Your Seacocks Specialists Share Ideas on How to Maintain Marine Electronics

Raritan Engineering your seacocks distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the importance of marine electronics maintenance.

Your seacocks suppliers talk about how the pace of technology can render new electronics obsolete in months. Yet few boaters upgrade on such a time scale, opting to get the longest possible life from their electronics. When is it time to upgrade? Here are four signs.

1 – Touch Point

Touchscreens are faster and easier to use than old-fashioned push-button systems. The speed of access also translates to greater safety, letting you keep your eyes on the water ahead, as well as ­quickly access information. 

2 – Forget Repairs

If a piece of old electronics breaks down, don’t even think about getting it repaired. Outdated electronics might be repairable. But you’re throwing good money against old technology. 

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3 – Seven Up

Seven years is a lifetime in the face of accelerating technological innovation. Think of what’s happened since 2011 in terms of tech innovation: the refinement of touchscreen MFDs, chirp sonar, side-scanning sonar, 3D sonar, auto-routing, auto-charting, solid-state radar, wireless connectivity, plug-and-play system integration and much more. 

4 – New Boat, New Tech

If you’re buying a new boat, congratulations. As you outfit your ride, leave the old electronics on your old boat. Work with your boat dealer or marine electronics installer to get state-of-the-art electronics and consider networking the new MFD with the propulsion and other systems. 

Airmar Transducer Upgrade

If you step up to an MFD with chirp sonar, consider a transducer upgrade. Airmar Technology’s new series of five in-hull chirp-ready transducers require no holes in your boat. Designed for solid fiberglass hulls, each model includes a base that’s installed inside the hull and filled with eco-friendly liquid that allows the transducer to transmit through fiberglass.

Guide Tip: How to Adjust Sonar Sensitivity to Find and Catch More Fish

More than a couple times I have scrolled through social media posts and seen a few “friends” who were wondering why they couldn’t catch giant walleyes that they were constantly marking. Truth is, marine electronics have come a long way and feature a lot of auto settings that work wonderfully, but they still require some fine tuning as conditions change.

The biggest and easiest of these setting that needs to be adjusted is your unit’s sensitivity or power. First identify the depth. Next, adjust your bottom depth range to more than double this number. Example: If you’re in 37 feet, make the bottom range about 75 feet deep.

After doubling the bottom depth range, you should see a double echo or second bottom return. 

Adjust the sensitivity until you can see this second return just a little bit. If the second return looks like a yellow brick road (strong return), then you likely have the sensitivity too high; if it looks like a light blue line (weak return), then you need to increase the sensitivity. 

No, this is not a fix all under all conditions, but it will allow you to get very close to using the correct power level on your fishfinder. This will ensure that you can see your jig if that’s your goal, have enough power to see fish as you get deeper, or make sure you don’t have so much power being sent out that those giant marks you think are trophies are actually baitfish.

Good luck fishin’!

Don’t forget these great reminders for maintaining your marine electronics. 1)  Make sure your touchscreen is still properly sensitive;  2) don’t repair broken technology, just buy a new one;  and 3) if it has been seven years since buying a new device, it is probably time to upgrade.

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Your Marine Toilet Systems Distributors Discuss How Securing Your Boat Saves You Hassles In the Future

Raritan Engineering your marine toilet systems manufacturers would like to share with you this week some information regarding why you need to secure your boat.

Two different harbors suffered almost the same fate as Hurricane Irma raked South Florida with hurricane force winds. In both places, tens of thousands of dollars in damage might have been prevented had the owners of large vessels better secured their boats.

In Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, a fifty-foot houseboat broke lose from its anchor and went careening through the mooring field where dozens of boats where moored. According to the salvage crews I spoke with, the houseboat was one of the key contributors to the pile-up in the harbor that caused several boats to break loose and go ashore. 

The boxy houseboat has a colorful history. It had been moored at Boot Key for years, and its hulking mass made it one of the most conspicuous vessels. 

Your Marine Toilet Systems Suppliers Share Ways That Help You Avoid Possible Boating Disasters

Your marine toilet systems experts discuss how even some of the most attentively moored boats in the harbor were no match for its bulk.

The scene in Dinner Key Marina, 300 miles to the north in Miami was nearly identical. In Dinner Key, however, it wasn’t a slab-sided houseboat that bore down on a local sailing club, it was a slab-sided luxury motoryacht. 

As Irma pushed up the center of the state, the storm dragged a five-foot storm surge and strong northeast winds into Biscayne Bay. That surge, along with the wind, apparently snapped the powerboat’s docklines and sent it drifting down on the floating docks at Shake-a-Leg Miami, a community sailing program that Practical Sailor has supported with gear donations for many years. 

But now their boats, among them a fleet of custom Freedom Independence boats designed by Gary Mull and equipped for disabled sailors, is out of commission. The jumble of boats crammed against mangroves was a mirror image of the mess in Boot Key.

Although they’ve met their initial goal of $50,000 in a matter of weeks, the cost of clean-up is costing far more than they anticipated. They are hoping to earn another $50,000 this month. 

NKY firefighters repair emergency boat themselves, saving taxpayers $100K

The Covington Fire Department completed repairs to its emergency fire boat, which is now back on the water.

Project repairs were completed in-house by a crew of 20 Covington Company, city officials. Officials said their hard work saved the city thousands in tax dollars.

“It cost the city less than $20,000 to complete the project. If we were to have outsourced this sort of work, it would have cost approximately $125,000 to $150,000 to make the repairs,” Battalion Chief Seth Poston said.

Due to deteriorating conditions, the boat was deemed unfit for use and was removed from the Ohio River in February.

Repairs included eight new coats of paint to protect the boat’s undercoat, sandblasting the boat haul to remove corrosion, fixed dock bumper protectors and repairs to the boat’s fire pump engine.

Don’t forget these reminders regarding why you need to secure your boat. 1) Insurance premiums are can be expensive to pay;  2) repairing damage could take many weeks;  and 3) it is cheaper to secure your boat, than to replace it.

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The original pocket-rocket, the Balmain Bug is one of the 6ft skiffs which used to hurtle around Sydney Harbour, and a predecessor to the iconic 18ft Skiffs. Crosbie Lorimer discovered what it takes to keep this unlikely looking boat the right way up.

The Balmain Bug is a 1.83m (6ft) Australian skiff class dinghy, of which just two remain in existence. First raced in 1899 at Balmain in Sydney, the fleet expanded throughout the 1900s, until it was overtaken by the larger skiffs, including the iconic 18-footers.

Ask any Sydneysider what they know about the ‘Balmain Bug’ and they’ll probably tell you about the primordial, lobster-like creature at the Sydney Fish markets. Few residents of the Emerald City – most sailors included – would know of the other Balmain Bug, a tiny historic wooden skiff replica with a 6ft long hull and an absurdly oversized rig that trebles her length overall.

The skiffs desire to ‘go down the mine’ especially downwind, puts a premium on fore and aft trim. Speed drops away sharply even with minor imbalances.

Looking for all the world like a children’s toy that a couple of adults have hijacked for a laugh, most people’s reaction to first sighting the Balmain Bug under sail is to chuckle. But the heritage of the 6ft skiff has its roots in what was arguably the genesis of Australian sailing’s rich sailing culture and its high profile on the international racing scene today.

Trim to win

Despite the chasm between the top boat speed of a six-foot skiff (perhaps 8-10 knots) and its modern counterparts such as the 49er, many of the sailing techniques are common to old and new. “I hang onto the jib sheet,” says Hodgson, who helms the boat, “as you can feel when the gust comes that the head wants to go away; if you let the headsail out a few inches she’ll stay straight.”

“Originally we had it the other way around,” adds Reid. “But by the time the crew eases the sheet it’s too late, the bow’s going away, so as forward hand I trim the main.”

“Downwind it wants to bury itself,” says Reid. “But then if the bowsprit is a foot out of the water the whole boat is rearing up in the air; so you really try to keep it [the bowsprit] just kissing the water.”

The need for coordinated movement is no less challenging when the boat is on the breeze either. “Upwind we sail with the bowsprit in the water; it sort of tricks the boat into believing it’s bigger than it is,” says Hodgson.

Tacking looks like a coordinated limbo dance under the boom and over the tiller, but the turn through the wind is actually swifter than one might imagine, accelerated by the short hull length.

Not surprisingly the six-foot skiff has a relatively modest upper wind limit of about 15 knots, with even the shortest waves amplifying its submarine tendencies. The Balmain Bug does have a smaller rig for her higher wind range, but since Reid and Hodgson have been in charge it has not seen the light of day.

“Yes, we have a smaller rig” says Reid, “but we are believers in the old skiff adage: ‘big rigs win big races’.”

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Your Marine Sanitation Specialists Share Tips on Installing Your Next Radar Dome

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to install a radar dome.

Your marine sanitation manufacturers talk about how proper installation plays a big role in maximizing the performance of marine radar domes. So, if you’re considering installing a new solid-state dome radar aboard your boat or checking out the install aboard a boat you are buying, keep these factors in mind.

Elevation

To perform effectively, mount the radar dome high enough to give it an unfettered, level and full-circle view of the horizon, but not so high as to be adversely affected by the boat’s pitching and rolling. The most common way of achieving this elevation on center console, express cruiser and walk around cuddy models is to install the dome on a hardtop or T-top. 

Forward Angle

The radar should be installed so that it’s level while the boat is underway. The bow angle is often ­greater when the boat is running at speed than when it’s at rest. So, if you mount the dome level with the boat at rest, the radar beam will be aimed upward while underway. 

Beam Clearance

Today’s solid-state marine radars are so sensitive, they can detect objects that are just an arm’s length away, including onboard elements such as the outer edges of your hardtop. 

Other Antennas

Avoid mounting your new dome radar on the same horizontal plane as a second radar scanner, as the two radars systems can interfere with each other; a conventional-type magnetron radar can actually damage a solid-state scanner in this configuration. 

Your Marine Sanitation Distributors Continue Talking About Radar Dome Installation

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I decided on the Furuno, I compared prices, and I ordered the thing. I didn’t think to specify the length of the monitor/radome connector cable. I noted that it came standard with a ten-meter cable. Super!

In San Diego, I hired a rigger to rivet the radome mount on the front of our mast, about nine meters up. I didn’t give the cable length a second thought during the two hours I spent trying to fish the cable past obstructions on the mast interior and then out through the tiny hole at the base. But I’m no dummy, less than five minutes after completing that job, I realized my mistake.

“No way. Under the plastic sheathing is metal mesh sheathing, ten insulated copper wires, and a coaxial cable. If you splice in unprotected wire and coax, you’ll get too much interference, it won’t work.”

So I had a plan and with the help of my friend Dr. Stewart in Eureka, I tracked down the cable, terminal strip, and junction box I needed. In a day I finished the installation of the radar I’d bought three months before—and it works like a charm.

It was a hassle to take the do-it-yourself approach, but I spent less, I know much more than I would have had I hired out the installation, and if we ever decide to pull the mast, it will take me about five minutes to disconnect the radar cable. Bonus.

Sheriff’s dive team testing sonar finds car of man who went missing 41 years ago

A Goodhue County sheriff’s office dive team was testing its new sonar unit on the Mississippi River when they found the vehicle of a man who went missing in 1976.

The vehicle belonged to David Jorgensen, who was last seen on February 27, 1976 on Trenton Island. In early May 1976, Jorgensen’s body was located on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River in an area known as Warrentown. 

At the time of the sonar discovery, the water level was high with strong currents and it was too dangerous to send the divers down. Thursday, a dive team was able to place straps on the vehicle and make a successful recovery.

Jorgensen’s family members and friends gathered as the vehicle was removed. The sheriff’s office hopes this recovery will bring closure to the question of what happened to Jorgensen’s car. 

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Red Wing Fire Department and Siewert’s Towing and Recovery assisted with the recovery.

Don’t forget these amazing tips for installing a radar dome. 1) To perform effectively, mount the radar dome high enough to give it an unfettered, level and full-circle view of the horizon;  2) The radar should be installed so that it’s level while the boat is underway;  and 3) Avoid mounting your new dome radar on the same horizontal plane as a second radar scanner.

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Your Marine Holding Tanks Distributors Share Helpful Info About the Importance of Clean Vessels

Raritan Engineering your marine holding tanks suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the benefits of clean vessels.

Your marine holding tanks manufacturers discuss how the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) adapts the basic port fee rate for the majority of maritime transport by 1.4% for 2018. Just like in previous years, this development is once again below the inflation rate, thereby sending a clear signal of stability.

In accordance with the current coalition agreement and air pollution control plan of the Hamburg Senate, a new fee rating system featuring an environmental component will be introduced. Based on IAPP (International Air Pollution Prevention) certificates to be presented by port users, a part of the port fee will categorically be calculated based on environmental impacts in the future.

“Our tariff and environmental policy sends a clear signal to the citizens of Hamburg, the shipping companies, and port industries. We aim to contribute to the air pollution control and ensure that Hamburg remains attractive as a port of call,” says Tino Klemm, Chief Financial Officer HPA.

Given the outstanding fairway adjustment, the reductions for especially large vessels and transshipment will be continued. The cap will not be increased either. This is unique in its dimension among significant competitor ports.

One of the key benefits, whatever your preferred style of boating, is that there are few other means of travel, or forms of recreation, that put you quite so directly in touch with the environment. On the whole, this form of transport is relatively unhurried and generally free of congestion, which inevitably means that you have plenty of time and opportunity to take in the things around you – something which very few people get the routine chance to do.

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Green Credentials

For sailing yachts, especially small ones without engines, the green-appeal is obvious – if ever there was an example of the most direct use of wind power, then a boat in full sail must be it. 

However, we should not be too hard on those pioneers of British industry – for Britain’s canal network is very largely their legacy, having originally been built around 200 years ago to transport raw materials and finished items to and from the new factories that sprung up. Their need for commercial transport – then chiefly pulled along by horse-power – bequeathed an extensive series of interconnecting water-ways to posterity and enticed many new generations of boaters onto the water. 

Fringe Benefits

Boating brings environmental fringe benefits too. Opening up and maintaining canals and rivers for leisure and tourist boats has improved many stretches of long-neglected and deteriorating waterways, providing valuable habitats in areas otherwise largely impoverished of wildlife. Coastal waters too have benefited from the continued popularity of boating and in areas which particularly promote it as a holiday activity; the growth of new marinas has often been quite deliberately balanced by the provision of environmental stewardship schemes. 

Perhaps one of boating’s biggest plus-points is that it is so widely accessible. In one form or another, from the cool waters of Britain to the warmth of Greece and beyond, just about anyone can sample the benefits of boats.

Heroes You Should Know: Brave Texas Teens Save Over 50 People In Small Fishing Boat

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, taking lives and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Once the storm downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey, even more damage was done, bringing in unprecedented flooding and raising the death toll to eight, a number expected to rise. In Houston alone, an estimated 30,000 will be forced to flee their homes and seek shelter; 450,000 others will require some sort of disaster assistance.

But, in response, the resilient and courageous people of Texas have sprung into action. The state has witnessed inspiring examples of heroism and unity from its citizenry — including teenage boys with nothing more than a small fishing boat and a paddle board.

Seventeen-year-old Thomas Edwards and his three friends, Richard Dickason, 17, Liam Connor, 17, and his brother Declan Connor, 15, were some of those heroes. 

Edwards told The Daily Wire that he woke up to find the massive flooding; his truck was nearly completely submerged and one-story houses all around him had water all the way up to their doors. Instead of feeling fear or sorry for himself (as any typical 17-year-old might feel after they see their truck under water), Edwards and his pals took this hardship as a cue to help others.

“Once the boat began to float on the trailer we decided to venture out,” Edwards told The Daily Wire. “We could hear people screaming for help and we towed a paddle board behind us so we could fit more people on the boat. We began to pick people up and take them to a local Krogers, where other evacuees sought refuge. We were the only boat in the neighborhood until 2 o’clock, and we motored back and forth making trips to rescue as many people as we could.”

“We rescued families, babies, dogs, rabbits, you name it,” explained the 17-year-old. “My friend Liam and I would stay on the paddle board and pull the boat across the intersection in order to unload people closer to the Kroger parking lot. It was an incredibly surreal experience to take a boat down streets while trying to dodge sunken cars and overhanging tree limbs.”

One comment really resonated with Edwards: “Someone said that in times like these, differences don’t matter because we are all in the same predicament.”

Selfless young men like Edwards, Dickason, and the Connor brothers are shining examples of what makes America so great. These young men didn’t see race, religion, sex, or political affiliation, they saw fellow Americans in need and acted accordingly.

Don’t forget this great discussion as to why clean vessels are so beneficial. 1) This form of transport is relatively unhurried and generally free of congestion;  2) you have plenty of time and opportunity to take in the things around you;  and 3) having a clean vessel is becoming easier to do.

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How to Keep Marine Toilets Smelling Fresh

We have found that many people ask the following question:

My marine toilet works, but smells, what’s wrong with it and how do I get rid of the odors?

The most common reason for odors is:

Foul marina water being drawn into the toilet bowl from outside. Adding a Raritan K.O.2 Kit to your installation and using Raritan K.O. help keep the odor level down.

Raritan toilets using on board pressurized fresh water have no odors.

Improper discharge hose is being used and the hose material has become contaminated resulting in odor permeation. Replace the hose with thick walled sanitation hose that resists odor permeation such as Raritan SaniFlex #SFH.

Improper routing of discharge hose. Horizontal runs and dips or valleys where raw sewage may stand must be avoided. Even the best sanitation hose will not last long in these cases. Route hoses to gravitate downhill and use sweep ells rather than 90″ fittings to make bends if needed. Loops in the hose must be properly vented.

No water trap in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Adding a vented loop in the discharge hose will allow a stand of water to exist in the section of hose from the toilet to the vented loop. This also ensures that a certain amount of water remains in the bowl after each flush. The height of the loop will determine how much water will remain in the bowl. Sewage odor/gas would have to be pressurized to force it through the water seal created by the addition of the vented loop.

Eel grass, other forms of marine life or vegetation which are drawn into the toilet’s flush water may have become trapped in the rim of the bowl. This can produce a sulfurous malodor (i.e.: rotten egg smell) as this matter decays. If this occurs, the bowl must be flushed out under dock side pressure while using a probe inserted into the bowl rim rinsing holes to free any lodged debris. All seawater flush toilets must have an inline strainer installed in the intake hose to prevent this from happening. Fresh water toilets such as Fresh Head or pressurized water electric toilets do not have odors by avoiding sea water.

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Raritan Marine Elegance Electric Toilet—Simply the Best!

The first toilet in its class to offer:

-Low water usage

-Small footprint for compact installation

-One piece vitreous china bowl

-SeaFresh model allows easy switching between fresh and raw water.

New Vortex-Vac Flush Technology

The marine elegance toilet features:

-Quiet operation

-Unmatched rinsing capabilities

-Low water consumption

-Built in shredder reduces clogs

-Built in loop design eliminates odors

-Can pump 10ft vertically, or 100ft horizontally

Our Full Size Vitreous China Bowl Offers:

-One piece construction

-Full size toilet seat

-Compact installation

-Unique mounting system allows for ease of cleaning

-Reduced weight while adding additional support where needed

The Raritan Smart Flush Control Offers:

-Fully programmable, easy to use control

-Attractive wall mount design

-Flush using no water, little water, or timed flush

-Optional lock out feature when tank is full

Smart Flush Control

Now available with SeaFresh. All new control system that allows the user to easily switch between fresh and raw water.

The Raritan Smart Flush control is a fully programmable flush control. The control allows users to flush the toilet with no water, a small amount of water, or a fully timed flush. The timed flush feature can be adjusted on the panel without having to remove any components.

1) “Empty only” allows the user to evacuate the bowl by using no water. While the button is pressed the discharge pump will run, when released the pump stops.

2) “Water only” allows the user to wet the bowl prior to use or fill the bowl to a certain level to minimize water usage.

3) “Normal flush” – press the button and walk away. This function brings water in, then discharges bowl and refills to leave water in the bowl.

4) “Water saver” – press the button and walk away, uses half the water of a normal flush.

The Raritan Smart Flush Control is the most technologically advanced control on the market today. It offers the user maximum flexibility and control in an attractive wall mount design. Several programmable features are now available including an optional lock-out when the holding tank is full.

At Raritan we offer dependability where it counts.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Safety Tips

Raritan Marine Professionals Give Great Paddleboard Safety Tips

Raritan Engineering your Raritan marine distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding stand-up paddleboard safety tips.

Your Raritan marine suppliers talks about how Luke Hopkins was about to take on one of the most extreme stand-up paddleboard adventures of his life, and it was snowing.

Hopkins, a SUP expert with 20 years of experience, had decided to take on Lava Falls in the Grand Canyon, a ­historic achievement in paddle sports. Fortunately, he’d come prepared.

Safety is something many people take for granted while enjoying the increasingly popular SUPs, which can be found in many recreational boaters’ arsenals. Thanks to board racks, dedicated stowage ­spaces and inflatable SUPs, boaters increasingly bring them on board.

“If you follow a few basic safety practices, you can keep alive and well on a paddleboard for life,” says Hopkins.

Raritan Marine Specialists Continue Discussing How to Have Fun and Be Safe While Paddleboarding

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The number one most important safety practice: wear a life jacket. Why? In 14 of the 15 reported SUP fatalities in 2016, the victim was not wearing one.

If you are able to recover your board, the buoyancy a life jacket provides makes it easier to climb back aboard. Of course, chasing a board wouldn’t be as much of an issue if people practiced the second most important tenet of SUP safety: wearing a leash.

“I’ve had leashes break and boards break,” says Hopkins. “Do you really want to stake your life on a strap around your ankle?”

Hopkins also preaches to wear appropriate gear: wetsuits, or even drysuits in cold weather conditions, helmets in rough water where rocks could be present, and shoes. You don’t want to fall off your board and risk cutting your feet on rocks, oyster beds or other sharp objects.

Take the right safety precautions and you’ll enjoy your SUP time on the water — maybe not running rapids in the Grand Canyon, but at least paddling the local cove with your kids.

Is a SUP a Boat?

Many boaters want to know: Is the SUP in their arsenal of toys actually a boat? The answer is yes, depending on where you use one.

Shark Chomps on Paddleboard, Closing Cape Cod Beach

A beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore was temporarily closed Wednesday after a great white shark bit a paddleboard, authorities confirm.

The shark bit the stand-up paddleboard in 3-foot-deep water, approximately 30 yards from the shore. The encounter occurred during high tide and in calm seas.

Cape Cod Beach Closed After Shark Scare

Bigelow, of Chatham, said he saw the bite marks on his board, got back on, and paddled in to shore as quickly as possible, alerting lifeguards and a nearby surf school.

“The impact was right in the middle of my board,” he said. “I have a huge hematoma on my leg.”

A bite mark on his board measured about a foot across.

The incident took place at least 50 feet south of the lifeguard-protected section of Marconi Beach.

Cape Cod Beach Closed After Shark Bites Paddleboard

There were seals in the area at the time, according to Leslie Reynolds, chief ranger with the Cape Cod National Park Service.

The beach was closed for about two hours.

Staff from the Cape Cod National Park Service, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy are investigating and said they will share additional details as they have them.

Despite the scare, Bigelow said he’ll be back in the water on Thursday.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Share Ideas On How to Best Repair Your Canvas Fasteners

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device suppliers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding how to fix canvas fasteners.

Sooner or later, chafe, UV rays, and sharp edges take their toll on our boat’s canvas. A misplaced screw or simple friction will eat holes in a dodger. A seam gives up, a line rubs through the fabric, and a few snaps come loose. 

Older fabric may be too sun-rotted to allow the weak spot another row of stitches will create, and the stitching may leak. 

In the upcoming September 2017 issue of Practical Sailor, tester Drew Frye, who also blogs at his website Sail Delmarva, compares a variety of tapes, glues, and adhesives for making these types of repairs. 

Snaps are the first failure point on many covers and dodgers. Often the stress cause by repeated shrinking and stretching during wet/dry cycles works them loose. 

Your Marine Sanitation Device Distributors Continue to Give Ideas on How to Keep Canvas Fasteners in Great Condition

 Your marine sanitation device experts talk about how to remove the old snap, disturbing as little cloth as possible.

• Bring the edges together on the reverse side with masking tape.

• Cut a 2-inch square patch (round the corners) and slather it up with a 1/16-inch coating of polyurethane adhesive sealant (3M 5200 works well, and other options are discussed in the September test report). 

• Patch the reverse side if the cloth damage is severe.

• Allow to cure. Varies with the products, but for polyurethane it is typically 3-5 days in warm humid weather, 10 days in cool, dry weather. We’ve had good luck with 3M 5200, but other polyurethane adhesive sealants did well in our test. 

• Punch and install hardware as usual. Relocate the fittings if the failure was due to the canvas shrinking.

This is one time where the increased stiffness helps, better distributing the force over all of the fabric layers. We’ve never had a repeat failure. 

The same process can be used to repair other types of canvas fasteners. 

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time 

A Russian tanker has traveled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The tanker was built to take advantage of the diminishing Arctic sea ice and deliver gas from a new $27m facility on the Yamal Peninsula, the biggest Arctic LNG project so far which has been championed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Environmentalists have expressed concern over the risks of increased ship traffic in the pristine Arctic but Sovcomflot stressed the tanker’s green credentials. As well as using conventional fuel, the Christophe de Margerie can be powered by the LNG it is transporting, reducing its sulfur oxide emissions by 90% and nitrous oxide emissions by 80% when powered this way. 

In the route’s busiest year so far, 2013, there were only 15 international crossings but the Russian government predicts that cargo along this route will grow tenfold by 2020. This link with the Pacific reduces its need to sell gas through pipelines to Europe.

Simon Boxall, an oceanographer at the University of Southampton, said that shipping companies were making a “safe bet” in building ships in anticipation that the northern sea route will open up. “Even if we stopped greenhouse emissions tomorrow, the acceleration in the loss of Arctic ice is unlikely to be reversed,” he said.

The extent of Arctic ice fell to a new wintertime low in March this year after freakishly high temperatures in the polar regions, and hit its second lowest summer extent last September.

Don’t forget these helpful reminders on how to repair your canvas fasteners. 1) Remove the old snap, disturbing as little cloth as possible;  2) bring the edges together on the reverse side with masking tape;  and 3) patch the reverse side if the cloth damage is severe.

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How Does an Atlantis Freedom Marine Toilet Work?

Vortex-Vac technology creates vacuum internally so no remote vacuum pump required

  • Powerful vacuum without remote pumps
  • Less water consumption with new fully programmable control
  • Solid one piece porcelain bowl in traditional and elongated
  • Easily installs above or below waterline on any vessel
  • Sturdy stainless steel handle has “fail-safe” operation
  • Designed for commercial and recreational vessel applications
  • Sea/Fresh model available, allows user to easily choose onboard or outside water
  • 01 Models have a four function wall mounted switch including water saver, dry flush and normal flush
  • 02 Models have momentary handle operation, no timer, offering flush and dry flush options
  • 03 Models have flush handle with timed operation

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