Volume 2, Issue 1

May 2021

Welcome to a new year of fun on the water.  Hopefully our COVID issues are dissipating, and you are all safe and well and ready to enjoy your Lakefront Yacht Club for a fun summer.


LYC May meeting

Minutes of the last meeting and current finances were approved as presented. Mark Gruenberg is working on the club calendar and will present it to the club when finalized. (you should have already received this in email) Betsy Isch is finalizing the cruise schedule.  We are planning 3 for this season. We should soon have gate communication and opening capabilities in the club room.  Mark Gruenberg is spearheading an effort to re-rope the Pirate Ship area. If not done by the time you read this volunteer to help or if completed give Mark a well done. Our next Board meeting is 5-15-21 at 10am.


Vessel Registration

Is your boat registered with the US Coast Guard? BE CAREFUL.  Legitimate third-party companies are sending out renewal letters and charging fees to manage this renewal in excess of what the Coast Guard charges.  While legal the Coast Guard does not endorse these companies.  To save money do it the old fashion way.  Do it yourself with the Coast Guard.  This yearly event is going to change to every five years in the future.

Engine Kill Switch

Is your boat equipped with an engine kill switch?  Under a new federal law effective April 1, 2021, those piloting boats less than 26 feet in length are required to use their engine cut-off switches (ECOS), if installed, much of the time. That means wearing a lanyard—aka ECOS link—while at the wheel. (Formerly referred to as, “kill switches,” the term engine cut-off switch, or ECOS, is the preferred nomenclature, whether referring to engine-cut-off switches operated by a physical lanyard or any of several electronic solutions.)

Specifically, Section 8316 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 passed by Congress requires individuals operating recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length with an engine capable of 115 pounds of static thrust (3 hp) or more to use ECOS links. However, this law applies when the primary helm is not in a cabin and when the boat is operating on plane or above displacement speed. Situations in which an ECOS link would not be required include docking, launching and loading on a trailer, trolling and operating in no-wake zones.


Going Overboard

If you think you're going overboard, cover your face and mouth with both hands to avoid cold shock. If you aren't wearing a personal flotation device, you'll need to float or tread water. The best way to float is to recline flat on your back with your head above water. Arch your back, extend your arms to the side and let your legs float up in an extended position. This float will help you to conserve energy.

Another method that can save you even more energy is the survival-float, or dead man's float. Here's how to perform this method:

  • Take a large breath and then put your face in the water.

  • Relax the rest of your body and let it hang -- the back of your head is the only part above the surface.

  • When you need a breath, pick up your head and exhale, moving your arms and legs just enough to keep afloat.

  • Breathe in deeply and repeat.

If you're a strong swimmer you should be able to tread water. It requires more energy though, so only try this technique if you're certain you'll be rescued very soon and you feel strong enough. Use scissor kicks in a vertical position while waving your arms back and forth with your head above water. If you're wearing a PFD, relax, lie on your back and conserve your energy. If you're in cold water, pull your knees to your chest and hold them to help to retain heat. This is known as the H.E.L.P. -- Heat Escape Lessoning Position.


Old Winches Slipping?

If you find yourself throwing an extra coil or two on your winch because it is getting older and losing its holding power you might try adding a wrap of non-skid tape. Don’t use too much or you might find it hard to release under load.


Member Spotlight


BOAT NAME: Waabigwaniin

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS BOAT NAME: It is my Ottawa Indian Great-Great-Great Grandmother’s name.  Means Little Flower

BOAT TYPE, MAKE, LENGTH: Sailboat, Seaward 25, 26 feet

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BOATING: On my own boat since 2009

WHAT GOT YOU INTO BOATING: Crewed for a friend on his Cal 30

IDEAL BOATING MOMENT: Enjoying a sundowner at the dock with Becky after a beautiful day of sailing

HINTS FOR OTHER BOATERS: Make sure you hookup before leaving the cockpit