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VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary VE BOOT CAMP A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW Prepared by the NATIONAL DIRECTORATE FOR VESSEL EXAMINATION.

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1 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary VE BOOT CAMP A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW Prepared by the NATIONAL DIRECTORATE FOR VESSEL EXAMINATION AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY VISITATION

2 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 VE Workshop 2013 Goal  Simplify VE Issues.  Answer Long Standing VE Questions.  Keep VE Knowledge Current.

3 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 VSC Decals and Proper Placement  Only One Decal Per Vessel.  New Decal May be Placed Over Previous.  Place on Port Side Window or Superstructure.  Vessel owner May Apply Sticker Under Your Supervision.

4 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Vessel Information Documented Vessels:  In addition to documentation no. most states require the boat be registered.  Match structural HIN to current registration.  Note placement of registration decal based on state requirements.

5 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Clearly visible permanently affixed on interior structural part. Proceeded by No. in block type Arabic numerals 3 inches in height. Permanently etched in wood or fiber glassed using epoxy on the hull. Documented Vessel No.

6 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Name and hailing port together on the hull, usually on the stern. Often the name also appears on both sides of the bow. 4 inches in height. Contrasting color. Clearly readable. Documented Vessel Hull Display

7 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Vessel Information

8 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Undocumented Vessels  Match HIN to Current Registration (Transom).  Numbers and State Decals:  Forward of Midship  Not Less Than 3”  Block Letters of Contrasting Color

9 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Vessel Information  Permanently Affixed Decals or Painted.  State Decals Affixed as Required by Individual State.  NJ-1234-AB or  NJ 1234 AB

10 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 High Focus Vessels Definition:  Vessels Less Than 16’.  Vessels 16’ - 25’.  Vessels Powered By: “Other”.  All PWCs.  Non Powered High Focus Vessels use New Form 7012A.

11 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Life Jackets Coast Guard Approved Label. Speed Rating. Type. Condition.

12 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Life Jackets Speed Rating  Check Label  Standard Jackets <= 35 kph  Must => Vessel Speed Speed rating is not intended to mean bodily protection, just strength of jacket.

13 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Life Jackets Type  Type V Not Acceptable for PWC.  Children’s Jackets:  Sized to Any Child on Board and Meet Size/Weight Requirements.  Leg Strap, Head Support / Lift Handle.

14 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Life Jackets Condition  Squeeze Test  Straps and Buckles  Fabric Condition

15 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Visual Distress Signals < 42 Months Operating in coastal waters as defined in 33 CFR (refer to Boaters Guide to Federal Regulations). Some Means of Signaling. Proper Color. Condition (moisture damaged). State Regulations May Differ.

16 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Visual Distress Signals

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18 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Discuss Proper Disposal:  Save Dated Flares in Good Condition.  Contact Local Fire, Police or Town.  Arrange a Date to Demonstrate Proper Use:  Notify Authorities First.  Do Not Collect Outdated Flares.  Do Not Submerge in Water.

19 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinquishers VSC Does Not Require Mounting ; BUT,  A Lost or Misplaced Extinguisher Has Zero Value!  Once a Fire is Going, it is Not the Time to Look for an Extinguisher.

20 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinguishers Discussion With Boat Owner  The Best Place for a Fire Extinguisher Is Between You and the Fire.  Think Out Fire Safety Before the Fire Occurs.

21 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinguishers Replace Dry Chemical Extinguishers:  Every 12 Years.  When Gage Reads Recharge.  Turning Up Side Down is Not Recommended (may cause more harm than good).

22 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 What Does The Gauge Tell You? Insufficient propellant to expel agent.

23 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Discharge Tube Tube which conducts agent to the nozzle and out to fire.

24 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinguishers Examiner: When Checking Fire Safety Equipment, If You Are Not Sure, Get HELP!

25 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinguishers Recognize Types of Extinguishers:  Dry Chemical, Type A,B,C.  CO-2  Foam  Halogenated (Halon and Related)  FM200 Agent  Pyrogen

26 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Fire Extinguishers  FM200 Agent  New Safe Replacement for Halogens.  Pyrogen:  New Non Pressurized Marine Extinguishers.

27 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Ventilation Test for Actual Air Leaving Blower Discharge. Observe Pickup Is Above Normal Bilge Water Level. Pickup Pipe Is Attached to the Blower.

28 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Backfire Flame Arrestor Clean Securely in Place No Holes or Other Damage USCG APPROVED

29 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Sound Producing Devices  Navigation Rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances as well as during periods of reduced visibility and while at anchor.  Sound producing devices required as follows: Vessel LengthWhistleBellGong 39.4 ft or moreX 65.6 ft or moreXX ft or moreXXX

30 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Navigation Lights All Navigation Lights Must be Operational. Proper Color. Appropriate for Vessel. Proper Arc of Visibility.

31 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Pollution Placard Every Vessel => 26 Feet With a Machinery Compartment Must Display an Oily Waste “Pollution” Placard.

32 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 MARPOL Trash Placard Every Vessel =>26 Feet Must Display a MARPOL Trash Placard. Every Vessel => 40 Feet Must Have a Written Trash Disposal Plan.

33 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Marine Sanitation Devices US Coat Guard Approved. Sealed Against Overboard Discharge. Option – Locked Compartment Door.

34 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Navigation Rules Required on All Vessel Over 39.4 Feet. Recommend Quick Reference for Smaller Vessels. Lack of Knowledge Is No Excuse. Free download on the Internet !! Inland Rules Will Apply to Most.

35 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 State and or Local Requirements Know Rules Where You Give VSCs. Boater Must Know Rules in Their Area. What Does State of Registry Require Above the Coast Guard Requirements ? See Rules Compilation for Our Area.

36 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 State and Local Requirements Examiners Must Be Familiar With Their Own Area. Reference to Lifejackets, Anchors, Noise, age Requirements, Licensing. Examiner Should Carry State Pamphlet or Handbook Listing Local Regulations to Distribute.

37 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 State and Local Requirements Know Local, State Safe Boating Offices and Websites. Know Local Police and Coast Guard:  Location  Phone Numbers (911 is not always a good solution).  Radio Frequencies

38 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Overall Vessel Condition Any Observable Impediment to Safety. Oil or Gas Contaminated Bilge. Oil Soaked or Loose Wiring. Cluttered Decks. Unsafe Mechanical Installations. Propane Fuel in Cabin Space.

39 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Overall Vessel Condition Things Often Overlooked:  Deck Rails, Fittings  Angle of Navigation Light Display  Bilge Condition/cleanliness  Portable Tank Tie Down  Battery Tie Down

40 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Overall Vessel Condition Things often overlooked Continued:  Wiring properly secured.  Grease or oil on wires.  Check fuel line type for E-10.

41 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Electrical and Fuel Systems Battery Terminals Covered. Battery Secured to Vessel. Wiring and Devices Protected From Water and Spray. Wiring Bundled and Free From Oil/dirt, other Contaminants.

42 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Electrical and Fuel Systems Fuel Systems Free of All Corrosion & Leaks. Fuel Lines and Tanks Compatible With Ethanol. All Installed Tanks Must Be Secured and Have a Vapor/leak Proof Cap. Portable Tanks Must Also Have Vapor Proof Vents.

43 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Electrical and Fuel Systems Fuel Systems Free of All Corrosion & Leaks. Fuel Lines and Tanks Compatible With Ethanol.

44 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Galley and Heating Systems Systems Secured. Proper Piping to Stove. Spill Ledge on Stove. Check that curtains and other flammable material near the stove are secure and recommend they be pushed aside or removed when in it is in use. Heating System Properly Vented.

45 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion At Least One Good Marine Radio on Board:  Capable of All Main Channels.  Decent Antenna Installation (height).  MMSI Capable.  Tested to Portable.

46 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion Dewatering Device and backup:  Pump  Pail  Manual Pump  Collision mat

47 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion Mounted Fire Extinguishers!  This MUST be stressed.  More than the minimum !!  Highly Visible Locations.  Frequently checked.

48 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion Anchor and line for Area  What is depth of local waters  Proper Size and Length of Rode  What about a Spare?  What type of bottom

49 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion First Aid Kit:  Bandages  Scissors  Knife  Sunburn Spray

50 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion First Aid Kit :  Some Splinting Material  Other Miscellaneous F/A Items  Duct Tape

51 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommended and Discussion PIW Kit  One wearable PFD for each boater  One Throwable  Line Attached to Throwable

52 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Inland VDS Inland VDS Should Be:  Mirror  Dye Marker  Orange and Black Circle, Square  Any Functional International Signaling Device.

53 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Inland VDS Not required per Federal Regulation; however, check State regulations.  May be a bad decision to risk not having.  What is your life worth?  As a VE, explain what is available.

54 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Off Shore Defined for VDS

55 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Capacity and Certificate of Compliance  An Opportunity to Make Client Aware of:  Vessel Freeboard  Capacity Limitations and Consequences  Scientific Approach to Safety

56 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Accident Reporting  Limits of Reporting  Death or Missing (48 hours)  Injury Requiring Medical Attention Beyond First Aid (48 hours)  Damage of More Than $2,000 (10 days)  Notification time and procedures may vary by State.

57 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Accident Reporting  USCG Form  65.Pdf 65.Pdf  Requirements:  VE Manual: M  Chapter 2, B, 9. Page 2-4

58 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Accident Reporting Continued  Send Forms to  Local or State Authorities as Appropriate

59 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Off Shore Operations  Attention to Supplies Needed  First Aid Enhancement  Fuel 1/3 Rule  Weather Briefing  Weather Signs  Forecast VS Sequence

60 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Offshore Operations:  Mechanical Checks  Communications Capability SSB  Current Charts  Float Plan  nload/USCGFloatPlan.pdf

61 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Nautical Charts:  Charts of Current Date  Area Charts  Local Charts Docking Info (harbor)  Quality Issue  LNM on Board

62 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Survival Tips:  Hypothermia Discussion  Help / Huddle  Thermal Blankets  Phone and Comms for Local Area  Medical Knowledge of Passengers

63 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Survival Tips:  EPIRBS  VDS  Adequate Supplies on Board

64 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Fuel Management:  1/3 Rule  Stress Currents and wind  Copy of Coast Pilot  Check Weather  Reserve to alternate Destination  Fuel Consumption facts

65 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation & Discussion Float Plan:  Who to Leave It With.  Who to Call Advising Your Late Arrival.  What to Do If You Change Your Plans.  Cost in Lives and $$ for False Alarm.  Inform of Any Changes.  SCGFloatPlan.pdf.

66 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Weather Briefing Prior to Departure. Get a Sequence (current weather). Get a Forecast ( what’s coming for the duration). Set Your Limits (small craft, 2-4’ seas). Wind and Wave Action Expected. Night Temperatures (highs for day, cold for night).

67 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Process and Make Informed Decision  Go or Not Go.

68 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Insurance:  Discuss Coverage for Liability(damage to others).  Injury to Your Own Passengers.  Hull Coverage. Replacement Cost.  Towing and Temporary Accommodations.  Cost of False Search & Rescue.

69 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Boating Checklist:  All Needed for Basic Safety.  Special Needs for Intended Purpose.  Signaling Devices.  Hot/cold Supplies.  Adequate Water/Food.

70 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Boating Checklist:  Fuel for the Intended Voyage.  Fuel for the Return Trip.  Fuel to Alternate Safe Harbor.  Reserve.

71 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Stress the Link Between Safety and Increased Knowledge. Safe Boating Classes:  Use the VSC to Promote Marine Education:  ABS  BS&S  SS&S  Weekend Navigator  GPS

72 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Recommendation and Discussion Join the Auxiliary:  Point Out the Benefits of Membership in the Auxiliary !!  Education  Fellowship  Knowledge Base  Giving Back

73 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Marine Domain Awareness (MDA) ( MDA) is the effective understanding of anything associated with the global maritime environment that could affect the security, safety, economy, or environment. The Obligation to Be AWARE The Eyes of the Masses

74 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Marine Domain Awareness Persistently Monitor the Domain:  Vessels and Craft  Cargo  Vessel Crews and Passengers  All Identified Areas of Interest

75 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Marine Domain Awareness Reporting Method  Call the National Response Center  WATCH  Explain the Importance to the Client

76 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Final Thoughts: Be Well Versed in the Above. Your VSC Will Be Worthwhile. Provide True Value to the Client. Enhance Boating Safety.

77 VEWorkshop2013VEWorkshop2013 Final Thoughts: Fulfill the Goals of Our Program. Gives You a Sense of Pride. Maybe Save a Life or Two. Do the Best Vessel Exam You Can !!


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