Welcome to the World of
Traditional Small Craft
19th-century America saw the development of boats that rank as some of
the most beautiful, most efficient, and most perfectly adapted boats ever
conceived. Catboats, Whitehalls, wherries, peapods, dories, sharpies --
the list is seemingly endless and filled with wildly different designs and
uses that share one thing in common: they each represent a long line
of development that resulted in boats that were, and remain, virtually
unsurpassable for their intended purposes...
-- Larry Feeney
Cold Weather is upon us!
To those of us who live in the northern climes, that means cold water. And cold water changes
the game when it comes to surviving an inadvertant plunge.
It is impossible to die from hypothermia in cold water unless you are wearing flotation,
because without flotation – you won’t live long enough to become hypothermic.
The above quote is one of the lead paragraphs of an article by Mario Vittone, and ex-Coast Guard rescue swimmer
and marine safety expert, detailing the not-so-obvious issues with cold water. With colder weather on the
way it might be a good time to read it, or read it again if you've seen it already.
The complete text
of the article can be found at
http://gcaptain.com/cold_water/?11198. An excellent companion article on the initial
treatment of hyperthermia can be found at
Mario Vittone's safety blog can be found at
http://mariovittone.com/blog/. Check it out, it
is a good read!
TSCA now has a Group Page on Facebook that will give us yet another
method of advertising & highlighting events, showing off individual's
new boats, and publicizing chapter activities.
The main page is a public discussion page, and can be used much like our
current Yahoo Groups forums.
Each chapter and each builder can create his own photo album using the
"Add Photo / Video" menu button, then the option to create an album.
First one in each chapter to upload a photo should create a discrete
album with the chapter name. Others can add to the album later.
Use the "Events" tab to automatically notify all group members of
You can reach the group under any of the "Find us on Facebook" logos
in the menu bars or at