About Andy

Andy Allen retired from the recorded music business in 2009. He grew up in St. Louis Mo. and began a career in music marketing by joining KSHE as a DJ in 1974. After managing a local record store in the St. Louis area, Andy was hired by RCA to do sales and promotion which led to a move to New York in 1984. Several years later, Andy joined Island Records, where he rose to General Manager. In 1993, ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) was started by the Warner Music Group to distribute Independent music. Andy joined as President and rose to Chairman after establishing ADA as the largest distributor of Indie music in the world. Andy is married (Annie), has two adult children, and lives on Merritt Island Fl.

Today’s Links – April 19, 2014

  • Our New Boat
    We really did it this time! A few photos of our new (well, new-to-us) baby.

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  • Flagler Memorial Bridge Set for 6 Month Open Position, AICW Statute Mile 1021
    Since construction began, Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach has been in a state of almost constant change, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999. Beginning May 12, 2014, Flagler Memorial Bridge will be put into an open position for about six months. During this closure to auto traffic, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge will have new […]

Today’s Links – April 18, 2014

  • Simrad ForwardScan, a challenge to EchoPilot FLS?
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

    Simrad_ForwardScan_concept_aPanbo.jpgWhile Simrad announced ForwardScan at the Miami Boat Show, details are scarce and the concept diagram doesn’t really show what a ForwardScan screen is going to look like. Yes, like other Foward Looking Sonar (FLS) systems, the goal is to display the water column and ocean floor in front of the vessel to “help boaters eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters” and, yes, FowardScan is the first FLS to be fully integrated into a multifunction display system. Well, I’ve hounded Simrad for more information — all of which sounds good — and it also looks like I will get to test ForwardScan against what seems like the most similar existing product…

  • Fort Pierce City Marina Happenings, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, April 17, 2014
    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188. Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina Click Here To Open […]
  • Report from Alligator Creek Anchorage, south of Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 726
    The entrance to Alligator Creek Anchorages lies north-northeast of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #36. The two recommended locations are above and below the mouth of Alligator Creek. I’ve been here on two occasions, the first time during a howling northwest wind of 35 to 40 MPH and ducked in between the sand bar and shore […]

Today’s Links – April 17, 2014

Today’s Links – April 16, 2014

  • Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod, WiFi fishfinder in a bobber!
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

    Vexilar_SonarPhone_T-Pod_closeup_cPanbo.jpgIt’s 2014 and a sealed plastic 5-inch bobber can indeed contain a fairly able 400 Watt 125 kHz fishfinder and a WiFi radio, plus enough rechargeable battery to run both for a few hours. The SonarPhone T-Pod will strike many as a toy, but it actually works quite well considering its small size and price tag ($130). And the manufacturer Vexilar puts the same technology into models meant to install on small boats, which means that dedicated iPad (or Android tablet) boaters do indeed have a fishfinder option…

  • “Paddle for the Border”, May 3, 2014, Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route
    PLEASE, NO WAKE! as you pass these paddlers. Go slow and enjoy the Canal! The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28 and would be a great place to watch and cheer on the participants. VA – […]
  • Washington, NC’s Saturday Market Opens April 19th, Pamlico River, off the AICW
    Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. The town is located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s usually a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to […]

Today’s Links – April 15, 2014