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    CANADA-US COVID difference

    Updated, "In a press release issued on Tuesday, police stated both people charged were from Florida. Police later confirmed to CBC News on Wednesday that the couple lives in Florida but one person is a Canadian citizen who lives and works in the United States. ", they would not have been allowed to enter the country otherwise as visiting a seasonal property is not considered essential travel.
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    Handheld VHF Antenna

    https://www.jpole-antenna.com/2015/08/20/using-an-external-antenna-with-your-handheld-radio/
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    Best knee pads for bowperson?

    For what it's worth, Practical Sailor https://www.practical-sailor.com/personal-gear-apparel/knee-pads-and-braces-for-sailors Foredeck Union https://www.facebook.com/groups/169458786505807/search/?query=knee&epa=SEARCH_BOX
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    Greta Rides Again?

    "Greta Thunberg 11 February · As the rumours, lies and constant leaving out of well established facts continue, please share this newly updated clarification about me and my school strike. Please help me communicate this to the grown ups who lie about me and family so that I can focus on school instead: Recently I’ve seen many rumors circulating about me and enormous amounts of hate. This is no surprise to me. I know that since most people are not aware of the full meaning of the climate crisis (which is understandable since it has never been treated as a crisis) a school strike for the climate would seem very strange to people in general. So let me make some things clear about my school strike. In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis. I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings. I liked the idea of a school strike. So I developed that idea and tried to get the other young people to join me, but no one was really interested. They thought that a Swedish version of the Zero Hour march was going to have a bigger impact. So I went on planning the school strike all by myself and after that I didn’t participate in any more meetings. When I told my parents about my plans they weren’t very fond of it. They did not support the idea of school striking and they said that if I were to do this I would have to do it completely by myself and with no support from them. On the 20 of august I sat down outside the Swedish Parliament. I handed out fliers with a long list of facts about the climate crisis and explanations on why I was striking. The first thing I did was to post on Twitter and Instagram what I was doing and it soon went viral. Then journalists and newspapers started to come. A Swedish entrepreneur and business man active in the climate movement, Ingmar Rentzhog, was among the first to arrive. He spoke with me and took pictures that he posted on Facebook. That was the first time I had ever met or spoken with him. I had not communicated or encountered with him ever before. Many people love to spread rumors saying that I have people ”behind me” or that I’m being ”paid” or ”used” to do what I’m doing. But there is no one ”behind” me except for myself. My parents were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation. I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so. And of course it will stay this way. I have not met one single climate activist who is fighting for the climate for money. That idea is completely absurd. Furthermore I only travel with permission from my school and my parents pay for tickets and accommodations. My family has written a book together about our family and how me and my sister Beata have influenced my parents way of thinking and seeing the world, especially when it comes to the climate. And about our diagnoses. That book was due to be released in May. But since there was a major disagreement with the book company, we ended up changing to a new publisher and so the book was released in august instead. Before the book was released my parents made it clear that their possible profits from the book ”Scener ur hjärtat” will be going to 8 different charities working with environment, children with diagnoses and animal rights. And yes, I write my own speeches. But since I know that what I say is going to reach many, many people I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. I want everything to be absolutely correct so that I don’t spread incorrect facts, or things that can be misunderstood. Some people mock me for my diagnosis. But Asperger is not a disease, it’s a gift. People also say that since I have Asperger I couldn’t possibly have put myself in this position. But that’s exactly why I did this. Because if I would have been ”normal” and social I would have organized myself in an organisation, or started an organisation by myself. But since I am not that good at socializing I did this instead. I was so frustrated that nothing was being done about the climate crisis and I felt like I had to do something, anything. And sometimes NOT doing things - like just sitting down outside the parliament - speaks much louder than doing things. Just like a whisper sometimes is louder than shouting. Also there is one complaint that I ”sound and write like an adult”. And to that I can only say; don’t you think that a 16-year old can speak for herself? There’s also some people who say that I oversimplify things. For example when I say that "the climate crisis is a black and white issue”, ”we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases” and ”I want you to panic”. But that I only say because it’s true. Yes, the climate crisis is the most complex issue that we have ever faced and it’s going to take everything from our part to ”stop it”. But the solution is black and white; we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. Because either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic. There is one other argument that I can’t do anything about. And that is the fact that I’m ”just a child and we shouldn’t be listening to children.” But that is easily fixed - just start to listen to the rock solid science instead. Because if everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to - then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands of school children on strike for the climate across the world. Then we could all go back to school. I am just a messenger, and yet I get all this hate. I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue. And if you have any other concern or doubt about me, then you can listen to my TED talk ( https://www.ted.com/…/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_…/up-next ), in which I talk about how my interest for the climate and environment began. And thank you everyone for your kind support! It brings me hope. /Greta Ps I was briefly a youth advisor for the board of the non profit foundation “We don’t have time”. It turns out they used my name as part of another branch of their organisation that is a start up business. They have admitted clearly that they did so without the knowledge of me or my family. I no longer have any connection to “We don’t have time”. Nor does anyone in my family. They have deeply apologised for what has happened and I have accepted their apology."
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    Maiden

    "You can pre-order the inspiring film now at https://www.maiden.film - ready for release on DVD, blueray and digital on the 30th September! " Click the "back" arrow on your browser to get to the pre-order page from the "watch" pop-up.
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    Trapeze Harness

    Don't forget safety. https://www.sail-world.com/Canada/Tragic-death-of-14-year-old-trapped-by-harness/-85149?source=google https://www.sail-world.com/news/212639/Zhiks-new-ultra-quick-release-T3-Trapeze-Harness http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/185936-quick-release-trapeze-harnesses/
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    Maiden

    "Join us, Thursday, 4-6 to see the boat in Port Townsend and show our community support!! MAIDEN will arrive under the command of Wendy Tuck, first woman captain to WIN a round the world race (2018 Clipper RTW) and the all-woman The Maiden Factor crew. Watch for the boat to round Marrowstone Point anytime after 1500. Go out to greet her in your boat - row, power, sail, SUP - all are welcome! The Schooner Adventuress has generously offered to make room at the dock, so give a shout out to our friends about that ship, too! I will post updates here and answer questions. This is a free community event. Everyone is welcome!" https://www.facebook.com/events/479829776130426/
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    Maiden

    AUG 11 Maiden Open Day at Shilshole Marina Tomorrow from 11:00-16:00 Tomorrow · 15–21°C Mostly Cloudy pin Shilshole Bay Marina Details Come down and meet the legendary yacht Maiden this Sunday! Join us for Maiden's Welcome Ceremony and Open Day at the Shilshole Bay Marina from 11AM-4PM. Maiden will be berthed at dock I, just west of the Marina Building, right next to the statue of Viking Leif “Lucky” Erikson. Meet the crew, including sailing legend Wendy Tuck, get a chance to stand at Maiden's helm (just like Tracy Edwards MBE!) on boat tours, and be inspired by tales of adventure and breaking barriers. https://www.facebook.com/events/353887072210920/
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    Bulker leaving Vancouver Harbour

    https://www.skuld.com/topics/cargo/solid-bulk/agricultural-cargoes/us-gulf-fumigation-of-grain-cargoes---risk-of-explosion https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/transport-canada-investigating-hatch-explosion-aboard-cargo-ship-in-vancouver-harbour-1.5239415 This isn't the first fumigation foul up in the port, there was a cloud of poisonous phosphine gas drifting across the inner harbour within sight of the convention centre a number of years ago; a rain shower activated the Aluminum Phosphide tablets that were on the deck of a ship at anchor in preparation for a cargo hold fumigation. A fumigator exposed me and himself to Methyl Bromide while I was supervising his treatment of an import shipping container that was found to have live insects in the wooden packaging when it was inspected by the CFIA. Shortly after these incidents the BC Ministry of Environment did an audit of fumigators and found over 90% were non-compliant on their safety procedures. The young son of a ship's captain died due to a phosphine gas leak on a grain ship that was fumigated in Montreal, similar to this case: https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/phosphine-poisoning-on-general-cargo-vessel-monika-with-loss-of-1-life
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    Dyneema lifeline experience?

    and... 3.14.6 b) The minimum diameter is specified in table 8 below 3.14.6 c) Stainless steel lifelines shall be uncoated and used without close-fitting sleeving, however, temporary sleeving may be fitted provided it is regularly removed for inspection. 3.14.6 d) A lanyard of synthetic rope may be used to secure lifelines provided the gap it closes does not exceed 100 mm (4”). This lanyard shall be replaced annually 3.14.6 e) All components of the lifeline enclosure system shall have a breaking strength no less than the lifeline 3.14.6 f) When HMPE is used, it shall be protected from chafe and spliced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended procedures LH Wire HMPE rope (Single braid) HMPE Core (Braid on braid) under 8.5m (28') 3mm (1/8") 4mm (5/32") 4mm (5/32") 8.5m - 13m 4mm (5/32") 5mm (3/16") 5mm (3/16") over 13m (42' 8") 5mm (3/16") 5mm (3/16") 5mm (3/16")
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    Looking for emergency Nav lights

    http://www.navisafe.com/
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    Boots

    I have a 20 (?) year-old pair of Hevea's uninsulated ungaitered sailing boots that are still going strong, I'm sure they also made them for Musto; they have a molded upper and suction cup sole that looks very similar to the Neptune's. I stuff them when I'm not wearing them (only worn onboard) so they don't get folded over, they are still the stickiest boot I've ever worn. Unfortunately it doesn't look like they are made anymore https://www.dunlopboots.com/en/about-us/brand-story
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    Personal Epirb what to buy?

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-emergency-radio-devices-leaflet?fbclid=IwAR2bv_6R6mPiho4T0c-vEfM1P018tcsmPlOU7gqHU6HHvHrWNj2VpCPpOyw
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    Life Jacket Recommendations

    I don't think you'll find a non-inflatable that meets the rules, in particular the buoyancy requirement of 150N. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/200924-offshore-life-jackets
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I think most if not all inflatable lifejacket manufacturers buy the inflator parts from a inflator manufacturer. The lifejacket manufacturers package and sell the re-arm and manual modification kits, I am not sure if any inflator manufacturers sell them retail. http://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/deckware/lifejacket-inflation-systems-explained http://www.halkeyroberts.com/products/inflation/manualautomatic-inflators-new.aspx https://www.uml.co.uk/products.html https://www.cmhammar.com/products/personal-safety-mob/
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    A client on the powerboat who "was on a port side bench seat, looking toward the stern " said " I normally do keep a look out but the cockpit was full and I did get complacent. That won’t happen again. Thing is, it wasn’t like there was a ton of boat traffic either. And I felt confident in the Captain. There was one other guy next to the helm (a fellow boater) and he didn’t sound an alarm. " . I had assumed that meant the captain was in the cockpit at the forward helm, but maybe I'm reading too much into it.
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    Meanwhile in Canada... Boater who injured three gets jail on weekends Louise Dickson / Times Colonist August 22, 2018 06:00 AM A Central Saanich boater who seriously injured three members of a family when he crashed into their boat in Tod Inlet after the Butchart Gardens fireworks has been allowed to serve a 90-day jail sentence on weekends. Michael Gettle is prohibited from driving a boat for 10 years and, following his jail sentence, will be on probation for 18 months. In May, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Power convicted Gettle of three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vessel causing bodily harm. She acquitted Gettle on three counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm to Earl, Anne and Brent Henderson. The crash happened about 10 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2015, as boaters were leaving the area after watching the Butchart Gardens fireworks. The Crown sought a 12-month jail sentence. Defence lawyer Ryan Drury asked for the intermittent sentence, followed by probation. Power found the intermittent sentence appropriate because of Gettle’s role as a caregiver to his spouse, who has a degenerative spinal disease. She noted a period of straight time would be a hardship for Gettle’s family, that he expressed remorse and might also be facing civil consequences. The Hendersons have life-altering and ongoing injuries, Power said. It was only good luck that no one was killed that night, she said. “Mr. Gettle’s operation of the motor vessel was an accident waiting to happen,” Power said in May. “Mr. Gettle’s decision to put his boat on plane in order to see over the bow is inexplicable to me, given his knowledge of boat traffic in the area and his knowledge of boating. He should have been proceeding dead slow, as noted by many of the witnesses.” Operating a boat on plane occurs when the speed is sufficient to cause lift to increase and the boat, in effect, rides over its bow wave. Crown witness Gary Rogers testified water traffic was “horrendous” because of the large number of boats leaving the inlet at the same time. Crown witness Phil Graham said Tod Inlet was crowded with smaller vessels and “a ton of kayaks.” He testified he heard a motor boat gunning its engine and coming up to a high rate of speed and that he tried to get the operator to stop. Graham estimated there were 25 boats in the area when he heard the collision. Brent Henderson, who was badly injured in the crash, testified that he and his father had two bow lights on and were keeping a lookout to avoid kayaks and canoes. He heard the sound of an engine, turned around and shouted a warning just before the crash. Crown witness Kent Lindahl testified that he saw the boat on plane, going about 32 to 40 kilometres per hour, making no attempt to slow down or avoid collision. Power accepted this evidence and concluded boating conditions that night were hazardous. The judge also accepted the evidence of witness Wayne Hart, who had been driving Gettle’s boat earlier that day. Hart testified that the boat would have to be going 32 to 48 kilometres an hour to be on plane. The judge accepted Gettle’s evidence in part — that he increased his speed and put the boat on plane as it left the area. But she found he minimized the hazard posed by the heavy boat traffic, especially the canoes and kayaks without lights. She did not believe Gettle’s evidence that the boat went on plane at 10 to 15 kilometres an hour. Power wasn’t sure if something else happened to distract Gettle. “Even if an unforeseen incident occurred on the boat, Mr. Gettle should have been in a position to respond to it,” she said. “By travelling on plane, he was travelling in a manner that was dangerous.” ldickson@timescolonist.com related Wild West on the water: Family tells of crash’s toll Editorial: Require liability insurance for boats Boater who injured three in crash found guilty https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/boater-who-injured-three-gets-jail-on-weekends-1.23408255 Wild West on the water: Family tells of crash’s toll Louise Dickson / Times Colonist June 3, 2018 06:00 AM Quiet filled the dark sky over Brentwood Bay. It was the long weekend in August 2015. The fireworks at Butchart Gardens had just ended. Anne and Earl Henderson, retired phys-ed teachers in their mid-70s, and their 57-year-old son, Brent, waited 30 minutes for the slow procession of boats to leave Tod Inlet. They tucked their power boat in behind a flotilla of 21 kayaks and started making their way home. Earl and Brent stood at the front of their boat, on the lookout for paddlers without lights coming across their bow. Then Anne heard a boat start and knew right away it was going too fast. Brent looked back, then turned to his father, saying: “There’s a boat coming on your left and it’s coming fast.” Earl nodded. “And then I heard this noise,” Anne says. “I thought I should recognize this noise. I realized it was water going around the hull. “I started to turn my head. I didn’t get to my shoulder before they hit us.” When she came to, Anne checked to see if could move her head and legs. She could. She was holding her arm. She knew it was badly broken. “I tried to look around and realized I was on top of Earl and he was face down unconscious in the back of the boat with his head in the engine well.” Brent had been slammed over the seat into the back of the boat. He reached over to pull her up, but she told him not to touch her painful right arm. Anne faded in and out of consciousness. She thought she heard the other boat reversing off their boat and tried to say: “Don’t let him go. Don’t let him go.” She’s not sure she said the words aloud. Then she heard a voice: “Ma’am, I’m a kayaker and I’m here to help you. Ma’am, I’m coming on your boat to help you.” Brent started to yell. The boat was sinking. The water was rising. Their rescue is a blur. Anne doesn’t remember how she and her family were brought ashore and taken to hospital. - - - On Wednesday, Central Saanich boater Michael Gettle was convicted of three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vessel causing bodily harm to Earl, Anne and Brent Henderson. During Gettle’s trial in B.C. Supreme Court, Kent Lindahl, owner and operator of a 48-foot fishing trawler, testified that he and his friends saw the collision. They raced over in the rescue boat to pull everyone from both boats to safety. “We believe we’re lucky we’re alive,” Earl says. “If any of us had gone into the water, we wouldn’t have been able to save ourselves. All I remember is waking up moaning. I felt paralyzed. I couldn’t move anything — my fingers, my toes. If I’d gone into the water, I don’t think I’d be here today.” “I know I couldn’t have saved myself,” Anne says. At the hospital, doctors found she had 17 broken ribs, a punctured lung and a shattered right elbow. “The surgeon told me he only found one piece of bone big enough to give me an elbow,” she says. Earl suffered trauma to his neck and a broken shoulder. Brent, who is an RCMP officer on the Lower Mainland, had five fractures in his back. “He’s had major trouble and he’s still suffering,” Earl says. The Hendersons, who call themselves fitness nuts, believe their good physical conditioning at the time saved their lives. Anne, who was going to compete at the Canadian badminton championships, has been forced to adjust her game. She lost grip strength in her shattered arm and can’t even accept change in the grocery store in her right hand without the change falling to the floor. She can’t open pill bottles or jars. Friends help her in and out of coats. “She’s got some great shots because nobody knows where it’s going,” Earl says with a laugh. “Sometimes my racket isn’t even facing the right direction,” Anne says. Anne believes her health has been compromised by the collision. Her liver was damaged. She’s had bronchitis every year since. Her left lung filled with fluid. “They had to put a needle in my back and stick a straw through all the broken ribs and drain it. And they had to do it twice and it was so awful,” she says. “I feel I’ve lost 2 1/2 years completely of my life trying to rehab so I can pick up the pieces of our life. I can’t go back to cycling or kayaking. And I’m terrified of falling, because which part of your body do you want to hit the ground?” The trauma has made them more emotional, Earl says. “I’ve been on pins and needles since this happened. It doesn’t take much to make us burst out. This morning, I knocked a metal tube of gel in the sink,” he says. “We have a startle response. I can’t even imagine what soldiers coming back day after day from this stuff go through. It’s got to be so brutal. I got the tiniest hint of what they’ve gone through. It’s amazing how much it affects you.” Their 20-year-old boat, which was like new, was a writeoff. They’ve spent $30,000 to replace it. They’ve also spent $7,000 on life-jackets, paddles, fire extinguishers and safety equipment, as well as on extra medical, physiotherapy and psychology appointments. On board their new boat, Anne always wears a new life-jacket that inflates when it hits the water. The Hendersons want people to know that Gettle had no liability insurance. “I’m not really sure that people realize when they go out on a boat, they’re really taking their lives in their hands. It’s the Wild West out there,” Anne says. “I believe everybody should have a decal on their boat that says you have at least liability insurance. … It’s not a right to own a boat, it’s a privilege, and you need to be responsible.” - - - Victoria lawyer Darren Williams is a marine accident expert, retained by other law firms to provide marine law advice. He thinks Anne Henderson’s comment about the Wild West is pretty fair, especially compared with the automobile insurance industry. He says buying boat insurance is the responsible thing and strongly advises boaters to buy at least liability-only coverage. “The federal government regulates boating safety and it has never stepped in and made marine insurance mandatory for recreational vessels,” Williams says. “And a lot of people don’t like the costs of the premiums. They think about insurance as a means of protecting their own property from loss or damage, and they don’t consider the effect it will have on other people who might be injured and need insurance to compensate.” Marine insurance is like home insurance, he says. People buy home insurance to protect the value of their property in case it burns down. But it typically also includes at least $1 million in liability coverage if people are sued for doing something stupid. “I had a friend who was riding his bike down the road and knocked an older fellow off his feet. He faced a $400,000 judgment that would have bankrupted him, but his home insurance kicked in,” Williams says. “A lot of people think: ‘My boat’s not worth much money. Why would I spend $1,200 a year to insure it when the boat’s only worth $5,000?’ “What they don’t appreciate is the liability portion of the insurance that protects them from being sued and — more importantly — gives other people who have been wrongfully injured somewhere to get compensation.” It may not be economical to insure a $2,000 boat, but you can still do a lot of harm with a $2,000 boat, he says. In these cases, he recommends buying liability-only insurance because it gives boaters coverage in case they are sued. “I really encourage people not to think about it in terms of ‘Well, it will protect me,’ but rather that it provides somebody else the protection if my mistakes hurt them.” The Marine Liability Act, which is a federal law, states that in the case of collisions, groundings, capsizings and fires, there’s a legal presumption that the boat owner is negligent. “So that’s kind of like half your case already won,” Williams says. For vessels under 300 tonnes, which includes almost all pleasure vessels, there’s a $1-million limit of liability on the owner and the operator. If one person is injured, all that person can collect is $1 million. If five people are injured, they can collect $1 million in total. “That is one of the reasons that marine insurance is more affordable than other insurance because there’s a legislated cap on the damages,” Williams says. “But it’s an unfortunate cap for people who are injured.” - - - When Derren Lench, deputy chief of Central Saanich police, arrived in the municipality at the end of August 2015, he started taming the Wild West show out on the water. “There was a definite gap in our presence on the water, specifically Brentwood Bay, and that gave me some real discomfort,” Lench says. “This horrific boating accident allowed us to shine a lens on the greater issue of safety on the water. We took proactive steps to eliminate future boating accidents.” Lench and a team of officers came up with a marine safety plan in the fall of 2015 for use in the summer of 2016. Central Saanich police partnered with the RCMP South Island Integrated Marine Unit. “I met with the corporal in charge of the unit and said: ‘I’d love to get a boat on the water every Saturday night in the summer to deal with the traffic related to the fireworks.’ ” The department approved the overtime, sending an officer out on the boat with the RCMP to patrol Brentwood Bay on Saturdays, from late afternoon until the Butchart Gardens fireworks end. “We were out every Saturday night,” Lench says. “We shared it around to whichever officers were available. It gave them the opportunity to get out on the water. They learned about the Canada Shipping Act, small vessel regulations or individuals drinking on the boat.” A Central Saanich officer also goes out on the RCMP boat every second Thursday to patrol Brentwood Bay, he says. “We’re showing the citizens we are out there partnering with the RCMP, getting to know the marine part of our area.” The stepped-up enforcement has been successful, he says. The Saturday night patrols gave out violation tickets for various offences. Officers check to make sure boat operators have proper lighting, life-jackets and a bailer. Two boaters have been charged with impaired operation of a vessel. “We’ve received positive feedback from the public in the Brentwood Bay area,” Lench says. “They’ve noticed our presence. The waters are safer. Boats are more respectful of the law.” ldickson@timescolonist.com https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/wild-west-on-the-water-family-tells-of-crash-s-toll-1.23323194 Boater who injured three in crash found guilty Louise Dickson / Times Colonist May 31, 2018 05:21 AM A Central Saanich boater who seriously injured three members of a family when he crashed into their boat in Tod Inlet has been convicted of three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vessel causing bodily harm. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Power found the way Michael Gettle operated his power boat was a marked departure from the standard of care of a reasonable person in the circumstances. “I conclude, based on Mr. Gettle’s own evidence, that he was operating his boat in a manner that was dangerous. … Mr. Gettle’s operation of the motor vessel was an accident waiting to happen,” Power said Wednesday. “Mr. Gettle’s decision to put his boat on plane in order to see over the bow is inexplicable to me, given his knowledge of boat traffic in the area and his knowledge of boating. He should have been proceeding dead slow, as noted by many of the witnesses.” Because of uncertainty in some of the evidence, Power acquitted the 50-year-old Gettle on three counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm to Earl, Anne and Brent Henderson. The crash happened about 10 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2015, when boaters were leaving the area after watching the Butchart Gardens fireworks. Crown witness Gary Rogers testified that the water traffic was “horrendous” because of the large number of boats all wanting to leave the inlet at the same time. Crown witness Phil Graham said Tod Inlet was crowded with smaller vessels and “a ton of kayaks.” He testified that he heard a motor boat gunning its engine and coming up to a high rate of speed and tried to get the operator to stop. Graham estimated there were 25 boats in the area when he heard the collision. Brent Henderson, a 32-year veteran of the RCMP who was badly injured in the crash, testified that he and his father had two bow lights on and were keeping a lookout to avoid kayaks and canoes. He heard the sound of an engine, turned around and shouted a warning just before the crash. Crown witness Kent Lindahl testified that he saw the boat on plane, going about 32 to 40 kilometres per hour, making no attempt to slow down or avoid collision. Power accepted this evidence and concluded boating conditions that night were hazardous. “The only safe way to leave the area was dead slow or at the lowest speed possible to have the engine engaged,” Power said. The judge also accepted the evidence of witness Wayne Hart, who had been driving Gettle’s boat earlier that day. Hart testified that the boat would have to be going 32 to 48 kilometres per hour to be on plane. Power did not accept the evidence of defence witness Candina Collard. She testified that just before the crash, Hart said “Watch this,” then stood up and leaned across Gettle and the boat sped up. Power was concerned Collard only described the collision in those terms in her third statement to police. The judge accepted Gettle’s evidence in part — that he increased his speed and put the boat on plane as it left the area. But she found he minimized the hazard posed by the heavy boat traffic, especially the canoes and kayaks without lights. She did not believe Gettle’s evidence that the boat went on plane at 10 to 15 kilometres per hour. She found as fact that it would have to be going 32 to 40 kilometres per hour to go on plane. Power wasn’t sure if something else happened to distract Gettle. “Even if an unforeseen incident occurred on the boat, Mr. Gettle should have been in a position to respond to it,” said the judge. “By travelling on plane, he was travelling in a manner that was dangerous.” All four passengers on Gettle’s boat were thrown into the water. Gettle was trapped under his boat. “It is only a result of good luck and quick thinking of rescuers that someone was not killed or more seriously injured,” said Power. Defence lawyer Ryan Drury asked the court to order a report to assist with sentencing. The report is expected to take up to eight weeks. The maximum sentence for dangerous operation of a motor vessel causing bodily harm is 10 years. A conditional sentence is not available. ldickson@timescolonist.com https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/boater-who-injured-three-in-crash-found-guilty-1.23320030
  18. schessor

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    Might be worth having an anti-collision flare (strapped to a boathook?) and a handheld air horn close to hand in the cockpit. https://www.plastimo.com/en/safety/distress-signals-and-flares/feu-a-main-blanc-9044.html
  19. schessor

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    I've sent these to the Enforcement fellow in MD per http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/accident-reporting.php Boat Accident Chesapeake Bay Club Sea Ray.htm Boat Accident Chesapeake Bay Page 2 Club Sea Ray.htm Please delete Club Sea Ray.htm Please delete Page 2 Club Sea Ray.htm Please delete Page 3 Club Sea Ray.htm
  20. schessor

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    He is posting on a Sea Ray owners forum but he says he owns a Nordic 40 and he joined the forum yesterday. http://clubsearay.com/index.php?members/jbaffoh.49301/
  21. schessor

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    Any suggestions on who I should send the .html files to, my guess is these folks https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Inspections-Compliance-CG-5PC-/cginv/
  22. schessor

    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    "Captain said the boat was made of Cedar plank glassed over. He told me the weight. I think he said 3500 lbs. I remember being shocked that it was so light. But the lightness probably mitigated the impact in that we didn’t sink the sail boat. Frankly I thought the boat was too light and didn’t ride that well. Twin 2 stokes." http://clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/boat-accident-chesapeake-bay.89307/ Plenty of damage visible in the videos shared in earlier posts.
  23. schessor

    Boots

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/gear-reviews/5-sailing-boots-test-109068