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Here's our list so far:

CAPCA TWEETS

CHESAPEAKE BAY

FAVORITE LINKS A TO Z

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

          EPA

          DHS

          MD DNR

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

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MOBILE APPS

NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION RULES

NOAA

ORGANIZATIONS

USCG GENERAL LINKS

        Recall Notices

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              (MSSBs)

        Small Passenger Vessels

VENDORS and SERVICES

WEATHER and TIDES


 

 

 

Current Calendar

All scheduled CAPCA activities are listed on the CALENDAR menu tab. You’ll find links to the details about speakers and special events. Additional listings may be added, and changes in this schedule will be updated. Please check the calendar regularly.

Presentations from past speakers (usually in PowerPoint form) are found under CALENDAR: drop down ARCHIVE / SPEAKER ARCHIVE / SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS.

Meetings listed in black. Classes listed in blue. Special events listed in green.

2017 

Monday, January 23: Meeting.  Terry Slattery, electrical engineer and experienced mariner:10 Big Mechanical Problems That Captains Are Likely to Encounter—and How to Cope With Them.What are the biggest engine, mechanical, and electrical problems you're likely to encounter as a commercial captain? And how can you spot them and deal with them? Electrical engineer Terry Slattery, who has experienced them on the water himself, will go over the list and tell you how to determine what's wrong and what to do next. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m

Saturday, F
ebruary 4: Captain's License Renewal, up to 100 tons. (CAPCA members only.)
 
Upon successfully completing this USCG-approved class, you will be issued a certificate that will be accepted as part of your renewal application by the USCG in lieu of 360 days sea service. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. For members only. Log in and register on the member's side of the website. Price: $110.

Saturday, February 11: Captain's License Renewal, up to 200 tons. (CAPCA members only.) Upon successfully completing this USCG-approved class, you will be issued a certificate that will be accepted as part of your renewal application by the USCG in lieu of 360 days sea service. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. For members only. Log in and register on the member's side of the website. Price: $110.

Monday, February 27: Meeting. Phillip Ruiz, an IT specialist with broad experience in small-business and personal websites and how they function. How to Set up a Website for Your Maritime Business. Thinking of setting up a website for your tourboat or delivery business? Mr. Ruiz runs through the basic choices you’ll need to make from the start, the pros and cons of each, the components you’ll need to include, and the pitfalls you want to avoid. Should you hire a professional developer—or not? Everything you need to know about starting a website, but were afraid to ask. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 9: Special event. CAPCA tour of ship's bridge simulator at MITAGS. CAPCA members only (no family members or friends). Price: Free. Interested in getting the feel of the bridge of an oceangoing cargo vessel or tug? Want to take the helm yourself? You can do it on our special tour of the ship's-bridge simulator at MITAGS, the Maritime Institute of Advanced Graduate Studies in Linthicum, Maryland, just south of Baltimore. The simulator, used in training Merchant Marine officers, is so realistic that you can get seasick using it (and some actually have). Arrive at MITAGS at 6:40 p.m. for a tour that starts at 7 p.m. Spend an hour at the simulator or observing other CAPCA members at the helm. Save the date or sign up now if you'd like—by e-mailing the programs and events director at programs@capca.net, giving the event name, your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Note: Because of space limitations, we can only take 40 persons, so this tour is for CAPCA members only (no family members or friends). We'll send you more specifics in mid-February. The tour is free. So is parking at MITAGS. No on-site restaurant facilities available.

Saturday, March 11: Basic Marine Electricity. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. $85 for members, $110 for non-members. Limit 24 students. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Saturday, March 18: Practical Marine Radar. Open to the public. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. $115 for members, $145 for non-members. Limit: 20 students. Go to CALENDAR / EDUCATION / Register for courses. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Sunday, March 19: Voyage Planning and Electronic Charting. Open to the public. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. $85 for members, $115 for non-members. Limit 20 students. Go to CALENDAR / EDUCATION / Register for courses. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Monday, March 27: Meeting. Denise Hanna, broker, Annapolis Yacht Sales: What Yacht Brokers Want from Delivery Captains. If you're a delivery captain, yacht brokers can be an important source of business. What do they need, and how can you provide it? Denise Hanna, a veteran broker, gives you an insider's perspective on what brokers consider a successful delivery. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 8: First Aid, CPR and AED for Boaters. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. $105 for members, $125 for non-members. Limit 24 students. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Monday, April 24: Meeting. Marc Cruder, Traveling Senior Marine Inspector, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters: Inside the Oddball Vessels on the Bay. Marc Cruder's job is to keep tabs on unusual and historic vessels—from tall ships and skipjacks to Liberty Ships and the former presidential yacht Sequoia—and make sure they're safe to operate. He recounts some of the "oddball" vessels that he has encountered on Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, and passes along the lessons we can learn from what he found. He'll also take questions on a variety of Coast Guard-related topics. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. 

CANCELED - Saturday, April 29, 2015: Special CAPCA tour of U.S. Naval Academy Museum. Tour of the recently renovated USNA museum. Feature: An entire floor of detailed "dockyard" (original 18-century) models of square-riggers from the Age of Sail. Also: Main floor exhibits of artifacts and displays covering the history of the United States Navy. We arrive at the museum entrance at 10 a.m. Tour takes about an hour, then stay at the museum and browse at your leisure. Free. Tour limited to 20 persons. CAPCA members only. No parking on the Naval Academy campus. You must park outside the gates. To sign up, e-mail programs@capca.net.

Monday, May 22: Meeting. Bob Gallagher, chairman, Waterkeepers Chesapeake. The Chesapeake Bay’s riverkeepers serve as active stewards of the Bay and its many tributaries, performing a boatload of tasks from dealing with pollution problems, monitoring water quality, to trying to persuade those who use the water to do so wisely. Bob Gallagher, chairman of the board Waterkeepers Chesapeake, the area's umbrella organization, and a former riverkeeper himself, outlines what they are doing and tells how it affects captains. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Monday, June 26: Meeting. Robert E. Sammis Jr., Business Transition Advisors. How to Enter—or Exit—a Maritime Business in Mid-Life. If you're still working and hope to use your captain's license professionally after you "retire"—or if you already own a maritime business and would like to sell it to someone else—you need to start planning for it now. Bob Sammis has advised hundreds of mariners in both categories, and offers some important tips on how to prepare for the change. You don't have to be over 40 to get something out of this talk. Open to the public. Social Hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting Begins at 7:15 p.m.  

Monday, July 24: Meeting. Bryan Jackson, marine program leader, National Weather Service, Sterling, Virginia. Forecasting the Weather for the Bay and Its Tributaries. The man in charge of marine weather forecasts for the region discusses the challenges of predicting weather on the Bay, what mariners ought to know about forecasting, and what captains can do to help. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Monday, August 28: NO MEETING

Monday, September 25: Captain Michael H. Hulme, director of marine operations, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and captain of the R/V Rachel Carson. Skippering a Scientific Research Vessel: How It Differs From Operating a Commercial Vessel; the Challenges You Face. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, November 18: RESCHEDULED Special CAPCA tour of R/V Rachel Carson, in Solomons, MD. Tour starts at 11 a.m., lasts for about an hour. Tour limited to 15 persons. CAPCA members and guests only. To sign up, e-mail programs@capca.net. DEADLINE FOR SIGNUPS: Nov. 10. We'll organize a car pool from the Elks Club.

If you've never been aboard a research ship before, this is the one to see. The 81-foot vessel is the flagship of the research fleet maintained by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She can be rigged to support a wide variety of estuarine and near-coastal oceanographic research projects, including dredging, trawling, coring, water quality observations, plankton sampling, and buoy deployment. Her shallow draft, speed, maneuverability, general configuration and versatility make her well-suited for the varied conditions and problems encountered in estaurine and near-coastal research. Captain Michael H. Hulme, the Center's director of marine operations and skipper of the Rachel Carson, will take us through the ship and explain how she operates.  For more information about the ship: http://www.umces.edu/research-fleet.

Monday, October 23: Captain Michael J. Schneider, USN (Ret.). The World War II Liberty Ship: Wartime Emergency Shipbuilding at Baltimore's Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard. When the U.S. entered World War II, we desperately needed cargo vessels to carry war materiel to Europe, and the answer was the Liberty Ship. These no-frills freighters were relatively inexpensive, and could be turned out in just a few weeks. The Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in the southeast section of the city was awarded the contract for the first one, and continued to turn them out throughout the war. Captain Schneider tells the story of the Liberty Ship construction program in Baltimore and what it meant to the war effort and the local economy. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Monday, November 27: Election of CAPCA officers and annual general meeting. Dinner served. Members only.

Monday, December 25: NO MEETING. Happy Holidays!

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Calendar for 2018 (still in progress...)

2018

Classes are shown in blue. Events are shown in green.

SIGNUP FOR CLASSES AVAILABLE AFTER THANKSGIVING

Saturday, January 20: Captain's License Renewal, up to 100 tons. (CAPCA members only.) Upon successfully completing this USCG-approved class, you will be issued a certificate that will be accepted as part of your renewal application by the USCG in lieu of 360 days sea service. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Price: $110. For members only.

Monday, January 22:  Captain John Eginton, owner and skipper of the tall-ship schooner Mystic Whaler:The Problems—and Perils—of Operating a Tourboat or Charterboat Business. The man behind the Mystic, Connecticut-based tall-ship schooner discusses 10 principles for successfully running a maritime business and shares a sailbagfull of sea stories about his decades on the water. (Note: CAPCA members enjoyed a dinner cruise on Mystic Whaler in 2015.) Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30. Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, February 3: First Aid, CPR and AED for Boaters. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. Limit 24 students. Price: $105 for members, $125 for non-members. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Saturday, February 17: Captain's License Renewal, up to 200 tons. (CAPCA members only.) Upon successfully completing this USCG-approved class, you will be issued a certificate that will be accepted as part of your renewal application by the USCG in lieu of 360 days sea service. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Price: $110. For members only. 

Sunday, February 18: Practical Marine Radar.  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. Limit: 20 students. Prices: To be posted soon. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Monday, February 26: Susan Shingledecker, member of NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel and vice president of the BoatU.S. Foundation: What's Ahead in Nautical Charting. NOAA's continuing overhaul of the nautical charting system will mean more to captains than just faster updates to paper charts. It also will integrate data from the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers and enable NOAA to focus more attention on smaller waterways. Susan Shingledecker discusses what lies ahead for commercial captains and navigators. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 24: Medical Emergencies at Sea. Beyond first aid to deal with more serious medical problems that may arise 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. Limit: 20 students. Price: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Monday, March 26: Captain Philip Gauthier: Is All Aboard? When you're serving as a paid captain on a recreational boat, for whatever reason, you're fully responsible for making sure that the vessel carries all the Coast Guard-required equipment—before you leave the slip. As many of our members have found out, not all clients' vessels meet those requirements. CAPCA member Phil Gauthier, an experienced delivery captain and instructor who brings his own safety gear to every job, goes over what the Coast Guard requires you to carry on recreational vessels and what you should carry beyond the federally prescribed minimums. Open to the public. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. 

Saturday, April 7: Basic Marine Electricity. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD. Open to the public. Limit 24 students. Price: $85 for members, $110 for non-members. Members must LOG IN and register on the member's side of the website to receive the member discount price.

Monday, July 23: Brian Curtis, deputy director of major marine investigations, National Transportation Safety Board: Lessons from Maritime AccidentsWhat you should know. The NTSB investigates all major maritime accidents in the United States and writes no-nonsense reports on what caused them and what captains can learn from such cases. Mr. Curtis tells how his always-ready-to-deploy staff probes maritime mishaps, and sheds light on the trendssome encouraging, some disturbingthat the agency sees taking shape. 

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CAPTAIN ALICIA TYRELL is typical of many of our members. She spent 15 years as a biotech products developer before deciding to switch careers and become a full-time captain. She earned her Coast Guard captain's license (a 100-ton master's for inland and near-coastal waters) in 2014 and now operates water-taxis year-'round for the Baltimore Water Taxi Company. In the summer, she also works as a part-time captain for other maritime companies. 

"Before I got my license, I was working so I could afford to spend more time on the water," she says. "Now I get paid to do that." See Alicia on the Patapsco River or come meet her and other captains at one of our monthly meetings. CAPCA meetings are public and you're welcome to attend.

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CAPCA Resources

FOR YOUR INFORMATION...

Looking for information about a maritime-related subject? Click on the links below to explore our collection of Internet resources. You don't have to be a member to take advantage of this service. If you know of other sites that you'd like us to add to the list, please send the URL (website address) to communication@capca.net. Please note that CAPCA is not responsible for content on external websites.

Here's our list so far:

CAPCA TWEETS

CHESAPEAKE BAY

FAVORITE LINKS A TO Z

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

          EPA

          DHS

          MD DNR

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAYS

LICENSING, MMC, LEGAL

MISCELLANEOUS

MOBILE APPS

NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION RULES

NOAA

ORGANIZATIONS

USCG GENERAL LINKS

        Recall Notices

        Safety Advisories

        Safety/Security Bulletins

        Small Passenger Vessels

VENDORS and SERVICES

WEATHER and TIDES