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Articles, White Papers, and Safety Moments (shorter items for presentation to groups) are available for your personal use. We hope these will enhance your time on the water and preparing for it.


by Dick York |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
One of the most desperate emergencies aboard is a fire in the boat.

by Anne Glenn |

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Harness & Tether Requirements Every crew member must have a harness & tether not more than 6 ft (or 2 meters) long.

by Ron Trossbach |
A new set of Safety Equipment Requirements (SERs) replaced the ISAF (formally ORC) Offshore Special Regulations in the US, effective January 2014. These new requirements were adapted and successfully used in the 2014 Pacific Cup and the 2014 Newport…

by Chuck Hawley |
On the night of November 29, 2014, while competing in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas Wind ran aground on Cargados Carajos Shoal shortly after local sunset.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Anchoring
In August of 2014, Fortress Anchors conducted an extensive anchor test on Chesapeake Bay, south of Solomon’s Island, in deep, sticky mud. I was asked to be the impartial observer, based on my participation in anchor tests for several decades.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
In the early 1970s, a new method of categorizing life jackets was introduced by the Coast Guard and Underwriter’s Laboratories, using five “types” and a new, strange name for life jackets: the Personal Flotation Device.

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
When we think about boating safety, all of us can come up with a specific story, perhaps several, that previously taught us about the ocean, how sailboats perform, and how to avoid trouble. Frequently, these stories involved trouble of one sort or…

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat
Italics Note – Items in italics should be read to an audience before the paper is distributed.

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Lifejacket /Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Requirements

by Lawrence Glenn |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
To be safe, all harnesses, whether integral with a PFD or not, should fit properly. This may be an issue if you are smaller than average, as noted below.

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat, Dinghy Management
Dinghy Safety Checklist It only takes a few minutes to verify that your dinghy is "good to go." USCG Federal Requirements - IMPORTANT NOTE: States may have additional requirements for registration of all types of boats and young…

by John Jourdane |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Minimum skills crew should have for cruising safely.   If your shorthanded crew does not have these skills, think about how these tasks will be accomplished, and consider enrolling in a course to build these skills. 1.Can they stop the boat? 2.…

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat
This list started when a CCA member tried to identify what changes he had to make to his boat when he started cruising with just himself and his wife. Others have added too, and this may give you a great starting point for your list!…

by John Jourdane |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
A fire aboard a vessel is very scary.  With an uncontrolled blaze, there is nowhere to go except into the water or a life raft. A boat fire spreads very rapidly.  You must attack it immediately and effectively; otherwise you will deplete your…

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat
No one wants to spend money foolishly, and no one wants to be subjected to unnecessary risks. How do you figure out how to spend your safety dollars efficiently to minimize the risks associated with going to sea in sailboats? Risk analysis generally…

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Communications
While working with fellow CCA members on a comprehensive marine safety manual, I found that the powers that be have prospectively revised VHF channels. The changes are intended to harmonize global communications but, in the natural order of things,…

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Emergency Signalling