Southern Cross 
Owners' Association 


2018 Annual Meeting 

2018 SCOA Annual Meeting Agenda

Friday 2/2

  • §  18:00 Hospitality Suite Rendezvous and casual group dinner

Saturday 2/3


  • §  8:30-9:00 Registration, Welcome and Introductions
  • §  9:00-10:00 Member Presentation  “Casting Off”
  • o   SCOA Vice-Commodore Gary Benson and Kris Passafiume will talk about the delivery of a 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 45 from Rockland, ME to Annapolis, MD and introduce us to their recently purchased SC31, Nordlys.
  • §  10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
  • §  10:15-11:15 Member Presentation “Off the Grid Away From the Rat Race.”
  • o   Randy Harris (SC35 Prudence) will discuss the three year total refit of SC35 Prudence in preparation for living aboard and new adventures
  • §  11:15-12:15 Member Presentation “No Hassle, No Clutter Refrigeration.”
  • o   Refrigeration can involve monitoring the batteries, running the engine and babysitting the boat. The wind and solar systems needed to generate the necessary power for “hands off” refrigeration can significantly detract from the beauty of the boat. Brian Herr (SC39 Imagine) details the design and installation of Imagine’s integrated solar, Bimini and refrigeration system that runs unattended, indefinitely and off the grid.
  • §  12:15-13:15 Lunch
  • §  13:15-14:30 Presentation Community Boating Center, New Bedford, MA
  • o   We will be learning about the Community Boating Center. It is a shining localexample of the many programs around the country that are fostering a next generation of boat and boating  enthusiasts. It’s mission is to teach positive life values to youth through boating. It was launched twenty years ago after an area social worker was inspired to create a program encouraging city children, who may otherwise not have the opportunity, to enjoy one of New Bedford’s greatest resources. It’s Summer Youth Sailing Program remains at the core of an ever expanding list of programs. In 2017, thousands of area youth participated in sailing, kayaking, rowing, boat building, underwater remote operated vehicle design and construction, windmill blade design and construction, water quality monitoring, maritime debris clean-up and the ocean stewardship STEM program.
  • §  14:30-16:00 Member Presentation “Why Bother? NMEA Protocols Revealed.” Stuart Cody (SC31Gwynpennon)
  • §  Networking instruments aboard ship has been with us for decades. NMEA 0183, SeaTalk, NMEA 2000, describe several hardware and software protocols in current use. WiFi and USB, RS-232, RS-422 can be utilized to tie in computers, tablets and smartphones. Do you want to add instruments? What’s usable on the eBay market, second-hand? Does your existing gear still lack a tie-in with your new VHF or AIS? Here is a conversation on what we need to know to tune up our shipboard technology and make intelligent decisions.
  • o   Stuart will welcome questions. If you have specific questions, please email those to him ahead of the meeting at (Shown below are some of Stuart’s electrical displays from 2017 Meeting
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16:00-17:00 SCOA Business Meeting

  • o   Call to Order – Commodores
  • o   Secretary / Treasurer Report
  • o   Newsletter Report
  • o   Web Captain Report
  • o   Election of Officers
  • o   Old Business
  • o   New Business
  • §  2018 Rendezvous
  • §  Historian
  • o   Adjourn


  • §  17:00-18:00  Pre Dinner Libations –Commodore’s Suite
  • §  18:00- 19:30 Dinner in the Banquet Room
  • §  19:30-20:30 After Dinner Entertainment
  • o   Stuart Cody, (SC 31 Gwynpennon) will make a presentation on his role in the production of “Blue Water, White Death”, a noted 1971 documentary on the search for the Great White Shark.
  • o   Note: Pictures below from 2017 Meeting

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