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Cruising Safely

Did you check the weather forecast and are your navigation lights functioning? How do you deal with a man-overboard situation and what should you always have aboard in case of an emergency? Don’t fret, these articles will address your questions about safety aboard.

Web Extra: Towing A Disabled Vessel

Linda Lewis doesn’t jump into a “situation” without first thinking it through. Take this example: She was traveling south, past Campbell River, B.C., and parallel to Cape Mudge, when she spotted a disabled 42-foot Grand Banks. At the same time, she heard a Coast Guard…

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Sizing the Capable Snubber

Everything was new and untried, including us, when in 1995 Hurricane Opal, our first hurricane, showed up. Once the hurricane warning was issued, we debated as to what we would do, finally deciding to ride this storm out at anchor. But, having waited too long,…

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Letters To The Editor

  LP GAS SYSTEMS I enjoy reading all of Steve D’Antonio’s great “gearhead” articles. Having just read his two-part series on LP gas systems (PMM Oct. and Nov./Dec. ’09), I have a question. I have two horizontal aluminum tanks under the brow of the flybridge…

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Cruising Rules and Weems & Plath

CRUISING RULES Everyone’s got their own list of cruising rules. Here are Peter and Cathie Trogdon’s words to live by: Keep no hard schedule Invite no overnight guests Always watch the weather and get reports Plan your route each morning Compare paper and electronic charts…

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ABYC Guidelines

Letters To The Editor Web Extra Boat keels should be blocked as close to the ground as practical. Keel blocking should be used to support the weight of the boat, unless otherwise specified by the boat manufacturer. Keel blocking should be distributed to prevent high…

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ABYC Fire Extinguisher Guidelines

Gearhead:  Portable Fire Extinguishers Web Extra ABYC GUIDELINES FOR FIXED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR BOATS 65 FEET OR LESS IN LENGTH Type of Boat No. Of Extinguishers USCG Type (see note 1) ANSI/UL 711 Type (see notes 2&3) Location Open boats under 16 1 B-1 ABC…

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Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor Web Extra CO DETECTOR SAFETY I love reading Steve D’Antonio’s articles and hope he can answer my question about his newsletter article on CO detectors (Channels Jan. 2011, Vol. 1). His statement that the density of CO gas is “neutral” raises…

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News & Notes (September 2011 Issue)

Celebrating those who keep our waters safe Last year I had the pleasure of attending the annual Coast Guard Foundation tribute held in Washington, D.C., and I was so pleased to be invited again this summer for the seventh annual event. Inside the beautifully decorated…

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The Accidental Salvor

“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.  This is the sailing vessel Yellow Jacket.  We need assistance, over.” “Yellow Jacket, Yellow Jacket, this is Coast Guard Victoria. What is the nature of your emergency?” Yellow Jacket, a 32-foot sloop, struck a log, which disabled her rudder. She was adrift and unable…

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