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CAPT. JOHN CAMPBELL

Title: Eagle columnist

Recent Work

  • Seaworthy: Ethanol and more Published 08/06/2009 at 7:43 p.m.

    By now I am sure you have read about or experienced or know a guy who knows a guy who heard about a guy whose boat suffered aggravating expensive damage as a result of using ethanol laced fuel.

  • Seaworthy: Money and boat motors Published 07/30/2009 at 8:57 p.m.

    This last year I have seen an increase in the number of boat owners electing to do major repairs to their boat engines or even replace their boat engines in lieu of buying a new boat.

  • Seaworthy: Sailing for pay? A real breeze Published 07/23/2009 at 7:47 p.m.

    I went sailing recently. OK, I’ll admit it; I was paid to go sailing. I was hired to drive a nice mid-sized cruiser class sloop during sea trials for a perspective buyer.

  • Seaworthy: What will you buy? Comparing boats Published 07/09/2009 at 8:04 p.m.

    While gathered around the watering hole or lurking about online chat rooms, you may hear people spouting the virtues or failings of one boat brand over another. Generally these people have some brand loyalty or are justifying a purchase, be ...

  • Seaworthy: Summer is here, and that means hurricane season Published 06/18/2009 at 7:10 p.m.

    This summer is already very warm — even hot. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I don’t remember a summer quite this hot this early in many years.

  • Seaworthy: Dust off the skis - Water sports are reborn Published 06/04/2009 at 8:22 p.m. 1 Comment

    Change is upon us, and a fad has once again come full circle. Water sports are back and in a big way. Wake boats and water sports are emerging as the fastest growing boating demographic in this slow economy.

  • Seaworthy: Life and boats - It’s all cyclic Published 05/21/2009 at 8:05 p.m.

    Did you ever notice how life in general is cyclic? All things seem to happen in patterns. Perhaps that is where the old saying “all things come in threes” evolved.

  • Seaworthy: Managing moisture on your boat Published 04/30/2009 at 7:38 p.m.

    Boats are interesting in the fact that they seem to keep water in, even better than keeping it out.

  • Seaworthy: Hell is cold and wet, part III Published 04/09/2009 at 8:13 p.m.

    This is the third installment of passages from my log of a North Atlantic Ocean crossing I undertook at the tender age of 24.

  • Seaworthy: Hell is cold and wet, part II Published 04/02/2009 at 9:18 p.m.

    This is the second installment of passages from my log of a North Atlantic Ocean crossing I undertook at the tender age of 24

  • Seaworthy: Hell is cold and wet Published 03/19/2009 at 8:30 p.m.

    This week Id like to a share a page or two from my past. Below you will find passages taken from my log of a North Atlantic Ocean crossing I undertook at the tender age of 24.

  • Seaworthy: Lifesaving advice when you’re on the water Published 03/12/2009 at 8:28 p.m. 1 Comment

    Three dead on the water. Tragic. Brutal. Untimely, and like most accidents unnecessary.

  • Seaworthy: Getting it all together Published 03/05/2009 at 8:05 p.m.

    It’s time for a Seaworthy boat-building vocabulary class.

  • Seaworthy: Should I repower my boat? Published 02/26/2009 at 9:43 p.m.

    Good question, I am so glad that you asked. As you might expect I’d say; “It all depends.”

  • Seaworthy: Touring the Miami International Boat Show Published 02/19/2009 at 8:38 p.m.

    Wow, I am sure glad I live on the west coast. Driving is such a chore and pretty dangerous, I might add, once you get to the east coast. Admittedly, I got a late start and arrived in Miami Beach ...

  • Seaworthy: Let the ladies drive Published 02/05/2009 at 9:01 p.m.

    Most of my days are spent on or near the water. Except of course for those days when I’m trapped in front of this infernal keyboard.

  • Seaworthy: Take a field trip Published 01/30/2009 at 4:52 p.m.

    Friday we had a blast. I had occasion to travel to Largo Fl. (just north from St. Pete.) to pick up some parts from a boat builder. As the builder in question was Intrepid Boats I decided to bring along ...

  • Seaworthy: Too drunk to fish Published 01/22/2009 at 7:35 p.m.

    Beer bait and the boys. That’s boating. Well it is to some extent a bit of tradition, or even expected to down a few cold ones while out fishing with friends.

  • Seaworthy: What time is it? Published 01/15/2009 at 8:30 p.m.

    We boaters use all sorts of different terms to describe time and distance. Some boaters prefer speed to displayed in statute miles (MPH) while others reference nautical miles (Knots).

  • Seaworthy: Good night baby, sleep tight Published 01/08/2009 at 7:49 p.m.

    I know season has only just begun but I thought that I might plant a seed regarding longterm storage of your boat.

  • Seaworthy: There is a killer aboard your boat Published 12/31/2008 at 5:35 p.m.

    It can kill in minutes or hours, it can kill hours after you leave the boat

  • Seaworthy: Shooting for 50 next year Published 12/24/2008 at 3:34 p.m.

    Did you watch the Marco Island lighted boat parade last Saturday night? It was awesome. The turnout was a little better than anticipated and some of the boats were just fabulous.

  • Seaworthy: Going overboard? Published 12/18/2008 at 6:35 p.m.

    Everybody knows that it’s a good idea (and the law) to have some basic life saving and signaling devices aboard your boat. So is the minimum required a good idea? And just what do I need for my particular boat?

  • Seaworthy: One hand for the boat Published 12/04/2008 at 1:41 p.m.

    Well it sometimes takes sad news to snap us back into reality. Today I heard just such news and it struck the old familiar chord of “that could have been me.” Sunday morning (Nov. 30) we lost a good man ...

  • Seaworthy: Wood is the way Published 10/16/2008 at 4:04 p.m.

    The debate has been raging for years now on boating forums at boat shows and especially in marketing programs. Many new craft boast stickers say “100 percent wood free construction” and yet the top quality builders with the highest brand ...

  • Seaworthy: Don’t be color blind when fixing your boat Published 10/09/2008 at 2:59 p.m.

    I didn’t begin life as an opinionated know-it-all marine surveyor. I spent 20 years working the marine industry repairing and operating boats. That bilge time has taught me a little about everything that is or makes a boat a boat. ...

  • Sea Worthy: You want to review your boat’s warranty — I guarantee it Published 09/25/2008 at 8:29 p.m.

    The one thing you bear keep in mind when discussing boat warranties is that it has absolutely no resemblance to an automotive warranty.

  • Sea Worthy: That sinking feeling … Published 09/18/2008 at 10:22 a.m.

    Bilge pumps — the chances are strong that your particular boat is equipped with at least one of those. Most are common electric centrifugal pumps and are operated from your boat’s battery systems.

  • Sea Worthy: A rusty kind of business Published 09/10/2008 at 4:09 p.m.

    Electrolysis — I hear the word constantly at work, at marinas, in chat rooms and watering holes wherever boaters are found. Seldom is the word applied correctly in the conversation though.

  • Securing boats when hurricanes threaten Published 09/03/2008 at 9:13 p.m.

    So, how do you secure boats properly when a hurricane threatens? I’ll be general and proceed with the understanding that protecting against debris and rain are up to your own common sense and maintenance practices.

  • From the bow: New column on boat safety Published 08/06/2008 at 8 p.m. 1 Comment

    The information I gathered visiting the post-storm sites in the wake of Hurricanes Charley and Wilma, and speaking with marina personnel, is what I have used to form my surveyor’s observations on how to secure boats for a storm.

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