November Events From the Wheelhouse

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November Events From the Wheelhouse
L O N G B AY P O W E R S Q U A D R O N
The official publication of Long Bay Power Squadron, District 26
A Unit Of United States Power Squadrons
www.longbayps.org
Volume 55, Issue 11
Chartered
1960
From the Wheelhouse
Commander
Cdr. John Johnson, JN
843-957-2940
[email protected]
Cdr. John Johnson, JN
Executive Officer
Lt/C Jerry Williams, S
843-902-0861
[email protected]
Wow! What a great Fall Conference! Linnette and her team did a
fabulous job in putting on “One of the best Conferences I have
attended”, stated by Andy Hyman, newly elected District Commander. I
am so proud of our folks. Great job!
Administrative Officer
Lt/C Rhonda Hardee, JN
843-902-8653
[email protected]
Our Change of Watch will be held November 11, 2014. If you have not
made plans to attend, please do so.
Education Officer
P/C Rich Gienopie, AP
843-357-0043
[email protected]
Secretary
Lt/C Pat Spina
843-421-2222
[email protected]
Treasurer
Lt/C Chris Stanecki, P
843-651-0820
[email protected]
Let me take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks to my Bridge
and their chairpeople for the wonderful job they have done during this
watch. We have accomplished much too great to list each item. However,
I will go into details at the upcoming Change of Watch. We must never
loose site of our purpose in this great organization, and always look for
new opportunities to promote these ideals. I look forward to working
with the new Bridge and to continue on the path that we have begun to
educate every boater in our area. Again, thank you and God bless! Until
next time I will be in the Wheelhouse
John
November Events
Monday - November 3rd - Weather Course 1830 - 2030
Tuesday, November 4th - Executive Meeting, Webster University 1830
Friday, November 7th - Change of Watch, Clarion Hotel, 1800 Social 1900 Dinner
Monday - November 10th - Weather Course 1830 - 2030
Saturday, November 15th - Socastee Boat Landing Cleanup 1100 - Lunch after at
La Hacienda
Monday - November 17th - Weather Course 1830 - 2030
Monday - November 24th - Weather Course 1830 - 2030
LONG BAY POWER SQUADRON
Owes a debt of gratitude to these members who helped make
The 2014 D/26 Fall conference a great success
Linnette & John Johnson
Debbie VanNostrand & Rick Schinkel
Renee & Woody Elvis
Margaret & Bob Epps
Sharon & Ken Payne
Gloria & Bob Roseman
Carol & Sean Reilly
Mary Lou & Rich Gienopie
Jackie & Randy Riotto
Rhonda & Ricky Hardee
Dee & Gary Lazer
Susie & Robert Shelley
Elle & Jerry Williams
Amy & Gus Leftis
Darlene Ledford & Jack Herbert
Kathryn & Larry Byrd
Phil Johnson
Pat Spina
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LONG BAY POWER SQUADRON
Wishes to thank these sponsors whose generosity made our 2014
district fall conference a great success
Crown Reef Resort
Smith Sapp
Speedy Printing
Sea Glass Designs
Pepsi-Cola
Plantation House of
Pancakes
West Marine
Pan American Pancake &
Omelette House
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Tow Boat
Horry Telephone
Grand Strand Lighting
Duplicate Printing
Studio 77
Lenox Roofing
Osprey Marina
Kitchen Capers
Furniture & Mattress
Gallery
Great Loop Cruisers’
Association
Gemini Boutique
Conway National Bank
Institution Food House
Marine Service Center
U S Food Service
Nature Gardens
Woody’s Barber Shop
Home Accents II
Jennifer-Betty-Jewelry
Tanning Made Fabulous
Harry’s Pancake House
State Farm
Barefoot Landing Resort
Marina
Victoria’s Country Cooking
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It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Executive Officer
this past year. I would especially like to thank our wonderful bridge for
EXECUTIVE OFFICER stepping up when an educational opportunity arose and I was unable to
Lt/C Jerry Williams, S give the amount of time to the squadron that it deserves. This is truly a
remarkable organization and I am proud to say I am a member of Long
Bay! I look forward to serving Long Bay in the future, particularly
when I finish school.
Jerry
ADMINISTRATIVE
OFFICER
Lt/C Rhonda Hardee, JN
OCTOBER MEETING - Our dinner meeting was held at El
Cerro at 101 Rivertown Blvd., Conway. We had an awesome
speaker, Dr. Paul Gayes. Dr. Gayes spoke on placement of
wind farms just off our coast. Twenty-nine people had the
privilege of hearing him speak. The name tag prize was won by
Kathryn Byrd with Margaret Epps winning the 50/50.
LANDING CLEANUP - Our final landing cleanup for the year will be held on Satur day, November 15th
at 11:00 at the Socastee boat landing under the bridge. We are going to change it up a little and have lunch
following the cleanup at La Hacienda at 5711 Dick Pond Rd, Myrtle Beach.
THANK YOU - I sincer ely hope that ever yone enjoyed this year as much as I have. I have thor oughly
enjoyed meeting and getting to know many of our members. For those of you who have attended our activities
and meetings, thank you for making this a fun year. P/Cs Larry and Kathryn Byrd helped tremendously by
continuously answering my questions. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in assisting me this year.
A huge thank you goes out to Linette Johnson and everyone that participated in making our District Conference
and Change of Watch a great success.
I am so excited for the Squadron and Renee Elvis for next year! She is so full of energy, creative ideas, and fun
loving. I know that the Squadron will have a tremendous year.
See ya’ on the river!
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Rhonda
LONG BAY
POWER SQUADRON
The honor of your presence is requested at the
rd
53 Annual Change of Watch
7 November, 2014
Clarion Hotel
101 Fantasy Harbor Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
1800 Social
1900 Dinner
Choice of: Chicken Parmesan over pasta, vegetable medley
Or
Roasted Sirloin of Beef with mushroom demi glaze, red potatoes and vegetable medley
Or
Oven baked tilapia with lemon butter sauce, red potatoes and vegetable medley
$30.00pp
RSVP by October 30, 2014 to Debbie VanNostrand ([email protected])
Surf Water promotions is a new business our members are encouraged to use for any
personalized items. They can embroider our Burgee, your boat name, almost anything
you could wish on clothing. You may provide the item or they will furnish. They
also do vinyl boat graphics, screen printing signs and banners, etc. Check out their
website at www.surfwaterpromotions.com or check their Facebook page. Any
questions you may have regarding items available, minimum quantities or cost
contact Starr Schaker at 843-215-6235
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Trust Your Senses
(Continued from October Issue)
Listen Up
Some sounds are obviously trouble — a loud bang or crunch. Some noises are more subtle — a squeal or rumble.
Any unusual noise, especially a noise that changes or gets louder, should be checked out.
Last year, the owner of a 32-foot powerboat and his girlfriend were nearly killed by carbon monoxide poisoning
while they were sleeping at anchor with the generator running. The boat was well kept, with only 500 hours on the
engines. The owner noted that he had been hearing an unfamiliar noise coming from the generator when it was
operating, but had never investigated. The noise, it turned out, was a leak in the generator's exhaust system, which
was the source of CO that was entering the cabin. Had the gas tank not run dry, it's likely that both people would
have died. Here's another noise associated with CO that you should not ignore: the CO detector blaring. It sounds
obvious to pay attention to an alarm, but many older detectors are prone to false alarms and owners either ignore
them, or worse, unplug them. Newer detectors are far more accurate and when they sound, it's critical to get
everyone out of the cabin and into fresh air until the source of the CO has been repaired. Note that this is one
situation where you can't trust your senses; carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless.
Everybody has heard the bilge pump come on a time or two. The skipper of a 34-foot sailboat, for example, heard
his bilge pump running occasionally but thought nothing of it. Boats leak a little … the bilge pump should be able
to handle it. But that's exactly the wrong thinking. Bilge pumps are designed to handle nuisance leaks until they
can be repaired. Over time, even a small chronic leak can sink a boat if the bilge pump were to fail. Small leaks
can also become large leaks and overwhelm the pump. In the case of the 34-foot sailboat, the owner told the
investigator that he'd meant to get to the bottom of the frequently running bilge pump when he had a chance.
Unfortunately, that never came. The boat sank at the slip when a rusting stuffing box clamp finally let go,
flooding the boat so quickly that the bilge pump couldn't keep up (Claim #0987635).
Another claim involved a 26-foot powerboat whose engine squealed whenever it was started. Since the sound
went away after the engine warmed up, the owner ignored it. The squeal turned out to be a drive belt that ran the
boat's cooling water pump. The pump was worn, which caused it to bind up, which in turn caused the belt to
squeal as it slipped. During a family outing, the engine overheated enough to cause a lot of scary-looking smoke
from the engine compartment. The boat had to be towed in and the repairs were far more expensive than a new
pump.
A loud thud on the hull is certainly a cause for alarm, but unfortunately some skippers just cross their fingers and
hope it was nothing, which is asking for trouble. Running into a log or other floating debris can knock a hole in
the hull, tear out a transducer, or rip off an outdrive, all of which can trigger a leak. Even small leaks can
eventually sink a boat. If you strike something in the water, stop the boat and thoroughly explore the bilge. Note,
however, that a leak may not be immediately obvious and it is a good idea to check again later. The skipper of a
32-foot sailboat heard a loud bang on the hull while sailing fast on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. After
glancing below and not finding any rising water, he eventually sailed back to his marina and docked his boat. The
next day, the marina called, telling him his boat had sunk. An investigator found the “bang” damaged the stuffing
box, causing it to leak slowly. As the boat filled and lowered in the water, the cockpit scuppers were forced under,
adding to the inflow. The boat sank (Claim #0987364).
Some sounds are harder to place than a squeal or a bang. A grumbling noise while underway could be a worn
cutlass bearing, an engine out of alignment, or a transmission in need of maintenance before it catastrophically
fails. Try to have a listener pinpoint the area while the boat is underway. That way, back at the dock, you or your
mechanic will have a much better idea of where to start looking.
Open Your Eyes
For the most part, problems you might see on your boat are obvious — smoke billowing from the engine
compartment, a crack in the hull, and so on. But there are some more subtle clues you might see that you shouldn't
discount. For example, black smoke coming from your diesel exhaust could be a sign of a clogged air
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Trust Your Senses
Continued from page 6
filter; lots of steam could be a failing water pump impeller. See a little corrosion on your outdrive? Don't ignore
it, as it may be an early (and preventable) sign of stray current corrosion. In another case, the owner of a 36-foot
sailboat was looking up his mast when he noticed that it appeared slightly crooked. He had it inspected by a
rigger, who found that a tang on the mast had cracked and was forcing the mast out of alignment, something that
could have brought the whole rig down if not addressed.
A muskrat chewed through the inside of the engine's exhaust hose and set up housekeeping in this 34-foot
powerboat. The aroma from the critter's frequent buffet dinners, which should have alerted the owner that
something was amiss, was ignored and the boat eventually sank.
If something smells “fishy” in your boat, don't assume it will go away. Trust your nose and find the source before
it's too late.
Trust Your Feelings
Everyone knows when they aren't feeling well — a little dizzy or wobbly — it's time to see a doctor. Trust those
same senses on your boat. If it seems like it's handling a little sluggish, don't ignore it. Several years ago, a man
noted that he got an indication of a problem when his boat began to feel sluggish — it was hard to steer and
seemed to be slowing down. Thinking it was his imagination, he continued on for a few more valuable minutes
until it began to roll erratically. By then it was too late; the boat had been taking on water (through a broken
stuffing box) and the boat had begun sinking.
Another thing you shouldn't ignore is stiff steering. Many boats use cables to steer the boat and the cables can
corrode internally over time. When that happens, the cable is living on borrowed time. Replace any cables that
are excessively sticky or have cracks or bulges.
Finally, pay attention to what your feet are telling you. If you feel a new vibration from the cockpit, it could be an
out-of-alignment engine (which can damage the transmission over time) or a bent prop, which can also cause
transmission or engine damage.
If you trust your senses and react quickly, you can save yourself and your boat a lot of grief later
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TREASURER
Lt/C Chris Stanecki, P
Commander Johnson has directed that each month I provide a
summary of our financial information in the Fore N’ Aft. This
summarizes activity for September, 2014.
Revenue:
Dues
Fund Raising
D-26 Conference
Education
Expenses
Dues
Education
General
Meeting
29.00
80.00
5,995.00
30.00
152.50
289.79
10.71
462.50
6645.50
915.50
Chris
November
Birthdays
Amy Leftis - 3rd
Dwight D. Tomlin - 4th
Suzi Shelley - 7th
Steve R. Avinger - 16th
David N. Murray - 16th
Livingston Bridger - 18th
John H. Johnson, Jr. - 21st
Am writing this last article from the lobby of the Wyndham Hotel
at Philadelphia Airport. Just finished visiting our 3 grandsons and
EDUCATION DEPT.
now are on our way home. It’s been great being your SEO this past
Lt/C Rich Gienopie, AP
year and look forward to many more enjoyable years of
membership in USPS (have 41 already). Please support your new
officers in the coming year as the success of your Squadron is based
on member participation. We’ve had a great year under Cdr John Johnson and look towards another great year
in 2015.
Rich
As your Long Bay “Sunshine Lady”, I would like to send a bit of sunshine to anyone in our
Squadron who could use some cheering up. In order for me to do this I need your help.
Please let me know of anyone who should be receiving a card from LBPS. Thanks for your
help in spreading sunshine to those in need.
Mary Lou Gienopie
[email protected]
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November, 2014
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Change of
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Clarion
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Dinner 1900
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Socastee Boat
Landing
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Lunch after at
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The current month’s activities are always in the “Fore N’ Aft” but you can see
upcoming events by going to our website to help you make future plans. Go to
http://my.calendars.net/longbayps to see, month by month, what is being planned
for our Squadron.
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Who’s Who Afloat
She & I
Dopey
Rich & Mary Lou Gienopie
John & Linette Johnson
In Memory of Rose II
Ciao Bella!
Bob & Gloria Roseman
Sean & Carol Reilly
Alleluia
Fourth Times A Charm
Ken & Sharon Payne
Rhonda & Ricky Hardee
Green Eyes
Dawg Haus
Randy & Jacque Riotto
Chris & Susan Stanecki
Summer Time Blues
No Respect
Steve & Jessica Avinger
Rich & Debbie Schinkel
We have a Transom Tag waiting
for you.
Long Bay TRANSOM TAGS
Help Support our Publication—Minimum $20.00 Donation Please
The USPS Mission
To Promote Recreational Boating Safety Through Education and Civic Activities
While Providing Fellowship for our Members.
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WEB MASTER NEWS
P/C Larry Byrd,
I update the roster once per month. If your job in the squadron requires you to contact members, be sure you
have a current roster because some email addresses have changed. Better yet, install DB2000 and use it for
your member information.
As soon as I can get the link, I will add the Georgetown wave buoy we heard about at the last dinner meeting.
It will be on the “Links” page.
Larry
SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS ! Should you have need for any of the products or services
offered by our advertisers, please give them an opportunity to serve you. And WHEN you DO —
TELL them yo u SAW their ad in the “FORE ‘n’ AFT”. If you know someone who would like
to advertise in the “Fore ‘n’ Aft” please contact our Treasurer, Lt/C Chris Stanecki, P, for more
information
Fore ‘n Aft Staff
Bob and Margaret Epps
Please direct any suggestions or comments to
them at 843-293-4569 or [email protected]
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Safe Boating is
More Fun
LONG BAY POWER SQUADRON
6 Apache Trail
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Phone: 843-293-4569
Address Service Requested
To Editor At [email protected]
THANK YOU FOR
VIEWING THIS
NEWSLETTER ON THE
LBPS WEBSITE!
LONG BAY POWER SQUADRON
Change of Watch
Date:
Fr iday, November 7, 2014
Social: 1800
Dinner : 1900
Location:
Clar ion Hotel, 101 Fantasy Har bor Blvd., Myr tle Beach
Menu Choice: Chicken Par mesan over pasta, vegetable medley; Roasted Sir loin of beef
with mushroom demi glaze, red potatoes and vegetable medley or Oven
Baked Tilapia with lemon butter sauce, red potatoes and vegetable medley
Cost:
$30.00 per per son
RSVP :
RSVP to Debbie Van Nostr and with your choice of meal by October 30th at
[email protected]
Squadron Policy: Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to meeting to avoid receiving
an invoice. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.
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