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Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron (FSPS) – We are “America’s Boating Club“.  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:


 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.

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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.


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


 – May 19—26 is Safe Boating Week. If you haven’t had your boat inspected with a Vessel Safety Check, which is free, please contact our squadron and we will get one of our VSC inspectors to make sure you are in compliance with all the NC boating regulations.

Check your bilge! Many members in the boating email group I belong to are reporting that they are being boarded by the Coast Guard and the boaters are being asked to open the engine compartment so they can check for any oil residue in the bilge. Many of these boardings are occurring in Carolinas waters. If you don’t already do this, suggest that you place oil-only absorbent mats under the engines and inspect/replace these on a routine basis. The oil-only mats absorb only oil, not water. Submitted by Reid Gantt

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.


Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Founder’s Day Celebration – 49th Anniversary
Rosa Whitmore’s Home (see flyer)
1600 hrs—until (4:00 pm)
Bring your favorite meat to grill and a dish to pass.
Beverages and dessert provided!


FSPS taught classes and seminars available at the Pechmann NC Wildlife Center:
You can sign up for these seminars through this link:
May 19—9:00 to 12:00 pm Marine Electronic Communication & Safety
In this class we will look at two of the most basic safety devices for the marine environment: the VHF radio (with Digital Selective Calling) and the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The class will discuss the development of
maritime communication, types of devices, basic installation concerns, registration and licensing requirements, carrying requirements, and the fundamental use and procedures. Emphasis will be placed on inshore and near offshore applications, as well as inland water issues.
May 22 & 23—6:00 to 9:00 pm Boater’s Basic Weather & Forecasting Seminar
Are the winds too strong? What is a small craft advisory? The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent. This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you
answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat. Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you’re in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner. This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.
June 6 & 7—6:00 to 9:00 pm Charting and Coastal Navigation Aids (Plotting a
Learn to read a chart, plot a course using plotting tools and use navigation aids at the coast. After brief explanation of charts and navigational aides, this seminar will use hands-on experiences to actually take a chart and create a route.

The_Log_May 2018   The official newsletter of the Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron

2018 Calendar Squadron Calendar

USPS Float Plan Template – Link to USPS Float Plan

SailAngle  The Ultimate Boating Community

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 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

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