2020/2021 Events Calendar
Dec. 5 Virtual Membership Seminar
Dec. 8 Online ExCom meeting
Dec. 9 Online Speaker meeting
Jan. 12 Online ExCom meeting
Jan. 14 Online Speaker meeting
Jan. 16/23 Online ABC course
Jan. 20 Online Presentation South Whidbey Yacht Club
Feb 6 Free Online Seminar, Partners in Command 10AM-noon
Feb. 9 Online ExCom meeting
Feb. TBD Online Speaker meeting
Feb. 3-Mar. 17 Online Boat Handling Course
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM
website updated November 30, 2020
Safety Tips for Small Propane Bottles
Drew Frye Published: October 26, 2020
Putting a lid on portable propane bottles protects the threads and can help reduce the risk of accidental fire.
We’ve reported on the need for proper propane installation, including vented lockers and leak detectors (“Some Propane Dos and Don’ts,” PS February 2014), but we’ve not taken a close look at small bottles. All it takes is about two ounces on the average size boat to cause an explosion, so these bottles deserve careful attention.
Propane is about 50 percent heavier than air, so it tends to settle to the lowest reaches of the boat. If the leak is on the countertop and there is some ventilation, most of the gas will mix with ambient air and leave the cabin before it gets chance to settle. If you have bottles larger than 1 pound (typical barbecue bottles are 20 pounds) install a leak detection system with sensors at a low point in the cabin, linked to a fail-safe solenoid located at the tank. Continue reading here
Whidbey Island residents have grown accustomed to, and some actually
appreciate, the limited access to their island. It’s a bit of a journey to the mainland, either via the
south end by ferry, the Coupeville ferry to Port
Townsend or north through neighboring Fidalgo Island and the famed Deception
Pass Bridge, but that just seems to add to the charm and perception of Whidbey as a get-away. But that charm could quickly fade in
the event of a manmade or natural disaster such as high winds, or an earthquake that
may damage the island’s bridge or highways, limiting ability to get off or on the island, transport food, fuel and supplies to the island, or get people to the medical attention they need. Click to continue reading the article written by Bill Coltrin & Jennifer Geller
The 13th coast guard district has implemented a new system to assist mariners in distress on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Please read the attachment carefully and follow the instructions to implement the new procedure on your vessel.
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