more divers. Having had only a precious few days to dive the area I’ve only seen three wrecks (Duane, Bibb and Eagle) but by the accounts of those who have done vastly more diving there than I ever will, they are among the best the state has to offer.