Special Concerns for Boating on Lakes and Rivers

Simple Reminders For Boating With Confidence

Raritan Engineering Company your boat head manufacturers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding navigating lakes and rivers with ease.

Your boat head experts talk about how changing water levels is just one hazard among many on rivers, as well as lakes subject to flow control by dams. Here are a few other things to concern yourself with when boating on lakes and rivers.

Unmarked Hazards

Many smaller bodies of water have not been charted, and on many that have been, the charts do not contain extensive detail in areas outside the main channels. Use extreme caution to avoid shoals as well as unknown obstacles such as rocks, submerged tree stumps and even old dock structures. 

Blind Curves

Oxbows and other bends in rivers are great for fishing but can be terrible for boaters trying to pass through them. Why? Sometimes you can’t see what’s coming around the bend the other way. Navigational rules call for boaters to keep to the right to pass each other, but not everyone follows the rules. 

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Rough Waters

On a narrow body of water with a shallow depth, wind can churn up tight-period waves at a moment’s notice. I’ve seen it happen on rivers, and on small lakes nestled in low valleys that act as wind funnels when it blows in the right direction. 

Commercial Traffic

On the St. Lawrence near my family’s place, Great Lakers pass through the shipping channel on a daily basis, throwing huge wakes that can swamp small boats if they are unprepared. Boaters at anchor, hopefully smartly well away from the shipping channel, should be at the ready to quickly raise the hook if a ship is set to pass nearby.

So don’t forget these helpful reminders when navigating lakes or rivers. 1) Use extreme caution to avoid shoals as well as unknown obstacles such as rocks, submerged tree stumps and even old dock structures;  2) oxbows and other bends in rivers are great for fishing but can be terrible for boaters trying to pass through them;  and 3) boaters at anchor, hopefully smartly well away from the shipping channel, should be at the ready to quickly raise the hook if a ship is set to pass nearby.

Fishermen saved from burning boat in dramatic rescue off Kerry coast

The alarm was raised by Valentia Coast Guard radio at 12.26pm this afternoon.

A Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was launched to go to the assistance of the vessel, which had to be abandoned south of Derrynane.

The two men on board were forced to take to their liferaft after the boat caught fire and began taking on water.

The two fisherman, who were both uninjured, were successfully rescued and transferred from the Ballinskelligs lnshore Rescue boat to the Castletownbere Lifeboat.

They arrived back Castletownbere at approximately 3.45pm this afternoon.

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

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

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

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

Thermal Adjustment

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

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

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

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

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

Pay to Play

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

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

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

UK government to protect fishing waters from EU with ARMED patrols

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cry me a river…

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

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

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Your Boat Head Manufacturers Share a Fun Way to Sail Without Getting Wet

Raritan Engineering your boat head professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the exciting world of EC 12 sailboat racing.

Your boat head specialists talk about how it’s early on a Saturday morning in October, and the parking lot is already jam-packed at Lake Somerset within the gated community of Sun City, in Beaufort, South Carolina.

It’s the Sun City Model Yacht Club Regatta, and the sailors are here to practice for the upcoming East Coast 12 Meter National Championship, hosted by Turtle Pond Model YC in Peachtree City, Georgia, on the outskirts of Atlanta.

The EC 12 Meter class is an active group with a national ranking system and a keen following up and down the U.S. East Coast, as well as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. A new boat costs $3,500, but good secondhand boats can be found for half.

Launching an EC 12 is not as simple as removing it from its cradle and placing it into the water. Each 24-pound boat measures 59 inches in length, and the mast stands 72 inches above the deck, holding up 1,300 square inches of sail.

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On the racecourse, orange foam buoys are placed strategically to allow for changing wind directions. On the water level of the tree-rimmed lake, especially, winds change often. Gusts are unpredictable and erratic.

Racing commences with a booming ­prerecorded countdown from a handcrafted wooden cassette player.

“Three … two … one …”

Then the hollering begins: “Don’t come down!” “You can’t go in there!” “You have no room!”

Sound familiar?

It’s amusing to watch the sailors, shoulder to shoulder, elbowing each other to get ahead. Caught up in the excitement of the races, not a single competitor worries about disturbing the resident gator.

So don’t forget these great reasons for trying out a new way to sail. 1) You don’t have to fall overboard into water;  2) these boats are significantly cheaper;  and 3) it is a great way to be competitive.

How a love of sailing helped Einstein explain the universe

If the world’s most famous physicist Albert Einstein is any guide, modern-day scientists need to get out of the lab more and onto the water.

Around 1900, a cheeky Swiss patent clerk wrote to a friend about four scientific papers he had been working on in his spare time. He described them as revolutionary, claiming they would one day modify the “theory of space and time”.

“But as soon as there was a breath of wind,” she said, “he was ready to start sailing again.”

The pair became lifelong friends after bonding on their sailing trips.

Ripples in time

Suzanne’s observation sheds light on how “Young Einstein the sailor” first cracked the laws of physics in 1905. His first three articles relied on a stationary observer. He’d obviously figured out the concepts of space and time while becalmed on a lake.

It took 10 more years of sailing to figure out the hard physics bit — what happens when velocity and relativity are constantly changing — or put simply, when the breeze comes up.

Maybe the water and sunshine cleared his head. Either way, his sailing technique was unusual to say the least — in his words: “set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, loll back, let boat drift.”

Losing ‘Tummler’

Einstein the sailor was not interested in racing and fell into the “cruising” category. He hated engines and is even said to have refused a present of an outboard motor.

But his joy didn’t last long as the Nazis seized the boat in 1933 when Einstein fled to America.

He tried hard to get her back but a rescue operation was deemed too dangerous and Tummler was lost.

Not so smooth sailing

In his new home in the United States, Albert Einstein was always on the lookout for places to sail.

In his late 50s while sailing in a remote spot off Long Island on his clunky little sailboat Tinef (which apparently meant “worthless” or “junk”), he was frequently dismasted, ran aground and nearly drowned when he hit a rock and the boat capsized, trapping him under the sail.

The laws of physics are more obvious in a constantly changing sea and Albert Einstein knew just where to look: “Nature conceals her secrets because she is sublime, not because she is a trickster.”

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