Benefits of USPS membership

Many of you may not be aware of all of the benefits you can take advantage of as a member. Here are a few that you may want to keep in mind. Travel: A number of hotels provide discounts of 10 - 20% including Wyndham, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6. In addition, you can save on car rentals from both Avis and Hertz. Insurance: Both Boat US and Sea Tow will give you discounts on membership. Marine benefits: Many providers of charting products; e.g. Weems & Plath C-Map, Rose Point, and Fugawi offer discounts on charts and chart  plotting materials.

Goods and services: Office Max can save you a lot of money - up to 50%. You can find these and more at website

     Vessel Safety Check

 We have certified vessel examiners who will perform a FREE Vessel Safety Check (VSC).  Our goal is to make boating as fun and safe as possible.

  • Classes, Seminars
  • FREE Vessel Safety Ck
  • On-the-water training
  • Fun boating events
  • Fellowship 

Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends


It has come to our attention that many of the Members have not been receiving our notices about upcoming events we send out via email. If you have not been seeing them please contact me and I will make sure you are on the list. Also, if you know anyone who doesn't use email, we would be glad to send the notices out via mail - as in the US Post office. Please be sure to check the contact information in the roster and let us know if there are any corrections. 

Eric Gritzmacher

​ or 949.632.2378

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Do you want to improve your boating skills?  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced boater, you've come to the right place.

Eric Gritzmacher

Website manager


Fire extinguisher recall

Last fall the USCG issued a Marine Safety Alert regarding Kidde brand fire extinguishers. It involved nearly 40 million extinguishers manufactured between January 1973 and August 15th 2017. The extinguishers were sold in red, white, and silver cylinder colors. Kidde was the manufacturer for extinguishers sold under a variety of names including Mariner, Costco, Traveler, among others. 

There are two types that are subject to the recall: plastic handle and plastic push button. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are NOT included in the recall. You can find out if yours is one of the recall models writing down the model and serial number and going to Kidde website. If yours is subject to the recall, follow the instructions on the website. They will send you a new replacement and packaging for sending back the old one at no cost. As a vessel examiner, I have come across many boats with recalled fire extinguishers so please check yours. Your life may depend upon it. 

Fall District Conference - October 12-13

District 28 is made up of four Squadrons, Phoenix, San Diego, San Luis Rey (Oceanside) and of course Balboa. Twice a year a conference is held to deal with District and Squadron business as well as a chance to socialize and generally have a good time. On October 12, 13 BSPS will be the host Squadron held at the Ayers Hotel in Costa Mesa.

While the primary purpose of these conferences is Squadron and District business, this is an opportunity to meet with members of not only Balboa, but also the other Squadrons in our District. We all share our interest in boating and the Power Squadron organization and the represents the opportunity to share experiences and generally have fun with like-minded people.  

The festivities begin on Friday October 12th at 6:00pm in the hospitality suite at the Ayres. We are asking our members to lend a hand and bring  some food items to share with the group. This is not a dinner per se, more appetizers, snacks, hors d'oeuvres. So if you have dish you like to make, please bring it. We also need help cleaning up afterward. I would appreciate if you would let me know what, if anything, you plan on bringing so we can make sure we have enough. 

Then on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00pm we hold our banquet dinner to which you are all invited. There is a pre-dinner gathering in the suite prior so come a little early and join in. 

There are two other things we ask of our members. In order to cover the costs of putting on the event, we hold a “donation” event (no longer can use the “raffle” word). If you have any item you can contribute - nautical themed items as well as anything else you think people would find of interest (examples include wine/food/chocolate baskets, knick-nacks, items for boats, etc.) please let me know. You can either bring them to our next GMM on September 20th or I can arrange to pick them up. 
In addition, even if you can’t make the event please purchase tickets for the donation items. 

Any questions, feel free to call me. An email will be going out shortly with the registration form and I will try to attach it to this webpage (as soon as I figure out how) so try and get it in as soon as you can. I hope to see many of you there. 

Eric Gritzmacher

​ or 949.632.2378

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 Balboa Sail & Power Squadron in Newport Beach is a unit of the United States Power Squadron.  Become a better boater through education and fellowship.  Join us.

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​​​California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 is required to have certificate from the State to operate a vessel. The age limit will increase by five years every year so in 2019, it will be required for anyone 25 or younger and so on. In order to become qualified, you will have to pass an approved .boating safety course. The US Power Squadron is one of the approved organizations. You can get more information by going to: 

United States Power Squadrons®


Our next GMM at Bahia Corinthian YC is coming up in a few weeks. Wolfgang Kutter will be doing a presentation titled  "One day on the river Rhine .... in Switzerland?" Not sure what that means exactly but if you have attended presentations by Wolfgang in the past, you know it will be interesting. 

The evening starts at 6:00pm with dinner around 7:00pm. You will be able to select a dinner from three or four options which are all typically under $20 so please let either myself or Wes Heusser at 714.651.4328 know if you plan on joining us. 

We will also be discussing the upcoming Fall District conference for which we are the host Squadron this year (see below). 

Newport Beach Pier