Boating Safety Class #6 – Handling your boat

Only 7 more classes to go till I get my certificate.  Yay!

This class was REALY oriented to power boat sailors, I yawned through some of the manuevering discussions.  However, some reviews regarding fuel were definitely important.  Sailboats with inboard engines still need to follow the safety rules when fueling. 

  • Close all hatches & windows before fueling.
  • Turn off all electrical equipment
  • extinguish all flame, turn off galley stove, don’t smoke
  • Have the crew wait on the dock.
  • have the fuel dispenser touch the neck of the fuel tank to ground it
  • If it’s a portable gas tank, put it on the dock to fill
  • after fueling open all hatches and windows
  • operate blowers at least 5 minutes to clear out fumes
  • use your nose to check for fumes before starting
  • have a fire extinguisher ready

Another interesting tidbit was a discussion on anchors.  I found out my left-over anchor from the O’Day Sailboat is a Danforth.

Danforth anchor

Danforth anchor

It’s worth about $50 to $75.  One more thing I won’t have to buy to outfit my big boat.

Never pick up your anchor from the rear of your boat.  The Coast Guard Auxilliary folks love to scare us with stories of people in disasters.  This time it was about some pro football players that had anchored and couldn’t get the anchor back up.  They moved the rope to the back of the boat, tied it on a cleat and gunned the moter to yank it out.  It didn’t come out and instead the back of the boat went under the water, the boat rolled and a few drowned.  Very sad.  Don’t do that.   I couldn’t find any details about where the anchor rope was tied, but here is a news article about it.

 

 

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I’d sail with you any day – Tuesday racing at BCYC

“I’d sail with you any day” was what the captain of my boat said today after the races.

Then Steve C. said, “I told you he was a good sailor”.

Wow, make my head swell guys.

As you might be able to tell, it was a good day at the Tuesday BCYC one design races.  This time my boat captain was Julie.  She hadn’t raced in a while, but still very competent at the helm.  I don’t recall the specifics, but out of about 6 races we were last two or three times, second twice, and we actually won the last race.  Not bad.

I drove the boat (manned the tiller) for two or 3 races and did pretty good.  Unfortunately, I don’t have total recall of what happened and can’t give you an accurate account.  I do know that I get so into the sailing that everything else drops away and nothing is left but : Which way is the wind blowing?  Where is the marker buoy?  Shere are the other boats?  Where is the turn marker?  Pull on the jib.  Head more upwind, etc. etc…. Boy that sure is fun.

Then afterwards it’s back to the clubhouse for a shared dinner and drinks.  Sailing conversations about body weight positioning, how to sail a sunfish like I have, big boat races they’ve been on.   They don’t mind when I stop the conversation and ask for a clarification of what they just said.  REALLY great folks!

There is a chance that next week I’ll be sailing one of the club’s sunfish sailboats to practice for when I get mine repaired.

Here are a few pics of us putting the boats in the water.  The club has a monster boat lift that lets us pick up the boats off the trailers and drop them right in the water.

The boat lift

The boat lift

Coming off the trailer

Coming off the trailer

Boat ready to be lowered in the water

Boat ready to be lowered in the water

Boating Safety Class #5 – Trailering your boat

Last night it was back to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for another rousing classroom session on boating safety.  I wasn’t all that interested, but still manage to pay attention.  A few things really caught my attention.

TRAILER CHAINS – exciting subject huh?  I have a question for you.  You’ve probablyseen trailer safety chains.  Is it important if they are cross hooked or not?

safety chain crossed

With a little bit of thought you can figure it out.  If they are crossed and the hitch comes off the ball, the hitch will fall down and be caught by the chains that are under it.   If they are not crossed, the hitch will fall straight to the pavement. ( I did not know this)

SAFETY TIP: Cross hook your trailer chains.

DRIVING YOUR BOAT ONTO YOUR TRAILER: You should not motor your boat onto your trailer.  The propeller kicks up sand and dirt at the end of the ramp and eventually if enough people do it will leave big holes at the end of the ramp.  This means someone backing a trailer down can have the wheels of the trailer drop into the holes and become stuck.  I had heard this before, but after class I was outside the building and watched someone at the ramp power their boat all the way on their trailer.  No concern for property or other people.  (or maybe they are ignorant and haven’t had a boating safety class)  Ugh.

LAUNCHING YOUR BOAT FROM THE TRAILER:  Make sure  you put the boaty thing in the water, not the cary thing.

trailer boat launch fail

trailer boat launch fail

 

MATCH THE BALL SIZE WITH THE HITCH SIZE:  A ball that is too small can come out of the socket.  This person is glad they matched the proper sized ball with the hitch.

trailer accident

trailer accident