By Becky Peters
Nordhavn Yachts’ new headquarters in Dana Point, CA, played host recently to a Commercial Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Course, a program aimed at teaching integral safety, emergency and survivalskills to local commercial fishermen. Produced by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association(AMSEA), the course is part of a new set of training requirements mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard for all commercial fishers.
The 12 hour-long class held August 16th, focused on areas such as cold water survival skills, EPIRBs, man overboard, helicopter rescue procedures and other emergency and safety practices.
The new building, which Pacific Asian Enterprises (P.A.E.)’s staff moved into earlier this year, was the perfect locale for the intensive all-day course that required in-water and classroom space plus use of a large outdoor area necessary for presentations such as life raft demonstrations.
Since the purchase and renovation of the 9,000-sq-foot former restaurant that sits on the tip of Dana Point’s well-known harbor,P.A.E. has placed an emphasis on civic efforts. Indeed, providing use of the building forthe benefit of the local fishing fleet was a neighborly gesture; but it also promoted safe boating, something Nordhavns are founded upon. “We are thankful to this community which P.A.E. has been a part of for over 30 years and are only too happy when we can give back,” noted P.A.E.’s president, Dan Streech. “I look outside my window and see the fleet of fishing boats parked side by side with our Nordhavns. It’s great that we were quite literally able to lend a hand to our neighbors.”