Six Reasons to Replace Bronze Seacocks with Composite Seacocks

Seacocks and thru hulls have traditionally been manufactured in bronze and served their purpose on vessels brass-seacock

circa 1900. The vessels of that era, relied on basic kerosene lamps for lighting, meth-burning stoves for cooking and had no electronics, internal electrical generation capabilities, circuit boards or anything that could cause electrolysis and corrosion to damage the bronze fittings.

Today, with the addition of mixed metals used below the water line and advanced electrical systems including; gensets, air-conditioning, shore power and close-proximity moorings in marinas; electrolysis and corrosion has become a major problem. This together with some thru hulls and seacocks manufactured from brass has made that issue become much more serious. Bonding (typically Zinc for salt water, Magnesium in fresh water applications) has been the only way to avoid failure through electrolysis and corrosion. However, in the case of brass fittings such as thru hulls and seacocks this to no avail.

Now, in the 21st century composite materials have become the changing force in the manufacture of thru hulls, seacocks and associated plumbing fittings. Here are 6 reasons for replacing your bronze seacock with Tru-Design composite seacock:

  1. Tru Design materials are immune to electrolysis and corrosion
  2. Tru Design seacocks are light weight and strong.
  3. Tru Design seacocks do not pit or jam due to its Teflon™ impregnated ball.
  4. Lubricants are not necessary to ensure long lasting operation
  5. Unlike traditional flanged seacocks, Tru Design’s ABYC H-27 rated seacock assemblies do not require any additional fasteners on or through the hull.
  6. Eliminating the need for backer blocks speeds the installation process saving valuable time and money.

load-bearing-seacock 4WGZFSAll these attributes make composite fittings ideally suited to the salt laden harsh marine environment.

A thru hull fitting has a straight (parallel) thread so that a lock nut can secure it to the hull. The seacock must also have a straight (parallel) thread as it screws down on to the thru hull fitting which relies on a long thread engagement to make a good strong seal between the thru hull fitting and seacock assembly.

TruDesign thru hulls and seacocks are supplied with either NPS (national pipe straight) or BSP (British standard pipe) threads to suit all requirements around the world. The most important thing to remember when fitting seacocks to thru hulls is to never use a seacock with a tapered thread as the engagement on the straight thru hull fitting becomes very short hence weak and prone to leakage.

Load Bearing Collars has changed the traditional way we think of mounting a thru hull and seacock assembly. The load bearing collar adds strength to this very critical assembly on a vessel.

Traditional seacocks use additional mounting bolts (typically three) on a flanged base through the hull to ensure they meet ABYC standards, whilst the TruDesign Load Bearing Collar simply spreads the load force without the need to drill additional holes ensuring a neat, light weight yet compliant assembly.

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Give Your Alternator a Nice and Long Life

Raritan Engineering your boat toilets suppliers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding easy ways to keep your alternator running strong.

So I was thinking about Bitcoin today, the digital crypto-currency that seems no less cryptic than what’s in my wallet these days, and this got me thinking about giant stone money on the island of Yap, and because I spent most of my time on Yap rebuilding an alternator, this got me thinking about alternator belts.

1 – Check belt for excessive wear. Compare the belt width and depth with your spare belt (you have one of these, right?). When the engine area around the belt is coated with black dust, the belt is probably slipping or misaligned. Small-case, high-output alternators get very, very hot.

2 – Obviously, you must have the right size and type of V-belt. Look for A-series industrial belts, available from most auto parts stores. A quirk of these belts is that the belt number is not identical to the belt length: an A41 belt, for example, is 43 inches long.

3 – Check belt alignment. The belt must be properly aligned with the engine and alternator pulleys. Do not assume that the pulleys are aligned, even if you have a factory-installed alternator. A misaligned belt will often chirp—as opposed to a squeal or screech for a slipping belt.

4 – Check pulleys for corrosion and proper operation. The pulley should not wobble on its axis. If the pulley-end bearings have failed (listen for distinct rumbling or roughness as you spin the unloaded alternator), check alignment carefully after replacing the bearings, as this may have contributed to the failure.

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5 – Your boat toilets distributors talk about how proper belt tension is an equally important issue. The correct belt tension depends on the pulley arrangement on the individual engine, as well as the type of accessories driven by the belt. A belt that is too tight can cause problems, but loose belts are more common. 

6 – A Gates Krikit V-Tension Gauge is a handy tool to have on board for checking belt tension. It is easy to use, and the instruction sheet gives belt tension guidelines for a variety of pulley and accessory combinations. 

7 – The engine compartment must be kept clean. A lot of air gets sucked through an alternator. If your engine runs dirty, that dirt will find its way into the alternator, coating the windings and other components.

8 – Make sure the alternator gets plenty of airflow. This may mean increasing engine compartment venting. A beautifully insulated engine compartment that reduces noise is very efficient at keeping the heat inside.

9 – New belts tend to stretch during the first several times you run your engine. After replacing the belt, allow a run-in period of about 10 minutes and check tension again. 

10 – After your final adjustments, make sure your alternator mounting bolts—at the bracket and at the alternator—are tightened down. Some manufacturers give torque for the bracket numbers, 70 to 80 foot-pounds or thereabouts.

Bottom line: By paying a bit of attention to your alternator belt before the season begins, you can save yourself some big Bitcoin down the road.

So don’t forget these important tips for keeping your alternator running strong. 1) Check the belt for excessive wear;  2) check belt alignment;  and 3) the engine compartment must be kept clean.

Man screams when fishing rod pulls away suddenly—then, a friend helps to reel in a ‘monster’

Ever had the feeling when you are out fishing that you have hooked a big one? The man in this video thought so, and when he reeled it in—oh boy, what a whopper! It was a catfish that weighed over 250 pounds (approx. 113 kg).

Fishing can be fun if you are getting plenty of bites and just plain boring when you aren’t. Famous fisherman Yuri Grisendi didn’t have time to be bored though; he had hooked a gigantic fish while out on the River Rhone, France.

After landing the 8-foot monster catfish and taking plenty of photos, Yuri gave it a kiss and set it free. He caught this river monster in 2015, and it was his personal best.

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What Does Proper Etiquette Involve For You? 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine toilet specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding proper sailing etiquette for rookies. 

Your marine toilet professionals talk about the etiquette of sailing involves the proper and traditional ways of conducting yourself on a boat and the rules for sailing and interacting with other boats.

Ask Permission to Board

Before you even try to climb onto a boat, find the skipper or crew and ask for permission. The correct way to ask for permission is to say, “Permission to come aboard?” This is one of the most essential rules of etiquette for sailing and is used when you want to become a guest on another boat.

Don’t Pack Too Much, Pack Smart

While packing for your sailing trip, keep in mind that you will have limited personal space and storage areas for the items that you bring. The more items that you bring, the less room there will be to move around and enjoy your surroundings. It is important to only pack the essentials plus one or two creature comforts that will make your trip more pleasant. For clothing, keep the general weather in mind and only bring the bare minimum. 

Be Safe and Keep Others Safe

Safety is critical while on a sailboat, as there is no local emergency service department to come to your aid within a moment’s notice. Because sailboats are limited in space, there is only so much protective and safety gear that can be brought aboard.

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Bring Something for Everyone

Whether you’re the host or a guest, it’s common courtesy to bring gifts for others on board. When you are the host of a sailing trip, it is a common pleasantry to bring something to share with everyone, such as breakfast. As a guest, it is also a common courtesy to bring a gift for the host and for the other guests. 

If You’re a Guest, Offer to Buy Fuel

When you are a guest on another sailboat and were invited to go on the trip, it is appropriate to offer to buy fuel. Ask the host while you are still at the marina if you could pay for the fuel that the boat needs before leaving the dock. You could also offer to pay for the fuel at the next fueling station. Offering to pay for the boat’s fuel is a simple way to show your appreciation to the host who invited you to come along.

Ask to Use the Head

Ask to use the “head” before using it. The “head”, also known as the boat’s toilet, requires proper operating instructions so that you do not accidentally cause a clog or overflow. Be sure to not discard excessive amounts of toilet paper, as this may cause a clog. 

Don’t Be Messy

With the limited amount of space on the sailboat, keeping everything in its proper place is essential to everyone’s safety and comfort. Avoid making a mess. If a mess does happen, take the time to clean it up properly. If a liquid has spilled, keep everyone out of the area until you clean it. 

So don’t forget these great tips for showing proper etiquette while sailing. 1) Ask permission to board;  2) don’t pack too much, pack smart;  3) bring something for everyone;  and 4) if you’re a guest, offer to buy fuel.

88-Yr-Old Has Lived on a Cruise Ship For the Past 10 Years

Have you ever taken a vacation that was so great you never wanted to leave? What if you could figure out a way to stay there for the rest of your life?

For Lee Wachtstetter, that vacation was aboard the Crystal Serenity cruise ship, and she has it all figured out.

“I started frequent cruising. But I got very, very tired of packing and unpacking. So I said, there’s got to be a better way to do this,” Wachtstetter explained.

Mama lee has already experienced the hardship of raising children and traveling. She aims to spend her twilight years relaxing.

“Everything is ‘Been there, done that.’ If I’ve been there and done that, I don’t go off the ship,” she explained.

“And I love it when everybody goes touring. I got the whole ship to myself with all the help.”

For about $175,000 a year, Wachtstetter cruises around to tropical locations without a care in the world. “I think I live a fairy tale existence,” she admitted.

Mama Lee has written a memoir titled “I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht,” documenting her life of luxurious travels. “It’s not a real life, I realize that. Not everybody does this. But a lot of people could.”

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Get Help On Choosing the Right Radar For You 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine heads experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding which fishing radar is best for you.  

Your marine heads professionals discuss the big question, dome or open array: Which would work best for you?

Granted, I fish mainly inshore on my bay boat, but still I find times when radar might be useful to me: when I can’t clearly see pelicans diving on pogies in the distance; when fog or low-light conditions make navigation tricky; when I want to see which way a rain system is moving and how fast.

I asked the experts to spell out basic differences between domes and arrays so anglers could more easily take the first step in a ­radar-purchase decision.

Boat Logistics

“Typically we start off first by asking what kind of boat they have,” says David Dunn, director of sales and marketing for Garmin. “For a 25-foot center console, an open array might not be the best fit.”

Weight can also be a significant factor. Domes weigh 15 to 25 pounds, while arrays weigh 45 to 70 pounds — thus requiring a substantial hardtop.

Larger center console and sport-fishing vessels that rise higher off the water or feature taller superstructures gain better performance from open-array radar.

Once you determine what size radar your boat can effectively use, you need to consider how you’ll use the technology. “Ninety-five percent of people are using it for collision avoidance,” says Mark Harnett, Simrad radar product manager. 

Bird finding “comes with power,” Dunn says. “You need to have more power. That’s where we draw the line. The technology in a dome is a lot better than it used to be. 

Higher-power 12 kW magnetron radars such as Raymarine’s HD and Super HD Color arrays work better at finding birds at longer range, says Jim McGowan, Raymarine marketing manager. 

“When you go bigger [in length] with the antenna, you get more detail in the image and a little more power on the target. If you go up on transmitter power, you get more power on the target,” McGowan says.

Beam Angle

Antenna length determines the radar’s beam angle, which is the side-to-side arc measurement of the radiated microwave beam. 

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For instance, at longer ranges of more than 5 miles, a wide beam might paint an inlet as one large blob along the coastline, while a tighter beam might show both sides of the opening. 

Seeing larger targets can be ­advantageous at times, he adds. “The thing I like about domes: All targets are big.”

Options on Options

Perhaps by now you’ve determined whether you need a dome or an array for your style of fishing. But you still face a second tier of decisions about features and technology.

Pulse-compression radars up to about 40 watts — such as Simrad’s Halo and Garmin’s Fantom dome — can be equivalent to 5 kW to 6 kW radars. Halo transmits chirps of varying power; in general, it emits less power more often than an equivalent magnetron radar. 

The best advice I have is to take the buying process one step at a time, and you’ll definitely enjoy the final outcome that much more.

So don’t forget these great reminders when buying your next fishing radar. 1) Always know how much your boat weighs;  2) figure out your main reasons for using the radar;  and 3) take the buying process one step at a time.

Sailing Maori Journey, New Zealanders Rekindle Indigenous Pride

Some, holding Samoan flags, made a beeline for the waka Gaualofa. At the head of the vessel was Fealofani Bruun, a 32-year-old female captain whom many — particularly “Moana” fans — had come to see.

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, a master navigator who has spent decades sailing waka throughout the Pacific, was one of the creative producers of the festival opening. He lamented that the stories of Maori ancestors arriving in New Zealand had long been taught in schools as myths or fairy tales rather than recognized as history.

His own waka, the Haunui, circumnavigates New Zealand spreading a message of environmental conservation. Mr. Barclay-Kerr said the sight of a waka sailing into the bay often awakened memories among older Maori people of oral histories they had learned as children.

Standing knee-deep in the sea on Petone Beach, a 35-year-old Haunui crew member, Dale Dice, said taking to the sea had strengthened his connection with his culture. Mr. Dice, who works as a furniture removalist, said he had tried everything he could think of “to get a chance to sail around the world — but nothing worked out.”

Turned down for the navy, Mr. Dice joined a yacht squadron and then the Coast Guard in the hope that he would learn to sail, but it was the waka that provided the opportunity he sought. He was now preparing for a voyage to Hawaii on the double-hulled canoe in 2020.

A version of this article appears in print on March 15, 2018, on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: Sailing Into a New Zealand Harbor, and Recreating History.

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Keep Corrosion From Damaging Your Rig

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week some great information about preventing rig corrosion.

Your thru hull fittings professionals discuss how when awakening your boat from its winter slumber a rig check should be high on the list of priorities. Even though the boat has been sitting still, the laws of physics still take their toll. Corrosion is the biggest enemy and the stainless steel components in your rig can effectively hide the insidious advance of this disease.

One underlying moral of these stories is that stainless steel can fail without warning, a message that can leave a boat owner feeling helpless. Does this mean that our only resort is to replace anything that raises suspicion? The line between caution and paranoia becomes thin. Fortunately, stainless steel hardware has a long and mostly successful track record on boats, and the warning signs are often apparent. The trick is knowing where to look.

In the upcoming May issue of Practical Sailor, renowned rigger and sailing writer Brion Toss, explores of rigging failure in finer detail in an excerpt from his forthcoming book, “Rig Your Boat.” Here are just some of the tips that Toss shares.

Don’t Let Corrosion Sneak Up On You

  1. Follow the load. Your thru hull fittings suppliers talk about how to follow the path that loads on your rig follow as they are transferred to the hull or deck. Sharp bends, and slack, ill-fitting, or misaligned unions will concentrate loads in one area and increase the chance of failure at these points. Seemingly minor oversights like using an undersized clevis pin on a toggle can lead to premature failure.
  2. Beware of hidden dangers. Many failure points are often physically hidden from view. Crevice corrosion in chainplates, bobstays, and padeyes often starts where the stainless comes into contact with wet wood or core material, or in fiberglass laminate where water has been trapped. 
  3. Go aloft. If you don’t unstep your mast each season, you or a qualified rigger should go aloft at least once a year to inspect wire, terminals, spreaders, and the hardware and fittings at the top of your mast. You should hire a pro to do a full inspection every six years, and start thinking about wire replacement after 10-12 years—although this can vary greatly according to use and environmental factors. While you’re off the ground, check around mast tangs for signs of slipping. 
  4. Inspect swages. Deck-level wire swages are one of the most common sources of failure on saltwater cruisers. Cracks, swelling, or weeping rust stains are a sign that time is running out for this hardware. Although no absolute timetable exists, riggers we have spoken with advise owners to start thinking about wire replacement after 10-12 years.
  5.  Read the instructions. Turnbuckles can only be loosened so far; screw-on Norseman-type terminal fittings need to be correctly assembled and sealed. Neglecting to review the installation guidelines for any component in your rig is asking for trouble.

Bottom line: Some of the so-called hidden dangers of stainless steel hardware and rigging are not so hidden after all, but we need to know what to look for.

So don’t forget these helpful tips on preventing corrosion from ruining your day. 1) Sharp bends, and slack, ill-fitting, or misaligned unions will concentrate loads in one area and increase the chance of failure at these points;  2) beware of hidden dangers;  and 3) always read the instructions.

World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer

The world’s first fully electric, emission-free and potentially crewless container barges are to operate from the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam from this summer.

The vessels, designed to fit beneath bridges as they transport their goods around the inland waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands, are expected to vastly reduce the use of diesel-powered trucks for moving freight.

The barges are designed to operate without any crew, although the vessels will be manned in their first period of operation as new infrastructure is erected around some of the busiest inland waterways in Europe.

In August, five barges – 52 metres long and 6.7m wide, and able to carry 24 20ft containers weighing up to 425 tonnes – will be in operation. They will be fitted with a power box giving them 15 hours of power. As there is no need for a traditional engine room, the boats have up to 8% extra space, according to their Dutch manufacturer, Port Liner.

At a later date, six larger 110m-long barges, carrying 270 containers, will run on four battery boxes capable of providing 35 hours of autonomous driving. Their use alone could lead to a reduction of about 18,000 tonnes per year of CO2, it is claimed.

According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, 74.9% of freight in the EU is transported by road, compared to 18.4% by rail, and 6.7% along inland waterways, although the use of water routes has been rising.

The company’s chief executive, Ton van Meegen, told shipping industry trade journal the Loadstar that the barges would be the first in the world to sail on carbon-neutral batteries and that only the low bridges in the low countries prevented them from being loaded with more goods.

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Avoid These Problems When Getting Your Boat Loan

Raritan Engineering Company your macerating toilet specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some great ways to get a boat loan. 

1. Check your credit. Your macerating toilet experts talk about how before applying for a loan get your current credit score and ensure your credit report is accurate. Scores above 800 may earn you a better interest rate. A free copy of your credit report is available annually from each of the three national credit bureaus at 

2. Find the right loan type. A fixed-rate, fixed-term, simple-interest loan is the most common. This offers the same monthly payment for the life of the loan. Variable rate or hybrid options may offer a combination of a fixed rate for a few years, and then a variable rate. 

3. Consider a HELOC. Buyers of smaller vessels often tap into their home equity line of credit (HELOC) to fund a boat purchase. That may work well if you plan to pay the boat off while interest rates remain relatively low. 

4. Compare loan rates. Generally rates are lower and available loan terms are longer for newer boats and larger loan amounts. However, each is dependent on a variety of factors including model year, loan amount and down payment. Be prepared for banks to require larger down payments, have higher rates and offer shorter terms on older boats, especially those more than 20 model years.

5. Don’t be fooled by ads. You may see rates advertised as low as 3.99 percent, but there usually will be some small print that could make that loan less attractive. For instance, the rate might only be fixed for a few years or the loan period might be only seven years.

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6. Get pre-approved. To help save time, ask if you can get preapproval, or if you can possibly start the underwriting process before you have a signed sales agreement or even have a specific boat in mind.

7. Know your tax benefits. A boat can qualify as a second-home loan interest deduction if it has a berth, galley and head, so buying a boat with these features may offer a tax advantage. 

8. Get it surveyed. For pre-owned vessels, hire a qualified marine surveyor to inspect the boat to ensure it is in good condition and you won’t have any unexpected repair bills. can help you find one. Also, many lenders will require a marine survey.

9. Ask about closing costs. As with any loan, there are some fees involved. Sales tax, processing fees, title and registration and/or US Coast Guard documentation fees are common. Check with your lender to find out what to expect.

10. Calculate your monthly payment. How much can you afford? Go to to easily crunch the numbers. Your lender will also review your debt ratio and other criteria.

A contract is more easily enforced if it’s in writing. Dealers often use standardized purchase agreements, but buyers have a right to protect their interests. By crossing out terms that are inappropriate and adding optional provisions or contingencies, you can tailor the contract to protect yourself. Check out our “Buyer’s Toolbox” to see how you can obtain a sample contract. It’s good to remember that the initial cost of buying a boat is not the biggest expense of ownership. An annual budget should include your boat loan (if financed), storage or slip fees, insurance, operation, and maintenance fees. One surveyor told us he recommends that in the first year of ownership, buyers should be prepared to spend 10 to 20 percent of the purchase price for repairs and updates. Commonly called extended warranties, service contracts are actually repair insurance policies. It is important to know that while the manufacturer’s name may be written on the literature, they’re administered by a third-party company. Service contracts don’t create a legal obligation between the manufacturer and buyer, so before you buy a service contract, read it over and make sure you feel the coverage is worth the money

So don’t forget these pointers when trying to get a boat loan. 1) Check your credit;  2) always compare loan rates;  and 3) ask about closing costs.

Millennials Who Sank A Boat Get $13,000 In Donations

A pair of millennials sank a boat they were not qualified to operate and received $13,000 in donations to buy a new one, according to the Daily Wire News.

Nikki Walsh and her boyfriend Tanner Broadwell decided to sell all their possessions and live a carefree life by sailing from island to island on a 50-year-old sailboat. Unfortunately, their dream came crashing to an end because of their lack of sailing experience.

After the couple sold all their possessions, they bought the boat and spent $10,000 on repairs. Once the repairs were done, they embarked on their journey. But there were two problems; they didn’t purchase insurance and neither of them knew how to sail. 

Not knowing how to sail can be forgivable. It’s dangerous, but not uncommon. But not purchasing insurance on a vehicle is not forgivable. This particular couple has not purchased insurance for their next trip yet.

Boating Safety Tips. Whether you’re a new sailor or have years of experience, it’s always good to know/review boating safety tips. According to Discover Boating, the first tip is to always be weather-wise. Before embarking on a trip, you should always check local weather conditions. If you notice that the clouds are starting to darken and the winds are picking up, they suggest that you get off the water.

Pre-Departure Checklist. Discover Boating recommends that everyone who is sailing on the boat go through a pre-departure checklist. That means going through fire safety and tips on how to fuel up. Going through the checklist is a good refresher in case people have forgotten. 

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Your Boat’s Downrigger Can Help You On Your Next Fishing Trip 

Raritan Engineering Company your boat head specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding fishing with your downriggers.

Your boat head experts discuss how a few things frustrate us as much as staring at mark after mark on the fish finder, while our offerings go untouched. We’ve all been there — wondering what we’re doing wrong, why the fish won’t rise to take a bait, and what we could be doing differently to trigger a strike. 

We have a number of ways to get baits down beneath the surface: planers, lipped lures and using oodles of lead are all options. But you’ll have a tough time finding someone versed in the use of downriggers who doesn’t believe them to be a superior tool for reaching deep fish in a number of situations.

Thermal Adjustment

“Fish don’t just sit up top, especially when there’s a strong thermocline,” says tournament angler and team captain Mark Henderson of Liquid Fire, who fishes everywhere from the Gulf coast up to his home port in North Carolina.

Henderson says he always runs two downriggers, and mixes up what’s offered on the lines — usually skirted baits, plugs or live baits — to give the fish some options. He’s caught species ranging from sailfish (as deep as 85 feet) to mahi to king mackerel.

Even when there isn’t a strong ­temperature break beneath the surface, Henderson still utilizes downriggers to give his baits a slightly different look. “Changing the presentation just that much, with a common bait like a cigar minnow or ribbonfish that’s usually placed at the surface, sometimes makes a difference.”

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The other downrigger ­application he advocates — and it’s a popular one — is trolling for wahoo. “A lot of times, they prefer a subsurface bait,” he says. “In that case, a purple-and-black Ilander lure rigged with a ballyhoo is the ­preferred offering.”

Forgione says this technique makes ­downriggers very effective for targeting sailfish, and also for blackfin tuna in spring. “They always seem to be swimming right along that temperature barrier,” he explains. “And you have to remember that the temperature and the currents can be completely different down below, sometimes as little as 20 feet down.”

Pay to Play

Effective though they might be at times, downriggers must be properly tended. “When you get a fish on the line, you need to get the downrigger ball up and out of the way fast,” Henderson explains, “or you risk a disaster.”

But will a downrigger expand your options, and allow you to apply the most effective tool possible when the conditions call for it? You bet, and that will help you turn those frustrating sonar marks into fish on the end of your line.

So don’t forget these great tips on using your boat’s downriggers to help you fish offshore. 1) Downriggers can give bait a different and more appealing look;  2) they help you get your bait to the part of water at the right temperature;  and 3) make sure you tend your downriggers properly.

UK government to protect fishing waters from EU with ARMED patrols

The move will be a major signal to the European Union to stay out of British waters.

If EU fishermen fail to do this they will be met with an armed response.

Mr Eustice spoke to the House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee and said:

“We are ensuring we have the capacities we need on the day we leave the EU.

“We are speaking to the MOD about the fisheries protection unit and what additional capacity many be required there.

“We will need more vessels, particularly when boarding fishing ships.

Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producer Organisation, previously said the Navy would have to be intelligence-led.

He said: ”Yes, there are risks of port blockades, especially by the French. They do it so often.

“But we already have technology like satellites, plus CCTV cameras on many vessels.

“There will be 1,000 UK fishing vessels just itching to report any illegal activity.”

French Fishermen complain that ‘life will be hard’ as Britain to FINALLY get its waters BACK

‘Life will be hard’ when the UK takes back control of its waters claims French fishermen.

French fishermen destroyed the UK fishing industry! These are our waters and our fish.

The French are more than welcome to fish in their own waters.

Cry me a river…

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “It is clear that there is overwhelming public support for the UK to regain control of what is after all part of its natural capital – the fish stocks around our shores.

“It is pleasing that voters have also been persuaded that it makes sense for us to leave the [EU’s] Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) within the early stages of the transition period.”

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Make Your New Paint Job Last!

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week some great information regarding how to get the maximum life from your paint job.

Your macerator toilet experts discuss how the results derived from a professionally applied LPU topside refinish are as dramatic as the invoice that accompanies the makeover. The shiny, wet look and the protection it affords can last for years—whether it’s three years, five years, or nearly a decade depends upon how kindly the rejuvenated surface is treated. 

Giving your topsides proper maintenance attention, like waxing regularly, will keep them looking healthy.

-During application: Most well-executed LPU paint jobs begin with epoxy primers and fairing compounds as the underpinnings of a glistening LPU topcoat. 

-Cleaning: Regularly sponge washing the hull is the first step in preserving the topcoat’s shine. Avoid cleaning with scrub pads and gritty cleaners; this should be a completely non-abrasive effort. Many paint makers offer their own mild detergent, and we’ve found Awlwash by Awlgrip to be a very effective, completely non-abrasive cleaner. 

-Sailing is not a full-contact sport: More often than not, the decision to have the topsides re-painted has to do with localized damage that resulted from docking maneuvers gone awry, tussles at the starting line, or storm damage when a line gives way. Those who can avoid such bumps and bruises can nurse the gloss for many more years. 

-Wax On-Wax Off: After the first two or three seasons of washing and protecting the surface from winter-cover abrasion and line chafe, there’s often a need to tune up the gloss a bit. The best bet is to follow up another good washing with a conventional carnauba-based wax like Mother’s California Gold or Collinite’s #885. 

Check Out These Easy Ways to Keep Your New Paint Job Looking Great

Your macerator toilet professionals talk about how to breathe life into dull coats: Owners of boats with five- to seven-year-old intact LPU paint jobs that look dull but remain well adhered, can try rubbing out the surface with 3M Perfect-It rubbing compound and following up with a carnauba wax. 

-Repair care: Repairs to two-part LPU coatings are a true test of product awareness and applicator talent. The challenge lies in blending the old and the new, and blending the circumference known as the “overspray region.” Matching color change and gloss variation is even tougher than automotive work. The reason for these difficulties is the quality of the paint itself. 

One of the reasons why AwlCraft and other slightly softer and more user-friendly acrylic-based LPU paints are growing in popularity is that they are much easier to repair and buff than polyester-based two-part paints. 

So don’t forget these great reminders for keeping your new paint job as long as possible. 1) Most well-executed LPU paint jobs begin with epoxy primers and fairing compounds as the underpinnings of a glistening LPU topcoat;  2) regularly sponge washing the hull is the first step in preserving the topcoat’s shine;  and 3) after the first two or three seasons of washing and protecting the surface from winter-cover abrasion and line chafe, there’s often a need to tune up the gloss a bit.

Stray Kitten’s Little Paws Are Frozen To A Boat Dock, But Sheriff Says, ‘You Won’t Die Today!’

An elderly couple in Mercer County, Kentucky found a kitten that had fallen into the water at a boat dock and its little paws were frozen to a rock.

It had been stuck there for 11 long hours and was frantically crying for help!

They immediately dialed 911, and Sheriff Ernie Kelty rushed to the scene, knowing he didn’t have much time before the little cat would die from exposure to the cold.

He started by trying to release the icy paws from being stuck so he could try to get him loose. He poured warm water over them and gently pulled as he did to free his paws.

Then he placed the shivering little cat under the shirt beneath his jacket to warm him, which is both smart and adorable!

After about 20 minutes, the kitten stopped shaking so hard, and he took him out to check him.

The elderly couple was still there, worried sick about the little cat. Sheriff Kelty, wanting to reassure them that it was going to be okay, handed the kitten off to the elderly couple.

The kitten had been through quite an ordeal, but he now has his forever home. He also got a special name; Ernie, after his rescuer.

Talk about an unbelievable turn of events: He’s about to freeze to death, alone and afraid, and then he gets a loving home in which to spend the rest of his life!

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Don’t Overcomplicate Your Sailing Methods 

Raritan Engineering Company your macerator pump suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why it is important not to over think your sailing strategy. 

It’s September 2018. Imagine yourself at the dock at the start of day two of that big event you’ve been working toward all year. Your macerator pump distributors discuss how it’s currently blowing 18 knots with even bigger puffs because a front has just rolled through. 

What should you set the rig to? Is the course full of waves and steep chop? Where is the sweet spot for your jib halyard? Are the jib cars too far forward, too far aft, or just right? What about the top main batten? 

Hopefully, many of these questions will be answered in your preparation leading up to the big event because, if you try to focus on all these questions simultaneously, it’s easy to get muddled and over complicate things. 

First, have a plan and stick to it.

You’ve raced before, so set a routine that works and stick with it. For instance, you can keep provisioning simple by bringing the same food every day. You know what’s been successful in the past, so why over complicate things? 

Knowing when you need to get to the boat and when to leave the dock should also be part of your premade plan. Again, keep it simple. 

Second, don’t leave things to the last minute.

When you come in from racing, it’s rare that something doesn’t need to be fixed or tweaked. How tempting is it to say, “I’m tired. I’ll just do that in the morning. What I need right now is a beer!”

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Practice isn’t last-minute either, even though we’ve all heard people say, “I’d like to get out to the racecourse early to practice.” During a major regatta is not the time to try to improve your skills. 

Third, don’t sweat the details you can’t change.

As you head out to the racecourse, the question of whether your tuning is right always weighs on your mind, but don’t dwell on it now. 

If you’ve practiced and your team is ready, the tuning will be good enough to allow you to win the race. The point is not to focus on something you can’t change. Keep it simple and focus only on important decisions you’re able to make.

Fourth, make sure you’re going fast.

Speed is king in keeping things simple. Both upwind and downwind, speed makes everything easier because it allows you to concentrate on the race and your tactics. Whatever your problems may be on the racecourse, speed will help you overcome them.

Have a plan and stick with it, never leave things to the last minute, and avoid getting stressed over details that you can’t change. As some of you may have already heard me say: Sailboat racing is like NASCAR – just go fast and turn left!

So don’t forget how you can stop over thinking your sailing strategy. 1) Have a plan and stick to it;  2) don’t procrastinate;  3) don’t sweat the details you can’t change;  and 4) go fast.

Huge shark spotted swimming next to a boat

We’re reminded time and again of the numerous ways you can die in Australia thanks to frequent appearances by extremely venomous snakes, but then a shark that’s not far off from being as long as a boat shows up.

The shark, identified as a great white, can be seen circling the waters where a 28-foot-long boat and its crew marveled at what was going on. The shark was swimming just over 150 feet away from a beach, according to reports.

“Big Fish – Fourth Beach Esperance today … by the way, that’s an 8.5 metre Patrol boat,” Riggs wrote there. The boat, as we said before, measures in at 28 feet long, while the shark’s eyeballed length was approximately 13 to 19.6 feet.

When you look at a shot of them nearly side by side, you see how huge this shark really is.

Riggs told PerthNow that he used a drone to record this footage.

“I got a tip off that a shark was out at Westies so I grabbed my drone and put it up. And what I got is this footage,” he said. “I reckon it had to be about four metres, and it looked as though it had been fed. It was just cruising along, it looked chilled.” 

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New Ways to Use Your Outboard Engine to Catch More Fish

Your Outboard Engine Is Your New Fishing Partner

Raritan Engineering Company your Raritan marine products experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to use your outboard engine to help you fish. 

Your Raritan marine products professionals talk about how surrealistic car commercials: Driver dials a knob on his dash and his pickup truck precisely and skillfully backs his trailered boat. Guy pushes a button and his luxury vehicle parallel-parks itself — hands-free.

That same kind of abracadabra control has come to boats, and it’s beginning to have a significant effect on fishing. 

Those of us “of a certain age” ­experience a creepy Orwellian sensation when we see this electronic voodoo. Others just marvel, mouth agape, at the technology.

Outboard Control Features

“Originally, we were only factory installed. You would go to a [boat] dealer and buy a boat either with or without Helm Master,” says Ry Landry, Yamaha marine product and information specialist.

When SeaStar adds the SeaWays Autopilot feature (expected early this year), it will be a free software update install-able by dealers.

Yamaha Highlights

“I hate change. But this has made me such a better fisherman, it’s not funny,” quips Capt. George Mitchell, a longtime tournament angler out of Florida who has been using Yamaha’s Set Point features with Helm Master since those updates were announced last February.

Yamaha’s Set Point system includes three functions:

  • Stay Point: Holds the boat’s ­position and heading. Best used when you must hover above a specific location without swinging or drifting. 

  • Drift Point: Holds the boat’s heading but not position. The bow maintains its orientation while the boat drifts with the current or wind.

  • Fish Point Bow: Holds the boat’s position with the bow pointed into the wind/current, using the water- or airflow to maintain heading.

But Mitchell is quick to point out, as were all the other captains and manufacturer reps we talked with, that having these functions is not an excuse to leave the helm.

Fishing Can Be Much Easier If You Use Your Outboard Engine

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The noise and commotion that Stay Point can create can be advantageous in certain situations, such as near Gulf of Mexico oil rigs. Cobia respond curiously to new sounds. Turbulence can attract other fish as well.

SeaStar Updates

“When we were doing our ­investigative work to develop the modes for SeaStation, we spent time with charter captains to see how they would most benefit,” says Shane DeWitt, electronics product manager for SeaStar. 

SeaStar’s Position Hold uses the boat’s most natural heading and modulates the throttle to the engines, moving them with minimal shifting to get the desired performance.

Using these systems, anglers no longer have to rely on an anchor that allows the boat to swing side to side, Mitchell says. “With Fish Point Stern or Fish Point Bow, all you have to do is jog the joystick to adjust the boat. You’re not having to pull the anchor to re-position.”

Engine Setups

SeaStar’s SeaStation system integrates (at no charge) with the company’s Optimus 360 joystick steering package, which is compatible with twin-, triple- and quad-outboard applications for Suzuki, Evinrude and Yamaha products as well as twin mechanical Hondas.

With quadruple Mercury outboard setups, the two port engines might be tie-barred together, with regular and counter-rotating props. Ditto the two starboard engines. “It’s like a big dual [engine].”

These station-keeping and joystick systems all function similarly, employing a GPS sensor and other instruments mounted on the boat’s hardtop, several computers and devices such as inertial measurement units and digital compasses at the helm. 

Future Outboard Options

Outboard companies won’t say what features they might be working on next for station-keeping systems. SeaStar will soon roll out its SeaWays autopilot function, allowing captains to transit to a waypoint or follow a track using the Optimus 360 system.

“We’re always working on new things.” That’s all Mercury’s Balogh will say. “There’s a lot of interest in the joystick in general. We’re happy with the position we’re in right now.”

So don’t forget to use these three functions of your engine to help you fish better. 1) Stay Point: Holds the boat’s ­position and heading. Best used when you must hover above a specific location without swinging or drifting;  2) drift point: Holds the boat’s heading but not position. The bow maintains its orientation while the boat drifts with the current or wind;  and 3) fish point bow: Holds the boat’s position with the bow pointed into the wind/current, using the water- or airflow to maintain heading.

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