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Get Some Relaxation With a Day of Fishing

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how fishing is one of the best reasons to get out on your boat.

Mostly, according to the surveys, people fished to relax and socialize. Your TruDesign experts talk about how if I just want to relax and socialize, I can find plenty of (often closer, less expensive) opportunities.

I suspect most SF readers would say the same. I have no idea of the universe sampled for the study that got me riled up, but I don’t think they’re the same kind of fishermen as me, or probably as you.

More recently, a column by Rob Southwick ­entitled “Why Do People Fish” (Jan/Feb 2018, Fishing Tackle Retailer) showed the top three reasons people fish: to have fun (40 percent), relax (33 percent) and socialize (19 percent).

So what? What does it matter why we go fishing?

There are many reasons why better understanding that question can be useful. I think of particular importance is that knowing what people want when they go fishing could impact how fisheries managers allocate resources among main user groups.

Best Reasons to Go Fishing

1. Stress Relief. If you want to have a relaxing afternoon (or morning, or evening), you can’t beat fishing. It’s the perfect way to unwind.

2. Quality Time with Friends and Family. Fishing is a wonderful hobby to share with your loved ones because it allows a lot of time for conversation and bonding.

3. Solitude. On the other hand, if you need some time to yourself, fishing is a great way to escape.

4. Exercise. Although fishing isn’t typically a vigorous activity, it can be a moderate workout.

5. Conservation. The cost of your fishing license will help fund wildlife and conservation programs.

Is An Excuse Ever Really Needed to Go Fishing?

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On the one hand, citing anglers who just want to relax when they fish could help emphasize just how different recreational fishermen are from commercial fishermen.

Recreational fishermen don’t need fish to be satisfied.

Fun doesn’t pay the bills. Fish — poundage and tonnage — does.

I agree that the great majority of anglers in the United States don’t need to fill a fish box to consider a fishing day a success. I have to believe that what we do need — whatever studies might suggest — is a reasonable expectation of catching fish.

If there’s a lovely lake just down the road where the launching’s easy and the crowds are light, but where it’s well-known that no fish live, would you go fishing there?

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation has launched a campaign to grow the number of licensed anglers in this country from 47 million to 60 million.

While I am sure anglers do fish to chill out and enjoy friends, I think we must be careful not to be lulled into accepting that as enough.

So don’t forget these great reasons to get out on your boat and go fishing. 1) Its a great stress reliever;  2) It is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends;  and 3) it is a great way to escape and get some time to yourself.

Family Stranded on Island Rescued by Celeb in Boat After Record-Setting Rainfall Causes Flood

The Hawaiian islands have been battered with unprecedented amounts of rainfall, which began on April 14.

Hundreds of people have been displaced, stranded, and in need of evacuation. Governor of Hawaii David Ige declared a state of emergency, and military personnel have spent days evacuating citizens and bringing supplies to areas of refuge.

“What we’re really focusing on right now is search and rescue,” Carvalho explained. “And a thorough damage assessment.”

Erin Gwilliam was on vacation with her family when the storm hit. She found herself trapped in a rental home alongside her husband and their three children, flood waters rising around them.

Lucky for them, pro surfer Laird Hamilton has a home nearby. For an athlete who makes a living in rough waters, breezing around the flooded island in a boat was probably second nature.

“He just said, ‘You know what? As long as I can get people out, I’m going to get people out’ because nobody else could,” Gwilliam recalled.

Many Hawaiians are scrambling for higher ground before more rainfall and mudslides devastate the land around them.

“It’s hard to conceive that that much water could come from the sky,” Hamilton said of the sudden torrential downpour.

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Why It Might Be Good to Get a Captain’s License 

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how time spent on the water doesn’t always translate into safe boating. 

Your TruDesign professionals discuss how as a professional sailor, coach and instructor of captain’s courses, I work with sailors of all levels of experience. I have come to notice that many of them have no professional certifications from recognized organizations like the US Coast Guard or Royal Yachting Association.

Reasons range from “I don’t have time” to “I don’t see the point, I already have the job,” and even “I already know everything in those courses, I have sailed 50,000 miles since I was a kid.”

Time on the water does not necessarily translate into safe boating behavior. That is why I believe that all coaches and professional sailors, that is, hired mariners, should obtain a captain’s license for a multitude of reasons that go beyond the title of obtaining your “ticket.”

It propagates safety.

Getting a license does not make you perfect by any means. What it does is make you better than you were before you started the process. Isn’t that the goal of a great professional? Many sailors do not even have a basic understanding of the Rules of the Road outside of the racing rules. 

Other Great Reasons to Get Your Captain’s License

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Furthermore, with our modern reliance on technology, I have come across professionals who do not use paper charts. The carrying of paper charts, for example, is just one way that all boaters can be safe in the event of a loss of GPS or power. 

Leading by example.

We all look to our coaches to be the leader of the program. But often in the states, we see kids go straight from the junior sailing program to the coach boat without proper training in powerboat safety. 

Is it Legal?

“Why is it that yacht clubs require their launch drivers have a Coast Guard license, but don’t enforce the same requirement of their sailing instructors ferrying children back and forth on various powerboats?”

Coaches and pro-sailors are hired professionals. At Confident Captain we are of the opinion that the most far reaching compliance with U.S. law is that all hired professional mariners must have a license.

There is always something to learn.

The best sailors I’ve met have made it a point to keep learning for their entire career. There is more to formalized training than the pencil and the chart. The interaction between professional mariners at Confident Captain during any of our courses has always brought the most valuable lessons and insight to the table. 

It is better to be proactive towards answering difficult questions.

It won’t sit well with anybody involved in the investigation. Take a proactive step toward fortifying your career ahead of time by getting a license and engaging in different types of formalized professional development. If your good name is called into question, you will be glad you did.

So don’t forget these great reasons to consider getting your captain’s license. 1) Doing so propagates safety;  2) you can set a good example for our younger sailors;  and 3) remember that there is always something to learn.

Staying With The Boat And Other Safety Myths

I’m amazed at how long bad advice perpetuates when it’s given in a catchy phrase. An example: Don’t leave the boat until the boat leaves you. This might be the most misguided advice ever to cross the lips of otherwise sensible men and women. Another example: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

These stick around not because they are always true, but because they sound good. Don’t be fooled. The ocean is no place for absolutes, even when they rhyme.

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Your Tru Design Specialists Talk About Why You Need a Great Boarding Ladder

Last year, we ran a review of a Union 36, and the opening photo of the boat featured a unique folding ladder that I hadn’t seen before. The ladder, instead of hanging vertically, folded out at a comfortable angle in a way that seemed—at least in the photo—pretty practical for routine boarding. I was curious how it worked in bouncy weather, and the owner of the boat, PS contributor Frank Lanier, assured me that the ladder, which came with the boat, was as good as any other he’d tried. 

The trend toward sugar-scoop transoms on sailboats has reduced the need for boarding ladders, but owners of older boats like the Union 36 will likely need to retro-fit one. Our last boarding ladder test was in December 2002. 

The boat I cruised on for many years, Tosca, was a double-ender with the same sort boarding of complications as the Union 36. A stern boarding ladder didn’t work. For a couple of ladder-less months after we bought the boat, we just shimmied up the bobstay when we went swimming. 

Shocked at the prices for a stainless-steel ladder and wanting a permanent means of climbing aboard that a person in the water could use without assistance, we settled on a modification that you see on many catboats—folding steps drilled into the rudder (look for our Marshall 22 catboat review in November).

So keep in mind these suggestions when getting a portable boarding ladder. 1) You can buy a portable ladder for cheaper;  2) these are ladders you can use without assistance;  and 3) they are easier to maintain.

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Your TruDesign Professionals Give Great Ideas On to Better Catch the Big Fish

Raritan Engineering your TruDesign distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to find the right sounder for your style of fishing.

Your TruDesign suppliers talk about how for my style of inshore fishing, in my coastal Georgia location and for my 22-foot bay boat, I need some specific sonar capabilities. I want to see what’s to either side of my boat, and I want to see subtle depth transitions in shallow water, without surface clutter.

Bottomfishing Options

A multibeam sonar helps Capt. Sean Gill map out structure to better target species such as cobia, which orient differently on each tide.

Furuno pro staffer Capt. Sean Gill, of Savannah, fishes many of the same coastal Georgia locations as I do, though he also works offshore waters.

Pinpointing Structure

Uing a down-looking beam, side-looking beam and chirp, helps anglers locate structure quickly without as many passes. 

Wilds likes to split-screen his Solix display: One half of the screen shows a zoomed-in view of the bottom; the other half shows surface to bottom. He turns up the sensitivity as high as possible without getting too much clutter, and leaves the gain on max mode. 

Capt. Tom Pitasi a guide out of Waterford, Connecticut, says sonar systems with chirp DownVision are a great choice. “The conical high chirp shows you the fish, and the chirp DownVision is a great tool for locating the structure,” he says. 

Proper Frequencies

Capt. Greg Eklund pairs his display with a network sounder with multiple-channel capability.

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Eklund paired the transducer with a network sounder. The multiple-channel capability allows him to use the chirp mode and a single frequency at the same time to get the best possible information. “For example, as I get to an area in less than 300 feet that I want to fish, I set my evo3 screen to display two panels,” he says. 

“I am also able to run a low-chirp scan on a separate panel. This allows me to see the entire water column.”

Trolling Options

Some finders include quad-core processing, an IPS screen and 1 kW chirp sonar. and come in 9-, 12- and 16-inch sizes.

Please go fishing, Washington state says after farmed Atlantic salmon escape broken net

Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and officials are asking people to catch as many as possible. Tribal fishers, concerned about native salmon populations, call the accident “a devastation.”

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is urging the public to catch as many of the fish as possible, with no limit on size or number. The fish are about 10 pounds each. No one knows how many escaped from the floating pen, but the net had some 3 million pounds of fish in it when it imploded about 4 p.m. Saturday, said Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for the WDFW.

Cooke, in an estimate to WDFW Monday, put the number of escaped fish at 4,000 to 5,000, according to Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for the WDFW. The department has been monitoring the situation and crafting a spill-response plan with Cooke, Warren said.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Cooke said, “exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse” caused the damage. Cooke said the salmon escaped after a “structural failure” of a net pen.

The Wild Fish Conservancy, in a statement released Tuesday, noted that on July 27, one of three net pens in the Cypress Island location broke free from an anchor and needed emergency repairs. The statement said the pens should be built to withstand high tidal movements.

She dismissed any environmental concern, saying the fish would not survive and that native fish were not at risk. “It’s primarily a business loss. The salmon will be food for the seals and the fishermen can enjoy them.”

But Michael Rust, a NOAA researcher who co-authored the technical memorandum, said the risk of farmed Atlantic salmon passing diseases on to wild fish is low. And, over the years, he says, they have not been able to interbreed with Northwest native species or successfully establish themselves in the wild over multiple generations.

“I wouldn’t call them healthy. They have weird little deformations on their faces,” said Lucas Kinley, who for the past two days has caught a few of these fish as he set out a seine net for wild Northwest salmon.

Warren, of the WDFW, also is concerned about potential impacts on wild stocks.

Penalties for the escape are being evaluated, Warren said.

So don’t forget these helpful reminders when choosing the right sounder for you. 1) Keep in mind your bottomfeeding options;  2) don’t forget the importance of pinpointing structure capability;  and 3) remember issues you might have in deep fishing areas.

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Your TruDesign Professionals Ideas About the Benefits of Radio Navigation

Raritan Engineering your TruDesign distributors would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the possible return of radio navigation.

Your TruDesign suppliers talks about how way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System (GPS) was still in its experimental stage. 

Using a global network of terrestrial radio beacons, Loran-C gave navigators aboard ships and aircraft the ability to get a fix on their location within a few hundred feet by using the difference in the timing of two or more beacon signals.

An evolution of World War II technology (LORAN was an acronym for long-range navigation), Loran-C was considered obsolete by many once GPS was widely available.

The trial of an enhanced Loran service called eLoran that was accurate within 20 meters (65 feet) also wrapped up during this time.

Over the past few years, the US Coast Guard has reported multiple episodes of GPS jamming at non-US ports, including an incident reported to the Coast Guard’s Navigation Center this June that occurred on the Black Sea. 

And in the event of a war, it’s possible that an adversary could take out GPS satellites with anti-satellite weapons or some sort of cyber-attack on a satellite network.

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The risk to GPS has caused a number of countries to take a second look at terrestrial radio navigation. Today there’s broad support worldwide for a new radio navigation network based on more modern technology—and the system taking the early lead for that role is eLoran. 

Diff-e-q

The eLoran system gets its enhanced accuracy in much the same way that enhanced GPS gear squeezes greater accuracy out of the civil GPS signal for tasks such as surveying and mapping—by using differential correction. 

Because it uses low-frequency radio waves (in the 90 to 110 kHz range), it’s not likely that you’ll see eLoran integrated into your smartphone. 

“[eLoran] is a deterrent to deliberate jamming or spoofing, since such hostile activities can be rendered ineffective,” said Brad Parkinson, the retired US Air Force colonel who managed the original GPS development program, according to Reuters. 

And the South Korean government already has pushed forward plans to have three active eLoran beacons by 2019—that’s enough to provide accurate fixes for all shipping in the region should North Korea (or anyone else) attempt to block GPS again.

Boating After Dark? Here Are The Rules For Navigation Lights In Missouri | Boating

Turn on your navigation lights at sunset! That’s the reminder the Missouri State Patrol is issuing to boaters.

Troopers on Lake of the Ozarks have reported several encounters with vessels failing to properly display navigation lights since Memorial Day weekend.  

The required navigation lights differ depending on the type and size of your vessel. State law requires boat operators to display the required navigation lights between sunset and sunrise.

There are various combinations of lights which meet the requirements by state law. 

Navigation on the water at night is unique, and the Patrol points out that lights are imperative to prevent boat accidents. Light requirements are designed so other boaters are able to see one another and determine the direction they are traveling, but navigation lights will not necessarily help a boater see better at night. 

“If you will be out on the water after dark, check your navigation lights before you leave the dock or ramp,” Captain Turner reminded. “When boaters understand and obey the law, and vessels are in good operating order, everyone’s experience on the water becomes safer. 

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Your TruDesign Manufacturers Share Great Reasons Why Seafarers Are Crucial for Us 

Raritan Engineering your TruDesign professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why seafarers are good for the world.

Your TruDesign specialists share how the 25th of June has been christened as the ‘Day of the Seafarer’. While the world sits back to enjoy their Sunday, the sea trade carries on – no holidays, no rest! 

This year, the IMO has themed the day as ‘Seafarers Matter’ and for good reason that one might be able to grasp better as this article progresses. Your marine parts for sale distributors gives reasons why they were established in 2010 by a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, the Seafarer’s Day aims to recognise the contribution of seafarers to the economy, trade and regular civil life. 

Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons seafarers matter to the world.

1. The World Trade and Globalization Depend on Seafarers

Shipping is an industry that contributes over 90% to the world economy. There are about 51400 merchant ships plying all over the world, transferring goods between places, keeping the economy running. 

The figure of 90% isn’t an arbitrary figure but rather a ‘precise estimation’ and rightfully so. Your marine parts Canada suppliers discuss why shipping still happens to be the cheapest mode of transport. Some might ignorantly argue about airplanes, trains etc. being equally important.

Seafarers, with their theoretical knowledge of it all combined with their gradual increase in experience, make it all happen.

2. Daily Lives Of People Depends On Seafarers

The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the oil that fuels your automobile- EVERYTHING has been transferred via ships. In fact, most of the products in your vicinity now have probably been on a ship at some point! 

The errors are the exception, the rule is that seafarers always deliver these products in their prime quality and on time and in the process save everybody a great deal of money. If not for a seafarer worth his salt, port delays and dues, claims against cargo and so on would drive up the price to a point where it would not be a viable business. 

Your TruDesign Experts Further Talk About How Great Seafarers Really Are

One must stop to think the level of involvement of every single seafarer out there.

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3. Not Everyone Can Do This Job

As mentioned before, the training is long and academically challenging, with topics ranging from astronomy to engines to law (among many others). However, it is the mental constitution of a seafarer that really sets out the fabric for a career at sea. 

4. Saving Lives At Sea

Instead of getting into technical jargon about SAR and IAMSAR let us for once think about all the recent news about the immigration crisis from war-ridden countries. 

Even recently, the Indian Government carried out a massive evacuation of civilians from a war-torn country, lauded across the world, that involved merchant ships as well.

5. Unrecognized But Unfazed

The layman tends to ask the usual questions (what do you do at sea?!) and assumes that the seafarer earns a great deal of money, paid out to travel the world and live the good life. Your marine products corp professionals share how companies are constantly reducing salaries to make their operations more and more economically viable. Regulations are getting more and more stringent with ever increasing paperwork and therefore, pressure on the Master and his crew. 

With the recent advancements in technology wherein ships are gradually moving towards being unmanned, it could be deemed as a small threat to the seafaring profession. 

It is indeed high time the world woke up to this immense contribution and started appreciating the unknown seafarer a little more. It is high time that companies revisited the salary structures of a seafarer. It is high time that the world realized that Seafarers Matter.

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Your TruDesign Specialists Discusses the Great Potential in Handicapped Racing

Raritan Engineering your TruDesign analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how disabilities don’t stop sailing lovers.

Your TruDesign experts know that the greatest area of growth potential in the sport is handicap racing. Unlike one design classes, which are limited to only the boats made of each type, handicap racing can include all keel boat types. Better yet, since boats became made of fiberglass, they seemingly last forever.

So if there is an interest to get boats on the race course, the mission then is to have events that encourage participation. Your marine parts for sale professionals feel that people need to feel like the racing is fair, and the level of competition meets their level of investment. And of course, it should be fun too.

One of the battles that handicap events face is how to fairly group boats for competition. While certain events may attract the hardcore teams that have made a high investment, all events need to address how to create fleet splits to group boats that can fairly race together.

This issue has gotten increasingly difficult with lighter sport boats mixing with cruiser displacement boats. Your marine parts Canada analysts heard that in a recent Scuttlebutt survey, 74% of the respondents indicated that you must separate these two boat divisions to provide fair racing.

Here were a few comments:

“Sport boats are simply far too different from displacement boats to be in the same fleet. They need their own rating band.”

“I would think that the sport boat sailors would generally be a keener racing crew and would rather race more of the same competition.”

Sailing allows participants to enjoy the freedom of movement and independence – whether it’s a lazy afternoon on an inland lake, mastering the wind in recreational races, or challenging yourself with elite-level competition, sailing offers something for everyone.

Sue Beatty is the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) in Annapolis, Md., a DSUSA Chapter. “We recommend starting with a short classroom session, especially for those who are completely new to sailing,” she said. “We cover a basic set of terms for parts of the boat such as main, jib, rudder, keel, etc. 

“Paraplegics are routinely able to sail the boats once they’ve been assisted aboard,” said Beatty. “Our staff and volunteers assist guests on and off of the boat. That’s where those open and broad decks come in handy. Additionally we use floating docks and tie the boats up very tight when boarding or disembarking so the height of the boat’s sides don’t vary and the boat doesn’t move very much.”

Your TruDesign Professionals Know That Adaptability Is the Key to Not Giving Up

We are proud to be your TruDesign supplier. You can find out more information as well as get assistance on all of your marine supply needs at Raritan Engineering. Your TruDesign specialists know that the boats have two fiberglass seats. Each seat is a single moulded seat and back with two seat belts to safely secure sailors in them. Each seat is mounted on an aluminum bar that allows it to pivot from one side of the boat to the other if desired. Normally they are locked in on one side or the other. There is a small footrest on the support bar as well. Someone who is strapped into one of these seats is both comfortable and very secure.

“Adaptations for disabilities include things like special seating, electric power winches, electric starter motors, talking GPS, roller furling, davit transfer systems (similar to Hoyer), joy stick controls and other innovations sometimes specific to a certain situation,” Ewing said. 

“Others decide that they want to learn everything about sailing and pursue that. The best example is a high quad in Chicago who races in the Chicago to Mackinac race on Lake Michigan, sits in a special seat in the stern of his boat and calls the tactics, sail set and all the decisions for racing his boat. You need the mind, the knowledge and the ability to communicate to be a skipper,” he said.

Competitive & Paralympic Sailing

Paralympic Level Sailing

There are three medal events at the Games. Your marine parts corp experts understand that these are the 2.4mR, SKUD 18 and Sonar classes, featuring one, two and three sailors per boat respectively. Each event consists of a series of up to 11 races – weather permitting.  

“For example, the week before a world championship, we would do training on site at the World Championship site and focus on fine-tuning starting strategies and set up. Whereas six months prior, we would do a camp working on speed, speed set up through sail trim, sail shape and sail trim,” she said. 

Paralympic Classification

The Paralympic sailing classification system is based on three factors – stability, hand function, and mobility. Vision impairments have a separate classification procedure. 

Athletes with vision impairment are placed into one of three competition rating classes, based on their visual acuity and field of vision.

Depending on their visual ability, they compete in sport class 3, 5 or 7, with 7 indicating the highest eligible visual ability.

“We have a lot of quads driving boats, so there is quite a range of disabilities,” Alison said. “In contrast to many of the sports, the amputees don’t just play with the amputees, the blind don’t just play with the blind, the quads don’t play with the quads.”

Equipment and Expenses

“Sailing is not the most inexpensive sport once you own equipment and take into consideration travel and training. However, on a national team, although we don’t have monthly stipends, sailors do get some grant funding and we provide a lot in terms of resources and support for logistics, coaching, shipping and transportation. 

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Your TruDesign Experts Know How to Help You Avoid Those First Timer Mistakes

Raritan Engineering Company your TruDesign professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding great advice for all cruisers. 

Advice for first time cruisers from those who’ve been there!

Is one of your plans this year to spend less time being a land-lover and explore cruising long term? Your TruDesign analysts say, please read what these seasoned cruisers had to say about their advice for first timers.

Your marine parts express experts know that a retired associate professor of Physical Therapy from Florida International University in Miami, Willie has been sailing for more than 40 years with her husband, Mark.

“I suppose one thing I could say would be for the neophyte to learn that there is no rush, that they don’t have to be somewhere so badly that they must risk life and vessel to make a deadline.”

Stephen has cruised for more than 30 years. Your seacocks experts know that he is currently in Atlanta, Georgia, between boats, and prepping for a return to The Bahamas.

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“If you are sailing as a couple find your own area/s of competence. This will help you to keep the peace on your boat.

Your marine head unit specialists feel that Paola learned to sail in dinghies as an adult before her first trip on a cruiser from Poole to Cherbourg at the age of 35. Not put off by the cold overnight Channel crossing, she then sailed with her husband between the UK and Spain over a period of few months before deciding to give up work and home and move permanently onto their Bavaria 37.

The couple sailed from Cowes to Buenos Aires and back over a period of five years. They are now back in the UK living on land, but still spend holidays sailing to Europe.

“Keep it small and simple”

“Simplicity – Avoid electrics and electronics wherever possible. This will save you money too. Install wind vane self steering – equivalent to an additional crew member and all for free.”

Your marine cylinder heads professionals know that his book, Last Voyages, describes the lives, sailing careers and final voyages of some of the world’s finest sailors who were lost at sea was published in January 2017.

Kieran is the editor of Yachting Monthly. He has been sailing for about 30 years and owns an small, elderly and slightly grubby plastic sloop.

“Consider carefully what you wish for since the reality can be both the fulfillment of a dream and the ultimate nightmare, but if you feel you have the skill, resilience and determination then there is no better way of life – so just do it.”

“Don’t be over reliant on technology, use traditional astro navigational skills as well. A wind vane steering system and a well balanced sail plan will take you around the world for free – power hungry technology can lead you into a state of electro- mechanical stress.”

You’re ready to slip the lines, the engine’s ticking, life jackets are on, and breakables are stowed, but are you really…

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Your TruDesign Analysts Are Always Looking Out for Your Safety 

Raritan Engineering Company would like to share with you this week information regarding life jackets.

Rule one: Wear a personal flotation device (PFD).

Rule two: Wear the right PFD for your on-the-water activity.

Rule three: Know what to do when your PFD prevents your rescue or self-rescue.

Testing any sailing equipment entails a high degree of responsibility, but this is especially true of safety equipment. A tragic accident off the coast of Costa Rica this week called to mind an important study that Practical Sailor did in March of 2013 on the trouble that life jackets can pose to sailors in the event of a capsize. 

In the tense video footage captured by an American tourist we see exactly how it can happen. The added buoyancy of the jacket inhibits the camera person’s ability to dive under and get free of the hull and superstructure of the tour boat (a power catamaran, in this case). 

Your TruDesign Experts Help You Make the Right Choice About Personal Floatation Devices

Your TruDesign specialists know that the decision about what type of personal floatation device (PFD) to wear is not straightforward. It involves a careful risk assessment by you, the sailor. This is to say that the following guidance I offer should not be regarded as a one-size-fits all advice. 

  1. If you are using an auto-inflating personal flotation device, think hard about the benefit versus risk of disabling the auto-inflate feature, so that it will only inflate manually (not all infalatable PFDs allow this). 
  2. For coastal sailing in small boats (or even larger cruisers that operate within a few miles of shore in protected waters) consider opting for a “sport” PFD or a manual inflating PFD, instead of an auto-inflating PFD. The buoyancy in the auto-inflating PFDs is tremendous, too much to escape from under even a small boat.

Keep in mind, the risk of your PFD being a problem are extremely low and the benefits of wearing one far outweight the benefits of going without. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of how things can go wrong, and to understand the subtle differences in life jackets that can make a difference. 

“In other sports, participants recognize how essential gear can become a hazard, and they are trained how to respond in that event. Scuba diving courses teach beginners how to don and doff their tanks and buoyancy compensators.

“One of the most important observations made during this initial round of our testing was how important it is to practice bleeding air from the PFD bladders.

Visit us at http://raritaneng.com/category-pages/trudesign-products/ and see how Raritan Engineering always has more information regarding TruDesign fittings. 

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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.

Weather

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.

Visiting

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

You can find more information on marine products as well as get assistance on marine head units at Raritan Engineering.

• 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.

Beginner Beaches

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.

Local knowledge

• 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.

Raritan Engineering has more information on marine head units and TruDesign fittings.

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