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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…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
"What If?" is an excellent game to play onboard or ashore, with both experienced and inexperienced crew, day or night, at anchor or underway.
by Dick York, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding, Electronics
Lithium batteries are a fact of life in this day and age, and, like so many other things aboard, we must treat them with care. When I wrote the CCA article on Fire in the Boat – Prevention, I gently danced around the issue of fires in smaller…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
In Stephen Covey’s best-selling self-help book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, one chapter is titled “Sharpening the Saw”.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: AIS
After two major collisions with substantial loss of American lives between US Navy destroyers and merchant ships, many of us went to websites that provide histories of the movements of the ships in the area up to the minute of the collision. Using…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety
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: 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 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 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 Chuck Hawley, |
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 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…