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Captain's Corner - A Formula for Rescue That Every Skipper Should Memorize
- By Captain H.G. "Rags" Laragione - President
Greetings Mariners - Welcome to the November/December 2017 issue of the Maritime Institute newsletter.

For my column this issue, I decided to relay something to think about and remember when you're out there enjoying the water.

And that is, if a person goes overboard, one of the most critical differences between a tragedy and a rescue is how aware (or not aware) the captain is of how far the boat has travelled from the time the person fell overboard and the boat is brought to a stop (and consequently, how far you would have to go back once you became aware of the incident).

One popular formula to commit to memory to estimate that distance is what is known as the "one-one hundred-one" formula.

Simply stated, the formula says that if you are traveling at 1 knot, the boat will cover approximately 100 feet in 1 minute. Extrapolating the formula further, if you were traveling at 2.5 knots, the boat would be covering 250 feet per minute, and so on.

So at 8 knots, which is an average sailboat or Trawler speed, you're covering roughly 800 feet per minute. And at 25 knots - you got it - if it's been one minute since the person went overboard and you were informed of it, you would have travelled almost 1/2 a mile.

That's it for me this issue - I hope you found this useful - Enjoy the newsletter, and remember - Education is the key to safe boating, so, lets get educated.

Where Are They Now? - Scott and Marjorie Dallman

If you earned your Captain's License, what would you do with it? Would you ...
... Deliver yachts for an upscale yacht manufacturer like Nordhaven? ... Captain a world class tuna fleet fishing vessel like Ocean Odyssey? ... Meet your soulmate and convince her to get her Captain's License too and sail the world with you in a Beneteau 51 for four years? ... Become a Divemaster and invest and operate a research and recovery vessel searching for sunken treasure?

Oh yes - and in your spare time, write a book entitled Sea-Mail, the true story of your adventures as a young couple cruising through the millennium!

Then meet Scott and Marjorie Dallman who did it all. Scott completed his 100 Ton Captain's License course at the Maritime Institute in the mid 1990s, and Marjorie completed her course in 2004, and their lives have been one exciting adventure ever since.

If you're looking for Scott and Marjorie today, they are working off the coast of Florida on the Poly-L searching for gold and other treasure from sunken Spanish ships of yore. The Poly-L is an unique vessel designed and developed by Amelia Research & Recovery, LLC. It's technically a lift-up barge specifically designed for the task.

The working platform of the Poly-L raises above the ocean swells and provides stable comfortable accommodations for the ship's crew, archaeological and media consultants, and visitors. Dive teams can begin dive operations at sunrise and continue until sundown, working in rotating shifts after an excellent night of rest and relaxation within the fully equipped galley and staterooms.

Scott sometimes himself spends up to five days a week on board operating Poly-L's systems which consists of "blowing holes" in the sand at the recovery site, then using his divemaster skills to actually then go down with the metal detector in the hole recovering treasure.

So ...... Did someone ask, "Just what can you do with a Captain's license from the Maritime Institute?"

Filing a Float Plan - Nothing But Upside

- By Commodore Vincent Pica
As we often pine to be afloat with a deck beneath our feet, we might feel compelled to venture out with proper planning. If so, the Float Plan, oft spoken of and more often ignored, can be key for you and those closest to you. That's what this column is about.

Float Plan: The Float Plan is nominally known as a mechanism for ensuring that missing vessels are indeed missed in time for action to be taken that might otherwise lead to the rescue of the crew rather than the recovery of their bodies. "Boat-A is supposed to be at Payne's Marina in the Great Salt Pond on Block Island at this time and date. Is it there?" (If you need a printable Float Plan template, you can download one from the U.S. Coast Guard's website.)

So, in a nutshell, float plans are all about SOLAS - Safety Of Life At Sea. However, as the title infers, the development of a passage plan delivers nothing but upside to the boat's master and thus to the crew who are fully the master's responsibility.

Charting: The ideal float plan involves the detailed analysis of getting to your destination and returning safely. The float plan provides the opportunity for the skipper to sit with his or her charts, in the calm of a kitchen, den or study, and literally walk through the passage with a roll plotter and dividers.

What is the goal of such detailed analysis? The net effect is to create your own Passage Plan for the entire passage and to be able to assign predicted times to each leg. Deviation from predicted times is an early warning to the skipper that something is up – working against (or with!) a current, cross winds creating additional work effort for the engines to hold course, etc. All of this translates into increased fuel consumption which ultimately leads directly to SOLAS issues – Safety Of Life At Sea ...

If you have made an error in the development of your Passage Plan, the rest of the guide is likely to be suspect and you'll have to do what every skipper has done for centuries untold –- improvise carefully! If the chart is generally consistent but winds and tides have done the inevitable, then the overall Passage Plan is likely to still have integrity but, once again, you'll have to do what every skipper has done for centuries untold – improvise carefully...

Weather: With respect to predicting the weather, I use the website – - and the reason I do is because I can get weather prediction by the hour. If the chance of precipitation for a particular day is 50%, but it is 10% in the morning and 90% in the afternoon, I want to know that. Put in your zip code or city name and click go ... Click on "More Details" and see how the hourly details add to the weather analysis...

Tides: Nothing is more likely to surprise you and more potentially perilous to happen than running aground, –and understanding the tide is all about that. There are several good information sources to use but there is something very subtle about tide analysis that no chart gives you. Tides change at different rates at different places

Knowing the tides at an inlet while spending the next 6 hours transiting from cove to bay "on the inside" could require major mental gymnastics in order to keep pace with the pace of the tide as it works its way through that inlet and across the bays and into the coves ...

Why do that if the internet can do it for you? See Local Notice to Mariners:
As of April 1, 2004, the United States Coast Guard stopped mailing the Local Notice to Mariners. Instead, it is accessible on the Internet, and they will even email you a link to the updates each week as they "go to press."

The electronic versions of LNM appear on the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center's website. Why go out upon the briny deep with less information than there is available to you? What's the upside in that? Go on their web site, click around until you find the area for you to put your email address in –and from then on get, direct from the United States Coast Guard forevermore, the latest they know about what is happening "out there" ... For free!

Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux.

He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain. BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing"!

How Fast is Too Fast? Better Know U.S. Coast Guard Rule 6!

If you operate a boat, you are subject to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard's "Navigation Rules of the Road".

There are a total of 38 rules in total, and they are applied differently in many cases depending on whether you are in Inland or International waterways, but they are all basically Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

In this issue, we review Rule #6 - Which is called "Safe Speed", and is one of those "Steering and Sailing" rules which is the same for both Inland and International waterways.

Here is the wording of Rule 6:
"Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account by all vessels:

  • (i) the state of visibility;
  • (ii) the traffic density including concentration of fishing vessels or any other vessels;
  • (iii) the maneuverability of the vessel with special reference to stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions;
  • (iv) at night, the presence of background light such as from shore lights or from back scatter of her own lights;
  • (v) the state of wind, sea, and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards; and
  • (vi) the draft in relation to the available depth of water.

Additionally, by vessels with operational radar:

  • (i) the characteristics, efficiency and limitations of the radar equipment;
  • (ii) any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use;
  • (iii) the effect on radar detection of the sea state, weather, and other sources of interference;
  • (iv) the possibility that small vessels, ice and other floating objects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range;
  • (v) the number, location, and movement of vessels detected by radar; and
  • (vi) the more exact assessment of the visibility that may be possible when radar is used to determine the range of vessels or other objects in the vicinity."

Rule 6 is reminisce of the days as late as the early 1960s when many States including California had no speed limit. If you were involved in a collision, you could be cited if it was determined that you were "Driving Too Fast for Conditions" - So you could drive 110 miles an hour if you liked, but the outcome may not be in your favor if it was determined that you lacked judgement.

In that sense, it is worthwhile for any boater to take the time to read and think about Rule 6 and apply it while on the waterways.

Maritime Institute Breakfast Invitation in Support of Exploring Posts and Clubs
Exploring Clubs and Posts exist to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. Exploring Clubs and Posts equip young people with character, leadership and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.

Exploring Club 1 was started in San Diego by Stan Miller and sponsored by the Maritime Institute.

On Friday, November 10th at 7:30am we are gathering a small group for a breakfast in the Spinnaker Room at the San Diego Yacht Club to celebrate the San Diego-Imperial Council Exploring program, including a youth-led update on this 3rd anniversary of the middle school Maritime Explorer Club.

At the breakfast, we will provide an update about the middle school Maritime Explorer Club youth program, and hear from some youth Explorer Club "graduates" who will speak about their experiences.

Seating is limited, but If you are interested in attending this complimentary breakfast and learning more about Exploring for your family, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 7th by email to Stan Miller at

Maritime Institute In Support of the Sea Scouts

Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes.

They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won't find anywhere else. Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, fi
nd adventure, and build long lasting friendships.

Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione is a founding member of Sea Scout Ship 1886, hosted at the San Diego Yacht Club. In October, the Maritime Institute and the U.S. Power Squadron conducted a free course to qualify for the new "Boaters Driver's License" Boater's Card from the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

Also in October, Maritime Institute's Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione gave a presentation to Ship 1886 members about what to carry in a Ditch Bag and how to deploy and use life rafts.

Helping First Time Cruisers Get Prepared for CUBAR
CUBAR (Cruise Underway Baja Rally) is a power boat rally that goes from Southern California down the coast of Baja Mexico ending in La Paz.

Sponsored each year by the San Diego Yacht Club, CUBAR is designed for power boaters who have always wanted to take a long range cruise, but have hesitated to "go it alone". The idea is that it's a great way to make your first voyage by joining a group cruise or "rally."

First-time cruisers benefit from the knowledge of experienced cruisers who can provide help, including mechanical or other repair support if needed. They offer assistance with port entry and slip requirements and guidance to local provisioning, dining and fishing spots.

In support of CUBAR first time cruisers, Maritime Institute President Captain H.G. "Rags" Laragione and Captain Bruce Brown of Bruce Brown & Associates delivered a fun and informative tag-team presentation at the CUBAR Training Weekend at the San Diego Yacht Club on October 7th and 8th covering useful information including safety topics such as what to carry in a boat's "ditch bag"; "man-overboard" procedures; different types of life rafts; and when to "abandon ship".

Total CUBAR transit requires 12 days minimum, assuming no weather delays. Departing San Diego on Tuesday, November 7th with anticipated arrival in La Paz on Sunday, November 19th.

Maritime Institute Teaches the Course You Need Near You
The Maritime Institute teaches regularly scheduled maritime courses in classrooms all up and down the California Coast and at South Lake Tahoe.

The Maritime Institute is your complete source for U.S. Coast Guard approved courses for the recreational, professional, military, and law enforcement professional.

Our curriculum covers everything from the basic maritime rules of the road, to the OUPV/6-Pack and Upper Tonnage Captain's Licenses (Master 100, 200, 500 & 1600 GT and 3rd Mate).

If none of these locations work for you however, please note that you can take many of these affordable courses on-line. Please call us Toll Free at 888-262-8020 if you have any questions or would like to register to attend a class.


Have 10 or More Students That Need Training? Maritime Institute's Professional Mobile Team Will Come Do the Training at Your Facility
If your organization or company has ten or more students that need U.S. Coast Guard approved maritime training, the Maritime Institute's "Mobile Team" of instructors will come to your facility to perform the training.

This is an extremely cost effective alternative to what it would cost to transport and house your students at our facility.

If you would like to have a no obligation quote for our mobile team service, please give us a call at 1-888-262-8020. The total cost varies depending on the desired course(s) to be taught; the number of students; and the cost of moving instructor and materials to your location.

This option is ideal for entities such as private clubs; law enforcement and military agencies with maritime branches; fire departments with fire boats; commercial maritime companies; etc.

Upcoming Courses at the Maritime Institute

There's no better time to upgrade your maritime education and get certified to improve your career and your paycheck.

Visit for a complete description and pricing of the these and other U.S. Coast Guard approved courses we have coming up in the next few weeks, or please call us Toll Free at 888-262-8020 if you have any questions or would like to register to attend a class.

On-Line Education Study at Your Own Pace
2017 Course Schedule
The on-line courses are self-paced which allows you the convenience of learning in your own home at your own pace. Each course consists of lessons and activities.
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Alameda, CA
Maritime Institute
1150 Ballena Boulevard, Suite 255
Alameda, CA 94501

Dana Point, CA
Dana Point Marine Inn
24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Long Beach, CA
Shoreline Yacht Club
386 East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monterey, CA
Brandman University
99 Pacific St., Suite 375-B
Monterey, CA 93940

Newport Beach, CA
Harbor Police Training Office
1901 Bayside Dr.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Oxnard, CA
Channel Islands Yacht Club
4100 Harbor Boulevard,
Oxnard, CA 93035

Santa Barbara, CA
Marine Center Classroom
125 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93109

South Lake Tahoe, CA
Tahoe Keys Marina
2435 Venice Drive East #100
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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