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Your Marine Head Units Professionals Understand that Annual Frustrating Inspection Time

Raritan Engineering Company would love to share with you this week this helpful information on how to better understand your life raft inspection time. 

Spring is when many sailors have to bite the bullet and have their life raft inspected, an expense that costs 10 to 30 percent of the price they paid for the raft—or more.

In the U.S., there is no inspection requirement for life rafts on recreational boats. Inspection guidelines are set by the manufacturer. In Europe and other parts the world, rafts for recreational boats that sail offshore are supposed to meet ISO Standard 9650-1. This standard allows for an inspection interval of up to three years, but manufacturers often specify shorter intervals, especially for boats that spend most of their time in the tropics. 

The experience of the owners of the 14-year-old, six-man, valise-stored Avon life raft pictured here reminds us of the importance of following the manufacturer’s inspection schedule, however onerous and costly it might seem.

However, because the interval can be as long as three years in newer models, it is not surprising that some owners (and even some inspection stations) are not aware of this. Regardless, the owners of this particular raft, like many cruisers, waited nearly five years between inspections. 

The owner’s experience raises an important point about purchasing a life raft. When respected brands are passed between investment groups and production is moved overseas to save costs, quality control and service support can suffer. 

Your Marine Head Units Analysts Explain How Servicing Your Life Raft is Crucial

Your marine head units experts know that when it comes to any life raft, service support is just as important as the raft itself. In fact, many life rafts are sold with very small profit margins, with the expectation of additional profits through routine servicing. 

A pioneer in the world of inflatable boats, Avon was acquired by French competitor Zodiac in 1998. Zodiac stopped making Avon life rafts in 2004, and then scaled back to two Zodiac brand life rafts. 

To complicate things, several Zodiac-related brands have been spun off, and there is another “Zodiac” life raft on the market. During the economic downturn, British-based Survivetec acquired the Zodiac brand for commercial (SOLAS) life rafts, sold under the SurvivetechZodiac label. 

A State of Flux

It is not clear if all of these SOLAS-compliant facilities on this list are authorized to inspect Zodiac’s new recreational rafts. Zodiac’s list of approved facilities for the new recreational rafts is available here. Having a SOLAS-trained technician inspect your life raft is not necessarily a bad thing, but most life raft manufacturers require you use their certified inspection stations to maintain warranty protection.

The elastomer used to make the Avon life raft pictured above is chloroprene rubber (CR), also known as neoprene. Another elastomer common among inflatable boats is chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSM), known by the brand-name Hypalon. 

Zodiac Nautic’s new life rafts are made of plastomers, and the company is working with the owners of the raft in these pictures to provide a replacement. The new offshore model is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the new coastal raft is made of polyurethane (PU). 

If your life raft is up for inspection in the coming year, you can often negotiate a cheaper price and surely get faster service if you do it in the late summer, fall, or winter, after the spring rush in the recreational market.

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Your Marine Parts Depot Professionals Encourage You to Strengthen Your Team 

Raritan Engineering your marine parts depot analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the recipe for great teamwork.

Your marine parts depot experts know that teamwork makes the dream work. There’s no “I” in team. There are countless sayings because it’s such an important aspect to many things in life…including sailing. 

Recognition for a successful sailing campaign usually goes to the skipper and/or owner of a boat. Whether at the podium, on the trophy, or in a press release, their names are front and center. 

Practice

The teamwork we leveraged on- and off-the-water made the regatta both successful and satisfying. With the support of our partner boatyard, Sailing Inc. (Cleveland, OH), and Quantum Sails, the boats were rigged and tuned for the start of practice. 

Getting Ready to Rumble

To succeed, we relied on the many talents of our immediate team, as well as the team around us. The idea of teamwork extends beyond the on-board team and involves many players throughout the class. It’s important to recognize this, as it was a strong part of our success. 

Experience Matters

We ended up third overall at KWRW, and I’m quite pleased with this result. It improved on the 2016 results, and we felt that we left it all on the race course. 

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Your marine parts depot professionals feel that experience matters, but good teamwork (and knowing how to build it) can make a big difference. Remember, there is already a strong support network around you, including your local sail makers, hardware suppliers, boatyards, and yacht clubs.

To sail successfully, you need a crew that works together – having a shared purpose, able to make on-the-spot decisions, good at problem solving and communicating, trusting of one another and actively participating in the goal at hand. 

Here’s the five sailing essentials for a successful team building challenge:

1.    Take the helm

Teams of 7-18 people are allocated to yachts ranging from 33-45ft. An experienced skipper leads your team; providing positive feedback, encouragement and makes sure each team member is having fun and pulling their weight.

2.   Trim the sails

After boarding the boats, teams have a safety briefing and are off to practice their race moves. On-board, co-workers quickly learn they must abandon pre-existing relationships and solve problems together – helping to build team cohesion and break down silos.

3.   Grinding the winches

Now it’s time to put your race face on. Teams jostle for position on the start line before the race begins, but once the gun goes off, it’s all hands on deck to make it happen. 

4.   Learn to tack

Sailing simulates your work environment – constant changes and ‘unknowns’ emerge and your team must adapt and deal with the situation. Sailing around the natural landmarks on Sydney Harbour, you learn to watch the water ahead, judge the wind and adjust your course to make the most of the opportunities.

5.   Safe to harbour

Everyone is encouraged to participate and no previous sailing experience is required to capably reach the finish line. As a team building activity, it uses techniques that highly competitive yacht crews use and converts them into learning experiences that your team will never forget.

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Your Marine Sanitation Analysts Share the Secret to Keep Your Holding Tanks From Smelling Bad

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week these tips on keeping your holding tanks from smelling bad.

Take a look at this photo and imagine it is your backyard. Or your patio, or balcony. Yep, those are sealed 5-gallon buckets full of iguana poop and “other” waste, ripening in the Chesapeake Bay area’s autumn sun.

Do you ever wonder whether those bright blue bottles of chemicals that claim to eliminate your head odors actually work? So did we.

Readers may remember Frye as the tester who nearly reduced the family washing machine to a bucket of bolts in his quest for a safe and effective method for washing ropes. He’s just that kind of guy.

Apart from Frye’s finding that a holding tank is an excellent reservoir for highly explosive gases, one of his more exciting discoveries was that any product’s claims of “odor-eating bacteria” should not be taken at face value. 

Your Marine Sanitation Experts Suggest You Follow These Easy Steps

Your marine parts source professionals know that on boats with toilets, builders install a holding tank to hold the sewage until the boat reaches a pump out facility. Some yachts come equipped with a “Y” valve, so that they can choose to pump out or discharge overboard while way out in the ocean. 

Most holding tanks are plastic, but there are some stainless steel tanks and even a few aluminum tanks still around.

Odor Prevention

To prevent odor, there are several things you can do.

  • Make sure your holding tank system has adequate air flow. Eliminate any low spots in vent lines that would restrict the flow of air. Aerobic bacteria (the good guys) requires oxygen to live and function.
  • Avoid the use of detergent, bleach, dish soap or other cleaners or odor-masking agents  in the holding tank.

All the suppliers of holding tank products, who we talked to, agreed that boaters should shock their tanks in the spring to clean out and de-scale the inside. “KO Kills Odors” is one that works well for this, as well as midseason use if you notice an odor building up.

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Tank Management

There are three different methods for managing the waste in your Holding Tank.

Method 1- Chemical – Most common

  • Chemical treatments are the most common and kill bacteria immediately.
  • They are very effective at controlling odors, but are not designed to dissolve waste and are the least environmentally friendly. 

Method 2 – Bioactive Treatment – 2nd most common

  •  Bioactive or biologic treatments contain live aerobic bacteria, which break down waste, reproduce and crowd out anaerobic (odor-producing) bacteria.
  • They are environmentally friendly.
  • Like enzymes, bioactive treatments emulsify paper and sewage completely.

Method 3 – Enzyme Treatment

  • Enzyme treatments accelerate the digestion of organic materials in waste and neutralize odors at the same time.
  • They work quickly to completely emulsify paper and sewage and have extremely low toxicity.

We believe in using environmentally friendly products, but there are times when we use a product that is not “environmentally friendly” but use it in an environmentally friendly way.  

Note

When using biologic or enzyme treatments to promote bacterial growth care must be taken to avoid using soaps or any products like vinegar that will upset the ph balance and destroy the bacterial action that will result in odor.

With all methods, it is recommended that biodegradable RV/Marine toilet paper (single ply, thinner and not as soft as household toilet paper) be used so that it will break down. 

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Your Marine Products Specialists Announce That Kite Sailing Is Here to Stay

Raritan Engineering your marine products analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding an introduction to the kite sailing world.

Your marine products experts say, wind junkies beware, there is a new sailing discipline out there that might just force your wallet open, rearrange your life’s priorities, and produce a little friction on the home front. But don’t worry, those few nights you might have to spend on the couch will be worth it, I can assure you. Kite-sailing (or kite-surfing) has arrived on the scene and is causing quite a disturbance in the households of windsurfers, wake boarders, and small-boat sailors alike.

Your marine products distributors professionals know that because they use a large kite to harness the wind, kite-surfers can enjoy the rush of speed sailing, the freedom of wake boarding without a boat, and the ability to fly higher than any wind-surfer has dreamed of jumping. 

In its infancy, this sub-sect of the sport had plenty of problems that hindered the average waterspouts enthusiast from joining in the fun. First, the main issue was how to make the kites safe for beginners. 

The second issue was designing a kite and board combination that would allow a person to travel upwind so that a user could take off from a spot and not have to have a shuttle car or boat set up five miles downwind.

The third and final issue was figuring out how to make the kites re-launchable from the water. In 1984, Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux invented an inflatable, elliptical kite that if allowed to crash into the water, would stay on the surface and could be relaunched into the air with little effort. 

So how does a conventional sailor get started? We’ll if you remember how difficult it was to get that first ride aboard a windsurfer, you’ll realize that knowing a few important aspects about this new discipline can truly help accelerate your rate of learning. Your marine products pro shop analysts say that the first thing to do is find an instructional video. Most kite dealers will have a few to choose from, but one video recommended across the board is Boost.

No matter where you’re located or what water sports background you have, kite sailing is fun, but unusual enough to present a steep challenge for the beginner. The good news is that the learning curve is nearly vertical, so it won’t take too long before you are up and riding.

Your Marine Products Professionals Discuss How Kite Sailing Doesn’t Always Put a Dent In Your Wallet

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Your marine parts depot specialists know that ram-air kites are basically rectangular kites that allow air to flow into chambers and inflate, thus giving the kite its shape and rigidity, allowing it to perform. The advantages of ram-air kites are that they’re extremely maneuverable, and due to their flat design, have more power per square meter than their inflatable siblings. 

Your marine products international experts feel that the biggest advantage to an inflatable kite is the fact that air bladders make this kind of kite easier to water launch. Another plus is that if the pilot crashes the kite, and for some reason cannot get the kite back in the air, the bladders also provides flotation in case the user has to paddle the rig to shore for whatever reason. Inflatable kites are launched close to the neutral zone, (almost perpendicular to the wind direction), thus making them more controllable when self-launching.

Inflatable kites are by far the more popular of the two. But should you choose to purchase an inflatable there is more information you’ll need to know. There are different types of inflatable kites on the market. The first type is called two-line. Yep, you guessed it, the kite is controlled by two lines. These kites are remarkably simple to set up, very easy to water-launch, but when flown are fixed in a fully powered angle to the wind. So if the wind gusts, you are going to feel it and have to compensate. 

If you decide to follow the trend and get into kite sailing, another thing you’ll want to know about is the idea of aspect ratio. In a vast oversimplification, aspect ratio refers to the shape of the kite and specifically the curve from end to end and width. 

Somewhere east of Winnemucca, Nevada at 3 in the morning, Johnny Heineken‘s car broke down so we packed everything into 1 SUV with 5 sets of wind and snow gear, dog and riders for the remaining voyage east. 

Snow kiting is just as it sounds. You choose either skies or snowboard and get pulled around on your kite- up, down, around and over what ever terrain you choose. 

I rigged my 13m foil kite, launching with ease and immediately got pulled across the meadow on my snowboard.

Snow kiting has all the benefits of kiting on the water without the consequences of water itself. I dropped and tangled my kite quite a few times in the 8-12k breeze and easily unhooked and walked up the line and bridle to unsort it all out. 

For day 3 and 4, we switched venues to a location called Electric Lake along the Huntington Canyon Scenic Drive as the Skyline Peak was in white out conditions. It was more rolling hills and room to explore as the newbies including myself were still mastering the basics. 

I really can’t emphasize how fun and accessible snow kiting is whether you’re a newbie or a pro. The hardest step was committing and just getting there, after that the fun was nonstop.

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Buy Your Next Reverse Polarity Alarm at Raritan Engineering

RPA – REVERSE POLARITY ALARM

We Know What You Need

Essential aid for traveling boaters when connecting to unfamiliar dock side power. The quality of marina wiring can vary greatly from place to place and from plug to plug.

That is why most boats designed to plug in to shore power have a polarity indicator. It is an important safety feature that few boat owners fully understand or appreciate.

With a couple of exceptions, it should be standard equipment on every boat that is capable of plugging into a common 120 volt AC shore power outlet.

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Your TruDesign Specialists Discusses the Great Potential in Handicapped Racing

Raritan Engineering your TruDesign analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how disabilities don’t stop sailing lovers.

Your TruDesign experts know that the greatest area of growth potential in the sport is handicap racing. Unlike one design classes, which are limited to only the boats made of each type, handicap racing can include all keel boat types. Better yet, since boats became made of fiberglass, they seemingly last forever.

So if there is an interest to get boats on the race course, the mission then is to have events that encourage participation. Your marine parts for sale professionals feel that people need to feel like the racing is fair, and the level of competition meets their level of investment. And of course, it should be fun too.

One of the battles that handicap events face is how to fairly group boats for competition. While certain events may attract the hardcore teams that have made a high investment, all events need to address how to create fleet splits to group boats that can fairly race together.

This issue has gotten increasingly difficult with lighter sport boats mixing with cruiser displacement boats. Your marine parts Canada analysts heard that in a recent Scuttlebutt survey, 74% of the respondents indicated that you must separate these two boat divisions to provide fair racing.

Here were a few comments:

“Sport boats are simply far too different from displacement boats to be in the same fleet. They need their own rating band.”

“I would think that the sport boat sailors would generally be a keener racing crew and would rather race more of the same competition.”

Sailing allows participants to enjoy the freedom of movement and independence – whether it’s a lazy afternoon on an inland lake, mastering the wind in recreational races, or challenging yourself with elite-level competition, sailing offers something for everyone.

Sue Beatty is the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) in Annapolis, Md., a DSUSA Chapter. “We recommend starting with a short classroom session, especially for those who are completely new to sailing,” she said. “We cover a basic set of terms for parts of the boat such as main, jib, rudder, keel, etc. 

“Paraplegics are routinely able to sail the boats once they’ve been assisted aboard,” said Beatty. “Our staff and volunteers assist guests on and off of the boat. That’s where those open and broad decks come in handy. Additionally we use floating docks and tie the boats up very tight when boarding or disembarking so the height of the boat’s sides don’t vary and the boat doesn’t move very much.”

Your TruDesign Professionals Know That Adaptability Is the Key to Not Giving Up

We are proud to be your TruDesign supplier. You can find out more information as well as get assistance on all of your marine supply needs at Raritan Engineering. Your TruDesign specialists know that the boats have two fiberglass seats. Each seat is a single moulded seat and back with two seat belts to safely secure sailors in them. Each seat is mounted on an aluminum bar that allows it to pivot from one side of the boat to the other if desired. Normally they are locked in on one side or the other. There is a small footrest on the support bar as well. Someone who is strapped into one of these seats is both comfortable and very secure.

“Adaptations for disabilities include things like special seating, electric power winches, electric starter motors, talking GPS, roller furling, davit transfer systems (similar to Hoyer), joy stick controls and other innovations sometimes specific to a certain situation,” Ewing said. 

“Others decide that they want to learn everything about sailing and pursue that. The best example is a high quad in Chicago who races in the Chicago to Mackinac race on Lake Michigan, sits in a special seat in the stern of his boat and calls the tactics, sail set and all the decisions for racing his boat. You need the mind, the knowledge and the ability to communicate to be a skipper,” he said.

Competitive & Paralympic Sailing

Paralympic Level Sailing

There are three medal events at the Games. Your marine parts corp experts understand that these are the 2.4mR, SKUD 18 and Sonar classes, featuring one, two and three sailors per boat respectively. Each event consists of a series of up to 11 races – weather permitting.  

“For example, the week before a world championship, we would do training on site at the World Championship site and focus on fine-tuning starting strategies and set up. Whereas six months prior, we would do a camp working on speed, speed set up through sail trim, sail shape and sail trim,” she said. 

Paralympic Classification

The Paralympic sailing classification system is based on three factors – stability, hand function, and mobility. Vision impairments have a separate classification procedure. 

Athletes with vision impairment are placed into one of three competition rating classes, based on their visual acuity and field of vision.

Depending on their visual ability, they compete in sport class 3, 5 or 7, with 7 indicating the highest eligible visual ability.

“We have a lot of quads driving boats, so there is quite a range of disabilities,” Alison said. “In contrast to many of the sports, the amputees don’t just play with the amputees, the blind don’t just play with the blind, the quads don’t play with the quads.”

Equipment and Expenses

“Sailing is not the most inexpensive sport once you own equipment and take into consideration travel and training. However, on a national team, although we don’t have monthly stipends, sailors do get some grant funding and we provide a lot in terms of resources and support for logistics, coaching, shipping and transportation. 

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Your Seacocks Professionals Help You Use Your Sailing Skills in Everyday Life Situations 

Raritan Engineering Company your seacocks analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how sailors are just good at everyday things.

Your seacocks experts understand that you’re winning at this life thing. You’re well-traveled. You have strong opinions on the meat industry and an arsenal of impressive life hacks you picked up while backpacking in Burma. 

But there’s always someone out there that’s cooler than you. Like sailors. You’ll never be as cool as a sailor. Here are nine everyday things they’d crush you at without even trying.

1. Parallel parking
I know, I know. You’re great at parallel parking. You should be the president of it. The words three-point turn don’t even exist in your vocabulary. But you’re an amateur. 

2. Walking straight when drunk
Your poker face is a farce. We all know how many tequilas you’ve had as soon as you see-saw to the bathroom like a sausage in a pinball machine. Legs don’t lie, unless you’re a sailor. 

3. Straightfacing a double entendre
Sailing terminology is (wait for it) an ocean teeming with metaphors, puns, double entendres and that’s-what-she-saids. You can’t think of a boating pun that hasn’t been exhausted. Chuckling at words and phrases like ‘breastlines; cockpit; coming about; and, in need of a tug’ is the sole folly of us landlubbers. 

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4. Giving directions
‘Ja, so like take a right by the tree and then pass the school. I think it’s a school. Maybe it’s prison. A few blocks behind that is a road. I can’t remember the name of it but just call me when you’re outside.’ These are not directions. 

5. Dressing appropriately
Weather app, shmeather app. Even the best ones resort to some measure of horoscopic hocus pocus and the problem is nobody has built one out of actual human bones. Sailors have bones. They have bones that tingle, crack, wobble and creak. 

6. BDSM
Don’t fib. The reason you’ve never been open to the idea of bondage isn’t because it’s taboo. It’s because you’re rubbish with ropes. Tying your beau to a bedpost isn’t the same as tying a shoelace. There are safety issues. 

7. Pulling an all-nighter
It was the pillar of your tertiary education, but somewhere along the line the insouciance of burning the midnight oil turned to chronic anxiety. 

Caffeine is impotent, hardcore drum and bass is discombobulating and even The Panic Monster can’t keep you awake anymore. But sailors are fueled by something stronger than caffeine and panic combined: fear of the unknown. 

8. Letting things go
When something falls in the ocean it’s gone forever (unless you’re James Cameron). The only thing to do is forget about it and move on while muttering something profound like ‘It belongs to the ocean now, man.’ 

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Your Marine Toilet Systems Analysts Take Time to Answer Your Life Jacket Questions 

Raritan Engineering is excited to share with you this week these pointers on what to keep in mind when deciding to buy your next life jackets. 

Your marine toilet systems specialists know that as a follow-up to last week’s blog post on safety tethers, it is important to note that these devices are just one component in a system that includes the jackline and a safety harness (typically combined with a personal flotation device, or PFD) and that these components should be evaluated together as a whole. 

One of the chief questions about an inflatable PFD-harness is whether you want an auto-inflating PFD or a manually inflating model. (Some sailors prefer just a harness without any integral flotation, also an option.) The auto-inflating devices are activated by water or pressure change; manual-inflating devices require the wearer to pull a lanyard. 

An inflated PFD can also interfere with releasing from the tether. Ordinarily, you would not want to release yourself from your tether, but there are cases in which it is better to cast yourself free from the boat, or you risk drowning. Several crew who survived the capsize of Wing Nuts in this month’s Chicago-to-Mackinac race were forced to detach themselves. One, Stan Dent, had to cut himself free. 

Your Marine Toilet Systems Experts Understand the Need to Get All the Facts Before Buying Life Jackets For Your Family

Your marine toilet systems professionals feel that typically, the tether attaches to the harness/PFD with a snap shackle that is released by pulling a small lanyard. As we’ve found in past testing, trying to locate a small tether and apply 30 pounds of pull while you are being dragged by a boat is no easy task.

Bottom line: If you use an inflatable PFD/harness, test your ability to release yourself with the PFD inflated and uninflated. As I mentioned last week, a quick and easy check of the release mechanism in your tether is to apply as much body weight as possibly on the tether and try to release yourself.

The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths:

1. Inflatable life jackets are zero maintenance – Let’s face it, pretty much nothing on a boat is zero maintenance. Before you head out for the day, simply check to ensure the CO2 cylinder is screwed firmly in and you can see the green indicator tab.  

2. One size fits all – While most inflatables are sized as “universal adult,” all have adjustable cinch straps that will provide a good fit for nearly every size of grown-up on the boat.  

3. Not a lot of choices – Actually, there are. Once you get past a range of colorful designs, there are two basic styles of inflatable life jackets: over-the shoulder suspender-style and waist-fitting belt pack. 

4. Inflatable life jackets are too expensive – Inflatable life jackets start at under $100. That is a real expense for some, but consider that a cheap life jacket that no one will want to wear is as useless as a hook without the worm. 

5. Inflatable life jackets are uncomfortable – Baloney! Inflatable life jackets are compact, don’t trap body heat, give full body movement, and can be as unobtrusive as small bait pouch attached to your belt. 

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Your Boat Toilets Professionals Know that Having the Right Ladder Could Make All the Difference 

Raritan Engineering Company your boat toilets experts would like to share with you this week these amazing tips on how to choose the best boarding ladder for you.

Last year, we read a review of a Union 36, and the opening photo of the boat featured a unique folding ladder that I hadn’t seen before. The ladder, instead of hanging vertically, folded out at a comfortable angle in a way that seemed—at least in the photo—pretty practical for routine boarding. I was curious how it worked in bouncy weather, and the owner of the boat, PS contributor Frank Lanier, assured me that the ladder, which came with the boat, was as good as any other he’d tried. 

The boat I cruised on for many years, Tosca, was a double-ender with the same sort boarding of complications as the Union 36. A stern boarding ladder didn’t work. 

Shocked at the prices for a stainless-steel ladder and wanting a permanent means of climbing aboard that a person in the water could use without assistance, we settled on a modification that you see on many catboats—folding steps drilled into the rudder (look for our Marshall 22 catboat review in November). 

Boat Boarding ladders can be for day to day boarding and also for emergency situations. There are two times you will need to get back onto your boat from the water. First when you are swimming i.e. intentionally going into the water, and secondly when you fall overboard. 

Had we a boarding ladder or a plan, getting the MOB back aboard would have been much easier.

Your Boat Toilets Analysts Encourage Using Great Ladders to Prevent Drownings

Your boat toilets specialists feel that the RNLI says that people falling overboard (MOB or COB) is on the rise, with numbers almost doubling in the last year. In the US 2/3 of boating deaths are from drowning and 90% were not wearing a PFD.

Types of Boarding Ladder

  • Amidships ladders (self rescue)

  • Transom Boarding

  • Dinghy Boarding

Amidships ladders (self rescue)

Rescuing and boarding amidships is one of the safest places to board your boat or any boat. Transom boarding is fine in flat water but in seas the pitching is quite violent.

Warning; One problem with many amidships ladders is that they are too close to the hull. The reason this is a problem is twofold. first getting your foot onto a rung is hard of its next to the hull.  

Save A Soul Emergency Ladder

This rope style ladder is fixed amidships and a line is left to hang close to the waterline.

A MOB can pull the line to break the Velcro and 9ft of ladder falls out.

The typical amidships ladder works. As with the top three options it will only work for a fully functioning person. If a MOB is tired and wearing a lot of gear climbing this type of ladder will be hard. To help the MOB get a line around them so you can take some of the weight.

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Your Marine Heads Experts Have All the Best Searching Strategies

Raritan Engineering Company your marine heads professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding great sonar tips while shipwreck hunting.

It was 1995, and a good friend from St. Thomas decided he’d been through one too many hurricanes. Your marine heads analysts know that his idea was to move below where the big storms blow, which is south of the 12-degree line of latitude. 

During his multi-month cruise aboard his Fales 32 Navigator motorsailor, he didn’t tow an inflatable dinghy, even though everyone else does. Instead, he towed something much more valuable — a proton magnetometer. Your marine parts USA specialists understand that the towed “fish” of a proton mag is designed to detect ferrous metals — iron — and one day while cruising near an island, he got a hit — a big one. The next thing I knew, I was on a plane down-island to see what the commotion was all about.

Your marine parts Houston professionals feel that the problem was that my friend lost the GPS coordinates from his brick-size Magellan, and the only other tools we had were a blurry photo of the shoreline and some tequila-soaked memories. That’s when I decided to contact Lowrance and enlist the power of its HDS-9 Gen3 multifunction display with StructureScan sonar.

Once we were on location with our C-Map chart chip installed, we began “mowing the lawn” in a series of east-west passes, all the while using the sonar log to record our depth and position simultaneously. When we returned home, we uploaded the data to create the structure map (pictured), which really shows color-depth contours as opposed to bottom structure.

It is a simple matter to do a quick “one-touch” on the screen to mark a waypoint. Your marine parts and supplies analysts know that was critical because we had to return to each spot immediately for underwater investigation, since we only had one day to dive.

We dived on two waypoints without success, but the third one was the charm. We did indeed find an isolated coral head only to discover that the anchor and ring were gone and the bottom was now covered in an invasive species of sea grass.

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Your marine toilet experts know that upon further topside review, we discovered that the shoreline photo was of the wrong spot, and thanks to Google Earth and multiple conference calls, we realized the actual location of the anchor is several miles north of where we were on this mission. So we will return to the island again in search of the treasure, and C-Map and the Lowrance HDS Gen3 will be right there with us for the ride.

Dreams never die easily, and a long decade later I was finally able to follow up on that early idea. When I did, however, it wasn’t the warm, clear sea of childhood memory I dived into. Instead, it was the cold, dark and murky water of New York City. 

I didn’t just want to explore, I wanted to learn more about the thousands of ships that disappeared without a trace, to learn their secrets and do my part in bringing the sometimes valiant, sometimes horrifying and always human stories to the world of the dry and living. 

Searching can be absolutely maddening. You know the wreck is there. It’s nearby. You can feel it in your bones. The historical record tells you it’s there. Your instinct is to just go to a spot and look, and then go to the next spot where you think it is and look there. Nothing. Try again over here. 

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