VOLUME 54 NOVEMBER 2001 NUMBER 9
From the Commander
Cdr William (Billy) H. Lynes, AP
Power Squadron from A to Z.
The United States Power Squadrons
version of A to Z is formed around the USPS Triangle.
One side of this symbol is Self Education. Under the tireless
guidance and coordination of Squadron Educational Officer Lt/C
Steve Rawe, SN a nearly continuous offering of a full slate of
educational courses is available from our Educational Department.
Many of our members have taken advantage of this side of our triangle.
This is only possible with the continuing dedication of a full
slate of very capable instructors. Also in this department is
our Boating Courses. These public boating courses provide our
members an excellent opportunity to overlap into another side
of the triangle, Civic Service. Thank you Steve and instructors
for providing us all with this opportunity.
Our Civic Service is manifested through our Executive Department
and our Administrative Department in many ways. The Safe Boating
Booth at boat shows, the Adopt-A-Chart program, geodetic marker
recovery, vessel safety checks, Beach Sweep/River Sweep, participation
in the safe boating council and National Safe Boating Week are
some of the ways Executive Officer Lt/C Steve Yeomans, P and Administrative
Officer Lt/C Vince Lombardo, S have guided the Charleston Power
Squadron in its commitment to Civic Service. With all of these
worthwhile projects and programs under their cognizance these
two officers need to rely heavily upon their respective committees
and committee chairpersons. Too many times these officers have
had the added burden of carrying out many task that are available
for our members to help with. Unending thanks to the Executive
Officer and the Administrative Officer and their respective committee
chairpersons for carrying a large portion of the load of the Charleston
No organization can function reliably without a dependable
and trustworthy secretary and treasurer. With the expert help
and guidance of Secretary Lt/C "Cat" Yeomans, P and
Treasurer Lt/C Cindy Kridler, AP the duties of this commander
have been greatly enhanced. I cannot thank the Secretary and the
Treasurer enough for their tireless attention to all of the details
that literally keep the squadron sailing. Certainly this, The
Palmetto Log, under the helm of Lt John VanWay, SN is an integral
component of the sailing of the ship Charleston Power Squadron.
Thank you John and a double thanks for putting up with the missed
Stretching my deadline for this months article gives me an
opportunity to comment on the D/26 Fall Conference and Change
of Watch hosted this past month by the Charleston Power Squadron.
I cannot begin to find the words to adequately express my heartfelt
thanks to P/C Boo Ward, JN for her tireless and professional organization
of this monumental event. A great time was had by all, I think,
so the entire committee deserves the thanks of the entire squadron.
The eyes of our national organization were on this event with
our children oriented activities as an integral part of the entire
program. The Charleston Power Squadron did an outstanding job
in this regard and I hope this is the beginning of a way to handle
these events in the future.
Wham! This Commander's year started out last November at WOT
(wide open throttle) with the filming of a segment of the National
Safe Boating Test right here in Charleston. The eyes of National
were on us then and we received high-level praise for our efforts.
Bam! The throttles are still all the way down and the eyes of
National are upon us once again for this family oriented district
event we just hosted. I believe we have achieved the same results.
In between wham and bam our whole squadron year magically happened.
Thanks to all of our dedicated and faithful members.
With all these activities transpiring we have certainly maintained
the traditions of the United States Power Squadrons and we have
shored up the base of our USPS Triangle and fraternal boating
club. And we have changed the things we could, as with the children
oriented activities for our District 26 Fall Conference and Change
of Watch. In my acceptance speech last year I promised to do my
best. I am now in a position to know that the Charleston Power
Squadron has also done their collective best. Please volunteer
to chair or serve on a committee of your newly elected bridge
officers. This keeps us at our best to maintain the traditions
of The United States Power Squadrons.
Lt/C Steve Rawe, N
Steve Kromer, AP will assume
the duties of Squadron Education Officer for the coming year.
Steve is quite capable and I am sure that he will continue to
enhance membership participation in our courses. He has already
suggested several innovative changes including on-boat instruction
for several of our courses. Having a fifty-foot trawler no doubt
will aid in this endeavor.
John Patten, SN will become the assistant Squadron Education Officer.
Carol Pelow, AP has done an outstanding job in conducting the
Boating and Boat Smart courses. John and Steve will continue her
strong educational commitment. I know that all squadron members
will provide assistance in the implementation of these courses.
The Spring Educational Courses will commence on 7 and 8 January
2002. The following courses will be offered:
Seamanship Marine Electronics
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Advanced Piloting Sailing 101 and 102
Cruise Planning Junior Navigation
Lt/C J. Stephen Yeomans, P
First of all, I would like to
thank those members who gave so generously to the "Replace-A-Table"
fund over the course of the past two months. Due to their generosity,
we now have seven replacement tables for the headquarters building.
These are MUCH lighter than the particleboard units we have been
using (you know, the ones that have been falling apart) and are
still 8' in length. I think everyone will be pleased with them.
Note that our goal was ten tables total, so if you have not been
able to contribute for whatever reason, we still are in need.
Please see Lt/C Cindy Kridler, AP or me for more information.
Each table is approximately $85.00 including tax.
Speaking of upgrades to the headquarters building, I would
like to put a call out for anyone (and everyone) who is handy
with some basic tools. Hopefully, by the time this is published,
I will have replaced that pane of glass in the women's room, but
there are other tasks that need to be addressed. Please see me
(or call me, or e-mail me) if you can be of service for just one
or two days.
The November cruise is our annual Adopt-a-Chart cruise, and
it looks to be a great time on the water. Historically our last
official on-water cruise of the year, the Adopt-a-Chart cruise
is being planned so that as many people as possible can be out
on the water. Captains looking to have their boat participate
need to let P/C Mike Page, P know as soon as possible.
Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P
What a year! Congratulations
to EVERYBODY. As usual, just about the time I start figuring
out what I'm supposed to be doing, it's time to move on and give
it to someone else. We still have things coming up and more fun
to have before the end of the year, but I wanted to say thank
you to everybody for all the help provided in this last year.
You all know who you are. Without the help of many persons, I
would have not seen the functions of the Administrative Officer
accomplished as well as they were. This includes the entire squadron,
since all levels of assistance, participation and attendance are
necessary for successful squadron functions.
The oyster roast at Toad Hall will be over before this comes
out, but I am certain will be a very good time for all. The next
ExCom and membership meetings will be missed by Loretta and me
since we will be vacationing in California at that time, so we
will miss the good time and voting. Don't forget about Mike Page's
Cooperative Charting Cruise on Saturday, 17 November. This will
be a very well planned outing that should be fun and educational
for all who participate. You don't have to have a boat since
crew persons for many responsibilities will be needed.
NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Make plans NOW for the upcoming Change of Watch on 8 December
for reflections of the past, promises of the new, and lessons
learned to be used to create a brighter 2002 for Charleston Power
Before I close - Please let me say THANK YOU to everyone who
had anything to do with the District 26 Conference and Change
of Watch. What do you say to a group of people who come together,
create a plan, implement the plan and come up with a program reaching
a level of success that will not soon be equaled by anyone. Heartfelt
congratulations to all involved.
Thank you all for a wonderful year, Vince and Loretta.
First I want to thank all the
members who have been so supportive of my efforts to try some
new ideas for meetings and programs. I am grateful for your appreciation
and kind words. I'm confident the next meetings chair will take
us to new levels of creativity.
Our November meeting is the Annual Meeting and Elections for
the squadron. To keep the focus on the serious work to be done,
we'll have dessert only. Please bring your favorite dessert, with
a serving utensil, and prepare to forget the diet for one evening!
Service of dessert will begin at 1930. Coffee will be available.
17 NOVEMBER: MARK!
25 Members Have Signed on
For the 2001 CPS Adopt-a-Chart
Cooperative Charting Cruise!
"Mark!" is the timekeeper's
call to the observer to record depth of a bottom reading during
a cooperative charting exercise. The boat captain holds a predetermined
course and speed. An observer reads depths, either electronically
or by lead line. And the recorder notes on a soundings chart the
time and depth of each reading. This is the essence of charting
depths in navigable waters as a part of our commitment to NOAA
to assist in keeping nautical charts up-to-date.
All of us want to contribute to our community and the boating
fraternity. I feel that participation in Cooperative Charting
is one of the greatest opportunities we have to make a difference.
Not only do we get to practice what we have learned in our courses,
our efforts are as a team of people who have taken the power squadron
oath to promote safety on the water.
The cooperative charting weekend will begin with a captains'
meeting at headquarters at 1800 on 16 November 2001. Captains
will be given packages that contain a chart section they and their
crews will check. In the package will be soundings sheets, a chart
section, instructions for charting work, and a USPS/NOAA reporting
form, known by its form number, 77-4.
On the morning of the 17th, each captain will assemble his
or her crew at a rendezvous point that best suits their assignment
and begin their charting work. The time and place of beginning
will be up to each team. I suggest, however, that crews start
early since waters can get choppy as the day progresses. Plan
ahead for proper dress. A mild day in the high 50s can be very
uncomfortable on an open boat if you are not dressed for the exposure
and the wind. We will complete our outing rain or shine unless
conditions are unsafe for boats and crews. If the weather is simply
awful on Saturday, we will do our charting on Sunday instead.
Each crew needs an onboard or handheld GPS if at all possible.
A reliable depth sounder is much easier and more reliable that
soundings taken by lead line. A stopwatch is needed for recording
times. Each crew should have a supply of pencils and a clipboard
to hold the soundings sheets. Throw in binoculars and a camera,
and you will have all you need.
If you have not yet signed up, please call me, Mike Page, at
762-7576 or 324-8049.
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
Where is the Lookout?
A recent incident in tidal waters
indicates that a boater's responsibility and being a good boater
do not always share common goals. Regardless of the size of the
vessel, the captain must always designate a lookout to stand watch
or assign these duties to the helmsman. With a vessel underway,
there should be no question about the absolute control of a vessel,
or the presence of a lookout.
In the incident in question a small boat with a fishing party
on board observed a fast moving large vessel approaching their
position. The large vessel made no attempt to alter course. The
smaller vessel was passed by the larger vessel and was reported
by the smaller one. The persons on the small vessel stated that
had they been directly in the path of the oncoming large vessel
and that that they were passed with little clearance. Unfortunately,
that was not the end of the incident. Ten miles further south,
another small 20' vessel was engaged in fishing with four persons
on board. The larger vessel again did not attempt to circumnavigate
the smaller vessel.
One person on the smaller vessel noted that the larger was
bearing down on their position. The other persons on the small
boat assumed that the larger vessel would alter course to avoid
them. By the time the large vessel closed on the smaller one,
a collision was imminent. The operator of the smaller vessel attempted
to start the engine, but was unsuccessful. The large vessel ran
over the top of the smaller vessel, resulting in the death of
all but one person. Later, it was reported that no one appeared
to be at the helm or anywhere on deck of the large vessel. Only
after the large vessel struck the smaller one, did the captain
of the large vessel realize that a collision occurred and he stopped
to render assistance.
Many good things were said about the skills and experience
of the operator of the large vessel, however standard vessel operating
procedures were not followed. Remember that a lookout on a vessel
is not optional, but required by law. By not following the rules,
lives were lost needlessly. The lookout task was important on
the smaller boat as well. Making assumptions about the actions
of other vessels should not be done. Evasive action is required
if a collision may result.
From Classroom Topics, posted on the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
web site at http://www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/memframe.htm
Is Your Fire Extinguisher Any Good?
Be sure to visit the new site of
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK
Last year, while conducting a
Vessel Safety Check on a boat that had just completed a 150-mile
run from the south, to the owner's dismay I discovered that NOT
ONE of his several fire extinguishers was in working condition.
If you choose not to have a commercial firm inspect and tag
your fire extinguishers you may do it yourself. First, read the
label for instructions. The following applies to pressurized dry
chemical fire extinguishers, the ones most commonly used on motorboats.
-Remove it from its bracket. Examine it carefully for evidence
of corrosion, especially under the bracket, around the seams and
at the neck. If there is any sign of corrosion, discard the unit;
it will develop a leak. If it has a gauge, make sure the needle
is in the GREEN or OK zone. Don't be misled if it is almost in
the green zone. A properly charged extinguisher will have the
needle in the green zone no matter how cold or hot it is. It may
be on the low side if very cold and on the high side if very warm,
but if it is out of the green zone discard it or have it serviced
professionally. The gauges are constructed so the pressure in
it may be down completely even though the needle is not very far
out of the safe zone.
-CO2, HALON, FE241 and other extinguishers with replacement
compounds for HALON must be weighed annually to assure that the
minimum weight is as stated on the extinguisher label. These units
must be inspected and tagged by a recognized authority within
one year of the VSC. Pressure gauges on this type of fire extinguisher
are not accurate indicators that they are full.
-Carbon dioxide extinguishers have a safety pin and seal to
prevent accidental discharge. If the pin or seal is missing, it
is considered to be empty until weighed and then resealed. Carbon
dioxide extinguishers have a pressure relief valve that will release
the contents if the unit is heated above 130 degrees F. Obviously
then, direct exposure to the sun, especially in tropical climates,
is to be avoided. A ruptured safety relief gives no visual evidence
of the loss of the agent. This can be determined only by weighing.
You should inspect your extinguisher gauges and seals every
time you use your boat. If you live where there are Mud Wasps
(mud daubers), be wary; they build nests in nozzles and discharge
horns, making the unit totally unusable.
By Charles B. Ford, BC-OSS, USCG Auxiliary
R/C Edwin G. Kridler,
Our squadron has just hosted
the District 26 Fall Conference and Change of Watch. Those of
us who attended had the opportunity of congratulating the outgoing
district bridge on a job well done, and offering congratulations
to the incoming bridge and wishing them the best of luck for the
The Charleston Power Squadron will be celebrating its Change
of Watch on 8 December. I would encourage every member of CPS
to attend. Again, there is the opportunity of congratulating the
outgoing bridge and wishing the best for the incoming bridge.
This is one chance for the members to not only congratulate the
outgoing bridge, but also to thank them for the time and effort
put into their jobs; the time and effort needed to maintain the
squadron as a functioning body. Other than personal satisfaction,
there are only two forms of payment our outgoing officers receive,
the thanks of the members and a merit mark.
In 1945 when I was fifteen, my
brother, Henry, fourteen, and good friend, Padgett Postell, same
age, stocked up our eighteen foot cuddy cabin sloop, SCUD, built
on Adgers Wharf in 1936 by Mike Bonoit. Carefully we got several
cans of Vienna sausage, at least six Pepsi-Colas, a good jar of
peanut butter, and some saltine crackers, plus potted meat. We
had enough provisions to see us probably around the world, and
we could always sleep in comfort in the cabin on the sails. Of
course there were no bunks, and no head or cooking facilities,
but we didn't need any of that, we were completely self-sufficient.
Ice holding coolers had not yet been invented at that time, but
the drinks were not bad anyway.
We were headed south on the Waterway, down past Church Flats,
and on out into Yonges Island Sound, where we passed beautiful
Frances Towles, sun-bathing on her dock, although not incompletely
attired. Her bathing suit was nice, though, even sparking some
interest from fourteen-fifteen year olds. But we didn't have time
to stop, only wave, and continued on our important journey of
discovery. We had never been this far from home, to the South,
with all its great mysteries. We had to move on, time was marching
Finally darkness fell, as it often does in the evening, and
we found ourselves sailing with a dying wind, into an ever-narrowing
creek as it turned out. Anyway we concluded, what with the gnats
and all, it was probably time to anchor until daylight. Following
a hardy dinner of Vienna sausage and Pepsi's, well lit by our
trusty pressure pumped Coleman lamp which also helped warm the
cabin, we laid the sails out on each side of the center-board
box and the three of us somehow went right to sleep.
When daylight broke, the young adventurers discovered the error
of their navigation of the night before by sailing up a blind
(dead end) creek. Oars were broken out, the sturdy vessel poled
out of the creek and soon the sails were again up and pulling
us into open water, still heading South
After several hours sailing, with wind light and tide running
against us, we sighted the White Point Beacon, just as dark was
again falling. With only a fairly short anchor line, we reasoned
the safest spot to spend our second night would be to tie off
on the beacon, which we skillfully did. Fortunately no Waterway
traffic disturbed our rest that night and we awoke to a wonderful
discovery. Directly down the North Edisto (as we later learned
was the name of that river) we could see the magnificent North
Atlantic Ocean. Sailing down the four miles left to the ocean
was no problem because the fast ebb tide was running with us,
even though the wind was still light.
When we reached the mouth of the river at Deveaux Bank, we
decided to head back, but the tide had us in its grip and we were
going backwards, out to sea!! Fortunately, again, the government
came to our rescue, with another buoy, just at the right time
and place for us to grab onto. Padgett made the lucky grasp, and
secured our trusty anchor line to the buoy, but he was the first
one to get seasick after the first hour, hanging in the ebb tide
on that helpful buoy, in the gentle ocean swell.
Finally the tide changed, and the breeze sprang up, giving
us a welcome push that day all the way home just as dark was falling
for the third time on our great adventure of exploration when
we discovered the North Atlantic Ocean.
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