Slovenia's Greenline Hybrid Yachts have a super-displacement hull, which enables the yachts to use less fuel, generate lower carbon dioxide emissions and produce less wake. Several Greenline boats will be on display at Yachts Miami Beach.

Your Marine Toilet Specialists Say That Electric Boats Can Be Enjoyable for Everyone

Raritan Engineering Company your marine toilet professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the benefits of switching to an electric boat.

Electric Boating

Your marine toilet analysts know that electric boats are environmentally friendly, almost maintenance free, reliable, cheap to run and easy to operate. With an electric boat you can entertain your family, friends and business associates with a leisurely cruise on the harbour, lake or river.

Quiet

Electric boats give you the opportunity to calmly enjoy the natural surroundings, listen to the water lapping against the hull, birds flying past or just calmly watch the scenery go past without any annoying motor noise.

Low running costs

Electric boats are extremely cheap to run. With today’s soaring fuel prices it can be daunting to fill up your motor boat for a day out on the water. An electric boat can be fully recharged for less than a dollar, realizing huge savings on everyday running costs. 

Safe

Electric boats are very safe. Because there is no engine noise, the skipper can hear approaching boats and steer clear of danger. Apart from a conventional set-up, electric boats can be steered with their motor (a pod engine) or with a propeller attached to the rudder (Duffy electric boats), which makes them extremely maneuverable. 

Luxurious

Most boats in our product range, such as the Duffy electric boats, are standard fitted with many luxuries such as wrap around seating, table, esky, courtesy lights, cushions and plush marine carpet. Optional built-in entertainment features include a radio/CD player, refrigerator, microwave, teak dash, and electric heating. 
 
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Performance

Your marine toilet experts know that some people think that electric boats are slow and have a limited cruising range. While this might have been the case with earlier generations of electric boats, our electric boats have the same or better performance levels as comparable vessels with a combustion engine. 

Slovenia’s Greenline Hybrid Yachts have a super-displacement hull, which enables the yachts to use less fuel, generate lower carbon dioxide emissions and produce less wake. Several Greenline boats will be on display at Yachts Miami Beach.

For the first time, the show is featuring an Electric Boat Pavilion to showcase the marine industry’s advances in environmentally friendly motorboats.

“It’s always our goal to be on the forefront of promoting what’s most current and relevant to boaters,” Show Management vice president of consumer marketing Brett Keating said in a statement.

Show Management, which produces the show, and Trade Only Today are both part of Active Interest Media.

“We look forward to expanding our Electric Boat Pavilion in the future as more companies develop electric boats for the American marketplace,” Keating said.

The show will feature products from Canadian Electric Boats, Rand Boats, Foldable RIB, Greenline Hybrid Yachts, Torqeedo Electric Motors and GoCycle Electric Bikes.

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Our Marine Toilets Dept Discusses: Fishing Safely Near Breakers, Boating Tips

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Your marine toilets experts here at Raritan Engineering know that saltwater game fish often hunt where the ocean surge meets the shore.

The surging turbulence where ocean waves careen into the shallows creates rich hunting areas for game fish such as calico bass, redfish, roosterfish, striped bass and tarpon. Your marine toilets specialists say that despite the dangers, boating anglers have found methods to get close and pull fish from under the menacing waves and foam. I talked to a few veteran anglers to glean six principles for fishing successfully and safely near the pounding surf.

If in Doubt, Stay Out

Stay away from the breaking waves when conditions are too gnarly. “If the swells are big, I steer clear of shore rocks,” says Capt. Benny Florentino, a guide and tournament angler who regularly braves Pacific swells in pursuit of calico bass ranging up to 9 pounds in the rocky shallows off Southern California.

Capt. Greg Hildreth, who guides guests to big redfish and tarpon amid the wave-swept shoals of the Georgia coast aboard his 20-foot Action Craft bay boat, echoes that sentiment. “If you see big breakers blowing through — any thing bigger than 4 feet — it’s time to go elsewhere.”

Despite being on opposite coasts, both Florentino and Hildreth believe in observing each spot from a safe distance before moving in. “I might watch a spot for 15 or 20 minutes to see what the wave patterns are like,” says Florentino. “This gives me an idea of how to fish it safely on any given day, but some days I just drive away, because no fish is worth risking lives.”

Breaking swells can quickly turn shore waters into danger zones for boating anglers.

Plan an Exit Strategy

Even after evaluating a spot, a set of big waves can still roll in unexpectedly. So plan in advance how you’re going to escape. Running straight out, trying to get over a wave before it breaks can lead to catastrophe, according to Hildreth, who anchors his boat outside the breakers to fish.

“If I see a rogue swell coming, a wave that might break early, I crank up the motor and attack the swell at an angle,” he says. “I don’t even bring in the anchor, because there’s no time, but rather pull it behind as we’re heading out.” In quartering the wave, the boat is less likely to get pitched over backward or crash down hard on the backside.

“It’s often better to run in a bit, and then turn and aim for the ‘shoulder’ of the wave where the water is deeper and the wave’s not breaking,” explains Erik Landesfeind, who fishes for California’s calico bass from an 18-foot Blazer Bay boat.

Your marine toilets analyst suggest that when fishing on the inshore side of a “boiler” rock or shoal, the best tactic is sometimes to do nothing. “Let the wave break outside of you and disperse its energy,” Landesfeind advises. “Then all you have to deal with is the more-gentle shore wash.”

Keep the Big Motor Running

Some anglers like to work jetties and shore rocks with a bow-mounted trolling motor. Yet, when fishing around breakers, you should leave the trolling motor up and keep the big motor running, if you’re not anchoring, according to Landesfeind. “A lot of young guys charge in to fish, and drop in their trolling motor and turn off the big motor, and that’s a big mistake,” he says.

It’s also imperative to keep the bow pointed away from shore, sometimes backing into a spot, so the boat tends to ride up and over an incoming swell, and is always headed in the right direction if you have to move out quickly. By all means, avoid leaving the boat sideways to a breaking wave, a scenario that can lead to capsizing.

Veteran captains often fish from the helm, so they’re ready to pilot the boat to safety at a moment’s notice. All have learned from close calls in the past.

Fish close to rocky outcroppings only when sea conditions allow you to do so safely.

Buddy Up

It’s a bad idea to fish dangerous areas solo; at least one person needs to be focused on boat handling. “When we’re fishing close to shore, I’m 90 percent skipper, constantly looking over my shoulder,” Landesfeind explains. “That allows the other guy to be 90 percent angler, focusing on likely pockets and ripping off long casts.”

This division of responsibilities is critical because it’s easy for an angler to become fixated on fishing, particularly when trying to land a fish. Having a skipper on alert helps prevent lapses of awareness “While my guests are fishing, I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for danger,” says Hildreth.

Always remain alert to possible dangers when fishing around jetties and breakwaters.

Communicate

Effective communication between the angler and crew keeps everyone alert and helps prevent injuries. It starts with encouraging crew to speak up if they see a big wave from a distance. But the skipper also needs to be clear when it’s time to run for safety.

“When I shout, ‘We’re going,” that means sit down and hold onto something,” says Capt. Jimmy Decker, a guide and tournament angler who fishes Southern California shores from an Everglades 243 bay boat with a 250 hp Suzuki outboard. Often, there’s no time to reel in or move about before the skipper accelerates; hence the need to get low and find a handle.

Hildreth, who likes to drift baits back into the surf zone, instructs his guests to remain seated when they are not fighting a fish, as the waves off the Georgia coast can jostle them around at any time. “Plus, that way, they’re already seated if I have to punch out in a hurry,” he adds.

Wear a Life Jacket

Among the anglers I interviewed, only one professed to wearing a life jacket while fishing in risky shore areas, yet all admitted that it was a good idea. Suspender-style inflatable life jackets allow for great mobility while fishing, and models that automatically inflate upon contact with water ensure that an angler will remain afloat, even if rendered unconscious — a critical safety feature for all boating anglers, whether fishing in the danger zone or staying well offshore.

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Marine Sanitation Hoses

Marine Sanitation Hose:

Odors from a boat’s sanitation system can originate from many sources:

Inlet hose and bowl rim: Organic matters from sea water inlet into the toilet can disintegrate and emit rotten egg smell from the flush water.

Holding tank gases can find its way into a boats interior either thru the toilet or the vent system.

Consider just starting here to make things simple…

Hose permeation is a most common cause of odors from sanitation system. Choosing a correct hose for new installation or replacement is important for making system odor free for several years of use. Most commonly used hoses material include PVC, EPDM rubber and Butyl rubber.

Rubber hoses are better for low permeability compared to PVC and hence have longer warranties. Butyl rubber has better resistance against oils compared to EPDM. Both EPDM and butyl have better resistance to Alcohol used in winterization than PVC hose.

While choosing sanitation hose consider following:

1.     Long life: Raritan  Sani/Flex Odor Shield has a special white butyl rubber compound, to stop sewage odor from escaping the hose. It is 15 times more resistant to odor permeation than standard PVC hose, and carries a 5 year warranty against odor permeation

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2.     Ease of installation: Sani/Flex Odor Shield hose is extremely flexible. It will bend on a radius of 3.15″ without kinking. It can easily be installed on standard hose barb fittings without excessive effort, with no need to heat or lubricate the hose. These are major benefits for all installation mechanics who have spent long, difficult periods of time wrestling with other brands of sanitation hose

3.     Strength against collapsing and pressure: Sani/Flex Odor Shield hose is reinforced. It contains a double steel wire helix reinforcement imbedded in the butyl rubber, plus a synthetic textile yarn, to resist bursting from high pressure and/or clogs at fittings. It is rated for 315 PSI burst pressure. It is also extremely resistant to collapsing from pump suction and/or vacuum applications

4.     Handling and use: Sani/Flex Odor Shield hose is abrasion and chemical-resistant. It has an outer-wrap of smooth rubber imbedded fabric to resist abrasion, ozone, seawater and common chemicals. An antibacterial additive has also been added to the outer wrap, to further reduce chances for odor-permeation

Tech tips:

Permeation Test

If you suspect hose permeation may be the source of your odor issue, we suggest this simple test:  Dampen a cloth in hot water (as hot as you can safely handle).  Wrap the cloth around the suspected hose and let it cool.  Remove and sniff the cloth.  If the odor transfers to the cloth, the hoses are permeated and should be replaced.  Be sure to check all hose connections…just because one passes the test doesn’t mean other will – especially those that have the potential to trap waste.

Hose Replacement Do’s and Don’ts

Do plan out your hose routing carefully.  The leading cause of hose permeation is waste that is left to collect in sections of the discharge plumbing line.  Avoid any unnecessary rises or sags in the plumbing line and let gravity drain the hose as much as possible. Yes, we know… it’s a boat so when this simply isn’t possible we suggest you flush the head several times before you leave.  Replacing the effluent with only water will reduce permeation possibility significantly.

Don’t use heat or lubricants to assist in your installation.  Sani/Flex Odor Shield is designed so those extra steps are unnecessary.  Its smooth interior makes barbed hose connections very easy to work with and its ability to bend on a 3 1/2″ radius makes it the most flexible sanitation hose on the market.

Do make sure to use high quality stainless steel hose clamps on all hose adapters. Using fasteners that can break or corrode can lead to sewage leakage or worse – catastrophic flooding.

Do not take any shortcuts!  Make sure all connections below the waterline and double clamped!

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Your Marine Head Units Experts Help You to Minimize Storm Damage

Raritan Engineering your marine head units professionals would love to share with you this week amazing tips on how to protect yourself and your storm damaged boat.

Our hearts go out to all those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. When people are hurt and homes and precious possessions are destroyed or lost forever, a wrecked recreational sailboat seems wholly unimportant. 

In the coming days and weeks, more people will be returning to their vessels and doing what they can to keep them safe. I’ve been through two Category 5 hurricanes (one ashore, one afloat) and several smaller ones. In every case, boats that could have been salvaged shortly after the storm were lost due to neglect, but this is expected, given the many other, more critical needs in a storm-ravaged community. 

Here, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States, are some of the steps you can take to prevent further damage.

  1. If your boat has washed ashore, remove as much equipment as possible to a safe place to protect it from looters or vandals. 
  2. Protect the boat from further water damage resulting from exposure to the weather. This could include covering it with a tarp or boarding-up broken windows or hatches. 
  3. Any engines and other machinery that has been submerged or has gotten wet should be “pickled” by flushing with fresh water and then filling with diesel fuel or kerosene. 
  4. If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, it is not recommended that you sign any salvage or wreck removal contract without first getting approval from your insurance company.

Your Marine Head Units Specialists Suggest Storing Your Boat Ashore

Your marine head units professionals understand that hurricanes are enormous cyclonic storm systems covering thousands of square miles which usually develop in the tropical or subtropical latitudes during the summer and fall.

Historically, individual hurricanes have caused the loss of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in damage as they ran their course over populated areas. If you know that a hurricane is approaching your area, prepare for the worst. 

If your boat is easily trailer-able, store it ashore, far from the danger of high water. Follow these tips:

  • If you must move your boat, first inspect the trailer to ensure that it is in proper operating condition. Check tires (including spare), wheel bearings, tow hitch and lights.If you can, put your boat and trailer in a garage. 
  • Increase the weight of your trailered outboard boat by filling it with fresh water and leaving in the drainplug (inboard boats must be drained to avoid motor damage). Insert wood blocks between the trailer frame and the springs for extra support with the added weight.

Some things to watch for:

  1. Do not attempt to use any AC-powered electrical equipment or power hookups that have been submerged until they have been tested and verified as safe.
  2. Avoid entering the water in areas where a threat of electrocution still remains. This is more relevant to freshwater areas, where the risk of electric shock is greater. 
  3. Be particularly careful with unfamiliar powered cutting tools, portable generators, or power equipment in general. 
  4. In yards or on land, be especially cautious working around boats that are not properly stabilized by jackstands or something similar. 

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Your Marine Parts Analysts Encourage You to Think About Using a Joystick Maneuvering System 

Raritan Engineering your marine parts experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to perfect your joystick docking skills.

Your marine parts specialists know that joystick maneuvering systems are now available for every type of marine propulsion, whether your boat is powered by inboards, outboards, sterndrives, pod drives or water jets. For all that, joysticks still present a learning curve — albeit a shallow one. Use these tips en route to becoming a joystick pro.

Know Neutral

Joysticks can be quite sensitive, responding to the simple weight of your hand. Learn the feel of neutral for your system and consider removing your hand from the stick when stopped. Mercury Marine’s Joystick Piloting now incorporates a color LED ring to indicate operation mode, which is helpful for this very reason.

Stationkeeping is the generic term for the ability to push a button and allow a joystick system, when interfaced to GPS, to hold a boat in place without operator input. 

Action Reaction

A rocking moment can be induced when moving sideways. For instance, as you make the boat move to starboard, a bit of list to port can occur. 

Burst Boy

Just like when ­operating a boat using conventional controls, it’s often best to use bursts of power, returning often to neutral, when maneuvering in the confines of a marina or around other boats or structures. The boat will continue to move once the stick is returned to neutral, so learning how much “way” your boat carries — and how long it will carry that way for — still ranks as important to successful docking.

Roll Tide

The ability to move a boat sideways proves helpful in docking. But don’t just lean on the ’stick. Use it incrementally. The sideways motion induces a rolling moment: 

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Twist and Shout

Joystick operation can be summed up by the phrase “push and twist.” Your marine parts specialists say to push the stick in the direction you want the boat to move. Twist the stick to point, or orient, the boat. While there are times when pushing and twisting simultaneously are the order of the day, caution is best exercised until experience is gained. 

Hold Fast

The name may change depending upon which manufacturer’s joystick controls your boat’s engines, but some joystick controls offer “station-keeping.” This is simply the ability to hold the boat in one place at the touch of a button, thanks to integration of the control system with GPS. 

Quick Tips

A little-touted advantage of joysticks is that the provide a second, redundant set of engine controls and so enhance safety and reliability.

Just as the bow lifts while a boat accelerates and drops after speed is attained, so the side of a boat can rise and fall when it moves sideways.

The mere weight of one’s hand can cause the stick to lean while twisting. So instead of spinning in place, the boat spins and moves out of position.

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Your Marine Supplies Professionals Suggest Regular Fire Prevention Checks

Raritan Engineering Company your marine supplies experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to avoid those nasty boat fires. 

Your marine supplies specialists know that although the exact cause of Tuesday morning’s roaring, three-boat fire at Santa Cruz Harbor has not yet been officially released — an unattended space heater is suspected — the stunning incident should serve as a warning to all West Coast boaters and marina operators. 

In our opinion, fire aboard a boat — whether offshore or in a safe harbor — is the ultimate boater’s nightmare, as fuels can explode, crew can become trapped, and boats (especially those built of fiberglass) typically become engulfed quickly.

Your marine parts suppliers professionals feel that an electrical investigation is pending, but regardless of the exact cause, the bottom line is that I could easily have lost my boat, along with many precious possessions, and my neighbors’ boats could have gone up in flames also.

What precautions can be taken?

• Don’t leave heaters on when you’re not aboard.
• Don’t use damaged or questionable shore-power cables.
• If you see signs of previous overloads (burn marks) on dockside receptacles, report them to your harbormaster.  
• Have plenty of extinguishers aboard and check them often.

Your marine parts and accessories analysts understand that boat fires are ridiculously rare. You’re much, much more likely to actually perish from a car accident, plane crash or even a cataclysmic storm than you are to even be injured from a boat fire. 

Your Marine Supplies Analysts Know That Most Boat Fires Are Caused By Electrical Issues

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1. Careful, Sparky

Your marine parts specialists know that most boat fires are caused by electrical issues, with wire chafe at the top of the list. Builders do their parts to follow standards and provide proper circuit protection (chafe protection, fuses, breakers, ignition-protected components, etc.), and you can help by keeping an eye out for chafing and making sure electrical connections remain tight and corrosion-free. 

Tip: Your marine parts distributors experts want you to know exactly how to shut off the power (battery switch, main breaker, etc.) in the event of a fire; otherwise, the fire can easily restart after being put out with an extinguisher.

2. People Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to…

If your fire plan consists of “I know I have at least one extinguisher somewhere on this boat,” then you could do better. Knowing the exact locations of extinguishers (and how to use them) and how to quickly secure the engine, blowers and electrical power are good starts. 

Tip: This is for crew too. They should have a clear understanding of what to do, even if only to put on a life jacket and await further instruction.

3. Really — Has It Been That Long?

Does your boat sit for months (or even years) between outings? That could spell trouble. There were actually reports of an uptick in boat fires after the recession because, after as long as five years, people could finally afford to use their boats again.

Tip: Get the boat in shape and take it out for a shakedown cruise a few weeks before bringing friends and family aboard. 

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– Proven long-life design
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– Available for 120V AC or 240V AC

We want to make sure you get the most convenience for your money. Please feel free to contact us with questions, or to review additional features available for your custom application.

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From Our Marine Products Dept:”More Women Than Ever Are Making Decisions In Marine Industry”

Historically marine industries have been significantly male dominated but one business in Rotherham is bucking the trend. Martek Marine, who employ more than 60 staff, now boast a leadership team which is made up of 75% women. The business, which launched in 1999, serves 80 different countries and women currently make up 45% of their entire workforce.

During 2016 both the BBC and BHP Billiton took steps to ensure that moving forward women make up 50% of their workforce. While in the marine industry several attempts have been made in recent years to try to increase the number of women in the industry.

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In 2014 The World Maritime University (WMU) and IMO published a book to highlight the achievements of women in the maritime sector, concluding the maritime industry needs more women, particularly in leadership roles.

A year later the IMO launched the video “Making Waves: women leaders in the maritime world” in support of International Women’s Day 2015. The video reports on continuing efforts by IMO and the World Maritime University (WMU) to promote the advancement of women in shipping.

Also in 2015 The International Transport Workers’ Federation estimated that only 2% of the world’s maritime workforce is made up of women but for Martek this is not something that has proven to be a problem at all.

Paul Luen, CEO of Martek Marine said: “Here at Martek we see gender as completely irrelevant, it is just about the best people for the job.

“As we have evolved it just so happens that the most talented, energetic, highest performing managers that embrace our culture and unite in pursuit of our mission are female.”

Marketing manager Charlie Whyman added: “The industry is most certainly changing, not only here at Martek, but as a whole. A lack of women was historically seen as a problem and potentially put other women off taking up roles. Now there are not only more women working across maritime businesses but also helping run them which can only be good for the industry.

“Men and women have very different viewpoints and ideas so the gender diverse workforce here enables better problem solving and discussion which ultimately leads to superior performance of the business.”

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Your Marine Products Specialists Promote A More Relaxed Approach to Racing

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 how to encourage everyone to become sailing lovers.

Your marine products experts know that at the end of last year, the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) announced its intention to include a ‘Corinthian Spirit Class’ at its key 2017 regattas, whereby the participating yachts take a more relaxed approach to racing, with reduced competition and reduced costs. 

Your marine head gaskets professionals feel that the new class, which will focus on the social aspect of the regattas, has received a positive response so far – four yachts signed up for St Barths Bucket, including recently launched 70m Sybaris, and three for Palma’s Superyacht Cup – but SYRA believes that it will take two or three years to fully take off.

And it’s not just the owners that need the persuading; SYRA acknowledges that a lot of the time it’s the captains that have the influence over entering a regatta.

With simplified courses, no kites and no fleet starts, safety will still be paramount, but fewer people will be needed to sail the yachts and there will not be the same need to hire professionals.

“It is critical for the sailing yacht industry to attract young people and fresh blood,” she concludes. “Through charters and collaboration between the regattas, we have the opportunity to make the sailing yacht industry more inclusive and appeal to a new set of people that are willing to spend money on a new experience.”

Your Marine Products Professionals Know It Is Crucial to Attract the Youth to Sailing

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He’s right. Your marine parts depot specialists know that a personal introduction is effective. We all know neighbors, workmates, relatives, etc., that we could bring along for a day sail or a casual race. 

When the question came to me, I was less specific. People, I feel, are attracted to shore. Your marine toilets electric analysts say that they fish, they beachcomb, they picnic, and they may happen upon and watch other people sail. 

“The focus of the America’s Cup was on drama and technology, which attracts coverage and viewers but doesn’t help the non-sailing public understand any path into sailing,” says John Arndt, of SailSFBay, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to growing participation in sailing.

Interestingly, a similar plan was hatched on the opposite side of the country. Sail Charleston, an organization also dedicated to increasing participation, planned to leverage the hugely popular Charleston Race Week to show people what sailing was all about.

“It all worked really well,” says Greg Fisher, director of College of Charleston sailing. “All the various segments of sailing were on hand to answer any questions people had about the sport. Plus, depending on where someone lived around the harbor, there was someone with a program, ready to take care of their needs and sign them up.”

Your marine head plumbing experts know that when it comes to attracting spectators, what I find particularly brilliant are offshore races that start in view of land. The adventure element of these races easily captures the imagination of the non-sailor and tends to gain mainstream media attention. Starting in view of this audience is simply smart business.

“We see our attendance is about 95 percent or more people who will have not seen sailing otherwise,” says Turner. “As to what might get them into sailing for the first time, I see that as a combination of factors: inspiration, accessibility, relative affordability, and pathway.”

Rich Jepsen, a sailing school professional and Chair of the Training Committee at US Sailing, says that growth comes from a target audience: “After years of trying to market sailing to would-be sailors, we believe there’s a narrow band of people that might be tempted to take up sailing because they saw it.”

Which brings me back to my initial contention. Our recreation has plenty of spectators. When an event is underway and viewable, it attracts more onlookers. 

Without a local organization dedicated to growing participation in sailing, I launched into Google and Yelp to compile a list of schools, rentals, and crew lists, and then wrote up some persuasive myth-busters about sailing. 

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