May 10, 13 • Bay Sailors,
It takes only six minutes to brief your new guests onboard your boat for a day sailing, but could save the boat or a life, and the briefing will make sure the day stays fun and relaxed.
As shared by sail-world.com, here is the six-minute safety briefing of six points, each taking only a minute:
Minute 1: Explain to your guests where the best/safest places are to sit during sailing, and if the boat is on the small side show them how a passenger’s shifting weight can affect your boat’s stability or exposure to waves. Explain that the boat ‘tipping over’ is a natural part of sailing.
Minute 2: With your VHF radio turned on, tell your guests how to call for help on channel 16. If you have a DSC-VHF radio, show them the red mayday button and explain how to activate it.
Minute 3: Bring out the life jackets and encourage your new-to-boating guests to wear one. If they are not worn, ensure they are easy to get to.
Minute 4: Point out the location of other important safety gear such as flares and fire extinguishers.
Minute 5: Show your guests on a chart where you’re going, and let them know you’ve filed a ‘float plan’ so others know the boat’s whereabouts and when the group should be returning.
Minute 6: Let them know what to do if someone falls overboard – having a spotter is essential as is keeping a throwable device, such as the life ring, danbuoy or PFD, handy at all times.
There, all done, and your new guests will feel a measure of control, and be confident that their skipper knows what he or she is doing. This is what makes for a relaxed day.
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1) Do Your Research
In the boating industry you will often hear people say "There is no such thing as a perfect boat." This simply means that every person wants a boat for a different reason and no one boat can do it all.
Consider all of your options before deciding on a model, size and type of power before making a decision. Do you plan on making long runs offshore? Do you need a cabin for overnighting? Do you want inboards or outboards? Will your boat be used primarily for fishing, or will you also use it for family cruises?
2) Know What You Can Spend
You don't want to overspend for a boat and not have funds left to actually use it. Once you have a budget set, it will help you fine-tune your search down to a specific size or style of boat. Keep in mind the upkeep and maintenance each boat requires. Boat owners typically spend about 10 percent of the purchase price every year on maintenance, dockage, insurance, etc. You will also need to figure out the boat's fuel consumption and range.
3) Survey the Boat
If you're not an experienced boater, hire a surveyor to go through the used boat for you. While we can all spot obvious red flags such as leaks in the engine room or surface cracks in the gelcoat, a surveyor will go through the vessel with a finetooth comb. A good surveyor starts at the bow and works toward the stern, noting every little issue he or she finds. Structural problems, electrical issues, power checks, thru-hulls, running gear and steering... There's a lot of systems to inspect.
Since most of our used boat searches are now done online, it's tempting to buy a boat sight unseen. I speak from experience here. My father and I bought an 18-foot flats boat on eBay. We got what we thought was a good deal but it didn't exactly turn out that way. We ended up having to repower the boat and rerunning all of the electrical wiring. About $8,000 later the boat was in perfect running order, but we never expected to have to dish out that dough.
Make sure to run a compression check on the engine, and if you have a local mechanic you trust, ask him to take a look. Whatever money you spend on a surveyor or mechanic's time, is a solid investment.
4) Sea Trial
If at all possible, get out on the boat and run it before you buy it. It sounds like a no-brainer but many purchases go down without ever running the boat. There simply is no better way to get a feel for the boat and make sure it's in good condition than getting out and taking it for a sea trial.
Try to run the boat in various sea conditions and note any strange vibrations or engine delays. Back it down, see how it drifts, play with the trim tabs and test out all of the electronics. Run it at all speeds including wide open, idle and cruise.
5) Paperwork and Registration
Don't go anywhere near a boat unless it has a clean title. A good owner will keep a log of any and all repairs and routine maintenance. Look over every piece of paper you can. You might also want to make sure the boat has never had any recalls. BoatUS maintains a database ofboat recalls that you can access and register your boat to see if there's ever been an issue.
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Photo Caption: Boat Owners Association of The United States estimates that Hurricane Sandy's damage to recreational boats will reach $650 million, with over 65,000 boats damaged or lost, like these boats at a marina on Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island NY.
VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Damages Over 65,000 Recreational Boats
Over $650 Million in Estimated Losses to Boats
Makes Storm Single Largest Disaster for Recreational Boats on Record
STATEN ISLAND, NY, November 14, 2012 - The nation's largest group of boaters, Boat Owner's Association of The United States (BoatUS), estimates that over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966. A video of the BoatUS Catastrophe response team on the ground in New York and New Jersey can be found at http://youtu.be/TGoCBe6ObpA.
"We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people's lives," said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. "We've never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up. While some boats that stayed in the slips did fine, other boats tied to floating docks simply lifted off too-short pilings and floated away - still tied to the dock. Some vessels never made it out of their slip and rest on the bottom."
The BoatUS Catastrophe Response Team reports that the marine community has rallied to gain the upper hand on the recovery process. "If there is a story to tell, it's about how the boating industry got together immediately after the storm to help each other out and get boats back in their place," said BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member Jack Hornor. While some New Jersey barrier islands continue to restrict access delaying boat recovery efforts, some marinas, boat clubs and yards have recovered their customers' boats and put them back on blocks to undergo damage assessments. Many boating facilities, especially those on New Jersey's coast, Staten Island and western Long Island, sustained significant damage to infrastructure such as docks, workshops, clubhouses and equipment, which will likely have an impact on the 2013 boating season.
BoatUS estimates over 32,000 boats were damaged in NY, followed by New Jersey's 25,000, Connecticut's 2,500 and 6,000 remaining in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats (only) in New York is estimated at $324 million, followed by $242 million in New Jersey and $23 million in Connecticut. Previously, in the 2005 storm season, Hurricane Wilma and Katrina damage was estimated at over $700 million combined.
As with any storm, the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program will be investigating hurricane damage prevention measures taken by boaters and possible new solutions, but one early indication is that boats tied-up to protected floating docks with tall pilings had the best chance of survival with Sandy. "However, you can't base a hurricane preparation plan on one storm. While storm surge was the biggest factor here, wind and rain can be major factors in the next one. Hindsight is only good if you look at the bigger picture," said BoatUS Director of Technical Services Bob Adriance.
One new factor that is affecting post-hurricane boat recovery efforts? Snow. BoatUS reports there is some concern in the industry that storm damaged vessels may not be winterized in time with the arrival of colder weather.
The vocabulary of sailing has enriched the English language with the development, by analogy, of new senses for nautical terms. Here are fifty such words with their original meanings and their landlubber connotations.
Experts agree the best time to buy a boat is during the off-season, which corresponds to the winter boat show season. They also agree that boat shows are great opportunities for boaters to get special deals and incentives on new boats, as well as meet dealers and manufacturers. If you aren't in the market to buy a boat yet, just have fun and take it all in. For certain, any person serious about buying a boat should begin with attending a boat show. Use these boat show tips to make the best of your experience:
Do Your Homework Before the Boat Show
Boat shows are a great way to begin the boat buying journey. They are one of the best avenues to try on many different boats, but the best way to determine if you are getting a good deal at a boat show is to do your homework ahead of time. This can be somewhat difficult since boat dealers don't typically have online tools where you can choose your boat's features and see its costs. There are, however, many great brokerage websites that can help you with pricing information.
Attend as Many Boat Shows as Possible
The primary winter boat show season is January through March, which experts agree is the best time to buy a boat. If you are a serious boat shopper, use the boat show season to your best advantage by attending the Fall boat shows. Boat shows are held across the nation and there is certain to be one, if not more, near you. By attending as many boat shows as you can throughout the season, you will be building your knowledge of boat manufacturers, dealers, and prices, helping you narrow the field of possible new boats.
Use Boat Shows to Your Advantage
Boat shows exist to cater to you, so use that knowledge to your best advantage by shopping all the makes and models of new boats. The best part of a boat show is having many boats in one place to comparison shop. Take along a camera and a notebook to record your observations about each boat that catches your eye. Write down what you liked or didn't like about each model and your impressions of the boat. Grab brochures for the boats you like best, but take your own pictures because the brochures leave out images of many features you may consider important. Most importantly, write the boat show price and the list price of the boat so you can compare prices between boat shows and dealers.
Use Boat Shows to Shop For a Dealer
At the same time you shop for a boat, shop for a dealer. Record your impressions of the sales people as you tour the boats. When you purchase a boat from a dealer, it could be a long and rewarding relationship or a disastrous one. Boat shows are a good time to make contacts and determine the best dealers to work with in the long haul. Finally, don't be afraid to talk price to a dealer, even if you know you aren't ready to buy. This can give you a more accurate price for a boat you may be interested in, and how much a dealer is willing to work with you.
Don't Buy on Impulse
Unless you have thoroughly done your homework and are certain you are getting the best deal, do not buy a boat on your first visit. Try to attend on the first day of the boat show so that you have time to think about a possible purchase. Some veteran boat buyers recommend waiting until the last day of the show towards the end of the day. It may be possible to get a better deal then because dealers are trying to recoup their show costs. Other boating industry experts disagree with buying at boat shows, and direct boaters to buy at the dealer's location. To find out more, read Buying a Boat at a Boat Show vs. a Dealer.
One question most boaters ask is: When is the best time to buy a boat? The answer: The best time to buy a boat is during the off-season, according to experts across the boating industry. Conversely, the best time to sell a boat is at the beginning of boating season when demand is high.
According to Thom Dammrich, the president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the winter boat show season is the time to get a good price on a new boat. The height of the boat show season is typically January, February and March, and boaters who live in colder climates can sometimes find good deals at these boat shows. For boaters in areas ofCaliforniaand theGulfCoast, there is no off-season, but dealers are trying to sell their end of the year models to make room for the coming year's flotilla of new boats.
While most people in the boating industry agree that the off-season is the best time to buy a boat, there is some disagreement about whether it is best to buy a boat at a boat show or from a dealer. To make boat buying fun and easier for you, I have written some top boat show tips to get the most of the experience and researched buying boats at a boat show vs. a dealer. Done well, boat shopping will be a rewarding experience as you learn to use both avenues to find the best deal and the best long term solutions after the initial purchase.
10 Beginner Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know
We’ve also compiled this short list of 10 beginner sailing terms that everyone should know. If you’re just learning how to sail, these handy terms can provide a helpful overview of sailing basics you need to become familiar with.
1. Aft - The back of a ship. If something is located aft, it is at the back of the sailboat. The aft is also known as the stern.
2. Bow - The front of the ship is called the bow. Knowing the location of the bow is important for defining two of the other most common sailing terms: port (left of the bow) and starboard (right of the bow).
3. Port - Port is always the left-hand side of the boat when you are facing the bow. Because “right” and “left” can become confusing sailing terms when used out in the open waters, port is used to define the left-hand side of the boat as it relates to the bow, or front.
4. Starboard - Starboard is always the right-hand side of the boat when you are facing the bow. Because “right” and “left” can become confusing sailing terms when used out in the open waters, starboard is used to define the right-hand side of the boat as it relates to the bow, or front.
5. Leeward - Also known as lee, leeward is the direction opposite to the way the wind is currently blowing (windward).
6. Windward - The direction in which the wind is currently blowing. Windward is the opposite of leeward (the opposite direction of the wind). Sailboats tend to move with the wind, making the windward direction an important sailing term to know.
7. Boom - The boom is the horizontal pole which extends from the bottom of the mast. Adjusting the boom towards the direction of the wind is how the sailboat is able to harness wind power in order to move forward or backwards.
8. Rudder - Located beneath the boat, the rudder is a flat piece of wood, fiberglass, or metal that is used to steer the ship. Larger sailboats control the rudder via a wheel, while smaller sailboats will have a steering mechanism directly aft.
9. Tacking - The opposite of jibing, this basic sailing maneuver refers to turning the bow of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. The boom of a boat will always shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe.
10. Jibing - The opposite of tacking, this basic sailing maneuver refers to turning the stern of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. The boom of a boat will always shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe. Jibing is a less common technique than tacking, since it involves turning a boat directly into the wind.
- Prevent oily discharges from the bilge. Keep your engine well tuned to prevent fuel and oil leaks. Secure an oil absorbent pad or pillow in your bilge and under your engine where drips may occur. Check the pads often, do not let them clog the bilge pump, and dispose of them as hazardous waste at a marina or local hazardous waste collection center.
- Spill-proof your oil changes. For oil changes, use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap a plastic bag or absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge.
- When fueling, stop the drops! Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and using absorbent pads or rags to catch drips and spills. Don’t "top off" or overflow your fuel tank. Leave the tank 10% empty to allow fuel to expand as it warms.
- Do not add soap. Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. It increases harm to the environment, and it is illegal.
- Minimize boat cleaning and maintenance in the water. If possible, save maintenance projects for the boatyard. When performing work on the water minimize your impact by containing waste. Use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all drips and debris for proper disposal.
- Reduce toxic discharges from bottom paints. Minimize the discharge of heavy metals found in soft-sloughing antifouling paints by using a less toxic, or nontoxic antifouling paint. Use only non-abrasive underwater hull cleaning techniques to prevent excessive paint discharge. Remember, dry storage reduces the need for antifouling paints and saves money.
- Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Dispose of paints, batteries, antifreeze, cleaning products, oil, oil filters and other hazardous wastes at a hazardous waste collection facility or event.
- Plan A-head! Manage sewage wastes properly. Never discharge sewage within 3 miles of shore. Use harbor pump-out stations and shore-side facilities. If you don’t have an installed toilet, use a port-a-potty and empty it at a harbor dump station or bathroom.
- Stow it, don’t throw it! Keep your trash on board. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into the ocean. Take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper.
- Reduce Greywater discharges. Use a phosphate-free biodegradable soap to minimize the impacts of greywater on the marine environment. Also minimize discharge by doing dishes and showers on shore whenever possible.
Content courtesy of www.earth911.com
10. Peace and quiet.
9. Creating life long memories comes easily.
8. Sailing is FUN, FUN, FUN !
7. Experiencing life moment to moment.
6. It’s at least 10 degrees COOLER than land.
5. Full of rare natural beauty.
4. Gain greater confidence ~ sailing through life
3. Sailing takes you places
2. Makes you younger
and the number 1 Top reason to Just Go Sailing is
Escape to Adventure !
Olympic Sailing Regatta Takes Place July 29-August 11
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 18, 2012) – With the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team’s arrival in London, England earlier this week, preparations for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta are underway in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. in advance of the event, set to take place July 29 – August 11. Sixteen athletes will represent the United States across 10 Olympic events. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated these Games the “social Games,” US Sailing is encouraging every American sailor to get behind the Team and cheer them to victory whether on social media, directly by email or simply by following along with their journey online.
U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
- Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 470 (Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
- Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – Elliott 6m (women’s match racing)
- Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)—RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer)
- Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)—49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance)
- Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) – RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer)
- Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) – Star (Men’s Keelboat)
- Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
- Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)—Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
- Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)—470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
- Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)
About the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Athletes in each Olympic class were selected to the Team based on performance at two selection events. US Sailing has a proud history in the sport, collecting 59 medals since sailing was first included in the Games in 1900.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit us at www.ussailing.org.
1. Learning to sail is safer for you than trial and error.
2. Learning to sail will lead you to greener recreation since sailing burns no fossil fuels.
3. Learning to sail is a great way for you to meet potential partners, either members of the opposite or same sex, or to take your current significant other on a great romantic getaway.
4. Learning to sail helps you keep mentally and physically fit.
5. Learning to sail will help you better appreciate Thomas Cahill’s Sailing the Wine Dark Sea.
6. Learning to sail can lead to a new lifelong passion.
7. Learning to sail could lead to new employment as the captain of a sail boat for hire.
8. Learning to sail is more fun than learning to sell.
9. Learning to sail could come in handy if your home is reposessed and you need portable, floating living accommodations.
10. Captain Jack Sparrow would want you to learn to sail.
11. Learning to sail might be the gateway to your next great vacation: sailing around the Bahamas.
12. Learning to sail would improve your employability if you lived in Ocracoke, NC.
13. Learning to sail will lead to a quicker and less strenuous way to circumnavigate Manhattan rather than circumnavigating by sea kayak.
14. Learning to sail is good for you.
15. Learning to sail is good for the world.
16. Learning to sail will include comprehensive classroom and on-water sailing instruction.
17. Learning to sail epitomizes the beauty of sailing
18. Learning to sail is intense.
19. Learning to sail is fun.
20. Learning to sail is challenging.
21. Learning to sail is relaxing.
22. Learning to sail is rewarding.
23. Learning to sail will be one of the most exciting adventures of your life.
24. Learning to sail will be an exhilarating tonic for your senses.
25. Learning to sail will be refreshing.
26. Learning to sail is all-natural and very, very clean education.
27. Learning to sail can be a very spiritual experience. After all, one of the most respected spiritual leaders in history sailed on Lake Galilee.
28. Learning to sail will provide great stories to tell your children and grandchildren.
29. Learning to sail could lead to your publishing your first novel.
30. Learning to sail is natural.
31. Learning to sail is not taxable.
32. Learning to sail gets you into the great outdoors.
33. Learning to sail gets you off the couch and away from the television.
34. Learning to sail is for real men and women who love life with a passion.
35. Learning to sail requires no computer skills.
36. Learning to sail is part of the natural evolution of humanity.
37. Learning to sail frees you from the concrete jungle.
38. Learning to sail could provide you with your next way of commuting to work.
39. Learning to sail will lead you to some of the best fishing spots in the world, and thus a free meal.
40. Learning to sail is what movies and memories are made of.
41. Learning to sail is not hazardous to your health.
42. Learning to sail should have been one of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
43. Learning to sail will help you learn to speak like a pirate.
44. Learning to sail will impress your friends and help you make even more friends.
45. Learning to sail returns you to your home, the sea.