Meeting location... Safety Harbor Library
WebMaster's Note: This web page has evolved into a 2-section layout for events. The first is the calendar dates table with event details posted as we get them. These are one-off events. The second section is at the bottom with the long-term recurring events, like Saturday and Wednesday races. Monthly meetings are the only recurring events that will be listed in the upper section, which will permit listing guest speakers or special meeting presentations and discussions.
TIDES - Don't forget to compensate for the highers and lowers with your dock lines. These tides are for Upper Tampa Bay, so be aware when lows can happen, reaching zero or lower, and exercise caution on those longer excursions. Upper Tampa Bay is typically 45 minutes behind St. Pete. Always check the tide charts and be observant if you plan to be out for a while. You might even want to use the graphical charts so you can see the tide trends.
Hurricane Preparedness: The 2017 season is here, but now is not too soon to start replacing worn lines and making preparations for this new season. Although our last landfall hurricane was in 2005, September and October are notorius for being the real hurricane season for us. Another area you might want to consider is the bilge pump. If you get the BoatU.S. Magazine, read page 78 of the February/March 2012 edition.
Seasonal summer squalls can be fairly brutal in their own right. In fact, last July and August 2016 were like a monsoon season with 6"-8" deluges and local flooding, which means extra high tides in the bay. The average August rainfall was exceeded in the first three days of the month (Aug 28, 1017 got 2.75" in 6 hours). Even November, our typical dry month, was much wetter than average. The very first thing to check is your dock lines. Most articles about hurricanes or storms list line chafe as the #1 contributor for damage. If you have any question about the line size required, you can visit the West Marine Advisor page for this information. Generally, they recommend 1/8" line diameter for every 9' of boat length (1/2" should be adequate all the boats in our marina). Then you double (or more) the lines for the big blow, or check this Boat US page for upsized ropes.
Any weekend would also be a good time to schedule your 2017 Free Vessel Safety Inspection to get your new 2017 sticker. Are your flares current and the nav lights working? Is your Registration current? Need a printable copy of the Inspection Checklist?
Our next monthly meeting will be September 6, 2017, at the Safety Harbor Library. We meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month.
As further events are added or changed for September or October's schedule, members will be updated by e-mail.