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by Brian Guck, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
By Brian
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
​​​​​​​A problem can easily arise when several knowledgeable sailors are on deck during a passage or even a daysail and it is not clear who is charge. Each is partially attentive, but no one is paying attention to the details on the chart or what…
by John Jourdane, |
Subject: Damage and Repair
“From the CCA School of Hard Rocks
by John Robinson, |
Subject: Medical
A diabetic emergency managed.
by Charles L Starke MD , |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Overboard
"Things can go from benign to potentially deadly in seconds, even to very experienced and competent sailors."
by David Tunick, |
Subject: Overboard, Rendering Assistance
A Different Kind of Man Overboard “From the CCA School of Hard Rocks ...lessons learned in pursuit of the Art of Seamanship” By David Tunick
by Ralph Naranjo, |
Subject: Heavy Weather, Overboard
Author: Ralph Naranjo Publication: Practical Sailor, July 2021 Ralph Naranjo is a member of the Cruising Club of America and its Safety & Seamanship Committee. He is a former Vanderstar Chair at the US Naval Academy and author of THE ART OF…
by Multiple CCA members, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Overboard
It's 2021. When someone goes overboard, you want the benefit of the latest experience and thinking. Our panel discusses MOB techniques including recovery under spinnaker and the new "mid-line" hoist. Led by Cruising Club of America, the New York…
by Bruce Brown, |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
In recent years, the US Coast Guard has, in response to comments from recreational mariners and professional mariners attempted to address the complex issues of required Day and Night Signals.
by Bruce Brown, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
With the recent indictment of the Captain of the Conception due to the loss of life during the fatal fire on board the dive boat on September 2, 2019, it is timely to consider how we have our vessels set up for charging the batteries on portable…
by Charles L Starke MD , |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Emergency services have not always responded to an EPIRB alert When voyagers purchase and register an EPIRB, the first step is to register the EPIRB with the beacon authority. In the US, go to
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Subject: Damage and Repair
Things happen on boats. Many times, repairs underway are necessary if you want to complete your voyage safely and swiftly. This video presentation addresses many related issues.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Rendering Assistance
CCA Safety Moment for March 2021
by John Robinson, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Overboard
The CCA Safety & Seamanship Committee says the time for lifejackets is now and makes the case for their use as a key element of its Culture of Safety Recommendations.
by Zdenka Griswold, & by Christian Charalambous, |
Subject: Narratives, Emergencies
A rescue amid a terrifying capsize is brought to life in this firsthand retelling.
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Subject: Safety Gear, Personal, Overboard
The CCA recommends that, at the skipper’s discretion, all crew should WEAR A LIFE JACKET when on deck of a recreational boat. There are various types of life jackets with advantages and disadvantages, and that are appropriate for different…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal, Overboard
I like to think that the courses and articles and online tutorials are complete and easy to understand, but anyone who teaches knows that the best way to check comprehension is to listen to the questions that are asked. After my “story” in Lectronic…
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Subject: Safety Gear, Personal, Overboard
Coast Guard Safety Alert: This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have…