Coast Guard District 13, Special Notice To Mariners
The Special Notice To Mariners is an annual safety publication for all Mariners, published as a 116 page PDF document by the Coast Guard District 13. D-13 has included information from many sources in one handy place.
The Special Notice to Mariners in intended to help all Mariners in the Pacific Northwest and has information useful to all Mariners from recreational boaters to Professional Mariners. This collects in one place, important contact information (Radio Frequencies, phone numbers, email and web sites) for the Coast Guard, proper procedures to follow if you have an on-board emergency,
There is a section on Search and Rescue, what to do if you are the object of a SAR or need to declare a May Day (you can contact the Coast Guard even if you don’t have a May Day situation, but are having difficulties of some sort). Procedures to follow for towing, Helicopter Rescue, abandon ship procedures and other emergency situations.
A Face Plant at Speed in Big Wind
Running with the spinnaker up in good wind with a planing hull is a rush when the boat pops up out of the water and starts planing.
If the wind is too big serious damage can be done, from the simple like destroying a sail when the spinnaker is “shrimped” and wrapped around the keel, putting crew overboard, injuring the crew, breaking the mast or other damage to the boat.
Spiral Key Fob using a Spiral Portuguese Sennit
After I wrote the original article on Lanyards & Key Fobs, some friends saw the spiral version and wanted to know how to make the spiral key fobs.
Making a Spiral Portuguese Sennit, key fob is not too difficult and the spiral gives a new texture and color pattern.
Either the original flat Lanyards and Key Fobs or the Spiral versions are easy to make with a bit of practice. These make great little gifts for people, make them in their college or favorite colors.
If you have friends with sailboats with Pelican Hooks on their lifelines, make them a set Red & Green Lanyards for their Pelican Hooks, if you are in a bit of a joker mood, install them with the colors reversed.
I have given many Key Fobs & Pelican Hook Lanyards to friends and others as gifts, since everyone seems to like different colors, I made a large assortment of many different colors and line types then let people choose their favorite color.
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, great knot for tying fenders and all around useful knot
A great Fender Knot is the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, it is also a great all around knot for both using on a boat and at home.
I find the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches just as quick if not quicker to tie and much more secure than the more commonly used Clove Hitch.
The Round Turn part of the knot provides friction on the item it is tied around, the friction lets you control a load with ease. When tying a fender the Round Turn lets the fender be held up using just your finger tips while tying the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches.
If I use a Clove Hitch, most of the time I will use Two Half Hitches to secure the Clove Hitch to keep the Clove Hitch from slipping.
The Round Turn and Two Half Hitches is my preferred knot for Tying to a Bull Rail.
A Towboat Hitch / Capstan Hitch is another great knot when you need to tie a line to a single post or a winch on a sailboat.