Flash fires onboard

Preventing flash fires onboard

By Harl Porter

While most boat fires are caused by electrical problems, about 8 percent of onboard fires are flash fires caused by fuel leaks. A sudden, intense fire caused by ignition of a mixture of air and a dispersed flammable substance such as gasoline vapor, a flash fire is characterized by high temperature, short duration and a rapidly moving flame front.

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P/C Read Van Zile, AP

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Read Van Zile. Read passed on July 28, 2018, around 11 a.m. at the Brinton Woods Acute Care Center in Baltimore. He was 76. Read had no immediate family; his squadron was his family.

Read did not want a memorial service, nor did he have any charity to which to send donations. His body was cremated, and his desire was to have his ashes placed in the Chesapeake Bay.

The passing of Read  marks the end of an era in the annals of Dundalk Sail & Power Squadron. We all have lost a special person. He was one of a kind. Read absolutely loved his squadron friends and would do anything for them. This shows in the 48 merit marks that he earned over the years.

Read was a “mover and shaker” in the squadron, serving in many capacities on committees and as an instructor in the Education Department, always willing to lend a helping hand when and wherever possible. His voice on the Executive Committee was always one of reason. In 1999, he rose (reluctantly, we might add) to squadron commander, a position he had tried to avoid for many years. He felt it was his duty to accept the position for the squadron to survive.

May he rest in peace! Cdr J. Streett Broadbent

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P/D/C Paul J. Nordquist, AP

Paul J. Nordquist of Framingham died peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2018. He was 85 years old. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of Clarence and Mabel Nordquist and the brother of the Marshall Nordquist, Norma Finke and Wayne Nordquist. He is survived by his wife Shirley-Ann, they were married for 60 years.

A resident of Framingham for 60 years, together he and Shirley raised four daughters, Betsy Manzelli of Natick, MA; Laurie Mailman of Freedom, NH; Paula Gleason of Northfield, VT; and Kristen McCabe of South Kingstown, RI. Paul is also survived by his son-in-laws; Peter Manzelli, Bruce Mailman, John Gleason and Mike McCabe. Paul loved spending time with his eight grandchildren; Jeffrey Geissler, Kelsey Silverio, Brittany Mailman, Lacey Ricker, Eli Gleason, Hannah Gleason, McKenna McCabe, Jack McCabe; and his one great granddaughter, Bianca Silverio.

Paul was a mentor, teacher and incredible father. Paul received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and later served on their Engineering Advisory Council. Paul served as chief instructor in the electronics fundamentals section of the Ordnance Guided Missile School within the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He began his career at GTE in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1993. His work at GTE often took him to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. An avid sailor, Paul and Shirley had many happy memories on their boat with friends from the Nobscot Power Squadron and the Duxbury Cruising Club. Paul was an energetic squadron member and held many leadership positions over the years. Paul was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA, for the past 60 years. He was a devoted congregant and enjoyed the lifelong friendships he had there. A Memorial Service was held on July 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook please visit everettfuneral.com. –David F. Danehy

Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 1, 2018

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D/Lt Raymond M. Schiff, P

On July 15, 2018, Raymond M. “Ray” Schiff passed away. He was the devoted husband of Lois Schiff and the late Ruth Schiff (nee Taylor); loving father of Henita Renee Schiff, Alan H. Schiff, and Rhea Shervan; dear father-in-law of Drew Shervan; beloved brother of the late Miriam Benswanger; adoring grandfather of Avishy Fisher, Brittany R. Shervan and Jordan R. Shervan; beloved great-grandfather of Lila Rivital Fisher and Oren Max Fisher; and dear son of the late Henry and Jessie Schiff.

Services were held at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Tuesday, July 17. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. Contributions in his memory may be sent to National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Suite 404, Lutherville, MD 21093. –J. Streett Broadbent

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Lt Linda Daniels, S

Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels

Linda A. (Barrett) Daniels, 78, of Endicott, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY, with her loving husband, David, at her side. Linda was born in Baltimore, MD, on July 8, 1939, to the late Charles and Nancy Barrett. She grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating from Punchard High School in 1957, and married David on September 3, 1961. Among the many pleasures of her life, Linda loved reading, sewing, boating, and playing board games with family and friends. Linda was a member of the United States Power Squadrons, and the local Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron group, where she achieved the rank of Seaman (S) and was very proud to have achieved Life Member status. Additionally, for the past 40+ years she was an active member of her local sewing circle. Linda was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Endicott. Linda is survived by her husband, David, of 56 years, four sons, Gary (Sally) of Pennellville, NY, Wayne of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Paul (Ann) of Endicott, and Eric (Cheryl) of Kent, OH, two granddaughters, Jacqueline and Ashley, two grandsons, Drew and Aubrey, her brother, Charles (Lyn) Barrett Jr. of Washington, UT, four nieces, and one nephew.

Services and Celebration of Linda’s Life were held at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott, NY, 13760, July 9, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to the Campville Volunteer Fire Department, 6153 State Route 17C, Endicott, NY 13760. Cdr Michael Acciai, AP

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 7 to July 8, 2018

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Carbon monoxide poisoning: Recognizing, preventing the invisible killer

By Gino C. Bottino, M.D.

Whether you own a powerboat or sailboat or just drive a car, you should be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and know how to detect and treat it.

Silent, odorless, invisible and deadly

Difficult to detect, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that’s heavier than air. It’s made whenever carbon-based fuels are burned, such as in internal combustion engines like gasoline-powered generators and car and boat engines. Although diesel-fueled engines produce CO in smaller concentrations than gasoline engines, they still produce enough to be dangerous.

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Add shapes to your boat with PVC pipes

Add shapes to your boat with PVC pipes

By Dave Osmolski

One of the oldest and ubiquitous polymers, PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is used for water toys, rafts, boat curtains and many other marine applications. I have used it to hold propane cylinders on deck, make flagstaffs and hold trailer light fixtures. The list of things you can make from PVC piping is endless.

Readily available at most hardware stores, PVC pipe comes in two grades, or schedules. Schedule 40 has a thinner wall and is probably the easiest to work with. Schedule 80 has thicker walls but the same outside diameter. I suggest using schedule 40 for your projects, as it’s tough enough to withstand almost any abuse.

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'One-step detailer' Serious Shine gives new life to your boat

‘One-step detailer’ Serious Shine gives new life to your boat

By Craig Grosby

Shurhold Serious Shine is billed as a “one-step detailer.” When the product arrived for testing, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Is it a cleaner or wax? What can I use it on? Does it leave a residue? Do I have to re-wax after use?

I have used many Shurhold products over the years, and I felt confident that once I figured out what to use it on, it would work wonders.

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Off-season Charter in Belize Brings Wealth of Adventure

Off-season charter in Belize brings wealth of adventure

By Peter Baumgartner
Photos by Denisse Allaire

My first mate, Denisse Allaire, and I chartered a Beneteau 42.3 sailboat for a week in September from the Moorings in Placencia, Belize. The off-season rate made the three-cabin, two-head monohull affordable.

We flew from Denver to Houston, Houston to Belize City, and from Belize City to Placencia in a boxy Cessna. The Friday before the charter started, we rented a cute, air-conditioned beachfront cottage for the night. The next day did not go as smoothly.

I had been communicating with Palencia through the Moorings in the U.S., but our messages hadn’t been relayed. Denisse and I requested a two-person kayak we could fasten on deck instead of a dinghy. Belize did not get this message. Likewise, we didn’t get the message that our briefing was to begin at 9 a.m. and spent the morning shopping in the quaint town of Placencia.

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Sailor satiates wanderlust, grows on Salish Sea

Sailor satiates wanderlust, grows at helm on the Salish Sea

By Patrick O’Brien

After years of living in Boulder, Colorado, we moved to Oriental, North Carolina, to cruise the Atlantic coast and beyond on a 40-foot Passport. After enduring the rigors of offshore sailing for two years, we sold the boat and returned to Boulder, only to stay for a year before leaving for Seattle, Washington.

Wanderlust seems to be a force in my life, and with it comes the desire to grow as a sailor.
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A dream cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands

A dream cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Anne Hammond

Boulder Valley Sail & Power Squadron members joined U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members in February 2017 to sail the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard Dream Machine, a Beneteau Oceanis 45-3 from CYOA Yacht Charter at Frenchtown Harbor Marina, St. Thomas. After provisioning and the boat briefing, we took Dream Machine to St. John, a half-day’s sail. We caught a mooring in Great Lameshur Bay, dinghied to the wide, undeveloped beach, and swam in the bay.

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