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

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

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

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

Key West

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

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

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

Your Electric Toilets Experts Show You the Best Options to Enjoy the Heat

You can find more information as well as get assistance on boat toilets and on the best ideas to keep warm during those winter months at Raritan Engineering.

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

Tampa Bay

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

South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale

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


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

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

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

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Your Marine Hot Water Heaters Analysts Discuss All That’s New

Raritan Engineering Company would like to share with you this week information on marine hot water heaters and on keeping up to date on new sailing rules.

Every four years, on New Year’s Day of the year following the Olympic regatta, revised racing rules published by World Sailing take effect. This is the first of a series of articles covering important changes for 2017. 


When a boat is sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled, she shall be exonerated if, in an incident with a boat required to give her that room or mark-room, (a) she breaks a rule of Section A, rule 15 or rule 16, or (b) she is compelled to break rule 31.

Revised Rule 21 will apply whenever a boat is “sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled.” In the 2013-2016 edition of the rulebook, Rule 21 applies only if the rule entitling a boat to room or mark-room is a rule of Section C. Two rules require a boat to give another boat mark-room: Rule 18.2 and Rule 18.3, both in Section C. 

Your Marine Hot Water Heaters Professionals Want You to Avoid Being Disqualified

Your marine hot water heaters experts know that to see why the revised Rule 21 is a fairer rule, consider the common situation shown in Diagram A, which shows Tom and Jerry sailing on a run, spinnakers set. Tom overtook Jerry from clear astern, so Jerry may sail above his proper course (see Rule 17). 

Under the old rules, Tom would be disqualified for breaking Rule 11, but under revised Rule 21, Tom would be exonerated because, while responding promptly in a seamanlike way to Jerry’s luff, Tom was “sailing within the room to which he was entitled.” 

19.1 When Rule 19 Applies

Rule 19 applies between two boats at an obstruction except…(b) when rule 18 applies between the boats and the obstruction is another boat overlapped with each of them.

Rule 19.1(b) is a new rule for 2017. Since 2009, there have been two separate and different rules for passing marks and obstructions: Rule 18 for marks and Rule 19 for obstructions. Those two rules worked well for about five years, but in 2014, competitors and judges began to notice and publicize a problem that occurred when both Rule 18 and Rule 19 applied at the same time. 

To understand the problem, we need to study how the rules apply to the incident shown in Diagram B. In light wind, three Lasers are overlapped on port tack, approaching a leeward mark to be left to port. 

We had been applying Rule 18.2(b)’s first sentence to the incident, and we had overlooked the fact that Rule 19.2 also applied at Position 2. Rule 18.2(b) requires Otto to give both Mitch and Ina mark-room. 

So you can understand the need for the new Rule 19.1(b), assume that at Position 2, it becomes clear to Mitch and Ina that if Otto continues on his current course, he will not give Mitch and Ina enough space for both of them to round the mark without contact occurring between them or between Ina and the mark. 

Rule 19.2(b) is not required, nor was it ever intended, to apply in this situation. It only complicates the analysis. Because Rule 18 applies and Otto (the obstruction) is a boat overlapped with both Mitch and Ina, new Rule 19.1(b) will “switch off” Rule 19.2(b), leaving only Rule 18.2 to handle the rounding. 

The bottom line is this: If you, like almost everyone else, had not noticed the problem Rule 19.2(b) causes in the situation involving Otto, Mitch and Ina, know that new Rule 19.1(b) will allow you to continue rounding leeward marks just as you have been doing since 2009. Just keep doing what you have been doing, and all will be well.

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Your Boat Toilets Experts Keep You On Course With Autopilot Benefits

Raritan Engineering Company your boat toilets specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding autopilot effectiveness.

Your boat toilets analysts and initiatives-Coeur skipper Tanguy de Lamotte trims his sails while his B&G H3000 autopilot keeps him on course.

In IMOCA 60 racing, singlehanded sailors often rely on their autopilots to drive, and in the Vendée Globe, they can be the singlehander’s best friend or worst enemy.

“The pilot needs to drive the boat reliably through a full range of conditions,” says naval architect Jesse Naimark-Rowse, electronics engineer for Osprey Technical, which outfits Vendée Globe contenders such as Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss.

Cutting-edge systems such as NKE’s Processor HR autopilot rely on wind sensors with fast sample rates and solid-state 3-D sensors, in addition to conventional inputs, such as rudder angle. “Our processor samples heel, pitch and roll at 25 hertz,” says Bob Congdon, NKE’s technical consultant.

However, autopilots can’t see or anticipate windshifts or off-­kilter waves and react ahead of time like a human helmsman. “From my experience in waves, particularly upwind slamming, the pilot struggles to match a good helmsman,” says Naimark-Rowse.

Congdon agrees. “Any condition that’s difficult for a human is hard for a computer,” he says, noting that NKE incorporated two new modes — Gust mode and Surf mode — in the Processor HR to help the autopilot compensate.

Congdon says modern autopilots “use less power because their steering algorithms are so sophisticated, [they] don’t have to overcorrect.”

Any Vendée veteran will confirm the critical role the autopilot plays in the race. “Most Vendée skippers are hardly hand-steering these days,” says Naimark-Rowse. “The reliability of the pilots has come a long way in the past 10 years, and it only continues to improve.”  ven with the best autopilot or the best helmsman driving.”

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Like a brain and its neurons, the nke marine autopilot functions through a series of connected parts.

What autopilots do best

Autopilots do a great job of holding a steady course in light to moderate conditions with minimal helm movements. They don’t get tired like their human counterparts and have an infinite attention span.

How they work

Autopilots all include three main components: a heading sensor that is usually a fluxgate compass, a central processing unit (aCourse Computer) that is the “brain” of the autopilot, and a drive unit, a motor or hydraulic pump that applies force to your boat’s rudder.

Operation is simple: you put the vessel on the desired heading, hold the course for a few seconds, press AUTO, and release the helm. The autopilot will lock the course in memory, and will respond with helm corrections to keep your boat on this course.

Lowrance Outboard Pilot for a boat with rotary mechanical steering. Shown are the course computer, GPS receiver and drive unit, which replaces the boat’s rotary helm.

When autopilots have trouble steering

Here’s a basic rule: If you have a hard time holding a course, your autopilot will too. Unlike a windvane (a stern-mounted mechanical self-steerer used on cruising sailboats), autopilots work harder as seas build and wind gets stronger. Eventually, the limits of the pilot’s power output are reached, and the device gets overwhelmed.

When cockpit autopilots fail

Over the years we’ve learned quite a bit about what works and why things fail. By sharing this information with you, we hope you can avoid the inconvenience of autopilot failure.

When their autopilots need repair, and they will need repair eventually, our customers find themselves in a location where it is difficult or impossible to get the unit serviced.

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It’s All In Your HEAD…

Marine Heads by Raritan Engineering That Is…


Do You Have Lack of Fresh Water & Foul Odors 
We have all talked about it, read about it in Boating Magazines and Forums and heard it from the “Lady Skipper“, the lack of having a holding tank on our boats to use for flushing the toilets. Well the solution to this albatross can be found from Raritan Engineering and amazingly it has been available for over 6 years.

Let’s start with the “Lack of Fresh Water”
Most Pleasure Boats and Sail Boats lack the holding tank size to carry enough fresh water to accommodate all of the needs of a weekend of boating or a weeks’ worth for that matter, so for the most part raw sea water is used to flush and rinse the heads. 

Using raw sea water creates the foul odors from the micro-organism that live in the water. Raw sea water that remains in the toilet rim and within the hoses for extended periods are not an environment where those organisms can live so they die off causing offensive odors. Raw sea water that remains in the toilet rim and within the hoses for extended periods are not an environment where those organisms can live so they die off causing offensive odors. 

SeaFresh by Raritan Engineering solves both of those issues by utilizing a patented system that allows the user to easily switch between either raw sea water or onboard fresh water.

Why would I want to be able to switch between the two?
Fresh water helps eliminate common odors associated with raw water/salt water flushing. When using outside water the organisms get into the rim of the bowl and die causing a very strong rotten egg smell when the toilet is first flushed. 

You will often notice black specs that come down in the bowl as well. The idealsituation is to flush with plentiful outside water while using the boat and then switch over to fresh and flush the lines before leaving the boat for an extended period.

But then if using Fresh Water eliminates Odors, why not just use Fresh Water all the time?
For many boaters carrying enough water on board to flush the toilets is not practical. By utilizing the SeaFresh system you can flush with the raw water while out for the day or weekend and then switch over to fresh to simply clear the lines prior to leaving this greatly reduces the amount of Fresh water wasted on toilet flushing while eliminating the problems associated with raw water flushing.

Won’t my Fresh Water system be compromised with also using Raw Sea Water?
Absolutely NOT, SeaFresh by Raritan Engineering has a built-in Check valve system that prevents raw water from backing up into the Freshwater system.

Marine Sanitation Devices by Raritan Engineering
Marine Sanitation Devices by Raritan Engineering

The SeaFresh is available on all Atlantes,Marine Elegance and the SeaEra QC models. All of these product models include a switch that you simply switch to Sea or fresh depending on how you want to flush.

Also available is the Smart Toilet Control (STC) by Raritan Engineering. Smart Toilet Control (STC) is a controller for flushing toilet to optimize water use without compromising the quality of flush. Control consists of a controller, panel and 7′ of cable. STC is designed to automatically start a flushing cycle if normal or water saver buttons are pressed.

Currently, SeaFresh is an option choice for our Atlantes Freedom, Marine Elegance and the SeaEra QC, when ordering a new toilet on our website. 

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Your Ball Valves Specialists Know the Threat of Disease Always Lingers When You’re Tropical Sailing 

Raritan Engineering Company your ball valves professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to protect your health while tropical sailing.

Your ball valves experts know that tropical sailing means diseases, and the past decade has seen a grip of new threats facing anyone who spends their life next to the water. As of last week, there’s a new one. According to theScience Daily, scientists at the University of Florida have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean nation.

it’s called “Mayaro virus”, and has similar effects of Chikungaya, only worse. Your ball valve weight chart analysts know that with the world’s attention on stopping the Zika epidemic, “the finding of yet another mosquito-borne virus which may be starting to circulate in the Caribbean is of concern,” said Glenn Morris, director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute. 

When we started our voyage in 1984 little did we realize that our lifestyle was suddenly to be much more healthful than living a sedentary life in Europe or in the USA! In the last 2 years, we have become more and more involved in our own health and decided to take some easy steps to insure a long cruising life … in good health! 

Your marine sanitation specialists know that the diver looks at her and tells her that now that he is in his 80’ he doesn’t clean as many boats in a week either! Part of our health is related to the physical activities we have in our daily life.People working in a office from 8-to-5 have so little physical activities as they sit most of their day … in front of a desk, in the car, in front of TV.

Your Ball Valves Analysts Recommend Sun Exposure to Boost Your Immune System

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We don’t spend 8-hour days under fluorescent lights or other artificial lights but spend plenty of time in nice sunshine that helps our body produce vitamin D … Your 2 full port ball valve professionals say that contrary to what we often hear about staying away from the sun, now sciences shows that to expose our body for a limited time each day to the sun, is actually very beneficial to our health! 

In cities, we get exposed to electric radiations (domestic power and power lines), microwaves from mobile phones and ovens,, and plenty more waves from remote controls, electronic sensors, micro-transmitters, TV, phone and more. Luckily for us cruisers, we get exposed to lot less of these waves in remote anchorages and at sea. DC is less toxic than AC too. 

Coconut water is so healthy! Your 3 way ball valve experts understand that we are always happy to trade in the islands for coconut water, coconut meat, young coconut sweet meat … Unless we only eat pre-packaged food (frozen foods, canned food, … ) adulterated with pesticides and chemicals or genetically modified to please consumers in 1st world nations, we will eat much healthier foods while cruising around the world.

Modern life stress is generally absent as we experience freedom and great pleasure in meeting diverse cultures and so many nice people both ashore and as fellow cruisers. But we have to make sure the sailing life style does not create it’s own stress. 

So don’t forget these helpful tips on how to protect your health while tropical sailing. 1) Have a good exercise routine in action before going sailing;  2) sun exposure will boost your immune system;  and 3) don’t underestimate the benefit of drinking coconut water.

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Your Marine Sanitation Experts Say Starting Out In a Dinghy Will Make Your Sailing Future Easier

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to successfully sail your first dinghy.

Picture this: You’re 16 years old and it’s time to take driving lessons before you can get your license. Your dad pulls up in the driveway in a big 18-wheeler truck. “OK son, let’s start with parallel parking,” he says. Ridiculous?

Your marine sanitation professionals know that I think we can all agree that this new driver would be best served by learning first in a small car. Well, the same principles apply in learning to sail.

As adults, big, beautiful sailboats hold an allure for many of us, but by starting out in a dinghy you will be doing yourself a big favor in the future. There will always be lessons to learn as you move from one boat to another, but the basics remain the same. 

For a child, learning to sail in a dinghy seems natural. Once you’re an adult, though, a fear of stepping into a tippy and unstable vessel often surfaces. We see no other end result than our winding up in the drink! For this reason, many people opt for a larger, seemingly more forgiving big boat to learn on. 

You might ask, “Isn’t this a good thing? Won’t there be more time for me to react?” If you really want to learn how to sail, the answer is no. On a larger boat, with the reaction to any of your actions taking longer to happen, you are not reinforcing the correct maneuvers you should be making in a timely manner.

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The worst and ultimate consequence in a dinghy is that you tip over. Is getting wet so bad? Tipping over and learning to right your boat again are all part of an important learning process and can even be fun. In my years of teaching sailing, “dumping-practice” day always started out with a bunch of apprehensive adults, only to wind up later with a group of reborn, exhilarated “kids.”

Taking a structured learn-to-sail program will always be your best bet. Instructors can quickly guide you in learning the ropes most efficiently. Learning in a group can be an extremely fun experience and a wonderful social event where you’re bound to make new friends.

So don’t forget these helpful tips on how to successfully sail your first dinghy. 1) Starting out in a dinghy you will be doing yourself a big favor in the future;  2) start young, because for a child, learning to sail in a dinghy seems natural;  and 3) think about taking a structured learn-to-sail program.

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Your Macerating Pump Professionals Stress the Need to Exercise Caution

Raritan Engineering Company wants to keep you informed this week about macerating pump and how to avoid pirates.
Boats sailing in convoy across the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden held a tight formation. A low-power handheld was the communication tool of choice.

We, the crews of all 27 yachts heading westward off the coast of Yemen, watched with dread as a large, rusty fishing boat slowly revealed itself in the morning mist. 

Our convoy was sailing in tight military formation and pressed on despite our nervousness. The tension was thick. We’d tracked the shabby vessel that lay ahead on our radars with much discussion and speculation. 

Just as we were close enough to smell its rotting fish, we heard a roar. A large, powerful skiff appeared around its transom and careened directly at us at high speed. For a moment, our formation held. 

“He’s right next to me!” screamed a woman on the VHF. “This must not be allowed to happen. I need support right now! Now, goddamn it!”

“Welcome to yachting, Gulf of Aden style,” I said in response.
Everyone who circumnavigates must either sail the Red Sea or around the southern tip of Africa.

It was strictly a Corinthian affair, so there was no cost to anyone. There were, of course, some ground rules. Participants had to be able to do five knots through the water and to be able to carry enough fuel for the full 650-mile run. Radar reflectors and masthead running lights were prohibited, and only dim, deck-level lights were allowed.

Since we knew pirates might be equipped with radars, radios, and other gadgets, we didn’t use our regular boat names; instead, we adopted military-sounding ones: I was “Eagle Three,” and my German friend. Horst, on the Island Packet 38 Pacific Star, was now called “Merlin Lead.” All told, we represented 17 countries, almost a floating United Nations.
Tom decided we’d convoy in groups of six, with two lines of vessels arranged three abreast. 

A convoy boat lost power three times during the passage. Tom would then call for us to “loiter,” and the entire fleet would stop, more or less in formation, for 10 minutes for the mechanical problem to be sorted out. 

Your Macerating Pump Experts Recommend Having a Good Mechanic On Board

Luckily, we had light weather the entire way. Your macerating pump specialists know that if we’d encountered a major storm, it was agreed that we’d go our separate ways and reconverge at our next waypoint, knowing that pirate activity would be low because of the weather: Somali pirates generally don’t attack in winds greater than 25 knots.

Pirate attacks against large commercial vessels are a daily occurrence in this area; some days, multiple attacks occur within 100 miles of Aden. Luckily, small sailboats aren’t the preferred targets of the Somalis. 

Only the Russian coalition forces bragged to me-they’d been drinking at the Oasis Club in Salalah-that they’d slid up alongside a nonplussed pirate boat, lifted it up via their deck crane while still full of pirates, and carried them both, boat and crew, back to cold, cold Siberia.

Each of our convoy members kept a sharp lookout, visually and on radar, for approaching vessels. If any were sighted, the entire group was immediately given a heads up with bearing and distance. 

Each group would then huddle, with the wing vessels moving in closer to the group leader and the second line squeezing up forward between them.

In my opinion the most important ingredient for a successful convoy is the character of its leader. We were lucky to have Tom Sampson’s steady hand at our helm. 

There were, of course, a number of times when tensions flared, which is understandable when transiting pirate-prone waters. But for every act of individual selfishness, there was a collective act of selflessness. 

The result was 27 vessels arriving in Aden safely and free of any pirate engagement. We were all extremely grateful for our safe passage. It could’ve easily gone the other way, as it had for the traumatized crew of Rockall, who were captured and held for 52 days. 

So, a few days after our safe arrival, many of us gathered on the foredeck of our boat, Wild Card, which was anchored in almost the exact location where the attack on the USS Cole took place. We were there to honor the 17 young Americans killed in October 2000. We poured our prayers, our flowers, and our love into the harbor waters, as well as a tot of rum for each lost sailor.

“Peace,” we muttered sadly from the deck of an American yacht in the waters off the war-torn Arabian Peninsula.

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Your TruDesign Analysts Help You to Face the Most Physically Demanding Situations While Sailing 

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 #1 tips for getting fit for sailing. 

Your TruDesign experts know that on October 11, seven teams will depart from Alicante, Spain on 65-foot carbon fiber yachts, the start of the most grueling sailing race on the planet — 38,739 nautical miles around the world.  

In its 41-year history, the race has claimed the lives of five sailors, and injured dozens. The 2014-15 edition promises to be the most physically demanding yet.  

Teams have responded by implementing rigorous strength training programs prior to their arrival in Spain. We sat down with three of them to find out their training philosophy.

The Team: Brunel (Holland)

The Strategy: Hit the Gym, Get Big

Team Brunel came together in spring 2014 and immediately made dry-land training and gym workouts a priority. “We have been in the gym every morning for the past five months,” says skipper Bouwe Bekking. 

Your TruDesign Professionals Understand How Important It Is to Make Workouts a Priority

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The Team:  SCA

The Strategy: Interval Training

Your TruDesign analysts know that as the only all-female entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 (and the first all-women’s entry since 2001-02), Team SCA is determined not to let the physicality of the race work to their disadvantage. To help even the playing field, they are permitted to use an 11-women crew, compared to all the other eight-man crews. Even so, they started their dry-land training in summer 2013, the earliest of any team. 

The Team: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The Strategy: Avoid Injury

The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team started their formal workouts six moths ago, using a mix of sailing and dry-land training in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal just west of Lisbon. According to the team’s sports science manager Pete Cunningham, the focus of their workouts was not only strength and fitness, but also injury prevention. 

Cardio sessions lasted 90 minutes, up to four per week, including running, rowing, and a Sunday team bike ride. In the four weeks immediately before the race, the team has been tapering. “The crew reached a fitness level we were happy with, and now we are concentrating on maintaining this level,” says Harmer.

So don’t forget these amazing tips for remaining physically fit for all sailing situations that could come up. 1) The first strategy to use is interval training;  2) the second strategy to use is to avoid injury;  and 3) and the third strategy is to hit the gym and get big.

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Your Seacock Specialists Have the Best Polishing Tips Around

So let’s say you’ve now decided to upgrade to a power buffer. There are a number of units from manufacturers such as 3M, Makita, and Shurhold, and the most popular models have common features. First up is orbital operation.  

The second key feature to look for in a buffer is variable speed. You need different rpm or speed settings for different types of tasks. 

He starts a project by washing down the boat with a dish detergent like Dawn to remove any oil and scum. For tougher stains, he uses On & Off Hull & Bottom Cleaner. 

Fear of Wet Sanding

So you’ve applied two coats of compound and you’re still not happy with how your boat looks? It may need to be wet sanded. Relax, this is not as scary as it sounds. Working by hand, use quality sandpaper like 3M’s Imperial 2000-grit product, keep it wet, and work in small areas to remove scratches. 

Your Seacocks Experts Want to Remind Us to Get the Right Materials for the Job

Your seacocks analysts know that the next step, he says, absolutely calls for the right materials. Plain wax does not restore faded gelcoat. It is a UV protectant that will look good for a couple of weeks. Instead, Hilton likes Presta Strata Ultra Cutting Crème, which is a compound and polish in one.

In any case, Hilton says when you start working, do so in a small area. Applying compound with a rag to the whole boat and then buffing it out is the wrong approach. 

Hilton applies his polish with a 1-inch paintbrush in three horizontal strips in a 1- by 3-foot area. He then goes to work with a wool pad on a slower speed setting on his buffer.

A wool pad should be used for more oxidized surfaces, according to Hilton, and a foam pad works for less faded surfaces. 

Swirling is a bigger issue than burning your gelcoat, Hilton says. “You have to be laying on a spot for a really long time to burn it,” he says. To avoid swirls, he adds, clean your buffing pad regularly. 

Take your time, use the right equipment and material, and you’ll take the intimidation out of making your boat look great.

So don’t forget these helpful reminders when trying to buff your hull. 1) Make sure you do your homework before buying a hull buffer;  2) wet sanding is not as scary or as difficult as it sounds;  3) and a wool pad should be used for more oxidized surfaces, while a foam pad works for less faded ones.

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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?

The Challenges:

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.

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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:

-Environmental activism

-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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