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28th Annual Trout Tournament

November 7th & 8th

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

December 06, 2014 6:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres - First Building on Right Side of Drive
January 14, 2015 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Main Building Meeting Room
January 28, 2015 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Party Building
                                         

News & Topic Forum Updates

 

Upcoming Tournaments & Outings

Check Back for our 2015 Schedule - Coming Soon !! More clinics & Outings are on the way.

 

Fishing Info Central Things You Need to Know Before You Go !
                                           
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Florida Sportsman - NE Florida Fishing                                                                                   
USCG Auxiliary - Safety Classes & Inspections                                              
 

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Fall Kayak Outing

October 11, 2014

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Fall Surf Outing

October 17, 2014

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Carbon Monoxide – What You Can’t See, Can Harm You

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is essentially undetectable by human senses. It is produced when an engine that uses a carbon-based fuel like gasoline is running. Carbon monoxide is a component of exhaust gases – if you can smell exhaust then CO is present. Carbon monoxide is also produced when propane, charcoal, or oil burns to power onboard appliances such as a stove, grill, hot water heater or generator. The most common source is the gasoline-powered engine which is found on the majority of recreational motor boats. For this reason, it is important to know the sources of CO, the symptoms of CO exposure, and what to do if you suspect someone has been exposed to this deadly gas for any period of time.

 

The Basics of What you Need to Know

 You cannot see, smell or taste CO

The most common source of CO is a running engine

Install and maintain a marine grade CO detector

CO can make you sick in seconds 

·CO symptoms are similar to and often confused with seasickness or alcohol intoxication

Avoid closed-off, poorly ventilated areas of a boat

Never ride or hang on a swim platform where gases accumulate when the engine is running

Move a person to fresh air if CO poisoning is suspectedand seek medical attention

 

Dangerous Gases

Carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream though the lungs by breathing in this dangerous gas. Exposure in a well ventilated environment is generally not a problem. Brief exposure in a more confined environment can cause sickness and prolonged exposure to higher concentrations can kill you. Since symptoms of carbon monoxide mimic seasickness or alcohol intoxication it is sometimes overlooked as nothing serious and those affected never receive the medical attention they need.

Tip: Maintain fresh air circulation throughout the boat at all times and maintain your vessel to assure peak engine performance. An improperly tuned engine is more likely to produce elevated levels of CO.

To avoid CO you should know the areas of where CO can accumulate such as inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures and engine compartments. If you are tied to a dock be certain exhaust ports aren’t blocked which can force exhaust back into the boat and if you are rafted to another boat be certain exhaust from one boat doesn’t enter the other. Another way for exhaust to enter a boat is when a moving boat creates the station wagon effect where exhaust finds its way back aboard because of circular airflow known as back drafting.

Trip Checklist for Carbon Monoxide

·     Make sure you know where all exhaust outlets are and they are not blocked

·     Confirm that water flows from the exhaust outlet when motors or generators are running

·     Educate all passengers about the symptoms of CO poisoning and where CO may accumulate

·     Test the operation of each CO detector for proper functioning by pressing the test button

·     Open hatches or canvas enclosures if CO accumulation is suspected

·     When rafted to another boat be certain that exhaust flows freely into open air

·     Avoid swim platforms or swimming around or near a boat when the engine is running

·     Periodically examine the exhaust fixtures on your boat to be certain of proper performance

·     Always maintain your boat to peak performance to reduce the risk of CO production

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