Commodore's Report: by Harry Ensley
Let me start
by saying that I feel privileged to be Commodore of the Seafarers for the
coming year. We have a great bridge and I’m sure we are going to have
boatloads of fun again this year. The Seafarer Board for the coming year is:
The New Year started with a bang! In January, the Seafarers had a lunch
cruise to Bert’s, a weekend cruise to Legacy Harbor Marina and Trivia Night
at the Ice House, in addition to our usual Happy Hours at Saint Andrews. In
February, we will have a lunch cruise to the Lazy Flamingo, a who-done-it
ride on the Murder Mystery Train in Fort Myers and a weekend cruise to South
The winter has been very kind
to us, so far, this year – only a couple of cool days. The rest has been
shorts and shirt weather – ideal for boating activities. Is this a great
life, or what!!!
The combination of the
enthusiasm of our newer members and the local knowledge of our long-term
members makes the PGI Seafarers a welcoming group dedicated to having fun on
and off the water.
bons temps rouler,
(Let the good
Education Report: by John Tiller, Director
Emergency Gear Suggestions
Last year, an article in this
space addressed “Some Additional Practical Tools” to have on any boat to
perform simple repairs. In the same vein, this article addresses some
emergency gear that you should always have on board.
The first set of items is
straightforward: most of us maintain equipment required by the Coast Guard
and many other items.
VHF-FM Marine Radio will connect you direct with the Coast Guard on
Channel16, does not have spotty reception, and can be heard by nearby
boaters, all advantages over a cell phone.
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or a Personal
Locator Beacon (PLB) sends a distress signal with your exact
GPS, a Radar system, and a Chart Plotter provide
extensive information about where you are and how to get somewhere else, as
well as the danger along the way. Nautical Charts provide much
information about the area around you. I rely on electronic versions, but I
suspect it is a good idea to carry some hard copy version as well.
throwable life ring can be essential for rescue of a “man
overboard.” A ring with a strobe light can be invaluable at night or when
immediate rescue is difficult.
life jacket of the appropriate size for each individual on board.
variety of distress signals are available and important. The Coast
Guard requires all vessels over 16 feet to carry specified signals,
depending with the size of the vessel. Be sure to keep all devices up to
date. The primary versions of signals are outlined below.
or orange handheld flares for daytime distress. Note that these
flares only burn for about a minute, so use them appropriately.
or day/night combination flares are most often red and includes aerial
“shooting” devices. The handheld versions are relatively bright and last
about 3 minutes. Normal aerial flares last only a few seconds, but can be
seen from a large distance. Also available are parachute flares that rise
to about 375 feet and can be seen up to 25 miles away, but still last only a
second list of items is intended to be taken with you should you have to
abandon ship. This list is personal, but here are some suggestions to start
Water in portable containers, like water bottles, and enough for
water bottle sling to be used even if you wind up in the water.
Medicines for 1-5 days, depending on where you are headed and how
essential the meds are to you or others on board. Some people may benefit
from motion-sickness medicines.
Food bars in watertight bags may not be appetizing, but they provide
a lot of calories in a small space.
easily carried first aid kit.
knife, or perhaps two – one for smaller tasks and one for larger
signal mirror can be seen from long distances and by planes. Putting
it on a lanyard can be a good idea. A lighter in a watertight bag
can be used for signaling a night or starting a fire if you find land. Some
smaller flares are a good idea.
compass can be essential in orienting yourself to try to head in the
best direction. A luminescent one can be used day and night.
Mylar foil blanket can be valuable in colder climates or when someone
has been in the water. Something warm to wear may be useful.
waterproof watch can help with estimated location and speed.
Reduce your exposure to the sun. Bandanas and hats are essential for
keeping the sun from baking your head and face. Sunscreen helps the
rest of your body. Sunglasses and straps reduce eye strain, which
can be severe on the water.
powerful whistle with a lanyard can help your group find each other and
help rescuers find you.
portable VHF transceiver is needed to initiate and maintain contact with the
Coast Guard and others.
Third, it is a good idea to file a float plan leaving someone with
information about who is on board, where you intend to go, and when you
intend to return. This information can be left with a family member,
friend, marina office, or anyone you trust. It can be invaluable should an
emergency befall you.
Fourth, just be careful and smart. Do not ask the boat or yourself
to do more than is reasonable.
Cruising Report: by Gary Cameron, Director
Greetings and welcome to the 2017 Seafarer Cruising season. We will attempt
to provide our membership with as many cruising opportunities as possible
throughout this coming year. As always, the success of any cruise, lunch,
anchor out, or destination depends on YOU. Your participation is key to the
enjoyment of the cruise by all involved. If you have an idea of a
destination you would like to visit let me know, if you would be willing to
organize a cruise, even better. We will provide you with all the assistance
you will need to plan a cruise. It's not that complex.
January has started our year with a lunch cruise to Bert's Bar in Matlacha.
Organized by Bob Dickson, the weather cooperated with a cool but sunny day
that allowed most Seafarers to boat to Bert's. We had 36 Seafarers in
attendance and all enjoyed their lunch on the outside deck. Rene Ley won the
trivia contest and the liquid refreshment prize. Mike Fauci gets the most
ambitious prize for attempting to deepen the "cut" to alligator
Betty and Laddie planned a destination cruise to Legacy Marina in Fort
Myers beginning on the 20th. We had ten boats signed up for the trip.
Weather concerns on an impending storm and strong winds for Sunday caused
several boats to cancel their plans to attend. The four hardy boats who
attended benefited from the hard work Betty put into the planning of the
cruise. We thank both of this month's cruise organizers for their efforts in
providing our club with these opportunities.
February currently has two cruised planned...a lunch cruise to the Lazy
Flamingo on the 9th and a South Seas cruise on the 24th thru the 26th.
Please see information on the website.
One last note to all cruisers. Many of the marinas we currently visit are
beginning to enforce a more strict registration/attendance policy. Please be
advised that all have cancellation policies that have time limitations. Be
aware that if you do not cancel any reservation within the required time
frame prior to your arrival date you may be charged for one nights stay.
TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CALENDAR (be sure pop-up blocker is off)
Lazy Flamingo Lunch Cruise
South Seas Resort Cruise
February 24 - 26
Burnt Store Lunch Cruise
Capt Con's Lunch Cruise
Pink Shell Cruise
March 28 - 30