Messing around in boats

TheWindintheWillows

Going into the weekend, I thought I would offer something completely different. No llamas involved (If that seems like a non sequitor, spend your weekend catching up on Monty Python), but there is a toad and a rat, a mole and a badger!

While Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is known as a children’s book, it was not written as such and many adults find joy in it and I get the feeling that some folks could use an infusion of joy this weekend. I choose it today as the origin of the phrase “messing around in boats.” Just be warned, it is more about life, and maybe a river, than it is about boats.

With a little luck, you might even be able find the original TV show or the 1995 movie.

Keep safe, keep learning

Tanya Weimer
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The Perfect Storm

As I check the weather for my own three hour tour today, it occurred to me that one book that bridges the gap between the form of a novel and lots of information about boating life (and dangers) is The Perfect Storm by Sebastion Junger.


For this one, you should check your library eBook collection, or even contact your local library directly, as plans are underway to allow curbside pick up of books. Google Books has a preview available, if you want to see the writing style, or it can be ordered for other ebook services.
 
If you like the stories of the fishing life, next time you see Jay, ask him for some recommendations – he spent much of his free time in 2019 reading various books by professional fisherfolk.

Keep safe, Keep learning
Tanya Weimer
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Boat Owners Manual

Just in case anyone wants to get out to work on their boat, I highly recommend that you take a gander at Nigel Calder’s Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual. He has an easy to read style and covers a wide variety of topics. You will likely have to supplement what you learn from him with youtube, google and asking around. I do find that he sometimes has an in depth description of how to take the cover off of something, and then jumps to replacing the bits, without covering how to do any of the fiddly things in between. Nonetheless, it is a great place to start and a good resource to have onboard, whether you choose electronic or hard copy.

Keep safe, keep learning

Tanya Weimer
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Sailing Alone around the World

Welcome back from the holiday weekend!

This week, let’s take a look at some books that might be fun and or useful.

We will start the week out looking at Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone around the World. This is such an old book that it is available for free on most eReaders, including iBook, Kindle and Google Books. Joshua Slocum is the first recorded person to sail around alone, although he wisely stopped off to get to know people along the way. He even built the boat that he sailed in!

Keep safe, Keep learning
Tanya Weimer

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Situational Awareness

Boating Safety Week is drawing to a close, but boating safety is always important. We have been asked to wrap up this week by focusing on Situational Awareness.

All of the things we have been talking about over the last  couple of months from weather to red tides to rules of road ultimately boil down to situational awareness. You need to know what is going on around you in order to react safely. Keep a lookout, take bearings to verify that your anchor is set, give a wide berth to the erratic bow rider, as well as that crowd at your marina.

Situational awareness also requires monitoring Channel 16 on your VHF. In this way, you will be aware of military exercises, hazards in the water, and the transit of cargo and military vessels through the channel.

This video provides a way to test your situational awareness, or at least as well as can be done from the comfort of your own home.

 
Keep safe, keep learning
Tanya Weimer
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Environmental Factors

It is still National Safe Boating Week and today’s designated topic is “Environmental Factors.”

I am pleased to report that the weather report for the San Diego area is about as close to perfect as you could custom order. The sailors might think the winds rather on the light side, but they are at least there!

And so, the main environmental factor that we need to consider this weekend is the one that is dominating our lives in 2020: pubic health.

 
The Safe Boating Council has put together some suggestions for social distancing.

In San Diego, the Port Authority is allowing anchoring with a permit, but not raft ups, in an effort to encourage safe distancing while allowing safe boating.

We still need to be considerate at the marinas and facilities. Unless you are willing to jump in the water when you come across other people, you should have a mask at the ready when you are on the docks: they are likely to be the most crowded they have been since this all started. Be patient at the fuel and pump out docks. Go ahead and order from your favorite restaurant to support them and get their yummy offerings; keep the staff safe by being mindful of safety protocols. Wash your hands a few extra times. Be kind, be aware. If your schedule allows for it, you might even wait a few days and celebrate the holidays mid week. Or get out there today: there are gusts predicted that would make sailing more interesting than usual!

Keep safe, keep learning
Tanya Weimer
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National Safe Boating Week – WEATHER.

It is Wednesday of National Safe Boating Week and the designated topic of the day is WEATHER.

 
While NOAA focuses on hurricane preparedness (not really an issue here in San Diego) and other part of the country are concerned about flood awareness (wrong time of year here in San Diego – but if you do see a flood – turn around, don’t drown!),  I thought we could all use a reminder about sun protection. It is, after all sunny San Diego. We need to remember that the sun can get to us through the marine layer, and we need to remember that the sun reflects off the water, so that a hat is not sufficient to protect your face in most conditions.

You will see that just about any boating picture of Jay and I includes long sleeve shirts and hats, but if you close up, you can probably detect some of that white stuff stuck to the edges of Jay’s beard, as well 🙂

Stay safe, keep learning
Tanya Weimer
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Sober Boating

It’s Tuesday and the National Safe Boating Council has designated today as Sober Boating awareness day.

It is pretty well known that you shouldn’t drink and drive, even on the water. However, it is also more dangerous for your passengers to drink and ride. Unstable people with lowered inhibitions are more likely to fall overboard…or just plain fall, which can still result in injury. For a lot of people, sober boating goes against everything they think of when they think of boats, but that is why yacht clubs, and many marinas, have bars. Save your drinking for when you dock. Enjoy your cruise, break out the bubbly after you tie up!

And enjoy those Norwegian sober boating videos I shared yesterday under the guise of lifejacket awareness 🙂

Stay safe, keep learning, boat sober,
Tanya Weimer

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National Boating Safety Week – life jackets

Monday of National Boating Safety Week and the focus is on life jackets. It has even been declared “Wear your life jacket to work day!” Which I can’t do because my life jackets are on my boat, and so it seems a rather odd campaign.

However, life jackets are important, so I found this video that demonstrates how your auto inflate life jacket works. Auto inflate life jackets have their limitations, but they have one huge advantage over other types: people are more likely to wear them!

If you enjoyed that video, here is another. And yet another. But that is really tomorrow’s theme!

Keep safe, keep learning
Tanya Weimer
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