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Your Electric Toilets Professionals Share Great Pointers Before Buying Your First Power Boat

Raritan Engineering your electric toilets distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the popular boats out on today’s market. 

Your electric toilets suppliers continue the discussion regarding how coastal surfers are seemingly on a continuous quest to find the perfect wave. Wakesurfers, though, don’t have the same issue. All they need is the right boat and they can ride a clean, powerful wave until the boat’s fuel tank hits E. 

Supreme S226

Your marine head unit experts share how the Supreme S226 creates a fun wave that can be adapted to suit riders of all ages and skill levels. Besides that, with its pickle-fork bow and custom ­vinyl wrap, it’s a boat that will turn heads on the water.

We surfed the S226 with three people on board, the QuickFill ballast and Plug and Play bags full, and the bow tank empty. The boat created a lengthy wave with good power and a good-size lip that made for fun carving.

The boat is well-suited for those on board too, with room enough for 14 people and all their gear. The swiveling helm seat with flip-up bolster puts the driver firmly in command.

Malibu Wakesetter 22VLX

Our in-house surfing consultant ­described the wave behind the Malibu Wakesetter 22VLX as “ridiculous.” By employing Integrated Surf Platform (ISP) technologies, the Wakesetter produced a super-tall wave with a clean face that extended far back behind the boat. 

What are some other important amenities? The stainless-steel G3.5 tower quickly raises and lowers, and it comes with swiveling board racks, Wet Sounds speakers and LED lighting.  

During our testing, we recorded a top speed of 36.7 mph and noted its crisp ­handling during tow-sports maneuvers.

Heyday WT-2

When Heyday introduced the original WT-1, it announced to the watersports world that you can generate a killer wave behind a boat that doesn’t cost six figures to buy. Your marine cylinder heads professionals give further information regarding how the WT-2 is the brand’s follow-up — it’s 3 feet longer than the WT-1, and the helm console now sits to starboard rather than in the center. 

The interior is still meant to please a surfing crowd. Adjacent to the motor box are the new “hot tub” lounges, with curved bottoms designed to cradle a pair of observers as close to the wake action as possible.  

Your Electric Toilets Specialists Equip You With All the Tools You Need to Make the Best Purchase

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Tigé RZX3

Tigé designed the RZX3 to carve large, clean surf waves and also create pro-level wakeboard wakes during every session. Your electric toilets manufacturers talk about how the Raptor by Indmar 440 engine propelled this boat to a respectable top speed of 37 mph, and it posted 2.6 mpg efficiency at cruising speed.

Centurion Ri237

Centurion optimized the Ri237’s ­running surface to accommodate the highest level of watersports enthusiasts. The modified V-hull smooths the ride to maximize performance on choppy days.

Our test team surfed the Ri237 with three people in the boat and the Ramfill and Plug and Play ballast systems full. The bow and center tanks were empty, the QuickSurf system was in the default mode, and the adjustable CATS was set to zero.

The A24 sports a wake-shaping hull and shares surfing features found on ­Malibu boats, such as the Surf Gate. Your marine head gaskets specialists discuss how with Surf Gate, the A24 creates a huge, ­consistent wave that has a ton of push and power, and it’s equally impressive on either side without having to move weight around. And now for 2017 the Surf Band is also an option. 

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Raritan Macerating Toilet Specialists Share the Pros and Cons of Multi-Hull Sailing

Raritan Engineering your macerating toilet distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the excitement of multi-hull sailing.

The Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) was formed last year by the owners of performance-oriented Multihulls with the goal of promoting the growth of this exciting category of performance cruising yachts. 

Your macerating toilet suppliers talk about how these multihulls initially included Gunboats, HH Catamarans, Outremer as well as custom designs built for their unique ability to cruise in comfort while still being able to race at speeds rivaling many of the fastest monohull racing yachts.

“The performance cruising multihull segment is one of the fastest growing segments in yachting and we are excited to launch an organization founded to support and encourage this growth,” said Phil Lotz, President of the OMA, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and a Gunboat owner.

Do Catamaran Sailboats Make Good Cruising Boats?

With accommodation in both hulls and the central structure, catamaran sailboats have certainly got ample space below to make good cruising homes – but not all of them make good long-term cruising sailboats.

In other parts where safe anchorages are not so easy to find, mooring your catamaran in a marina can be pretty expensive. Expect to pay double what you’d pay for a monohull of similar length overall.

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The temptation is for the catamaran manufacturer to pander more to the lucrative charter market than the prospective cruising owner, and maximize accommodation – and hence the income for the charter company – to the detriment of everything else.

Great Accommodation in Catamaran Sailboats

Three separate cabins, each with a double berth, is the norm in a 38 foot catamaran sailboat designed for chartering.

Your macerating toilet manufacturers share how unlike a monohull, these double berths stay reasonably flat and level when underway, so individual seaberths with leecloths aren’t necessary.

The resultant noise and slamming when underway is not something that can be easily ignored.

Catamaran Sailboats Underway

The windage of these bungalow-proportioned multihulls has lead to the catamarans’ reputation as a poor windward performer, and this is particularly so when reefed down in heavy weather.

Some, like the the magnificent example shown above, are manufactured from hi-tech materials – carbon composite hull, carbon masts…

Also, the rapid variations in speed and the effects these have on the apparent wind direction, mean that wind vane self-steering systems find it very difficult to keep multihulls on a straight course

But a properly designed catamaran from the board of a designer unconstrained by the requirements of the charter market can make a fine cruising boat.

Under power, a catamaran’s maneuverability can be remarkable.

But as a monohull man myself, it does seem a bit strange to have a sliding patio door on a sailboat. Where’s the potted plants?

Or Maybe a Trimaran?

As a pure sailing machine, a cruising trimaran will beat a cruising catamaran sailboat of the same length hands down.

But squeezing the same number of berths into the trimaran of a similar length will mean that the living accommodation below will be disappointing.

To all, that is, but a small crew that enjoy sailing really fast and are willing to accept spartan living conditions below decks.

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Raritan Marine Holding Tank Distributors Share Great Knot Tying Skills With You

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week these awesome knot tying skills that will make your journeys much more enjoyable.

I’m as prone as anyone to being enchanted by the big picture—but I learned quickly where that can lead. About 10 miles off the coast of Colombia, in a gale that tragically swept a poor French cruiser right off his boat, the smallest cheapest block on board our little ketch exploded in a mess, leaving the club-footed staysail swinging around the foredeck like a Louisville slugger in the arms of an angry Skunk Ape (that’s Florida-speak for Big Foot).

The article looked at a seemingly mundane subject, the kind of article no one but a serious sailor would take notice of, but the implications were far reaching. 

The most familiar knot of this type is a rolling hitch. While an ordinary rolling hitch might work fine on an awning, it loses its effectiveness as loads and rope diameters increase. 

While it was the most easily tied and most easily remembered, it cannot be relied on for use with anything but chain and large diameter, high-friction line at relatively low loads, in our opinion.

Bottom line: If you want to be sure your line won’t slip, don’t rely on the rolling hitch.

MODIFIED ROLLING HITCH

The rigger’s and camel modifications to the rolling hitch increased its holding power without greatly increasing its complexity. But it still did not hold on slippery, single-braid Spectra line or on the greased stainless tube with the larger diameter line.

Raritan Marine Holding Tank Suppliers Further Discuss How to Improve Your Knot Tying Abilities

Your holding tank manufacturers talk about the importance of learning new sailing knots. Bottom line: A definite improvement over the rolling hitch, but still not reliable in all situations.

SAILOR’S HITCH 

The sailor’s hitch took twice as long for our testers to tie as the two rolling hitches, and it was the hardest to undo when used with line. After being tensioned on the single-braid Spectra, it took a marlinspike and 10 minutes of hard work to free it. 

Bottom line: This hitch does not perform any better than the modified rolling hitch, but it is harder to remember and jams when used with certain types of line.

ICICLE HITCH

The icicle hitch also took twice as long as the rolling hitch to tie, but it performed better than all but the gripper hitch, holding in all test situations.

Though the icicle hitch would separate a bit as it was tensioned, the top of the hitch never moved even with maximum load. This was the easiest hitch to undo after it had been tensioned.

Bottom line: The extra holding power and the ease of release more than make up for the slight increase in complexity of this hitch.

GRIPPER HITCH

While this hitch performed every bit as well as the icicle hitch, and might have outperformed it, had we made the testing even more difficult, its complexity can’t be ignored. It took our testers one-10th the time to tie the various rolling hitches and a quarter the time to tie the sailor’s or icicle hitches. 

Bottom line: The gripper hitch may have the highest holding power, but in an emergency, most people will prefer a hitch they can remember easily and tie quickly.

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Raritan Marine Products Specialists Get You Ready to Handle Puffs Efficiently 

Raritan Engineering your marine products analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the secret to leveraging puffs.

Your marine products experts know that being prepared for and responding to puffs efficiently will give you the edge on the racecourse. In light air, finding and taking advantage of puffs can create massive gains both up and downwind. 

BACKSTAY TENSION

In the puffs, the backstay (or runner tension) should be wound on to tighten the rig and flatten the sails upwind. Your marine parts store professionals feel that will help prevent excessive heeling. 

STAY IN CONTROL

If you’re sailing downwind, overloading the helm can cause a broach. With the information provided from the rail, the driver and trimmer must communicate so the spinnaker sheet can be eased in the puff to unload the rudder and enable the helms-person to turn down.

ALL TOGETHER

Crew hiking is challenging and vital in puffs. If the boat heels over in a puff, it reduces the flow over the keel and rudder and the boat slips sideways. Your marine parts warehouse analysts say that hiking hard and working on a consistent heel angle is crucial for taking advantage of the puff.

EYES ON THE ROAD

When the puff hits, the driver should work on feathering the boat through the puffs. That means you could be sailing “inside” the jib with a slight bubble in the luff. That will maintain the heel angle to prevent too much heel.

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Your marine products specialists know that during lulls, even advanced sailors tend to chase apparent wind around obliterating VMG and slowing them down unnecessarily. 

Gust Response

The Right Way

I don’t know who said it first, but it’s brilliant. “Ease, hike, trim.” This is the correct order of operations for handling a gust. Here’s why. 

I love Nathan Outteridge’s description of handling gusts in a 49er. He says “We let the onslaught of the gust rush past.” Sounds effortless right? If you think about more flow creating more lift, this really makes sense. 

By accommodating our new apparent wind aft with sheeting out, we are able to increase flow on the sail and maintain a constant angle of heel. 

Your marine parts plus experts know that in marginal hiking conditions, sometimes just adding weight in enough to instantly jump the boat speed up. In these cases, less or even no sheet release is necessary, because your apparent wind swings forward so quickly as you add weight that flow is not lost, and the heel of the boat is not affected by the gust. 

The Wrong Way

“Pinch, Hike, Corrective Steer, Stall”

Due to the nature of gusts swinging the apparent wind aft, it’s easy to see why many sailors react poorly to gusts. When your apparent wind comes back, weather helm is created and the boat naturally wants to head up. 

It’s true that strong pointing is absolutely achieved through higher speeds first, not steering angle changes. The increased speed and flow over the sails and foils creates more lift and this means less sideways force – and good pointing is actually a reduction of leeway. 

Gust with Shift Components

What happens when the direction of the wind actually changes? What if it’s a gust AND a shift? This is actually pretty common in “fanning” type puffs that spread out from the middle, typical in offshore breezes. 

If you’re in a gust with a header component, it will be clear instantly because instead of your AW moving back, it will slam forward and you’ll see your windward telltales come up. Try to anticipate this and just sheet out and steer down quickly to angle. 

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Macerator Pumps-By Raritan Engineering

Optimal Performance!!!

Optional Waste Valve Assembly isolates the waste matter from the macerator pump during maintenance.

This new features allows you to remove the pump without disconnecting plumbing.

Macerator Pumps by Raritan Have the Following Benefits

All stainless steel bolts to avoid corrosion problems.

Spring loaded Viton shaft seal is used to prevent premature leaks.

Our proprietary rubber impeller compound allows longer dry running time.

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Your Marine Heads Manufacturers Gives Great Tips On Improving Your Rudder Angles

Raritan Engineering your marine heads distributors would like to share with you topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the importance of positive rudder angles.

Your marine heads distributors talk about why a big piece of the “speed loop” that’s often overlooked, especially in smaller boats, is rudder angle. I was recently chatting with main trimmer Warwick Fleury about_ Alinghi 100_, the winning boat in the 32nd America’s Cup. They sailed this boat when it was new for some time thinking it was perhaps not a step forward. Then one day, they put up a jib that was built for a different rake than the normal rake. All of a sudden, the boat started winning speed tests and eventually won the Cup. We had a similar situation at Luna Rossa with an older boat. Everything possible had been tested, from rudders to keels and masts to structures. It was not a very fast boat. Then we moved the mast forward a few inches, and the boat came alive. The gain from getting the balance correct was bigger than anything else we tested.

So amid such talk about optimum rake for various boats, how can you tell when you’ve really nailed it—that it’s just right? Your GTA 5 submarine parts suppliers discuss how the answer can often be found in the amount of helm you’re carrying. In very general terms, you want to sail upwind with an angle of attack of about 5 to 7 degrees. The angle of attack is the sum of your rudder angle and the amount of leeway you’re making (see diagram). 

How much leeway does your boat make? It can be tough to figure this out; you can measure forever and still not account for things such as current, waves, boatspeed, and angle of heel. 

Your Marine Heads Specialists Discuss Further Why It Is Important to Consider Different Tactics

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Your marine heads experts share the point that once you have a sense for the amount of leeway your boat makes, the next step is to find out where the tiller is, relative to the boat’s centerline, when the rudder is lined up with the keel or centerboard. Just because the tiller is centered, don’t assume the rudder is, too. I’ve found that the tiller will almost always be off to one side or another. 

Once you know where the tiller is when the rudder is centered, you can create some benchmarks. Your marine parts source manufacturers talk about how with the tiller locked in the rudder-centered position, rotate the tiller extension so that it is 90 degrees from the tiller. Put a mark on the tiller extension (if its length is not adjustable, use the end of it) and then put a corresponding mark on the side of the deck, directly under it (see diagram inset). 

It’s helpful to know your rudder angle in situations other than when sailing upwind. Whenever you’re accelerating out of a tack or accelerating on the starting line, you need to have your rudder on, or close to, centerline. You can use the marks you put on the deck to confirm its location.

Even downwind you want some positive helm, especially if you’re not sailing dead downwind. Your marine parts express professionals share how that at any time you’re hiking or planing on boats with asymmetric spinnakers, you’re generating side force. 

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Your Boat Toilets Specialists Talk About Effective Cleaners For Getting Rid of Mildew

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week some amazing tips on how to prevent mildew.

We tested the most effective cleaners for mildewed fabrics in 2009 and published a follow-up on long-term treatments in 2015. In the 2015 test, we were delighted to discover that some DIY formulas and common pool treatments like Clorox Algae Eliminator can do as well as pricey store bought miracle-cures. 

Canvas dodgers and biminis are the hallmark of a cruising yacht, keeping the sun at bay and allowing the crew to “dodge” the worst of the weather. Canvas also protects sails, windows, and machinery. 

Clorox Pool and Spa Algae Eliminator proved to be an inexpensive cleaner/protectant.

For maximum water repellency, boat owners could use impervious waterproof fabric instead of canvas, but that typically isn’t a good idea. Waterproof sail covers hold moisture, mildewing sails more quickly. 

If cleaning mildewed sails is among your biggest cleaning chores, check out my previous blog post Dealing with Dirty Sails.

This Advisor discusses tactics and measures you can employ in what amounts to a continuous fight. Once you get a handle on it, your cabin will smell a whole lot fresher—and those itchy eyes and that mysterious cough that you may have been experiencing might just go away too.

Cowl-style ventilators help to circulate air below decks.

Your Boat Toilets Suppliers Share Why Ventilation is So Crucial to Mildew Prevention

To prevent mold and mildew, you need to ensure that your boat is well ventilated. Your boat toilets distributors offer useful tips that explain why this can be as easy as opening hatches or portholes to create cross ventilation. But for times when you are away, you will need to rely on either active or passive ventilators to keep the moisture level down.

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Take a proactive approach

Controlling mold is a continuous battle that requires a multi-pronged, proactive approach. I say “control”, because you will never entirely eliminate mold and mildew from your boat. 

Following is a general plan of action for removing existing mold and mildew, and once it is removed, to keep it at bay.

Step One: Remove the Mold

To remove mold and mildew, try using a solution of bleach, water, TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) and powdered laundry detergent mixed in the following proportions: Four quarts of freshwater, one quart of bleach, 2/3 cup TSP and 1/3 cup of laundry detergent. 

Mildew Stain Remover

Among the best of the bleach-based products is Star brite’s Mildew Stain Remover. Offered in a 22-ounce trigger spray bottle, it gives you the ability to direct the spray into hard-to-reach areas, such as under quarter berths, or up into chain lockers. 

In either case, use the product liberally, taking care to spray it into hidden, hard to reach areas. Sop up any runoff from these products with some rags, which you will need to dispose of at the end. 

Step Two: Fumigate

M-D-G Mildew Control Bags eliminate mold with a penetrating vapor.

After removing the mold, follow up with one of the MDG products by Star brite. These products use chlorine dioxide technology to create a penetrating vapor that kills mold along with the odor that it creates. 

Step Three: Apply a Mildew Blocker

Although mildew blockers work only temporarily, applying one will give you a temporary leg up in what amount to a continuous battle. According to Practical Sailor, one that works reasonably well is 3M’s Marine Mildew Block.

Reduce Moisture with Calcium Chloride Crystals

Star brite, DampRid and MaryKate all offer systems that employ calcium chloride crystals to remove moisture from the air. In some cases, the moisture gets deposited into a reservoir, as with DampRid’s Easy-Fill Moisture Absorber or the No Damp Ultra Dome by Star brite. 

Propane and Diesel Cabin Heaters and Stoves

To prevent this, when using a propane or diesel cabin heater or stove, open your boat’s hatch to let the combustion gasses escape, which is something you should do anyway to limit the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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Your Marine Toilet Distributors Talk About Safety Awareness Tips While Boating

Raritan Engineering your marine toilet experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the need to avoid distractions while boating.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission says that sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. Your marine toilet professionals share why on waterways across the country, recreational boaters know that five seconds is a world of time to get into trouble. 

Good news/bad news: “Cellphones are the primary communication device for many boaters,” said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. “So while they’re important to all of us, we have to know how to use them wisely.”

The stress of it all: Adding to the challenge and unlike automobiles, says Sensenbrenner, is boating’s unique stressors of sun, glare, wind, waves and vibration. Research shows that hours of exposure to these boating stressors produces a kind of a fatigue, or “boater’s hypnosis” which slows reaction time almost as much as if you were legally drunk. 

4 tips to improve situational awareness: Cell phones, alcohol and other factors can hinder knowing what’s going on around you, or your “situational awareness.” 

If you’d like to learn more about safe, smart and clean boating, go to BoatUS.org.

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Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 34 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.

Many of us enjoy fishing, jet skis, or simply relaxing on a boat. In Texas alone, there are more than 595,000 registered boats. Whether onboard a sailboat, motorboat, paddleboat, or another type of personal watercraft, the operator must be extremely careful.

While distracted driving accidents on our nation’s roadways have become an epidemic and gained national attention, many boaters do not remember the same safety rules when they take their driving off the road and into the water. 

Boating accidents are frequently caused after drinking alcohol. They are often caused when an inexperienced or unlicensed operator is driving the boat, operating the boat while distracted by a mobile device or another activity, operator inattention, or driving too fast. Boating while intoxicated is a criminal offense.

Operator error, distraction, and intoxication are unfortunately not limited to recreational watercraft use alone. Professional captains have been caught using cell phones during fatal collisions. 

Distracted boating is as dangerous as distracted driving. No matter what or where you are driving, pay attention to your surroundings, use common sense, and don’t text and drive. 

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Your Macerating Toilet Experts Share the Best Ways to Successfully Acquire This Skill

Raritan Engineering your macerating toilet specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the best ways to drop your water ski.

I learned to water-ski behind the family’s old lapstrake Lyman with a 40 hp Evinrude. It proved more than capable of hoisting 8-year-old me out of the water on two skis. But as I grew older and wanted to slalom, it didn’t have the juice to pull me up. 

Step 1

Your macerating toilet suppliers discuss further how to choose a slalom ski with an open ­binding — also called a rear toe plate — for the back foot. Many recreational-level skis not designed for competition will have this feature. Put your dominant foot in the front binding as this will be your lead leg while slaloming.

Step 2

Put the second ski on your other foot with the binding set as loose as possible so your foot can slide in and out of it with ease.

Step 3

In the water, execute a traditional two-ski start: arms straight, knees bent, let the boat pull you out of the water.

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Step 4

Once you’re up on the skis behind the boat, remain in the smooth water in the center of the wake until your driver circles back to your designated drop point.

Step 5

When it’s time to drop the designated ski, lift your heel and push down with your toes to free your foot from the loose binding. Your macerating toilet dept.shares talking about why you do not lift the ski out of the water; instead, work your foot free as smoothly as possible and let the ski drop behind you as the boat pulls you forward.

Step 6

When you are ready, carefully place your free foot on the back of the slalom ski and apply pressure with your toes.

Step 7

Once you are able to maintain your balance, slide your back foot into the open binding — try not to look down, but keep your focus forward on the boat’s transom.

Step 8

Once your back foot is secure, you’re ready to start carving in and out of the wake and developing that oh-so-impressive rooster tail.

Driver Tips

If you’re behind the wheel while a skier attempts to drop a ski, work out a plan with the skier beforehand. Once the skier is up, execute a short loop back to the skier’s starting point, preferably close to shore, where the skier can drop the second ski. 

You’re comfortable on a pair of combos, and you’re ready to step up to a slalom ski, but you’ve struggled with deep-water starts. 

Lifting a ski

Lifting one ski off the water is the first step in learning to slalom because it gives you the security of putting the ski back on the water if you start to lose your balance. To lift the ski, transfer all your weight onto the ski that you want to stay in the water – just as you would if you lifted one leg on land.

Based on the lifting exercise, pick your strongest leg. This will be your front leg once you’ve transitioned to a slalom ski. But first, you must drop a ski. 

Transfer your weight onto your strongest leg just as you did for lifting a ski, but this time keep the unweighted ski on the water. Do not lift the ski off the water or try to kick it off. Try to move as little as possible. Don’t rush to find the back toe plate – simply place your foot on top of the toe plate for the time being. 

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Your Marine Head Specialists Discuss How to Loosen Up Those Tight Nuts and Bolts 

Raritan Engineering your marine head distributors would love to share with you this week these great pointers on how to unstick pesky bolts and nuts.

My friend Nick and I had a discussion the other day about which bolts were tougher to break free: shaft coupling bolts or the lug nuts on an old trailer.

The muscles, in this instance, were those of Dustin Rahl, owner of a very busy mobile trailer service in Sarasota, Fla., Trailers 2 Go. The axle on the trailer for our Catalina 22 test boat Jelly (aka Our Lady of Perpetual Despair), had cracked at the weld, so that its left wheel splayed outward at a 20-degree angle.

But what happens if the PB isn’t enough? Carefully applied heat from a butane, MAPP-gas, or propane torch is usually the next step. After that, it’s time to break out the specialty tools.

Like a chef with a favorite set of sauce recipes, a good mechanic needs a tried-and-proven list of tricks to help coax rusted fasteners into submission. Their tools range from penetrants and ingenuity to pure brute force.

When good nuts go bad, its time to call in the bone crushers.

One unusual but effective fastener-freeing technique involves massive thermal change that causes an abrupt material expansion or contraction.

Your Marine Head Suppliers Are Happy to Supply You With These Amazing Tips

Sometimes, all a bolt needs is a few good wacks to loosen the bond, but be careful! You don’t want to damage the threads. Your marine head  professionals continue discussing that if you can only approach from the threaded end of a bolt, you can put another nut on the bolt and tap that — not too hard.

The rusting process also degrades bolt head shape. A last ditch effort may require a pair of Vise-Grips or sockets designed to grab deformed bolt heads. For stuck, slotted-head bolts, an impact screwdriver can be a real lifesaver.

I’d be interested in hearing of other tried-and-true methods for un-seizing the seized.

If you work on a boat you already know nuts and bolts freeze with frustrating frequency. Sometimes it’s a carbon steel bolt corroded solid on a cylinder head. Other times it’s a stainless steel bolt frozen solid in an aluminum lower unit.

Begin with fire. An oxy-acetylene torch works best. The downside, if you don’t already own one, they are expensive to rent and complex to fire up. And because of the inherent danger of working with an open flame near an inboard gasoline engine tucked into an enclosed space, first run the bilge blower for several minutes to ventilate the area.

Know that sometimes the flame blossoming from the common propane torch may hold enough BTUs to get the job done. Either way, oxy or propane, heat the bolt. No need to go red-hot, but hot enough so droplets of water flicked onto the bolt sizzle off into a vapor.

An alternative to fire is ice. Some mechanics claim dry ice will shrink a bolt enough to break corrosion’s hold. Though most of us choose a torch because it’s quicker if not more dramatic. Besides dry ice, there is another cool option. It is an aerosol spray that freezes metal ice cold, more particularly a blast of freeze spray, an aerosol that super chills metal parts to minus 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sometimes the corners of bolt head round off making it impossible for a wrench or socket to grasp hold. Calmly reach for a center punch and a ball peen hammer.

Never use force. Just get a bigger hammer. When you are willing to sacrifice the bolt, position the wedge tip of a cold chisel against the corner of the bolt head or nut and bang away with repetitive strikes of a ball peen hammer.

Finally, assembling fasteners with anti-seize compound in the first place is a good way to keep fasteners from corroding in the first place. For example, on new outboards I remove all the bolts in the lower unit, one at a time, coat them with anti-seize and then replace.

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