Welcome (February 2017)

Editors Notes

Greetings Sailing Singles:

Welcome to the February Mainsheet! We thank all who have sent positive comments. This month features photos from recent events, and updates on our Social and Sailing programs. Scroll down to read all about them.

WHERE WE MEET: It’s always surprising to me how many former members — some of whom we haven’t seen for years — still come to our Thursday socials. But they do because for 29 years running, our socials consistently offer a good time.

General Meeting:  First Thursday each month at Stingers Pizza
1201 S Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

All other Thursdays:  Flip Flops Dockside Eatery
3051 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

As a reminder, the meeting locations and times are posted on our Calendar.

MAKING NEW TRADITIONS: Just like any group of people, we have developed traditions, especially around our Change of Command in January and the holiday party in December. With St. Patricks Day around the corner our March events are Irish themed… Our next sail is the Kiss Me I’m Irish Sail and Raft Up and our next social event is the Feeling Lucky party. And of course we have many other scheduled sails, social and educational events throughout the year. Although we are a sailing club, we realize that you enjoy other activities and we list these non-club sponsored events in Around Town. Maybe you will meet other members who share your interests. I know I have! If you have a sailing/boating related event you’d like to share, please let me know at newsletterdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org

In From The Helm, Commodore Kelly reminds us about our responsibilities as crew members when we step onto a boat.

It’s those props again!  First the props hit the turtles, then the coconuts hit the props! Read one captain’s experience of how he solved the problem when a coconut hit the prop of his sailboat.   And in All Things Marine we report on how well the Manatees are doing.

Finally we have a short announcement about the Pink Book.

We welcome your constructive feedback and suggestions for ways we can improve the site. As well, we encourage you to submit for consideration any articles relating to sailing or topics that may be of interest to our fellow members. And email us photos you have taken at our events. Deadline 20th of each month.

Gillian O’Neill and Doug Noble,
The Mainsheet Team
Send photos to photos@sailingsingles.org


From the Helm (February 2017)

From The Helm

By Commodore Kelly Dobbs

Before you step on board… your captain has already started preparations.
  • He/she has begun checking fuel and fluid levels in the motor and transmission.
  • He/she has already checked the vessel’s safety gear, bilges, the head, and rigging, filled the water tank and more.

When you are invited on board an SSSF vessel, you are now a crew member. The Captain is in charge; his or her word is law. You are not a passenger or tourist or a guest. At sea it takes the entire crew to work together to reach the next port safely. It also takes the entire crew to keep the vessel in good working order.  As crew you must respect your vessel.  Yes if you are crew, it is your vessel too. But, we all must take orders from the captain. Now, with that said, the captain can’t see everything. Oh, our SSSF captains are good but they can’t see or be everywhere and pilot the vessel. We all must help report any unsafe conditions or damage, keep the boat tidy and clean of any messes we come across. Most captains are stain experts WHEN CAUGHT EARLY. Captains know things break at sea, accidents happen. So let them know immediately.

Care for decks. Boat or boating shoes are not the pair you wore to Publix. Boating shoes are kept in a bag or box and placed on your feet when you get to the boat. Sailing gloves are nice to have too.

Be on time. Know the time when the boat is scheduled to depart. Arrive early enough to board and stow your belongings so the captain can leave the dock in time to catch the next bridge opening.

Calm seas and full sails

Sailing News (February 2017)

Sailing in the Moonlight

A spectacular Moonlight Sail was enjoyed by 30 SSSF sailors on four full boats the evening of Feb 11 at the monthly club sail:
•    Blue Devocean  – Capt. Patrick O’Brien
•    Ryan’s Place – Capt. Debi Hallmark
•    The Grand – Capt. Kelly Dobbs
•    Val Hal – Capt. Jay Thomsen

We shared chocolates, enjoyed making new friends and Valentine hugs & kisses for all as we partied in the moonlight at the Lake Sylvia Raft Up. The moonlight challenge for each boat was to name the most songs with “moon” in the title.

Most “Moon” Songs Winners of the chocolate-cupcake candles: Blue Devocean – Capt. Patrick O’Brien and Crew Janet Pogozelski, Susan Tracey, Greg Womack, Dot Castell, Ron Perea, Anita Davidson, Paul Ferguson, Dan Cook, Jim Price, and Lilian Bracht-Kern.

Runner Up and winner of the moon pies:  Ryan’s Place – Captain Debi Hallmark and Crew Stan DeKiel, Cheryl Lutz, Anne Ekstrom, and John Konheim.

Special Thank You for our SSSF Captains who supported this Club Sail and RaftUp.

Don’t miss the next SSSF Club Day Sail/Raft Up, second weekend in March on the 11th, “Kiss Me I’m Irish”. Locate the event at www.sailingsingles.org under Calendar. Click the REGISTER button to register. 2017 SSSF Membership Renewal and Signed Waiver required. Both Captains and Crew must register.

The Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club Circle Raft Up takes place on March 4th and 5th and Sailing Singles has been invited to participate. Info.

Social News (February 2017)

Many members participated in a Superbowl party February 5th at Cinema Paradiso. See the Photo Gallery.

Our next event is Feeling Lucky, a St Patrick Day party on March 18th. It will be held at Dot Castell’s condo clubhouse in Pompano Beach. We will have a photo booth, have some fun dressing up and getting your picture taken.  The menu will be Corned Beef and Cabbage – of course – and members have the option of bringing  a side dish  or paying $10. Guests ALL pay $10. When you register you can choose which side dish category you will bring.

You MUST sign up online by March 14th. Click here to sign up. We cannot have people just showing up as it’s a gated community and we have to provide a guest list to security.

See you there!

Pink Book (February 2017)

Submitting Photos for the Pink Book.

We are starting to work on the 2017 Pink Book, which is the printed Directory of members.

Step 1. Please login to http://www.sailingsingles.org and verify that the information we have for you is accurate.

If you have problems logging in use the Forgot Password link in login area to get a password reset emailed to you.




Then once logged in click Members Only link under Members


And then View Profile

Your information will be displayed.

If you STILL have problems accessing the site contact Doug Noble itdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org.

Email me if the info online needs to be updated. We will show your address, home and cell numbers and email in the Pink Book. Birthday month/day. And boat information if you are a captain and have a boat in the club. If you do not want any or certain info listed let me know.

Step 2. Send us a photo. If sending a pic taken on your phone save it as Medium Quality.  The photo in your Avatar (the tiny image on the website) is likely too small for a quality printed image. Send a headshot or a higher resolution photo that can be cropped to photos@sailingsingles.org

Deadline for updates/photos March 31 2017.


Doug Noble
IT Director, Sailing Singles

All Things Marine (February 2017)

Good News and Bad News for Manatees

The Good News… Manatees spotted in record numbers, state survey finds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday that the aerial survey found 3,488 manatees on the east coast and 3,132 on the west coast. The 2017 manatee count in Florida waters has for the third straight year logged more than 6,000 sea cows. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this year’s preliminary count was 6,620 — with 3,488 on the east coast of the state and 3,132 on the west. Since 1991, the total number of manatees counted has gradually increased from that year’s total of 1,267. Source: Sun Sentinel Feb 21, 2017

The Bad News: A record number of manatees – 98 – were reported killed by boats in 2016 in Florida. It’s the highest number killed by boats since the state began compiling statistics on manatee deaths in 1974. It includes four manatees found dead in Broward County; four in Palm Beach County and three in Miami-Dade County. The toll supasses the 97 deaths from boats that set a record in 2009. Two of Broward’s four manatees that were killed were found in Port Everglades. Source: Sun Sentinel Dec 8 2016

Of Interest to Captains (February 2017)

2-3 Blade Prop Removal in Water

By Brian Brown

Recently while out with some SSSF Club Members near Lake Sylvia on my Hunter 31 “Andy Jay”, I had the misfortune of hitting a coconut and its frond.  It bent my blade sufficiently that it needed to be repaired.  The 2 blade prop on my boat hadn’t been taken off in 12 years.  I was also worried that I had bent my propeller shaft.  Taking the boat out of the water and putting it on the hard and doing the work would have been about $500-$700.  An in water repair would be less than $200…if all went well.  So I thought I’d tackle the job at my dock.

Prep to begin the job: Put the engine in gear (ENGINE OFF OF COURSE!!!) so the prop will not turn.  Putting the engine in reverse will allow you to tighten and forward to remove the nuts without the propeller shaft spinning.

Get all your tools ready and easy to access and it might help to have a “go-fer” to get tools you’ll need because climbing in and out of the water to get something you need wears you out.

Basics you’ll need:

  • Needle nose pliers,
  • prop puller (there’s a difference between 2 and 3 blade prop pullers);
  • appropriate size wrenches,
  • a tool bag you can attach to your waist when you are underwater.

Its easy to loose tools if you drop them in the silt…and don’t stir up the silt if you can. So, scuba gear on and working on the boat at low tide (my feet could touch the bottom for additional leverage) I began by taking out the old and corroded cotter pin.  Then there are two nuts holding the prop on.  Take ONE nut off and loosen the other so there’s about an inch of space between the prop and the nut–but do not remove the second nut completely.  Put the prop puller on and tighten.  It’s critical to get the prop puller centered!  If the prop puller slips off  center of the shaft it will not work.  Patience prevails with the prop puller, get it straight.  Then with a ball peen hammer LIGHTLY strike the SIDES of the prop but be careful not to dent it.  The vibration harmonics of smacking the prop on the sides will loosen the prop better than whacking it on the end (and you are certain to dent it and make the prop go out of round).  If required, tighten the prop puller several times and repeat the light tapping on the side.  The reason you leave one nut on is so you won’t loose the prop or the key in the silt when it pops off.
Once the prop loosens, remove the prop puller, then the nut and be SUPER CAREFUL NOT TO LOOSE THE KEY as you remove the prop!  The Key is a long but square piece of metal that locks the prop shaft to the propeller.
Take your prop and Key to a shop that will do the right job; there are a couple in Ft. Lauderdale.  Prop repair costs are usually based on the diameter of the prop.
While you’re underwater, take a very straight piece of steel and align it with your prop to make sure your prop is not bent.  Eyeballing it can give you a pretty good idea if your shaft has been bent or not.  Make sure the steel is as long as your propeller shaft is.  Hope that your shaft is not bent…if it is…you’re gonna have to haul the boat to complete this repair.  So…if you’re lucky (which I was)… Put the engine in gear (again engine off!!!), put the prop back on…slide the prop on and insert the Key.  Put the nuts back on, tighten one at a time.  Once the second nut is on, put your cotter pin back in.  Test prop to see if there’s any vibration.  If there’s no vibration, you’re ready to cruise again.
Every boat is different.  What happened to me may not be your experience. All disclaimers apply!