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The Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron (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 like rules of the road, various types of boats, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and 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.   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?   Click here to get a free courtesy Boat Safety Inspection.

Vessel Safety Check Decal

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:

 – Boat Owners should be aware of the capabilities and approvals of the SIRIUS SOS C-1001 electronic distress light. This light is acceptable as a nighttime visual distress signal. SIRIUS has included a daytime distress flag in the SOS C-1001 packaging so that it can market the package as a solution for a combined day/ night signal, and as a replacement for flares. As long as the SIRIUS Signal Model SOS C-1001 is carried in conjunction with an acceptable daytime distress signal, this satisfies the daytime/nighttime signaling requirement. All electronic visual distress signals, in order to be acceptable, must be legibly and indelibly marked with the statement: “Night Visual Distress Signal for Boats Complies with U.S. Coast Guard Requirements in 46 CFR §161.013. For Emergency Use Only”, and must also be marked with the manufacturer’s name, replacement battery type and lamp size. If an electric light is designed for use with dry cell batteries the label must advise the consumer on the battery replacement schedule, which under normal conditions would maintain performance requirements of 46 §CFR 161.013-3

Meetings:

Founder’s Day – Celebrating the founding of the Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron.  May 13th at Rosa Whitmore’s home.  Bring a side dish and a meat to grill.  Drinks and dessert provided.

19th Annual FSPS and New River Sail and Power Squadron Memorial Day Rendezvous at Old Ferry Marina, Sneads Ferry NC.  Pancake breakfast – 0730-0930; Cruise to raft-up and boating activities -1030-1400;  Rendezvous Bingo and Beanbag Baseball Playoff – 1500-1700; Catered dinner (BBQ and Chicken – $10 per person) 1700-1830; and Yarn telling 1830 till ?

Activities:

Safe Boating Week:  Riverside Marina at the Cape Fear River 20 May.  Vessel Safety Checks will also be offered.

Weather Seminar:  A Weather Seminar will be offered at the Pechmann Center on May on May 23-24 from 1800 to 2100.

The Log, May 2017  Official Newsletter of The Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron

2016 CALENDAR -Squadron Calendar

USPS Float Plan Template – Link to USPS Float Plan

SailAngle  The Ultimate Boating Community

Local Weather

NOAA

Boat US

 Having fun on the water

Ten boats float side-by-side during a Memorial Day raft-up on the New River.

A 10-boat raft-up on the New River

Come for the Boating Education… Stay for the Friends

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