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by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Anchoring
Several decades ago, entering Morro Bay around sunrise, I was at the helm of a 30’ wooden ketch while the rest of the crew slept below. It was near a full moon, and the boat was bucking about a 3-knot ebb with her 4.5 knots of speed through the…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Recently, we discussed some New Year’s Resolutions for safe voyaging that included having a pre-departure chat with your crew so that everyone had basic safety (and comfort) information when on the water: where the safety gear was stowed, how to…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
In 2017, US Sailing Yachtswoman of the Year Timmy Larr asked me to participate in a series of life jacket tests in Tampa Bay, about ¼ mile from the University of Southern Florida. These tests were reasonably similar to other life jacket testing that…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Bottom line: safety gear is a compromise. Too foolproof, and it may be either too expensive or too difficult to use. Too heavy, and people leave it below decks. Too much maintenance required, and it may not work when it is supposed to. 
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew, Seamanship and Awareness
I had the wonderful opportunity to charter a Moorings 4600 catamaran in Croatia for two week in late May, and in fact I am writing this Safety Moment from the catamaran as I sit in the lovely Palmizana marina on the island of Klement.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
  “Safety Moments, presented at CCA Stations and Posts”
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Good Practices Underway
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America, June 2017 Chuck Hawley
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Anchoring
CCA Safety Moment
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
CCA Safety Moment for September 2015
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Communications
... As we were the fastest boat, we had the least amount of time to prepare for spinnaker sets and douses, gybes, configuration changes, and most importantly, communication. This was evidenced by some truly terrible spinnaker sets, botched take-…
by Sally Honey, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
CCA Safety Moment, Sally Honey, 12 January 2022
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Seamanship and Awareness
CCA Safety Moment for January 2022
by Charles L Starke MD , |
Subject: Communications
(video demonstration at the end)
by Charles L Starke MD , |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
Our boat sat unused last year because of Covid, and I scheduled a two day in depth inspection last week to look at the boat, and safety issues.  Issues found were extremely surprising and have led to improvements in boat safety.        We have a…
by Charles L Starke MD , |
Subject: Communications
Since the discontinuation of SeaTow's radio check service, the US Coast Guard recommends all VHF checks be held by DSC test call to their Rescue 21 system on digital channel 70 (the only all-digital channel).  All fixed marine radios since 1999 have…