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Your Marine Products Professionals Help You to Regain Your Peace and While on the Water

Raritan Engineering Company your marine products experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how boating will improve your health. 
 
Your marine products specialists know that boat trips are just plain good for the soul. The sense of peace and tranquility that can be restored to you while gently rocking on the waves is undeniable. 

Boat trips create bonding experiences with family and friends. The lasting memories you can make while on a boat trip are priceless. 

A day in the sun allows our bodies to soak up a safe amount of Vitamin D. With the use of sunscreen, Vitamin D is an important vitamin that one needs in order to survive.

Boat trips allow you to unplug. In this digital age, we are always either sending a text message or checking our email inbox. Stress, insomnia, and depression have been connected to our inability to power down.

You are following your passion. Having a passion or hobby, such as boating (or fishing!), can contribute to your overall happiness.

Boating establishes a feeling of community on the water. Fellow boaters are known for being there to help one another and for offering words of advice.

A boat trip is an adventure. We only have a limited number of days on this amazing and wonderful place we call earth, so don’t waste any of them wondering what it would be like to boat on a different waterway or in a different state. Embrace the adventure!

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Vitamin D & Fresh Air – Your marine products analysts know that sunshine provides Vitamin D that promotes healthy bones and is medically proven to improve mood. However, so many of us spend the bulk of our days in the office, in the commute and in the rat race, that fresh air and the healthful aspects of sunshine truly become a rare commodity.

Unplug! Everything can wait; it really can! – In this digital age, it seems we can’t (or won’t) make a move without “checking in,” snapping a selfie, sending a text and staying in touch with the inbox. Chronic health problems such as stress, insomnia and depression have been linked to our lack of ability to power down. 

Quality Time with Family/Friends – One of the biggest factors contributing to your happiness in life and your overall well being relates to your social life. In fact, medical studies link strong social ties to longevity, healthier eating habits, less stress and much more. 

Staying Active – It’s no secret that staying active is a serious contributor to good health. Unlike watching TV or playing video games, taking up boating as a hobby can help you lead an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Feeding your passion – Having a passion contributes to your overall happiness which correlates to good health. Boating is that passion for many. Spending time out on the ocean fishing, snorkeling and watching sunsets quickly becomes a passion.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Go boating…it’s good for you!

So don’t forget these suggestions on how boating can and will make you more healthier. 1) Boat trips create bonding experiences with family and friends;  2) sunshine provides Vitamin D that promotes healthy bones and is medically proven to improve mood;  and 3) stay active; taking up boating as a hobby can help you lead an active and healthy lifestyle

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Your TruDesign Specialists Say That Gaining Control Is Not As Difficult As You Think

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the best ways to trim your symmetric spinnakers.

Your TruDesign professionals know that in run mode, wind flows vertically in the spinnaker, entering near the head and exiting from the foot.

Before stepping into the tunnel, I had a naïve vision of attached flow on both sides of the spinnaker. What I quickly discovered, instead, was that the smoke showed large areas of stagnation and early flow separation. 

Your TruDesign professionals understand that flow goes in a remarkably different direction in reach mode than it does in run mode. In reach mode, the wind flows roughly horizontal, entering the luff (windward, pole side) and exiting the leech (behind the main). 

Reach to VMG Downwind

Pole angle: Set the pole perpendicular to the apparent wind, and then a fraction aft of that. Use the masthead fly as a reference. In a lull, the apparent wind moves forward because the boat carries momentum, and its component of the apparent wind becomes bigger. 

Pole height: Pole height sets the spinnaker’s luff tension. Set the topping lift so the “tack” is slightly lower than the clew. A low pole tightens the luff, making the wind’s entry angle more consistent while keeping the draft forward and the leech open. Lowering it creates a shape that’s a little more like an asymmetric spinnaker. 

Sail trim: Starting from the luff, encourage flow toward the leech on both sides. To optimize attachment, trim so the luff barely curls all the time, indicating the front edge of the luff is parallel to the wind to get flow started on both sides. 

Heel angle: Keep the boat flat, or heel it a little to leeward. Your TruDesign experts feel that with a flat boat, gravity brings the spinnaker to windward, which is good. Some boats do need a little heel to reduce wetted surface area and to balance the helm. 

The mainsail: In reach mode, the spinnaker is helping direct flow through the slot between itself and the main. The main is therefore integral to the working of the spin. The apparent wind is further aft at the top of the main because the true wind is stronger up there, thus the apparent-wind vector is moved aft.

Steering: While sailing wide angles to optimize VMG downwind, the driver is always steering as low as possible without losing too much speed. To do so, the driver is steering a lot trying to keep the apparent-wind angle constant. Essentially, the boat is heading up in the lulls and down in the puffs. 

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Your seacock experts know that kite control is the determining factors in the success of your downwind legs. Understand the flow of the spinnaker better, and you’ll be passing boats in no time.

Symmetric Spinnaker Run Mode

Pole angle: Experiment with moving the pole aft of the apparent-wind being perpendicular to the pole. The idea is to get it rotated to windward and away from the main’s wind shadow.

Pole height: Set the topping lift so the luff clews are parallel to the water. In this mode, the boat will be heeled to weather, so relative to the boat, this will mean the luff clew is higher than the leech clew, yet relative to the water, the clews are the same height off the water. 

Sheet trim: Trim a little bit tighter than curl. The trimmer can ease to luff curl occasionally to make sure it’s in the right range, but ultimately the spinnaker should look symmetric. The challenge is to balance trimming hard enough to get the spinnaker clews spread to get projected area while still ensuring the foot is loose enough for air to escape. 

Switching Modes

Because the two modes have different setups and trims, recognizing when to be in true run mode versus when to use reaching mode to VMG down a run is not easy. The decision is made be by feel. On our boat, if we are in reach mode and the wind increases enough that I think we can transition to run mode, I bear off and ease the main. 

Another excellent clue is the shape of the spinnaker. When fully supported with pressure, the spinnaker flies high, which is a sure sign to be in run mode. When sagging, it is time to go high onto VMG reach mode. If we can’t decide which mode, we default to reach mode because high and fast is not a disaster.


Here’s what we see in the wind tunnel when the 3D sail is trimmed on a reach, with the apparent wind at approximately 90 degrees (viewed from the bottom of the sail plan).

1. Smoke source: A horizontal line of smoke flows across the main and spinnaker, about halfway up the mast.

2. Support to hold the 3D printed mainsail and spinnaker in place during tests.

3. Wind attaches to the spinnaker and splits, flowing along both sides of the spinnaker (green) and mainsail (blue).

4. Backside spinnaker flow: The wind attaches to the back of the spinnaker for about half the distance to the leech before it detaches.

5. Movement in the slot: On a reach, the wind flows across the face of the spinnaker, keeping flow attached all the way along the back of the main. Wind flows across the spinnaker, not downward from head to foot, as it does on a run.

6. Stagnation is the area where separation happens behind the spinnaker.

7. Note how the flow is turbulent for quite some distance to leeward and behind.


Run Mode Steering Technique

Your TruDesign analysts understand that the driver is constantly experimenting with sailing as close to dead down wind as possible without loosing speed. If it’s marginally windy enough to be in run mode, slightly hotter angles need to be sailed, or the boat stalls. 

I look at my masthead fly to see if it the main is blocking the spin or not. If it is, I head up until the wind has a clear shot. My trimmer is usually barking, “Head up 5 degrees” anyway because what I see with my fly he feels as no pull on the sheet.

So don’t forget these helpful tips on how to trim your symmetric spinnakers. 1) Set the pole perpendicular to the apparent wind, and then a fraction aft of that;  2) keep the boat flat, or heel it a little to leeward;  and 3) trim a little bit tighter than curl.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Share These Helpful Safety Tips

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding safety while playing Pokemon Go on your boating trips.

Your marine sanitation device experts know that there is a Pokemon Go “gym” next to the BoatUS buoy at the recreational boating association’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

The reality game-meets-exercise-app Pokemon Go now has 21 million users every day and BoatUS is issuing safety tips for people who want to find Pokemon on the water.

Your fast marine sanitation device analysts know that the game has players capturing creatures called Pokemon in the real world, using a combination of GPS and augmented reality.

BoatUS is issuing these tips for playing Pokemon Go while boating:

ŸBe aware: Your marine septic systems professionals understand that the Coast Guard reports operator inattention as one of the five main contributing factors in accidents. When searching for a “water type” of Pokemon, such as Magikarp, on a waterway, let the first mate or friend handle the cellphone while the captain keeps a safe lookout.

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Your boat cleaning products specialists understand you must watch cellphone battery use: Users report that the game eats up a smartphone’s battery charge, and the app only works if it’s open. BoatUS recommends bringing a spare charger.

Clearly, you want to “catch them ell.” But you probably also want to stay safe and be respectful of the real world as you explore the augmented reality of “Pokemon GO.”

Here’s a list of other etiquette and safety tips while you’re on your quest:

1. Your marine sewage systems experts know that this may seem obvious, but…. do not play “Pokemon GO” while driving. In a statement, AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning that distracted driving results in at least 3,000 deaths per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And using handheld electronics while driving is illegal in Maryland, AAA Mid-Atlantic said.

2. Avoid suspicious locations, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advised. To avoid potentially dangerous situations, make sure that people can see you if you’re playing at night, and be aware of strangers, Prince William County Police said.

3. Do not trespass while playing, Prince William County Police tweeted. The BBB said one man reported that his house was listed as a “PokeStop,” where players can collect free items in the game. 

So don’t forget these helpful pointers on how to stay safe while playing Pokemon Go on your boating trips. 1) Be aware: The Coast Guard reports operator inattention as one of the five main contributing factors in accidents;  2) watch cellphone battery use: Users report that the game eats up a smartphone’s battery charge, and the app only works if it’s open;  and 3) avoid suspicious locations.

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Your Boat Cleaning Products Professionals Understand That Accidents Like This Happen

Raritan Engineering Company your boat cleaning products experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to escape getting locked in your boat.

“Snick” – Trapped inside?

Your boat cleaning products specialists know that the sound barely penetrated my consciousness. Lying in a warm berth in the pre-dawn darkness of a January morning, I was still only half awake. Had I only imagined it? What was that long-familiar sound?

Many Canadians have becoming interested in getting into boats. Perhaps this is due to the warmer summers that we’ve been experiencing. 

An hour later, the bright morning sun had begun to warm the deck and cockpit of the boat. The solar greenhouse of clear plastic, which completely covers us all winter, was doing its job.

Boaters are trusting souls. We have to be. Some live-aboards never lock their boats. That’s the kind of community that many of us would love to go back to. 

We have a padlock. It’s a trusty old Dudley school padlock. It’s almost identical to the one on my old high school locker. These locks are a throwback to the ‘60s. 

“Snick” 

I now needed to get out of boating, or certainly, out of the boat.

Houses have back doors; condos and apartments often do not. Sailboats don’t usually have back doors, but we do have deck hatches. 

Clambering up onto the varnished teak table in the saloon, I released the levers on the main hatch, emerging into the light like a butterfly exiting its cocoon. 

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Your boat cleaning products analysts know that Lynn’s reaction and laughter was long and loud over my cellular that morning as I lined up for the streetcar. I didn’t detect even a hint of contrition in her voice.

No “Snick” did I hear.

“All is well,” I thought, and fell back asleep for an hour or so until my alarm. After dressing, cereal and coffee, I gathered up my shoulder bag, keys. After closing the companionway doors, I locked the Dudley.

It’s quite windy down on the lake during the winter. It’s often so windy that our boats are often tossed back and forth like the “Zipper” rides at fall fair.

One winter we clocked a 47-knot wind gust, that’s more than 87 Kilometers per hour! Many winter boaters tie their greenhouse enclosure doors closed with rope. 

I located a long thin screwdriver, and poked it through a pre-made hole in the clear plastic. This same little hole had been necessary a week or so previously when Judith next door had returned our broom to the cockpit. 

Once again, Lynn’s reaction and laughter was long and loud that morning.

Once again I hadn’t detected even a hint of contrition in her voice.

Not even a “Snick”

So don’t forget these helpful reminders if you ever get locked inside of your boat. 1) Don’t panic;  2) always have a spare key located below deck;  and 3) keep a cell phone or other means of communication available.

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Your Marine Hardware Analysts Discuss How Boat Buying Can Really Be Inexpensive

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how buying your first boat isn’t as expensive as you think.

Your marine hardware specialists know that in some instances, you can buy a new boat financed for around $250.00 a month, like a car.

Boats provide tax deductible and cost effective second homes. Interest on a boat loan can be deducted if the boat has a galley, berth and head.

Visit a boat show to see what boating products are available and line up the best deals. 

Maintenance

Boat, trailer, and motor maintenance can be as simple as a freshwater wash down aftereach use and keeping them covered between adventures, helping to keep maintenance costs at bay.

Costs for routine maintenance vary by region, such as oil changes and winterizing, expect to pay what you would for your car on an hourly basis.

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The best two days of your life is the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it.

The best two days of your life come every weekend when you take the boat out with family and friends!

Why? Dealers want to sell boats, and they’ll be happy to work with you on special offers and the best deals to get you the boat of your dreams. 

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Any boater will tell you, boating is the last great thing they’d give up if their budget were unexpectedly restricted. That says a lot about its value.

I can’t afford a boat.

Your marine hardware professionals know that you can finance a boat, just like a car and often for much longer terms. — in fact, you can own a new boat for as little as $250 month!* In 2012, the average retail price of an outboard boat was $20,387. 

Loans under $25,000 are based on 7.5% for 12 years.*

Boats provide tax deductible and cost effective second homes. Interest on a boat loan can be deducted if the boat has a galley, berth and head.*

Boat insurance is too expensive.

Boat insurance costs vary by boat length and type, cost of the boat and level of coverage and area of operation. It’s easy to get a quote from your current agent or compare rates online.

You can kill two birds with one stone, improve boating skills and reducee the cost of marine insurance premiums by taking a boater’s education course.

So don’t forget these helpful tips on buying your first boat and how it’s not as expensive as you think. 1) In some instances, you can buy a new boat financed for around $250.00 a month, like a car;  2) boats provide tax deductible and cost effective second homes. Interest on a boat loan can be deducted if the boat has a galley, berth and head;  and 3) You can kill two birds with one stone, improve boating skills and reducee the cost of marine insurance premiums by taking a boater’s education course.

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Marine Hardware Professionals Share the Benefits of Building Your Boat With Carbon Fiber

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how carbon fiber takes boat building to the next level.

Your marine hardware professionals know that like the word stealth, carbon fiber has crept into our modern language, and you’ll find its distinctive black diamond pattern on everything from clipboards to refrigerators.

Your marine hardware catalog experts understand that fiberglass was once heralded as the miracle material for boats, and it did, indeed, take a bite out of wooden-boat construction. Though it revolutionized boat construction, it didn’t quite prove to be the no-maintenance material originally promised (laughter in the wings), but it was a major step forward.

Well, the absolute definitive answer is yes — and no. Carbon fiber has some wonderful properties, but it also brings higher costs and a few downsides.

In the mold, Carbon Marine replaces typical fiberglass matting with woven carbon filaments.

The Carbon Upsides

Your marine hardware stores specialists know that fiberglass is a composite made from strands of glass that are woven into fabrics and reinforced with resin to create hulls and decks. Carbon fiber simply replaces those glass strands with filaments of carbon.

Why carbon fiber? This is a three-word answer: lighter, stronger, stiffer. These are the qualities that have endeared carbon fiber to the aerospace, automotive and military industries. Here’s a breakdown of those attributes.

Lighter: In simple terms, if you can build an object in carbon fiber — whether a boat, car or airplane — that is lighter than a similar object in fiberglass, you’ll get more speed and better fuel efficiency.

Strength

Carbon fiber has a strength-to-weight ratio about twice that of typical fiberglass.

Stronger: Carbon fiber is stronger than fiberglass, so it adds extra strength to the equation, which is why the driver of the first McLaren carbon-fiber Formula One race car walked away from a major crash when the car’s surrounding “tub” saved him.

If you build a boat that is lighter with equal strength, you’ll spend less time at the gas dock and more time fishing or doing whatever it is you like to do while boating.

Stiffness

Carbon fiber has a stiffness about six times that of E-glass, so it won’t flex or warp.

Stiffer: Stiffness is the last trait of carbon fiber, which has a modulus of stiffness about six times that of E-glass, an upgraded fiberglass used in boatbuilding.

Taco Marine launched a new line of carbon-fiber sport-fishing outriggers, which promptly won an Innovation Award at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. Product development manager Jose Chao notes there was a learning process to take advantage of the material, but he adds: “Carbon fiber outriggers are an easy choice — they’re lighter, stiffer and stronger.

If you build a boat that is lighter with equal strength, you’ll spend less time at the gas dock and more time fishing or doing whatever it is you like to do while boating.

The Downsides

Your marine door hardware professionals understand that every silver lining has a dark cloud, and carbon fiber has a few, the first being higher cost. One manufacturer estimated the price of commercial-grade carbon-fiber composites to range from $5 to $20 per pound, depending on the variables, while fiberglass ran from $1.50 to $3.

Marine Hardware Experts Continues Discussion of Cost Effectiveness

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Do you need that extra cost? For a Formula One car, speed is measured in ounces saved, so it clearly makes sense — for a boat to take your family on an afternoon outing, perhaps not so much.

Your marine water heater analysts know that carbon fiber is also fairly inflexible, which makes it unsuitable for products that need to flex such as skis and helicopter blades. Baseball bats and boat bottoms are another thing, however, and you want these to be rigid.

It’s an issue also faced with steel yachts, so it’s easily manageable, and the American Boat and Yacht Council addresses carbon fiber in a technical bulletin (E-11) that essentially says to insulate anything that has power coming or going.

Communication is another thing. While fiberglass is transparent to wireless signals, carbon fiber (like steel and aluminum) can reduce a Wi-Fi signal by up to 95 percent, according to Raymarine, which suggests taking care to separate electronics from carbon fiber by at least 4 inches to eliminate any ground effect that would inhibit the signals.

So there you have a look at carbon fiber. With it, you’ll get a boat that is faster, more economical, stiffer and lighter, plus has a better cruising range.

High Points

*Drop-dead gorgeous from the carbon fiber visible in the hull and console, plus the silver shavings in the gelcoat that added sparkle.

*Grab rails are everywhere for safety, along with padded coamings, bolstered seats and SeaDek flooring for comfort underfoot.

*Incredibly fuel-efficient — even flat out, it gets better than 1 mpg.

*Super-strong Armstrong outboard bracket is perfectly braced on the transom.

Low Points

*Trim tabs are too high for good “bite.” (The builder is moving them.)

*Expensive, although much of the price is the $100,000 Seven Marine outboard.

Cars, Planes and Boats

Carbon fiber is not new to performance vehicles. Check out some of its uses in other forms of exotic transportation.

Cars: Carbon fiber has been used in exotic cars since 1981 when McLaren built the first carbon-fiber Formula One racer that rendered the competition obsolete.

Planes: Boeing bet its company on carbon fiber when it built the 787 Dreamliner that uses 77,000 pounds in the fuselage and tail.

Boats: When the American Oracle team won the America’s Cup in San Francisco, it introduced the sailing world to carbon fiber.

So don’t forget these helpful pointers when deciding if you want to build your next boat out of carbon fiber. 1) Carbon fiber is lighter, stronger and stiffer;  2) carbon fiber is not cheap;  and 3) carbon fiber isn’t new and is being used everywhere.

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TruDesign Composite Fittings

Raritan Engineering is proud to be the exclusive distributor of  Tru-Design composite fittings for the United States. Tru-Design specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality marine valves, skin fittings, hose nozzles and associated products.

All products are made out of the latest high impact resistant composite plastic materials designed to meet the demands of the modern boating industry and conform to rigid ISO Marine Standards.

TruDesign History

Established in 1974, they are an ISO 9001 company with over 30 years of experience in design tooling and manufacture of injection molded engineering plastics. Tru Design is well positioned to take products from design concept through tooling and into molded production, assembly, testing then product approval and dispatch. The marine range was developed as a result of the growing concern and regulation of untreated sewage being discharged from marine vessels. The multi-port diverting valve (Aquavalve®) was developed along with associated skin fittings and vented loops to allow commercial and recreational craft to comply with the new regulations. The marine range has grown significantly to include the electronic diverting valve (Electronic Aquavalve®) and a comprehensive ball valve range that includes electronic monitoring of the ball valve position.

Tru Design has a continuous product development program with new designs being introduced each year.

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Your Marine Hardware Experts Know the Importance of Keeping Intruders Away

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the best way to keep your boat secure.

Your marine hardware professionals know that open hatches, absent owners, and expensive electronics can all make your boat vulnerable to thieves. Luckily, there are a myriad of products now available to stave off intruders.

My first boat security system cost around 10 bucks. It came from RadioShack and wasn’t just for boats. Two little components were fastened to my hatch and hatch frame with sticky tape. 

Types Of Systems

Simplistically put, notification of alarm events can be at three different levels.

  • Local alarm only: alerts those onboard or on a nearby pier that there’s an alarm event.
  • Remote communication: alerts a distant owner or monitoring center via cell phone or satellite, using text, voice, or email.
  • Interactive: systems that allow owner to effect responses.

The last two require an appropriate communications capability on your boat — either cellular or other Internet access device, and/or a satellite communications device. These may be a part of the system you purchase. 

Types Of Sensors

Systems can utilize multiple sensors, depending on what you wish to monitor and how much you’re willing to pay. The sensor is the device that detects an alarm event, then communicates via the system to a local alarm or monitoring service or owner.

We’re all familiar with high-water, fire, and intrusion sensors. But even these have different levels of sophistication. For example, there are sensors not just for high water but also for irregular bilge-pump cycles, which would indicate future flooding.

The information “sensed” must be effectively communicated. Do you want just a bilge alarm that sets off a horn so that those at the dock know you’ve got a problem, or do you want it to let you know even if you’re on another continent? 

Talking Back

When you can respond to your boat, you can do things such as turn on floodlights. This is handy for scaring off boarders and also handy when you’re going to arrive at the marina after dark.

Some Sample Options

The following examples may help determine what is appropriate for you. Product options and prices change frequently. There are additional choices not represented here. Be sure that your product will have stable and long-term support. Get it in writing.

The Classic

Keypad, wireless, 2 door/hatch sensors, 4 programmable zones for up to 24 sensors. Remote-control key fob. 110-dB siren built into control panel. 12-volt, backup batteries included. Basic system sounds an intruder alarm; no remote capability.

Basic Phone-Based Two-Way Connection

The GSM Marine Guardian 

Wireless, GSM antenna, sensors for water level and power loss; additional sensors available. Remote-control key fob.

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Capabilities: Basic system sends an alert to your cell phone for high water or lost power; can reach you as long as it has cell phone service; alerts can be sent to 3 phone contacts; can disarm, update, view event history and status via Internet.

The Tricked Out Solution

Tracking, Geo-Fence, wireless sensors, and relays. Wireless key fob arm/disarm and relay control. Geo-Fence and full system arm/disarm from website, and global-relay control. 

Before You Buy

Your marine hardware specialists know that once you’ve decided what you want to know and how you want to be notified, it’s important to consider how the systems work on your boat. Quality is always important, but particularly so in a marine environment. 

Other issues include attention to details of sensitivity. Motion sensors within a cabin can be helpful, but not if they’re going to pick up a curtain swaying as the boat moves. And most boats at one point or another may pick up a cockroach or two, or a rodent. A motion sensor must be oriented and programmed to sense only alarm events, not normal boating occurrences.

Do Your Homework

To learn more about specific products, use a search engine such as Google and enter “boat security systems” and similar terms. You’ll be amazed at the choices and range of prices..

For peace of mind knowing that your boat is safely located in its slip, the technology is now here to monitor your boat from afar. If you decide to take advantage of that technology, you can tailor it almost precisely to your needs. 

So don’t forget these helpful pointers when securing your boat from intruders. 1) You have a wide variety of options at your disposal, so do your research;  2) always go for quality, instead of just price;  and 3) ask the right questions when making your purchase.

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Your Marine Hardware Specialists Know That You Love Speed 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the secrets of seven marine outboard power.

We build a Seven Marine outboard, the largest power plant ever to hang from a transom.

Your marine hardware experts know that nobody really needs a $100,000, 626 hp supercharged V-8 outboard motor. But a few people really want one — or four.

7 Up

The Seven Marine 557 outboard prototype debuted at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show. Its imposing V-8 and gleaming stainless-steel exhaust headers drew gawking crowds, and a few naysayers dismissed the viability of such a beast. 

Your boating hardware professionals know that Boating magazine was, in fact, the first media outlet to gather performance data on these engines during an exclusive test of a Midnight Express 39 with triple 557s that appeared in the June 2013 issue.

At the 2016 Miami show, 46 Seven Marine motors were installed on demo and display boats, and Seven says several hundred have been sold to date. Naysayers be damned.

Building a Seven Marine Outboard

Seven Marine assembles its outboards in an industrial park building that also houses its office space. It’s an assembly shop — unlike Mercury Marine or Yamaha, Seven doesn’t manufacture any of the components it designs for its outboards. It does not have the scale to open a foundry, or set up gear-cutting machine cells or even a paint booth.

Your marine door handles analysts understand that a Seven outboard includes about 1,200 parts in addition to the engine and the ZF transmission. Some parts are easy. The engine’s serpentine belt is off the shelf from NAPA. Some are adapted. Seven uses locally machined and drilled Corvette motor mounts to mate to its bracket. 

The actual process of building a Seven outboard usually begins many months before a single bolt turns in the shop. These are bespoke motors that often power bespoke boats and custom and semicustom craft, like the HydraSports 53 Sueños powered by four Seven 627 outboards. 

Under every cowling in a Seven engine sits a General Motors LSA 6.2L V-8, the same engine that powers a Cadillac CTS-V or a new Camaro ZL1. It packs a lot of torque into a small, lightweight power package.

Some Assembly Required

The heart of the Seven outboard is an LSA 6.2L SC V-8 engine built by General Motors Global Propulsion Systems in Silao, Mexico. 

The chain hoist that’s used to lift an engine from its steel shipping cradle is a good place to start the Seven assembly story. The first assembly station is actually devoted to partially disassembling the V-8 so it can be sent out for paint, a task that takes about three hours. 

Your marine holding tanks specialists understand that the 627 engine requires more work. The cylinder heads are removed and exchanged for a set with combustion chambers machined at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The LSA camshaft is swapped for the cam from the LS9 engine that powers the Corvette ZR1.

Next, we move to a workstation devoted to the assembly of the transfer case. The transmission is located directly below the engine. Power from the horizontal engine crankshaft moves through a set of five vertical gears in the transfer case to the horizontal transmission input shaft. 

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“The folks at Selva are real artisans of sand-casting,” he says, holding the casting up to the light and moving his fingers over the surface. 

Davis shows us how to assemble the gears and shafts in the case, using a press to set bearings. Another crane hoist is used to lift a black ZF transmission from its shipping crate. 

Back in the engine area, we work on a V-8 that has returned from the paint shop, removing the masking bands, tape and bolts while the engine is on a hoist. Then it’s time to dress the engine using some OEM parts and others specific to Seven. We start with an aluminum cowling plate that fits around the oil pan and prevents water that migrates under cowl from reaching the engine.

Your marine hardware stores experts know that the transfer case and transmission assembly, including the clamp bracket and midsection, are joined to the semidressed engine. 

Next, we get to install the sexy stainless-steel exhaust headers. Next, the trusty chain hoist lifts the engine-transmission assembly onto a water-filled test tank. After rigging fuel and electrical lines, we start the engine to check water and oil pressure and look for leaks.

Each cowling can be custom painted to match or accentuate the graphics package the owner has on his boat.

The biggest workstation is devoted to assembly of the cowl parts, which, for our motors, return from Calibre with brilliant blue and gold finishes. Working on a carpet-covered bench, we add mounting hardware and seals and snap in the SpectraBlade LED strips before joining the side panels to the top cowl piece.

A Big Idea

Why not build a 1,000 hp outboard? That was the idea Eric Davis tossed out to his father, Rick, in 2009. A fortunate confluence of circumstances made it possible. First, internal debate over future engine designs at General Motors pitted supporters of the dual-overhead cam Northstar V-8 series against proponents of the pushrod small blocks.

The ZF transmission used by Seven was originally designed for a downsized pod drive that never made it to production.

Eric’s younger brother, Brian, 38 and also an engineer, joined the Seven team to handle marketing and sales.

A year later, the Seven Marine 557 was on display at Miami.

So don’t forget these helpful details when deciding whether or not to utilize seven marine outboard power. 1) Ask yourself, “Is it necessary?” Nobody really needs a $100,000, 626 hp supercharged V-8 outboard motor;  2) its not very easy to have made;  and 3) the speed and power almost make the effort to get one, worth it.

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