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March 2018

Safety Report - 03/2018 Safety Report



December 2017 

Safety Report - 11/2017 Safety Report


February 2016

Satellite Imagery to Aid Chart Making

From Ocean Navigator,  January 2016 Tim Queeny.

NOAA's office of Coastal Survey and chart makers at the firm NV, charts are using satellites and two colors of green and blue to see the depth of water and to hopefully find more shallow water where ships and maybe some of us could have trouble with sand bars.  Moriches Bay could be a good test each year as it hasn't been dredged completely for a lot of years. 

It could be a wonderful tool for NOAA, but if the new chart makers and GPS don't pick up the information, would it help us?  Time will tell the complete story.

In the Caribbean and Bahamas there are a lot of shifting sand bars, so we may see it start there first.  Let's hope it works in the small boat charts on the inland water ways. 

"The oldest navigation tool is a good set of eyes"

A Few words of interest to some folks, but not to all of those who don't get up in the morning.

On March 23rd starting at 5:37am, a penumbral eclipse of the moon will be visible from North America if the sky is clear that morning.  It will last until 9:57am.  It may be a part of an eclipse depending where you are in North America.  The biggest moon of our lives will be on November 14, 2016 and the next one is November 25, 2034.  I may not see this one, but I do somewhat remember the one on January 26, 1948.  The moon at its perigees will be closest to the earth.  We will have higher tides and if we are having a bad northeast storm, watch out!

It could be a long cold winter until spring, so on a nice weekend let's check safety equipment remembering that it could be your life that you save:

1.  Life jackets; if they have tears, replace them with #1 offshore.

2.  Fire Extinguishers; should be ABC and always check the gauge.

3.  Flares; check the dates.

4.  Charts and compass courses on charts.

5.  On your compass, did you check to see that it shows the same course as the course on your chart. 

6.  Dock lines and anchor lines; are they good for another season?

7.  Things to add, a gas snifter and C02 tester, if you have bunks on board, they are cheaper than a funeral.

8.  Fire alarm; if you have any of them, please change the batteries in the spring.

9.  If you have an inboard motor, check your hoses, the age of your battery, when did you change your impellers?

See John Taylor at SN1 Boat Yard for replacement parts.

There will be two (2) full blue moon in 2018, January 1st and 31st and March 1st and 31st.

P/C Bob Lyons, P

January 2016

During the winter lay-up, it is a good idea to check the condition of your Dock Lines (3 years useful life) and Life Jackets (consider off-shore jackets if you are replacing)

Check flare dates, extinguishers dates and pressure, and gas storage

By P/C Bob Lyons, P