Thursday, August 27, 2009

Personal Safety Devices on board

We often get the question from our Cruising Customers who sail short-handed or do lake crossings- Which personal safety device is better for my uses a Personal locator beacon (PLB) or EPIRB? This may also be of use to our MAC racers. The enclosed article from Soundings Online breaks it down.

PLB vs. EPIRB - which is right for you?
Written by William Sisson

Several years ago I interviewed an angler who had fallen overboard on a nighttime run offshore and whose friends didn't notice he was missing for more than an hour. The unlucky boater struggled to stay afloat and alive for more than 12 hours until he was finally spotted the next morning by a couple who just happened to be cruising past. He wasn't wearing a life jacket, and he had no way of signaling for help.
By the time he was found, the 34-year-old fisherman told me he had "said his goodbyes" and figured he could only hold out, at best, for another hour. He spent five days in a hospital recovering from the ordeal. When he got out, the first thing he did was buy an offshore flotation jacket, a strobe and an EPIRB.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fifth Annual "First Friday" at the Verve Cup Sponsored by Karma Yacht Sales

Karma Yacht Sales is proud to sponsor the Fifth Annual 'First Friday" at the Verve Cup Regatta this Friday August 14, 2009. The 2009 Verve Cup officially kicks off on Friday for three days of racing under the cover of the Chicago Air & Water Show. One of Chicago Yacht Club's marquis regattas, the Verve Cup hosts boats from around the country and is also host to many fleet championships.

Our very own First 40.7 fleet (consisting of 12 boats) will be competing in their North American Championship during the Verve Cup on circle B along side their 16 fellow 'First' boats in the First 36.7 fleet.

The First fleets welcome everyone to our raft party in front of the club seawall for fun, comradrie and sprits. To assist in that, Karma Yacht Sales will be hosting the 'FREE POUR' of Mount Gay Rum starting at 5:00pm.*

Follow the Verve Cup Race Action via sailgroove or via

Karma Yacht Sales is the Lake Michigan Beneteau Dealer specializing in Beneteau and Alerion Express. As one of the top 'First Series' Beneteau dealers in North America, KYS has been instrumental in building the First 40.7 and extremely popular First 36.7 fleets in Lake Michigan. KYS focuses on new boat sales, service and brokerage. Karma Yacht Sales was granted the prestigious Platinum Dealer designation in 2008 due to their high level of attention to detail and top customer service scores. Find out why Beneteaus are the top new boat brand on Lake Michigan and why Karma Yacht Sales is the dealer to choose for your next boat.

For a Full Schedule of Events of the Verve Cup

The First 36.7 Fleet on the Start Line at the 2008 Verve Cup (Photo: M. Thoney)

*Must be 21 to participate in the Free Pour.