Fast Tips … by Dana Sims … Intro

F.A.S.T = For A Safer Trip

ASI has 2 regularly scheduled monthly meetings – the Operations Meeting and the Board Meeting. At the most recent Meetings, we have been discussing last year’s spending, future year budgeting and larger (read “more costly”) planned purchases. Some of these expenditures are the result of recent problems experienced with our Keelboats. Each problem or issue is a learning experience and part of ASI’s charter is to teach.

How well are we communicating to our post-class population?

In future issues of the Burgee, I will be publishing FAST Tips (F.A.S.T = For A Safer Trip). Hopefully, these will be short, informative, and quick reads. Topics will come from suggestions by Boat Captains, Level Managers, Maintenance Team members, Instructors, or any ASI member. The focus is intended to be items related to boat maintenance, operation, repair, address “conflicting information”, and to communicate changes being made to our boats. They will be reminders, feedback from recent problems (the learning opportunities), and other information items. Short coverage on What to do and WHY we do it. Articles will be related to Interlakes and Keelboats, and are intended to be continued education for newer sailors and reminders for continuing ASI members.

Some planned topics: sail care; dock power connection and battery charging; keelboat transmissions; starting considerations; paddles, paddles, paddles; battery usage and switching; “Capable Crew”; engine operation
I have agreed to coordinate this effort with input, suggestions, and the expertise of our Boat Captains, Maintenance Advisors, and Training Team. I would certainly appreciate articles written by others!!

Any question, comment, or suggested topics can be sent to

There is no such thing as a “dumb question”, but anonymity will be respected, if requested.
FT15-00 — FAST Tips are written by ASI members for the ASI membership, and apply to the operation of ASI vessels. While the contributing members may not be

webmaster, L1 manager,mentor director.

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