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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Shipshape and Bristol Fashion!

Shipshape and Bristol Fashion!

Safety
It's not just good seamanship to keep our boats and docks shipshape… now it's the rule. The Board has ammended our House Rules to include a provision to help maintain a pleasing and nautical appearance in our marina. Rule 33 reads: All watercraft harbored in the Marina shall be aesthetically maintained as determined by the Board. Boat decks shall be kept free from non-nautical clutter; plastic wrap and tarps are not allowed for shading devices (shrink wrap is allowed for the winter season but must be removed by the summer rental period) and vessel exterior shall not have excessive mold or mildew. Most of us take great pride in one of our most prized and enjoyed possessions. Let's all make sure that we project that pride and seamanship to our slipmates and visitors…
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Marina Etiquette: Entering the Channel

Marina Etiquette: Entering the Channel

Safety
The Rules of the Road are based on the broad reasoning that the more maneuverable vessel must give way to the less maneuverable vessel. In the case of Limestone Marina, this generally means that boats entering the marina should give-way to boats leaving it. It may seem like common sense to those that have been around the marina for many years, but dangerous situations have occurred when entering vessels have assumed they will have plenty of room in the channel to pass side-by-side when they encounter a beamy cruiser or sail boat constrained by her draft, which must proceed directly down the middle, or risk running aground. The situation most often occurs when an up-stream bound boat “cuts the corner” and enters the channel without checking to see if there is…
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