We took a break from our Fun & Entertainment meetings to conduct some squadron business on July 5. Although the attendees are mostly members of the bridge and their various reporting members, we want to be sure that all members know they are welcome to these meetings to stay up to speed on what the people behind the curtain are up to.
The Membership Chair reports that total membership is 127 as of July 21, 2018. Of interest is that we have picked up 30 new members since the beginning of the year, and all of them have come from our educational offerings.
We’re in the process of setting up the ability to accept electronic payments including credit cards and PayPal.
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Our Piloting class is continuing and headed toward its final class on August 14 when the students will get their take home cruise planning and execution test that will be turned in on August 21.
We’ve started advertising the Engine Maintenance course that will run from September 11 to November 20. Based on comments from our membership and other boaters there is a lot of interest in the course and we expect a big turnout.
Certain Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled. The recalled fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of not discharging. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. These fire extinguishers have either a Vertical Pull Pin or Push Button. Fire Extinguishers with either a metal handle or curved plastic handles are not affected. You can check it out online at https://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/recall-kidde-fire-extinguisher/ . Kidde will replace them for free.
Autopilots have many useful features that make navigation easier but they can kill you if you don’t use them properly.
Summertime means shark time, and threshers are a favorite target of private boaters. They range in large numbers along our coast and are often caught within a half-dozen miles of shoreline in water from 40 to 120 feet deep. The really big threshers (to over 300 pounds) however are typically caught 3 to 20 miles offshore where they feed along major current breaks and upwelling spots.
Lots of June gloom as expected but it didn’t keep us from some of our most enjoyable events and activities. The month started out with an entertaining and very educational presentation on local Heavy Weather by Mike Pyzel. This very anticipated lecture resulted in standing room only in the Waterfront Classroom. Our Fun and Entertainment meetings are gaining momentum and attendance is resulting in a packed house. What was not anticipated but is very exciting is that when the presentation is over at about 9pm, members tend to hang around and socialize afterward for quite a while. So come join us for the program and stay for the social time afterward.
The evening of June 9, for the Progressive Dinner, turned out to be made-to-order for strolling from boat to boat, and stopping at four different boats to enjoy tasty appetizers, salads, main course and desserts. Thank-you to the Yorks for organizing this event, all boat owners who volunteered their boats, and of course all the great cooks!