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  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 17:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the US Coast Guard:

    Please note the new federal law related to cut off switches effective April 1st.

    Who is effected:

    Owners of boats less than 26 feet in length that generate more than 115lbs of static thrust (~ 2-3hp) and were built beginning in January 2020.  If the boat was built in January 2020 or later, or an ECOS was installed at some point in the boat's life, the Engine Cut-Off Switch systems must be maintained in working condition for the life of the boat.

    The Engine Cut-Off Switch Link doesn’t need to be attached when the vessel is idling, performing docking maneuvers or just going slow. The Engine Cut-Off Switch Link must be attached whenever the boat is operating on plane or greater than displacement speed

    More details here:


  • Sunday, January 10, 2021 17:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Friday, January 08, 2021 17:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Chris Fream

    SailMaine just opened registration for their summer sailing programs and spaces for the Learn To Sail Program hosted at Centerboard are filling very quickly.  If you want your child or grandchild to attend the school this summer, please go to the SailMaine website and register right away. Our program is always very popular and since it appears COVID may again influence summer camp options for kids, space for this year will sell out for sure.  When registering, please note that you are a CYC member.  The link you need to begin the registration process can be accessed at: http://www.sailmaine.org/youth/

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 11:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boat Safety for All Ages

    Keep your passengers safe with these boat safety recommendations and guidelines

    Alcohol and Boating

    Drinking alcohol while operating a boat is a decision that can have legal and life-threatening consequences. Depending on the specific state, the legal limit for blood alcohol content, or BAC, is often the same as the limit for driving a car. That means anyone operating a boat with BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is committing a crime in most states. In other states, the BAC limit may even be lower. Regardless of how the state determines whether the driver of the boat is intoxicated, it can result in incarceration, expensive fines, and a potential loss of one’s license and boat. Operating a boat while intoxicated is particularly dangerous because the effects of alcohol, when added to the vibrations from the boat, the motion of the waves, glare, and the sun, are often more pronounced. As a result, a person’s judgment, reaction time, balance, and depth perception are reduced, increasing the risk of collisions and falls overboard. Passengers who are intoxicated are also at risk not only from the actions of an inebriated driver, but they may also suffer from a lack of balance and other classic traits of intoxication that can result in drowning or other injury.

    Carbon Monoxide

    Carbon monoxide is a dangerous threat to private boats, luxury yacht charters, and any other type of engine-propelled vessel on the water. It is a gas that can make people sick and even kill without any warning scent, color, or taste. It comes from the running engine but may also come from the use of generators on the boat. The gas is problematic when it is in an area that has poor or no ventilation, as it has nowhere to go. For this reason, it is important to have a carbon monoxide detector that is designed for marine use installed on board. Boats should be kept well-ventilated at all times, particularly when the engine is running or the stove or other appliances are in use. Children and other passengers should not be allowed to swim where exhaust is vented. Passengers and the operator of the boat should also be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, pain in the chest, and feelings of confusion. If not treated, it can cause the affected individual to pass out, and it may even result in death.

    Crew Overboard

    Crew overboard refers to any passenger on a boat, crew member or otherwise, falling over the side and into the water. When this happens, it is an alarming and frightening experience for everyone. It is important that every person on the boat knows how to avoid accidental falls and that they know what to do if it should happen to someone else. To avoid falling, people should strive to keep both feet planted firmly on the boat and hold on with at least one hand. People should also try to avoid sudden, lurching movements. If a person falls overboard, call out to alert other crew members and passengers. A flotation device should be tossed to the victim, regardless of whether the individual is wearing a life vest. Someone on the boat must keep an eye on the person at all times during the rescue process. Use caution with the handling of the boat until the victim is safely back on board again. Retrieval can be made several ways, depending on the circumstances; this includes using a boarding ladder, a Lifesling, or, in the event of an unconscious victim, someone may need to attach a line to themselves and jump in after them.

    Life Jackets

    When it comes to safety on the water, personal flotation devices or life jackets are one of the most effective and simplest ways to save lives. These jackets are designed to keep the wearer from drowning should they fall or otherwise end up in the water. On every boat, there must be an available U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every person on the vessel. The life jackets must be appropriately sized for each individual. They come in four major types: a Type I off-shore jacket, a Type II near-shore buoyant vest, a Type III flotation aid, or a Type V special-use device. Although the maximum age may vary according to state law, children up to the age of 13 years old are generally required by law to wear their jacket. Each state also has laws that dictate when life jackets are mandatory, such as while water-skiing. Everyone should know the location of the life jackets, which should be in a place that is easily accessible.

    Fire Extinguishers

    All marine vessels, whether they are private crewed charters or otherwise, are required to have one or more marine fire extinguishers. The size of the boat determines how many extinguishers are necessary. Fire extinguishers should be either a B-I or a B-II classification and must be Coast Guard-approved for marine use. For example, according to the Coast Guard, one extinguisher is required for boats that are 26 feet long or less. A minimum of two fire extinguishers are required for vessels up to 40 feet long. Boats larger than 40 feet should have at least one B-I and one B-II or three B-I extinguishers on board. For safety, they should be inspected for damage on a monthly basis and replaced if necessary.

    Flares and Distress Signals

    Flares and distress signals are crucial in the event of an emergency. Their purpose is to serve as a signal for other boats or even airplanes that are within a certain range. Although there are different types of distress signals, it is important to check them all to ensure that they are approved for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. Flares and other signals may be pyrotechnic or non-pyrotechnic, and for use in daytime, nighttime, or both. Pyrotechnic flares should be checked for an expiration date and have the instructions read completely prior to use. Boaters also have the non-pyrotechnic option, which includes basic hand gestures, orange flags, and digital distress lights and flares.

    Marine Communication

    While on the water, the ability to talk to people on land is crucial, particularly if the boat is in a state of distress. While most people carry a cell phone with them, it can have limited use, as they are typically not waterproof and depending on how far out the boat is, it may not be able to receive a signal. Additionally, in an emergency situation, boaters need the ability to broadcast to multiple vessels. Instead of relying on a cell phone, boats should be equipped with VHF radios. These are monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard when traveling within their jurisdiction, and if necessary, they may track the signal for the location of boats in distress.

    Navigation and Waterway Rules

    When boating, there are navigational waterway rules that people who are operating the vessel should understand. Although they govern traveling on water, these are often considered “the rules of the road.” These rules are set by the U.S. Coast Guard. They are intended to instruct boaters on the proper steps to take under various circumstances, including what to do in a head-on situation, when overtaking another boat, or when crossing the path of one, for example. Navigational rules also include specific boating aids such as lighted beacons, which are called aids to navigation, or ATONs.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 09:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please log in and go to "Members" page, News and Announcements

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 19:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As of Tuesday, April 28th, Maine Governor Janet Mills has extended the "Stay at Home" order through the end of May.  Further, she has extended the mandatory 14 day quarantine period for ANYONE entering the State through August so the use of the launch and grounds by anyone that is in the quarantine window will not be allowed.

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 15:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Spring Portland Yacht Club is pleased to offer an in-depth evening course in Marine Navigation, presented in partnership with the local chapter of United States Power Squadron. The Marine Navigation course is an in-depth presentation of the tools and techniques needed to safely pilot the coastal waters of Maine, using both electronic navigation and traditional piloting skills for “when the electronics fail.” Successful completion of the course earns a USPS certificate that qualifies for a marine insurance discount with most insurers. This is the first of two navigation courses offered by USPS, with the follow-on course planned for the Fall of 2020.

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 16:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All members who had moorings in 2019 should have received an email from the Harbor Master with instructions how to renew their mooring registrations.  This must be completed before March 15th or the member will be fined by the Harbor Commission. 

    Also, you do not need to have your 2020 boat registration completed to register your mooring but you will need to have your 2019 info uploaded and, to be in compliance for the season, you will need to upload your 2020 registration forms once your boat is registered for the season.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 15:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On or about December 5th, 2019, we discovered that someone was using our Club's name and phone number and unauthorized processing payment requests against what we were originally told were stolen credit and debit card numbers. It now appears that many of these transactions were the result of orders victims may have placed for boots or some kind of shoes on legitimate cards.

    Please note that we do not sell anything on line and have no mechanism to process credit card transactions and that these transactions were not made by our Club.  Since our Club is also a victim of this fraud, we have contacted the South Portland Maine Police Department.

    If you are also a victim of one of these fraudsters, please contact your bank or credit card company immediately.

    During the winter, our phone is not regularly monitored and messages are not returned or acknowledged but we do try to maintain our website.  If you would like more information about our Club, click on the "About Us" tab.

    We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 11:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Club's internet password has been updated.  Please see the member page.

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