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by Jeffrey Wisch, MD, |
Subject: Medical, Medical
CCA Fleet Surgeon Memorandum for Offshore Passages Jeffrey S. Wisch, M.D.*
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Good Practices Underway
“Safety Moments, presented at CCA Stations and Posts” By Chuck Hawley, San Francisco Station, May 2023
by James Phyfe, |
Subject: Heavy Weather
“From the CCA School of Hard Rocks
Subject: Narratives
From Spain to Maine to Ukraine. A wide-ranging collection of narratives in the post-COVID era. Read about it here
by Eric Thyrre, |
Subject: Emergencies
The weather at the ramp was sunny and clear, yet lightning struck the son standing on the bow. The lightning bolt came in his tail bone and out his foot. The son immediately went overboard and started to sink. The father jumped overboard and…
by Ernie Godshalk, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
  Dangerous Bravado
by Brian Guck, |
Subject: Dinghy Management
It was low tide. I needed to navigate shallow water to get to my usual tie up spot. I did what I frequently do in this situation, turning around to lift the idling motor into the shallow water setting. The new motor we bought this year doesn’t raise…
by Ed Tarlov, |
Subject: Medical, Dinghy Management, Overboard
Beware the Dinghy
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Preparation of Boat and Crew
But what about the resolutions we make with regard to the safe operation of our own sailboats and cruisers? How many times have you heard a fellow voyager say “Ya know, the next time we’re out, we ought to do a man overboard drill” or “I need to…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
A passenger on a Carnival Cruise Ship, traveling from New Orleans to Cozumel, was reported missing about 13 hours after he was last seen onboard. A search ensued, and the passenger was spotted by a commercial vessel, which then relayed the…
by Dennis Powers, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
About 30 minutes later we were startled to see about 6 inches of water all along the low side from the galley forward along the settee berth and the floorboards were beginning to float. We removed them, turned on two electric pumps, and began…
by Michael Moradzadeh, |
Subject: Good Practices Underway
A short trip becomes a near disaster by ignoring engine alarms.
by Ernie Godshalk, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
I took down the radio panel and, with a multimeter in hand, was able to determine that the stereo wasn’t getting its 12 volts. When I improvised a 12-volt supply, it came to life. Progress, but a mystery remained behind the dead 12-volt supply line…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
After sitting next to Stan for about an hour, I stood up to stretch and get some blood flowing in my legs. As I did, I heard the faint but unmistakable snap of a circuit breaker going from the On to the Off position, followed by the sound of an…
by Sheila McCurdy, |
Subject: Culture of Safety, Seamanship and Awareness
Good seamanship should include the ability to assess, address, and anticipate. The best offshore sailors use sight, smell, hearing, and feel to monitor what is going on below, on deck and in the wider environment for whatever may come next.…
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
Inspect, test, and practice your life jacket!
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Overboard
Typical MOB situations (dark, rough seas) may make maneuvering the rescuing vessel tricky. The development of the Lifesling and similar devices assists in recovering a person in the water without having to get dangerously close.
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat, Emergencies
Safety Moment, Cruising Club of America, SF Station, Sept 2018 Chuck Hawley