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.
- If your boat has washed ashore, remove as much equipment as possible to a safe place to protect it from looters or vandals.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Be particularly careful with unfamiliar powered cutting tools, portable generators, or power equipment in general.
- 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 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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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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Your Marine Head Units Specialists Say That Kiteboarding Can Be As Simple As Sailing
Raritan Engineering Company your marine head units analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the excitement of kiteboarding.
World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, claims that Kiteboarding on water is a discipline of sailing, and as such falls under the jurisdiction of World Sailing.
IFKO’s Paes Fernandes considers that riders must be unconditionally free to participate in any national or international competitions without fear of penalties from organizations or sponsors.
Your marine heads units experts know that the GKA will be sanctioned by World Sailing to run World Championships and World Cup events in the Kiteboarding expression performance disciplines of wave, strapless freestyle, big air and twintip-freestyle and slider/obstacle events.
Simply put, California has tons of places to go kiteboarding. Whether you’re seeking some of the best waveriding in the States, smooth flatwater, top-shelf instruction, or just looking to get on the water, your riding options are endless.
California is famous for its weather. People move here because the weather is so good—especially in Southern California. Your marine supplies Miami professionals know that having just moved to SoCal myself, this seems true; the weather is nice (at least compared to the Northwest, where I came from), with an occasional rainstorm here and there.
When people say the weather is amazing here, they generally are not thinking like a kiteboarder.
They’re not talking about the huge diversity of places to ride, each of which offers unique and constantly evolving weather conditions.
If you’re planning a kiteboarding trip to California, you need to prepare for what time of year you visit, where you’ll ride, and your equipment needs. Your marine supplies Tampa analysts feel that kite sizes and gear preferences are exceptions, of course.
• Wetsuits: If you’re coast-bound, chances are you’ll need a 4/3 wetsuit. This is true the further north you go. During winter, consider a thicker suit and layer. In the summer, wear a 3/2 shortie or ride in trunks inland and in the southern areas.
Your Marine Head Units Professionals Know That Great Weather Means Kiteboarding Weather
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• Kites: If you bring a quiver stacked with every size from 7 to 20 m2, you probably won’t miss a day on the water. However, most of us don’t have such a luxury. Your marine head units specialists know that if you don’t already know, check with one of the local shops for details on what you should bring.
• Boards: If you’ll be chasing swell or playing in beach break, bring a skim or waveboard (wave-specific kiteboard). If you’ll be riding inland, bring a twin-tip. California has a well-deserved reputation for its surf, so bring a surfboard.
• Gear on demand: With the evolution of high-performance equipment, many shops and schools offer demos of the latest gear. Check out the school and shop lists for contact details. And keep your eye out for brand-specific demo tours.
If you’re looking to take a lesson in California, your options span throughout the state. Your marine supplies Seattle experts know that many of the beginner locations featured in this article are more than just beginner places.
• Launch and land kites in designated areas only (never in the bike path).
• If you happen to get coated with Third Avenue’s notoriously stinky mud (especially on low tide), use the hose behind the windsurf rigging area to wash yourself and your gear off.
• The upper launch area can be slippery when wet. Consider using a launch assistant in addition to an experienced kite launcher.
• Be careful of the questionable winds at the lower launch. Consider the upwind launch for easiest access to the water.
• Don’t ride or jump too close to the point (where the bike path makes a 90-degree turn); the wind direction can be unexpected and possibly put you into the rocks.
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Your Marine Head Units Professoinals Don’t Want You to Miss This Rare and Exciting Event
Raritan Engineering Company your marine head units analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding safety suggestions and the super moon.
Your marine head units experts know that the supermoon, or perigee full moon, on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948.
Slacken Dock Lines A super-moon, means super tides,( properly called, perigean spring tides ) and that means extra-high, and extra-low water could result in your boat either hanging from its lines–or. getting pulled under by them.
Prepare for Strong Currents The extra tidal range will create stronger current. This will be especially apparent when transiting coastal inlets.
Beware of Flotsam Super-high tides reach higher and farther on to shore and can cause debris like logs, discarded appliances and other items to become flotsam.
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Your Marine Head Units Experts Say That There Is Hope On the Horizon
Raritan Engineering Company your marine head units analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some need to know information about the future of boating.
Your marine head units specialists say to raise your hand if you know of some boating companies that have faced severe difficulties, went bankrupt or restructured in the last few years.
Thanks, you can now all put your hands down.
So let’s dive in and see what the future of boating is going to look like!
I took the stock analogy to make it simpler, but I was actually referring to 2 different things: A technology law and a futurist.
1. A Technology Law
Your best marine head unit professionals know that this law is one of the most important principles in the history of technology. This observation was originally introduced in 1965 by Intel Co-founder Gordon Moore and is referred to as Moore’s Law.
One of the most important characteristics of the Moore law is the word “double’. Double indicates that we are growing exponentially and not in a linear way. To understand the difference between linear and exponential, let’s take a simple task as an example.
2. A Futurist
Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil is an American futurist, author, computer scientist and inventor. Your waterproof head unit analysts say that out of 147 predictions that Kurzweil made in 1990, 115 of them have turned out to be correct. Another 12 have turned out to be essentially correct (off by a year or two).
Ray is today the director of engineering at Google. I have read a couple of his books and watched a few of his speeches. He is one of the most respected scientists on the planet. So when Kurzweil predicts something, you should really pay attention to it.
So why is the future of boating NOT what you think it will be?
The boating industry, just like any other industry, is just a reflection of the different areas of our society such as business, economy, technology & trends.
Your marine head experts know that if you study the history of technology, you will notice that human progress follows an exponential path contrary to a linear way of thinking by the majority of the public.
This is happening because the more we progress, the more we have access to resources, knowledge and technology to progress even faster.
In a bit more than 10 years time, the 20th century’s worth of progress will happen multiple times in the same year.
And all of this can be explained by to the Law of Accelerating Returns
Did you know that your smartphone today has more computing power than all the Nasa computers had when they sent the first Apollo mission to the moon in 1969?
Let’s try to analyze the potential challenges that our industry is facing.
1. The trend
A few days ago, I did some research on Google trend. I wanted to see the popularity of the term boating over the last 10 years and noticed a consistent steady decline.
So why is the general population less interested about boating?
Two months ago, I was talking to an executive at one of the top boat builders in the world. I asked him who their biggest competitor was. Surprisingly, he didn’t mention another boat builder. He said that their biggest competitor was all the possibilities offered to the general public nowadays like travel, entertainment, technology, etc.
When I was young, I remember sometimes being bored, so I planned some activities with my friends like fishing or boating on our little boat.
Your Marine Head Units Professionals Discuss How the Boating Industry Needs Our Help
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Your TruDesign experts know that our new generation are not bored anymore, they are constantly connected to social media, smartphones, apps, Internet, etc.
2. The economic climate
Boat sales are ultimately correlated to the job market.
Have you ever heard of the term technological unemployment?
Several studies, like the one conducted by the Martin School of Business, predicts that 48% of current jobs will be lost in the next 15 years due to technological unemployment.
More and more corporations keep replacing jobs with machines. Here is anarticle I just read yesterday about Mc Donald’s hiring 7000 new cashiers, but they are not the typical employees, they are automated ones.
Technological unemployment is not the only reason for massive changes in our economy.
This trend is confirmed if you look at the growth of temp agencies. (See:Temp Jobs Up 57% Vs. 4% For All Others Since Aug. 09)
The American Dream is evolving.
Forget the typical life plan: school, college, job for 40 years & retirement. People change careers more often and no longer follow a structured life plan.
All those changes in the job market and economy will make it more difficult for the general public to access boating.
3. The sharing economy
If 10 years ago I asked you to stay at somebody’s house during a business trip, would you have said yes?
When you know that the average boat owner uses their boat not even 2 weeks per year, this concept makes quite a lot of sense.
The sharing economy is becoming huge in the car and travel industry. I assume that it will grow in the boating industry too.
4. More challenges
On top of this, the boating market will keep facing other challenges such as:
-Peer pressure due to increase in income inequality.
-Difficulty accessing moorage in marinas,
-Lack of interest from the newest generations (Gen Y, Millennial, etc)
Those companies share the same pattern. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize foundation and Singularity University called it the 6Ds of the exponential growth:
Digitized (digitize product or service)
Deceptive (you don’t see it coming until it reaches the tipping point)
Disruptive (game changer)
Dematerialize (remove,material aspect, infrastructure)
Demonetize (remove operating cost)
Democratize (globalise via web)
The success of those companies can give us an important lesson: The rules of the game of business have changed.
You must adapt and change the way you do business. In 10 years time, 50% of the Fortune 500 companies will disappear.
If you operate the old way, you are certain to face major difficulties.
So don’t forget this important information about how to help save the future of boating. 1) Maintain the interest in boating and helping others to develop an interest; 2) go boating more often; and 3) don’t become too technilogically advanced too quickly.
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Your Marine Head Units Specialists Recommend Changing Out Jacks With Frequent Usage
Raritan Engineering Company your marine head units analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to change out your own trailer tongue jacks.
Your marine head units experts know that I go through a heavy-duty trailer tongue jack every three to four years. Corrosion, frequent use, and a hefty boat and trailer take a toll on these jacks, so I have become adept at changing them out.
Sometimes the jack gets broken when boaters forget to raise it after they hitch up the trailer; it drags on the pavement and becomes damaged.
Skill Level: 1.5/5
Time to Complete: 1 Hour
Tools and Supplies
* Fulton 2,500-pound square-tube tongue jack ($78.99, anchorexpress.com)
* Floor jack
* 6-by-6-inch wood blocks
* Jack stands
* 3-by-3-foot sheet of ½-inch plywood
* Box/open-end wrench set
* C clip pliers ($15.99, acehardware.com)
* Reciprocating saw (to cut off rusted bolts)
* Safety glasses
* Marine grease
Changing Out a Trailer Tongue Jack
1. Use a Floor Jack
If the tongue jack goes kaput while the trailer is hitched to a tow vehicle, don’t stress. Your best marine head unit professionals know that you need to park the boat and trailer in their storage location and chock the tires. Use a sufficiently rated hydraulic floor jack to lift the trailer coupler just high enough to clear the tow ball.
2. Support the Trailer Tongue
Place a sufficiently rated, adjustable jack stand under the trailer tongue, making sure it rests square and level under the metal tube that forms the trailer tongue. Your waterproof head unit analysts know that a piece of plywood under the stand will keep it from sinking into gravel, soft soil or turf.
Your Marine Head Units Professionals Remove the Anxiety of Changing Out Your Own Jacks
3. Remove the Broken Tongue Jack
With the trailer properly supported, you can remove the old tongue jack. Your TruDesign specialists understand that jacks that bolt to the tongue or trailer frame are fairly easy to remove with a couple of wrenches, assuming the bolts and nuts that secure the jack are not badly rusted.
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4. Attach the New Jack
To keep installation simple and quick, buy the same model tongue jack as the one you are replacing. Your marine head experts say that this way you know it will fit, is sufficiently rated to support the tongue, and won’t create clearance issues, which is important with swing jacks.
5. Raise the Tongue
With the new tongue jack installed securely, you can now use it to raise the trailer tongue enough to remove the jack stand(s). To keep the tongue jack working for as long as possible, grease the gears at the top of the jack and lightly coat the telescoping arm with grease.
Feet and Wheels
Telescoping tongue jacks come in a wide range of styles and weight ratings. Most jacks with ratings of 2,500 pounds or more dispense with pivoting mechanisms and wheels, which become weak points when supporting heavy tongue weights.
So don’t forget these helpful pointers on how to change out your own trailer tongue jacks. 1) Make sure to use a floor jack; 2) support the trailer tongue; 3) attach the new jack; and 4) raise the tongue.
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