Great Blue Hill • 50th Anniversary • 1969-2019

Learn Boating Basics

AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE has taught the ABCs of enjoyable boating to millions. Earn a Massachusetts boating certificate. Spring courses begin April and May. INFO  

Advanced Boating Skills

BUILD  CONTINUED CONFIDENCE in boat handling and navigation. Coastal and offshore. Paddling, power and sail. One-evening skills seminars and advanced courses. INFO

Meet Boating Friends

GATHER WITH BOATING ENTHUSIASTS for cruises, informal get-togethers, educational activities, dinner talks and events. Welcome to our next Boat Talk.

America’s Boating Club

THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS® is America’s Boating Club®, the world’s largest recreational boating organization. For Boaters, By BoatersTM.

who we are  

Great Blue Hill Sail & Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. Celebrating our 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2019, GBH launched in 1969 as a non-profit, educational organization. We are dedicated to making boating more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation, vessel handling and other boating subjects.

Our motto is “Come for the boating education … Stay for the friends.” We gather on cruises, at Boat Talks and for other special events where we can share our love of being on the water with fellow boaters.

Our members live primarily in Boston and the south and southwestern suburbs. However, our boats are harbored all across eastern New England: Boston harbor, Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Maine.

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Events

ADVANCED MARINE NAVIGATION • JAN 7

TUESDAYS,  Jan 7 – Mar 10 • Gain a thorough understanding of piloting techniques in a variety of coastal tide, current and wind conditions using both GPS and traditional methods. Builds on the Piloting course now underway. DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MAINE WINDJAMMER CRUISE • 2020

JUNE 24–27, 2020 Plan now to be part of an extended weekend in Maine aboard the Grace Bailey cruising Penobscot Bay. Deadline for registration is December 31.  DETAILS

Engine Maintenance • Jan 13

MONDAYS,  Jan 13 – Mar 23 • Can you perform basic engine maintenance or diagnose problems while on the water? This course covers both inboard and outboard engines. Get the knowledge you need to keep your boat in tiptop shape. DETAILS & REGISTRATION

GBH YOUTUBE CHANNEL

NEW! GBH’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL is now live! Its first online videos stream the GBH 50th ANNIVERSARY slideshow, Wonderful Memories and archive footage of our 25th Anniversary Celebration. See GBH captains, mates, crew and boats across 50 years.

 

boat safety 

VESSEL SAFETY CHECK – Learn how to schedule a courtesy VSC, at no charge, with a qualified USCGA or United States Power Squadrons Vessel Safety Examiner. Also learn how a VSC will improve your understanding of safety equipment and regulations. 

COAST GUARD WARNING! SHoaLING DANGER AT CUTTYHUNK

NEW: MA, Cuttyhunk Harbor Entry Channel Caution: 
Mariners are advised that the navigable width of the entry channel into Cuttyhunk Harbor has decreased to approximately 15 feet wide. This may cause navigability issues and restrict movement for two way traffic. Mariners are urged to maintain a proper lookout and use extreme caution while transiting the area. You may contact the local harbormaster by phone at (508) 990-7578. (First District LNM Week 29/2019)

View from the Blue

NEW!  Nov issue — Keep up with Great Blue Hill happenings. The current issue of our newsletter, View from the Blue, is now online. Feature articles, event flyers, the Commander’s message and more. November’s issue features the history of Friendship sloops and a new log entry from our favorite boat cat, Maya.

Resources for boaters

Check out these new websites from the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club® and friends of Great Blue Hill. They are full of tips and ideas to make your boating fun, safer and more enjoyable.

AMERICA’S BOATING CHANNEL is loaded with safe boating videos and boater education digital media created especially For Boaters, By BoatersTM . You’ll find how-to videos on basic skills, boating safety, life jackets, navigation rules, jet ski operation and more. Created with a grant from the US Coast Guard. America’s Boating Channel

 

 BOAT LIVE 365 BOATING IS SERIOUS FUN  Boat Live 365 empowers recreational boating groups to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year. At the Resource Library you can download materials and ideas to help spread the message. And the Come Aboard Webinar shares best practices that have worked for others. Boat Live 365

 

SAILANGLE is the ultimate boating community. Use this social media website to connect with boaters across America. Log in with your USPS member ID to access blogs, discussions and forums that help you use, maintain and enjoy your boat. SailAngle

 

CATBOAT ADVENTURES is the new YouTube Channel created by GBH’s own Jim Andersen. Check out the collection of “Skinny Waters” videos he created to give viewers a real taste of a classic New England catboat prowling the coves and rivers of Buzzards Bay. Catboat Adventures

 

KIDDE RECALLS FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

The Kidde company has recalled some 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured since 1973. Recalled models have plastic handles that are difficult to press or may fail to function during a fire emergency. Some have broken apart in use and pose an impact danger. One death has been reported. To learn if your boat (or your home) extinguishers are being recalled and to request free replacement(s), click below.

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Calendar

Dec
5
Thu
GBH Executive Board @ Westwood Senior Center
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Great Blue Hill Executive Board meetings are open to all GBH members.

Jan
7
Tue
Advanced Marine Navigation Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Advanced Marine Navigation deepens skills in coastal and inland navigation. Learn how to pilot your boat in tide, current and wind. In class exercises will develop confidence through hands-on practice. For more Information contact Capt.Mike Hanlon at piloting@abc-gbh.org.

Instructors: Capt. Mike Hanlon, JN, and Jim Andersen, N.

Jan
13
Mon
Engine Maintenance Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn the basics of boat engines, inboard and outboard. Be prepared to diagnose and fix problems on the water!

 

NOTE: Class does not meet on March 2.

Instructor: Rusty Whitaker, AP

Jan
14
Tue
Advanced Marine Navigation Course @ Westwood Senior Center
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Advanced Marine Navigation deepens skills in coastal and inland navigation. Learn how to pilot your boat in tide, current and wind. In class exercises will develop confidence through hands-on practice. For more Information contact Capt.Mike Hanlon at piloting@abc-gbh.org.

Instructors: Capt. Mike Hanlon, JN, and Jim Andersen, N.

Great Blue Hill • 50th Anniversary • 1969-2019

— Website updated November 16, 2019 —

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