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Feb 16

SYC Commodore’s Dinner – Saturday, February 28th – rescheduled to Saturday April 11.

Due to ongoing inclement weather and SYC yard conditions, the Commodore’s Dinner has been rescheduled for April 11th.

This Friday, February 27, will be an order in night.  BBR will proceed if there are enough people to play.


Jan 30

Bridle Information


SYC Members,

I have been asked a lot what type, size and where to get well made bridles
for the boats on the mooring fields.  After talking with some experts in the
mooring and rope industries we have come to agreement that for the SYC
mooring field that this will be the minimum requirement for boats that are
attached to the SYC mooring balls to keep everyone’s boat safe.  Having your
boat securely attached to a mooring doesn’t just affect your boats safety
but also all the boats at the club.

1.      2 X Double Braided Nylon 5/8 inch with a heavy duty thimble spliced
in the mooring attachment point.

2.      2 X Double Braided Nylon 3/4 inch with a heavy duty thimble spliced
in the mooring attachment point.  This is for all boat that are 10,001
lbs/4536 Kg to 20,000 lbs/9072 Kg

All bridles must be fastened to the mooring ball shackle with a rated
shackle that will support your boats weight. This shackle must have mousing
on the shackle pin with stainless steel wire to keep it from unscrewing.

I have spoken to Jamie Kernaghan from North Sail (902) 445-3278<> and his company has a very
well made bridle if anyone is interested.  The cost for bridles from his
company is;

1.      Double Braided Nylon mooring bridle pennant times 2 – 5/8″ X 14′ LOA
= $159.00
2.      Double Braided Nylon mooring bridle pennant times 2 – 3/4″ X 20′ LOA
= $245.90

Both bridles include;
12″ Spliced loop x Heavy Duty Thimble spliced,
12″ loop equipped with a keeper lines,
2 Floats,
3′ Chafe Guards.

SYC is endorsing the above mooring set above from North Sail as an option
for a well-made, pre-made bridle set.  They are to be considered as the
club’s minimum standard should you decide to get them elsewhere.

Todd Thompson
Yard Manager



Jan 26

2015 Spring Boat Launch Dates


Early Launch

Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th.

On both day the launch will start at 7 am and go for about 3 hours.  The reason that the launch is so early in the morning is that is when high tide will be for those days.  We will be using Allpoints trucking services with his trailer for this launch, so only boats that are reachable with his trailer will be able to take advantage for these launch dates.   The cost for this launch will be $200.00 per boat including taxes to be paid for in cash to the club manager at time of signing up for this launch.  We will only be launching 12 boats on these dates and it will be first come first serve bases.  Boats can be picked up from jack stands or a cradle.

Remember only the first 12 people that sign up will be guaranteed this early launch.


Small Boat Launch

Wednesday May 6th, Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th(rain day)

Again will be using Allpoints trucking services with his trailer and also a boom truck for this launch.  This will be slower but cheaper for the membership.


Big Boat Launch

Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th (rain day)

We will be using a static crane to launch the big boats.  The plan is to have all big boats launched in one day.


The club manager will be maintaining a list of the boats names and owners that are requesting a launch on any of these dates.  If you are not planning on launching this year please let the club manager know as well.

Any boats that are not being launched this spring maybe be move at the time of launch to a new location so we can do yard projects.


If you have any questions about the launch please contact me.

Todd Thompson

Yard Manager

Dec 10

Friday Night Dinners – Winter 2015

Our winter Friday night meals have become a tradition at SYC as our ” L’Ordre de Bon Temps”, helping people get through the winter doldrums. The meals are put on every Friday from January to the end of March by club members, family and friends.

We are still looking for hosts for Friday, March 6, 2015

Following is some information that may help to entice you as  potential chefs:

  • You don’t have to be a boat owner.

  • You can have an advance to cover the cost of purchasing food so you don’t have to put out your own money.

  • The menu can be of your choice – it does not have to be “fancy food” or labour intensive meals. “Down-home cooking” is much appreciated at SYC.

  • There will be help with cleaning up.

  • You have a first class kitchen to work in if you wish to create your meal at the club.

  • You don’t have to do it alone. Most people put on meals as a group. Just let Pat know if you are looking for partners.

  • This counts as a volunteer activity for the club as this is an important part of the winter social scene at SYC.

Just call Pat at 902-469-8590 and check with her regarding potential dates.



Mar 18

Facebook page is now up and running!

Good day all,

I have now created a Facebook page for the club to try and advertise how great our club is to the community. Check it out and make sure to click “like” anyone can add pictures, posts and even events. Just type in Shearwater Yacht Club and you are good to go. I hope to see you all on the page and I can’t wait to see all of your pictures. Remember when posting pictures and status updates to the page this is an advertising tool for the club and open to the public.


Mike Wenzl


Mar 02

Single Points of Failure

Interesting article from Active Captain…


>>> Single Points of Failure >>>

In our life before cruising, we created companies that developed and
produced medical devices. It was a fascinating and challenging business
creating products that had the potential to save lives. During that
time we created 9 FDA approved products for clinical diagnostic use.
It’s a major undertaking to get a product through the FDA and we got
pretty good at it.

A key component of the FDA process was designing products and systems
that had no single points of failure which would result in an incorrect
result or mis-diagnosis. Instead, detecting and protecting every single
point of failure made the entire product incredibly safe because the
chance of two failures is incredibly small. We’ve taken that experience
and the lessons learned and applied them to our cruising life. It makes
for a more relaxed and enjoyable experience as it greatly reduces any
worries and increases safety.

While it would not be realistic to guard against every possible single
point of failure onboard, it is possible to determine where we can
provide this safety feature and where we need to mitigate the problem
through more rigorous maintenance procedures. A couple of examples
might make this clearer.

Almost all cruising boaters know that you shouldn’t connect a marina’s
shore water supply directly to your boat’s water system. The sage
saying is, “never connect your boat to an infinite source of water.” If
a pipe breaks inside the boat, an endless supply of town water could
easily fill your boat with only the hope that your bilge pumps could
keep up. Yet, we almost always connect our boat directly to the shore
water supply. Are we tempting fate?

We considered the issue from the “single point of failure” perspective.
The first consideration was that the the bilge pump might provide us
the protection we sought but, given the likelihood of failure of a
continuously running bilge pump, that made us uncomfortable. Something
else was needed or else we wouldn’t directly connect to shore water.

That’s when we discovered the Melnor 101 Flowmeter which connects
directly to the supply hose (it costs $12). We dial in about 200
gallons when we set it up. When 200 gallons runs through the device, it
shuts off the supply. 200 gallons is less than the amount of water in
our water tank so it’s actually safer than using the boat’s water pump
in addition to giving our pump longer life and making less noise. The
key was satisfying that single point of failure.

For motorboats, fuel is a single point of failure. A great mitigation
for maintaining quality fuel is having a day tank that you filter and
fill with the amount needed for whatever passage you’re on. There is no
mitigation against running out of fuel though. Sailboats have an
obvious mitigation against fuel failures in most situations – sailing.

So for motorboats, fuel quality is the place to spend more time with
maintenance. We were reminded of that when we bled the crud build-up
from all our tanks last weekend after sitting in Sarasota for a month.
We also bled and carefully checked all Racor filters. And it’s why we
carry a case of Racor filter elements. For us, TowBoat US is a
mitigation also but we’d rather be more self-reliant and pull that
trigger only in an emergency.

Sailboats are not immune from single points of failure. How often is
your rudder hardware and packing checked? Keel bolts and other things
that “couldn’t possibly fail” are the places to think about for

So look around your own boat and seek out any single points of failure.
Those are the places to find detection/mitigation defenses or spend a
little extra time and effort on maintenance if there’s just nothing you
can do to lessen the risk. There is nothing more important than your

And by the way, if you do connect your boat to a marina’s water supply,
get something like one of these:

Just remember to check it every week or so or else you can be
guaranteed that it’ll click off when Ms Captain is in the shower. And
the problems that creates will be very hard to mitigate.

Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Castine, Maine