VOLUME 56 JUNE 2003 NUMBER 4
From the Commander
We had an important Executive committee
meeting in April and you all need to know what went on. Our Executive
Officer, Lt/C Ed Kridler, SN, has been transferred by his employer
and will no longer be able to fulfill the duties of Executive
Officer. P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler will be staying in the Charleston
area, but, according to Ed, he will be working in Florida.
As a result of Ed's resignation,
the Executive Committee named Lt/C Cat Yeomans to fill out the
term of Executive Officer and Lt/C Janice Kromer to the remaining
term of Administrative Officer. It is felt that these decisions
will best serve the needs of the Squadron for the remainder of
the year and give the Nominations Committee a starting place in
the election of officers for nest year. We wish both a successful
term in their new offices.
WE ARE GOING TO MISS THE GUIDANCE
AND EXPERTISE OF ED KRIDLER IN THE XO'S POSITION. WE WISH HIM
THE BEST OF LUCK IN HIS NEW LOCATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM STAYING
IN TOUCH WITH US. SMOOTH SAILING, ED!
Congratulations to our award winners,
Dick Finn and Steve Kromer. Life Membership is something to be
respected when achieved and Dick certainly has and continues to
represent CPS and USPS in the best manner. The SEO of the Year
Award is one of the most coveted awards of the District and Steve
certainly is deserving of the award. Congratulations to both!
Please check your calendars and
plan to attend a meeting and/or cruise. Many folks put a lot of
effort into making these things happen for your enjoyment and
education, show your appreciation by attending.
Many thanks go to all the folks
who helped in the revision to our by-laws. As of the day of the
Executive Committee meeting, National approved the revisions and
we will make copies available as soon as we can.
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Boy, it's hard to believe that another
month has gone by.
The really good news this month
is Mike Hamme's sight folder for Navigation was accepted, Pat
Neely successfully completed Weather 101 and Keith Gannett successfully
completed Seamanship. Congratulations to all for completing these
On the public boating front, we
had a very busy month. We started and completed a Boat Smart course
at Cummins Mercriuser Diesel, started a Squadron Boating Course
at headquarters and started a Boat Smart at James Island Yacht
Club. Both the Boat Smart courses were added at the last minute
at the request of Cummins Mercriuser and James Island Yacht Club.
Many thanks go to John Van Way, Ken Beeber and Dave Walsh for
getting the Cummins class done. Also many, many thanks to Fred
Wichmann and Wendy Walsh for pulling off the James Island Yacht
Club Boat Smart on very short notice. I think we had ten days
and that's only 'cause Fred talked the commodore of the club into
giving us an extra week. The Squadron Boating Course, which had
been scheduled ahead of time, has around 10 students and is being
ably taught by Mike Page and Steve Yoemans.
Over the last couple of years
a number of people questioned the price of courses offered by
the Charleston Power Squadron. I pretty much just told them that
the price was what it was. Interestingly enough, in the last month
I found information that tells us what a bargain Power Squadron
Courses are. First, The College Of Charleston offers a 3 credit
hour course on celestial navigation for $585. This course apparently
teaches parts of Piloting, Advance Piloting & Junior Navigation.
If you took all of the courses through the Power Squadron, and
took Seamanship too, you'd spend $220. Likewise, Sea School charges
$475 to teach folks what they need to know to pass the Coast Guard
6-pack license exam. Sea School's course apparently covers Piloting
& Advanced Piloting. Again, if you took these courses with
the Power Squadron, and also took Seamanship, it would cost $140.
As if that weren't enough, the person that I talked with about
Sea School had taken their class and said that he though that,
when all was said and done, the Squadron Courses teach you more
of what you need to know to be a good mariner. Think about it,
you get better courses and instruction for half the price - not
a bad deal.
Now just so everyone knows what
the prices are, here is a list of the current prices for all advanced
grades, and elective courses offered by the Charleston Power Squadron:
Piloting $45 (course plotter & divider $20 extra if needed)
Advanced Piloting $55
Junior Navigation $80
Cruise Planning $50
Engine Maintenance $50
Instructor Development $0 (Only one that's free)
Marine Electronics $50
By the time everyone gets this
I'll be well along on the cruise to Ocracoke or broken down somewhere.
Tell y'all which next month.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
IT'S BEEN FUN
Lt/C Edwin Kridler, SN
This is one of the most difficult
articles I have had to write. It will be my last as your Executive
Officer. By the time this issue of The Palmetto Log goes to press,
I will no longer hold this position. I have resigned as your Executive
Officer effective 15 May. Due to a changing employment situation,
it looks as if we will be forced to relocate from the Charleston
area. A relocation is not 100-percent sure at this time, but probably
90-percent. Cindy will be staying in Charleston until we can sell
our home here, so you will still see her for a while.
We have really enjoyed the Charleston area, and I have enjoyed
being a part of the Charleston Power Squadron. I have enjoyed
participating in many of the squadron activities, and have made
many friends within the squadron.
I would like to thank the many members who have helped with
the activities of the Executive Department during the time I held
the position. I would also like to thank all of the members for
the friendships I have enjoyed while a member here, and for all
of the help I have received as a member of the squadron.
In closing, I will not say goodbye; I will only say that until
we meet again, may your seas be calm and your horizons clear and
sharp. As Bob Hope used to sing, "Thanks for the memories."
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
The June membership meeting will be on
Thursday, 12 June 2003. It will center upon the Spirit of South
Carolina under construction in downtown Charleston. To see everything
before dark, we will actually tour first. Our guest speaker will
be Mr. Charlie Sneed who oversees the project.
Everyone is asked to be present
at the site by 1845 for the tour to begin promptly. After the
tour, dinner will begin. Due to popular demand for it, Po Pigs
BBQ out of Edisto Island will cater our dinner once again.
The total cost, which includes
the tour and dinner, for the evening will be $15 per person. This
should be a memorable event for all those in attendance. Please,
bring family and friends to enjoy this sight! Come and have a
To make your reservations for
the June membership meeting, please contact me at (843) 875-0510
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your reservations prior to Monday, 9 June 2003, as a headcount
is required for this meal. Please remember the "You Say;
You Pay" Policy; also, any attending without reservations
will pay $18 instead of $15.
As a reminder, P/C Harry Gindhart
will be teaching the Operations Training Course on Monday, 2 June
2003, at 1900. The course should last approximately two hours.
Bridge members are required to take this course every five years.
It is strongly recommended for everyone in the Squadron to develop
a better understanding of USPS. Beverages and light hors d'oeuvre
will be provided.
If you would like to help with
mentoring, meetings, cruises, speakers, membership, set-up, anything
involved with the Administrative Department, please let me know.
I can be reached at home at (843) 875-0510, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Hello fellow members! Well the
nice weather is finally upon us; just what us boaters have been
waiting for. It's time for fun in the sun. Now for the announcement
so many of us have been looking and looking and looking for. Well
we finally did it after many man- hours and lots of folk's involvement.
The Bylaws have been approved by the National Representative D/Lt/C
Allan Larkin. Did you ever think we would see this day?
On our quest to be an environmentally correct Power Squadron,
I have added a Charleston County Recycling container to our headquarters
building. During events held at the Headquarters building it will
be available to discard recyclable materials, such as aluminum
cans, metal cans, glass containers and bottles and #1 and #2 recyclable
plastic containers, Please help us stay in step with today's environment,
we do so well out on our water ways cleaning up. Lets go that
extra mile and pitch in folks. It will take a concerned effort
to separate our trash, but I feel it's worth it. We can all stand
proud and say that the Charleston Power Squadron is making a difference
if even in the smallest of ways.
Hey everyone, come on out and get involved. Take a course,
do a cruise, attend a meeting and meet some new people. We have
so much fun when we get together; we want you there to share in
the good times. We want to know how to make it more fun for you,
so tell one of your Executive Committee members what you think.
It's your Squadron!
Lt Kirk Williams
I've always been surprised by the number of email questions
I receive at my web site about lightning. When you compare the
90 or so total deaths each year from lightning strikes in the
United States to the 600 or so PFD-less drownings during a similar
time period, you would think that boaters would be far more interested
in why they should be wearing life jackets. But lightning apparently
holds a deeper fascination than vests for most people. And I guess
that's proven by the fact that hardly anybody stays up half the
night during a thunderstorm waiting for just that one critical
instant when they can photograph a type III PFD.
I also know that lightning is more fascinating than PFD's by the
fact that there are many groups and institutes studying lightning,
and hardly any looking at a way to get more people to wear life
jackets. Without much research at all, you'll find the LPI. (Lightning
Protection Institute), the NLSI (National Lightning Safety Institute),
and the ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council), just to name a
If you cruise around the Internet, you'll even see web sites published
by and for lightning survivors. People tell stories of how they're
now broadcasting classical music from their fillings after taking
a 50,000,000-volt hit. Can you blame people for finding that fascinating?
For some reason, I can't find a single web site of testimonials
from people who had a near drowning experience while their life
jackets remained stuffed in a locked storage locker.
So I guess it's time that I yield to the pressure, take a pause
from my compulsive advocacy to see life jackets on all boaters,
especially kids, and give you some of my observations about
First of all, there are some things about lightning that may surprise
1. Although three-quarters of the surface of the earth is covered
by water, there are significantly more lightning strikes over
land. This should provide some solace to those who have an unnatural
fear of being vaporized at the helm.
2. The average length of a lightning bolt is six miles. This doesn't
mean that if you're seven miles from a storm you should climb
the mast and wave a copper plate in the air with one hand whilst
thumbing your nose at the clouds with the other. On the other
hand, unpredictable as lightning seems to be, it might not make
3. Having a lightning protection system on your boat (a masted
cone of protection with heavy copper bonding straps and a massive
copper plate nailed to the hull) will not prevent a lightning
strike. It may even increase the possibility of a strike. But
what it probably will do is minimize damage to the boat and the
boat's people if you do get hit. That's a good enough reason to
consider lightning protection on your vessel.
The thing to remember is that there are no absolutes with lightning,
on land or on the water. And when dealing with an element of such
power, such energy and such unpredictability, a prudent individual
will do everything possible to avoid it.
A group of Power Squadron members from my town were on the Tom
Bigby several years ago, and pulled into a little sheltered area
one afternoon to wait out a thunderstorm. They anchored their
three boats side by side in the backwater and watched as the storm
approached their area. A lightning bolt struck the water some
distance away, and discharged in all directions across the surface
of the water. The boat nearest the discharge had a hole blown
in the hull about three inches in diameter at the waterline. The
middle boat suffered no damage whatsoever, and the boat furthest
from the strike had hundreds of pinholes and blisters across a
large section of the vessel's port side. Unpredictable? I'd say.
Remember, the best way to manage the risk of lightning is by avoidance.
If you see a storm approaching, and can get off the water, do
it. If you can't, put on lifejackets, keep your passengers low
in the boat and clear of electronics, cables and conductive metals.
If there's a wind with the storm, head into it. If you're being
pushed toward a dangerous situation, or shore, lower an anchor
from the bow and play out lots of anchor line. Here, like in most
things in life and in boating, common sense goes a long way toward
getting you and your passengers home safely.
Now, grab your camera, put on rubber-soled shoes, take off all
your jewelry, and go out and see if you can find a life jacket
Commander Bob's Boating Safety
June Cruise Schedule
There are two cruise events scheduled
for this month, June, 2003
The weekend of 6, 7, and 8 June is the Hilton Head Cruise to
Skull Creek Marina. This trip coincides with the USPS District
26 Summer Council. Last minute attendees need to contact the dock
master at Skull Creek Marina (800-237-4096) for slip availability.
The second scheduled cruise is on 21 June to Brittlebank Park
as a day cruise and picnic. Cruise Captain, Wendy Walsh has requested
volunteers to help with the picnic. Please contact her at 556-3258.
With or without a boat, this event is for everyone.
All our members should try and participate in the squadron's
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
National Safe Boating Week was
17-23 May 2003. As a part of our efforts to promote this week
dedicated to recreational boating safety, through the efforts
of Lt Eleanor H. Parker, JN, our squadron received proclamations
from the City of Charleston, signed by Mayor Joseph P. Riley,
Jr.; the City of Isle of Palms, signed by Mayor F. Michael Sottile;
and the Town of Mount Pleasant, signed by Mayor Harry M. Hallman,
Jr. These proclamations recognized this week as National Safe
Boating Week, and supported boating safety in their respective
communities. We are greatly appreciative of the support of these
governmental entities, and of Eleanor's work in obtaining these
The Federal Communications Commission
and the U.S. Coast Guard recently named BoatU.S. as the first
non-governmental organization to issue boaters identification
numbers for marine radios with Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
Before BoatU.S. volunteered, boaters wanting identification numbers
had to pay $120 for an FCC license. BoatU.S. is offering boaters
this service free of charge. Identification numbers for DSC, a
new radio technology that makes it much easier to help boaters
in distress, are available online at: www.BoatUS.com.
Thanks to: John Sikes and www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/home_frame_760a.htm
History Lesson...Quite amusing...
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters
carried iron cannons. Those cannon fired round iron cannon balls.
It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. But how
to prevent them from rolling about the deck?
The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square
based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting
on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon
balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.
There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer
from sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a
metal plate with 16 round indentations, called a Monkey.
But if this plate was made of iron, the iron balls would quickly
rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make brass
monkeys. Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more
and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the
temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink
so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.
Thus, it was quite literally, Cold enough to freeze the balls
off a brass monkey!
(And all this time, you thought that was an improper expression,
This fabulous bit of nautical historical knowledge submitted by
SeaTow, SeaTow, SeaTow this is the Annie Mae
Western adventure novelist Louis
L'Amour is quoted as saying, "Adventure is just a romantic
name for trouble." Adventure surely has romantic episodes
but when trouble comes the romance is deep sixed. Trouble doesn't
normally follow the Annie Mae but trouble this time takes a circuitous
route to find a weakness in her majesty.
The usual Sunday crowds bulged the restaurants lining Shem Creek
that Memorial Day weekend. The Annie Mae, with the Captain's number
one son alone in the boat at the helm and his faithful lab Hannah
perched in Jake's place on the bow, glided slowly passed the trawlers
and into the Cooper River. Just out for a Sunday afternoon cruise,
the inland reaches of the Cooper were selected as a diversion
from the historic harbor.
Through Navy Yard Reach where to port the U.S. Navy once proudly
called homeport and where the number one son's grandfather toiled
for his wages. Goose Creek, the U.S. Naval Weapon Station and
Bushy Park Landing all were left to port with the Annie Mae on
an easy plane and her motor turning effortlessly at 4000 RPM.
Then, just as pluff mud rises at low tide, she lost her plane
and her heart stopped. But there was no pluff mud to cause the
stall - 35 feet on the fish finder.
While raising the Johnson to check for an obstruction smoke began
billowing from the louvers in the cowling. "Fire in the hold!"
Not her hold but her motor was belching smoke. Quickly, number
one son insured the ignition switch to be off, donned a PFD and
grabbed the fire extinguisher. Hannah was safely on the bow. Meanwhile,
along the banks of this beautiful river numerous fishermen in
their high-powered bass boats enjoyed the dilemma of a vessel
in distress. Yet not one knew the meaning of "
assistance whenever possible
Now the smoke was becoming thicker but fortunately the wind was
carrying it away from the Annie Mae. Number one son could do nothing
but watch. Smartly reluctant to remove the cowling he discharged
the extinguisher through the louvers into the motor. The smoke
Adrift in the river with the anchor line fouled in the locker
two grubby old fishermen in a grubby old Renken powered by a grubbier
old Suzuki (at least it was running) saw the predicament and offered
assistance. Holding another fire extinguisher at the ready these
gentlemen secured the Annie Mae's drift and stood by. With the
smoke gone and its source assumed to be extinguished the cowling
was gingerly removed. The electric controls on top of the motor
had been aflame.
The Annie Mae had embarrassingly succumbed to mechanical deficiencies
in her lifeline. Number one son asked the rescuers for assistance
to shallower water for anchorage but these fine gentlemen insisted
that they tow her Royal Highness to Bushy Park Landing - about
a three (3) mile trip. A hip tow was rigged and off she went sadly.
These fine gentlemen refused compensation for their generosity.
"SeaTow, SeaTow, SeaTow this is the Annie Mae, over"
went the call. Sea Tow responded swiftly and in less than one
knows, SeaTow had the Annie Mae in tow.
Back among boats of lesser pride and resting peacefully on her
throne in the marina, the Annie Mae will heal. She will be readied
for troubleless adventures quicker than the flash of the yellow
light on a hovercraft.
An after thought --- Had the number one son not used the Annie
Mae on Sunday, She would have gone off shore with her Captain
and the number two son on Monday to troll and bottom fish. The
fire could have occurred at sea.
Reprinted with the kind permission of Harry Darby
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, 1 May 2003
Cdr. Vince Lombardo called the
meeting to order at 1934 at the Headquarters Building. Those in
attendance were: Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, Cdr. Vince Lombardo, Lt/C
Steve Kromer, Lt Janice Kromer, Lt/C Ed Kridler, P/Lt/C Cindy
Kridler, Lt Corrin Marinko, Lt Terry Marinko, Lt Wendy Walsh,
Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen, P/C Harry Gindhart, Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans,
Caitlyn Yeomans, Ashley Yeomans, P/C Anthony Ward, P/C Merellene
Ward, Lt Richard Finn, P/Lt/C Martin Gipe, D/C Marge Schulte,
P/C Mike Page, P/C Harry Gindhart, Steve Rustin. The minutes of
the Aprils Executive Committee Meeting were amended and accepted.
A quorum was established.
Executive: Per Lt/C Edwin Kridler: Dinner meeting of
May, we have invited the members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
to join us and the guest speaker will be Brett Grooms their Commander.
The only response to the proclamation request of Safe Boating
Week was by the Town of Mt. Pleasant; they will have a representative
at the Dinner Meeting. Lt Kirk Williams will be setting up a booth
at one of the boat landings; he is looking for help. To contact
Kirk, call him at 768-7454. Per P/D/Lt/C Mike Page: We will have
a cooperative charting event this June.
Educational: Per Lt/C Stephen Kromer: The educational
department has been very busy with many Boat Smart and Squadron
Boating Classes. The certificates for the first responders course
is being looked into, and the Commander will be investigating
Administrative: Per Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans: Upcoming
cruises are the Shem Creek Cruise on 3 May and the Georgetown
Cruise 16-18 May. The OT class will be offered on the 2 June and
P/C Harry Gindhart will be conducting the class. Per P/C Merellene
Ward: We are working on a package to welcome new and transferred
members to the squadron, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen is helping with
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron remains
solvent, and money is coming in with the membership renewals.
Per P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler we are over due for an audit and as the
bylaws state we need to complete this as soon as possible.
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: In Lt Nelson Hicks
absence the deadline for the Palmetto Log is 11 May. Please have
all articles into Nelson by that time. The Bylaws amendments have
been approved by National Representative D/Lt/C Allan Larkin.
He stated that the signed approval sheet would follow in the mail
shortly. All the Directories have been sent in the mail to members
that did not pick them up at squadron functions.
Commander: Per CDR Vince Lombardo: Our Executive Officer,
Lt/C Ed Kridler has submitted his letter of resignation due to
his company moving him. So the Executive board met prior to the
evening ExCom meeting, there were nine of the eleven members in
attendance. Per the squadron bylaws the present Administrative
Officer will be moved into the Executive Officers position. The
replacement Administrative Officer will be Lt Janice Kromer; these
two positions will be for the remainder of the present term of
office. Lt/C Ed Kridler motioned that this be the case, Lt/C Bob
Gulbrandsen seconded. The Executive committee voted unanimously
to accept this proposal.
Old Business: No old business was addressed.
New Business: Per P/C Anthony Ward: we will have a booth
set up at Boaters World in Mt. Pleasant for the 3 and 4 May to
promote Safe Boating Week. At present only Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen
and myself have volunteered to help, we need people to help out,
The meeting adjourned at 2013.
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