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 – November 24, 2014

  • Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison


    When I mentioned strong contenders for the 2014 DAME electronics award, one I definitely had in mind was the SeaPilot Vector Compact GPS Compass. Yes, in many ways it’s just another GPS compass but it’s substantially smaller, substantially less expensive, and the design seems suited to high performance on many types of boats. Before getting into the details, though, let’s deal with possible brand confusion. While True Heading, parent of the recreational SeaPilot brand, has been selling Vector GPS Compasses in Europe for some time, the core technology comes from Hemisphere and similar compasses were sold by ComNav, Si-Tex and others. The Vector Compact is not only a new model but is also much more exclusive to True Heading, which has recently expanded to North America.

  • Beaufort City Mooring Recommended, Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 536.5
    The Beaufort City Anchorage is a mooring field managed by the Downtown Marina of Beaufort, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! For more on the recently installed mooring field, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88324 We’ve anchored at Beaufort SC several times…. and each time I swear we’ll never do that again…. Love the town, but the currents are […]
  • Comments on Anchoring Survey
    SSECN sent out this Anchoring Survey via an email Alert as soon as it was received. This posting is to publish comments we have received about the survey. Because a wide response is in the best interest of boaters, we ask that you not be deterred from completing the survey by negative comments about the […]
  • Turkish Evil Eyes
    The story behind the three Turkish Evil Eyes on Barefoot Gal. We want to keep that bad juju away!

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Today’s Links – November 23, 2014

  • BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year
    Fellow SSECN Team member, Curtis Hoff, and I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Margaret Podlich at BoatUS’s recent Town Hall Meeting in Charleston and we both came away with a firm opinion that BoatUS, and all its programs and advocacy for boaters, is definitely in very good hands with Margaret at the […]
  • Free Thanksgiving Meal at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377
    Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. This generous free meal is typical of the concern always shown for their boating visitors at this unique and fine marina. Plus a reduced rate for SSECN readers. Hey Everybody, The Grand […]
  • Ethanol Added Fuel Update, News from BoatUS
    The use of ethanol added fuel in marine engines has been a point of contention for everyone in the boating industry from users to repair services and manufacturers. BoatUS continues to be a strong advocate for boating safety including the risk of engine failure and fire due to ethanol damaged fuel lines.       […]
  • Spirit of Christmas in Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181
    The folks of this wonderful boaters community always celebrate in a big way and the 2014 Christmas Season is no exception. Oriental is also the home of several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS: Oriental Marina and Condos, River Dunes Marina and Nautical Wheelers. This calendar of events was sent to us by our good friend, […]
  • Rejuvenating Cloudy Windows
    A quick and easy way to make a big improvement if your windows are clouded. No, it’s not perfect . . . but it isn’t a major project either.

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Today’s Links – November 22, 2014

  • Cape Hatteras Marine Thanksgiving Sale
    If you are still looking for a personalized gift for that special boater friend, try Cape Hatteras Marine We just launched this Thanksgiving Sales Event. Sale ends Nov. 30 I enjoy receiving the Cruisers net updates. I thought maybe you would like to share this sale with your readers. Thank you and have a Happy […]
  • More Good Words for Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Western Florida Coast
    Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Palmetto, FL, is located on McKay Point in the Manatee River off Tampa Bay. 941-722-4450 We keep our small fishing/pleasure boat in a slip at the marina. We recently requested the bottom to be painted in a text message. Within 24 hours we were contacted and the boat had […]
  • FEC RR Bridge in Jacksonville NOW OPEN, St. Johns River
    This cantankerous railway bridge in the heart of Jacksonville has been locked down since November 14, but repairs have been completed (for now!) and navigation can return to normal. See Lockdown of FEC RR Bridge in Jacksonville, November 14-21, 2014, St. Johns River. This good news article by Joe Daraskevich in the Florida Times Union […]

Today’s Links – November 21, 2014

  • Dredging Underway In Lake Worth Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1018
    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – JUPITER – LAKE WORTH INLET: Staging Area and Dredge Operations. Weeks Marine, Inc. starting approximately 20 November 2014, will be mobilizing pipeline, support equipment and attendant plant into the Lake Worth Lagoon, all equipment and pipeline will be anchored to the east of the Lake Worth […]
  • Thanksgiving Lunch at Turner Marine, Dog River off Mobile Bay
    We have had many positive comments about Turner Marine over the years and this Thanksgiving lunch is typical of their care and concern for boaters. Turner Marine is the first facility to starboard as you cruise under the high-rise Dog River bridge. This notice comes to us from our friends on the AGLCA Forum. Hi […]
  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice
    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem […]
  • Recommendationfor Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL
    This recommendation comes from Skipper Jones who had diesel service while berthed at Fort Pierce City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Burkey Marine Group is out of West Palm Beach, FL. The best thing is we had a company come out and service our diesel engines onsite last minute! We do suggest Burkey […]
  • Dredging in New Topsail Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 270
    New Topsail Inlet intersects the Waterway via Howards Channel at Mile 270. The dredging operation should not impede Waterway navigation. NC – TOPSAIL INLET – TOPSAIL CREEK – BANKS CHANNEL – DREDGING OPERATIONS The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations in the Topsail Inlet area on or about November 22, 2014. The project includes dredging […]
  • New Bern Railway Bridge Closed to Navigation, December 15-19, Trent and Neuss Rivers
    With a vertical clearance of 5ft, the New Bern Railroad Bridge lies just west of the intersection of Trent and Neuss Rivers in New Bern, NC. Except for early risers and skipper comfortable navigating in the dark, these closures will affect most navigation at this intersection of the Neuss and Trent rivers. NORTH CAROLINA – […]
  • Channel Restrictions Underway, Portsmouth, VA, near Statute Mile Zero
    The Midtown Tunnel area is just north of Mile Zero and Scott Creek. These channel restrictions will most likely NOT affect cruiser passage. VA – NORFOLK – ELIZABETH RIVER – CHANNEL RESTRICTIONS SKW Constructors will conduct trial maneuvering operations for the Midtown Tunnel construction project from 17-21 and 24-26 NOV 2014. These operations will involve […]
  • Pearl Harbor Commemoration, December 7, Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda
    Once again, Fishermen’s Village is setting the standard for community involvement. They are so much more than just a marina! And, naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS & TV RELEASE FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST PEARL HARBOR DAY CEREMONY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2014 The 73rd Anniversary of the attack on […]
  • 12 Days of Holiday Discounts
    Twelve days of discounts on items boaters really want, just for TBG readers!

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