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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.

ABC3 Class (Safe Boating) at Pechmann NC Wildlife Center, 7489 Raeford Road
Must register through the Pechmann Center:
Pechmann Education Center Event Registration – List View (ncwildlife.org)
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
WHEN: March 30, 31 and April 1, 2021 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm nightly. This is an 8 hour
course with a proctored exam that meets the NC safe boating regulations. Books and materials
are free for this offering due to the gifting from the USPS America’s Boating Club Educational
Fund. After successfully passing the 60 question test, a certificate and wallet card will be issued to each student. 10 of the questions on the test are specifically related to the requirements
and regulations for North Carolina boaters.     Learn more

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

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:

April 20, 2021—First scheduled monthly meeting at Captain Jerry’s Seafood
Restaurant

The LOG, the official newsletter of the Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron: fayettevillesps.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/the_log-march-2021.pdf– 

Note from the Commander: 
Spring is just around the corner! We know this because the yellow haze has already started to
descend upon us, and Zyrtec supplies are dwindling. I hope the new season finds you all well.
It seems like we might be slowly returning to life before the plague. I hope so. I miss you all
and look forward to getting back to our routine (as well as some flounder from Capt. Jerry’s).
Rosa is working on getting some classes scheduled with the Pechmann Center folks, some
might even involve a floating object! We are looking at some different avenues, (small boat…
canoe, kayak, etc) to spark some interest in potential members. Plus, it will be fun for us! Stay
safe, keep the Kleenex handy, and hope to see you soon!
Fair winds and following seas…
Cdr. Lee

The Bridge:  These are the candidates for the 2021-2022 Bridge and committee chairs. We await information from District 27 as to how the bridge will be installed for the coming year.
Positions for 2021-2022:
Commander: Lee Newcomb
Executive Officer: Bob Brandenburg
Educational Officer: Rosa Whitmore
Administrative Officer: ________________
Secretary: Cliff Parker
Treasurer: Ted Faber
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: Lee Newcomb
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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