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Raritan Macerator Toilet Experts Talk About How Caution Is Needed When Salvaging Storm Damaged Boats

Raritan Engineering your macerator pump manufacturers would like to share with you this week some information regarding how to properly rescue a storm damaged boat.

When people are hurt and homes and precious possessions are destroyed or lost forever, a wrecked recreational sailboat seems wholly unimportant. But for many people, the boat is their home or is connected to their livelihood.

In the coming days and weeks, more people will be returning to their vessels in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and doing what they can to keep them safe. I’ve been through two Category 5 hurricanes (one ashore, one afloat) and several smaller ones.

Here, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States, are some of the steps you can take to prevent further damage.

If your boat has washed ashore, remove as much equipment as possible to a safe place to protect it from looters or vandals. 

Protect the boat from further water damage resulting from exposure to the weather. This could include covering it with a tarp or boarding-up broken windows or hatches. 

Your Macerator Toilet Professionals Continue Discussion on the Best Way to Save Storm Damaged Boats

Your macerator toilet specialists talk about how any engines and other machinery that has been submerged or has gotten wet should be “pickled” by flushing with fresh water and then filling with diesel fuel or kerosene.

If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, it is not recommended that you sign any salvage or wreck removal contract without first getting approval from your insurance company.

To that advice, I’d add the following: BE CAREFUL!

Some things to watch for:

  1. Do not attempt to use any AC-powered electrical equipment or power hookups that have been submerged until they have been tested and verified as safe.
  2. Avoid entering the water in areas where a threat of electrocution still remains. This is more relevant to freshwater areas, where the risk of electric shock is greater.
  3. Be particularly careful with unfamiliar powered cutting tools, portable generators, or power equipment in general. 
  4. In yards or on land, be especially cautious working around boats that are not properly stabilized by jackstands or something similar. 
  5. If you will be making an insurance claim or seeking assistance from federal agencies (available to those who work or live on their boat), take pictures of boat damage or damaged equipment, and keep a log of any efforts you take to prevent further damage.

At least 4 loaded Bristol Bay fishing boats swamped in bad weather

At least four commercial fishing vessels partially sank in Bristol Bay after boats heavy with salmon had difficulty navigating poor weather in the region.

Colclough said good Samaritan vessels assisted in recovering everyone on board and no one was injured. He did not know Monday how many people were rescued.

But the sinkings come as the salmon season in Bristol Bay ramps up. Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Tim Sands said fishing in the area had been getting progressively slower since the end of last week, but that Monday morning the sockeye run surged.

Official tallies for the day won’t be available until Tuesday, but Sand received reports of vessels delivering up to 17,000 pounds of fish to processors Monday. The average delivery is closer to 3,000 pounds.

Jean Barrett, port director for the city of Dillingham, said he received reports of winds up to 40 miles per hour on the bay Monday. A boat sinking in Bristol Bay is rare, Barrett said, and multiple boats in a single day even rarer.

No fisheries have closed as a result of this incident, but a nearby cannery suspended purchase of fish from the area of the grounding as a precaution. 

In an emergency order Monday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game warned fishermen to be alert to any fuel sheens in the areas surrounding the sunken vessels.

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