VOLUME 54 MAY 2001 NUMBER 3
From the Commander
Cdr William (Billy) H. Lynes, AP
I'm sure everyone by now is aware
of the financial situation at the national level. And, oh yes,
ours isn't much better locally. Please contribute what you can
to our fund-raiser this month. A successful fund-raiser will go
a long way towards removing those comments of concern from our
A dues increase from national is pretty much inevitable. If
(when) national mandates a dues increase it will fall upon us
at the squadron level to sell it to our troops. This will become
especially acute when trying to recruit new members. As the old
saying goes 'there is more than one way to skin an armadillo'.
Should initiation fees be raised in lieu of dues for new members?
Should there be a grace period to allow for the time lapse between
boating coarse and dues year? Family member dues increase? One
time surcharge for all members? There are many options.
It was our privilege to have National Secretary V/C Ernest
Marshburn, SN present at the District 26 Spring Conference in
Georgetown. The message he brought from Chief Commander Jensen,
SN encourages local input for consideration in the decision making
process of how to overcome the money crunch. V/C Marshburn welcomes
your comments via email, email@example.com, so that he
may relate our local concerns to the national bridge.
Also of note are the comments of National Treasurer V/C Kerr,
SN in "THE ENSIGN®" regarding membership retention
as a means of combating income shortfall. This is definitely a
squadron level endeavor. V/C Kerr suggests member involvement
as a means of minimizing non-renewals. While membership retention
is not a great problem at Charleston Power Squadron, I am of the
belief that we could do a lot better in the area of member involvement.
We have many hard working dedicated members in our squadron doing
multiple tasks without complaining. Though these individuals may
be reluctant to ask for help, I'm in a position to know they could
use some. I'll ask for all. Please lend a hand if you can to lighten
the load of these strong members. I'm sure you'll find the experience
very rewarding. With over two hundred members in the squadron,
there's no reason for anyone to be overloaded. Further, I don't
think we'd be hard pressed to find two hundred tasks to do in
a squadron year. If everyone puts their oars in the water Charleston
Power Squadron will go further easier.
District 26 Fall Conference &
Change of Watch
19-21 October 2001
The Charleston Power Squadron
We at Charleston Power Squadron
are planning to host a family oriented, fun filled District 26
Fall Conference and Change of Watch this October 19th thru 21st.
I can't praise Past Commander Boo Ward, JN and her committee enough
for putting all this together. The exact itinerary with time of
events is still being finalized but this is what we are planning.
The main event will take place at Town and Country Inn on Savannah
Hwy. District Administrative Officer D/Lt/C Marge Schulte, SC
will be taking reservations.
Friday evening at Buzzard's Roost Marina will be an oyster roast
and, of course, hot-dogs will be available for those who wouldn't
dare put one of them in your mouth. Also, for this event we have
a Raingutter Regatta planned. To make everyone competitive you
must use a BSA Raingutter Regatta Kit. I encourage everyone to
buy their kit in advance so that your creativeness will be evident
in your completed yacht. The kits are available at your local
BSA store or BSA catalog for $3.95. I will have a limited number
of kits available at the event and one put together at the last
minute can be competitive, it just won't be pretty. Competition
will be in three age groups, born thru 12, 13 thru 17 and 18 thru
Strom. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place and
best in show in each age group.
Saturday will of coarse be the very informative and enlightening
Fall Conference. The Spouse's Luncheon and Day Trip will be a
guided tour of historic Charleston and lunch at an excellent restaurant.
Shopping time will also be built in. Children's Activities for
Saturday will take place at Charlestown Landing, the site of the
original Charlestown, established in 1670. This is a very interesting
place even if you're not children.
Saturday evening will be the District Change of Watch and Banquet
at the Town & Country. Also, in an adjacent banquet room,
will be pizza and a movie for the children. This will be well
chaperoned and supervised and right next door if parents want
to look in on their future Power Squadron members. Entertainment
by a very funny comic guest is also planned. Please do not slip
out of the banquet and stay over there watching the movie.
Sunday Brunch will be at the Charleston Maritime Center overlooking
Historic Charleston Harbor. Afterwards you are encouraged to spend
some time enjoying more of our beautiful city. The Maritime Center
is right next to the South Carolina Aquarium and the IMAX Theater.
You'll note that I haven't mentioned cost. Prices will be announced
ASAP based on numbers of participants but will be as minimal as
Lt/C Steve Rawe, N
Thanks again to those squadron
members who participated in the PublicBoating Course at Hobcaw
Yacht Club. Thirty-two out of forty-seven participants were able
to take the examination and several of these have joined our squadron.
A Boat Smart Course will be held on Saturday 5 and 12 May at
Duncan's Boat Harbor in North Charleston. This is our abbreviated
two-day course lasting four hours each Saturday. The same material
as the public Boating Course, with the exception of coastal navigation,
is covered in a condensed version. This format is convenient to
some members of the public who are unable to participate in the
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Congratulations to Jim Davis, Steve Kromer, John Milton, and David
Walsh for successfully completing the Marine Electronics Course.
Gene Gilfillin, N, has ably instructed this course. Gene and John
Milton also successfully completed the Instructor Qualification
course taught by Peggy Bauer, AP. Peggy and John Patten, SN continue
to devote their time unselfishly and successfully in the instruction
of their courses. Frankie Clemons, Lee Mims, Johan Prins, Mar
Jia Sindram, David Walsh, Wendy Walsh, and John Barcza successfully
completed John's Seamanship Course.
Gene Gilfillin by completing the IQ course has become our most
recent Full Certificate (SN) member. Congratulations again to
Lt/C J. Stephen Yeomans, P
There is a ton of activities
happening for you to get involved with in the squadron! The most
important (to me) is the preparation for National Safe Boating
Week (19 - 25 May). We will be stuffing safe boating packets before
the May Executive Committee meeting (starting at 1800). These
packets will have information not only about the squadron, but
also about many different types of safety issues concerning boats
and the water. They will be handed out during Safe Boating Week
by our Vessel Safety Examiners, and anyone in the squadron who
can help get the word out regarding safety on the water.
By the time you read this, the In-Water Boat Show at Charleston
Harbor Marina will have come and gone. These shows are one of
our best (and cheapest) opportunities to stress to the public
the importance of our educational offerings, as well as the opportunity
to be in the squadron. We routinely get pages of names and phone
numbers of people who want more information on what we have to
offer and, in reality, many of our basic boating students come
from these boat shows. They are fun. They are free. They net us
new members. Why is it a challenge to find workers for our booth?
If you've been in the squadron more than a year, and have not
yet donated two (2) hours of your time to work one of the two
(2) shows Charleston has each year, please get in touch with me.
I just have to ask what the holdup is. Involvement is FUN!
Speaking of involvement AND safety, the Vessel Safety Examiner's
program is up and running full swing. These masters of preparedness
inspected many vessels during the recent Hornik Cruise, and are
looking to continue their quest toward boating safety during National
Safe Boating Week. They would, however, like to swell their numbers.
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with P/C
Tony Ward, AP, and let him know you would like to go through the
training for this very important USPS program.
Charting Outing Report
Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P
P/C "Mike Page, AP
Fourteen squadron members braved the morning
sunshine and soft breezes on 10 March 2001 to search for geodetic
marks in the West Ashley and Johns Island areas. We divided into
four teams and with compass, GPS, shovel, and measuring tape,
set out to successfully recover 17 marks. By "recover",
we mean to have located and examined survey disks placed over
the years by the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the National
Geodetic Survey, and the South Carolina Geodetic Survey.
The recoveries have been transmitted
to the National Geodetic Survey by a new online reporting system
that came on stream 1 April 2001. USPS 77-4 forms have been prepared
for submission to our District Cooperative Charting Chairman,
our own D/Lt/C Vince Lombardo, S, so that the squadron and individual
members will receive proper credit for the recoveries.
Special thanks to the squadron
members who took part in the recovery outing: P/D/C Kenneth Beeber,
SN, P/D/C Robert A. Gissell, SN, Lt Michael S. King, AP, Joan
King, AP, D/Lt/C J. Vincent Lombardo, S, Robert J. Lovinger, Sophie
L. Lovinger, Cdr William H. Lynes, AP, William Marinko, P, Lt
Corrin Marinko, JN, P/D/Lt/C Kathryn Page, S, Sarah H. Shiner,
S, and David E. Walsh.
P/C Frederick Wichmann, AP, also
recovered marks that are placed close by his home.
National Safety Check Day
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
"HELLO ALL STATIONS"
The United States Power Squadrons
in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
is sponsoring a National Vessel Safety Check day on June 2nd.
All West Marine Stores and all Boat US stores except four will
provide space, advertising and promotion such as flyers and safety
items discounts to the general public.
The "Hello all Stations" is a call to all USPS and
Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiners for their help in coordinating
the manning of all participating locations with Vessel Examiners.
Vessel Examiners already work with many yacht clubs, marinas and
use boat ramps around the country. This is also included. We have
over 1,000 VEs in USPS and over 8,000 in the Auxiliary for a total
work force of 9,000! All Safety Checks with the date of June 2nd
will be used to determine the success of this day.
Our Goal is to increase the public awareness of this fantastic
program. Helping to save lives is a great bonus! More details
will be forthcoming in the Ensign and various other forms of communication.
Thank you for your support of the Vessel Safety Check Program!
P/D/C Luis Ojeda, JN, USPS National Chair VSC
TRANSIENT DOCK LINES
What, exactly, are dock lines?
There are really two types, the first of which is those used to
secure your boat to your home slip, or someplace for an extended
stay when you won't be constantly around to check. The other type
(which we'll call TRANSIENT lines) are those that you will carry
with you to moor at a public landing, the yacht club, a friend's
pier, rafting with friends or for cruises where you will tie up
at different docks or marinas.
You should carry at least six lines with you at all times for
safely mooring your boat. They should be 10% longer than your
boat (a 30' boat will need 33' lines, measured from the tip of
the eye to the bitter end). If you decide that all of the lines
don't have to be that long, you may decide that four of the lines
can be slightly shorter to be used for bow and stern lines (spring
lines must be longer).
The advantage to having all of the lines long enough for springs
is that you don't have to search for the proper length. Why four
bow and stern lines ? If you are lucky enough to get a slip at
your next overnight stop, you will need four and you will need
one or two spring lines to control forward and aft motion.
What size (diameter) line do you need? We show below suggested
sizes recommended by reliable marine supplier. But first, before
selecting your chosen diameter, consider the size of your cleats.
It is fruitless to select lines to large for the cleats on your
boat. Cleats should measure 1 inch in length (measured from tip
to tip) for each 1/16 inch of line diameter. For example, a 1/2
line (8/16 inch) requires an 8-inch cleat. If your cleats are
too small for the line recommended, consider replacing them.
Boat length to: 27' 28-36' 37-45' 46-54'
Line Diameter: 3/8" 7/16" 1/2" 5/8"
Although there are a number of different materials used for
lines, we will only consider the two main types used for this
purpose. For purposes of transient docking, nylon is the generally
preferred material. Nylon comes in three strand twisted and braided
construction. Three strand is cheaper, size for size, has more
stretch (desirable for this purpose) but is rougher on the hands.
On the other hand, braided lines tend to snag on rough pilings
and other abrasive materials and generally have a shorter life
when used for dock lines.
Each transient line should have an eye splice on one end. It
is desirable that the eye be large enough to slip easily over
the size piling you expect to encounter. Splicing the eye may
affect your choice of construction material depending on who is
going to do the splicing. Most people find splicing three strand
is more to their liking than splicing double braided line.
From the US Coast Guard Operations Newsletter
Be sure to visit the new site of
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK
R/C Edwin G. Kridler,
THE BONER AWARD
Since this article is being written
prior to the Spring Governing Board, I thought I'd write, not
about national events, but about something important at the squadron
level. Please re-read the title of this piece again, then think
Yes, I'm thinking about the Boner Award, and what it stands
for. The Boner Award is usually given for a gross violation of
good seamanship or navigational skills. The boating season is
upon us, and its time to start adding up points.
Last year, the award was not given for a gross violation of
seamanship or navigational skills. It was given to the ever elegant
and graceful Cindy for having boots shorter than the water depth
when wading ashore at the Cape Romain Cruise.
I think this is a tribute to the boating skills of our members.
Maybe we were thinking and paying attention when we were on the
water last year, and didn't do dumb things. Maybe we put into
practice the many lessons of our USPS courses. Maybe we followed
the USPS Pledge "to promote and perpetuate high standards
of navigation and seamanship." It sure looks like we practiced
what we teach and preach; we did well enough in our boating that
we had to search for a reason to give out the award.
May we do as well during the 2001 boating season. While it
is always good for a laugh when we hear about one of our members
doing something dumb on the water, it's also very nice to think
about our members not doing something dumb on the water. May we
all have a safe and happy boating season. May it be as successful
as last year so we will have to think hard to find a reason to
give out the Boner Award.
Having recently accepted the
responsibilities of Meetings Chair, I want to encourage you to
send me your ideas for venues and speakers. We'll be trying some
new things and really NEED your reactions as we go along.
The first big change will be at the 10 May meeting which will
be held at Headquarters beginning at 1930(1830 Happy Hour) It
will be a Strawberry Festival. We ask you to bring your favorite
Strawberry dessert to share. We'll only have coffee and dessert
for this meeting. There will be a $3.00 fee if you don't bring
We have a very exciting program. Charlie Sneed of The Spirit of
South Carolina Tall Ship Project will tell us all about what's
happening. You may have heard that a Tall Ship is being built
here. Now you'll get the insider's scoop. Check out their web
site at www.scmaritime.org
[Note: this is a dead link as of 15Dec2013]
Welcome New Members!
Come aboard to experience fun
and safe boating among the greatest folks on the globe- Members
of the Charleston unit of The United States Power Squadron.
Bob and Mary Gulbrandsen, (804 Law Lane, Mt. Pleasant, 29464,
Eric Andersen, (684 Libby's Point, Mt. Pleasant, 29464, 216-8658)
Ty Brown and Becky Boyd and son Ben Boyd, (2408 Maybank Hwy, John's
Island, 29455, 559-5932)
Neil and Deborah Fisher, (738 Jim Isle Dr., 29412, 406-7505)
Mona Krall (1161 Plantation Ln., Mt. Pleasant, 29464 971-0936)
Cynthia and Lloyd Sutton, (2943 Foxhall Rd., Charleston, 29414,
Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Frankie Clemmons, Membership Chairman
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