Splash Feb 2016 - Port Huron



Splash Feb 2016 - Port Huron
United States Power Squadrons®
Port Huron Sail and Power Squadron
February, 2016
It's February already and could be about 60 days to launch, and like they
say, time flies when you are having fun. We had fun at our Change of
Watch this past Tuesday night. The excellent work done by P/C Teena
Lashbrook and her team made sure of that. My thanks Teena and to all of
you that attended.
My thanks also for electing me Commander for this year. I will do the very
best I can in this position. What I need from each and every one of you is
your participation. Please join in our activities as much as you possibly can.
Cdr Donald Mortimer
Winter is the perfect time to refresh and sharpen your boating skills and
knowledge. We hope to have several classes to do this. All you have to do
is sign up. The first starts February 4th. It is the ABC class. This is a great refresher and if you do not have your Michigan Boating Certificate, it is your
chance to receive it. We hope to offer the Seamanship class. I believe this is
likely the best practical class we have.
I would like to see the Port Huron Sail & Power Squadron become the
premier boating organization in our area. This should be a very easy goal
when you consider we have a crew of about 120 to do it. All we need to
do is, work together.
I have just received a message from Linda J. LaLonde our District Group 09
National Membership Rep. She is asking for our concerns, issues, ideas,
complaints or accolades as they refer to education, VSC's, dues, on line
courses etc. Let me know your thoughts. I will pass them on with no
names attached. This has to be completed prior to February 16th, so don't
wait. Your name will not be included.
Cdr Donald H. Mortimer, P
Inside this issue:
Feb Meeting Notice
Education Officer
Safety Report
Next General Meeting
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China Lite
3875 24th Avenue
"North End” Route 25
Port Huron
China Lite (North end)
3875 24th Avenue, Fort Gratiot
875 24th Avenue February Dinner Meeting
This year we plan to have occasional “General Membership Meetings” at a restaurant. The first one will be
February 23rd, at the North End China Lite. We will have an authentic and affordable Chinese buffet. Included in the mouth watering buffet assortment of tasty selections will be: Almond Chicken, Sweet & Sour
Chicken, Szechuan Chicken, Steak Kow, Beef with Broccoli, and Sweet & Sour Shrimp. These entrees are
served with homemade soup, egg rolls, and fried rice. Tea, coffee and fortune cookies are also included.
All for only $ 13.75 per person which includes tax and tip.
You do not have to eat to attend the meeting
Social hour: 6:30 p.m. (1830) Dinner: 7:00 p.m. (1900) Meeting: 8:15 p.m. (2015)
So that there will be plenty of food at the buffet, we need to know how many people will be positively attending. Please sign up at our February 9th “Executive Committee” meeting; send an e-mail to [email protected]; or leave a reservation message by February 15 on the Power Squadron phone
at (810) 982-2416. Look forward to seeing you.
P/Lt/C Pete Jones, SN
Pollock Randall Funeral Home Inc.
910 Lapeer Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
1200 Michigan Avenue
Marysville, MI 48040
(810) 982-0179
(810) 364-7100
Fax (810) 982-1118
Fax (810) 364-3797
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Lt/C Richard A. Haas, AP
Educational Officer
Dear Fellow Boaters;
Below are listed are the classes we will be offering in the spring. I have provided a
short description of the classes. All classes will be taught at the Port Huron Sail &
Power Squadron building. The first night of class starts at 6:30pm in order to com
plete registration and give out the materials. The class time is 7:00pm -9:00pm.
Cruise Planning – Monday, 21 March 2016
Cost: Members $75.00, Non-Members $125.00, Additional Family Members $10.00
There is something very special about the thrill of cruising in new waters and the sense of accomplishment upon completing an extended cruise. To go beyond what most boaters do on a weekend overnight or even a week or so marina
hopping requires boaters to leave their normal cruising areas and comfort zones. The Cruising and Cruise Planning
course focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and
coastal waters.
Designed for members who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered)—this course covers the following
Cruise preparation and planning – General, Boat and Equipment, Anchors and Anchoring, Security, Chartering, Cruising
Outside the United States, Crew and Provisioning, Voyage Management, Communications, Navigation, Weather, Emergencies
The Cruise Planning Course can be comfortably taught in eight two-hour sessions including time for review and the multiple choice closed book exam, but each instructor will determine the pace of the course.
Seamanship – Wed, 23 March 2016 Cost: Members $75.00, Non-Members $125.00,
Additional Family Members $10.00
The Seamanship 2012 course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition (ABC3), taking the
knowledge and skills learned there and expanding and extending them with this newly updated edition. Or make Seamanship the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship 2012 presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinebasic knots. The Appendices cover boating into the waters of Canada and Mexico, the effects of weather on the boater’s
health, and general information on obtaining a US Coast Guard captain’s license. It is suggested that Seamanship be
scheduled over nine two-hour class sessions, one session for each chapter and one session for the proctored test.
America’s Boating Class – Thursday, 7 April 2016
Cost: $40.00, Additional Family Members $5.00
A basic boating safety class designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. Includes introduction to Boating,
Boating Law, Boat Safety Equipment, Safe Boating. Course is six (6) weeks long and requires passing an end-of-course
If you are interested in any of the classes please contact me not later than 15 February so that I may order the required
materials. Also I need a minimum of five (5) students per class.
Lt/C Richard A. Haas, AP
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Safety Report
How to Maneuver in Narrow Channels
[From BoatSafe.com]
The proper name of the maneuver in question is "Back and Fill." The execution of the maneuver depends on whether or not you have a right hand screw (turns clockwise in forward) or left hand
screw (turns counterclockwise in forward). For our example we will assume a right hand, single
screw boat. We will also assume favorable conditions i.e. lack of significant wind and/or current.Using the following method you should be able to turn a single screw boat in slightly more
than its length.
You should start the maneuver at idle
speed toward the left side of the channel (figure 1.).
When ready to turn, put the rudder hard to starboard. As the bow begins to turn (figure 2.).
Shift to reverse which will, because of the prop walk, start the stern moving to port (figure 3.).
Once you have checked forward momentum, but not the momentum of the bow movement, shift
back to forward (figure 4).
The bow will continue to smoothly turn around the pivot point. One more shift to reverse should
complete the turn (figure 5.) .
You do not want to make headway or sternway but simply pivot with a continuous motion. It may
take more forward and reverse shifts than the graphic illustrates to continue pivoting until you
have made the 180º turn and are headed out of the channel (figure 6.).
Important Notes:
Keep the rudder hard to starboard at all times.
Stop for a brief second in neutral between shifts.
Only stay in gear long enough to continue the pivoting motion, not long enough to gather headway or sternway.
If you have other than ideal conditions, you may need to use a quick and short burst of throttle to
help push the bow and stern around.
With a left hand screw boat you would do the procedure in the completely opposite direction, i.e.
start on right side, and rudder hard to port.
A side note from Bob Reardon, "Many down-east or lobster-type boats have left handed props.
There is a reason: Working lobster boats usually have a working helm aft on the starboard side.
Backing to starboard makes their life easier."
P/C Mark S. Krainbrink, AP
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Squadron Calendar
February 2016
09 February
Executive Committee Mtg
PHSPS Headquarters
17-21 February
USPS Annual Meeting
All Days
Orlando, FL
14-22 February
Detroit Boat Show
All Days
Cobo Hall, Detroit
23 February
General Member Mtg
China Lite (North End)
(Social at 6:30pm,
Dinner at 7:00pm)
3875 24th Ave.
Fort Gratiot
March 2016
08 March
Executive Committee Mtg
PHSPS Headquarters
29 March
General Member Mtg
Maritime Center
* Social (Half) Hour starting at 7:00pm precedes the General Membership Meeting.
All PHSPS General Membership Meetings are held at the Maritime Center—Vantage Point,
Water St at the St Clair River, Port Huron, Michigan, 48060, unless otherwise designated.
Your 2016 Flag Officers
Executive Officer
Administrative Officer
Asst. Treasurer
Asst Secretary
CDR Donald Mortimer
Lt/C Wayne Hastings, AP
Lt/C Richard Haas, AP
P/C Robert Frohm, AP
Lt/C Mary Twiss, S
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619 River St
Port Huron, MI 48060
United States Power Squadrons®
Port Huron Sail and Power Squadron
619 River Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48060
General Membership Meeting
February 23, 2016
China Lite—North end
3875 24th Ave
Fort Gratiot
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