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:
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.
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
– 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
No monthly meeting is scheduled for June and July. The next meeting will be in August. Go to the link for The Log below to view Founder Day activities celebrating the 48th year since FSPS was founded and the 19th Annual FSPS and New River Sail and Power Squadron Memorial Day Rendezvous at Old Ferry Marina, Sneads Ferry NC.
“Plotting a course using coastal charts” class that will be held at John Pechmann Center June 13 and 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
Students will have hands-on experiences with using charts to find latitude and longitude, draw and label course lines, compute 60D=ST, and how to use basic navigation plotting tools
2016 CALENDAR -Squadron Calendar
USPS Float Plan Template – Link to USPS Float Plan
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