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Cape Coral Cruise Club's 2013 Recap

The Cape Coral Cruise Club, founded in 1963, is unique among S.W. Florida boat clubs in that it owns a portion of a private island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy monthly elaborate picnics, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing activities.

January, South Seas cruise: A fleet of sixteen vessels belonging to CCCC members cruised to South Seas Resort on Captiva Island for a unique and entertaining adventure January 16 – 18.  Under the cruise leadership of Past Commodore Phil Quick and wife Lyn, our adventure took a realistic turn with members going on a treasure hunt at the resort to find a wonderful hidden prize. (Read More

 

Checked your thru-hull fittings and seacocks/ball valves lately?

Written by: Jopie Helsen

A few years ago there was a recall on cetain thru hull fittings. We were ready to haul the boat that needed to have all the thru hull fittings replaced and the skipper suggested that the thru hull fittings did not really look bad. I tried to open the macerator thru hull fitting, knowing that it was the one that was least used. The thru hull broke and I had a ball valve in my hand. I yelled to our hoist operator that it was time to haul the boat. I was able to hold a rag over the 1” opening until the boat was hauled. Needless to say, there was no dispute that they all had to be replaced. (Read More


Canal and ‘up-river’ Fishing

By Captain Terry Fisher 

Since my last report, we experienced some real shallow (‘skinny’) water in conjunction with a cold front and strong north/northeast winds.  Fortunately, the fish remained active. Show here is Maik Lindner of Frankfurt, Germany holding a nice size Crevalle Jack he caught in a Cape Coral canal on the way to the ‘flats’. His brother, Christoff is shown with his first Snook on an artificial presentation while trolling the canal. (Read More)


Industry Job Opportunities

If you love boating down to the core and the occasional outing just isn't enough, you may want to keep an eye on our new marine industry job posting page! Click here to check out the latest listings. 

If you are a SWFMIA member looking to fill any positions within your company, please send us the details to post on GoBoatingFlorida.com. Please remember to include contact information. 


Upcoming Grouper Tournament

The 10th Annual Captain John Breuggeman Memorial Grouper Tournament will take place on January 19, 2014 at Cape Haze Marina, Englewood, Florida. The tournament is an annual, one day event fishing off shore for grouper. For more information on the tournament, click here.  

 

Charlotte County Boat Show

Don't miss out on the fun! The upcoming Boat Show will be held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds from Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th. Admission is free to the public and parking is $5.00. The show will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Check out a large boat display outdoors and then head inside the Expo Center to gear up on new boating accessories, boat lifts, clothing, yacht brokers, marinas, boatyards, service suppliers and more. For more information, 
click here


Safety in the Fog


On foggy mornings, it is important to remember a few safety precautions to follow when venturing out by boat. Here's some great tips from Captain Fred Davis.

1. Slow to a safe operating speed. Be prepared and able to stop in the distance of visibility.
2. Post lookouts. Instruct them to listen for other vessels.
3. If you think you are near other vessels, sound the proper signal or even a danger signal if you feel a boat is too close for safety.
4. Watch your depth indicator closely or use a lead line. Watch your compass to maintain a straight course. Use a loran, radar or any other electronics you may have to assist you. KEEP IN MIND, ELECTRONICS ONLY ASSIST YOU IN NAVIGATING AND ARE NOT FOOLPROOF. Using them should not replace the use of lookouts nor eliminate the need for reducing speed.
5. Be constantly aware other boaters may run fast and reckless during these conditions.
6. If you are unable to establish your position, stop, shut your engine down and listen. You may hear vehicular sounds from ashore, nearby boats or breakers on a reef, all of which may help you to determine your position.
7. Your best choice may be to anchor and wait out the fog. Strong winds are seldom present during fog conditions therefore your safety should not be jeopardized.
8. No boat of any size should venture out on a large body of water without radio communications. Use the radio calmly if lost in the fog. A nearby radio station on a vessel or land may be able to locate you with an RDF (radio direction finder) and assist you to safe moorage.

 

Upcoming Events

Charlotte County Boat Show - January 16-19, 2014


If you are a SWFMIA member and have an upcoming event that you would like us to post on the GoBoatingFlorida website, please email your event details to news@goboatingflorida.com
 


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