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Your Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Discuss Which Safety Tether Material Is the Strongest

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device suppliers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding find the best safety tethers for you.

A safety tether keeps you safely on board, but it also comes with its own risks.

How much impact, are we talking about? Enough to break tethers. In the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race, Glyn Charles was lost when his tether parted during a rollover. As a result of this accident and some shocking follow-up tests, World Sailing (then ISAF) adopted a new drop test for tethers.

What We Tested

Searching for an ideal combination of stretch and strength in a tether, Frye tested various webbing and rope materials, as well as a fall-arresting device approved by the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration.

Rope is used less frequently because it can roll under your feet, but small diameter ropes are less troublesome. In the lab, Frye tested webbing from a lightly used production tether, one-inch climbing webbing, two sizes of climbing rope, and Amsteel, a high-tenacity 12-strand Dyneema rope from Samson. 

Often sailors believe that the elastic feature on some tether webbing will absorb shock. In fact, this elastic is designed to retain slack.

Climbing rope has drawbacks, though. Its tight cover, meant to reduce snags on rocks, makes it nearly impossible to splice. Eyes at the end are most often sewn, but this requires special equipment and load testing. 

How We Tested

In all, this report represents about seven years of experimenting with custom tethers, both in the lab and on the boat. To supplement our control tensile strength tests in the lab, we drop-tested some sample tethers, collected third party data, and cross-checked it with our own. 

Finding the Best Quality Safety Tether for the Price

Your marine sanitation device distributors talk about how in the most simple terms, a tether absorbs energy of a fall the same way a bungee cord absorbs the bungee jumper’s energy—by stretching. So during the lab test, we paid close attention to elongation. 

For comparison, according to U.S. military standards, the maximum opening force of a parachute on a full body harness should not exceed 1,200 pounds force. In a sailor’s chest harnesses, the threshold for injury is much lower (just a few hundred pounds can crack a rib).

Non-Compliant Tethers

There are many tethers still on the market that do not meet World Sailing requirements or the ISO 12401. Some refer to outdated and withdrawn standards such as EN 1095. The performance of such tethers in drop testing is not known, but our previous tests and testing carried out by US Sailing suggests most will fail.

Conclusions

Based on the results of our test, climbing rope (11 mm) easily exceeds the World Sailing standard, Amsteel fails due to poor energy-absorption characteristics, and climbing webbing is marginal. Both 8.5-mm climbing rope and tether webbing meet the World Sailing standard with reasonable safety margins. 

Tether length is critical, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach to length. On smaller boats the standard 3-feet/6-feet dual tethers are too long. In our view, 2-feet/4-feet is more practical. 

In the end, we found only two types of tether materials that consistently meet the World Sailing drop-test standard:

  • Purpose-built 1-inch polyester webbing certified to meet ISO 12401;
  • Climbing ropes that meet the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation standard for single dynamic ropes (typically 9.2-11mm).

Although the chandlery-variety commercial tethers meet all the requirements, they produce a very hard jolt in a fall and are not available in custom sizes.

We hope this report will encourage tether makers to explore the use of lighter materials and materials designed to absorb the shock of a fall. While a short, unyielding tether-to-anchor connection may serve the racing sailor well, a longer, stronger, yet forgiving tether material can be better suited to the specific needs of the offshore sailor.

Don’t forget these important points for find the best safety tethers for you. Use purpose-built 1-inch polyester webbing certified to meet ISO 12401 or climbing ropes that meet the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation standard for single dynamic ropes (typically 9.2-11mm). 

Living Life on a Boat

We get a lot of comments wondering what in the world we do on the boat all day. Many people assume that we would get bored and sick of each other. The truth is that our boat is our home. So we do pretty much the same thing you do in your house. 

We very rarely spend the entire day on the boat unless we are making a long passage. The majority of our days are spent either exploring the water or land.  

When we are actually on solid ground we get a lot of walking miles in. When we are cruising around the keys or in the Bahamas the islands are generally small enough to see plenty by foot. We will occasionally order an uber if absolutely necessary.

In the morning we make a standard breakfast. We don’t have an electric coffee maker but our french press works just fine. Our eggs are scrambled on our propane stove and our view is to die for.

The days that we have to do computer work we either set up a hotspot from our phones and work at the table or take the dinghy to shore and find a coffee shop with wifi.

At the end of the day we go back to our cozy home and cook dinner. We do not have a T.V. but we have plenty of games, books, and Netflix downloaded on our Ipad. I am currently on a giant losing streak of chess with Billy but I can still kick his butt in Rummy. Right now I am currently reading Maiden Voyage and Billy is trying to learn more about Florida history by reading A Land Remembered. If we do happen to have good service we can stream Youtube videos or watch movies on Netflix.
 
The trampolines on the bow are a great place to sit back and relax. We have a full bed and bathroom in each hull that is separate from the galley. This gives us complete privacy if we have guests over. The main cabin is very cozy and is a great place to get work done.

We may not have to mow the lawn but scraping barnacles off the bottom is very comparable.

If you have ever wondered what it was like to live on a boat, now you know. 

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Suppliers Share Tips On How to Select a Sailmaker 

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device manufacturers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding how to choose a sailmaker.

Historically, fall has been the best time to order new sails. Boat show specials abound and you have plenty of wiggle room on delivery date—at least if you are snowed in for most of the winter. But our wants and needs seem to rarely dovetail with the perfect season. 

The following article from our print archives is aimed primarily at the first-time sail-buyer. For more specific guidance on sail buying, be sure to check out our recent articles on choosing a cruising main, which includes a link to PS readers’ favorite sailmakers and list of recommended sailmakers, and “State of the Main,” a look at how the industry has dramatically changed over the past two decades.

For a one-stop comprehensive look at building a sail inventory we also have a downloadable e-book series in our bookstore. You can buy the individual e-book you need, or save on the complete three-part series that covers all the essentials as well as more esoteric sail subjects like storm sails and riding sails.

Selecting Sailmakers

You’re best off selecting up to a half-dozen candidates that make the kind of sails you want and sticking with them. In identifying them, you’ll want to consider a number of variables. If you’re a heavy-duty, serious racing fanatic, you may do well with one of the national franchise groups, particularly if you are good at it and likely to add to their victory list. 

If you are not involved in racing, you probably have a wider choice of sailmakers who will do a genuinely good job for you. You may still want to try a franchise, particularly one that has a loft close to you, though you should remember that the large companies, for the most part, got that way through their involvement with racing. 

And remember, even a phone call to Hong Kong is not likely to result in that sailmaker’s arriving on board next Saturday to check out your sails. If you are really serious about your boat, and want to get her all the best things for your Great Cruise, then you’ll probably spend a little more time on selecting the sailmaker who will be compatible with your style of sailing and your type of involvement with boats. 

Sometimes, even the advertising can be believed! Once you’ve narrowed the selection down to a manageable number, ask for an appointment to see the loft, and the opportunity to discuss how they make sails and why they recommend their methods. 

Interpreting Price Quotations

Your marine sanitation device experts discuss how sooner or later, you’ll get together the quotes on the sails you need. Unless you’ve been very specific about the exact sails you want, you may be overwhelmed by the apparent choices offered. You may also be amazed by the variation in prices for sails of a given designation, and it is easy to arrive at misleading conclusions about the cost of sails as a result. Any price quote you get should include at least the size and weight of the sail, as well as the price.

Most sailmakers will offer some incentive to place your order during their slack season on the premise that it is better to work for a small profit than not to work at all. In the Northeast, the discount season is generally October through December, the particular dates varying from one loft to another. At least one loft we know offers a sliding discount, largest in October, tapering down to smallest at year’s end. 

How big your order has to be to negotiate such a discount varies from one loft to another, and not all lofts are approachable, but if you have over $5,000 to spend, it is probably worth asking. 

Adding it Up

No discussion on buying sails would be complete without mention of quality. Of course, every sailmaker sells only the finest quality, so it is up to the buyer to determine for himself which “finest quality” sails are right for him. In fact, not all sails are made the same. Price is a guide to quality, at least to the extent that you are unlikely to buy the best sails at the lowest price. Of course, not everyone needs or wants the very best, and the budget-priced discount sailmakers certainly have a place in the “best” market if the best thing you want to say about your sails is that they didn’t cost much.

In the end, you play as great a part in getting good sails as the sailmaker himself, because ultimately, you make the crucial decisions. Providing the correct and adequate information, deciding which of the many options you want, and selecting a sailmaker you feel confident will do his best to serve you with products appropriate to your usage all are matters for you to resolve. It’s your money.

So don’t forget these helpful tips when choosing your next sailmaker. 1) If you’re a heavy-duty, serious racing fanatic, you may do well with one of the national franchise groups;  2) don’t rush in making a decision;  and 3) be very specific in asking for price quotes.

Power boats: National rowing winners helping spread the sport 

When John and Hannah Huppi met in 2007, they had three things in common: They were both from Washington — Hannah from Washington state and John from Washington, D.C. — they were both freshmen at Tulane University, and they both had an interest, but no experience, in rowing.

Ten years later, the Huppis are a young married couple who, having just competed in the World Rowing Championships in Slovenia last month — where they came in fifth — are continuing their daily mission to spur the popularity of rowing in the Crescent City.

Drawing members from as far away as Mandeville, Slidell and Baton Rouge, the New Orleans Rowing Club can be found skimming along Bayou St. John at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

“Rowing is something you can pick up in high school and continue to do into your 70s and 80s,” he said. “It’s unique in that it’s both an endurance and power sport that is also low-impact. We have a lot of people that are drawn to it as a good way to get their exercise in even with things like knee or back injuries. Plus, you get to be outside and on the water. It’s so calming, so peaceful.”

Dedicated to the sport that gave them so much, including each other, the Huppis started thinking in 2015 about the future — both their own and the future of the sport in their adopted city. It was just a year after taking over command of the New Orleans Rowing Club that the couple decided to start the first high school rowing team in New Orleans.

“The program is really attractive to students who are looking for a team environment and also may be looking to improve their chances when it comes to college admission and scholarships,” John said. “There are some great opportunities for rowing scholarships out there, and rowing is popular for both men and women at most prestigious schools.”

The hope is to instill a lifelong love of the sport in rowers who may find themselves at the New Orleans Rowing Club after college, itching to compete again, just like the Huppis did.

“Hannah and I married last year, and while we were planning the wedding, we decided that we really wanted to go to Europe, and we really wanted to get back into competition shape, so we set our sights on two big goals: the national championships in Tennessee this past August and the world championships in Slovenia this past September,” John said. “We started training really hard, and we took gold at nationals.”

Still high off their European adventure, the Huppis are gearing up for the next competition — in November, 24 members of the New Orleans Rowing Club will be competing in a race in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“There are large rowing communities in Florida, Tennessee and Texas,” said John Huppi. Louisiana, not so much, but the Huppis are working on that.

“The plan is absolutely to make it to the world championships again next year,” said John Huppi. “How could we not when it’s going to be right in our backyard — Sarasota, Florida?”

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Share Ideas On How to Best Repair Your Canvas Fasteners

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device suppliers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding how to fix canvas fasteners.

Sooner or later, chafe, UV rays, and sharp edges take their toll on our boat’s canvas. A misplaced screw or simple friction will eat holes in a dodger. A seam gives up, a line rubs through the fabric, and a few snaps come loose. 

Older fabric may be too sun-rotted to allow the weak spot another row of stitches will create, and the stitching may leak. 

In the upcoming September 2017 issue of Practical Sailor, tester Drew Frye, who also blogs at his website Sail Delmarva, compares a variety of tapes, glues, and adhesives for making these types of repairs. 

Snaps are the first failure point on many covers and dodgers. Often the stress cause by repeated shrinking and stretching during wet/dry cycles works them loose. 

Your Marine Sanitation Device Distributors Continue to Give Ideas on How to Keep Canvas Fasteners in Great Condition

 Your marine sanitation device experts talk about how to remove the old snap, disturbing as little cloth as possible.

• Bring the edges together on the reverse side with masking tape.

• Cut a 2-inch square patch (round the corners) and slather it up with a 1/16-inch coating of polyurethane adhesive sealant (3M 5200 works well, and other options are discussed in the September test report). 

• Patch the reverse side if the cloth damage is severe.

• Allow to cure. Varies with the products, but for polyurethane it is typically 3-5 days in warm humid weather, 10 days in cool, dry weather. We’ve had good luck with 3M 5200, but other polyurethane adhesive sealants did well in our test. 

• Punch and install hardware as usual. Relocate the fittings if the failure was due to the canvas shrinking.

This is one time where the increased stiffness helps, better distributing the force over all of the fabric layers. We’ve never had a repeat failure. 

The same process can be used to repair other types of canvas fasteners. 

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time 

A Russian tanker has traveled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The tanker was built to take advantage of the diminishing Arctic sea ice and deliver gas from a new $27m facility on the Yamal Peninsula, the biggest Arctic LNG project so far which has been championed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Environmentalists have expressed concern over the risks of increased ship traffic in the pristine Arctic but Sovcomflot stressed the tanker’s green credentials. As well as using conventional fuel, the Christophe de Margerie can be powered by the LNG it is transporting, reducing its sulfur oxide emissions by 90% and nitrous oxide emissions by 80% when powered this way. 

In the route’s busiest year so far, 2013, there were only 15 international crossings but the Russian government predicts that cargo along this route will grow tenfold by 2020. This link with the Pacific reduces its need to sell gas through pipelines to Europe.

Simon Boxall, an oceanographer at the University of Southampton, said that shipping companies were making a “safe bet” in building ships in anticipation that the northern sea route will open up. “Even if we stopped greenhouse emissions tomorrow, the acceleration in the loss of Arctic ice is unlikely to be reversed,” he said.

The extent of Arctic ice fell to a new wintertime low in March this year after freakishly high temperatures in the polar regions, and hit its second lowest summer extent last September.

Don’t forget these helpful reminders on how to repair your canvas fasteners. 1) Remove the old snap, disturbing as little cloth as possible;  2) bring the edges together on the reverse side with masking tape;  and 3) patch the reverse side if the cloth damage is severe.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Suppliers at Raritan Talk About the Excitement of Sailing to Cuba

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device manufacturers would like to share with you this week information regarding amazing tips while traveling to Havana.

Now that U.S. sailors can so easily can go to Cuba, the question remains should they go? I think most cruisers would not want to miss the chance. To explore the reefs of the fabled Jardínes de la Reina, to reach close along the green mountains between Punta Maisi and Boracoa, to wander the streets of La Habana— what more could the cruising life offer than to explore far (and not so far) corners of the world under sail? 

If navigation worries are what’s holding you back, you need not be overly concerned. One of the unexpected benefits of Cuba’s Soviet experience is the GPS-accurate surveys of the island. This does not mean that you can steer blindly through passes by watching your chartplotter cursor, but it does mean that there are surprisingly accurate charts and guides to the area, in many cases more accurate than our own. 

Your Marine Sanitation Device Experts Continue Discussion on Great Sailing Tips You Might Need While Sailing to Cuba

Your marine sanitation device professionals talk about how it is from the publishers of the Waterway Guide, which was highly rated in our most recent comparison of guides to the Intracoastal Waterway. The Waterway Guide has a relatively strong online component with an active community of contributors, so even if you don’t buy the guide, you can use their website for updates on marinas and other relevant information. Wally Moran, a regular contributor to the Waterway Guide with multiple trips to Cuba under his belt (he is a Canadian citizen), contributed much of the information to the guide. 

It covers the north and south coasts of western Cuba, describing the counterclockwise route around the western tip, Cabo San Antonio. The book is 224 pages long and filled with dozens of detailed chartlets and specific navigation instruction. Offering tips on everything from where to buy fresh-baked bread, to making windward progress along the coast, it is about as good a combination of navigation/travel guide as you’ll find for cruising. 

Cuba: A Cruising Guide by Nigel Calder ($57) is the oldest book in our library. Published in 1999 by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, the same publisher of Don Street’s familiar guides to the Caribbean, this is the thickest guide to the area, with detailed descriptions of anchorages, even ones that the other guides miss. It is, as far as I know, the only English-language cruising guide that covers the entire island. 

Buying all three books costs close to $150. If I were to skip one to save money, it would be the Waterway Guide, although it covers east coast entry points that Barr’s book omits, so if you are coming down the waterway and through the Bahamas, it is worthwhile. Certainly, you could get by with Calder’s book alone, but Barr’s updates come in handy and her chartlets are well rendered.

If you want to dip your toe into the Cuba cruising without spending a dime, there is also a free guidebook online. 

Finally, for word-of-mouth updates for cruisers who have been there, the Seven Seas Cruising Association is a great resource. The organization held a gam late last year on cruising Cuba and offers a wealth of information for sailors.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Suppliers Share Further Need-to-Know Tips for You and Your Crew

Raritan Engineering your marine sanitation device distributors would like to share with you this week some great information regarding potentially life saving tactics for getting through tough summer squalls.

Summer is here and the time is right . . .  for testing your squall-busting tactics.

The comparison of jibe-taming devices in the July 2017 issue of Practical Sailor is an appropriate topic for the summer when afternoon squalls so frequently add a little excitement during the leg back to the marina, or the approach to the next anchorage. 

The ideal sail plan for dealing with squalls will vary by boat, visibility, sea conditions, and intensity of the squalls. Ideally, the helm is still relatively well-balanced and responsive for whatever point of sail you choose.

Our gaff-rigged ketch reefed down with a double- or triple-reefed main and staysail could handle about anything and still keep moving on squally night, but our main was easy to scandalize (dip the gaff) if the gusts were particularly intense. 

While every squall is different, there are a few rules of thumb that can help guide your decision-making process. Your marine sanitation device suppliers discuss how the following bits are culled from my own experience and a couple of weather books I’ve found helpful over the years, Bill Biewenga’s “Weather for Sailors,” and David Burch’s “Modern Marine Weather.” 

If you are the type who benefits from seminars, look for those offered by former NOAA forecaster Lee Chesneau (www. marineweatherbylee.com), author of “Heavy Weather Avoidance.”

Your Marine Sanitation Device Professionals Further Discuss the Importance of Always Being Alert

Squall Tips

Keep in mind, there are plenty of exceptions to these rules of thumb—but as Burch puts it, you have to start somewhere.

  1. Taller clouds generally bring more wind.
  2. Flat tops or “boiling” tops can bring brisk wind speeds and sudden wind shifts.
  3. Slanted rain generally indicates there is wind. Squalls often move in the direction of (or sideways to) the slant, so don’t assume that the cloud is “dragging” the rain behind it, as it might appear.
  4. Track cloud/storm movement by taking bearings on the center of the storm (not the edges).
  5. Watch for whitecaps below the clouds, indicating strong gusts.
  6. “Tilted” clouds often bring wind.
  7. The first gust, usually a cool downburst, can strike one-to-two miles before the cloud is overhead, and before the rain starts, so reduce sail early.
  8. The strongest gusts and the increased wind accompanying the squall generally blow in the direction of the cloud movement, i.e. outward from the “front” of the cloud. However, increased wind blows outward from all sides of the cloud.
  9. Squalls do not necessarily come from the direction of the mean ambient wind, so squalls to weather are not the ones to worry about. 
  1. The strongest wind comes with or just before the light first rain. If the squall arrives already raining hard, the worst winds are usually past, but strong gusty winds are still possible.
  2. Behind any squall is a unnerving calm.
  3. If you are faced with a number of successive squalls, they will often follow a predictable pattern, allowing you to fine-tune your tactics.
  4. If you plan to bathe in the downpour, go easy on the shampoo—you might not get enough rain for a rinse.

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Your Marine Hot Water Heaters Specialists Help You Take Good Care of Your Outboards

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hot water heaters analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding outboard motor painting tips.

Today, your marine hot water heaters experts know that many outboard motors are available in colors to complement the shade of your boat. Honda, Mercury and Suzuki, for example, all offer their outboards in at least two colors; Evinrude lets you add custom side plates and accents from a wide spectrum of color choices.

There are also companies that paint motors. The Miami-based Outboard Paint Shop, for instance, will paint an outboard in the 250 to 400 hp range for $1,200.

Yet there is a more economical, DIY option. The proprietary Quantum paint system from Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC2) utilizes a hybrid acrylic- polyester topcoat — a technology developed for the aerospace industry — to create an extremely durable and professional-looking finish.

Disassemble and Wash

Remove the cowl, the shroud from the midsection, and any plastic pieces or appliques that might interfere with the painting process. Remove the rubber seal around the bottom of the cowl and any other rubber grommets or gaskets that might interfere with painting exterior surfaces. 

2. Prep and Mask

Sand all surfaces to be painted with 350- to 400-grit sandpaper. Use a power sander on broad surfaces, but you might need to hand-sand hard-to-reach spots such as around the bracket and lower unit. 

3. Paint the Parts

Choose a windless day with low humidity and temperatures around 72 degrees. Protect the uncured finish from evening dew by starting early in the day or working in a covered area. Spray the dry surfaces with a medium coat of the Quantum 45-X-115 K adhesion promoter and let dry for five minutes. 

4. Reassemble and Debug

Allow the final coat to dry for 24 hours. Then remove all masking materials. Carefully reattach and reassemble all parts. If a bug or debris marred the finish while painting, wet-sand the spot with 1,500- to 2,000-grit wet sandpaper until the blemish is eliminated and the desired smoothness is achieved. 

How Many Cans?

Each Quantum 2K kit can be custom packed based on your motor size. It includes Quantum SR-002 Surface Prep/Clean, Quantum Adhesion Promoter, Quantum 2KA spray cans, rags, gloves, Scotch pad, tape and draping. 

Your Marine Hot Water Heaters Professionals Equip You With the Skills You Need

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Painting Outboard Parts

First off, your marine ice makers know that it is best that you do not plan any outings for at least 2 weeks when undertaking this task. Initially, it will take some time, especially if you are going to try to repaint parts on the powerhead. 

Keep in mind – Aerosol paint jobs are no where near as durable as a paint job done with quality paint from a gravity fed spray gun.

With Aerosol Can Paint

Here are the steps.

Items you need:

  1. Quality primer (self etching), paint, and clear coat.
  2. clear workspace
  3. wet sandpaper – 400, 800, 1000 – 2000 (available at automotive shops)
  4. Quality Rubbing / Polishing compound (3M Perfect-it II) removes fines scratches
  5. Plenty of time and patience.

Try to use a sanding block on flat surfaces and keep the pressure even. For other areas, you can obtain paint remover from local shops but it takes time to remove. It works great for those recessed areas, but it is messy and toxic.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Analysts Say That Quality Is Worth the Money 

Raritan Engineering would love to share with you this week amazing information on how you can gain the needed knowledge in choosing the best anchor for your needs.

Each time Practical Sailor conducts an anchor test, we get questions about the materials used in anchors, particularly stainless steel. Stainless steel is much less prone to unsightly and destructive oxidation than mild steel, even when it has been hot-dipped galvanized and protected by a heat-bonded zinc coating.

Unfortunately, zinc is a relatively soft metal. As an anchor rubs and scrapes the bottom in its normal operation,the galvanized coating is damaged, mild steel uncovered, and oxidation begins. In many cases, however, rust can be a good friend, announcing to the skipper, with an undeniable bold red stain and flaking metal, that corrosion is taking place. 

Even when shackle or swivel approaches failure, its surface patina may hardly change at all. The metal also tends to work-harden, and when submerged for long periods, suffers from oxygen starvation. Thus, its shiny appearance may have made it the diamond earring of anchor alternatives, but the same looks and assumed good quality, throughout the fatigue cycle, can present problems. 

Design plays an important role in how well an anchor holds a vessel in place, and how well the anchor itself holds together. In essence, it’s a fairly simple structure, and it provides a good lesson in how loads migrate through a material and where stress accumulates. The shank, like the handle of a frying pan, transmits the energy into the main structure, and the junction between the handle and pan or shank and fluke is where a significant stress riser develops. Engineers know that stress escalates at the point where a flexing arm attaches to an immovable body.

When a vessel is dancing to the thrum of a building gale, the surging loads imposed on the anchor shank vary in both intensity and angle, and when the fluke(s) of the anchor ends up wedged in a rocky outcrop or pinned in a coral pothole, the anchor’s shank and the fluke(s) themselves need to be rugged enough to handle loads imposed.

Your Marine Sanitation Device Experts Help You Gain the Confidence to Make the Right Choice

Your marine sanitation device specialists know that many bluewater veterans swear by U.S.-made galvanized mild steel shackles and chain, and agree that swivels, although a necessity for mooring pendants, should be omitted from anchor rodes. 

How to choose the right anchor

Until the 1930s, there was little choice when it came to purchasing an anchor, the Fisherman being just about the only type available. 

There was no alternative to the Fisherman anchor until Yachting Monthly published Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor’s design for the CQR in 1934

The Main Key attributes of a good anchor

1. Materials

Most anchors are galvanized steel

Most anchors are steel, galvanized for corrosion resistance. The carbon content should be below 0.21% to ensure ductility at all likely temperatures.

Aluminum is good for kedge anchors

Aluminum and stainless steel anchors require either sophisticated alloying or clever design features, such as hollow shanks, to obtain sufficient strength. This makes them expensive. 

2. Weight

However, the excellent performance of various types of aluminum anchor, both in tests and in the real world, shows quite clearly that weight is not necessarily a prerequisite for good holding power. It is a truism that anchors are marketed by weight but they hold by their area. Most modern anchors have a lot more surface area than older types of the same weight.

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Your Marine Products Specialists Appreciate the Importance of a Group Effort 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine products analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the importance of teamwork to victory.

Your marine products experts know that the member lounge in the San Diego YC is typically the site of quiet conversations or restful reading. Last spring, it served as Ground Zero for five teams taking steps to excel in the 2011 Etchells World Championship.

Your marine supplies professionals know that the genesis for the group was earlier in the year when Bill Hardesty, who won the Worlds in 2008, started to focus his efforts on winning another title.

While the purpose of our group was to be prepared to compete in the Worlds, our goal was really to be our very best for one week. It could have been any event. 

One early key to the program’s success was establishing a routine. At our morning meeting we would discuss the goals of the day. On the water, Ed would lead us toward fulfilling these goals. 

Ed was there for 18 of those days. While we were able to move the program forward without him, we always got more accomplished with him present. Your wholesale marine supplies analysts know that we were more focused, more organized, and the days were often longer.

To maximize training time, we developed plans for things as trivial as picking up the towline to get out to the course, and getting our sails ready. Once we arrived at the training location, every boat had to be ready to sail. 

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Your marine sanitation device specialists know that it’s easy to get consumed by speed testing. It’s a vital variable, but it’s one of many. There were days we tested sails and other days when we tested rig tune. But nearly every training day on the water also included practice races. 

John Pedlow had worked with Bill and Ed during the lead up to the 2008 regatta, and was back again for the 2011 Worlds. “Bill runs a tight program and served as a good role model for the rest of us,” said Pedlow. 

Your marine supplies experts say that by pooling the resources of five teams, we were able to hire the best coach we could find. Ed is a two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, a Star and Laser Masters world champion, and an accomplished coach with an amazing eye for detail. 

Having upwards of five boats in our program meant that we were not reliant on who else might be training on any given day. We always had the critical mass needed for tuning, upwind splits, practice starts, and short-course racing. 

Over the course of the program, there grew a sense of togetherness. With everyone attending the meetings, speaking openly of their experiences, and respecting each other, tiers were erased.

While our routine was vital, we also tried to manage our energy levels. The additional meeting time before and after made any day on the water quite long. 

Bill had put together a program to win the 81-boat championship, and that is what we did with a day to spare. It was a bit bizarre attending the afternoon debrief the day we clinched the regatta; popping champagne and swimming in the bay seemed more appropriate. 

So don’t forget these helpful tips on why teamwork is so crucial for success. 1) Always discuss the goals for the day;  2) maximize training time;  and 3) be willing to share past experiences.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Professionals Celebrate Overcoming Adversity Through Sailing

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why a disability shouldn’t take you away from sailing.

A three-year pilot program at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) has culminated in a formal partnership between the University’s sailing team and Rhode Island-based Sail To Prevail, the not-for-profit organization that has pioneered overcoming adversity through the sport of sailing.

In collaborating with Sail To Prevail CEO Paul Callahan (Newport, R.I./Cape Coral, Fla.), a Harvard graduate and accomplished sailor, O’Connor has brought a new dimension to the Cambridge campus, as well as the local community.

O’Connor dedicates at least 15% of his overall practice time to allowing members of the sailing team to work with specially trained instructors from Sail To Prevail. 

The program, which runs during the fall season (roughly twice a week, weather permitting) from the Harvard Sailing Center in Cambridge, allows the Sail To Prevail participants and instructors to sail on the Charles River in a specially-equipped Catalina 20 right alongside members of the varsity sailing team.

The mission of Sail To Prevail is to utilize sailing to teach people with disabilities how to use the acquired sailing skills – including teamwork and leadership – in their daily lives to overcome adversity and gain self-confidence. 

Sail To Prevail has helped over 18,000 individuals since the organization was founded in 1982. From its base in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., the organization coordinates a wide variety of sailing opportunities. 

Each summer, approximately 1,000 people with disabilities learn the skills of sailing in our fleet of uniquely adapted, 20-foot sailboats. Our programs strongly encourage disabled individuals to be active participants by steering the boat and trimming sails. 

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SAILING PROGRAMS FOR ALL DISABILITIES

Physically Disabilities:

When needed, participants are boarded onto our boats using a transfer lift. They are then safely secured into specially designed pivoting seats allowing them the freedom of movement to sail the boat.

Cancer:

The Sail Away from Cancer Program was established and pioneered by Sail To Prevail. Pediatric cancer patients sail with their resident doctors and family members to create a unique “out of hospital” experience. 

Veterans with Disabilities:

Honoring those who have served our country, the Disabled Veterans Program offers a free weekend of sailing to our distinguished veterans wounded in combat.

The Broad Spectrum of Autism:

Children with autism are designated certain tasks aboard the sailboats to improve their focus and concentration skills. Young sailors are encouraged to sail with a caregiver or parent, if appropriate. 

Emotional Disabilities:

This new program is dedicated to those individuals who are experiencing emotional trauma in their lives. Our methodology seeks to enhance the positive aspects derived from participating in the soothing and comforting environment of sailing.

Paralympic Training & Regattas:

Sail To Prevail has all three of the Paralympic Class boats (23-foot “Sonar” for a three-person team, a “SKUD 18” for a two-person team, and a “2.4 Metre” for an individual). 

Facility & Instructors:

First-time and experienced sailors are welcome at Sail To Prevail. Our program is available to all people with disabilities and has programs designed to meet specific needs.

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Your Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Share These Helpful Safety Tips

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding safety while playing Pokemon Go on your boating trips.

Your marine sanitation device experts know that there is a Pokemon Go “gym” next to the BoatUS buoy at the recreational boating association’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

The reality game-meets-exercise-app Pokemon Go now has 21 million users every day and BoatUS is issuing safety tips for people who want to find Pokemon on the water.

Your fast marine sanitation device analysts know that the game has players capturing creatures called Pokemon in the real world, using a combination of GPS and augmented reality.

BoatUS is issuing these tips for playing Pokemon Go while boating:

ŸBe aware: Your marine septic systems professionals understand that the Coast Guard reports operator inattention as one of the five main contributing factors in accidents. When searching for a “water type” of Pokemon, such as Magikarp, on a waterway, let the first mate or friend handle the cellphone while the captain keeps a safe lookout.

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Your boat cleaning products specialists understand you must watch cellphone battery use: Users report that the game eats up a smartphone’s battery charge, and the app only works if it’s open. BoatUS recommends bringing a spare charger.

Clearly, you want to “catch them ell.” But you probably also want to stay safe and be respectful of the real world as you explore the augmented reality of “Pokemon GO.”

Here’s a list of other etiquette and safety tips while you’re on your quest:

1. Your marine sewage systems experts know that this may seem obvious, but…. do not play “Pokemon GO” while driving. In a statement, AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning that distracted driving results in at least 3,000 deaths per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And using handheld electronics while driving is illegal in Maryland, AAA Mid-Atlantic said.

2. Avoid suspicious locations, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advised. To avoid potentially dangerous situations, make sure that people can see you if you’re playing at night, and be aware of strangers, Prince William County Police said.

3. Do not trespass while playing, Prince William County Police tweeted. The BBB said one man reported that his house was listed as a “PokeStop,” where players can collect free items in the game. 

So don’t forget these helpful pointers on how to stay safe while playing Pokemon Go on your boating trips. 1) Be aware: The Coast Guard reports operator inattention as one of the five main contributing factors in accidents;  2) watch cellphone battery use: Users report that the game eats up a smartphone’s battery charge, and the app only works if it’s open;  and 3) avoid suspicious locations.

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