Saturday, November 21, 2009

Amanda Grace Winterization

On November 8th, four scouts and four adults put in 4 hours of work, preparing Amanda Grace for a long winter alone in her slip. The report from our Boatswain's Mate for Administration (a youth officer) included that they:

Aired the cushions and cushion covers, put dry cushions in trash bags.
Added a fuel stabilizer to tanks.
Drained fresh water tank and added antifreeze to it and to head.
Connected shore power so the batteries will charge to help the engine crank and the bilge pump will have power over the winter.
Turned battery off but left shore power and battery charger on.
Ran antifreeze through engine.
Used a tarp to cover the forward hatch as well as the skylights and port lights.
Reattached and tested bilge pump.

The scouts clearly learned a lot about boat maintenance.

Good job, all!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Invitation to "Intro to SCUBA," 7-9pm, Tue 11/10

Can you SCUBA in VA and find it exciting? YES! Ship 7916 member Cameron has arranged for instructors from Patriot SCUBA in Occoquan (2 doors down from the VFW) to give us an introduction to SCUBA. As Cameron put it, they "will talk to us about SCUBA diving in Virginia, as well as the lessons and adventures they offer. They will set up a powerpoint, provide handouts and bring different gear for us to fiddle with." All area scouts and scout leaders are welcome to join us for this special event.