VOLUME 56 NOVEMBER 2003 NUMBER 9
From the Commander
2003/2004 CPS Bridge
Lt/C Charlotte "Cat" Yeomans, P
P/D/Lt/C Mike Paige, P
Lt/C Janice Kromer
Lt/C Bob Gullbranson,, P
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, AP
Lt/C Loretta Lombardo
Assistant Squadron Educational Officer
1st/Lt Mike Hamme, P
1st/Lt David E. Walsh, P
1st/Lt Corrin Marinko, JN
Members of the Executive Committee
P/C Vince Lombardo, S
Lt Dick Finn, AP
Lt William "Terry" Marinko, P
Lt John Van Way, SN
Lt David E. Walsh, P
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Since this is the last issue of the Palmetto
Log for the year, it is time for you to start thinking about what
classes you would like to take in the spring. We would like to
offer Advanced Piloting, Marine Electronics, Instructor Development,
and Sail. We may also try to do Seamanship and Piloting for the
new members who have joined the squadron in the last few months.
It really depends on what y'all want. Please call me at 843-851-9112
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know. In the January issue of the log we'll provide
specific schedules and instructor assignments. We are probably
going to start these classes in mid-February. Why? It gives us
all a chance to rest up from the holidays. Besides Janice and
I are planning on a month long cruise to Florida in January and
early February and we all know that we can't start the classes
On Saturday 11 October the current
piloting class did a compass deviation table for No Sense. Thanks
to Wendy and David Walsh and Bob Gulbrandsen for crewing. I think
the students learned a lot about doing a deviation table. Our
next on-the-water training will be on Saturday 15 November during
the Bohicket cruise. What we plan to do is a dead reckoning exercise
around the Deveaux bank and then some plotting exercises using
charted navigation aids. We have room for more folks to come on
this trip, so if you want to brush up on your piloting skills
come on along.
Now, just to prove all boaters
have something loose in the thinking department, only a boater
would spend a week getting to and from Myrtle Beach. As most of
you know the District Change Of Watch is in Myrtle Beach this
year. So, figuring that I was supposed to go, I starting thinking
about it and decided that old No Sense could use a little vacation.
Three days up, two days at the Change of Watch, three days back.
Pure genius. Invited Wendy and David Walsh to crew. They said
yes. Makes you wonder how they got voted into the squadron doesn't
it? Oh well, at least the weather should be nice.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
For those of you who were not able to make
it to the Cocktail Party for the Shallotte River Squadron, fun
was had by one and all! Thanks again to Dave & Leah who teamed
up to bartend the evening away!!
Thank you, also, to everyone who
has helped with the Squadron's activities this year!!! There are
so many people who have helped with everything this year - Just
keep in mind that there are always openings for more people to
help, as well.
Following the 8 November Change
of Watch Ceremony will be our Holiday Party in December. The Party
will be held on the second Thursday, that is the 11 December;
festivities will begin at 1830. Please see party details elsewhere
in this edition of The Palmetto Log.
Please, everyone, think of what you will help out with on this
upcoming year's committees and activities. The Squadron has many
openings in many different departments that will need to be filled
before the New Year really kicks into gear. If you don't know
what you want to do, take a peek at the Squadron Job Descriptions
that the Bridge Officers have - that should help with decisions,
Everyone who is interested in
participating in a Saturday course on First Aid and CPR, please
contact me. It will take place during the winter months of this
upcoming year; the course will be all day with a lunch provided.
I truly need to know if there is an interest within the membership
before scheduling this event to please let me know. Thank you!
For any more information on anything
mentioned in this article, or anything else, please feel free
to contact me at (843) 875-0510, or at email@example.com. Thank y'all!!
Lt/C Janice Kromer
One of the Admin Officer's responsibilities
is to set up a Port Captains Program for their local waterways.
Below is a reprint of national's web page on just what Port Captains
A Port Captain is a member
of the United States Power Squadrons®, who stands ready, at
all times of his or her choosing, to provide advice and assistance
to USPS® members, and if the Port Captain chooses, to others
The Port Captain can recommend
mechanics, sail makers, and repair yards in the area as well as
medical and dental facilities in his or her locale. The Port Captain
can also direct weary sailors and boaters to local restaurants
The Port Captain is familiar
with the activities of local USPS® squadrons, the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
While Port Captains are under
no obligation to provide more than friendly advice, they are persons
who enjoy meeting people and serving their fellows.
Still, their primary expertise
lies in their knowledge of local waters and unmarked hazards to
safe navigation. The objective is to provide information, reliable
advice and comradeship. Their aim is make fellow members feel
they are welcome and have found a friend.
It is inevitable that word
of the program will circulate through the boating public....Port
Captains are to project the image of being part of a fraternal
organization devoted to boating safety. Persons interested in
USPS® or the public Boating Course (SM) will be referred to
their nearest squadron commander or squadron educational officer.
Knowledge, seamanship, service to others, friendship and fraternity
-- this has been the essence of the United States Power Squadrons®
I would like our squadron to have
a Port Captain for each of the marinas in the Charleston Area
and for the various rivers and canals in our area.. If you would
be interested in serving as a Port Captain for either your home
marina, or for any portion of the local waterways, please contact
me. It's not much work, and it's a great way to communicate with
our fellow mariners. You can reach me in the evenings at 821-1861,
or during the day at 873-9200, ext 7126. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Ahoy! Everyone, well the new feature "Members
Boat" is in full swing. Have you sent in your boats picture
yet? Everyone wants to see your pride and joy, so send in your
photo today. Tell us about why you named your boat what you did.
How about a picture of your boat with your family onboard? Maybe
you have a photo of something funny that happened onboard your
boat? We would like to hear from you, and put your boat in an
upcoming issue of the log. Send in a picture and a note about
your boat to Nelson Hicks at email@example.com.
Send snail mail photos and letters to the editor as noted in The Palmetto Log.
We are all looking forward to seeing your baby, and hearing about
her in the next issue of The Palmetto
Log. Each month we will feature
one boat. Who knows, yours could be next.
With a new Bridge and Officers
right around the corner, I will begin working on the 2004 Directory
to keep you in touch with your squadron. Now is a good time to
be sure that I have your latest information. Please check your
2003 Directory, do I have the correct address and phone contacts?
How about your e-mail address, do we even have yours? If not you
could be missing out on a lot of information about your squadron.
The e-mails sent out are taken from our directory listings. If
you have any corrections or new information for me, please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to me at 804 Law Lane, Mt. Pleasant SC. 29464.
Our new E-mail updates seem to be a great success; we try to keep
you abreast of the latest events and changes to the schedule as
posted in the Palmetto Log. I can't keep you informed if I don't
know how to reach you. If you're not receiving squadron e-mails
now, then I'm missing your address or have the wrong one. All
members should be seeing at least two such messages each month.
I need your help to make this work, Thanks.
Lt Kirk Williams
Boating in the Third Dimension
As recreational boaters, we need to remind
ourselves that the medium in which we operate is three-dimensional.
Most of our time is spent peering over the bow of the boat, making
sure we don't let something else share the same piece of water
that we're moving toward
like another boat, or a pier or
a floating oak timber. Then there's the second dimension -- that
which lies abeam. We use this dimensional viewpoint primarily
to watch another boat overtaking, or checking to see if the buoy
we're passing is the one we noted on the chart, or just to see
if the leaves on shore are starting to change color.
But we don't pay a lot of attention to the third dimension of
our boating environment, the somewhat mysterious part that lies
beneath the surface.
Occasionally, and unfortunately, we are jolted with a reminder
that we are operating in three dimensions, and bring home evidence
of it in the form of a prop ding or a gouged keel, or worse. Oh,
there are a lot of objects lying in wait below the surface for
our propellers and keels to kiss
rocks, stumps, wing dams
In about 1958, probably in response to lots of close calls between
boaters and divers (advantage -- boaters), and largely the result
of an increased interest in diving as a recreational sport, red
flags with white diagonal stripes started to appear on vessels
and floats in various parts of the country. The flag was a modification
of the Navy number 7 flag, which was all red with a single vertical
white stripe. It was bright and distinctive, and with the white
stripe modified on a slant, rather than vertical. Michigan was
the first state to officially recognize the new flag for what
it was, and soon after, it became recognized far and wide as the
"diver down" flag.
In the first few years following
the introduction of the diver down flag, there was widespread
confusion by boaters as to the meaning of the flag. Only a savvy
few recognized its meaning as it waved at them from the spreader
of a larger vessel, or from the antenna of a smaller vessel, or
from a float on the surface of the water. When flown from vessels,
most recreational boaters, who considered them just more yacht
decorations, ignored them. And when displayed on floats, diver
down flags often were the target of boaters who interpreted them
as mid-channel markers. (Have you noticed that whenever a boater
doesn't understand the meaning of a navigational aid, they consider
it to be a mid-channel marker?) Some boats pulling water skiers
used them as slalom markers. In the early years, even dive clubs
and dive enthusiasts misinterpreted the meaning of the diver down
flag. Some divers would fly the flag from their boats even when
no divers were in the water, believing that the flag was simply
to show support for the sport.
It's interesting to note that the red with white diagonal striped
diver down flag is recognized by statute in most states, where
restrictions are placed on how close you may come to the flag
(usually 100 or 150 feet), but no mention is made of the diver
down flag in the Inland or International Navigation Rules. The
Navigation Rules do specify a flag to be used on vessels conducting
underwater operations, including diving. The flag, which must
be rigid, often is referred to as a dive flag. But the flag (the
Alpha, or "A" flag) is more broadly required in cases
where a vessel is restricted in its ability to maneuver. So even
though when diving operations are being conducted it is appropriate
to fly the Alpha flag, it would not be entirely correct to refer
to the Alpha flag as a "diver down" flag, since it is
flown in other situations as well.
But the message is the same. Whether it's a swallow-tailed Alpha
flag, or the more familiar red rectangle with diagonally striped
"diver down" flag, stay clear.
There is one more little known but related flag that is used in
diving operations, and that is the "P" flag. The flag
is blue and rectangular, with a smaller white rectangle in the
center. Although the use of the "P" flag is not exclusive
to diving situations, vessels conducting diving operations very
often will fly the flag to signal a recall of all personnel back
to the ship. So if you see a "P" flag flying from a
vessel, slow down and be cautious. There may be people in the
In the years since the introduction of the diver down flag, diver
associations and dive clubs have conducted extensive educational
campaigns to make boaters aware of the diver down flag and its
serious significance. Unfortunately, most boaters still don't
recognize the flag or its meaning, even though it alerts us to
the most serious underwater hazard that we can encounter
So, be alert for the diver down flag, or any other signal that
might indicate that there are swimmers or divers in our boating
From Commander Bob's Boating Safety Handbook, www.commanderbob.com
11 DECEMBER - HEADQUARTERS
Following the 8 November Change
of Watch Ceremony will be our Holiday Party in December. The Party
will be held on the second Thursday, that is the 11 December;
festivities will begin at 1830. The Party will take place at Headquarters
as in years past. Provided will be a potpourri of finger foods
and munchables along with homemade eggnog and spiced cider. The
bar will also be available. Please bring with you a wrapped toy
for the Jenkins Orphanage (please have a tag attached identifying
the toy inside). For those interested in participating, please
also bring a wrapped gift for the ever-so-famous Chinese Gift
Swap. $6.00 per person will be asked for at the door. Please call
me (875-0510) or e-mail me (email@example.com)
no later than Tuesday, the 9 December, to be included in the headcount.
CHINESE AUCTION SET FOR
JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our 8 January 2004 Members Meeting
will feature a Chinese Auction. For those unfamiliar with this
type of event, Chinese Auctions are a combination of an auction
and a raffle. Each participant buys a certain number of tickets
for a set price. He or she then uses those tickets to "bid"
on a variety of donated items on "auction". They can
bid as many tickets as they wish on each item they are interested
in, by depositing the tickets in a container assigned to that
item. Rather than going to the highest bidder though, as it would
at a regular auction, the item goes to the person whose ticket
is drawn, at random, from the container.
This is an ambitious undertaking for me, and I am going to
need help if we are to make this event fun and profitable for
the squadron. Most import - we need donated items. Ideally, the
items would be of a nautical nature, but anything that you no
longer need, but is in good shape, will do. We will accept anything
except clothing. The items can be brought to the meeting by 1800
so we will have some time to set up for the auction. The menu
that night will be finger food, and everyone participating should
bring something we can munch on while members are bidding on the
I need volunteers to help with the set up, sell the auction
tickets, and do the drawings. Please contact me as soon as you
can if you are interested in helping. ----- WARNING, IF I DON'T
HEAR FROM VOLUNTEERS SOON, I'LL BE MAKING PHONE CALLS AND BEGGING
FOR HELP! As always, you can call me at 821-1861, 873-9200 ext
7126 during the day, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotting Severe Weather by Paul Yura
On the afternoon of 21 September Paul Yura of NOAA gave a very
interesting presentation to 12 of our members at headquarters.
Paul spoke on "Spotting Severe Weather" and taught us
the signs of oncoming storms and
tornadoes. The thrust of the program was to train us to become
officialweather spotters for NOAA, and many of us signed up for
the program. Paul is an interesting speaker, and some of the pictures
he had of cloud formations and actual storms were fabulous. We
have invited him tospeak at one of our upcoming general membership
meetings as he has valuable information for all of us! Once we
have final arrangements made with Paul, we'll let you know when
you can hear his interesting stories.
PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR
Arrangements have not been finalized
yet, but I thought I'd try to give you a "heads up"
on what we are planning for our Members Meetings for the next
couple of months. More will be offered on each meeting as we finalize
the locations, etc.
12 February - Paul Yura of NOAA has agreed to be our speaker
for this meeting. Paul gave many of us a tutorial in September
on how to recognize severe weather, and a few of our members are
no "Official Weather Spotters" for NOAA. Paul is an
interesting and entertaining speaker.
6 March - Yes, that's right - Saturday, 6 March !!!! We thought
we might try something different this year, and combine one of
our Member Meetings with the cruise schedule. We picked the Hornick
Cruise at Buzzards Roost scheduled for March. This is very tentative
yet, as I have to obtain permission from our ExCom to change a
meeting from the second Thursday of the month. (Nothing like announcing
early and putting a little pressure on ExCom to agree!)
8 April - We have invited Claiborne Young to be featured at
our April meeting. He hasn't responded yet, but I know he has
been traveling. I hope to hear from him soon, and I'll keep you
If anyone has any ideas or subjects they would like covered
in future meetings, I am always looking for suggestions. Keep
The Annual Bohicket Cruise
The Annual Bohicket Cruise will
be held over the weekend of 14, 15, 16 November. Please make your
reservations at the marina as early as you can. The telephone
number of the Bohicket Marina is 768-1280. There will be a potluck,
byob, dinner at 1800 Friday onboard No Sense for anyone coming
in or driving down on Friday night.
On Saturday, Steve Kromer and John VanWay will be taking the
current Piloting students out on No Sense for on-the-water training.
Anyone who would like to go along for the ride is welcomed. Please
just call Steve at 821-1861 or email him at email@example.com
and let him know you plan on going on No Sense.
Saturday night will be a dinner at The Privateer restaurant
and departure from the marina will be on Sunday morning. Please
call me at 821-1861 in the evenings, 9873-9200 ext 7126 during
the day, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan on participating in any of the events during this
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, 2, October 2003
The meeting was called to order
by Commander Vince Lombardo at 1925 at the Headquarters Building.
Those in attendance were : 1st/Lt Corrin Marinko, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen,
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P/Lt/C Martin Gipe, Lt Richard Finn, P/C
William Lynes, Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, P/R/C Ed Kridler, P/Lt/C
Cindy Kridler, P/D/C Bob Gissell , P/C Steve Yeomans, Lt/C Steve
Kromer, Lt/C Janice Kromer, 1st/Lt David Walsh, Lt Wendy Walsh,
Lt Nelson Hicks, P/R/C Ed Kridler. A quorum was established. The
minutes for the month of September were approved and accepted
as published in the Palmetto Log.
Executive: Per Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans: Thanks to Kirk and Daine
Williams for manning the safe boating booth at Boat US. Also a
well done to Bob Gulbrandsen for the set up and knock down of
the same booth.
Educational: Per Lt/C Steve Kromer: Good news, we are having
great turn outs for our educational courses. More details will
be in the log.
Administrative: Per Lt/C Janice Kromer: Upcoming events are
as follows the Shallotte River squadron event. The annual meeting
will be Thursday the 9th of October. Bohicket Cruise is upcoming
in November; please make your reservations soon. The annual Oyster
Roast will be at hosted by Fred and Joyce Wichmann at Todd Hall
on the 25th of October.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron remains
solvent. The audit will be completed by the weekend of the 4th
of this month. Questions about the possibility of posting the
monthly budget in the Palmetto Log. It was decided due to the
log being mailed to people other than squadron members this would
not be possible.
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: Work has begun on the
2004 Squadron Directory; I will be looking for input as to new
information from all our members. Nelson Hicks has undertaken
a new section in the Palmetto Log called Members Boats. We need
photos from our executive committee members to get the ball rolling.
Please send your pictures and articles in to Nelson or Myself.
Commander: Per Cdr. Vince Lombardo: The squadron was contacted
by the Fort Meyers squadron recently about a member of their squadron
that was in harms way from hurricane Isabel. Thanks to our Port
Captains system the squadron was able to offer assistance to their
member at Buzzards Roost Marina.
Old Business: The subject of the Squadron bar is to be brought
up to the membership about what to be done about continuing it.
The new DUI laws put the squadron responsible if any of our members
are stopped coming from a squadron function. If we do away with
the squadron bar, another issue will arise about the soft drink
bar. We will have to begin charging for the soft drinks if the
Hard drink bar is terminated. The 2004 Budget Proposal was completed
by Lt John VanWay and brought to the Executive Committee by P/C
Billy Lynes. Steve Kromer motioned the acceptance of the Budget,
Bob Gulbrandsen seconded the motion. The proposal was voted on
and accepted as stands by the Executive Committee.
New Business: Port Security Program has begun. The
city of Charleston will be one of the test cities for this program.
National will be looking for members of our squadron to become
members of the Port Security Council. We will bring this up to
the membership to see who might be interested in becoming involved.
A motion was put to the floor by Steve Kromer that the incoming
Executive Committee be charged with reviewing of the budget on
a quarterly basis. Steve Yeomans seconded the motion and the existing
Executive Committee voted on and accepted this proposal. Ed Kridler
has brought up the issue that we need to look into bringing more
money into the budget for the cost of the new roof expense that
the squadron will be faced with in the coming year or two. Member
Bob Gissel brought up an objection to the District Bylaws as stands.
He intends to attend the district meeting and make his objections
to the District Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 2033.
The Morningstar II owned
by Bob and Mary Gulbrandsen. Bob and Mary turned to sailing after
the gas crunch years ago, and feel in love with the romance of
sailing. The Morningstar II is a 1985 Catalina 27 Tall-rig. Other
than the wind, she is also powered by a Universal 20 diesel engine.
Bob and Mary enjoy cruising the coastal water of the Carolina's.
They often bring their two dogs along with them; this means towing
a dinghy for relief breaks for the animals. This photo was taken
on the recent cruise to Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms,
from the deck of Knotless II.
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