May ZOOM webinars

Our ongoing popular online webinar ZOOM classes have four more exciting relevant topics for May.

Come and learn more! Do a refresher! Tell a friend!

It’s free -every Wednesday evening at 6pm online.

Copy and paste the link into your browser to register and then you will receive the ZOOM link.

Zoom Webinars are back

Our popular series of online ZOOM webinars have been very successful and we are glad to offer four more live webinars in April. These webinars are not recorded so make sure to attend. Starting Wednesday April 7, 2021   from 18:00 – 19:00. For more information see the flyer on our “Courses” page.

SAN DIEGO

To register, go to SDSPS.org or follow the link below

April 7, 2021 Radar

Don’t get lost in the fog. Learn how RADAR works, how to use it effectively, and its limitations as a piloting aid.

REGISTRATION: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregformx.cgi?S-8626

ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85956794878?pwd=aXpmTEFmSUNhTFhNMWlIc2dRY1h2QT09

UPDATE: WAIT THIS ZOOM LINK IS INCORRECT. HOLD ON. INSTRUCTOR WILL FORWARD SOON 6:05PM

 

NEW LINK IS: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85807415534?pwd=TXdQWTFOVkNmbHd2ZTFPVUIrUzBldz09

 

April 14, 2021 Tides and Currents

Discover what causes the tides to rise and fall and what causes the currents to flow. Learn where to find sources of information about tides and tidal currents, simple ways to predict them. 

REGISTRATION: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregformx.cgi?S-8627

ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89425407077?pwd=Q0pUYitIMFUrNndlRjFoM3RzTTQyQT09

April 21, 2021 Docking and Maneuvers

Prepare yourself for practicing docking and slow speed maneuvers in order to increase your confidence in close quarters.

REGISTRATION: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregformx.cgi?S-8628

Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82344563375?pwd=YVhGcTY2WTY2a2NXWWdNNmV2d1lRUT09

April 28, 2021 Man Overboard

Discover how to equip and maneuver your boat to retrieve someone in the water. Essential for all boaters, this seminar teaches you what to do if you fall overboard, as well as how to retrieve someone else. 

REGISTRATION: https://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregformx.cgi?S-8629

ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85956794878?pwd=aXpmTEFmSUNhTFhNMWlIc2dRY1h2QT09

Sail Course

This course on sailing is appropriate for novices to experts, as it covers boat design and sail theory, as well as the basics of using the wind to move a vessel across the water.

 Date :     Thursdays, starting April 22,  6 pm – 8 pm, duration 8 weeks

Place :    ZOOM

Cost :      $50 members/ $75 non members

Please click here to Register and Pay online

Live Online Training Seminars

Our January series of online webinars was a great SUCCESSS! We are excited to announce another new series of online seminars for February 2021 presented free of cost to our members and the public. Learn more from the comfort of your home on any device (desktop/laptop/tablet/smart phone). Use ZOOM to connect 10 minutes in advance to ensure you get connected. Course details and ZOOM links on our Course Page. See you there!

Online Training Seminars

New seminars for January 2021 presented free of cost to our members and the public. Learn more from the comfort of your home on any device (desktop/laptop/tablet/smart phone). Use ZOOM to connect 5 minutes in advance to ensure you get connected. Course details and ZOOM links on our Course Page. See you there!

Resilience

I have touched on the subject before, but I feel like it is time to revisit what I previously referred to as resilience: the ability to accept and adapt to changing circumstances. Although commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change those that we can, and the wisdom to know the difference are just darn good life skills to have. And right now, there is little we can do besides be patient, keep up with best practices, even though they change, and look to building our relationships in new ways. On that last note, are you picking up the phone more than usual to reach out to friends and family? (Don’t look at me, I may not technically be a millennial, but the only person I talk to regularly on the phone is my mother. Everyone else gets email or text) Have you learned the ins and outs of video conferencing as a means of getting a larger group together? And, call me old fashioned, but when was the last time you mailed off a hand written note? Many people still get excited about getting personal mail. Take the time to write something out for your loved ones. Check with a nursing home to see if they have anyone looking for a pen pal. Do something to cheer up your neighbors. Don’t wait for Halloween to put fun decorations in your yard. For some reason, the gate near our condo is extraordinarily popular, so we put up a dragon on our fence to entertain our many passers by. If you have any costumes sitting around the house, put one on the next time you go for a walk. Put decorations on your bike or helmet before your next trip out. Use magnets or flags to decorate your car to cheer those who see it. Be the cheer you wish were in the world. I will be back tomorrow with other tactics for thriving in these trying times. Keep safe, keep learning Tanya Weimer SEO

Boat Plumbing

Evidently, I have been googling too much boat plumbing this week, because this showed up in my feed, even though I had just planned on writing something out:
 
 
Beyond pressurized pumps, if you plan to cruise, you may want to consider manual/foot pumps. If placed within the freshwater system, these pumps can help you conserve water, since you only pump exactly what you need. However, some boats also use these manual pumps to bring in salt water. This will extend your water supply by allowing you to use salt water for cleaning, and freshwater only for rinsing and cooking. And teeth brushing. Don’t brush your teeth with salt water.

Have a safe holiday. I may not be back until Tuesday, as Jay’s employer has added in a 35th anniversary holiday to make a four day weekend. 

Keep safe, keep learning
Tanya Weimer
SEO

Freshwater system overview

Here is the freshwater system overview, from our old friend Don Casey. I will also take this opportunity to make a shameless plug on plumbing products. On Sea Story, we have experimented with many different brands of plumbing supplies. The easiest style to work with underway are the modern pop on (aka quick connect) fittings that work with PEX piping. PEX itself nice due to the blue/red color coding that keeps everything running to the right place. With the pop on fittings, all you need is a PEX cutter and large variety of fittings. Some of the pop on fitting also require a special tool to release the pressure and pop them back off again. We have found that the brand that most consistently works is also the brand that offers the widest variety of fittings: SeaTech. The variety of fittings has allowed us to seamlessly tie in the new plumbing with the old gray stuff that gets a little more fragile each year. Unfortunately, few local stores carry this brand, so we source it online from freshwatersystems.com. If you have a plumbing emergency, Whale plumbing fittings are available in the local stores, but we were not able to consistently seat the fittings properly. Whatever you choose, keep some variety onboard, including plugs so that you can replace or bypass whatever happens to pop a leak. And keep both colors  of PEX onboard so that you aren’t cursing at yourself next year when trying to figure out why that blue tubing is hot. Keep safe, keep learning Tanya Weimer SEO