Greetings to all boaters and friends on the water!
Whether you have been enjoying the friendships and boating events sponsored by Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron for years, or you are a novice fresh to the boating world, The United States Power Squadrons may be just what you need to make your boating world safer, cleaner and more fun.
The United States Power Squadron has over 100 year experience in training, education, and experience in boating. Educational courses are available for every level of boating, from basic courses (required in most states and especially mandated by Louisiana law for anyone born after January 1, 1984) through upper levels of piloting, cruise planning, radio communications, engine repair, marine electrical, weather, and all levels of navigation, including global positioning and dead reckoning. Seminars are also provided on other subjects from knots, bends and splices to emergency signaling.
Have you ever passed a red, numbered buoy and wondered what exactly it meant? Why are buoy-markers red and green? And what do the numbers mean? Know how to read a nautical chart? We can help you learn what you need to know to keep your entire boating party safe on the water.
If you think you might want to learn more about how Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron can improve your boating experience, contact a member or call or e-mail us. We will invite you to visit a meeting and experience the camaraderie, enjoy the food, and plan some fun boating activities.
Cdr. Oliver “Jackson” Schrumpf
Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron
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So what is the Coast Pilot? Where do I find it and how do I use it?
The United States Coast Pilot® consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart.
Here are a few simple rules everyone should know and follow when refueling.
• Locate the fire extinguishers – rehearse emergency exit regularly.
• Close hatches and portholes BEFORE fueling.
• Turn OFF electrical equipment – anything that can cause a spark.
• Have all passengers leave the vessel and wait on the dock during refueling.