2014 June Commodore’s Column: Summer Boating–Safety First

OD Macy3Opening Day was terrific!  Thanks to all who made it happen.  Now summer boating is really beginning!  I look at the calendar and realize that we leave for the Victoria cruise next week.  We get home and have about 5 days before heading down the Hood Canal to Pleasant Harbor for another great weekend.  We hope the weather will be as nice as last year when we sat by the pool, swam, and played games.  Then a couple of weeks later, we are off on a week cruise through the Islands ending up in Telegraph Harbour in Canada.  Then it is time for July 4th cruise to Stuart Island.  Whew!  What a great time the club has planned.  I hope all those signed up can make it – no last minute mechanical problems or health issues!!  LADY is having engine work done and I have my fingers crossed.

Having just attended the recent Fire Extinguisher Safety Seminar, I feel focused on safety issues for sailing and cruising!  Many thanks to Beth Burson for arranging with Steve Brunette of Tarboo Ridge Fire Extinguishers to have a demonstration.  Steve’s video was excellent, but it was the hands-on that was so helpful.  It took me two tries to hold the extinguisher in the correct hand, remember to PULL THE PIN, and put out the fire in a reasonable amount of time.  Time well spent! 

Last year with safety in mind, the 4th of July cruise planners, put together a contest from the stern of ROUNDABOUT, which involved the tossing various flotation devices to a marker to test for accuracy, distance and the preference of the available devices—life ring, rope/line, life sling, throwing-rope (from a bag) thrown like a baseball.   I understand this year they will feature SOS [Safety Off Shore].  It is very important to practice and refresh your skills before you need them.  Think about doing some man overboard drills, having your partner dock the boat, and using the VHS radio.  I realized with the fire extinguisher, that even though I had it in my head how to do it and had seen the video twice, in practice I was mixed up and clumsy first try.  Bill and I have some practicing to do over the next few weeks.

WEBSITE UPGRADE:  The Website Committee – Rick Rezinas, Ilona Bell, Jeff Schofstrom, Char Quandt, Terry Martello and myself have had several meetings and have reviewed the 48 surveys that were returned.  Although many members felt the website was adequate, there were many requests for a “Members’ Only” section, great suggestions and some complaints.  In addition, we realized that our website is out of date and not working correctly for Ilona (who has been doing most of the work).   Our website is 4-5 years old and no major upgrade has been done.  The thing that has recently changed is that 56% of people now view websites on mobile devices – phones and tablets .  New websites need to be  “mobile responsive” and adapt to the device they are being viewed on.  So, we are in the process of selecting the look and feel of our upgrade.  We are staying with Word Press a “do-it-yourself” type of website, but will have some professional help with the change.  We hope this will all be done this fall and that you will be pleased with the results.

Please check out the list of amazing members who made Opening Day so special for me!  Wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer of sailing, cruising, racing, kayaking and boating…

Tug on…

Macy Galbreath, 2014 Commodore

 

Last year with safety in mind, the 4th of July cruise planners, put together a contest from the stern of ROUNDABOUT, which involved the tossing various flotation devices to a marker to test for accuracy, distance and the preference of the available devices—life ring, rope/line, life sling, throwing-rope (from a bag) thrown like a baseball.   I understand this year they will feature SOS [Safety Off Shore].  It is very important to practice and refresh your skills before you need them.  Think about doing some man overboard drills, having your partner dock the boat, and using the VHS radio.  I realized with the fire extinguisher, that even though I had it in my head how to do it and had seen the video twice, in practice I was mixed up and clumsy first try.  Bill and I have some practicing to do over the next few weeks.

WEBSITE UPGRADE:  The Website Committee – Rick Rezinas, Ilona Bell, Jeff Schofstrom, Char Quandt, Terry Martello and myself have had several meetings and have reviewed the 48 surveys that were returned.  Although many members felt the website was adequate, there were many requests for a “Members’ Only” section, great suggestions and some complaints.  In addition, we realized that our website is out of date and not working correctly for Ilona (who has been doing most of the work).   Our website is 4-5 years old and no major upgrade has been done.  The thing that has recently changed is that 56% of people now view websites on mobile devices – phones and tablets .  New websites need to be  “mobile responsive” and adapt to the device they are being viewed on.  So, we are in the process of selecting the look and feel of our upgrade.  We are staying with Word Press a “do-it-yourself” type of website, but will have some professional help with the change.  We hope this will all be done this fall and that you will be pleased with the results.

Please check out the list of amazing members who made Opening Day so special for me!  Wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer of sailing, cruising, racing, kayaking and boating… Tug on…

Macy Galbreath, 2014 Commodore

 

Boat US just sent an email reminding us of a couple important things to do before heading out early in the season for an afternoon or a longer cruise.

1. Ensure all safety gear – life jackets, radio, flares and other items – are ready to go,

2. Check any drive gear such as outdrive bellows (inboard/outboard), shaft packings (inboards), livewell and engine cooling plumbing, or through-hull fittings are not cracked, rotted or severely corroded.  There are so many things to think about!

One of the best ways to get prepared is to get a free Vessel Safety Check either through a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the Point Hudson Sail and Power Squadron.   Two names come to mind:  Lucinda Eubank (Auxiliary member and Harry Dudley’s sister) or Bob Olbrych (a new member and Commander of the Sail and Power Squadron).  They both do Vessel Checks and I will be happy to put you in touch with either of them.