Education Report: by John Tiller, Director
Emergency Signaling Devices
An article in the February/March
edition of BoatU.S. Magazine identified seven different
devices for communication in an emergency, requesting a
search-and-rescue (SAR) mission. There devices, in general
terms, are listed below.
VHF radio with DSC;
Personal locator beacon (PLB);
High-frequency radio; and,
Each of these devices has advantages
and disadvantages. Over this and the following months, this
space will discuss each of the types, starting with the cell
Easy to use, most of us have at least
one cell phone. So, call and talk directly with the
appropriate SAR entity, using your cell phone’s GPS to give
precise location, problems, and conditions.
Of course, that assumes that you are
in range of a tower with a clear signal. Also, that
batteries are in good shape and will last. Oh, make sure
the device does not get wet. Sadly, the cell phone can only
call one number at a time and not put out a general
call/signal to all in the area. Importantly, the Coast
Guard does not want information via text or email. I
suggest you not rely on cell phones as your primary
More next month on other devices.
Cruising News: by Joe Preece,
for Cruising to ‘Tween Waters was so great that
ultimately two cruises took place as scheduled. Cruise
led by Bob Hiebner, included 14 boats scheduled for
‘Tween Waters and 4 more boats at the Captiva Yacht
Club. Ultimately 17 vessels and 34 Seafarers made the 3
night trip. Night one we had leisurely docktails and
“Heavy appetizers”, followed by a group walk across the
street to offer a “Toast to the sunset“ (Some
followed that up about a half hour later by “Toasting
the full moon rise” over the ICW. Some Bocce was
played both Thurs and Fri with some loosely organized
competitions. The group enjoyed a dinner at the Green
Flash Restaurant on Thursday evening. Phil and Ginney
Eaton were recognized as first time participants in a
Seafarers Cruise. Evening entertainment was provided by
Mike Slattery, his fantastic guitar, and the ad hoc
accompaniment of the Seafarer Singers. The weather was
better than average, good for swimming, relaxing , etc.,
except for about 30 minutes of a surprise squall about
5am one morning which made for some excitement
(underwear clad Seapersons adjusting mooring lines and
fenders in the rain and the dark).
more pictures of this cruise, click here.
Cruise Two, led
by yours truly, was not as scandalous but very high class.
Night one was docktails and appetizers, night two was a
classy dinner at the Captive Island Yacht Club and night
three was at the Green Flash. We had great weather for all
activities, especially the two for one Rum Runners, and no
bugs at all during week two, week one cruisers eat your
hearts out. Our group dwindled from 17 boats to six and
maybe seven, a sighting of boat number 7 was not confirmed.
A big Thank You to Scott Eason and Melissa Flores for
hosting the after dinner party.
The raft up at
Yellowfish Lagoon had 10 boats and a good time in spite of
the windy conditions and drifting anchors.
cruise to Palm Island is now set for Saturday April 30th
through May 2nd and will be led by JR Clark.
There are currently 16 boats and 31 members attending. Harry
Ensley is leading an overnight cruise to Boca Grande Marina
for May 20-22 with 13 boats currently attending.
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Palm Island Marina Cruise
April 30 - May 2
May 20 -22