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 – September 21, 2014

  • More Good Words for Windmill Harbour Marina, AICW Statute Mile 558
    Windmill Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located hard by the southwesterly mouth of the Waterways’ passage south down Skull Creek, on the shores of Hilton Head Island, south of marker #27. We too are in Windmill Harbour and really do enjoy the marina. We’ve been there over 4 years and are […]
  • Good Words for Anchor Marine, AICW Statute Mile 347
    Anchor Marine overlooks the AICW’s southerly banks just east of the Little River high-rise bridge. Actually stayed at the HarbourGate marina next door, but next time will stay at Anchor Marina because of the great service and congeniality. Had some water pump problems that I couldn’t seem to fix by myself, so on a Saturday […]
  • Getting Stuff to the Boat
    Let others do the work of getting stuff to your boat! Okay, it won’t work with everything but it’ll help.

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Today’s Links – September 20, 2014

  • MarineQuest Open House, St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay
    This sounds like a wonderful adventure, especially if you have children. It’s also a great time to visit St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg. Fish and Wildlife Research Institute gears up for 20th annual MarineQuest open house The Florida […]
  • Red Tide Outbreak on Florida Gulf Coast
    This notice is of especial interest to offshore boaters in the Big Bend area of the Northern Gulf. Our thanks to Jonathan Gorham for submitting this information. We have been following the progress of a red tide outbreak on the Florida Gulf Coast as we make our travel plans to the area. Currently (as of […]
  • Query: Sailors Looking for an ICW House Rental
    This is an unusual request for assistance, but if anyone can help the Secrists find a rental home with a dock, our readers can! Reply to Debbie.secrist@gmail.com My husband and I are southbound on the AICW and are looking for a house rental for a few weeks (possibly a month) that has a dock for […]
  • Reduced Transient Rates at Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680
    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers and many positive comments from your fellow boaters, sits well off the direct path of the AICW, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek, off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. This rate reduction is just in time for the […]
  • Appreciating fuel management, wanting more
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison


    Gizmo is fenders down, awning up, in bustling Baltimore Harbor, and I have tales to tell. This old powerboat sails! That’s no surprise given her windage, but now I have precise data about how much wind (and current) can help her along thanks to a fuel management system. In this photo, for instance, we were making around 10 knots over the ground at 1,350 RPM but still getting over three miles to a gallon thanks to a stiff easterly wind pushing us down Long Island Sound. That’s a wake-pulling, inefficient RPM when running on flat summer water in Maine, but is much easier on crew and autopilot when in following seas like these. While I’m usually willing to spend more fuel money to shoulder through conditions like this, I was pleased to learn that the dollar difference wasn’t great…

Today’s Links – September 18, 2014

  • FEC RR Bridge Closed AGAIN! to Navigation, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL, 9/17/2014
    Our thanks to Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for sending this 9/16 report by Francesca Amiker of the New4Jax team. This Florida East Coast RR bridge has been the posted child for all that can go wrong with lift bridges. Local Jacksonville boaters and businesses are not happy!! With a closed vertical clearance of ONLY […]
  • Sun Covers for Windows
    Keep your boat far cooler by putting these shades over the sunniest non-opening windows. Easy DIY project!

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