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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 Dick York, |
Subject: Emergency Signalling
This note presents the results of the work of CCA member John Brooks in investigating the position of the U. S. Coast Guard with regard to “laser flares”. It also contains some description of the devices and links to other information about the…
by Larry Glenn, |
Subject: Abandon Ship/Liferafts
Larry Glenn, owner of Runaway, a J44 is very thoughtful, plus he is organized and disciplined about his thinking regarding emergencies.  Larry knows that you cannot assign tasks in the middle of a crisis; you have to plan and organize ahead…
by Michael Keyworth, |
Subject: Tools and Spares
by Dick Stevenson, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
by Mark Roye, |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
 
by Dick York, |
Subject: Fire/Flooding
One of the most desperate emergencies aboard is a fire in the boat.
by Anne Glenn, |
Subject: Preparation of Boat and Crew
by Chuck Hawley, |
Subject: Seamanship and Awareness
When we think about boating safety, all of us can come up with a specific story, perhaps several, that previously taught us about the ocean, how sailboats perform, and how to avoid trouble. Frequently, these stories involved trouble of one sort or…
by Ron Trossbach, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Boat
Italics Note – Items in italics should be read to an audience before the paper is distributed.
by Ron Trossbach, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Harness & Tether Requirements Every crew member must have a harness & tether not more than 6 ft (or 2 meters) long.
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: Anchoring
In August of 2014, Fortress Anchors conducted an extensive anchor test on Chesapeake Bay, south of Solomon’s Island, in deep, sticky mud. I was asked to be the impartial observer, based on my participation in anchor tests for several decades.
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
This list started when a CCA member tried to identify what changes he had to make to his boat when he started cruising with just himself and his wife. Others have added too, and this may give you a great starting point for your list!…
by Ron Trossbach, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
Lifejacket /Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Requirements
by Lawrence Glenn, |
Subject: Safety Gear, Personal
To be safe, all harnesses, whether integral with a PFD or not, should fit properly. This may be an issue if you are smaller than average, as noted below.
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 John Jourdane, |
Subject: Practice and Safety Training
Minimum skills crew should have for cruising safely.   If your shorthanded crew does not have these skills, think about how these tasks will be accomplished, and consider enrolling in a course to build these skills. 1.Can they stop the boat? 2.…