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Keep Your Boat in Great Condition Longer

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding future alternative boat fuels powering your success.

Your TruDesign professionals talk about how many boats use small lashing to tighten and finish off their lifelines. Don’t depend on the small 1/8” stainless loop welded on the pulpit. Instead, run the small lashing through the small stainless loop and then around the entire leg of the pulpit. 

For example, a broken outhaul can ruin a race. But you can be prepared for this with a few simple ideas. On small boat such as the Melges 24, I install a small ‘V’ cleat at the back of the boom on one side and drill a small hole on the other side. 

If you have a loose-footed main, you attach the mainsheet blocks using lashing or loops that go completely around the boom rather than just through an eye on the underside of the boom. Like the lifelines, this is much stronger and safer.

10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns

You've seen the bumper sticker: A bad day of boating is better than a good day at work. Cute, but would you really feel that way if you were adrift 10 miles from the ramp, with a boatload of tired, cranky passengers and an engine that won't start? At that point, you don't need a slogan, you need a plan.

Sometimes, your only option might be to ask for help - either from a professional towing company or a fellow boater. But in most instances a well-prepared skipper can make the necessary repairs to get the boat back to port without assistance. 

#1: It's Sputtering and Losing Power
Your boat feels like it's running out of strength (and you've ruled out the No. 1 breakdown reason - running out of fuel). You most likely have a filter problem or fouled plugs.

Solution: Replace the in-line fuel filter - you did bring a spare, didn't you? If not, you can at least remove and clear the filter element of any debris, and drain any accumulated water. 

Prevention: It's possible to buy a bad load of fuel, but it's more likely that the fuel went bad while in your boat. Leaving a tank near empty for long periods of time can cause condensation and water in the gas. 

Older tanks might have debris at the bottom, which can get stirred up as the fuel level drops. The best solution might be increased filtration. Consider adding a larger aftermarket fuel filter. And don't forget the spare elements.

Carry Onboard: Spare filter or filter element and a filter wrench.

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#2: The Belt Broke
You probably won't hear the sound of a drive belt breaking over the general engine noise, but you will know something's wrong when your overheat warning light comes on, or your voltage meter shows that the alternator isn't charging. Having a broken belt is a scenario unique to inboards and I/Os, and one that can shut you down in hurry. Without a belt intact, you'll have no alternator or water pump.

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Solution: There's a lot of info out there on jury-rigging a temporary belt by using fishing line or pantyhose or some such. This might work, but wouldn't it be easier to just carry a spare, along with the wrenches needed to change it?

Prevention: Inspect, tighten and dress the belt. You also might want to check the condition of the pulleys' contact surfaces. Sometimes, corrosion can cause rough spots on the pulleys that will eat a brand-new belt in short order.

Carry Onboard: Marine tool kit, which includes everything needed for this and other basic repairs.

#3: The Engine Is Overheating
The needle on the temperature gauge is rising. This almost always means you have a lack of water flow in the cooling loop. Outboards, most small inboards and I/Os don't have radiators like your car, and instead use the water they are floating on to cool the engine. 

Solution: Trace the source. In a vast majority of cases, the problem is an obstruction in the raw water intake - like weeds, mud or a plastic bag. Locate the intake and clean it out.

A loose hose clamp or a split or burst hose can also slow water flow, and it can spray damaging moisture around the engine.

Prevention: Regularly service and replace the impeller. Also look at the condition of its housing. Scarring or pitting of the metal housing can cause even a good impeller to lose pumping power.

Make sure you or your mechanic checks for corrosion or blockage in the exhaust system. Every so often, have the exhaust risers and associated components opened up for inspection. 

Carry Onboard: Soft wire or rod to snake intake clogs.

So don't forget these great reminders on how to keep your boat in great condition. 1) If your engine is sputtering or losing power.....Replace the in-line fuel filter;  2) if the belt brakes.....There's a lot of info out there on jury-rigging a temporary belt by using fishing line or pantyhose or some such, or bring a spare;  and 3) the engine is overheating.....Trace the source. In a vast majority of cases, the problem is an obstruction in the raw water intake - like weeds, mud or a plastic bag. Locate the intake and clean it out.

New Zealand fisherman reels in 321-pound marlin too big for his boat

 
Josh Roberts spent an hour reeling in the massive marlin. "It was an epic day," he said.

Josh Roberts spent an hour reeling in the massive marlin. "It was an epic day," he said.

A 25-year-old angler in New Zealand caught himself a monster marlin during a fishing trip late last week — but the fish was so large he couldn't even haul it into his boat.

“It was an epic day,” recalled Josh Roberts, a Whangarei resident, of his 321-pound catch.

"It had a lot of fight in it, so I got the fish to the boat in about half an hour, then tried to pull it in but failed because it still had plenty of energy left in it," said Roberts, according to the New Zealand Herald.

"I basically tied it up alongside the boat so it would drag through the water,” said Roberts, adding that he raced back to shore to avoid having his catch stolen by sharks.  

Roberts hauled his catch home and used a relative’s smoker to cook the fish. He said he plans to give much of it away to co-workers and family, and then it’s right back out to the water.

"The forecast looks pretty good again for Friday, so I think I'll be out there again,” Roberts told the Herald. “I just love being out there on the water.”

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Installing Your New Boat Sound System Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

Suggestion: You can network the Clarion CMS4 along with an MFD using the optional MW6 NMEA 2000 interface adapter. It ties the sound system right into an onboard NMEA 2000 backbone to manage the audio on compatible MFDs from Garmin, Lowrance, Simrad and other popular brand names.

A marine stereo can be as easy or sophisticated as you like. Systems such as those from Clarion, Fusion, JL, Polk, Prospec and Rockford Fosgate provide lots of room for expansion. Beyond a head unit and speakers, you can add functions like amplifiers, subwoofers, tower speakers, remote controls, SiriusXM and speakers with LEDs to produce a rockin' audio/visual experience.

However a lot of today's aftermarket setups prove less ambitious, including a source unit, control/display and four marine speakers. A few include an amp and NMEA 2000 networking to control the sound through a multifunction display screen.

Here we outline DIY steps when it comes to a basic yet cutting edge Clarion Marine Bluetooth- and SiriusXM-enabled stereo that provides the versatility to add components later.

Ability Level: 4 of 5
Finish Time: Approx. 12 hours

Tools and Supplies

Clarion CMS4 digital marine source unit and display/controller
Clarion XC2410 marine amplifier
Clarion CM1623RL 6.5-inch marine coaxial speakers
16-gauge marine duplex speaker wire
Marine-grade cable for powering amplifier
Various butt and terminal connectors along with heat-shrink collars
Diagonal cutters, wire stripper and crimping tool
Heat gun
Drill motor and drill bits
Jigsaw
Phillips screwdriver

Install Source Unit

Clarion's CMS4 black-box source unit has a footprint of 7.5 by 9.75 inches. We used the four supplied self-tapping screws and washers to secure the module to a bulkhead on the inside of the helm console to keep it completely dry. Check behind the mounting surface area prior to drilling. Using the pigtail wires on the female portion of the Molex-style plug, attach the fused yellow wire to a 12-volt DC positive source of power. Link the black wire to ground.

Install Amplifier

We added the compact (3.23-by-7.17- inch) four-channel, 400-watt Clarion XC2410 marine Class D amp in order to enhance audio, installing it inside the helm console. Connect the red fused 12-volt DC positive power line directly to the output terminal on the battery selector switch, and connect the black wire to ground, making use of the properly sized cable for the length of both of these runs.

Set up Display/Controller

The water resistant 4-by-6-inch CMS4 display/controller flush-mounts. Use the provided template and jigsaw to make a cutout at the helm in order to drop in the display screen, after that use the supplied bracket to secure the system from the backside. Direct the control cable from the back of the display screen (together with the display controller USB cable and video cable) through the cutout and tighten the two provided nuts over mounting studs so as to secure the brace.

Install and Connect Audio Speakers

We set up two sets of Clarion's new CM1623RL high-performance marine coaxial 6.5-inch-diameter audio speakers-- one pair in the inwales of the bowrider area and one more in the inwales of the aft cockpit-- marking holes and after that cutting all of them using a jigsaw. Once the speaker holes are definitely cut, run aquatic duplex speaker wire from the source unit to every location, connecting the speakers making use of the supplied water resistant Deutsch connector plugs.

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Cruising sailors rely on their motors a great deal more than they want to confess. Even though the internet has indeed helped close the gap in between parts providers and cruising sailors in far corners of the planet, the long-term cruiser however has to carefully consider which spare components as well as supplies he needs to carry with him.

A list of suggested spare parts will differ somewhat by what brand name you engine you have and where you are travelling. Components for our old Volvo MD2B were really expensive and difficult to find anywhere, so my wife Theresa and I had to balance our desire to be self-sufficient along with our skimpy budget.

Fuel Filters

We had a Dahl fuel filter, most other boats had Racor. We located fuel filter components all over the world, however obtaining the amount and micron rating we needed to have was no guarantee. Keep in mind you have at the very least two filters: a remote main filter between the tank and the engine, and a factory-installed auxiliary filter on the motor itself. The secondary filter is certainly generally more challenging to find.

Engine Oil

In case you're choosy about motor oil-- and you should be-- you might find your preferred oil in some countries. In some cases it is readily available under a different label, and with a little research study you could sort this out. Generally speaking, you'll be able to locate diesel motor oil with the specified American Petroleum Institute (API) certification or its equivalent practically anywhere you can purchase fuel.

Belts

You'll need spare V-belts for you alternator, especially if it's the high-output type. It is almost impossible to judge the quality of a V-belt just by looking, and when you leave the US, it's harder to find the industrial-rated V-belts that you need to have for high-output alternators.

Alternators

Alternators have a fairly high rate of failing, but a repair is frequently as easy as changing the brushes. Many cruisers switch out factory-supplied alternators with high-output versions, conserving the original factory alternator as a spare. This might sound fine theoretically, but swapping between different types of alternator might require adjustments in alignment, belt length, or even voltage regulation systems.

Gearbox

Probably one of the most neglected part of the drive train is the gearbox. Gearbox fluid does not last forever, but exactly how often must you change it? A few engine owner's manuals do not even give replacement time periods. Mechanics Nick talked with said the oil in a typical two-shaft gearbox, like the Hurth, must be changed at least at every other engine oil change, or 200 hours of operation. Make sure you understand what type of fluid your gearbox uses-- it might be engine oil, automatic transmission fluid, or something else. Just like every other consumable, carry enough for at least a year of service.

This is just a preliminary list, but it covers the most common items. For a more detailed list of spares, check out Nigel Calder's excellent book dedicated particularly to marine diesels: "Marine Diesel Engines, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair." 

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Are You Ready to Buy Your New Wakesurf Boat?

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding future alternative boat fuels powering your success.

Your marine sanitation experts talk about how wakesurfing has all but taken over the watersports scene. Easier falls, a mellower learning curve and a laid-back lifestyle all contribute to the sport’s ever-increasing popularity and the reputation it enjoys as one of the fastest-growing watersports on the planet. Whether you’re 15 or 50, you can wakesurf. 

As V-drive inboards have gotten bigger and more advanced, wakesurf waves have grown exponentially (while at the same time becoming easier to create). For years, inboards have naturally created ocean-like swells, and they could always be safely surfed due to their inboard-motor configuration that tucked the propeller safely under the boat. 

Hull design has also evolved to make deeper boats with a higher freeboard and gunwales that allow for more ballast to create bigger and bigger waves. Boats have intentionally gone from lighter to heavier in an effort to move more lake from underneath your boat to behind your boat in the form of a wall of water. A deeper boat means a heavier, bigger boat, and that means you can safely use more ballast. 

With all this wake-making potential, you need something to control the shape of the wave when it’s formed on the hull bottom.

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The old way of creating a wave was by heaving all your ballast to one side of the boat and living your life on the water in this crazy tilted world that gave you a big chiropractor bill by the end of the day. Most high-end inboards now have systems with wakeshaping plates that swing out or slide down from either side of the boat’s transom to crab the boat’s running attitude slightly and generate a massive wave without having to stick all your weight on one side. 

Modern wakesurf boats will also have some sort of plate just behind the rudder that is actuated from the dash and changes the pitch of the boat while underway, typically dragging to make the stern dig in and the bow ride a little higher. 

Finally, a note about size. If you’ve never owned a boat before, you might not think there’s much difference between a 21-footer and a 25-footer, but we’re here to tell you there’s a world of difference in that four-foot span. You have a lot to consider when buying a wakesurf boat, and size just might be the most important point. The first thing you should look into is whether the waterway you plan to surf on has size restrictions for boats. If it does, you may be in a 21-foot boat no matter what. Your next consideration is storage. 

Don't forget these great tips when buying your next wakesurf boat. 1) Most finance companies will require a good credit score, a credit history of at least five years and a large previous purchase via credit of at least $25,000;  2) buy your boat during peak boat season;  and 3) know which type of boat you want and need.

An 8 And 5-YO Are Sailing A Toy Ship Around The Globe, Tracking Its Journey Online

Children usually stick to sailing paper boats in ponds or bathtubs but two Scottish brothers are sailing one around the world. Don't believe us? Read on.

Ollie Ferguson (8) and his brother Harry (5) set their Playmobil pirate ship sailing last year into the North Sea as part of a bucket list of adventures that they want to enjoy. 

The boys added a counterweight to the ship to help it stay afloat. Its hull was filled with polystyrene to improve its buoyancy. Despite all these additions and modifications, no one expected the boat to survive this long.

The boys call their boat "Adventure" (of course) and the pirate ship has sailed hundreds of kilometres all the way from Scotland to Denmark.

Late last year, the Playmobil was launched off the coast of Mauritania, in the Atlantic Ocean, and it has been sailing ever since. It was also taken aboard the Christian Radich, a Norwegian full-rigged ship, and was then launched into a larger body of water to ensure it kept sailing. 

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The brothers' parents partnered with a leading GPS tracking company after the boys wished to track the ship's journey online. The Playmobil was then fitted with a state-of-the-art transmitter. 

Last week, however, the family announced that the toy ship's journey may have ended since it had not transmitted its location as it did twice a day. It had also missed several pings. 

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Weather Reminders to Consider Before Sailing

Raritan Engineering Company your Raritan marine products specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding pointers to keep in mind in regards to weather.

Check the Weather

Your Raritan marine products experts talk about how the first thing to always remember is to simply check the marine weather forecast before leaving the dock. The VHF has a dedicated channel that continually plays the weather forecast in a weird half man, half robot voice – while you’re straightening out the boat for the trip, listen and make sure there are no extreme conditions coming down the pike.

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Watch the Waves

The behavior of the waves will tell a sailor quite a bit. Your Raritan Marine Elegance suppliers talk about how not all of us have anemometers but we all can keep our eyes on what’s happening with wave action and understand how much wind is present. Here’s what to look for:

  • 5-knots of wind creates small wavelets in the water.
  • 10-knots of wind scattered whitecaps appear.
  • 15-knots the wind is forming waves – many of them with breaking tops.

Know How to Reef

Sailing upwind at 15-knots under full sail is, most likely, too much canvas and things can get squirrely. Your Raritan toilets manufacturers talk about how it’s time to think about reefing. And you know what they say about reefing – if you’re thinking about it, it’s already too late.

Consider the Lee Shore

When the wind is up, always be mindful of the lee shore, which is a shoreline that you could end up on if something were to break during an unforeseen problem. Like a pilot is hardwired to keep track of places where he could land his plane, a sailor is mindful of the lee shore.

So don’t forget these weather tips before beginning your sailing excursion. 1) Check the weather in advance;  2) watch the wave behavior;  3) be sure that you know how to reef;  and 3) always consider the lee shore.

Woman catches huge fish during ice fishing

There are several different methods of fishing used by fishermen all over the world. It all depends on the materials they have, the fishing locations and the kind of fish they want to catch.

Despite these numerous methods, some still see to it that they create innovations for future use. Just like this woman who demonstrated what its like to go ‘ice fishing.’

A woman wearing a pink jacket was first seen making her way to what seemed like a place with black water. It turns out she was walking on ice.

As she spotted the mark they previously made, she then starts to pull a string. She exclaims ‘Oh my God’ when she felt that something was clinging on to the string.

She pulls again for several more times but it was as if she was only pulling on to nothing. Still, she continues and just a few moments later, the water below the surface broke as if something moved beneath it.

The woman then has hope again that something was caught by the trap they set up. Your Raritan marine toilet parts distributors talk about how she continues on pulling the string again and again.

The woman finally gets a hold of the fish and it was just as big as her own arm! The effort she gave was truly worth it in the end.

So, are you willing to try out this fishing method too?

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For more than fifty years, Raritan has been meeting our customers’ needs for outstanding service and product reliability establishing ourselves as “the most dependable name on the water.” Our customers continue to be our focus, and the primary source of the ideas for our new marine products and product enhancements. The median length of service for Raritan employees is about twenty years, an unusual number in the fast-changing world we live and work in. It is a measure of the dedication of the men and women who design, manufacture, distribute and support Raritan’s marine products. Visit our website today for the best quality Raritan marine products in the marine sanitation industry.

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Safeguard Your Boat’s Deck From Ice Damage This Winter

It is the very first day of fall, which means winter is right around the bend, which is absolutely no fun sailors who reside in the northern slice of the earth, unless, of course, you’re an ice-boater or frost-biter– in which case, I’m happy for you (spoken like a true Floridian). Your marine toilet systems experts talk about how regarding all of the numerous evils that winter visits upon our boats– mold, mildew, snow, ice– one of one of the most insidious is actually also unnoticeable. I’m speaking about the water, soon to become ice, that could be trapped in the center of your deck.

In case you had worrying leakages at your mast, your forward hatch, or deck hardware this particular summer, those niggles can become nightmares whenever freezing temperatures begin to do their sledgehammer work upon our boats– as well as our psyche. Many decks these days are sandwich cores, which possess a stiffening material, typically foam or balsa, or plywood, sandwiched in between two fiberglass skins. (For a more in-depth picture of the pros and cons this particular construction process, have a look at our record on core construction.) For the moment, however, all you need to understand is this: Once water goes into the center of your deck through a small leak, it can often spread undetected. Bring on winter, and its freezing and thawing cycles, and the core begins to break down, and our light, stiff deck starts turning to Jell-O.

The freeze-thaw pattern may also damage the bond between the fiberglass and the core, further compromising the deck structure and presenting new issues. In a worst-case scenario, you return to your boat in the springtime and discover bubbles, bulges, and cracked gelcoat or fiberglass where water has actually pooled and frozen, pushing your deck’s outer skin upwards.

Bottom line is this: Of all the autumn maintenance fun (don’t call them chores) you’ve got to handle in the weeks ahead, take some time to deal with the leakages. Your electric marine toilets suppliers talk about how a lot of what you’ll need to perform your very own leak-repair project is right here in our archives. Our most recent record on caulks and sealants can help you discover the right sealer for the job. Owners of teak decks will certainly wish to consider our tests of teak sealers. When it comes to a good do-it-yourselfer perspective on sealants and caulks, check out PS contributor Scott Rosenthal’s account of his seasonal assault on leaks aboard his boat Willow.

Even better, if you wish to avoid leakages to begin with, comply with the time-tested method for sealing through-deck penetrations to prevent leaks from getting to the core whenever you add or re-install deck hardware. Your manual marine toilet specialists talk about how although not a complete treatment against the scourge of winter, our boat winter-cover project can cut down on the damages done.

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Topwater Fishing Secrets

Topwater Fishing Like a Pro

Raritan Engineering Company your macerator toilet suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding topwater fishing secrets.

Your macerator toilet distributors talk about how topwater lures are effective at catching a ­variety of species, from largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike to striped bass, snook and redfish. Plus, watching a big fish explode on your lure is one of the most exciting experiences in fishing.

Watch ‘Em Work

Make a few test casts and experiment with different actions and retrieves. Every lure has its own sweet spot. For Zara Spooks and other walk-the-dog-style lures, practice a twitch, wind, twitch cadence until you get the lure zigzagging like a pro.

Don’t Yank

Do not react to every swirl on your lure by rearing back on the rod. If you do, you’ll miss a lot of the fish. Instead, wait till the rod loads up and then wind into the fish.

Stop and Start

Mix up the retrieve by changing your cadence or stopping to let the lure rest from time to time. Topwaters often get bit while sitting perfectly still, so don’t be afraid to let it stay in one place for as long as 30 seconds.

A number of factors stimulate bass into striking at objects on the surface during the warm months. Your macerator toilet problem solver talks about how bass might be looking toward the surface during warm weather because a lot of terrestrial insects, such as locusts and grasshoppers, fall in the water.

Here are some topwater fishing tricks on how to make bass hit your offering in late spring and throughout the summer.

Make Some Noise

On windy days, try noisy topwater lures such as chuggers or propeller style baits, like buzzbaits, which are easier for bass to detect and pinpoint on a choppy surface.

Check For Followers

If you see a bass following your topwater lure, keep working the lure at a steady pace to keep the fish chasing the bait. Your marine macerating toilet experts talk about how stopping the retrieve usually causes the fish to turn away from the lure.v

Mix Up Your Topwater Fishing Tactics In Shallows

When the water on your favorite fishery is high and murky to muddy, a buzz bait is your best bet to run in the shallows.

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Summer Boating Can Help You Say Goodbye to Summer Stress

Raritan Engineering Company your electric toilets specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding awesome summer boating destinations you need to know about.

Your electric toilets experts talk about how boating is known to reduce stress and improve quality of life. Luckily, you don’t have to sail the deep blue sea for some great voyages. Ninety percent of Americans live less than an hour from a navigable body of water, whether a sprawling lake or the beautiful ocean.

1. Marina del Rey, California

Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles and a stone’s throw from Santa Monica, Marina del Rey is the largest manmade small-craft harbor in the United States. Experiencing a major renaissance, the area is known to woo the rich and famous with its highbrow amenities, including the luxurious Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey, which is situated on the marina itself.

2. Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Harbor served as the port of call for the famed America’s Cup — an international yachting race — for years. Boaters still come from around the world to check out the yachting facilities and to experience the quaint New England charm at sea. 
3. Key West, Florida

The southernmost island is renowned for having the best sunset on the continent, so sunset cruising is a popular activity. Thanks to the laidback lifestyle, boaters here are casual with a “don’t worry, be happy” attitude. 
4. Lake Havasu, Arizona

Quickly emerging as a hot spot for boaters, Lake Havasu is a large reservoir in the middle of the Arizona desert in Mojave County with 60 miles of waterways to explore. 

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Boaters can find hidden coves, sandbars, beaches and the iconic London Bridge. In the past decade, Lake Havasu has cultivated a religious following among spring breakers — 24-hour partying is not unusual — but the college-aged crowd can be found here throughout the year, thanks to the lake’s warm temperature, 16 boat launches and plenty of party-boat rentals.

5. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Life seems to revolve around the water in this city known for its 23 miles of beaches. Thanks to more than 300 miles of inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale is referred to as the “Venice of America.” More than 40,000 yachts are based in the sunny city, giving Fort Lauderdale bragging rights as the yachting capital of the world, and not surprisingly, the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one of the largest in the world.

You’ve already had a big hit by buying the yacht and making yourself happy but now the real long term benefit switches in. The number one key to making your own seratonin is to be outside. Most people spend less than twenty minutes a day in the sun. It’s pretty hard to avoid the outdoors when on a yacht.

• take your sunglasses off early morning… the dawn light will get the seratonin going early and glass will block your receptors in the eyes
• have breakfast on deck
• swim to a beach and do some yoga or just go for a walk (exercise will get seratonin going too)
• remove sunglasses again around midday for twenty minutes
• avoid sunburn during hottest parts of day
• Cocktails or drinks on sunset on deck… compulsory (signals body to switch to melatonin production as sun goes down)

Linked to Seratonin production is Vitamin D. Believe it or not three quarters of Australians are now considered deficient in this essential vitamin. Darker skinned people may need six times as much as lighter skinned people. A blood test is the only way to know if you are deficient but if you are it’s not just ricketts that you should worry about. .

• expose arms to sun mid morning for twenty minutes
• do not use sunscreen in winter and only after 9 am in summer
• eat more fish (caught from the stern of course) or take fish oil tablets
• more nuts especially almonds at cocktail hour

By now you are determined to take a week off work just to make sure your seratonin and vitamin d levels are fine. Well it gets better. Insomnia is a huge problem with millions suffering from it leading to again a scary number of illnesses.

So to cure insomnia follow these rules

• take the yacht away for 5 days
• try not to use mobile phones or iPads at night
• sail till tired
• cook a healthy meal
• try to limit drinks to sunset cocktail hour
• go to bed early

So don’t forget these great locations for getting rid of that summer stress. 1) Marina del Rey, California;  2) Newport, Rhode Island;  3) Key West, Florida;  4) Lake Havasu, Arizona;  and 5) Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Couple on Sailboat Hears Dog Crying in Distance, Finds Puppy Alone on Deserted Island

Meet Captain Joel and Dr. Sheddy, a couple on a mission to help animals and communities worldwide. They sail around the world together in their sailboat, providing free veterinary care to vulnerable populations.

In 2006, Sheddy met her soulmate, Captain Joel, at school. Joel had a passion of his own, sailing, and had been saving for his own boat since he was 16 years old.

They decided to pursue their dreams together, combining three of their biggest passions: traveling, sailing, and animal care.

The couple documents their adventures and shares them online, giving people a window into their unique life.

One day, while relaxing in their boat, the couple heard the faint cries of what sounded like a puppy. They rowed to the nearby deserted island to investigate.

His paws were raw, she said, from running on the hot sand. Sheddy gave the pup a quick snack and a drink, while Joel rowed to the closest inhabited island.

Sheddy explained the likely circumstances surrounding the puppy’s predicament. During extremely low tide, the two islands are connected, and the puppy likely ran across and found himself unable to return as the tide began to rise.

They eventually did find them and learned the pup had been missing for four days.

Sheddy was thrilled to be able to reunite the puppy with his family. “You’re home!” she squealed, scratching his head with affection.

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How to Pick Up a Downed Rider, Skier or Tuber

How To Pick Up Downed Riders While Minimizing Injuries 

Raritan Engineering Company your macerating pump specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding properly picking up your downed water skier.

Your macerating pump experts talk about water sports offer boaters a unique experience not available to non boaters. That privilege comes with the responsibility to ensure safety for your crew and to extend courtesy to fellow boaters.

In this month’s Seamanship, we examine how these principles apply to the task of retrieving a skier, tuber or rider who has fallen.

The first thing to do is to remind the spotter to keep their eyes fixed on the person in the water. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping people stay focused. The spotter’s job is important. It can seem nonessential — until that one time a downed rider is hurt and goes under for some reason. Make your approach from downwind; this will help you control the boat at the slow speed you should be moving at as you get close. 

Turn the engine off once you reach the person in the water. Shifting into neutral and leaving the engine running is not safe. Shut it down.

Finally, be aware of how your wake is affecting others. In addition to other boaters, docks and shoreside properties, this applies to other water sports enthusiasts too. 

Instead, come down to dead slow, turn the boat 180 degrees, and proceed back down the path of your wake. Once the rider is safely aboard, resume surfing in the established direction for the body of water you are on.

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Keep Your Boat in Great Condition Longer

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding future alternative boat fuels powering your success.

Your TruDesign professionals talk about how many boats use small lashing to tighten and finish off their lifelines. Don’t depend on the small 1/8” stainless loop welded on the pulpit. Instead, run the small lashing through the small stainless loop and then around the entire leg of the pulpit. 

For example, a broken outhaul can ruin a race. But you can be prepared for this with a few simple ideas. On small boat such as the Melges 24, I install a small ‘V’ cleat at the back of the boom on one side and drill a small hole on the other side. 

If you have a loose-footed main, you attach the mainsheet blocks using lashing or loops that go completely around the boom rather than just through an eye on the underside of the boom. Like the lifelines, this is much stronger and safer.

10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns

You’ve seen the bumper sticker: A bad day of boating is better than a good day at work. Cute, but would you really feel that way if you were adrift 10 miles from the ramp, with a boatload of tired, cranky passengers and an engine that won’t start? At that point, you don’t need a slogan, you need a plan.

Sometimes, your only option might be to ask for help – either from a professional towing company or a fellow boater. But in most instances a well-prepared skipper can make the necessary repairs to get the boat back to port without assistance. 

#1: It’s Sputtering and Losing Power
Your boat feels like it’s running out of strength (and you’ve ruled out the No. 1 breakdown reason – running out of fuel). You most likely have a filter problem or fouled plugs.

Solution: Replace the in-line fuel filter – you did bring a spare, didn’t you? If not, you can at least remove and clear the filter element of any debris, and drain any accumulated water. 

Prevention: It’s possible to buy a bad load of fuel, but it’s more likely that the fuel went bad while in your boat. Leaving a tank near empty for long periods of time can cause condensation and water in the gas. 

Older tanks might have debris at the bottom, which can get stirred up as the fuel level drops. The best solution might be increased filtration. Consider adding a larger aftermarket fuel filter. And don’t forget the spare elements.

Carry Onboard: Spare filter or filter element and a filter wrench.

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#2: The Belt Broke
You probably won’t hear the sound of a drive belt breaking over the general engine noise, but you will know something’s wrong when your overheat warning light comes on, or your voltage meter shows that the alternator isn’t charging. Having a broken belt is a scenario unique to inboards and I/Os, and one that can shut you down in hurry. Without a belt intact, you’ll have no alternator or water pump.

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Solution: There’s a lot of info out there on jury-rigging a temporary belt by using fishing line or pantyhose or some such. This might work, but wouldn’t it be easier to just carry a spare, along with the wrenches needed to change it?

Prevention: Inspect, tighten and dress the belt. You also might want to check the condition of the pulleys’ contact surfaces. Sometimes, corrosion can cause rough spots on the pulleys that will eat a brand-new belt in short order.

Carry Onboard: Marine tool kit, which includes everything needed for this and other basic repairs.

#3: The Engine Is Overheating
The needle on the temperature gauge is rising. This almost always means you have a lack of water flow in the cooling loop. Outboards, most small inboards and I/Os don’t have radiators like your car, and instead use the water they are floating on to cool the engine. 

Solution: Trace the source. In a vast majority of cases, the problem is an obstruction in the raw water intake – like weeds, mud or a plastic bag. Locate the intake and clean it out.

A loose hose clamp or a split or burst hose can also slow water flow, and it can spray damaging moisture around the engine.

Prevention: Regularly service and replace the impeller. Also look at the condition of its housing. Scarring or pitting of the metal housing can cause even a good impeller to lose pumping power.

Make sure you or your mechanic checks for corrosion or blockage in the exhaust system. Every so often, have the exhaust risers and associated components opened up for inspection. 

Carry Onboard: Soft wire or rod to snake intake clogs.

So don’t forget these great reminders on how to keep your boat in great condition. 1) If your engine is sputtering or losing power…..Replace the in-line fuel filter;  2) if the belt brakes…..There’s a lot of info out there on jury-rigging a temporary belt by using fishing line or pantyhose or some such, or bring a spare;  and 3) the engine is overheating…..Trace the source. In a vast majority of cases, the problem is an obstruction in the raw water intake – like weeds, mud or a plastic bag. Locate the intake and clean it out.

New Zealand fisherman reels in 321-pound marlin too big for his boat

 
Josh Roberts spent an hour reeling in the massive marlin. "It was an epic day," he said.

Josh Roberts spent an hour reeling in the massive marlin. “It was an epic day,” he said.

A 25-year-old angler in New Zealand caught himself a monster marlin during a fishing trip late last week — but the fish was so large he couldn’t even haul it into his boat.

“It was an epic day,” recalled Josh Roberts, a Whangarei resident, of his 321-pound catch.

“It had a lot of fight in it, so I got the fish to the boat in about half an hour, then tried to pull it in but failed because it still had plenty of energy left in it,” said Roberts, according to the New Zealand Herald.

“I basically tied it up alongside the boat so it would drag through the water,” said Roberts, adding that he raced back to shore to avoid having his catch stolen by sharks.  

Roberts hauled his catch home and used a relative’s smoker to cook the fish. He said he plans to give much of it away to co-workers and family, and then it’s right back out to the water.

“The forecast looks pretty good again for Friday, so I think I’ll be out there again,” Roberts told the Herald. “I just love being out there on the water.”

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Installing Your New Boat Sound System Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Suggestion: You can network the Clarion CMS4 along with an MFD using the optional MW6 NMEA 2000 interface adapter. It ties the sound system right into an onboard NMEA 2000 backbone to manage the audio on compatible MFDs from Garmin, Lowrance, Simrad and other popular brand names.

A marine stereo can be as easy or sophisticated as you like. Systems such as those from Clarion, Fusion, JL, Polk, Prospec and Rockford Fosgate provide lots of room for expansion. Beyond a head unit and speakers, you can add functions like amplifiers, subwoofers, tower speakers, remote controls, SiriusXM and speakers with LEDs to produce a rockin’ audio/visual experience.

However a lot of today’s aftermarket setups prove less ambitious, including a source unit, control/display and four marine speakers. A few include an amp and NMEA 2000 networking to control the sound through a multifunction display screen.

Here we outline DIY steps when it comes to a basic yet cutting edge Clarion Marine Bluetooth- and SiriusXM-enabled stereo that provides the versatility to add components later.

Ability Level: 4 of 5
Finish Time: Approx. 12 hours

Tools and Supplies

Clarion CMS4 digital marine source unit and display/controller
Clarion XC2410 marine amplifier
Clarion CM1623RL 6.5-inch marine coaxial speakers
16-gauge marine duplex speaker wire
Marine-grade cable for powering amplifier
Various butt and terminal connectors along with heat-shrink collars
Diagonal cutters, wire stripper and crimping tool
Heat gun
Drill motor and drill bits
Jigsaw
Phillips screwdriver

Install Source Unit

Clarion’s CMS4 black-box source unit has a footprint of 7.5 by 9.75 inches. We used the four supplied self-tapping screws and washers to secure the module to a bulkhead on the inside of the helm console to keep it completely dry. Check behind the mounting surface area prior to drilling. Using the pigtail wires on the female portion of the Molex-style plug, attach the fused yellow wire to a 12-volt DC positive source of power. Link the black wire to ground.

Install Amplifier

We added the compact (3.23-by-7.17- inch) four-channel, 400-watt Clarion XC2410 marine Class D amp in order to enhance audio, installing it inside the helm console. Connect the red fused 12-volt DC positive power line directly to the output terminal on the battery selector switch, and connect the black wire to ground, making use of the properly sized cable for the length of both of these runs.

Set up Display/Controller

The water resistant 4-by-6-inch CMS4 display/controller flush-mounts. Use the provided template and jigsaw to make a cutout at the helm in order to drop in the display screen, after that use the supplied bracket to secure the system from the backside. Direct the control cable from the back of the display screen (together with the display controller USB cable and video cable) through the cutout and tighten the two provided nuts over mounting studs so as to secure the brace.

Install and Connect Audio Speakers

We set up two sets of Clarion’s new CM1623RL high-performance marine coaxial 6.5-inch-diameter audio speakers– one pair in the inwales of the bowrider area and one more in the inwales of the aft cockpit– marking holes and after that cutting all of them using a jigsaw. Once the speaker holes are definitely cut, run aquatic duplex speaker wire from the source unit to every location, connecting the speakers making use of the supplied water resistant Deutsch connector plugs.

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Cruising sailors rely on their motors a great deal more than they want to confess. Even though the internet has indeed helped close the gap in between parts providers and cruising sailors in far corners of the planet, the long-term cruiser however has to carefully consider which spare components as well as supplies he needs to carry with him.

A list of suggested spare parts will differ somewhat by what brand name you engine you have and where you are travelling. Components for our old Volvo MD2B were really expensive and difficult to find anywhere, so my wife Theresa and I had to balance our desire to be self-sufficient along with our skimpy budget.

Fuel Filters

We had a Dahl fuel filter, most other boats had Racor. We located fuel filter components all over the world, however obtaining the amount and micron rating we needed to have was no guarantee. Keep in mind you have at the very least two filters: a remote main filter between the tank and the engine, and a factory-installed auxiliary filter on the motor itself. The secondary filter is certainly generally more challenging to find.

Engine Oil

In case you’re choosy about motor oil– and you should be– you might find your preferred oil in some countries. In some cases it is readily available under a different label, and with a little research study you could sort this out. Generally speaking, you’ll be able to locate diesel motor oil with the specified American Petroleum Institute (API) certification or its equivalent practically anywhere you can purchase fuel.

Belts

You’ll need spare V-belts for you alternator, especially if it’s the high-output type. It is almost impossible to judge the quality of a V-belt just by looking, and when you leave the US, it’s harder to find the industrial-rated V-belts that you need to have for high-output alternators.

Alternators

Alternators have a fairly high rate of failing, but a repair is frequently as easy as changing the brushes. Many cruisers switch out factory-supplied alternators with high-output versions, conserving the original factory alternator as a spare. This might sound fine theoretically, but swapping between different types of alternator might require adjustments in alignment, belt length, or even voltage regulation systems.

Gearbox

Probably one of the most neglected part of the drive train is the gearbox. Gearbox fluid does not last forever, but exactly how often must you change it? A few engine owner’s manuals do not even give replacement time periods. Mechanics Nick talked with said the oil in a typical two-shaft gearbox, like the Hurth, must be changed at least at every other engine oil change, or 200 hours of operation. Make sure you understand what type of fluid your gearbox uses– it might be engine oil, automatic transmission fluid, or something else. Just like every other consumable, carry enough for at least a year of service.

This is just a preliminary list, but it covers the most common items. For a more detailed list of spares, check out Nigel Calder’s excellent book dedicated particularly to marine diesels: “Marine Diesel Engines, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair.” 

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Are You Ready to Buy Your New Wakesurf Boat?

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding future alternative boat fuels powering your success.

Your marine sanitation experts talk about how wakesurfing has all but taken over the watersports scene. Easier falls, a mellower learning curve and a laid-back lifestyle all contribute to the sport’s ever-increasing popularity and the reputation it enjoys as one of the fastest-growing watersports on the planet. Whether you’re 15 or 50, you can wakesurf. 

As V-drive inboards have gotten bigger and more advanced, wakesurf waves have grown exponentially (while at the same time becoming easier to create). For years, inboards have naturally created ocean-like swells, and they could always be safely surfed due to their inboard-motor configuration that tucked the propeller safely under the boat. 

Hull design has also evolved to make deeper boats with a higher freeboard and gunwales that allow for more ballast to create bigger and bigger waves. Boats have intentionally gone from lighter to heavier in an effort to move more lake from underneath your boat to behind your boat in the form of a wall of water. A deeper boat means a heavier, bigger boat, and that means you can safely use more ballast. 

With all this wake-making potential, you need something to control the shape of the wave when it’s formed on the hull bottom.

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The old way of creating a wave was by heaving all your ballast to one side of the boat and living your life on the water in this crazy tilted world that gave you a big chiropractor bill by the end of the day. Most high-end inboards now have systems with wakeshaping plates that swing out or slide down from either side of the boat’s transom to crab the boat’s running attitude slightly and generate a massive wave without having to stick all your weight on one side. 

Modern wakesurf boats will also have some sort of plate just behind the rudder that is actuated from the dash and changes the pitch of the boat while underway, typically dragging to make the stern dig in and the bow ride a little higher. 

Finally, a note about size. If you’ve never owned a boat before, you might not think there’s much difference between a 21-footer and a 25-footer, but we’re here to tell you there’s a world of difference in that four-foot span. You have a lot to consider when buying a wakesurf boat, and size just might be the most important point. The first thing you should look into is whether the waterway you plan to surf on has size restrictions for boats. If it does, you may be in a 21-foot boat no matter what. Your next consideration is storage. 

Don’t forget these great tips when buying your next wakesurf boat. 1) Most finance companies will require a good credit score, a credit history of at least five years and a large previous purchase via credit of at least $25,000;  2) buy your boat during peak boat season;  and 3) know which type of boat you want and need.

An 8 And 5-YO Are Sailing A Toy Ship Around The Globe, Tracking Its Journey Online

Children usually stick to sailing paper boats in ponds or bathtubs but two Scottish brothers are sailing one around the world. Don’t believe us? Read on.

Ollie Ferguson (8) and his brother Harry (5) set their Playmobil pirate ship sailing last year into the North Sea as part of a bucket list of adventures that they want to enjoy. 

The boys added a counterweight to the ship to help it stay afloat. Its hull was filled with polystyrene to improve its buoyancy. Despite all these additions and modifications, no one expected the boat to survive this long.

The boys call their boat “Adventure” (of course) and the pirate ship has sailed hundreds of kilometres all the way from Scotland to Denmark.

Late last year, the Playmobil was launched off the coast of Mauritania, in the Atlantic Ocean, and it has been sailing ever since. It was also taken aboard the Christian Radich, a Norwegian full-rigged ship, and was then launched into a larger body of water to ensure it kept sailing. 

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The brothers’ parents partnered with a leading GPS tracking company after the boys wished to track the ship’s journey online. The Playmobil was then fitted with a state-of-the-art transmitter. 

Last week, however, the family announced that the toy ship’s journey may have ended since it had not transmitted its location as it did twice a day. It had also missed several pings. 

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