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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 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 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…