Your Boat Toilet Suppliers Share Great Suggestions on Which Dog Would Best Suit Your Sailing Needs

Raritan Engineering your boat toilets specialists would like to share with you this week some great tips on which dog you should breed for your sailing needs.

Over the years, we’ve encountered everything from chihuahuas to huskies (yes, huskies) living aboard sailboats, so I’m not convinced that breed matters much, but some dogs are clearly better adapted to boats and the water. 

Schipperke. We encountered one of these “Belgian barge dogs” while cruising, and it seemed very happy aboard—albeit a little noisy. 

Bichon frise. These fluffy little companion dogs are descendants from the water spaniel and the standard poodle. They are good travellers, and they don’t shed. 

English springer spaniel. Murphy, our test dog for our doggie life jacket test was a model citizen throughout our two-day test, leading me to believe he’d be quite comfortable on a long-term cruise.

Portuguese waterdog. Before the Obama’s “Bo,” there was Ted Kennedy’s “Splash.” These dogs, originally bred to help Mediterranean net fishermen, seem well-suited for the water.

Retrievers. Labrador retriever, golden retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever . . . any retriever seems like a great choice for a boat, so long as they get enough exercise. I was sad to learn that writer Farley Mowat’s beloved retriever, a St. John’s water dog, became extinct in the 1980s. 


The Labrador Retriever is a very popular and reliable choice of First Mate. It loves spending time with the family and is excellent with kids. It has a reputation for loyalty and steadfastness and it’s also a great fan of the water, which is natural, given that its original purpose was to retrieve fishing nets from the sea on the Newfoundland coast. 


The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred as a fisherman’s labourer, to help with mundane chores and even herd fish into nets. As a playful companion with a shaggy waterproof coat and an insatiable desire for water, it is good with children, friendly towards other dogs and easy to train.

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Your boat toilets distributors talk about what you should do If you’re after an amenable dog that doesn’t give you much grief and enjoys a bit of family affection, you could do a lot worse than a Cocker Spaniel. Being a retriever of small game, he will launch happily into the water for a ‘play’ with the birds. 


Originally bred to retrieve waterfowl, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a fine option for the Skipper in search of a ‘real dog’. It’s a noble hound with great physical prowess. It can certainly be stubborn but it will gobble up any boating adventure you can throw at it and reward you with loyalty and obedience. 


Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but take time to look past the foppish topiary and you will discover a dog that makes a top choice for the water-lover. Famed for their intelligence, friendliness and love of swimming, the Miniature version is ideal for a small boat but if you have the space, the much less yappy Standard Poodle is a better bet. 


The merging of the breeds outlined above has produced some very fashionable hybrids and if we are able to trust the genetics, they ought to make equally good boat dogs.

For those of you with particularly big boats (we’re talking 50 feet and above), you would struggle to do any better than a Newfoundland. 


If the dogs outlined above leave you cold, then take a look at It has a fantastic ‘Pet Selector’ tool that allows you to plug in your required traits and narrow down a shortlist that will really match your lifestyle. 

And once you’ve found the right four-legged friend, take a moment to read our Top 10 tips for taking a dog aboard your boat.

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Raritan Holding Tank Manufacturers Share Memories of Past Designs

Raritan Engineering your holding tank suppliers would love to share with you this week some great information regarding the possible end to wood trimmed boats.

Do we still want exterior wood on our boats today? Is synthetic a fair substitute?

When we stepped aboard the 36-foot Island Packet Estero for a test sail, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that the familiar teak caprail was gone.

With a teak bowsprit and additional teak trim in the cockpit, IP yachts held the course that most production boat builders had left behind by the mid-1990s. If you see exterior wood on a Hunter or Beneteau these days, chances are its synthetic teak.

There was a time, as some of us fondly remember, when real wood-trimmed cars were the rage. Then faux-grained vinyl replaced the real stuff, sustaining the illusion that a gas-guzzling, eight-cylinder station wagon was somehow consistent with a “back-to-nature” ethos. The faux-wood trend lasted longer than most car makers will care to admit. Beginning with the vinyl grain on the Ford Country Squire station wagon of the 1960s, America’s love affair with faux wood on cars lasted 30-plus years.

I imagine that production boat builders will take much longer to abandon wood. While the functional value of wood on boats has diminished, tradition and aesthetic appeal run deep.

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Your holding tank professionals share how Maine boat builders like Morris and Sabre have long histories of building with wood, and Tartan still trims its boats in real teak. But wood trim also adds to the bottom line, and there is little practical payback.

I wasn’t surprised to see the new Leadership 44, built by Morris Yachts for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy had only a teak cockpit sole. I almost expected to see no wood below. Then—surprise, surprise—wood trim in abundance, including an elegant fiddle around the head sink, a notorious trouble spot for wood. (I took this as a reflection of Kyle Morris’s commitment to keeping his talented craftsmen working, or perhaps to give the Coast Guard recruits something to practice their maintenance skills on.)

Are we seeing the last of the wood-trimmed boats? Walk the docks in any marina with more than 50 sailboats, and it is a pretty sure bet that there’s a caprail or coaming that needs refinishing. Horizontal surfaces, exposed to the full force of the sun’s UV rays, are the toughest test of wood finishes. Even our best wood finishes from our past tests will wither under these conditions in short order.

Despite the material’s drawbacks I believe there will always be a  place for teak trimmed boats—just as there will always be wooden boats. Teak is a beautiful, durable material for boat builders, but the challenge is ensuring it is either reclaimed or harvested sustainably. Although the maintenance of exterior teak can overwhelm an owner who has little time to carry out the regular maintenance, there are few boat maintenance jobs that offer the instant (almost) gratification of laying down a glossy coat of varnish.

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Your Macerating Toilet Specialists Talk About How to Keep Cool In the Summer While Boating

Raritan Engineering your macerating toilet professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some cool ways to beat the heat.

Your macerating toilet experts talk about how getting out on the water is a great way to beat the heat. In this photo gallery, a young family uses a Sea-Doo Spark 3 Up and a Sea-Doo GTI SE with the new 90-hp engine to grab a cool slice of paradise. It notable, that they neither rode fast or hard, instead using the ease and shallow draft provided by a PWC to enjoy a day the land-bound can only dream about.

The trip was up the Silver River to nostalgic Silver Springs – one of the few ‘First Magnitude’ springs where you can drive a motorized vessel right up to the spring head. Most springs are roped off roughly 400’ from the spring head with boats being able to anchor at the rope and paddle up to the spring head on pool floats, kayak, paddle board or with dive gear.

As I ran down the bay with my family last evening, the temperature dropped noticeably as we approached the inlet. The tide was flooding, and cool tendrils of ocean water flowed into the bay dropping the local air temperature. When we left our back bay creek, we were sweating; by the time we got fully out into the ocean–just two miles away–we were reaching for sweatshirts. Boating always beat the heat. 

Splash The Deck

Water evaporating provides a cooling effect. Use the washdown hose, or a bucket, and splash down your fiberglass or wood cockpit sole. 

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Install Hatches Hinged Aft

Deck hatches, or those in hardtops, are best installed so that they are hinged aft. This way, while anchored, any breeze will flow into the boat when the hatches are open. I realize some hatches are installed hinges forward on the premise that they will simply close, should a careless captain in a fast boat take off into the wind. 


Drink lots of water. Its what your body needs to cool down when the heat is up.

Cover Hatches and Ports

A dark cabin is a cooler cabin. While you can have custom hatch and port covers sewn by a canvas fabricator, simply draping towels ( a tarp, silver side up over all, would be the ticket in the desert or equatorial tropics) secured by lines or weights will reduce the solar gain and keep the cabin cooler.

Avo-sicles: Avocado Popsicles to Beat the Heat

As summer hits and temperatures start to soar into the sweat-all-day zone, you’ll need something to help cool off. Enter the avo-sicle, a quick and refreshing treat that is about to become your summer BFF. Think about it: As a fruit, avocados are sweet and creamy, the perfect base for a popsicle. And there are endless variations of avo-popsicle combinations! Check out these avo-sicle recipes that are great for kids and adults alike.

Avo 101

Since the base of every avo-sicle is (spoiler alert) an avocado, it helps to know how to pick the best one for the job. You’ll be freezing the popsicle immediately, so you’ll want a perfectly ripe avocado, which means when you gently press on it, it yields a bit to your pressure. Too much squish and it’s overripe, no squish at all means it’s unripe. Still confused? If your avo is unripe, just place it in a paper bag until it’s ripe (this works even better with a banana in the bag).

The Recipes

This avo pop from Avocados From Mexico is a great beginner recipe. It’s got pure avo flavor (especially if you use water), and a subtle spice from cinnamon and nutmeg, which hints at the avo’s Mexican origins.

If you want to complement avocado’s naturally creamy texture, try pairing it with coconut milk, as instructed in this avocado and coconut ice pop recipe from Avocado Central. It’s refreshing and lends the pop a tropical flavor that’s perfect for summertime.

Chocolate and avo is a no-brainer pairing — add a little fresh mint and prepare to be blown away. Mint is a great flavor to cool you down on a hot summer’s day. Bring a can of coconut milk and a generous handful of fresh mint leaves to a simmer. Set the milk aside to let it cool while the mint flavor infuses. Strain the mint leaves out and place the milk, along with the flesh of two avocados, into a blender. Add a banana, a generous glug of agave or maple syrup, 1 tsp. each of vanilla and peppermint extract, and 3 oz. of chocolate chips. Blend until smooth and pour into popsicle molds.

For a fruity popsicle, avo pairs great with a variety of other fruits. Berry-avo-pops are the perfect way to pay homage to your favorite summer-only fruit. Pineapple makes a tangy, delicious partner for sweet avo, as does mango. Use the basic avo-pop recipe above and mix and match to your heart’s content!

Avo-sicles are simple to make, have endless variety, and offer epic refreshment. Once your family tastes them, the only challenge will be keeping enough of them on hand all summer long!

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Your Marine Heads Experts Have Great Input  Regarding the Best Way to Distance Sail

Raritan Engineering your marine heads specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding awesome distance racing tips. 

Your marine heads distributors talk about how distance sailboat racing is a growing segment of our beloved sport. Offering new and different challenges, distance races around the world have attracted sailors with various degrees of offshore experience.

Part one digs into four simple onboard optimizations you can make to help ready your boat for distance racing. Your marine supplies online suppliers talk about how here are the key takeaways to remember.

1) Weight Distribution

  • Store weight in a low, centralized location and remind your crew of this.
  • Remove all non-essential gear and items.
  • Check cupboards and drawers for hidden items.

2) Repeatable Settings

  • Useful locations to mark repeatable settings:
  • backstay
  • halyards and blocks
  • jib leads

3) Bow Lacing

  • Lacing material can be as simple as closeline from the hardware store.
  • If you don’t have eyes or a rail already along the base, tie bungie cording between the bottom of your stantions for the base of the lacing. This avoids the need to drill holes for anchor points.
  • “V” and Diamond lacing patterns are most common – if you run straight lines, space them 12-18 inches apart.4) Setting an offboard lead

For years, you’ve watched raceboats strut around the buoys, their crews tweaking lines or pulling off well-choreographed maneuvers requiring hours of practice and polish. 

Fortunately, while top-flight racing can be mind-numblingly complex, the grand prix scene represents only a tiny percentage of the game. 

Choose Wisely

Your marine supplies San Diego manufacturers share how regattas come in all flavors, sizes and styles, allowing racers to choose events based on their skills, confidence and experience. Generally speaking, basic regattas are the place to start. Here’s an overview of types of first races to consider:

Pursuit Races: A fantastic option for beginners and experts alike is the “pursuit” format, in which the race committee starts boats according to their performance characteristics, with the slower boats starting first and the faster boats starting later—first boat to the finish wins. 

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Distance Races: For many experienced cruisers, distance racing is a great entry into competitive sailing, as it draws more heavily on offshore cruising skills than twitchy buoy-racing moves. While the distances are often similar to long cruises, the pace and tactics are what’s decisive. 

Cruising Classes: Many bigger regattas are waking up to the fact that plenty of sailors want to participate and compete in a less-serious environment. 


Virtually all keelboat racing uses a handicap system (think golf) to allow different types of boats to race competitively. Your marine supplies Miami experts discuss how the most friendly racing in the United States uses the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet system (PHRF)—contact US Sailing ( to obtain your PHRF certificate.

Know the Rules

Mark roundings and tacking duels may appear complex, but they only require a basic knowledge of the rules. Step one is to acquire a copy of ISAF’s The Racing Rules of Sailing (, as well as a book or two on racing tactics and strategy. 

Starting Lines

Until you’re feeling solid on your Racing Rules of Sailing, as well as the local etiquette, consider employing the time-tested strategy of holding slightly back to avoid the worst of the starting melee. 

Draft a Ringer

Often a good “ringer,” or ace, can help crewmembers to better understand their individual roles and can significantly accelerate a team’s overall learning experience. Sailmakers will also occasionally take clients (hint: or prospective clients) out for “sail evaluations,” which could be “scheduled” during a local race.

Clean the bottom

It seems obvious, but a clean underside makes a huge difference. Aside from dangling bumpers, few mistakes telegraph “newbie” faster than a furry undercarriage.

Focus on Fun

Only one boat can win, but everyone can have fun. Create an environment where grins—not finishing order—dictate success. Embracing competition is great, but remember that your original reason for racing was to spend time with family and friends in a wonderful environment—not to collect “pickle dishes,” or trophies. 

Ritz-Carlton’s new yachts will be luxury hotels at sea

(CNN) — Luxury hotels are always looking for ways to outdo each other, from death-defying infinity pools to custom lobby fragrances. But Ritz-Carlton has taken a slightly different approach by branching out into the luxury yacht business.

The hotel brand has announced that is building three custom seafaring vessels, with the first ready to sail in 2019.

“It’s a hybrid between luxury cruising and yachting,” Doug Prothero, managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, told CNN Travel of the new venture.

The small ships, which will each have fewer than 300 guests on board at a time, are designed to bring the Ritz-Carlton mentality to the sea. That means Michelin-starred dining, one-on-one attention from crew members and customizable shore itineraries.

10 once-in-a-lifetime cruises: The new era of cruising is great for honeymooners, parents, kids, and all groups in between. Perfect for beach bums, Windstar Cruises’ 310-passenger Wind Surf is the world’s largest sailing yacht.

Prothero, however, doesn’t think only Ritz loyalists will want to try out the new yacht service.

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Boat Head Dept Reports: ‘He sacrificed his own life’ says friend of Lake Anna boating accident victim

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — The man killed in a boating accident Saturday on Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County is being credited by friends for saving lives by sacrificing his own.

The body of Charles William Bowen, 53, of Orange, Virginia, was recovered several hours after the Saturday evening incident on the water where two children on inner-tubes were hurt.

“They had just left the dock and were going home real quick, wanted to get a few things from the house and then they were going to come back and watch the fireworks,” said Bowen’s friend Mark Breeden.

Breeden said his friend of 27 years was in the boat with a young man named Robert who was like a son to him, when he noticed a boat in his path.

“Two [people] in a boat made [an] evasive move to avoid another boat heading in their direction, ejecting both occupants from the boat,” a preliminary investigative report from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries read. “The boat then proceeded to run over the line of two minors on tubes that were being towed by a separate boat.”

“He had to make a decision,” said Breeden. “He said hold on Robert and he turned the boat as hard as he could to avoid any kind of accident.”

The children on the tubes were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the report indicated. Robert also suffered a non-life threatening injury.

“Chuck did everything he could to save those kids on that tube.  I don’t think they are here today if it’s not for Chuck, I think he sacrificed his own life,” said Breeden.

Chuck was pulled from the lake several hours after the accident while his sons and Breeden painfully looked on.

“Everyone was very upset his sons would not leave the lake. They wouldn’t go anywhere until they found their dad,” said Breeden.

“There were probably 50 people at the house when the boys finally did come home,” he added. “Like I told his boys, we didn’t lose Chuck, we still have him in our heart and in our minds. All the memories he gave us will live on forever.”

Breeden says Saturday was the first time this season Bowen was able to get his boat on the water after he made repairs to it. Breeden and his family were invited to join Bowen for fireworks on the water.

“Very good chance I could have easily been on that boat. It may have been different, I like to talk, so I may have held him up,” said Breeden. “I’d like to think he’d still be here if I was on that boat.”

Friends say Bowen has lived near Lake Anna for 18 years with his three sons.

“His sons were Kevin, Matt and James and Robert was like a son to him,” said Breeden. “What Chuck did was for his boys, it wasn’t for him.  He worked so hard to set his sons up,” he said.

His sons say he had the biggest heart of anyone they knew and he was dedicated to his work as a Matco tools distributor after a career as a master auto technician.

“He loved motors, working on stuff and he loved selling tools,” said Breeden.

Breeden says he was always someone you could count and led by example.

“He was a great leader of men.  He meant a lot to me he was like a brother, great friend,” said Breeden.   Whenever you had a problem Chuck was the first guy there to help… just a huge loss for everyone,” he said.

Breeden said his friend would not want his loved ones to grieve.

“He said if I die, don’t you put me in a box, I want to be cremated and throw my ashes over the ocean and you have a big party.  So, Chuck would want us to all be partying and celebrating his life.” said Breeden.

In an 11-minute Facebook Live video recorded shortly after the crash, a witness reported the boat was “spinning out of control” with no one inside.

“I saw this yellow boat screaming [past me at] about 70 plus miles an hour, so me being a jet skier, I like to chase these fast boats and jump the waves, but I couldn’t catch it no matter how fast I went,” witness Justin Armel said. “Next thing you know, I saw the boat go up in the air [and] come down.”

Armel, 40, of Winchester, said he did not see the actual crash, just the moments before and after.

“The people [in the boat] were having a great time as they sped by us,” he said. “I just thought it was going so fast [and] they hit a wake and flew out. Then the boat just started spinning out of control in circles.”

Bowen’s boys say their father’s boat did not even reach speeds of 70 miles an hour.

“He grew up on the water, knew the lake very well knew how to drive a boat very well,” said Breeden.

Investigators said alcohol was involved in the incident and charges in this case were pending.

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Your Macerating Toilet Specialists Further Discuss Cool Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Boating 

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 secret to flotation science.

In order for ships to journey across the open sea, they must withstand the tremendous burden, or weight of the ship, along with the crew, luggage, supplies and passengers. Your macerating toilet suppliers talk about how they do that with a little help from the principles of density and buoyancy. 

That’s why when engineers talk about how heavy a ship is, you’ll hear them talk about displacement instead of weight. To keep from sinking, the cruise ship has to displace its weight in water before it’s submerged. That’s a lot easier to do if the cruise ship is constructed in a way so that it’s less dense than the water below it. 

Engineers help ships to achieve buoyancy by choosing lightweight, sturdy materials and dispersing the weight of the ship across the hull. The hull, or body of the ship below the main deck, is typically very wide and has a deep base line, or bottom. 

A round-bottom displacement hull looks like a large rectangle with rounded edges to dissipate drag, or the force exerted against a moving object. The rounded edges minimize the force of the water against the hull, allowing large, heavy ships to move smoothly along. 

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Like just about everything in our lives, round-bottom displacement hulls have advantages and disadvantages. Unlike a boat with a v-hull, which rises out of the water and s­kirts the waves, round-bottom hulls move through the water, making them extremely stable and seaworthy. 

The hull serves not only as stability but also as protection. Reefs, sandbars and icebergs can tear apart fiberglass, composite materials and even steel. 

Now that we’ve learned how these massive ships float, let’s look at the various propulsion systems that propel them from port to port.

The science behind floating was first studied by an ancient Greek scientist named Archimedes. He figured out that when an object is placed in water, it pushes enough water out of the way to make room for itself. This is called displacement.

Have you ever experienced displacement? Of course, you have! Remember the last time you got into the bathtub and the water level went up? That’s displacement. When you got into the tub, water got out of your way to make room for you, so the water level in the tub got higher.

An object will float if the gravitational (downward) force is less than the buoyancy (upward) force. So, in other words, an object will float if it weighs less than the amount of water it displaces.

A huge boat, on the other hand, will float because, even though it weighs a lot, it displaces a huge amount of water that weighs even more. Plus, boats are designed specifically so that they will displace enough water to assure that they’ll float easily.

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Evinrude engineers had the goal of creating easy-to-use technology.

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Raritan Engineering you boat head distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the pros and cons of joystick piloting systems.

Evinrude’s new iDock joystick docking system is designed to give experienced and first-time boaters confidence at the dock.

Your boat head manufacturers talk about how that was the goal of Evinrude Outboard Motors, a division of Bombardier Recreational Products, as the company said today that it is introducing the Evinrude iDock joystick piloting system.

Your marine products for sale experts share how the intuitive, integrated system will be available this fall for boaters who own or purchase twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 150-hp to 300-hp engines.

In addition to providing experienced captains and first-time boaters alike with 360 degrees of confidence when docking or maneuvering in close quarters, Evinrude has ensured its latest technology is accessible for all components of the system, from the joystick to the rigging.

“We made the iDock system intuitive, using gyroscope sensors to help hold the heading of the boat, which corrects for wind and current automatically,” said Jason Eckman, global product manager for Evinrude. “It really gives the boat operator complete control at his or her fingertips.”

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“In case you need additional thrust, you put a little more pressure on the joystick, and it moves into the boost position to give you the additional thrust you need, up to double, if necessary,” he said.

Your marine supplies near me professionals talks about how a gentle push of the joystick, and each outboard motor will automatically and independently adjust accordingly to ensure that the hull is moving in the direction and at the speed the operator desires.

Eckman said Evinrude engineers began with the goal of creating easy-to-use technology that would also be easy to own. It resulted in a simplistic design feature, which means clutter-free rigging.

Installation time is minimized, which helps keep costs down. The iDock models follow the same installation process as the Evinrude E-TEC G2 models, requiring less than an hour of on-the-water setup.

Eckman said that all helps make iDock more “attainable.”

“We know in our industry that docking is an anxiety that almost all boaters have,” he said. “As boaters, we’re spending a lot of money and we take a lot of pride in what we own, but nobody wants to look dumb at the dock.”

Your marine supplies Jacksonville, FL suppliers discuss how our test run was a short preview. Mercury will officially launch the joystick piloting system for outboards in February 2013 at the Miami Boat Show.

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Raritan’s Macerator Toilet Specialists Give Tips to Consider Before Buying a Storm Damaged Boat

Raritan Engineering your macerator toilet suppliers would like to share with you this week information regarding the importance of using caution when buying a storm damaged boat.

If you are in the market for a used boat and live where winter storage is the norm, now is probably one of the best times to bargain. The owner is looking at another year of storage bills for a boat he no longer wants, and he knows that trying to sell a boat that’s buttoned down for the winter is like trying to sell a house that’s under a circus tent.

However, if you are anywhere near the pathway of last year’s Hurricane Matthew, that bargain boat might well turn out to be your worst nightmare. Back in 2007, we published a special report on what happens when a fiberglass boat is subjected to the point loads that can occur during a storm. 

One recurring theme in the three Practical Sailor articles I cite above is that severe structural issues can quickly turn a bargain boat into bottomless moneypit. Here are just three of the serious problems to look for.

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Core damage — Your macerator toilet experts talk about how once the outer skin of a cored hull or deck is breached, the core damage can spread widely. Most often, this is a long-term process as plywood or balsa (probably the most common core material in production sailboats) rots. A Matthew boat that has suffered a breached hull or deck might have damage limited to a small area that might be relatively easy to address. 

Secondary bond failure — The chemical bonds between interior structures (such as bulkheads, pans and liners, and furniture) are generally not as strong as bonds formed during the molding process. 

Hidden structural failure — Mast, keel, and rudder loads spread throughout the boat’s hull. This means that a simple grounding can cause damage in places far away from the point of impact. It is not uncommon that a boat that has grounded hard shows structural failures in unexpected areas of the deck, main bulkhead, or mast partners. 

Submerged engine — Beyond the obvious problems such as water-stained woodwork, ruined upholstery, and mold and mildew, there are less obvious problems associated with a boat that has sunk. A diesel engine that has been damaged by salt water can often be resurrected to run temporarily without addressing corrosion issues that can come back to haunt a new owner. 

We strongly encourage anyone contemplating buying a storm-damaged boat to work closely with an experienced surveyor. Taking on the challenge of restoring an insurance write-off is not for the faint of heart, and in many cases, does not make economic sense. 

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Too ugly to keep, a roughjaw frogfish

Raritan Marine Sanitation Experts Share Great Fishing Tips 

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation products distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some of the craziest fish ever caught.

A Fish Too Ugly to Keep


We caught this thing north of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, during midwinter in 120 feet, on my charter boat, Margarita V. Your marine products distributors give information regarding how it had a giant, ball-shaped sack and tiny eyes on top of its head. 

Bryan Replogle
Tucson, Arizona

Your marine products suppliers share how some fishes are streamlined and elegant; the roughjaw frogfish isn’t one of them.

Bryan Replogle


Upon gazing at this remarkable fish, I think we can safely say: My oh my, what hath nature wrought? Well, in this instance, nature — obviously in a puckish mood — decided to wrought the roughjaw frogfish, Fowlerichthys avalonis. Your marine products pro shop manufacturers discuss how frogfishes are a group of anglerfishes that spend their lives crouching on the seafloor, using the fleshy growth at the end of their first dorsal spine to lure in fish and invertebrates.

Milton Love



On a trip to the Shark River, our main river here in Trinidad, a friend and I were working our way up, fishing the rapids and pools, trying to catch what we call a river mullet. I caught this fish in a pool a mile or so upstream. It’s referred to locally as a river parg, freshwater grunt or river snapper, but no one can actually tell me what these are.

I went to our Institute of Marine Affairs, and they sent the fish to the University of the West Indies — which wrongly identified it as a gray snapper. (I have caught hundreds of grays, and this isn’t one). I really hope you can help identify this little guy for me.

Stuart Hutton
Trinidad and Tobago Game Fish Association

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A surprise freshwater catch, burro grunts may wander far from coral reefs.

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Stuart Hutton


Stuart, you caught a burro grunt, Pomadasys crocro. Your marine products international professionals talk about why this species ranges from Florida to Brazil, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies. However, unlike most other grunts, it inhabits turbid rivers and estuaries, often in brackish and even fresh water.

Ray Waldner 

Hook ‘Em Hornsharks


I caught this Port Jackson Shark off Port Hacking, Australia, this January, with guide Scotty Lyons. It’s one of the strangest-looking sharks I’ve caught. What can you tell me about it — its distribution, what it eats, etc.?

Steve Wozniak
Alamo, California

When Steve Wozniak, who’s closing in on a target of catching 2,000 species of fish, calls a type of fish strange, you know that has to be an understatment.

Steve Wozniak


Gid-day, Steve. That is indeed a Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni). These interesting little sharks belong to the family Heterodontidae (bullhead and horn sharks), a group of eight species of bottom-dwelling sharks with no anal fin, and spines on the leading edge of their two dorsal fins.

The common names — bullhead and horn shark — stem from their blunt heads with hornlike protuberances above the eyes. The Port Jackson shark was so named because it was first described by scientists from specimens taken from Port Jackson during the very earliest days of European settlement of Australia. 

If the Port Jackson shark is strange looking, the inside of its mouth is stranger still. It will never be mistaken for a mako.

Steve Wozniak

Not being good eating, Port Jacksons are not targeted commercially, and are almost universally released when captured by recreational anglers. Studies of their post-release survival suggest they are tough, with high survival rates when released from commercial gill-net, trawl and longline gear.  

Ben Diggles 

No Shrinking Violet


I caught this creature in Buzios (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, with an artificial bait. I would like to know the name of this species.

Livio Massa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Largest of the extensive family of gobies, the violet goby has a frightening visage.


You managed to catch the largest goby in the tropical western Atlantic region, the violet goby, Gobioides broussonnetii. This eel-like giant of the goby clan is known to reach a length of over 20 inches. It ranges from South Carolina through Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, usually in areas with muddy bottoms. 

Ray Waldner

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Raritan Crown Head Pump Assembly

By Raritan Engineering

The Crown Head is a powerful centrifugal macerating toilet that thoroughly breaks down waste in preparation for treatment or holding and requires little maintenance. It can be ordered with a 90 degree or a straight discharge fitting, a white marine-size bowl or household-style bowl available in either white or almond.


Before starting installation be sure that all parts that were ordered with your model have been included: The complete Crown Head unit includes:

Bowl, seat and cover, motor assembly, shroud assembly, siphon and check valve assembly, Concentrate tank, 2 oz. (59ml) of C.P., two mounting strips and an owner’s manual.

Below water line installations must include vented loops. The top of the loop must be above the waterline at maximum heel to prevent siphoning.

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