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Do-It-Yourself Boat Repairs Don’t Have to Be Challenging Anymore

Hopefully, you will never find any of these cringe-worthy mistakes on your boat.

There’s absolutely no shortage of people that can do a good job slapping on a coating of paint or even tuning up an engine. But based upon marine surveyor Frank Lanier’s expertise examining boats, the pool of qualified folks with the skill level to make electrical related repairs and installations gets a lot smaller.

Jethro’s Foolproof Trademarked Electrical Connection

Boaters are actually a creative lot when it comes to solving issues afloat. Not only is the homegrown junction splice utilized in the positive battery conductor at left nonstandard, it likewise leaves an energized bolt to arc and spark while bouncing about the engine compartment– a genuine fire hazard.

Bonding System

Here we have a hose clamp being utilized to secure a bonding wire to a seacock, an installation that is as inadequate as it is unorthodox. Even though the pros and cons of having a bonding system set up are often debated, one thing is certain: if one is installed, all connections must be tight and corrosion-free for the system to function properly. One that’s incorrectly installed or maintained will provide the worst of both “to bond,” and “not to bond” worlds, and your thru hulls will not be protected.

Wiring Gone Awry

The only thing even worse than dealing with an electric issue is needing to wade through a mishmash of loose, messy electrical wiring prior to even beginning the troubleshooting procedure. Unsupported wires and cables can easily bounce about while underway, creating lots of electrical problems, varying from broken connectors or wires to gremlin-like intermittent issues which seem to magically appear and disappear with absolutely no rhyme or reason. Worse, they can chafe and trigger a fire.

Battery Basics

Industry requirements call for batteries to be set up in liquid tight, acid-proof boxes or trays, be properly secured (movement absolutely no greater than one inch within any direction), and have all exposed positive terminals covered to prevent accidental shorting. All great suggestions, however sadly none of them are met in this specific installation. One more recommendation is that no battery cables and conductors 6 AWG and larger be connected to the battery with wing nuts. They’re difficult to correctly torque and may loosen due to ship movement. Use marine-grade nyloc nuts instead. Keep in mind that a battery is a really just box of electricity, and in the event that it gets loosened, sparks could fly and ignite something flammable nearby.

AC Plug Installation

Many DIYers have no idea that domestic style solid copper wiring (aka ROMEX) is not suggested for use on boats. Solid wire is actually prone to damage because of vibration– the reason marine-grade wire is actually created of multi-stranded copper wire.

Fuse Protection

DC-powered equipment installations always need fuse or breaker protection. In some cases it’s appropriate to power devices via a connection directly to the battery, but always ensure a correctly sized inline fuse is part of the installation. Without a fuse, the wire carrying current to the device can ignite if there is a short in the device.

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Maximize the Cooling Ability of Your Cooler

Raritan Engineering Company your marine heads specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding easy ways to make your boat cooler cooler.

Your marine heads experts talk about how you want your drinks and snacks to stay cold longer without forking over hundreds for a high-end cooler? Here’s how to hack a cheap model.

Until I got my latest boat, I’d never owned a boat with a fridge. I’d always used a cooler. It was OK and it fit nicely on the boat, but the performance was far from stellar. The ice melted within a day, and I thought that this was just the way it had to be. 

On further investigation, it turned out that many cheap coolers are just an inner and outer skin of plastic with an air space between them. If this space can be filled with some sort of insulation, rather than just relying on dead air, the contents of the cooler will stay cold far longer. 

Before undertaking this project, be sure to read and follow the spray-foam manufacturer’s directions, taking note of recommended temperature and humidity ranges. Always wear protective equipment, including gloves, face mask/respirator, and eyewear.

Here’s how to upgrade yours

1. With the lid removed, drill a series of half-inch holes around the top rim of the cooler, placing them them about 4 or 5 inches apart. The spacing isn’t critical, but aim for neatness. 

2. Insert the dispensing tube from the foam can into each hole in turn and fill until the space is about 50 percent full. The foam will expand in every direction. If you overfill, the pressure of the expanding foam will distort the cooler and may burst the sides apart. 

3. After leaving the foam to fully cure overnight (sometimes up to 24 hours), use a sharp knife to trim flush any excess that has squeezed out of the holes.

4. Screw the lid back on the cooler. Add ice and drinks and enjoy!

Standing The Test Of Time

Although far from scientific, I measured how long it took a 5-pound bag of ice to melt, both pre- and post insulation. With no extra insulation, the ice melted to almost nothing within four hours when the cooler with the ice inside was placed outdoors in the shade on an 80-degree day. 

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Size

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The more volume your cooler or insulated box has, the more ice you’ll need to chill down all the stuff in it, and all the air in any empty space. This is why a full cooler holds ice better than one that’s mostly empty — you’re not wasting thermal energy cooling down all that air, some of which, by the way, gets exchanged every time you open the lid. 

Insulation

Gasketing

Just like the weather stripping around the doors of your house, a good thick gasket prevents air from leaking in or out of your cooler, in this case, stealing your precious cold air and melting your frozen H2O. If the lid of your box or cooler doesn’t have a gasket, consider using a $4 roll of foam tape or door kerf to seal the gap. 

If you’re considering adding insulation to a box on board, make sure it drains overboard, but also figure out how you’re going to plug that drain while the box is in use. And while you’re at it, figure out a way to stow the plug so you always know where it is when you need it on Saturday morning. 

Don’t forget these great pointers for boosting the cooling power of your boat’s cooler. 1) With the lid removed, drill a series of half-inch holes around the top rim of the cooler, placing them them about 4 or 5 inches apart;  2)  insert the dispensing tube from the foam can into each hole in turn and fill until the space is about 50 percent full;  and 3) after leaving the foam to fully cure overnight (sometimes up to 24 hours), use a sharp knife to trim flush any excess that has squeezed out of the holes.

Solar-powered Boat is the Perfect Tiny Home for a Life of Sailing

Quebec boat building company Daigno has conceived of an original flagship houseboat called Le Koroc. Constructed as a “single-structure laminated timber,” the floating tiny home is, as its website says, “a unique and refined craft for Nature lovers and fishing aficionados.”

A floating testimony to the environment

Daigno says their solar-powered sailing abode is “a testimony to our constant concern for the environment “whose concept came about by “challenging habits and exploring innovative ideas.” Just one look at the elegant yet compact residence and it is safe to say that the designers are not exaggerating. 

Solar-powered Boat is the Perfect Tiny Home for a Life of Sailing

Best of all, all the luxuries of a real house are conveniently packed into the boat’s 24 feet long and 8 feet wide frame. In this case, small size has not been an excuse for sacrificing function.

The bathroom albeit small is complete with a stand-up shower in addition to the usual necessary accessories. But where does one sleep you might ask?

The back of the boat features a dinette table that folds out into a bed frame that sees the area now used as a bedroom with a view of that can not be beaten. For additional guests, two benches on either side can also fold out to offer another mattress.

Dedicated to sustainability

True to their dedication to sustainability, the boat’s metal roof features a 265-watt solar panel that powers the boat’s energy-efficient LED lighting and other electrical equipment. For the extreme eco-friendly, composting toilets are also available. 

Daigno’s website further states that “each product we build is unique, and is crafted to meet specific customer expectations.” The builders also offer additional upgrades for boat owners even after purchase.

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Need a Solution to Your Tainted Water Tank Problems? Look No Further

Those of you who missed out on our report about how an unreliable winterizing solution can produce a Sandals Beach Resort for waterborne bacteria may be noticing a penetrating odor originating from your galley tap. Regardless of the cause of your water woes, our preferred chemist-sailor Drew Frye has spent the majority of the winter developing some simple steps to ensuring you get fresh-tasting water as good as any bottled variety on board this spring. Here he provides a detailed guide to sanitizing that foul-smelling tank.

With cautious monitoring and pre-filtering of dockside water and upkeep of tank water, this specific procedure should only be required when contamination is suspected, or to start off fresh with a clean tank. Regular evaluations, filtration at the dock, and routine maintenance doses of chlorine or treatment tablets (which we will compare in Part II of this series) whenever needed will definitely protect against future problems. Utilizing a proper blend of glycol if you winterize will prevent one of the common causes of contamination.

Initially the storage tank needs to be clean. Look inside with a flashlight; is there any type of sediment on the bottom or perhaps residue on the walls? Feel the walls; are they slick, evidence of healthy bacterial growth? Everything needs to go. Hopefully there is practical access, for there is no substitute for a good hand scrubbing and rinse-down along with a high powered hose. There is a basic sterilizing procedure for recreational vehicles (ANSI A119.2 section 10.8) that works just as effectively for boats. We’ve included a few details, but the bones of it come straight from the code and have actually been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Turn off the hot water heater until finished.

Get rid of any type of carbon canisters or micron rated filters. Remove any faucet aerator screens. Wire mesh pump protection strainers ought to stay in place. The plumbing will most likely slough off a layer of bacteria throughout later flushing steps.

Clean and eliminate the vent screen and flush the vent hose.

Make use of either following methods in order to identify the volume of common household bleach needed to sanitize the tank.

Multiply gallons of tank capacity by 0.13; the result is the ounces of bleach needed to sanitize the tank. This is 1/8 cup of plain bleach (absolutely no fragrance) per 10 gallons.

Multiply liters of tank capacity by 1.0; the outcome is the milliliters of bleach needed to sanitize the tank.

Mix the proper amount of bleach inside a 1-gallon canister of water. This will certainly offer better mixing and reduce spot corrosion of aluminum tanks.

Dump the solution (water/bleach) into the storage tank and fill up the tank with drinkable water.
Preferably, allow some solution to escape though the air vent. (If the vent is exterior, prevent any type of spillage into local waters.) This will certainly disinfect the vent line.

Open all faucets (hot and cold) allowing the water to run until all of the air is removed and the distinct odor of chlorine is detected. Leave the pressure pump on.

The basic solution must have four hours of contact time in order to sanitize completely. Doubling the solution concentration reduces the contact time to one hour.

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Sailing Could Be Your Next New Love 

Even for the weekend sailor, the relationship between men and boats is a bit like a love affair. There’s the same initial infatuation, the same preoccupying passion, the same pain of separation. For a married man, there’s even the same kind of tension he has with his spouse. 

I had sailed since I was 12, but it was not until I was 40 that I finally bought a boat of my own. She was a Pearson 26 One Design, a sleek, fiberglass-hulled, 26-foot sloop that I sailed on the Chesapeake Bay. I can still remember the excitement of the day I took commission of her at a yacht yard in Annapolis and the thrill when we got the sails up for the first time. 

But by the second season, and certainly the third, conflicts had begun to develop. Weekends that I wanted to spend on the bay had to be devoted to long-overdue chores.

When I didn’t use the boat, the costs of maintaining her suddenly seemed like an extravagance. A 26-foot boat is hardly a yacht of the proportions J. P. Morgan had in mind, but the routine expenses were considerable, nonetheless. 

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I used the boat less and less in the fourth and fifth seasons, and finally even I had to admit that the rewards no longer justified the expenses. (You can ruin a boat owner’s day by forcing him to calculate his per-sail costs.) Finally, reluctantly, I put her on the block. I was depressed for weeks. When the yacht broker would call with an offer, I would make it my business to be out. 

I frankly expected to be devastated. Instead, I felt strangely exhilarated. No more did I fret when a storm blew through, no longer did I have to worry about whether her lines were secure, no longer did I feel guilty about the fading teak and fraying jib sheets. That was someone else’s worry now. I rediscovered tennis and became reacquainted with my children. They’re really quite nice, and my son’s tennis game had improved sharply while I was away.

Old sailing magazines are especially dangerous for me. I leaf through the four-color ads that read: ”Imagine yourself the proud owner of this beauty,” and there is a deliriously happy carefree skipper heading his gleaming white yacht into the sunset. I know it isn’t really like that, of course, and yet, when the breeze stiffens the flag atop the office building across the street.

As club programs so often are the gateway to youth competition, this leads their programming to focus on racing. While this approach keeps the youth circuit hopping and supports the school sailing environment in USA, it arguably contradicts the premise of the program. 

That answer will likely shift a bit over the next twenty years as the number of Optimist-equipped junior programs has proliferated over the past 20 years but I think there continues to be lots of doubt about whether these racing-focused junior programs are really creating lifelong sailors and growth in sailing.  

Summer camps, Sea Scouts and community sailing programs introduce thousands more – again the numbers dwarf junior programs. And thousands more get introduced to sailing at resorts with Sunfish or Hobie Waves or similar boats on the beach.

There’s healthy debate and adjustments being made to junior programs to create more well-rounded offerings but the total numbers remain small compared to the way ‘most sailors’ become hooked on sailing. 

So don’t forget these great reasons why you cold get addicted to sailing. People get hooked because of 1) tall ship training courses;  2) summer camps;  and 3) junior programs.

California Police Officer Saves Dog From Burning Sailboat

Upon reaching the burning boat, he realized that in order to save the dog he would have to earn the scared animal’s trust first. As a horse trainer and all-around animal lover, Ruggles knew he was the right man for the job, and did what he could to calm the dog as the crowd watched tensely from the harbor.

“When I first got there, I reached out for the dog and he started barking and growling. So I tried to talk to him in a soft voice, and see if that would help,” Ruggles said. “He was very wide-eyed and his ears were up, so you could see how scared he was. I reached up and started petting the backside near the tail. I could just see the eyes start to droop down, and the ears start to fall, so I took that opportunity to pull him into the boat.”

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Choosing The Perfect Solar Panel For Your Boat

The launching point with regard to a successful solar panel installation is simply assessing your requirements. We present right here a basic evaluation based on the test boat utilized for our recent report on choosing and installing a solar panel. A few values are actually from experience, and various other are accepted rules of thumb. 

Energy Balance

Search for the present draw of each and every piece of equipment (confirm with panel ammeter if available) and approximate the number of hours operated. Record the number and capacity of your batteries, recognizing that you can not draw below 50% charge without having reducing their life, and that you will rarely charge past 85% while away from the dock– consequently, just 35% of nameplate capability is actually usable. Finally, total your charging sources, featuring motor, wind, and solar. For solar, take the rated wattage x 5 hours/12 = amp-hours while on passage and wattage x 7 hours/12 = amp-hours while at anchor (sails do not shade and the boom can be rigged out to the side). This is far below the ranked capacity– sailors in the tropics will certainly do better, and sailors further north or cruising in the winter season more poorly– but this is an accepted starting point.

How many days can you manage with poor generation? Are you willing to cut back during the course of a lengthy cloudy stretch? Will you recharge at a marina or by running the motor every now and then? Long-term cruisers appreciate a wealth of power, while the occasional cruisers may be satisfied with less.

Saving Power

Every single AH (amp-hour) used possesses an actual cost in weight, panels, and dollars. In the event that you could minimize consumption by 50 AH/day you will definitely save a battery (the usable capability), a 120 watt panel, and possibly a mounting arch. The cost savings might be $500 and 150 pounds for just a couple of bulbs.

Lighting. Switch from incandescent to LED as well as fluorescent lighting, starting with the lights you utilize most. We utilize LEDs and fluorescent for the anchor, salon, and cockpit lights, but since we rarely run at night time, we left the running and steaming lights alone. Likewise, the deck light and many task lights remain halogen or incandescent; they are certainly not used enough to matter.

Go to sleep at night and get up along with the sun. Large savings in juice and even more time to play.
The gas solenoid is actually a huge user for us; it runs the propane fridge and cabin heater, thus it is on for long hours, but we can turn it off at night or do without refrigeration from time to time.

Fans. Run them on low speed and also watch the hours. A wind scoop doesn’t make use of power.
Instruments. Do you really need GPS as well as other instruments full-time on passage? Twenty years ago they didn’t even exist. Stabilize the sails to reduce the load on the autopilot.

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Don’t Get Caught Making These Pricey Blunders

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 how you can avoid costly boater mistakes.

1.  Your Raritan marine products experts says that not using a purchase contract is one of the most costly blunder to make. When a  member found out that a battery and other equipment had been removed from the sailboat he had purchased, he called BoatUS Consumer Protection. 

2.  Not sea-trialing the boat after repairs are made. A member purchased a used powerboat that was found to have a cracked engine head. The sales contract said the engine had to be working, so repairs were made and the dealer verified with a compression test to ensure everything was fine. 

3.  Not allowing a shop to attempt to honor its warranty. After an inboard engine quit on a Memorial Day trip, he decided to seek out a repair shop on Craigslist in order to get back on the water as quickly as possible. After he got the boat back from a shop he’d found, the engine was still not working, so the member lost confidence and took it to another shop to fix it, which it did satisfactorily. 

4.  Not verifying the paperwork was sent. An individual bought a ski boat with several years remaining on a 5-year manufacturer warranty that the seller said transferred with the boat. Shortly thereafter, the boat had a catastrophic engine failure due to a failed pump. 

5.  Not letting the shop be involved in the diagnosis. When a small diesel engine was having starting issues, a repair shop told us that water was found in the cylinders. Instead of allowing the shop to investigate further and fix the engine, the member bought a new engine to have the shop install. 

Saving Costs Means Making Less Mistakes While Boating

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“I’d just installed a new electronic chart, totally up to date; the chart plotter said we were far off and in deep water.” Here are some other problems you might encounter and how to avoid them…..

Problem: Cold, rainy and almost no visibility. Just another night passage for Mark in his 42-foot motoryacht through waters littered with islands swept by strong currents. It’s too nasty to stand watch outside, plus he’s alone and can’t leave the helm, so Mark puts his faith in the chart plotter — which in turn puts him on the rocks. 

Prevention: Navigating with GPS is not always as accurate as it seems. Set one down so it is not moving and just watch the readings keep changing. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, which maintains the system, the GPS signals we get should be accurate to within 50 feet 95 percent of the time, while the other 5 percent can be out as much as 300 feet.

All very good, but what about the chart the GPS is putting you on? Until the mid 1990s, in pre-satellite times, NOAA’s general requirement was for position accuracy on a typical coastal chart to be around 30 yards. 

In Mark’s case the position of the tiny island he hit was from an old survey, accurate to only 160 feet. Plus, three of the four visible satellites (ones above the horizon that the receiver can use) were almost in a straight line, giving a poor fix.

Problem: Pete’s in the ocean aboard his go-fast center console searching for fish. As the sea breeze builds during the day, so do the waves, but coming back along with them he doesn’t sense their full power — that is, until just inside the inlet when the boat’s long, skinny bow buries itself into the back of a wave all the way to the console. The boat comes back up and Pete makes it in, but he’s wet and obviously shaken.

Prevention: Waves always look smaller when seen from behind, and that was Pete’s first problem — perception. His next issue was speed.

In a following sea, adjust the drives and tabs to keep the bow up, then work with the throttles. You can safely run at almost any speed as long as your boat’s bottom is long enough to span three wave crests, keeping the ends supported so as not to let the bow drop into a trough. 

So don’t forget these 5 costly mistakes you need to avoid to protect your wallet while boating. 1) Not using a contract;  2) not sea-trialing the boat after repairs are made;  3) not allowing a shop to attempt to honor its warranty;  4) not verifying the paperwork was sent;  and 5) not letting the shop be involved in the diagnosis.

A Guide to Sailing with Your Cat

When your cat loves being by your side, you want to take your beloved pet with you everywhere you go. Taking your cat out on the open water might seem risky, but with careful preparation, your kitty can even accompany you on your summertime adventures. 

Don’t Leave Home Without Your Cat’s Essentials

Whenever you travel or move with cats, you should never leave home without your cat’s essentials. As you pack for your afternoon on the boat, bring along a litter box, fresh litter, a water dish, and plenty of food. 

Test Your Cat’s Tolerance for the Water

While many cats have a natural aversion to water, other cat breeds love water and won’t hesitate to jump in and go for a swim.

Get a Cat-Sized Life Vest

Don’t go out on the water without suiting your cat up in a life vest, as this is an essential safety device for your kitty. You might not find many options designed specifically for cats, but vests made for small dog breeds will fit most cats. 

Keep Your Cat Nearby

No matter what type of boat you have, you might be surprised to find out just how many hiding places your cat discovers. If your sailboat has more than one deck or a couple of enclosed areas, your cat could easily slip out of sight. 

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Your Marine Sanitation Professionals Have Some Great Ideas for Boat Trailer Maintenance 

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to keep your boat trailer looking great.

My good friend Chuck Larson and his buddy Bob “Toes” Lund are the Lucy and Ethel of the Lake View Inn. Your marine sanitation specialists know that they frequently cook up beer-fueled schemes designed to put extra cash in their fun kitty. With the arrival of boating season, they came up with an idea that was borderline predatory.

Toes, who recently retired from a gig driving the ­Frito-Lay truck and restocking Cheetos, Fritos and Doritos — hence the nickname — had noted that the number of disabled boat trailers abandoned on the road side escalated on the Fridays before the fishing opener and Memorial Day weekend. 

Your marine parts UK analysts want you to remember these tips.

Air Up the Tires

If, on May 1, your boat-trailer tires are each holding about 12 pounds of air, they will overheat and fly apart after about 50 miles. Tires naturally lose about a pound of air a month, and if you last added air in 2014 … well, there you go. 

Carry a Spare Tire

It doesn’t even have to be mounted on the trailer. Just throw it in the truck bed.

Your Marine Sanitation Analysts Suggest Following These Steps Closely to Avoid Your Trailer Breaking Down

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Your marine sanitation professionals want you to then make sure your jack fits under the trailer axle and your lug wrench fits the nuts on the ­trailer wheels.

Service the Wheel Bearings

Your marine parts online experts know that by the end of last season, your trailer bearings were dry, and then they sat all winter, and now they are rusty and will fail before you get to the cottage. If the wheel doesn’t simply fall off — a serious safety issue — it will be restrained only by the axle nut and a big washer, and any remaining grease will be cooked to coke, and a sad bearing race will be welded to the spindle.

WASH IT

Frequently trailers have an auto finish with multiple coats of paint and sealant. Warm water and gentle soap does a great job, finished with a rinse from the hose. Spend time cleaning the reflective plates and lights, and rinse the undercarriage where road dust accumulates to prevent debris from degrading moving parts. 

CHECK THE TIRES

Under-inflated tires can shred, and over-inflated ones will wear out fast. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on tire pressure. Eventually you’ll have a tire problem, so always carry a spare – and make sure that it has air in it! Trailers don’t come with changing kits, so you’ll need a tire iron for taking off bolts as well as a separate jack. 

CHECK THE LIGHTS

Most states require trailers to have functioning brake and tail lights, turn signals and license plate lights. Your marine parts direct specialists suggest that you follow the wires to check that the insulation is in good shape, and wrap any worn or corroded sections with electric tape. 

DON’T FORGET SAFETY!

Your ATV or bike should be part of the platform when you haul it, so after loading up leave it in park with the brake engaged, and strapped from four points – tightly enough that the suspension feels stiff and has little sway. 

If you do end up stranded and two guys in a ratty Ram truck pull up and offer you a new wheel and tire, offer them beer in lieu of cash.

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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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