As we move ever closer to The Holiday Season 2014, I realize how thankful I am for our associ-ation this year. In ways big and small, each of you have made 2014 a great year for our Squad-ron. You have certainly enriched my life as we have worked together. We worked hard - we played hard!
I'm certainly grateful for each Member - your support to the extent that your schedule would allow is appreciated. We have been fortunate to enjoy the services of one of the most hard-working Executive Boards that I've ever seen. Their focus has been to bring a fun and challenging year to our group. They have been successful in their efforts.
The recently completed Cooperative Charting effort is an example of our teamwork. Hours of planning and execution by Board Members and the Members made it the most outstanding CO-OP Charting event that the District has seen in years. An important mission was accomplished. Boaters and Commercial Shipping will be made more safe due to our efforts. We had fun and the food was outstanding!
Please make your plans now to join us for our annual Christmas Party on 3 December. We will begin at 1800 hours at the Anchorage. For our new members, the Christmas Party is a fellow-ship affair with no official business. There will be music and food - lots of food. To that end, please bring us: (1) YOU! (2) Bring your favor-ite appetizer(s) to share (3) Bring an unwrapped toy or two for donation to local kids at Christmas (4) Bring your gently used magazines from the 2013 and 2014 to donate to the West Cal Cam Hospital.
Then, come join us for the Lighted Boat Parade on 6 December. After the parade, many of our boats will return to the downtown marina for a social hour or so. Come enjoy more fellowship.
Finally, I wish each and everyone a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year 2015.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Best regards to you and your family,
- Cdr. Joe
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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.
• Keep the fuel nozzle in contact with the tank opening to prevent static buildup/sparks
• Sniff the boat for fumes – especially the bilge – open hatches and air out the vessel.
• Run the Blower for at least four (4) minutes BEFORE starting engine(s).
• Bring crew and passengers aboard only after safely starting the engine(s).
P/C Dale Thibodeaux, AP