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Cruising Presentations and Checklists / Chartering and Safety Checklist
« Last post by Webmaster on January 08, 2013, 02:08:55 PM »
One of our members sent out a couple of nice checklists.  One is entitled Another Charter Checklist and the other Recommended Safety Equipment.  I will attach them here.

Thanks Keith!
General Discussion / Take the National Safe Boating Test
« Last post by Webmaster on January 08, 2013, 06:55:49 AM »
The US Sail & Power Squadrons have developed a National Safe Boating Test. 

NBST: Test Your Knowledge
General Discussion / Community Forum - Getting Started
« Last post by Webmaster on January 06, 2013, 11:37:23 PM »
Overview: This Colorado Boating Forum is a public "bulletin board", or message board, for any topic related to boating.  It is an online forum for sharing information among the Boating Community on the Internet. The message board format is based on categories and boards, where new topics are posted by  logged-in users. These topics can then be replied to by other users. Use it to share information, ask questions, or start a conversation. Each post may be accompanied by attached files or photos. Refer to the HELP menu for specific instructions, or send an Email to the webmaster as noted below.

Host: This forum is hosted by America's Boating Club of ColoradoTM.

Posting: When creating a new entry on the message board select the appropriate category or board first; then select "New Topic"; then create a subject and message that you will submit using the post button.

Access: The forum is a public forum that any interested boater may register for.  There is also "private-members only" area that can only be accessed by users that register and supply their ABC/USPS Membership number for verification.
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Boats, Safety, Seamanship / Re: CASE HISTORIES OF CREW OVERBOARD
« Last post by Brian on January 05, 2013, 05:14:26 PM »
The "Topic" design of this forum allows a user to create a thread of discussion on a particular subject.  Only those that are participating in the thread will receive a mail notification (if they so desire) when updates are made to the thread.  Otherwise, users will see the Topic highlighted as "new content" the next time they login so that they can peruse the new entries since last time they logged in. It is nice to come back each week or month and be able to see only the new things.  It is a pretty cool system that I believe has a lot of potential!

For example:
I posted this "Topic" primarily to share what I thought was some good educational boating information - perfect for advocates/trainers of USPS educational development.  Although the system Help does not really describe using the Forum in this manner I am an information junkie (I like to share on the internet), so I think this design works pretty well for sharing content. One of its more valuable attributes of using the forum in this manner is that it empowers ALL users to be able to edit and contribute content to the website in a user friendly manner -- and it is automatically subject to a peer review -- can't beat that! 
Boats, Safety, Seamanship / Re: CASE HISTORIES OF CREW OVERBOARD
« Last post by DHughes on January 05, 2013, 02:11:36 PM »
This is a worthy, large read at 27 pages. I will have to do it in peaces.

Thanks to Brian for locating it and providing it here.

PS my reply does not show an address. I assume it is to the group and not just to Brian who posted the document.
« Last post by Brian on December 31, 2012, 11:54:28 AM »
I ran across this document from US Sailing Safety At Sea Studies on the National USPS website.  It provides some great background information for running a MOB drill. Here is the link to the original and I also attached a copy if you want to download it.:

 Case Histories of Crew Overboard.


Boating Maintenance & Technology / Mast raising for large trailerable boats
« Last post by RonS on December 27, 2012, 09:31:09 PM »
Some years ago the Squadron had a hands-on seminar covering mast raising. That resulted in a PDF writeup with photos of some members in action. The keys to the process are:
1)  a gin pole to pull at the proper angle
2)  a 4-part tackle and jib winch to provide the force
3)  adequate guys to stabilize the mast and gin pole at all mast angles from flat to upright.

The seminar writeup is attached.

Cruising Presentations and Checklists / Catalina Island Rendezvous Video
« Last post by Webmaster on December 27, 2012, 09:04:19 AM »
2012 Boulder Valley Sail & Power Squadron charter trip to Catalina Island.

YouTube video uploaded on Dec 9, 2012:

Contributed by Kieth Dahlin, thanks for sharing!
Cruising Presentations and Checklists / Atlantic Crossing 2009
« Last post by Webmaster on December 19, 2012, 07:22:25 PM »
Here are links to Part 1 & Part 2 of a power point presentation made to the Boulder Valley Sail and Power squadron in April 2010. Each file is about 20MB. There is a little bit of everything for everyone: Enjoy!  Thanks to John Harris for sharing.

The presentation has been moved to cloud storage available in both PDF and PPT formats.
Boating Presentations
A panel discussion on cruising took place at a 2012 membership meeting. The following document attachments were created by this panel to share with members.  They are available here to view and/or download.
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