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Captain Alan Hugenot



WHAT’S NEW, no more combustible pyrotechnic flares.

The Weems &Plath SOS Distress Light is the an LED Visual Distress Signal Device that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” 46 CFR 161.013). The unit flashes only the S O S distress light sequence.

With this unit you can replace traditional pyrotechnic flares, with a battery operated unit that never expires, and this also solves the challenge of flare disposal. This floating electronic flare can be hand-held, tethered, or hoisted aloft. It runs up to 60 hours, unlike traditional flares which last minutes or less it just continues to blink.

Combined with a daytime distress signal flag (included in package sold by Weems & Plath), it meets ALL USCG Federal Requirements for DAY and NIGHT use in lieu of traditional flares.

It floats with lens-up to optimize both the all-around horizontal and vertical light beams. It is visible up to 10 nautical miles. It never expires. It is battery operated with (3) C-cell Alkaline batteries and has a simple twist-on operation.

The only drawback is the price, they sell for about $100. each.

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Furuno 1720 RADAR up and running.

The SEA RAVEN's Furuno 1720 Navigational Radar is now working beautifully, after a careful refurbishment. Along with the Pilot House VHF Radio (ICOM IC-M502), which has also been refurbished. The Skipper also just completed re-qualifing for his Radar Observer Unlimited (he has to jump through this hoop every 5 years since 1999).

But, now the schooner has (3) operational VHF radios, A 16 mile Radar, and a Garmin GPS 78SE hand-held chart plotter (so the skipper can check on the crew's paper plots).

Over this winter, crew members who volunteer for it will be coached on proper Radar Navigation techniques.

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Schooner SEA RAVEN has officially been accepted as a new member in the Master Mariner's Benevolent Association. MMBA is a San Francisco Based Yacht Club founded in 1867, with the express purpose of

"Sponsoring participation in yachting and the preservation well designed, properly constructed , and well maintained classic and traditional sailing craft".

Their big event of the year is the annual Master Mariner's Race held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 26, 2018).

Schooner SEA RAVEN will be a contestant in that race


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