MIYC October 2019

Marco Island Yacht Club

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Vice Commodore

Marco Island Yacht Club’s “flotilla” is developing into a sound cruising fleet of 35 to 40 boats with crews capable of extended cruising in Florida. A number of our members already are seasoned cruisers, but others tend to be a bit nervous about heading offshore. Preparation and practice lead to confidence. Preparation includes properly equipping the boat and organizing important items, such as spare parts, so they are in logical and accessible places on board. Even when cruising locally or on short trips, basics such as up-to-date safety items, first aid kits, extra engine oil, transmission fluid, alternator belts, oil and fuel filters, water and bilge pumps, light bulbs, etc., are important to have aboard. If you’re heading out for longer cruises, it’s smart to consider spare starters, alternators, toilet rebuild kits, radios, several water and bilge pumps, etc. Finding spare parts in far away places can be difficult, but you usually can find people to help install.

Practice refers to u s i n g t h e b o a t , becoming familiar with its capabilities and its idiosyncrasies. Buddy boating – joining with other yacht club boats for trip planning and mutual destinations – provides an extra level of confidence building. I’m hoping to

Ray Rosenberg Vice Commodore

see a large portion of our “flotilla” joining us in the Florida Keys in November. Also review the current cruising schedule on our club website and plan on attending those scheduled for 2020. Be safe and see you on the water! Ray Rosenberg Vice Commodore FCYC Director MIYC August Sunset Cruise The August Sunset Cruise was well attended. It was a beautiful summer evening. Dinner at the Burgee Bar was as usual, wonderful. Mark your calendar for future Sunset Cruises and join your friends. No boat? Our Captains love guests!

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