No Racing in the Marina

No Racing in the Marina

Safety
Okay, sailboat racing in the LBYC marina basin is a little more extreme (we hope) than in this photo we took while visiting a marina in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, there is a rule that appears in the "House Rules" document concerning coming into the marina under sail, which states: 15. All sailboats shall enter and exit the marina under auxiliary power only. A rare occurance indeed, but one that has been witnessed on occasion. Remember that if you're a slip renter or owner somewhere during the transaction you were given the House Rules to read, reflect on and sign (if you were not, please let us know immediately). These rules were put in place for the safety, pleasure and aesthetics of all slip residents. Most House Rules apply to…
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Are your smoke alarms up to date?

Are your smoke alarms up to date?

Safety
Captain John McDevitt made this observation regarding the use of smoke alarms on boats, or more accurately the non-use of alarms. For your own sake, and of your fellow boaters give serious consideration as to your fire safety effectiveness "There are three fire events that represent the greatest percentage of marine industry fire losses. The first is a fire that starts aboard a boat in a marina. This fire, usually electrical in origin, starts small and typically smolders for some time. If the fire is not detected, it will continue until the fire gains headway and visibly burns outside the confines of the origin boat. At this point the fire is beyond control by any nearby people or marina personnel. Every year marina fires cause considerable damage to boats and the…
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