Attendance was good again at the March Fleet meetings. On March 9th, we had a short presentation on various marine applications for Belzona products. Following this, Fleet member Brent Alley provided an overview of checklists and procedures, mainly relating to safety, that he had pulled together from a variety of sources. We also reviewed the lists of tools and spares that had been developed by Fleet member Glen Wilson as a reference for the group. On March 23rd, staff from Trotac brought a lot of equipment to show Fleet members: Safety equipment such as flares, EPIRBs, and AIS MOB devices; alternate energy sources such as rigid and flexible solar panels and fuel cells; and solar charge controllers and battery monitors. As well, they provided information on life rafts and water makers.
The weekend of March 11-13 saw 15 members of the Vancouver Island Fleet group participate in a marine-oriented Wilderness First Aid course put on for them by Alert First Aid in Victoria. Friday evening focused on primary assessment, CPR, and AED (automated external defibrillator) procedures while the weekend was devoted to hands-on scenarios to explore immobilization and diagnostic techniques. The good humour and practical experience of the instructor helped us all tough it out through the rather rowdy weather we endured Sunday. Thanks go out to Don Craigmyle and Kay Treadgold for hosting our session on Sunday on Alika.
Fleet members from Nanaimo organized a tours of 3 of their boats on March 19th (see separate report in Currents), and more Fleet boat tours are planned in Sidney and Victoria in April.
Topics for upcoming Fleet sessions include a presentation on First Aid Kits and equipment on April 6th and a group discussion about wind vane steering and autopilots on April 20th.