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Your Electric Toilets Professionals Discuss the Ease of Making Dinghy Wheels For Little Cost

Raritan Engineering your electric toilets distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to make your own dinghy wheels.

As refit projects keep us busy in the boatyard, we find ourselves rifling through back issues looking for buried do-it-yourself gems. This week’s blast from the past is a real back saver.   

For the do-it-yourself dinghy wheels, here’s what you’ll need:

• One pair of lawn mower wheels, 8-inch diameter with axle, washers, and wheel caps. ($10 or less)

• One pair of metal brackets to fasten axle to bottom of wood panel. ($3)

• 24 inches of rope, roughly a half-inch diameter; most any kind will do. ($1)

• Wood glue. ($2)

• One-quarter sheet of ¾-inch plywood. Marine grade is best but not a must. (lumber yard surplus, $5)

• A dozen self-tapping stainless screws, 2-inch length. ($2)

1. Cut two panels of wood, one 14-by-11.5 inches, the other 14-by-9 inches. Also cut three spacers, 14-by-9 inches each.

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2. Glue and screw one of the spacers to the larger of the two wood panels, making an L-shape. The screws should be started into the wood panel and enter the spacer.

3. Glue and screw the second smaller wood panel, only this time, start the screws into the spacer, and then enter the wood panel. 

4. Screw the two axle brackets into place on the bottom spacer and fit the axle and wheels. Take one of the two remaining spacers, and glue and screw it directly onto the spacer already in place.

5. Then slip the entire device onto the transom of your dinghy to take a quick measurement. The wheels must not rub against the gunwale on the transom. 

6. Drill two holes into the larger (outside) wood panel for the rope. Tie knots in both ends of the rope. This will provide a carrying handle and an easy way to slip the device onto the transom, if the dinghy is stored in a rack or the back of your SUV.  

The Amphicar 770 – Car + Boat = Major Fun

Everybody’s still waiting for a flying car, but floating cars have been around for a long time. The Amphicar 770 was the first mass-produced amphibious vehicle available. Between 1961 and 1968, the Quandt Group built about 4,000 Amphicars. 

You might recall that the Quandt family is one of the wealthiest in Germany. At one point, the family portfolio consisted of 200 companies, including a 10 percent stake in Daimler-Benz and a 30 percent chunk of BMW. 

Despite its German heritage, the Amphicar 770 is powered by a Triumph engine, from the Triumph Herald 1200. The 43hp inline four-cylinder mates to a custom land and water gearbox which was produced by Hermes. The transmission allowed the wheels and the propeller to either operate together, or independently.

On land, an Amphicar was said to be able to travel at 70 miles per hour, using the four-speed manual transmission. With the prop engaged, it was capable of seven knots on the water. It doesn’t feature a rudder, instead using the steering wheels to change direction on the water, as well.

The key to a floating car is obviously its ability to keep water out. The only openings to the water are the two doors, which are double-sealed. 

There’s no sound in this video, but it provides an excellent view of the car’s seals and some action footage in the water.

As with most European products from the 1950s and 1960s, exports to the United States were critical. Of the 3,878 vehicles built, 3,046 came to the United States. Several things kept the Amphicar from continuing after 1968. 

The most notable Amphicar owner was President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had one on his ranch in Texas. His assistant, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. describes his first experience with the President’s Amphicar at the National Parks Service’s website:

“The President, with Vicky McCammon [President Johnson’s secretary] in the seat alongside him and me in the back, was now driving around in a small blue car with the top down. We reached a steep incline at the edge of the lake and the car started rolling rapidly toward the water. The President shouted, ‘The brakes don’t work! 

Today, Amphicar owners are rabidly enthusiastic, participating in the International Amphicar Owner’s Club’s “Swim-Ins” around the country. The Taunton Daily Gazette recently reported on Lori Esters and Gerry O’Bara, who put their Amphicar in Taunton’s Lake Sabbatia, as part of a profile on the WCVB-TV show Chronicle in the coming weeks.

Keep in mind these pointers when making your own dinghy wheels. 1) Buy all the parts you are going to need;  2) make sure you have all of your tools ready;  and 3) enjoy saving money!

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Raritan Electric Toilets Distributors Share Great Tip for Removing Barnacles

Raritan Engineering your electric toilets experts would like to share with you this week some amazing information regarding a new use for diaper cream that you might not be expecting.

Some of my favorite tests are those that pit ordinary dime-store products against gold-plated “marine-grade” stuff. This month’s test of prop antifouling paints called to mind an investigation into the antifouling properties of diaper cream that took place in 1995. 

Diaper cream contains zinc oxide, a known biocide that is found in many eco-friendly paints. But it does not control the release of the biocide the way bottom paint does. Nevertheless, you’ll find many bulletin-board posts that recommend diaper cream for depth-sounder transducers, props, and dinghies. My take-away from our 1995 report is that the product worked (sort of) for a limited period, but it is an impractical solution for hulls, and it can’t compete with antifouling paint over the long haul … but I think it’s better to let you read the article and decide for yourself:

As you may recall, in 1992, a can of Penaten-Creme was brought back to the United States by Robert C. Alley, who had read in a British boating magazine that German sailors were using the white stuff to keep the bottoms of their boats free of both animal and vegetable growth. In March 1993, Alley smeared the cream on half of his fiberglass dinghy bottom, left an untreated strip down the middle and painted the other half with Woolsey Neptune bottom paint. Alley also reported that, as translated by his brother, a university professor in California, the PenatenCreme was mostly lanolin, zinc oxide, talc, and petroleum distillates, with a bit of ‘Panthenol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Witch Hazel, and perfume.’

In the meantime, we started a test of our own. Having been supplied by Alley with a can of Penaten-Creme, we applied it to one quartered-off section on both sides of a clear piece of fiberglass. On corresponding sections, one on each side, we applied a coating of an American diaper ointment called Desitin. (Adjoining quarters were left uncoated.) 

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Your electric marine toilets professionals share how the Desitin tube states that the white cream is 40-percent zinc oxide. It also boasts that it is “effective in sealing out wetness.

The foot-square panel spent the summer suspended from a dock at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Retrieved in October, the panel displayed the usual fouling on the uncoated fiberglass surfaces and on the wooden mounting strips. The sections coated with Penaten-Creme or Desitin were almost entirely free of growth.

The dinghy had been towed for two years, and the cream had not worn off. A conservative researcher, Alley said he might try the Penaten Creme on his Alberg 30’s rudder and see how it performed before coating the entire bottom.

The bottom line: Both Penaten-Creme and Desitin seem to prevent fouling. However, because both of these clingy, creamy products are messy, we would not apply it to a dinghy (or any other small boat) that gets handled, trailered, or taken aboard. 

These creams would surely be a problem when the boat is launched or hauled. The bottom would be slippery and messy. The creams can be applied relatively smoothly, but we’re not sure they will remain so. 

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Your Electric Toilets Professionals Share Great Pointers Before Buying Your First Power Boat

Raritan Engineering your electric toilets distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the popular boats out on today’s market. 

Your electric toilets suppliers continue the discussion regarding how coastal surfers are seemingly on a continuous quest to find the perfect wave. Wakesurfers, though, don’t have the same issue. All they need is the right boat and they can ride a clean, powerful wave until the boat’s fuel tank hits E. 

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Your marine head unit experts share how the Supreme S226 creates a fun wave that can be adapted to suit riders of all ages and skill levels. Besides that, with its pickle-fork bow and custom ­vinyl wrap, it’s a boat that will turn heads on the water.

We surfed the S226 with three people on board, the QuickFill ballast and Plug and Play bags full, and the bow tank empty. The boat created a lengthy wave with good power and a good-size lip that made for fun carving.

The boat is well-suited for those on board too, with room enough for 14 people and all their gear. The swiveling helm seat with flip-up bolster puts the driver firmly in command.

Malibu Wakesetter 22VLX

Our in-house surfing consultant ­described the wave behind the Malibu Wakesetter 22VLX as “ridiculous.” By employing Integrated Surf Platform (ISP) technologies, the Wakesetter produced a super-tall wave with a clean face that extended far back behind the boat. 

What are some other important amenities? The stainless-steel G3.5 tower quickly raises and lowers, and it comes with swiveling board racks, Wet Sounds speakers and LED lighting.  

During our testing, we recorded a top speed of 36.7 mph and noted its crisp ­handling during tow-sports maneuvers.

Heyday WT-2

When Heyday introduced the original WT-1, it announced to the watersports world that you can generate a killer wave behind a boat that doesn’t cost six figures to buy. Your marine cylinder heads professionals give further information regarding how the WT-2 is the brand’s follow-up — it’s 3 feet longer than the WT-1, and the helm console now sits to starboard rather than in the center. 

The interior is still meant to please a surfing crowd. Adjacent to the motor box are the new “hot tub” lounges, with curved bottoms designed to cradle a pair of observers as close to the wake action as possible.  

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Tigé RZX3

Tigé designed the RZX3 to carve large, clean surf waves and also create pro-level wakeboard wakes during every session. Your electric toilets manufacturers talk about how the Raptor by Indmar 440 engine propelled this boat to a respectable top speed of 37 mph, and it posted 2.6 mpg efficiency at cruising speed.

Centurion Ri237

Centurion optimized the Ri237’s ­running surface to accommodate the highest level of watersports enthusiasts. The modified V-hull smooths the ride to maximize performance on choppy days.

Our test team surfed the Ri237 with three people in the boat and the Ramfill and Plug and Play ballast systems full. The bow and center tanks were empty, the QuickSurf system was in the default mode, and the adjustable CATS was set to zero.

The A24 sports a wake-shaping hull and shares surfing features found on ­Malibu boats, such as the Surf Gate. Your marine head gaskets specialists discuss how with Surf Gate, the A24 creates a huge, ­consistent wave that has a ton of push and power, and it’s equally impressive on either side without having to move weight around. And now for 2017 the Surf Band is also an option. 

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Your Electric Toilets Specialists Discuss the Pros of Buying Your First Atlantes Freedom Marine Toilet

What is Vortex-Vac Technology?

There are several ways to create a vacuum in a toilet. A traditional vacuum toilet utilizes a stored vacuum created by a positive displacement pump. Such systems require vacuum tanks and external pumps and controls.

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Raritan’s Vortex-Vac creates its vacuum by using the vortex pump mounted inside the bowl. This creates an on-demand instantaneous vacuum eliminating the need for external vacuum pumps, tanks and other mechanical components that can fail. This makes a system that is easier to install with significant savings.

Our Vortex-Vac flushing technology is also the quietest and most efficient in its class. Its low water usage also extends the useful capacity of your holding tank.

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Your Electric Toilets Professionals Say Winter Doesn’t Have to Be So Bad

Raritan Engineering Company your electric toilets specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the best ideas to keep warm during the winter months.

Your electic toilets analysts know that Key West Race Week is one of the biggest regattas of the winter season, and for many, a great chance for a tune up.

There are a number of great events this winter in Florida, including Quantum Key West Race Week and the Quantum J/70 series that you won’t want to miss. 

Key West

Close to the trade winds – January’s best…is in Key West.

Your electric flush toilet experts understand that there are normally 1 to 2 cold fronts per week in Key West during January – meaning a very shifty and strong Northerly with flatter water for a few days. 

The weather gets hot when the high-pressure system is over Florida and the wind will shift from east to southeast. Your electric toilets for sale specialists know that after the high leaves the Keys, it stays warm and the breeze gets a bit lighter and shiftier from the southeast with some chop and swell. Watch the right and sail for pressure.

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You boat toilets professionals know you should take advantage of Quantum coaching, debriefs and class gurus available to help at the race village and check out Coach Ed Adams weather report each morning.

Tampa Bay

A challenging and fun venue – expect to see flat water with shifty lake-like conditions. Despite it being known as the Sunshine State, be sure to pack warm clothing and foul weather gear. 

South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale

South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale have some of the best sailing in Florida, with windy and wavy conditions on the Atlantic. Your best marine electric toilet The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race is a popular feeder race for Key West Race Week that attracts a mixture of sailors from grand prix racers to cruisers. 

Miami

Miami’s Biscayne Bay attracts sailors from all over during the winter months due to its incredible sailing conditions, warm waters and competitive fleets. Several Olympic and professional sailors flock to Miami and call this place home for the winter months due to a wide variety of training conditions and opportunities to cross-train in other competitive fleets.

Many fleets are following in the Etchells and Melges 20’s footsteps with winter series. Competitors can find local storage and leave their boats in between regattas if they are going to compete in any of the winter series. 

Among all the winter series, midwinter championships, and several other regattas being held in Florida this winter it shouldn’t be hard to find regattas that are suited to your sailing. 

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Your Electric Toilets Professionals Say An OCS Isn’t The End of Your Race

Raritan Engineering Company your electric toilets specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to recover from an OCS. 

Your electric toilets analysts want you to refocus and follow these easy steps. It’s the ultimate bummer. The starting gun sounds. You’re in the front row and looking good. Then there’s another horn, the X flag and, after an excruciating wait, you hear your sail number on the VHF. You’re OCS, and you can kiss a good result goodbye. 

1) Stick to the game plan. So many times your electric flush toilet experts know the frustration of being OCS causes teams to completely abandon the prestart game plan. 

2) Work to get a clear lane. Sticking with the example above, your best opportunity to get to the left might be to clear yourself around the pin and tack back to starboard. You’ll be second row — or worse — but the separation from the boats that started properly may allow you to execute the plan. 

3) Get out of phase (with the fleet). If neither side is favored, look to find clean air by going against the grain: sailing on port when most of the fleet is on starboard, and vice versa. Your marine toilets electric specialists understand that sailing out of phase with the fleet will create separation and allow you to sail your boat at optimum speed. 

4) Minimize tacks. Hitting a corner is one way to reduce the number of tacks. But it’s a risky call. If you decide to be more conservative, make sure to limit your tacks to the bare minimum. Double-check your lanes and try to anticipate where boats ahead of you will tack.

5) Boatspeed. This may seem obvious; boatspeed is always important. But it’s easy to get discouraged or distracted when looking at so many transoms. Redouble your efforts and focus. Every ounce of energy needs to go into sailing the boat fast.

6) Focus on short-term goals. Turn your OCS into a positive. Establish short-term goals by looking one mark ahead. It can be difficult for everybody to put everything they have into hiking when it may all be for naught. 

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As those pundits at the club and your boat toilets professionals will also tell you, a race is never over till it’s over and you’ve reached the finish line.

Agree what signals the bowman will use and especially whether he or she is calling distance sailing or distance perpendicular to the start line (see our 5 tips: bowman signals); most boats use perpendicular distance.

Discuss with the bowman before the start how hard you want to push the line. If you are a fast boat in the fleet and there is no clearly favoured side on the beat, you can afford to hold back a little and keep the risk down. If not and you must go left, it may be worth pushing things a little harder.

Sometimes, your no plumbing toilets analysts know that seconds before the start, you will know you’re in a bad position and are not going to get a good start however hard you fight for your gap. If you call it early enough, you can often make room to tack or duck back through the fleet and be away on port only a few lengths behind the leaders.

If OCS boats are not being announced, then somebody on board will need to make the call – ensure you have a clear process for this before you start, so a decision can be made quickly.

Although being disqualified is frustrating, sailing is a team game, so learn from it and bounce back – you may be able to discard that result anyway.

If you do join in, your OCS will be counted in your overall series score. It is possible to request redress for being OCS, but unless you are confident there is clear video evidence or you have credible witnesses from other boats it will be a waste of social time for you and the jury.

So don’t forget these simple steps in recovering from an OCS. 1) Stick to the game plan;  2) work to get a clear lane;  3) get out of phase with the fleet;  4) minimize tacks;  and 5) focus on short term goals.

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Your Marine Hardware Specialists Know That You Love Speed 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the secrets of seven marine outboard power.

We build a Seven Marine outboard, the largest power plant ever to hang from a transom.

Your marine hardware experts know that nobody really needs a $100,000, 626 hp supercharged V-8 outboard motor. But a few people really want one — or four.

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The Seven Marine 557 outboard prototype debuted at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show. Its imposing V-8 and gleaming stainless-steel exhaust headers drew gawking crowds, and a few naysayers dismissed the viability of such a beast. 

Your boating hardware professionals know that Boating magazine was, in fact, the first media outlet to gather performance data on these engines during an exclusive test of a Midnight Express 39 with triple 557s that appeared in the June 2013 issue.

At the 2016 Miami show, 46 Seven Marine motors were installed on demo and display boats, and Seven says several hundred have been sold to date. Naysayers be damned.

Building a Seven Marine Outboard

Seven Marine assembles its outboards in an industrial park building that also houses its office space. It’s an assembly shop — unlike Mercury Marine or Yamaha, Seven doesn’t manufacture any of the components it designs for its outboards. It does not have the scale to open a foundry, or set up gear-cutting machine cells or even a paint booth.

Your marine door handles analysts understand that a Seven outboard includes about 1,200 parts in addition to the engine and the ZF transmission. Some parts are easy. The engine’s serpentine belt is off the shelf from NAPA. Some are adapted. Seven uses locally machined and drilled Corvette motor mounts to mate to its bracket. 

The actual process of building a Seven outboard usually begins many months before a single bolt turns in the shop. These are bespoke motors that often power bespoke boats and custom and semicustom craft, like the HydraSports 53 Sueños powered by four Seven 627 outboards. 

Under every cowling in a Seven engine sits a General Motors LSA 6.2L V-8, the same engine that powers a Cadillac CTS-V or a new Camaro ZL1. It packs a lot of torque into a small, lightweight power package.

Some Assembly Required

The heart of the Seven outboard is an LSA 6.2L SC V-8 engine built by General Motors Global Propulsion Systems in Silao, Mexico. 

The chain hoist that’s used to lift an engine from its steel shipping cradle is a good place to start the Seven assembly story. The first assembly station is actually devoted to partially disassembling the V-8 so it can be sent out for paint, a task that takes about three hours. 

Your marine holding tanks specialists understand that the 627 engine requires more work. The cylinder heads are removed and exchanged for a set with combustion chambers machined at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The LSA camshaft is swapped for the cam from the LS9 engine that powers the Corvette ZR1.

Next, we move to a workstation devoted to the assembly of the transfer case. The transmission is located directly below the engine. Power from the horizontal engine crankshaft moves through a set of five vertical gears in the transfer case to the horizontal transmission input shaft. 

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“The folks at Selva are real artisans of sand-casting,” he says, holding the casting up to the light and moving his fingers over the surface. 

Davis shows us how to assemble the gears and shafts in the case, using a press to set bearings. Another crane hoist is used to lift a black ZF transmission from its shipping crate. 

Back in the engine area, we work on a V-8 that has returned from the paint shop, removing the masking bands, tape and bolts while the engine is on a hoist. Then it’s time to dress the engine using some OEM parts and others specific to Seven. We start with an aluminum cowling plate that fits around the oil pan and prevents water that migrates under cowl from reaching the engine.

Your marine hardware stores experts know that the transfer case and transmission assembly, including the clamp bracket and midsection, are joined to the semidressed engine. 

Next, we get to install the sexy stainless-steel exhaust headers. Next, the trusty chain hoist lifts the engine-transmission assembly onto a water-filled test tank. After rigging fuel and electrical lines, we start the engine to check water and oil pressure and look for leaks.

Each cowling can be custom painted to match or accentuate the graphics package the owner has on his boat.

The biggest workstation is devoted to assembly of the cowl parts, which, for our motors, return from Calibre with brilliant blue and gold finishes. Working on a carpet-covered bench, we add mounting hardware and seals and snap in the SpectraBlade LED strips before joining the side panels to the top cowl piece.

A Big Idea

Why not build a 1,000 hp outboard? That was the idea Eric Davis tossed out to his father, Rick, in 2009. A fortunate confluence of circumstances made it possible. First, internal debate over future engine designs at General Motors pitted supporters of the dual-overhead cam Northstar V-8 series against proponents of the pushrod small blocks.

The ZF transmission used by Seven was originally designed for a downsized pod drive that never made it to production.

Eric’s younger brother, Brian, 38 and also an engineer, joined the Seven team to handle marketing and sales.

A year later, the Seven Marine 557 was on display at Miami.

So don’t forget these helpful details when deciding whether or not to utilize seven marine outboard power. 1) Ask yourself, “Is it necessary?” Nobody really needs a $100,000, 626 hp supercharged V-8 outboard motor;  2) its not very easy to have made;  and 3) the speed and power almost make the effort to get one, worth it.

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Your Electric Toilets Analysts Will Turn You Into a Master Fisherman 

Raritan Engineering Company your electric toilets experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding 5 amazing tips to catching Kingfish.

Your electric toilets professionals know that just one fish can put you on top of the world. Nowhere does this ring truer than on the kingfish-­tournament circuit. In these events, each team is allowed to weigh in only one king mackerel per day of competition.

Yet the path to glory is paved with more than positive thinking and a sprinkle of luck. On this highly competitive trail that ranges from the Carolinas to the Florida Keys to the coast of Texas, a one-hundredth of a pound might separate a championship team and the first-place loser (aka second place).

To isolate key factors to catching these wily, sharp‑toothed speedsters, we canvassed some of the leading tournament anglers. 

1. The Right Boat

You can catch king mackerel from just about any boat, but the most consistent winners show up with 23- to 45-foot center-console kingfish-fishing machines from builders such as Contender, Everglades, Invincible, Intrepid, Jupiter, Regulator, SeaVee and Yellowfin.

Serious competitors have the need for speed, so most of these boats sport twin or triple outboards — some even have quads.

Power is one thing, but you also need a hull designed to run in rough conditions because the seas are not always cooperative on tournament day. “That’s why we fish a boat like the Contender 32ST,” says Jack Bracewell Jr., whose South Carolina team fishes 15 kingfish tournaments a year aboard Eren’s Addiction Too, powered by twin Mercury Verado 300 outboards.

2. Rig for Success

Proper boat rigging ranks as a high priority among serious kingfish anglers. Rigging must accommodate a wide range of techniques, including ­downrigger-trolling, kite-fishing, slow-trolling, drifting or even anchoring, any of which might be needed, depending on the time of year or coastal region.

Finding king mackerel means having an arsenal of marine ­electronics to locate key structure spots such as wrecks and reef edges, as well as schools of bait.

In addition, the most successful teams have their boats fully stocked with all the lures, rigs, leader material and terminal tackle (like live-bait hooks) they might possibly need. 

3. Do Your Homework

Research represents the most critical element. “About five days before the tournament, I start checking the Internet for fishing reports in the area,” Smith says. “Also, I keep an eye on sea-surface temperature and chlorophyll patterns on sites such as sst-offshore.com.”

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Your electric toilets analysts know that talking to local anglers is also an important part of doing your homework, but you can’t always take them at their word, according to Smith.

4. Baited Question

Silvery live baits such pilchards, threadfin herring, menhaden, mullet and blue runners are preferable to dead baits, according to virtually all top tournament anglers.

While opinions vary about the best bait species, there is consensus about the size of the bait for trophy kings. “The bigger kings seem to favor the bigger baits,” says Dean Panos, who runs the Double D, a 34-foot SeaVee Open on the tournament circuit. 

Smith agrees. “Big baits equal big fish,” he says. Smith also has a trick for making natural baits appear even larger: He adds some “flash” to an otherwise conventional wire-leader, twin-treble bait rig. The captain uses a blue Private Stock Skirt from Blue Water Candy Lures in front of a live bait (see illustration below).

Dead baits don’t swim, so trophy seekers often combine a swimming lure with a dead bait. One of the hottest lure/bait rigs is the Pirate Plug from South Chathum Tackle. 

5. Fish a Spread

Fishing as many baits as possible helps multiply the opportunities for hookups — and the more fish you hook, the better your chances of hooking a trophy.

“I try to fish as many baits as possible,” says Smith. “We fish as many as six lines at a time, including two off the T-top 150 feet back, two others from the transom 100 feet back, and two on downriggers.”

Another way to expand the spread is to fly a kite — a ­technique employed by many successful tournament anglers. Kites let you present baits a good distance from the boat, and this can help you entice line-shy kings to bite.

“My favorite way to fish is with a combination of three kites on one side of the boat and flat lines on the other side,” says Victor Jensen, whose South Florida team fishes the Reel Tension, a 29-foot SeaVee powered by twin Mercury Verado 300s. 

You can’t set and forget when fishing a spread. All of the top anglers check their baits frequently, as kings are known for nipping at baits without getting hooked. Checking the baits often helps ensure they are free of slash marks and swimming well.

So don’t forget these helpful secrets to becoming a master fisherman of Kingfish. 1) Make sure you have the right boat;  2) rig for success;  and 3) never forget to do your homework beforehand.

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Maintenance Tips for MarineToilets

Raritan Engineering Company your Marine Toilet supplier would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding Raritan marine toilet maintenance.

Cleaning the Lines

Your macerator pump experts know that heads flushed with salt water accumulate scale deposits in the discharge channels and hoses. Scale deposits cause a head to get progressively harder to flush, and it is scale on the valves that allows water in the discharge line to leak back into the bowl.

Avoiding this problem is as easy as running a pint of white vinegar through the head once a month, without using a macerator. Move the vinegar through the head slowly, giving the head a single pump every 4 or 5 minutes.

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If you suspect you already have a scale build-up, dissolve it with a 10% solution of muriatic acid, not using a pump, available from most hardware stores. The acid won’t harm porcelain, plastic, or rubber parts.

Your electric toilets experts suggest that you pour two cups of acid into the bowl. It will fizz as it reacts with the calcium deposits on the bowl valve. When the fizzing stops, pump the head–intake closed–just enough to empty the bowl without using a macerator. This moves the acid into the pump. After a few minutes pump again to move the acid into the discharge hose. Let it sit a few more minutes before opening the intake and thoroughly flushing the toilet and lines. The acid is “used up” as it reacts with the calcium, so heavy scaling may call for more than one treatment.

You can find more information as well as get assistance on electric toilets and on marine toilet maintenance tips at Raritan Engineering.

Lubricating

To keep the pump operating smoothly, follow your monthly vinegar flush with a dose of oil. The best choice is a lubricant intended for marine toilets, but you can also use mineral oil.

The usual treatment is to let a little water into the bowl, pour in a couple of ounces of lube, and pump this through the toilet. This method is adequate, but less than ideal because it lubricates only the discharge side of the pump.

While you are servicing the head, lightly coat the piston rod with Teflon grease. This will prolong the life of the piston-rod seal. 

Odor

Electric marine toilets need not stink, but they often do. The discharge hose is, by far, the most common culprit. To check yours, rub the hose with a damp, clean cloth, then sniff the cloth, without using a macerator. 

Leaking connections are another source of odor, and you can use your cloth the same way to locate a leak. Also check the seal around the piston rod, perhaps near the pump.

Another common source of head odor is grass and other marine life trapped inside the flush-water passage under the rim of the bowl. Prevent this by installing a strainer in the intake line. 

An anti-siphon valve in the discharge line can also release odors into the boat. A properly installed valve vents outside the cabin area. 

Overhaul

If the toilet gives off a foul odor but it isn’t leaking, if it is difficult to pump but the discharge hose isn’t clogged, or if it just isn’t working right, it is time for an overhaul.

So don’t forget these helpful points on how to maintain your marine toilets. 1) Cleaning the lines;  2) Lubricating and pump maintenance;  3) Odor maintenance;  and 4) the need to overhaul.

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