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Introducing the Cove & Rex CRUISING CLUB!!

2015 Summer Cruises

Have you secretly harbored a desire to do some cruising but prefer not to travel solo or aren’t sure how to start?   Let the cruising experts at Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine make it easy for you…

Introducing the Rex and Cove CRUISING CLUB!!
We envision some simple raft-ups and overnights, including more elaborate multi-day cruises. Throw in some seminars that will cover in detail what you will need to know, and we have some happy boaters with new found skills and knowledge. Small or large boats, power or sail – it doesn’t matter… Do one cruise or do them all, let’s have fun!
 
The First Cruise:  A Saturday afternoon raft-up in Oyster Bay. Come for the afternoon and head home before dark or anchor out and spend the night. No dock, no hotel, just us on our boats, on an anchor, under the stars.
 
The Second Cruise:  Leave Norwalk Saturday for a destination like Port Jeff, where we can stay on the dock and have a nice dinner ashore, followed by open house boat party on the dock for those who wish to participate. Anyone not wishing to stay on their boat could get a room ashore.
 
The Third Cruise:  Leave Norwalk Friday PM or Saturday AM for the Connecticut River and Saybrook Point. Open house party on the dock followed by dinner ashore as a group or individually.  Again, rooms ashore as required. Sunday return.
 
Sound like fun to you ?  Interested in joining us ?  We need your feedback and comments.  Please email Capt. Rick at Rex rdelfosse@rexmarine.com with comments, level of interest, and ideas. Please include your boat name, size, type (including power or sail).

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Based on your feedback, we’ll plow ahead and start making plans and get back to you with the proposed itinerary.

We want to try to get things reserved before Christmas if possible to lock in the dates for group dockage, dinner reservations, and optionally, hotel rooms.

 

 We look forward to hearing from you!   Rick

Capt. Rick Delfosse…   rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

 
 
MORE INFO BELOW
 

12/3/14     We’ve been getting some great feedback and have 13 owners interested so far. It’s a good mix of all sizes, power and sail, which will make it fun.

 

To answer some common questions:

Yes it’s open to anyone – not limited to Rex or Cove members… the goal is to get folks out using their boats and having fun on the water.

Kids are always invited and encouraged. Going on family cruises and raft-ups is how many boaters first got their start. Please use your judgment before bringing young children to someone’s boat for a quiet cocktail party… otherwise dive right in!

Come for the day or come for the weekend. If you can’t stay overnight, that’s ok, head back before dark! We will need to reserve slips well in advance for some cruises and boat owners will be making those financial arrangements directly. We’re working on group discounts, so don’t call yet.

No boat is too large or too small, too fast or too slow.

We will have a few meetings / seminars in advance to review what you will need to know. You don’t need to be an expert, just willing to learn and have fun.

Pets? Why not? but it’s your call. Many folks cruise with pets regularly. If not ready, try the Pooch Hotel in Norwalk.      http://www.poochhotel.com/locations/norwalk/

Additional Costs? There will be a minimal “membership” registration fee which will be determined when we have a count of committed boats (and owners). Budget $150.00 for cruising club “membership”.

 

The tentative schedule, so you can reserve the dates:

Oyster Bay Afternoon / Evening Raft-up and overnight anchor out… June 20-21 < There are some options for anchoring out or getting moorings (with launch service). Head back home early if you can’t stay overnight.

 

Port Jefferson – Danfords Marina and hotel… July 18-19 < if you don’t / can’t sleep aboard, you can get a room!

http://www.danfords.com/marina/marina-overview/

 

CT River – Saybrook Point Marina… Aug 15-16 , rooms available if you don’t stay on board. Fun place, beautiful marina – see their website.

http://www.saybrook.com/marina/

Please get back with your interest in one or all (please include your boat type and length!) and we’ll get the ball rolling. Maybe we can even sneak in a few more events.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!   Rick

Capt. Rick Delfosse…   rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

203-216-7800

 
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Fall Seminars: History and Navigation of the Norwalk Islands & Coastal Cruising


The Norwalk Islands…. Their Formation, History, Secrets,

Stories and Navigation.

From the Ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the
retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry,
Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy’s.

The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region.

Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats…. all right off the Norwalk coastline.

Come discover their history, along with navigation and anchorages, tips and tricks
around the 25 plus Islands.

 
Offered Saturday morning Jan 17th   9:30 am thru 1:30 pm    
 
Please register in advance – see below
 

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Coastal Cruising

2 opportunities to attend: 


Offered
Saturday   Jan 17th    2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Please register in advance – see below

This seminar will focus on the preparation, planning, and skills

needed for memorable and safe cruises

 
        We will cover:
  • Planning & Provisioning
  • Plotting and Weather
  • A Review of Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring & Docking
  • VHF radios, DSC, AIS & Electronics
  • Cruising style – Marinas or Anchor out ?
  • Review of Charting and how to plot your trip
  • Traditional Plotting and GPS Navigation
  • Find a Marina for Transient Dockage
  • Safe Anchoring in Unfamiliar Areas
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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 To Register:

Please register in advance and bring $ 60.00 per person / seminar

E-mail, Text or Call  Capt. Rick Delfosse:   rick@rdelfosse.com  203-216-7800

The Seminars will be held at Norwalk Cove Marina.

Directions: Seminars are held in the Norwalk Cove administration building conference room.

The Administration building is on the left as you drive into the marina and has the glass atrium.

Please go through the Prestige yacht sales office, down the hall to the rear of the building or around the right side of the

building and in the side door (under the staircase) to the conference room.

Consider bringing a snack (or lunch) and something to drink.

Norwalk Cove Marina   Calf Pasture Beach Road  East Norwalk, CT 06855

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Rick is a Coast Guard captain, the editor of Harbor Talk Weekly, a National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 Private Sessions – On-the Water – On your boat

Contact Capt. Rick

rick@rdelfosse.com     203-216-7800

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Almost Time to Winterize – Here are Some Ideas

 If you are winterizing your own boat, here are some things you should add to your list to protect your boat from moisture, freezing or corrosion damage:

Drain your fresh water tanks, including the hot water heater and winterize with non-toxic antifreeze (AKA Pink Stuff). Winterize all other plumbing including fresh and salt water pumps and drains, air conditioning, refrigeration, ice makers, including all water-using appliances, wash down pumps, toilets, filters and holding tanks.

Change your engine oil and filter(s), lube and gear oil. Run and fog your gas engine per the manufacturers instructions.

Drain all water from your engine. Winterize the cooling systems with Pink Stuff. Check all belts and hoses, steering and trim gear.

Lubricate shift and throttle cables and linkage.

If your boat is stored on land, remove the batteries, check the water levels, bring to full charge with a small portable trickle charger and store in dry place. If you are in a boatyard and can plug in the boat for a day during the winter, batteries can be left on board with the charger ready to go. Just remember to charge them once a month or so and unplug the boat before you go home.

Top off fuel tanks to minimize fuel contamination with water from condensation. Add stabilizer if you don’t use ValvTect fuel to prevent ethanol separation and potential gum up in gasoline engines and to prevent algae in diesel engines. More is better than less!

Remove, inventory, and store electronics that are not cabinet installed in a warm, dry place. Spray all exposed electrical terminals and junction blocks with a protective coating.

Inspect and store sails, canvas, bimini tops, dodgers, vinyl curtains and cushions.

Often the installation of moisture absorbing units and air treatments will help prevent the formation of mold and mildew while the boat is closed up for the winter. Try Kanberra, a blend of tea tree oil and natural ingredients which will neutralize and eliminate mold problems and associated odors.

For more on winterizing engines, click here….    http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=1283

 

By Captain Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800  rick@rdelfosse.com    rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 

 

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Summer Storms – A Textbook Example

 

Last week we talked about Summer storms and how to use Intellicast to help predict (and avoid) them. As that edition was being finalized last Wednesday, a VERY strong and fast moving Summer storm ripped through Norwalk harbor with wind gusts of 54 MPH and “white out” conditions

Here are the details of that squall and a look at how specific internet websites and technology can help us predict and avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The storm moved quickly southward from Massachusetts, through CT and dissipated as it crossed the Sound.

This is the view on Intellicast just before it hit Norwalk:

Summer Squall 1

This Fast Moving Squall scored a DIRECT HIT!

 

This is the view of the Norwalk Cove weather station during the storm.  Note the Barometer falling as the storm approached, then shooting back up as it passed by. The wind graph indicates the lower wind after the squall cell has passed through.  The temperature dropped noticeably and the wind was eerily quiet just before the storm hit. It came in with a vengeance, quickly building whitecaps in the harbor which then had their foamy heads blown off as the strong wind frothed them into a wall of salt spray.

 

Summer Squall 2

 

Below is the SailFlow view of conditions at Cedar Point Yacht Club showing the dramatic spike in windspeed and 180 degree change in wind direction as the squall hits and passes by.

Summer Squall 4

Here is a picture from the safety of the pilothouse on Independence as the Squall passes through.

At the height of the storm, Independence, a 43 foot cutter, was heeling 20 degrees on her mooring and local visibility dropped to less than 40 feet. The shoreline and other boats on their moorings disappeared in “white out” conditions.

 

Summer Squall 5

 

Lessons Learned

Prepare your boat like it could blow over 50 knots in 20 minutes.  Don’t leave cushions, lifejackets or towels laying out.

Watch the various websites and use these incredible aids to insure you aren’t “surprised” by a fast moving squall line. It least keep a watchful eye on the horizon.

Be prepared to ride out the storm. Pick up a mooring, drop your anchor, really think twice before running back into the “safety” of the Norwalk Islands if you are in the Sound. It may be much safer to stay in deep water, away from the rocks. Get in the lee of an island or the shoreline to lessen the effect of the wind and waves.

Consider keeping a diving mask or ski goggles aboard. When the wind blows in the 50’s with driving rain, you can’t see!

Know that it blows through quickly. Two hours later I went to the concert at the beach!

 

By Captain Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800  rick@rdelfosse.com

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

 

 

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AIS Grows Up

 

AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a tracking system originally developed to allow commercial port operations Vessel Tracking Service managers identify, locate and track large commercial vessels. Legally, all passenger ships (regardless of size) and all ships of over 300 Gross Tons are required to transmit their AIS information and use the information received from other ships while navigating.

AIS has trickled down to pleasure boating in a big way since it was first mandated on commercial ships in 2002. Prices have dropped and new features have blossomed.

If you haven’t yet experienced what AIS can do for you on your boat, click HERE to see a web based presentation of vessels in your area. Note that vessel types are color coded for identification, Blue = Passenger, Green = Cargo, Red = Tankers, Yellow = High Speed Craft, Blue = Tugs & Pilots, Purple = Yachts and smaller vessels.  Click on any vessel and see all their pertinent data and even a picture!

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There are two types of AIS units for private boats, Receivers (which gather other’s data but does not send your vessel’s data) and Transceiver (both sends and receives data). These systems use a VHF antenna to receive other vessel’s data and need to be connected to an external GPS (or have an internal GPS) to transmit data. Some higher end transceivers have two VHF antennas, one to receive and one to transmit, as well as a dedicated GPS antenna.

Be aware that commercial transceiver systems broadcast at a higher wattage output (for a greater range) and broadcast their data more frequently than a recreational system does.

Vesper watchmate     Standard GX2200_thumb     Icom VHF with AIS

 

Receivers can be black box units that share your existing VHF antenna and connect to your existing chart plotter to overlay AIS info on the chart, or stand alone units (think redundancy here) with their own displays and antennas. They are now being integrated into the latest generation of VHF radios, so keep your eye on that market segment.

If you plan on doing any serious coastal cruising, an AIS unit is now a must have tool to add to your boat.

LINKS:     Web Based AIS  (note, volunteer stations collect this data, so not all vessels may be shown)  http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/

Standard Horizon Radios  http://www.standardhorizon.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=83&encProdID=27C38D916BB23B1B8A53F18ED6C711B7&DivisionID=3&isArchived=0

ICOM Radios with AIS   http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/marine/mountedvhf/m506/default.aspx

ICOM Transponder Standalone   http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/marine/ais/ma500tr/default.aspx

ICOM Black Box    http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/marine/ais/mxa5000/default.aspx

Vesper Marine – Great AIS options  http://www.vespermarine.com/

Ask at the Rex Marine or Norwalk Cove Ships Store for pricing and details.

 

By Captain Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800  rick@rdelfosse.com   rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience.

Dinghy Poker Run – July 26th 2014

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Pre-Register ASAP for the 3rd Annual Dinghy Poker Run !     

Participants of all ages are encouraged, and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!!

Everyone is welcome… Shore & Country, South Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk Boat Club, Ischoda Yacht Club… Come on down!

Dinghys, Jet Skis or kayaks are allowed (water pistols are encouraged).   Join your friends and enjoy a fun day on the water !

There will be 5 card pick-up checkpoints around the harbor. Collect a playing card (in an envelope) at each checkpoint. Bring the envelopes back to the finish and find out what hand you have for a prize !

Registration is  at 11:30 and Game time is noon – 3:00 pm followed by a BBQ, awards and volley ball at our beautiful Venue “Harbor View at Norwalk Cove” for all participants. Land your dinghy on the beach at Harbor View to finish. Entry fee is $5 per ‘hand’ and multiple hands per dinghy are allowed. Winner takes the proceeds.

 

DINGHY POKER RUN RULES & REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Pre-Registration is required !  Please e-mail kate@norwalkcove.com or call 203-838-3681 to pre-register.

There is a $ 5 cash entry fee per contestant…and there can be multiple contestants in each dinghy.  Entry fee will be collected at registration.

Rules:   

1. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and wear a PFD.

2. All participants must register at 11:30 am on the event day in order to receive their cards at each checkpoint. Registration will be behind the Cove Service Department with the Start from the Service Department docks. The finish will be at the Harbor View Beach.   All participants should be back by 2:00 PM and winner will be selected soon after.

3. Participants must adhere to speed limits and no-wake zones as well as proceed with caution in congested areas and in the channel.

NOTE:  This is a run…not a race and there is no benefit to finishing ahead of everyone else.    Safety  First !!

4. All participating watercraft must have proper safety equipment, (kill switch lanyards are recommended) and must follow all boating safety regulations.

5. It is suggested that all participating watercraft carry a VHF radio and monitor VHF channel 68 (Not required).

6. Water guns are allowed (and encouraged) however, mechanically powered water cannons and water balloons are prohibited during this event.

7. Approach each checkpoint with your watercraft under control.

8. Tie-ups may be required at some destinations so please have 2 dock lines (1 fore and 1 aft) pre-rigged.

9. Maps of the card pick-up locations will be provided upon registration.

10. Participating boats are not to exceed 16’ in length.

11. All boats must start the race together upon starting signal. No departures before assigned start time.

12. Only one poker run hand is permitted per participant = one card redeemed at each checkpoint per participant.

13. Only sealed envelopes containing your cards will be accepted at card submission judging.

Do NOT open the envelopes containing your cards. This must be done in the presence of an event judge.

14. Cash prizes for top three best hands will be awarded based on the “Winning Hand Guidelines” below. Decision of the event official is final.

15. Each participant is required to sign a waiver upon registration in order to participate in the event.

 

Procedure for Obtaining Cards at Checkpoints:

At registration, each participant will be given five checkpoint passes, a map and instructions in a zip-lock bag. Please use the markers provided at registration to write your name and phone number on your zip-lock bag.

Each checkpoint pass is identified as A, B, C, D and E. You must go to each checkpoint as indicated on your map and can do so in any random order.   For example, if you start at checkpoint ‘C’, once there, hand your checkpoint pass labeled ‘C’ to the official and in return, you will be handed a sealed envelope labeled ‘C’, containing your first poker card.

 DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE!

Place it in the ziplock bag, seal the bag and continue on to your next checkpoint until all checkpoint passes have been exchanged for cards. (5 in total.)  If you have more than one registered player in your watercraft, they will need to have their own set of checkpoint passes to redeem for their playing cards.

Once completed, return to the Harbor View Beach by  2:00 pm where the event judge will open your envelopes and record your best poker hand.

 

Poker Hand Ranking

There are 52 cards in the pack, and the ranking of the individual cards, from high to low, is ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. There is no ranking between the suits – so for example the king of hearts and the king of spades are equal.

A poker hand consists of five cards. The categories of hand, from highest to lowest, are listed below. Any hand in a higher category beats any hand in a lower category (so for example any three of a kind beats any two pairs). Between hands in the same category the rank of the individual cards decides which is better, as described in more detail below.

 

Winning Hand Guidelines

Hands are judged according to the following guidelines listed in order from best to worst hand based on 5-Card Stud Regulations.

Since it is possible to get a five of a kind, if a five of a kind should occur, it will beat all of the traditional poker hand rankings as outlined below. (Highest five of a kind is top hand.)

If a tie occurs with a four of a kind, three of a kind, two pair or one pair, the tie will be broken using the next highest single card held in each hand.   Any ties that cannot be broken using cards held will be handled by the team’s choice of either splitting the prize money or breaking the tie using the highest cut of the deck.

1. Royal Flush – This is the highest poker hand. It consists of ace, king, queen, jack, ten, all in the same suit. As all suits are equal, all royal flushes are equal.

2. Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in sequence – such as J-10-9-8-7. Between two straight flushes, the one containing the higher top card is higher. An ace can be counted as low, so 5-4-3-2-A is a straight flush, but its top card is the five, not the ace, so it is the lowest type of straight flush. The cards cannot “turn the corner”: 4-3-2-A-K is not valid.

3. Four of a kind – Four cards of the same rank – such as four queens. The fifth card can be anything. Between two fours of a kind, the one with the higher set of four cards is higher – so 3-3-3-3-A is beaten by 4-4-4-4-2. If you need to compare two fours of a kind where the sets of four cards are of the same rank, then the one with the higher fifth card is better.

4. Full House – This consists of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank – for example three sevens and two tens. When comparing full houses, the rank of the three cards determines which is higher. For example 9-9-9-4-4 beats 8-8-8-A-A. If the threes of a kind were higher, they win.

5. Flush – Five cards of the same suit but not in sequence. When comparing two flushes, the highest card determines which is higher. If the highest cards are equal then the second highest card is compared. If those are equal too, then the third highest card, and so on. For example K-J-9-3-2 beats K-J-7-6-5 because the nine beats the seven.

6. Straight – Five cards of mixed suits in sequence – for example Q-J-10-9-8 (in varying suits). When comparing two sequences, the one with the higher ranking top card is better. Ace can count high or low in a straight, but not both at once, so A-K-Q-J-10 and 5-4-3-2-A are valid straights, but 2-A-K-Q-J is not. 5-4-3-2-A is the lowest kind of straight, the top card being the five.

7. Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same rank plus two other cards. When comparing two threes of a kind the hand in which the three equal cards are of higher rank is better. So for example 5-5-5-3-2 beats 4-4-4-K-Q. If you have to compare two threes of a kind where the sets of three are of equal rank, then the higher of the two remaining cards in each hand are compared, and if those are equal, the lower odd card is compared.

8. Two Pairs – A pair is two cards of equal rank. In a hand with two pairs, the two pairs are of different ranks (otherwise you would have four of a kind), and there is an odd card to make the hand up to five cards. When comparing hands with two pairs, the hand with the highest pair wins, irrespective of the rank of the other cards – so J-J-2-2-4 beats 10-10-9-9-8 because the jacks beat the tens. If the higher pairs are equal, the lower pairs are compared, so that for example 8-8-6-6-3 beats 8-8-5-5-K. Finally, if both pairs are the same, the odd cards are compared, so Q-Q-5-5-8 beats Q-Q-5-5-4.

9. Pair – A hand with two cards of equal rank and three other cards that do not match these or each other. When comparing two such hands, the hand with the higher pair is better – so for example 6-6-4-3-2 beats 5-5-A-K-Q. If the pairs are equal, compare the highest ranking odd cards from each hand; if these are equal compare the second highest odd card, and if these are equal too compare the lowest odd cards. So J-J-A-9-3 beats J-J-A-8-7 because the 9 beats the 8.

10. High Card – Five cards that do not form any of the combinations listed above. When comparing two such hands, the one with the better highest card wins. If the highest cards are equal the second cards are compared; if they are equal too the third cards are compared, and so on. So A-J-9-5-3 beats A-10-9-6-4 because the jack beats the ten.

 For more information please email kate@norwalkcove.com   203-838-3681

 

 

The “WALK” Train Bridge OPENED!


Last Saturday, June 14’th, a flotilla of boats that had been “trapped” up the Norwalk River escaped!

With an army of almost 50 engineers, mechanics, electricians and laborers, the bridge (which was scheduled to open at 9:00 am), opened at 10:00 am for 30 minutes to allow the small armada passage.

The bridge will not likely open for the next three weeks as engineers and consultants troubleshoot the immediate mechanical problems. Discussions regarding a replacement bridge (and funding) have begun in Hartford and Washington.

For the Video, click HERE

(Do you know the “Star” ?)

For the HOUR article,  click HERE

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Responsibilities of the Captain

 

We see the fun plaques:  The Captain’s word is Law….    or      Marriages performed by the Captain are valid ONLY for the duration of the cruise….

But what are the REAL responsibilities of the Captain (vessel operator or “boater”) ?

 

Three Major Responsibilities of Every Boater

  1. Practice good seamanship.
    It is the responsibility of every boat or PWC operator to take all necessary action to avoid a collision, taking into account the weather, vessel traffic, and limits of other vessels. Such action should be taken in ample time to avoid a collision and at a safe distance from other vessels. Be responsible for the safety of your crew and vessel.
  2. Keep a proper lookout.
    Failing to keep a sharp lookout is the most common cause of collisions. Every operator must keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards, and others involved in water activities.
  3. Maintain a safe speed.
    Safe speed is the speed that ensures you will have ample time to avoid a collision and can stop within an appropriate distance. Safe speed will vary depending on conditions such as wind, water conditions, navigational hazards, visibility, surrounding vessel traffic density, and the maneuverability of your boat or PWC. Always reduce speed and navigate with extreme caution at night and when visibility is restricted.

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Additional Responsibilities

  1. Review a pre-departure checklist.  (The same actions a pilot must take before taking off)
    Check the weather.  Make sure steering and engine controls are working. Check that lights are working.   Check for fuel / oil/ coolant leaks and check hoses. Check the bilge and drain plug. Check fuel level (1/3 fuel rule). Check battery voltage. Check Fire Extinguishers. Check Life Jackets. Leave a Float Plan with a friend.
  2. Review Safety Items with the crew and guests. Life Jacket and safety equipment. Man Overboard procedures.  VHF radio operation. How to call for help. How to stop / start the boat. Reckless operation rules. Trash and dumping rules. Docking / Anchoring procedures.
  3. Review BWI laws and your boat’s rules regarding Alcohol and Drugs.  Specify a Designated Operator.
  4. Review Rules of the Road with your crew, the 3 basic scenarios: Approaching head on, crossing, passing
  5. Review Aids to Navigation.  Red Right Returning  (and vice-versa when heading out) and speed limits  (NO WAKE within 100 feet of a moored or anchored boat, dock or in the channel… the entire channel)
  6. Review the basic rule of the sea: You MUST aid another boater in distress unless you are putting your crew or boat in jeopardy by doing so.
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    Keep Them Safe !

Everyone who uses or enjoys the waterways of our country, whether boating, walking along the shoreline or actually living on the water’s edge has the same rights to enjoy the tranquility of the water. Boaters should respect the rights of others who live or play on the shoreline, don’t disturb private property owners by docking on their land. You should be careful about the amount of wake that you are leaving when operating close to shore, since you are responsible for any damage you cause with your wake. Control your speed and obey posted speed limit signs.

Finally, because sound carries farther over water than over land (especially at night)  you should keep voices, music and other noises to a minimum if anchored near a waterfront property.   Practice common sense, it can’t be legislated.

 

Capt. Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800
Rick is a Coast Guard captain, National Safe Boating Council close-quarters boat-handling and open water boat handling instructor, Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Sailing-certified instructor.   He also conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. The owner of a 43-foot pilothouse cutter and an Aquasport powerboat, he has extensive cruising and one-design, coastal and offshore racing experience
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Things to Do and See, Fun Activities, Courses and Seminars

 

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2014 List of  Fun Activities, Things to Do and See Along the Waterfront, on the Sound and Nearby.  Please see the end of the list for lessons, seminars and courses.

 

 

 

 
June 2nd 2014     Monday evening   Starting 5.30 pm

United States Power Squadrons   FLARE/UP!

West Beach, Stamford   (off Shippan Ave, south of soccer fields)

For details or information on how to donate flares:  Contact George Hallenbeck 203-348-7121

 

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June 12-15    Mystic Seaport – Sea Music Festival

Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear international performers and the Museum’s chantey staff perform

music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions.

http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/sea-music-festival-2/

 

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June 21-22 New London, Conn. In-Water Boat Show. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on June 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 22. Admission is free.

The New London In Water Boat Show will take place June 21-22 at New London Waterfront Park along City Pier and the floating docks.

The event will host exhibitors from around the state with an assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 60 feet.

There also will be displays of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.

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June 22    Clam-A-Palooza at IYC   June 22’nd 1:00

Benefit for Make-a-wish foundation.   Enter a clam dish or be a taster !

IYC 138 Water Street Norwalk

http://ct.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/fy2014/clamapalooza

 

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WED JUNE 25, 2014 (raindate: June 26)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Tim Currie’s Motown Band

www.facebook.com/timcurriesmotownband

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June 27 – 29 Mystic Seaport  –  The WoodenBoat Show

See more than 100 traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type at the 23rd Annual

WoodenBoat Show — a festival hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications that celebrates the

design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.

http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/the-woodenboat-show/

 

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THURS, JULY 3, 2014, (raindate: July 5)        Fireworks & Entertainment for All Ages

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

SHOWMOBILE at CALF PASTURE BEACH:

5:30 pm … The Amazing Andy Show (family fun)

SHADY BEACH:

6:00 pm … Dance to the Music with DJ Nuzzo

8:00 pm … Jimmy & The Parrots — #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

performance continues after Fireworks

www.jimmyandtheparrots.com

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WED, JULY 9, 2014, (raindate: July 10)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm The Cast of Beatlemania – celebrating 50th anniversary of The

Beatles with nationally-known tribute band

www.mobtops.com

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WED, JULY 16, 2014, (raindate: July 17)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Norwalk’s own Billy Genuario and Destiny

www.billygenuario.com

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WED, JULY 23, 2014, (raindate: July 24)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: The Royal Kings – The Coachmen’s favorite band

July 25 – 27 2014  Newport Folk Festival    Fort Adams

www.newportfolkfest.com

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July 26’th   3’rd Annual Dinghy Poker Run    Norwalk Cove Marina

Watch for Info on www.norwalkcove.com and in the weekly Harbor Talk Newsletter

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WED, JULY 30, 2014 (raindate: 31)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:30 pm … Kids’ Show TBA

7:30 pm … Concert: ABBA Girlz — Mamma Mia! It’s the ultimate ABBA

tribute band www.abbagirlz.com

 

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July 26 – 27 2014  Antique and Classic Yacht Rendezvous  Mystic Seaport

http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/antique-and-classic-boat-rendezvous-2/

www.mysticseaport.org

 

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August 1’st – Friday     Starry Nights (The Bird People) at Norwalk Cove Marina

Watch for Info on www.norwalkcove.com and in the weekly Harbor Talk Newsletter

 

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July 31 – Aug 3’rd 2014    Gather of the Vibes     Bridgeport

http://gatheringofthevibes.com/

 

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August 2   Saturday   Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon

http://give.stvincents.org/swim/marathon-2014/event—marathon-2014-boat-captain-form

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WED, AUGUST 6, 2014, (raindate: August 7)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Concert: Cash Is King   re-live the country sounds of Johnny Cash

www.facebook.com/cashiskingjohnnycashtributeshow

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August 8-10   Edgartown 12 meter Regatta

http://www.edgartownyc.org/Racing/12-Metre-Regatta.aspx

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WED, AUGUST 13, 2014, (raindate: August 14)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Déjà vu – music of the 50s & 60s

August 16-17 2014   SONO Arts Celebration

www.sonoarts.com

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WED, AUGUST 20, 2014, (raindate: 21)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:30 pm … Kids’ Show TBA

7:30 pm … Concert: Desert Highway — #1 Eagles Tribute Band

www.deserthighwayband.com

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August 21-24  2014 Newport Bucket Regatta! 

Exquisite Mega-yachts racing off the shores of beautiful Newport RI

http://www.bucketregattas.com/newport/

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WED, AUGUST 27, 2014 (raindate: 28)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

7:00 pm … Concert: Back to the Garden – celebrating the 45th anniversary of Woodstock http://backtothegarden1969.com

August 30, Sat –  Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival – 11 am – dark (Rain date August 31st)

http://www.huntingtonlighthouse.org/music.php

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WED, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 (raindate: September 4)

Norwalk Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach

6:00 pm … Classic Car Show Beach Cruise presented by The Coachmen

7:00 pm … Concert: Keith Marron’s Whistleville Band

http://whistleville.com

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Sept 5,6 & 7’th  2014  Norwalk Oyster Fest

http://seaport.org/default.aspx?pageid=861468

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Sept 11- 14 2014   Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show

http://www.newportboatshow.com/

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Sept 18  – 21 2014    Norwalk Boat Show

http://www.boatshownorwalk.com/

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Oct. 18’th & 19’th 2014       Oyster Bay – Oyster Festival

http://theoysterfestival.org/

 

Trawlerfest – Baltimore

Sept 25 – 28

http://www.passagemaker.com/events/trawler-fest-2014-baltimore/  

   

Annapolis US Sailboat Show Oct 9 – 13  

www.usboat.com/us-sailboat-show/home

 

 

Annapolis US Powerboat Show Oct 16 – 19  

www.usboat.com/us-powerboat-show/home

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Lessons, Seminars and Courses

 

 

Spring Boating Seminars:    Navigating the Norwalk Islands 

Will be offered again in June – stay tuned or call Capt’n Rick  203-216-7800   e-mail:  rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

The Norwalk Islands…. Their Formation, History, Secrets, Stories and Navigation.

From the Ice age and the formation of Long Island Sound by the retreating glaciers, the Indians and early settlers, to the Oyster Industry, Hotels, Bordellos and Prohibition Speakeasy’s.  The Norwalk Islands have always played an integral part in the development of Norwalk and the region.

Public Islands, Private Sanctuaries, Posh Retreats…. all right off the Norwalk coastline.

Come discover their history, along with navigation and anchorages, tips and tricks around the 25 plus Islands.

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=2113

 

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Coastal Cruising
 Coming again in June – stay tuned or call Capt’n Rick  203-216-7800   e-mail:  rdelfosse@rexmarine.com

This seminar will focus on the preparation, planning, and skills needed for memorable and safe cruises
        We will cover:
  • Planning & Provisioning
  • Plotting and Weather
  • A Review of Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring & Docking
  • VHF radios, DSC, AIS & Electronics
  • Cruising style – Marinas or Anchor out ?
  • Review of Charting and how to plot your trip
  • Traditional Plotting and GPS Navigation
  • Find a Marina for Transient Dockage
  • Safe Anchoring in Unfamiliar Areas
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness

http://www.norwalkcove.com/?p=2113

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Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center 2014 Schedule

http://www.landfallnavigation.com/2014mtc.html

 

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Want to add an event to this list ?  

 

Please send your submission to:

Rick Delfosse    rdelfosse@rexmarine.com   203-216-7800

 

 

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Hurricane Season – Be Prepared !

Hurricane Season is June 1’st through Nov. 1’st. The 2014 Hurricane Season Prediction sources are all forecasting at or below normal hurricane activity for this season :
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See the 2014 NOAA prediction HERE
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Live Storm Tracking. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center website is updated every 4 hours for live storm tracking when storms are active.     Go to   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/    also see Intellicast:  http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx?location=USCT9975

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Preparation and Action Steps:   Careful planning, taking precautionary measures, and making smart and safe choices during and after a storm are all necessary to reduce the impact a storm could have on you, your family and your assets:

 

General Hurricane Precautions and Preparations for Boat Owners

The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe threatening weather is planning, preparation and timely action. The following precautions and checklists are meant only as guidelines. Each boat owner needs a plan unique to the type of boat, the local boating environment, the severe weather conditions likely to occur in that region, and the characteristics of safe havens and/or plans for protection. The following preparation and precautionary suggestions are issued as guidelines to be used by the marine community.

Never Stay Aboard Your Boat.

Winds may exceed 100 miles per hour, and tornados are often associated with land falling hurricanes. First and foremost – safeguard human life!

Prior to hurricane season, develop a detailed plan of action to secure your vessel in the marina, if permitted; remove your boat from the threatened area; or take your boat to a previously identified hurricane refuge. Specifically, identify and assemble needed equipment and supplies. Keep them together. Before hurricane season, practice your plan to ensure that it works.

Arrange for a friend to carry out your plans, if you are out of town during the hurricane season.

Check your lease or storage rental agreement with the marina or storage area. Know your responsibilities and liabilities as well as those of the marina.

Consolidate all records, including insurance policies , a recent photo of your vessel, boat registration, equipment inventory, lease agreement with the marina or storage area, and telephone numbers of the appropriate authorities (i.e. harbor master, Coast Guard, insurance agent, National Weather Service, etc.) and keep them in your possession. They may be needed, when you return to check on your boat after the hurricane.

Maintain an inventory of both the items removed and those left on board. Items of value should be marked, so that they can be readily identified, if dispersed by the storm.

Before a hurricane threatens, analyze how you will remove valuable equipment from the boat and how long it will take, so you will have an accurate estimate of the time and work involved. When a hurricane is approaching, and after you have made anchoring or mooring provisions, remove all moveable equipment such as canvas, sails, dinghies, radios, cushions, biminis, and roller furling sails. Lash down everything you cannot remove, such as tillers, wheels, booms, antennas, etc. Make sure the electrical system is shut off unless you plan to leave the boat in the water, and consider removing the battery to eliminate the risk of fire or other damage.  NOTE: When wind and seas warrant, marine agencies (the marine police) remove their boats from service and will not be able to rescue foolish boaters.  In addition to these general steps, which should be taken no matter where you plan to leave your boat during a hurricane or other severe weather, the following specific steps should be taken depending on your situation and the option you select.

Trailerable Boats.

Determine the requirement to load and haul your boat to a safer area. Be sure your tow vehicle is capable of properly and adequately moving the boat. Check your trailer; tires, bearings and axle should all be in good condition. Too often a flat tire, frozen bearings or broken axle prevents an owner from moving the boat.

Once at a “safe” place, lash your boat to the trailer and place blocks between the frame members and the axle inside each wheel. Owners of light weight boats, after consulting with the manufacturer, may wish to consider letting about half the air out of the tires, then filling the boat one-third full of water to help hold it down. (The blocks will prevent damage to the springs from the additional weight of the water.)

Secure your boat with heavy lines to fixed objects. Try to pick a location that allows you to secure it from four directions, because hurricane winds rotate and change direction. It can be tied down to screw anchors secured in the ground. Remember that trees are often blown over during a hurricane.

 

Non Trailerable Boats in Dry Storage.

Determine the safest, most realistic, obtainable haven for your boat, and make arrangements to move your boat there. When selecting a “safe” location, be sure to consider whether storm surge could rise into the area. Wherever you choose to locate your boat for the duration of the hurricane, lash the boat to its cradle with heavy lines and consider, based on the weight of the boat, adding water to the bilge to help hold it down.

NEVER leave a boat on davits or on a hydro-lift.

 

Non Trailerable Boats in Wet Storage.

Owners of large boats moored in a berth or slip typically have three options:

Secure the boat in the marina berth or slip

Moor the boat in a previously identified safe area

Haul the boat

Each of these actions requires a separate strategy. Ask your insurance company what they want you to do.  (They may offer to pay a portion of the hauling bill to get the boat out of the water) Another alternative, running from the storm, is not encouraged except for large commercial vessels, unless there is enough time to get your boat beyond the storm’s projected path.  Double up an all lines and fenders and consider using short lengths of chain and a shackles to connect lines to dock beams or other secure fittings. Wrap lines passing through chocks and hawse pipes with chafing gear, fire hose or towels.  Remember,  Chafe is your enemy !

 

These tips and information are compliments of NOAA,  Collier, Lee, Charlotte and the Sarasota County Florida Emergency Management Departments. This information is advisory in nature.  It is offered as a resource to be used together with your professional insurance adviser in maintaining a loss prevention program. No liability is assumed by reason of the information in this document.

Capt. Rick Delfosse