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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 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 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 Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Electronics
One of the requirements for the 1982 Singlehanded Transpac was to have sailed 300 NM, singlehanded, in the boat that you were going to take to Hawaii. For my second Singlehanded Transpac, I had selected an Olson 30, Collage, which I saw has having…

by Ron Trossbach |
Subject: Emergency Signalling

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Getting Weather

by Dick York |
Subject: Overboard

by John Jourdane |
Subject: Getting Weather

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. So easily conceived, so quickly neglected! Lose 20 pounds, get regular exercise, reduce intake of saturated fat, and cut out that last glass of wine in the evening: we’re very good at making promises to ourselves, and…

by Paul Bushueff |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Introduction:    Man Overboard Rules of Safety  Rule No. 1. DO Not Fall Overboard. When sailing at night, in bad weather, when reefed, alone, or in cold waters, the best safety is to be clipped in and stay with the boat.  Rule No. 2. DON'T…

by Chuck Hawley |
Subject: Overboard
Last weekend [October 2015], I was asked to take part in US Sailing’s National Faculty during their annual meeting. My goal was to create a “unit” in US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Course on Crew Overboard, and this required that I come up with a plan…

by Mark Roye |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
A well-equipped, centrally located damage control kit together with a damage control plan are important to a safe voyage.   This is particularly true in waterways such as the Pacific Northwest which has a high proportion of deadheads and debris in…

Subject: Communications
Despite my better judgment, I was coerced into delivering a 40’ cruising sloop up the coast from Oceanside to Moss Landing in early December, a distance of 350 nautical miles. While December weather can be relatively flat and beautiful, it can also…