VOLUME 54 DECEMBER 2001 NUMBER 10
From the Commander
Cdr (elect) J. Stephen Yeomans, P
of all, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thank
you" to the membership of the Charleston Power Squadron for
allowing me the chance to take on the role as Commander for this
upcoming year. I can truly say that I am excited at the challenge
and humbled by the responsibility. As I look at the roster of
Past Commanders, there is no question that I have very large shoes
to fill. To deal with the assorted opportunities / tasks / projects
that arise in the course of a year, I pledge to the Squadron the
Accessibility - I will be available anytime to anyone in this
Squadron for whatever reason (ideas / solutions / problems / etc.).
My information in the directory is correct, but here is a quick
list of information to reach me:
Home: (843) 869-7808
Accountability - I will look to the incoming Bridge (as well
as myself) to successfully and completely accomplish the tasks
assigned to their individual departments. Thissquadron has close
to 200 members, and there is simply no reason that positions within
departments are sometimes left unfilled. Committees aren't committees
if there is only one person assigned to them, and often the same
people are called upon to do the work of many. This dilemma has
gotten better in recent years, and I simply want to continue the
trend of more member participation. In the next few weeks, members
of the Bridge will be approaching people for different positions
in the squadron. Please say "yes" if you are approached
or, better yet, volunteer for whatever you are interested in (membership,
hospitality, public liaison, safety, etc.).
Excited Determination - My personal interest, both privately
and professionally, is not "if we can", but "how
we can". There are so many possibilities facing the squadron
right now, and I want to explore as many of them as feasible.
This is where the thoughts / ideas / interest from the membership
really comes into play, and I ask that as opportunities present
themselves this year that they are brought to the membership's
This year presents us with more planned basic boating courses
than we have had in the past, more budgeted money for more advertising
to get our word to the people of the area we serve, and more interest
in our organization from the established boating community than
anytime in recent memory. We have been asked by four different
locations to teach our basic courses, all four being in different
parts of Charleston County.
We are fortunate to also have our own headquarters facility,
and we are exploring options for upgrades to that building (if
you have interest, see me). These upgrades will, of course, be
discussed at the January ExCom meeting. We are looking at shortening
the business portion of membership meetings, and continuing with
the development of FUN gatherings on the second Thursday of each
month. The squadron business will be dealt with at length at the
Executive Committee meetings the first Thursday of each month,
and all members are invited to attend. We will continue to develop
our cruises for the upcoming year on the same plan as our recently
successful Adopt-a-Chart cruise, with sign-up and planning well
in advance, and a captain's meeting the week before the cruise
to allow for more participation from members without boats. We
are now "on the map", so-to-speak, with the Adopt-a-Chart
program, and we will continue with our responsibility to this
You should also see more coordination with other squadrons
in our district. In the district newsletter you will see published
a list of other squadrons activities and the dates for those functions.
I will be encouraging members from Charleston to carpool to these
events and meet some of our neighboring squadron members. We have
done this a bit in the past, and we have even hosted a "happy
hour" at whatever marina a visiting squadron is staying at
overnight. I would like to revive this practice, and will be sending
invitations to cruise in Charleston waters sometime during their
Last, I would like everyone within this squadron to be on the
lookout for potential new members. Do you enjoy being a member
yourself? Probably, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this newsletter.
Talk up the opportunities within the squadron with friends and
co-workers. Our public Boating Course is the best way to get newcomers
to boating excited and involved with what we do. Our Advanced
Grades appeal to the "old salts" who have been on the
water for a few years already. We have so many opportunities that
it seems wrong to hoard them all ourselves. MAKE THE FUNCTIONS
FUN, AND THEY WILL COME. As far as I am concerned, this is our
motivational statement for the year. I want everybody to be a
part of the fun!
Lt/C (elect) Stephen C. Kromer, P
This is my first issue of the log as SEO. I have some big shoes
to fill. P/Lt/C Steve Rawe, SN was SEO when I joined the squadron
and, along with the course instructors, helped me develop at least
some boating knowledge and skill. The only boating I ever did,
prior to joining the squadron, was in a two-seat rowboat on a
pond. Now at least I know what those red and green things sticking
out of the water mean, where the dipstick on the engine is, how
to read a chart, and a few other things. So thank you Steve for
organizing the courses and following up to make sure that I signed
The Education Department is completely new this year. John
Patten, SN, has agreed to serve as ASEO, replacing Carol Pelow.
I have also recruited (read begged, cajoled, pleaded, and otherwise
conned) Nick Russo and Janice Kromer to help with organizing,
promoting and administering the department. We had a meeting awhile
back and decided to set several goals for the coming year. They
1. To couple some on-the-water training with squadron courses.
2. To hold additional Boat Smart and public Boating classes.
3. To teach at least one course on boating safety for children.
4. To promote boating education, safety, and the U. S. Power
Squadron to young families.
So far, we have concentrated on the first goal. John Patten
is reviewing the Seamanship course to structure it to incorporate
on-the-water training. Glenn Workman is also looking at the AP
course to see when, during the course, on-the-water practice will
help reinforce the skills taught in the classroom. Our plan includes
making sure that each participant has the chart for Charleston
harbor and any other appropriate area. To accomplish this, we
may need to raise the price of the course to cover the cost of
the charts. Updates on how we are doing with this goal will be
provided in the log.
The education department would like to run at least two Boat
Smart and two public Boating classes. At present, we have facilities
offered for at least three of these. Hobcaw Yacht Club, James
Island Yacht Club and Duncan's Boat Harbor. The Charleston Maritime
Center has also expressed an interest in providing facilities
but we have not been able to confirm that yet. No firm schedule
has been set but we plan to run a course following the winter
boat show, which is in January or February. We also will run a
course after the in-water boat show in May or June. The others
are planned for the fall but they can be earlier or we can add
courses as demand increases. We would like to hold the children's
boating course over the summer but no other information is available
at this point.
Nick Russo is going to work on brochures, posters, etc promoting
boating safety, education and the squadron in general. His focus
is to get these materials in boat stores, marinas, boat dealers,
etc. I'm sure Nick would appreciate any help anyone can offer.
OK, now for the January course schedule.
Monday, 7 January 2002 - 18:30 - Advanced Piloting - Glenn
This class is limited to 6-8 students. The smaller class, when
coupled with on the water training, will give the students a higher
level of learning for this course.
Monday, 7 January 2002 - 18:30 - Marine Electronics - Gene
This is a great course. I took it last year with Gene instructing.
Ever wonder why DC wire is fatter than AC wire? Ever wonder if
it should be? Ever wonder what the colors mean? This course explains
Monday, 7 January 2002 18:30 - Sail 101 - Mike Hamme
When I contacted Mike about teaching this course, he said he would
do it WITH ENTHUSIAM . I understand that this course has not been
taught for several years so all of you who want to learn sailing
come on down.
Wednesday, 9 January 2002 - 1900 - JN - Ed Kridler
This is a continuation of the JN course that started in the fall.
No new Students will be accepted at this point since the current
class is well along in this course.
Wednesday, 6 February 2002 - 1900 - Cruise Planning - Fred
Fred is ready willing and able to do this course. We are starting
in February so Fred can recover from the holidays. Too many parties?
The new classes on Monday, 7 January 2002 will start at 1830
so that we can organize, pass out manuals, collect money, etc.
After this session, the instructors and students can decide what
time, day, and even where the hold these classes.
Anyone who wants to take any of these courses please contact
me either by phone or email.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C (elect) Vince Lombardo, P
All I want for this holiday season
is to be sure that I will be at least come close to the level
of success achieved by my predecessors. With the nominations,
elections and Change of Watch having been completed, I find myself
looking forward to the responsibilities of being your new Executive
Many challenges face us in the coming year. Membership, member-involvement,
VSC, Co-Operative Charting, boat shows, boating safety, member
meetings, meeting programs, squadron and public education, council
meetings and conferences to name some. How do we do it, when do
we do it, where do we do it, how do we fund it, WHO WILL DO IT?
WHO? - an interesting question. A hand-in-hand effort of the
new bridge working actively with ALL members of our squadron is
the only way I see to accomplish the goals of USPS. The bridge
has the primary responsibility, however, committee chairpersons,
the members of each committee and, most importantly, THE ACTIVE
PARTICIPATION OF ALL SQUADRON MEMBERS is what it will take to
achieve the highest level of success toward our squadron goals.
If you are a squadron member interested in finding out how to
get involved, what you can do, what there is to do, who to talk
to, who is responsible for what, or if you simply have a question
about what USPS and Charleston Power Squadron are all about, and
just don't know who to ask, PLEASE call me. I don't know all the
answers, but I know how to find them. Our squadron has many, many
years of experience in sail & power boating and, of equal
importance, the mission, goals, and operation of USPS. Please
If I have a primary goal to achieve during the coming year, it
has to be working as a part of making 2002 not only a successful
year but one which our membership will remember as a FUN year
with new places, new experiences and fond memories of good times.
Together we can do it.
Stay tuned for information about the upcoming Winter Council.
Our own Mike Page will be working on a project that will be a
large part of this gathering. Let's keep Charleston Power Squadron
in the forefront of District 26.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season and the happiest of the
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
There is an intent to favor the
vessel with the lesser ability to maneuver. It is however nowhere
included in any of the language of the rules. In the rules there
are vessels, power driven vessels, sailing vessels, seaplanes,
vessels engaged in fishing, vessels not under command, vessels
restricted in their ability to maneuver and vessels constrained
by their draft. Note that "vessels constrained by their draft"
appears only in the international - not in the inland rules. There
is no such thing as a vessel constrained by draft in the inland
There is no mention of commercial or passenger or anything
indicating any preference for commercial vessels, ferries, war
vessels or anything similar. There are places however where small
vessels, i.e., vessels less than 20 meters in length and sailboats
must not impede other vessels.
The down current right of way rule is 14d of the Inland rules
and is in force only on the western rivers. It does not generally
apply on international or inland waters. The normal behavior is
to pass port to port.
There are actually two classical rules for avoiding other vessels:
"stay out of the way of" and "not impede."
In general, the "not impede" is the lesser rule requiring
the maneuvering vessel to provide the not impeded vessel with
sea room. The hooker is that the regular passing rules continue
in a not impede situation.
for a superlative annotated version of the rules of the road.
This document makes the rules clear or points out how muddy they
by Jim Donohue, from the Internet
Be sure to visit the new site of
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK
R/C Edwin G. Kridler,
BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS
It is with sad regret that I
am reporting the passing of our Assistant National Educational
Officer, A. Currie Munce, SN. Currie served on the Advanced Piloting
Committee, was very instrumental is developing the module program
for our courses, and served as Chairman of the Advanced Courses
Division prior to being elected to the position of ANEO. Currie
was also instrumental in the development of our electronic public
course, America's Boating Course, a cooperative effort between
the Coast Guard Auxiliary and USPS. I had the opportunity of working
closely with Currie during the development of the current JN Course.
Currie was a friend and a mentor, and will be sorely missed. At
the November squadron meeting, I was very happy to see our squadron
vote to make a donation to the USPS Educational Fund in memory
of Currie. Thank you very much.
Now for some better news. This issue of The
Palmetto Log is a combination December/January issue. There
are a number of activities coming up in these two months, starting
with the CPS Change of Watch on 8 December. The activities associated
with the USPS Annual Meeting at Orlando will commence on 2 January,
with the meeting itself on 5 January. Between these two events,
we have the Christmas and New Year holidays.
On behalf of Cindy and I, we wish you all a very happy holiday
Back in 1964 when my son was three he and I
embarked in our 26ft gaff cutter, bound for Charleston from Swansboro,
N.C. Although it was September, the weather was good, and our
trusty one cylinder eight horsepower Palmer inboard faithfully
labored us along at about four knots, not counting tide. Trying
to make distance and time has always been my way of life, and
ten o'clock Saturday night found us sailing down the Cape Fear
River, with a thirty-knot nor'easter on our port quarter. Fortunately,
Bunky, my three-year-old son had decided to go to sleep, and I
was really making good time, although we were running against
the tide. With the wind blowing against that strong flood stream,
there was quite a little chop setting up in the big Cape Fear
River, but we were taking it fairly well.
The FAIR WIND was double ended, an old converted
lifeboat, with a fixed five-foot keel, but sturdy for the seas
being encountered. Unfortunately the mast had been hastily constructed,
and the running backstays had not been rigged. As the wind increased
so did the pressure of the gaff on the mast and, as usually happens,
in the darkness of night the mast gave way with the entire rig
going over-board in the heaving dark seas. Since they were still
attached to the stays the gaff and mast clung to the side of the
boat, along with that valuable sail. Thankfully Bunky slept thru
this episode and after about forty-five minutes all the wreckage
was safely lashed aboard.
At this fateful point it immediately became
obvious we had drifted, still in that terrible chop, in among
the rotted pilings of an old dock, long since gone away. The boat
was rising up some four feet on the crests of the waves, then
coming down with a fateful crash as they passed. Quickly the engine
had to be started, hand-cranked, and she faithfully fired off
only to die almost immediately since we had taken enough water,
leaking thru the fearless hull, to drown out the since spark plug.
Drying it off and pumping the bilges took only a few more frenzied
minutes, and another hearty turn on the flywheel saw her spring
into action again. Running lights were out of the question since
the mast had taken all of them with her when she went, but my
eyes had long ago adjusted to the dark and it was no problem to
find our way back to the main channel.
Having no searchlight we could see for miles,
even to the huge naval vessel proceeding up-river, into the wind
but against the tide, their huge searchlight lighting up practically
all of North Carolina, except us, in that tiny little boat. Thankfully
we had had enough warning, seeing them approaching at flank speed
from afar, and we were able to slink off to the outer edge of
the channel, not quite far enough to escape their enormous wake
however. Manfully we crested it, and continued on our way, until,
finally at two in the morning, quite exhausted, a safe little
anchorage presented itself, and the tired captain joined his still
peacefully sleeping crew, blissfully ensconced in his warm bunk
below. One final pump-out before dropping off to sleep after posting
a small riding light in the cockpit.
The next morning dawned clear and comfortable,
although Bunky did not quite understand why we had taken the mast,
gaff and boom down. With his able assistance I was able to retrieve
the sail and carefully put it away. Southport passed quietly by,
and we chugged steadfastly on with the very economical little
Palmer pushing us at our accustomed four knots. As we approached
Little River, quietly enjoying the ride, all of a sudden an outboard
came flying at us, unseen and unheard, until they flew by, just
barely missing our hull and throwing a huge wave onto the two
of us in the cockpit. These two cowboys ran a couple of hundred
yards on up ahead, started bucking around with that overpowered
outboard, throwing into reverse, full throttle, then full ahead,
turning in little circles, and finally looking in our direction.
I pulled the faithful old 22 rifle up from down below, and held
it up for them to see however it did not seem to impress them,
as they gunned the outboard and headed straight at us, full speed.
I let Bunky take the helm and stood on the forward deck, again
brandishing the rifle in plain sight, again with no slackened
speed or direction from the two cowboys. As they came right at
our bow they veered off just enough to miss hitting us. I fired
one of my only two bullets thru the bottom of their boat, producing
a stream of water about five feet high. They ran into the marsh
then, and followed a very respectable distance behind until we
passed through Little River, where we did not stop. The welcome
may not have been too friendly.
Finally that afternoon, still steadily running
south towards Charleston, we came up on a barge being pulled behind
a tug. Try as we would, we could not get enough speed to pass
them, although we tried time after time. As night approached we
decided if we couldn't pass them we might as well join them, and
we quietly tied astern of the barge, unbeknownst to the crew of
the tug. About two in the morning we noticed they had pulled into
the bank on the Waccamaw River, and one of their crew remarked,
"Well, would you look at that fellow tied astern, he must
have been tired." This woke my crew, Bunky, and soon he was
being treated to all the goodies of the galley on the tug. Their
captain informed us we might as well stay with them, as there
was Hurricane DOLLY just off the coast. We could wait it out in
the sheltered Waccamaw River swamp.
But time was running low for me to report to
my new job so we pushed on, having had a few hours rest behind
that comfortable old barge. DOLLY missed us, although it did blow
pretty strongly. However the faithful little Palmer kept us on
our way and we safely arrived in Charleston the next night, with
very little rest the last few miles. But we were safe at home
in the HOLY CITY by the Sea.
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