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FSPS is a member of District 27 of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS), a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable for all by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Below are examples of what we do:

CLASSES: 

PUBLIC BOATING COURSE
FSPS conducts America’s Boating Course (ABC), covering required topics that all boaters must know:
  • Rules of the road
  • Types of boats
  • Required safety equipment
  • Navigation aids
  • Lights and sounds
  • Anchoring
  • Communications afloat
  • Adverse conditions
  • Water sports safety
  • Trailering
  • Personal water craft safety
  • Knots and lines.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and is accepted by North Carolina and other states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate, required in most states for operation of a water craft.

Anyone born after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a safe boating
course to operate a boat on NC waters if the vessel is propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater.
G.S. 75A-16.2

Upcoming Classes:

No classes currently scheduled
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FREE Vessel Safety Checks

FSPS provides FREE vessel safety checks. USPS is an active partner with the United States Coast Guard and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in a national program to perform vessel safety checks. If your vessel is stopped and boarded by the US Coast Guard, can your vessel pass a safety inspection?
Get a free Boat Safety Inspection

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Cooperative Charting Program

FSPS and USPS members participate in Cooperative Charting Program (COOP) activities that help the National Ocean Service (NOS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keep nautical charts accurate through a COOP of reviewing charts and reporting errors seen on the waterway— a service that saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year. USPS has been informed that the COOP Charting Program is “one of the most effective user-participation program in all the Federal services.”  Learn more

Liaison

FSPS maintain liaison with the United States Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and other organizations to cooperate for the boating safety benefit of the public.

News:  Read about new program Dan Boater at  Membership and Benefits page

 – Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on public waters in North Carolina.  Boating Safety Education courses are offered at no charge by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron and Internet providers also offer approved courses that can include a fee. It is important to note the course must be approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to be accepted.

Meetings:

A Look Ahead:

June and July—Summer vacation for boating with family and friends
August 13, 2022—Annual ice cream social—

The LOG, the official newsletter of the Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron:  http://The Log October 2021

Note from the Commander:

June came in hot, dry and sticky. In fact it is the hottest and driest June that I can recollect in Fayetteville. My garden has suffered significantly and even with watering faithfully the plants are scorched and it is
taking its toll on everything. Normally the waters are just beginning to get warm and a day on the seas is a delightful outing. With blistering 100 degree plus temperatures since late May, nothing outside has been ch fun. And when the electric and water bill came the financial toll took a new turn as well.
GOOD NEWS: Our ice cream social is on this year for August 13 at 4:00 pm at the home of Reid and
Karen Gantt. See details on page 3. ALERT: Reid has to have names to give to the gate attendant as they
live in a gated community. Please make sure you respond in a timely manner. This will be our first meeting after coming back from the summer break. What better way to enjoy each other’s company than with homemade ice cream after some delightful side dishes.
My plan is to have our annual September fish fry here at my house on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
We’ll fry up some fish, cook some hush puppies and have side dishes to complete the meal and of course,
some desserts. Mark your calendar for our annual gathering!
I heard from no one concerning how to conduct our regular monthly meetings since our old standby
restaurant has not re-opened its doors but is still only take-out since COVID. Try as we may, every restaurant with a private room wants at least $75.00 to use the room. I’m still open for suggestions as to how we can conduct our regular monthly meetings with a program.
Next Bridge Meeting: August 2, 2022 at the Commander’s home at 6:00 pm

The Bridge:  
Commander: Rosa Whitmore—gingerspal@aol.com
Executive Officer: Bob Brandenburg—RWBrand@aol.com
Admin Officer: Lee Newcomb—leethesailor769@gmail.com
Education: Rosa Whitmore—gingerspal@aol.com
Secretary: Cliff Parker—snuffles96@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Ted Faber—tedfaber46@yahoo.com
Membership/Operations: Rosa Whitmore—gingerspal@aol.com

Members at Large: Henry Player and Linda Parker

Rules Chair: ________________
Chaplain: Henry Player
Newsletter: Rosa Whitmore
Webpage: Reid Gantt (www.fayettevillesps.wordpress.com)
Facebook: Ted Faber (fb.com/fayettevillepowersquadron)
VSC: Reid Gantt, Chair
Auditor: Buddy Wilkins
Safety Officer: Ted Faber
Merit Marks: Rosa Whitmore
Operations Manual: _______________
Coop Chart Chair: Reid Gantt
Calling Committee/Monthly Meeting Notification: Linda Parker & Henry Player
Event Pictures: Henry Player
Flag Lieutenant: ________________

News of Interest to Boaters:

 

Navigational Charts Update: Submitted by Reid Gantt
The National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news
release
<https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-begins-transition-exclusively-toelectronic-navigation-charts&gt;
stating that it will begin to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts this
month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August,
NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be the only NOAA nautical chart of
the area. (2/25/21)
BETTER BUY any paper charts you wish to own. Electronics can be great
but can also fail. Although many have backup electronic equipment available to them on their boats, a secondary plan should always be available too.

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