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by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Good Practices Underway
Armed with a small amount of misinformation, we concoct a story to fit what we think we see and then twist additional evidence to comply.
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
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Rendering Assistance
CCA Safety Moment for March 2021
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Anchoring
Perhaps a meta-analysis of anchoring tests is the only way to get a sufficiently broad idea of what will work best for an individual. No single test proves very much, and all are compromised by the simplifying assumptions in the test protocol.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
After an initial stage of having existing life jacket designs updated with modern labels, new life jacket designs created under a new UL standard (UL 12402) will begin to enter the market, and these life jackets may have features and innovations…
by Brian Guck, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat, Safety Gear, Personal
Sea and be Seen
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
Sailors can learn from the crash of flight 8303. We can, on occasion, get into a situation that gets more and more difficult from which to recover. This can be caused by ego, or by a sudden change in the expected circumstances, or a lack of “…
by Paul Bushueff, |
Subject: Sails and Rigging
Preventers for off wind sailing has always been a popular discussion topic.
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…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Dinghy Management
Several years ago, I was asked to serve on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, which is a group that (as the name suggests) advises and coordinates with the Coast Guard on issues related to recreational boating safety.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Good Practices Underway
Six key points to keep in mind when docking the boat. Chuck explains it all.
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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…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
Racing "Big Boats" on SF Bay aboard a classic wooden schooner highlights the need to brief crew on the specifics of their roles onboard.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
The failure rate of life jackets can be alarmingly high without proper attention
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
After several fatal short-handed crew overboard incidents involving members of the Sailing Foundation in Seattle, three of the members (Fred Hayes, Dick Marshall, Doug Fryer) began to search for a solution to short-handed overboard accidents. Their…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
Whether you call them flares, or visual distress signals (VDS), or pyrotechnics, some visual form of getting attention from boaters or rescue agencies has been a mainstay of the Federal Recreational Boat Equipment requirements for decades. And…