One of the most frightening things that can happen on a boat is fire. In a recent issue in Boat US magazine, there is a story about a couple sailing across the Sea of Cortez who experienced a fire which left them in the water with second and third degree burns hanging onto a fender and watching their boat go up in flames. Fortunately, they were rescued by a passing fishing boat. It serves as a reminder how important it is to prepare for such an emergency.

According to studies done by Boat US, you have perhaps four minutes to put out the fire or get into the water. In that time, you need to locate  and put on your life jackets, make a Mayday call, grab a ditch bag or whatever supplies you will need; e.g. radio, water, supplies, flares, etc., and get into your life boat. That is not much time so being prepared and having a plan is essential. 

I have done hundreds of vessel safety exams and I can't tell you how often people don't have the required number of fire extinguishers, or have ones that may not work. In some cases, they didn't even know where they were!

So please, make sure your extinguishers are in good working order, have them mounted so you can locate them quickly, and have a few extra just in case. 

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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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 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.

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

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​Dinghy Cruise Newport Harbor - August 5th 

Our next harbor cruise is scheduled for the first Saturday in August. Same process as with all the other ones in Newport: meet at the Newport Dunes near the clubhouse around noon and look for Debbie McDonald. As always, we ask that you bring something to share with the group and bring friends, family, neighbors, anyone you want. Contact Debbie at (818) 344-6878 to let her know you will be attending. 

Upcoming Events

California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 will be 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. The BSPS will be putting on a basic boating safety class - ABC - in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: 

Newport Beach Pier

Dana Point Cruise - August 25 - 27

We will be holding next cruise to Dana Point the last weekend in August. The past few years this has been a well attended event with up to six boats and 15 or so people attending. For those of you who want to bring your boat, you can either sail down Friday the 25th or Saturday morning. We gather at the guest slips and set up meals in a picnic area. You will need to contact Dana Point Marina at: or call 949.496.6137 to reserve a slip. Given it is summer, you may want to do so as early as you can.

Otherwise, you can simply drive down and join in the good times. Debbie McDonald will be coordinating the event so contact her if you are interested: (818) 344-6878