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 – July 24, 2014

  • Barges Anchored at Both Ends of Sunshine Parkway Bridge, West Florida ICW Statute Mile 99
    Operators of smaller vessels running the shallow waters at the bridge ends during early morning and late evening hours need to be aware of the large inspections barges in place at both ends of the Sunshine Parkway Bridge which crosses Tampa Bay/ICW passage at Statute Mile 99, east of flashing buoy #1A. FLORIDA – WEST […]
  • Praise for Dock Hands and Staff at Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203
    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge. On July 12, 2014 my First Mate and I along with 2 guests on board sailed to Morehead […]
  • Spiders and Arthur at McCotters Marina and Boat Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC
    McCotters Marina and Repair Yard is located on Broad Creek (off the Pamlico River), a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina, and its repair capabilities are impressive. And, despite those persistent, seasonal spiders, McCotters is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and, as […]
  • Beaufort Water Festival, Only Five Days Left! Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 537
    Posted on Beaufort Gazette.Com, this article by Erin Moody outlines the activities in the 10-day festival that began today, July 18, at 6PM and ends 6PM, July 27. Cruisers can visit the festival by docking at the Downtown Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, or anchoring in Beaufort’s new mooring field just west of […]
  • Sugar Dispenser
    Looking for a sugar dispenser that keeps bugs and humidity out, won’t rust and isn’t made of glass? Look no further!

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Today’s Links – July 23, 2014

  • Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

    Simrad_RS35_testing_GPS_source_cPanb_o.jpgIt’s taken a while but I am becoming quite fond of the Simrad RS35 VHF radio and HS35 wireless handset accessory. Panbo first covered the RS35′s nice combination of full Class D VHF DSC capabilities, NMEA 2000 interface and built-in AIS receiver in late 2012. But when I received a test unit last summer, it was quickly apparent that the radio had trouble interfacing with many N2K GPS sources (as you can read about in the comments to that 2012 entry). I was slow to return the radio for the software fix but now it’s installed at Gizmo’s lower helm and has no problem with the three GPS sources shown above and a lot more I threw at it. I’ve also seen it output AIS info over NMEA 2000 to every MFD currently on Gizmo (though there is a glitch if you also have a transponder, explained below). And while some intertesting radios have come to market in the last year, the RS35 at about $300 to $350 seems the VHF/AIS/N2K value leader (except for its sibling Lowrance Link-8 if you don’t care about the wireless handset option)…

Today’s Links – July 22, 2014

  • High Praise for Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5
    Just a short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies west of marker #6, along the southern banks. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and this review mirrors the many words of praise we receive regularly. Dataw Marina is a wonderful full service […]
  • Dredging at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321
    Holden Beach is just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The dredging that Skipper Richard reports appears to be in the inlet itself and NOT the perennially shoaling intersection with the Waterway. Let’s hope the dredging will continue into the intersection. Was at Holden Beach 7/12/14-7/19/14 and saw the inlet dredged. Richard Click Here To Open […]
  • Clothing To Be Seen In
    Bright clothing = less chance of being hit while having fun!

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Today’s Links – July 20, 2014

    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/ http://www.boatingindustry.com/ http://www.islandpacket.com/ http://pilotonline.com/ http://www.dailyadvance.com/ http://www.keysnet.com/ http://keysnews.com/ http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/ http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsStories.aspx http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LakeOkeechobee/OkeechobeeWaterway(OWW).aspx
  • WakeBoarding Tour, August 2-3, at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377
    Bucksport Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, will be hosting the All American Summer Wakeboarding Tour. the event should NOT cause any closures of the Waterway, but  PLEASE, NO WAKE! in the immediate vicinity of Bucksport Marina on the beautiful Waccamaw River. Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Resort in conjunction with EmpireWake.com presents […]
  • Fort Pierce City Marina Happenings, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, July 19, 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. Anne Maurer Fort Pierce City Marina 772-464-1245 FPCM@city-ftpierce.com Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For […]