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. 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

VINEYARD RENDEZVOUS • AUGUST 14 – 16

GBH gathers on the Vineyard for Grand Illumination night, barbecue and boating. Dinner hosted by Commander Joe and Mary Frawley. DETAILS & R.S.V.P.

piloting/marine navigation • Begins Sept 10

LEARN THE BASICS OF COASTAL AND INLAND NAVIGATION. This course focuses GPS as the primary navigation tool with backup via traditional techniques if the GPS fails. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION

Engine Maintenance • Boating Skills

THURSDAYS,  Jan 13 – Mar 30 • Can you perform basic engine maintenance and diagnose problems under way? This course covers both inboard and outboard engines. Get the knowledge you need to keep your boat in tiptop shape. Watch for Details & Registration

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)

NEW! View from the Blue

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. May’s issue gives an update on ethanol in boat fuel and a memorial to GBH’s beloved cruising companion, Marty Becker, SN.

Resources for boaters

Check out these new websites from the United States Power Squadrons®America’s Boating Club®. They are full of tips and ideas to make your boating 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

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

Sep
10
Tue
Piloting/Marine Navigation Course • Session 1 @ Westwood Senior Center
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The first in a sequence of USPS courses on navigation, Piloting/Marine Navigation covers the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on recreational boat navigation and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering traditional techniques so the student will find their way if the GPS fails. In class exercises will develop student skills 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.

Sep
12
Thu
Newport International Boat Show – USPS @ Newport Yachting Center
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day

13 acres of boats and exhibits!! Plus, FREE seminars in boat handling and electronics by United States Power Squadrons. See seminar listings for topics and times.

Thurs-Sat 10:00 to 6:00 pm

Sun 10:00 to 5:00 pm

Boat Talk – Awards Night @ American Legion Hall
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

GBH Boat Talk and Dinner. Our annual Awards Night and salute to volunteers. Rescheduled from last spring. Ticket Info available soon.

Sep
17
Tue
Piloting/Marine Navigation Course • Session 2 @ Westwood Senior Center
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The first in a sequence of USPS courses on navigation, Piloting/Marine Navigation covers the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on recreational boat navigation and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering traditional techniques so the student will find their way if the GPS fails. In class exercises will develop student skills 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

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