Marine Hardware Professionals Share the Benefits of Building Your Boat With Carbon Fiber

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how carbon fiber takes boat building to the next level.

Your marine hardware professionals know that like the word stealth, carbon fiber has crept into our modern language, and you’ll find its distinctive black diamond pattern on everything from clipboards to refrigerators.

Your marine hardware catalog experts understand that fiberglass was once heralded as the miracle material for boats, and it did, indeed, take a bite out of wooden-boat construction. Though it revolutionized boat construction, it didn’t quite prove to be the no-maintenance material originally promised (laughter in the wings), but it was a major step forward.

Well, the absolute definitive answer is yes — and no. Carbon fiber has some wonderful properties, but it also brings higher costs and a few downsides.

In the mold, Carbon Marine replaces typical fiberglass matting with woven carbon filaments.

The Carbon Upsides

Your marine hardware stores specialists know that fiberglass is a composite made from strands of glass that are woven into fabrics and reinforced with resin to create hulls and decks. Carbon fiber simply replaces those glass strands with filaments of carbon.

Why carbon fiber? This is a three-word answer: lighter, stronger, stiffer. These are the qualities that have endeared carbon fiber to the aerospace, automotive and military industries. Here’s a breakdown of those attributes.

Lighter: In simple terms, if you can build an object in carbon fiber — whether a boat, car or airplane — that is lighter than a similar object in fiberglass, you’ll get more speed and better fuel efficiency.


Carbon fiber has a strength-to-weight ratio about twice that of typical fiberglass.

Stronger: Carbon fiber is stronger than fiberglass, so it adds extra strength to the equation, which is why the driver of the first McLaren carbon-fiber Formula One race car walked away from a major crash when the car’s surrounding “tub” saved him.

If you build a boat that is lighter with equal strength, you’ll spend less time at the gas dock and more time fishing or doing whatever it is you like to do while boating.


Carbon fiber has a stiffness about six times that of E-glass, so it won’t flex or warp.

Stiffer: Stiffness is the last trait of carbon fiber, which has a modulus of stiffness about six times that of E-glass, an upgraded fiberglass used in boatbuilding.

Taco Marine launched a new line of carbon-fiber sport-fishing outriggers, which promptly won an Innovation Award at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. Product development manager Jose Chao notes there was a learning process to take advantage of the material, but he adds: “Carbon fiber outriggers are an easy choice — they’re lighter, stiffer and stronger.

If you build a boat that is lighter with equal strength, you’ll spend less time at the gas dock and more time fishing or doing whatever it is you like to do while boating.

The Downsides

Your marine door hardware professionals understand that every silver lining has a dark cloud, and carbon fiber has a few, the first being higher cost. One manufacturer estimated the price of commercial-grade carbon-fiber composites to range from $5 to $20 per pound, depending on the variables, while fiberglass ran from $1.50 to $3.

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Do you need that extra cost? For a Formula One car, speed is measured in ounces saved, so it clearly makes sense — for a boat to take your family on an afternoon outing, perhaps not so much.

Your marine water heater analysts know that carbon fiber is also fairly inflexible, which makes it unsuitable for products that need to flex such as skis and helicopter blades. Baseball bats and boat bottoms are another thing, however, and you want these to be rigid.

It’s an issue also faced with steel yachts, so it’s easily manageable, and the American Boat and Yacht Council addresses carbon fiber in a technical bulletin (E-11) that essentially says to insulate anything that has power coming or going.

Communication is another thing. While fiberglass is transparent to wireless signals, carbon fiber (like steel and aluminum) can reduce a Wi-Fi signal by up to 95 percent, according to Raymarine, which suggests taking care to separate electronics from carbon fiber by at least 4 inches to eliminate any ground effect that would inhibit the signals.

So there you have a look at carbon fiber. With it, you’ll get a boat that is faster, more economical, stiffer and lighter, plus has a better cruising range.

High Points

*Drop-dead gorgeous from the carbon fiber visible in the hull and console, plus the silver shavings in the gelcoat that added sparkle.

*Grab rails are everywhere for safety, along with padded coamings, bolstered seats and SeaDek flooring for comfort underfoot.

*Incredibly fuel-efficient — even flat out, it gets better than 1 mpg.

*Super-strong Armstrong outboard bracket is perfectly braced on the transom.

Low Points

*Trim tabs are too high for good “bite.” (The builder is moving them.)

*Expensive, although much of the price is the $100,000 Seven Marine outboard.

Cars, Planes and Boats

Carbon fiber is not new to performance vehicles. Check out some of its uses in other forms of exotic transportation.

Cars: Carbon fiber has been used in exotic cars since 1981 when McLaren built the first carbon-fiber Formula One racer that rendered the competition obsolete.

Planes: Boeing bet its company on carbon fiber when it built the 787 Dreamliner that uses 77,000 pounds in the fuselage and tail.

Boats: When the American Oracle team won the America’s Cup in San Francisco, it introduced the sailing world to carbon fiber.

So don’t forget these helpful pointers when deciding if you want to build your next boat out of carbon fiber. 1) Carbon fiber is lighter, stronger and stiffer;  2) carbon fiber is not cheap;  and 3) carbon fiber isn’t new and is being used everywhere.

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TruDesign Composite Fittings

Raritan Engineering is proud to be the exclusive distributor of  Tru-Design composite fittings for the United States. Tru-Design specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality marine valves, skin fittings, hose nozzles and associated products.

All products are made out of the latest high impact resistant composite plastic materials designed to meet the demands of the modern boating industry and conform to rigid ISO Marine Standards.

TruDesign History

Established in 1974, they are an ISO 9001 company with over 30 years of experience in design tooling and manufacture of injection molded engineering plastics. Tru Design is well positioned to take products from design concept through tooling and into molded production, assembly, testing then product approval and dispatch. The marine range was developed as a result of the growing concern and regulation of untreated sewage being discharged from marine vessels. The multi-port diverting valve (Aquavalve®) was developed along with associated skin fittings and vented loops to allow commercial and recreational craft to comply with the new regulations. The marine range has grown significantly to include the electronic diverting valve (Electronic Aquavalve®) and a comprehensive ball valve range that includes electronic monitoring of the ball valve position.

Tru Design has a continuous product development program with new designs being introduced each year.

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Your Marine Hardware Experts Know the Importance of Keeping Intruders Away

Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the best way to keep your boat secure.

Your marine hardware professionals know that open hatches, absent owners, and expensive electronics can all make your boat vulnerable to thieves. Luckily, there are a myriad of products now available to stave off intruders.

My first boat security system cost around 10 bucks. It came from RadioShack and wasn’t just for boats. Two little components were fastened to my hatch and hatch frame with sticky tape. 

Types Of Systems

Simplistically put, notification of alarm events can be at three different levels.

  • Local alarm only: alerts those onboard or on a nearby pier that there’s an alarm event.
  • Remote communication: alerts a distant owner or monitoring center via cell phone or satellite, using text, voice, or email.
  • Interactive: systems that allow owner to effect responses.

The last two require an appropriate communications capability on your boat — either cellular or other Internet access device, and/or a satellite communications device. These may be a part of the system you purchase. 

Types Of Sensors

Systems can utilize multiple sensors, depending on what you wish to monitor and how much you’re willing to pay. The sensor is the device that detects an alarm event, then communicates via the system to a local alarm or monitoring service or owner.

We’re all familiar with high-water, fire, and intrusion sensors. But even these have different levels of sophistication. For example, there are sensors not just for high water but also for irregular bilge-pump cycles, which would indicate future flooding.

The information “sensed” must be effectively communicated. Do you want just a bilge alarm that sets off a horn so that those at the dock know you’ve got a problem, or do you want it to let you know even if you’re on another continent? 

Talking Back

When you can respond to your boat, you can do things such as turn on floodlights. This is handy for scaring off boarders and also handy when you’re going to arrive at the marina after dark.

Some Sample Options

The following examples may help determine what is appropriate for you. Product options and prices change frequently. There are additional choices not represented here. Be sure that your product will have stable and long-term support. Get it in writing.

The Classic

Keypad, wireless, 2 door/hatch sensors, 4 programmable zones for up to 24 sensors. Remote-control key fob. 110-dB siren built into control panel. 12-volt, backup batteries included. Basic system sounds an intruder alarm; no remote capability.

Basic Phone-Based Two-Way Connection

The GSM Marine Guardian 

Wireless, GSM antenna, sensors for water level and power loss; additional sensors available. Remote-control key fob.

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Capabilities: Basic system sends an alert to your cell phone for high water or lost power; can reach you as long as it has cell phone service; alerts can be sent to 3 phone contacts; can disarm, update, view event history and status via Internet.

The Tricked Out Solution

Tracking, Geo-Fence, wireless sensors, and relays. Wireless key fob arm/disarm and relay control. Geo-Fence and full system arm/disarm from website, and global-relay control. 

Before You Buy

Your marine hardware specialists know that once you’ve decided what you want to know and how you want to be notified, it’s important to consider how the systems work on your boat. Quality is always important, but particularly so in a marine environment. 

Other issues include attention to details of sensitivity. Motion sensors within a cabin can be helpful, but not if they’re going to pick up a curtain swaying as the boat moves. And most boats at one point or another may pick up a cockroach or two, or a rodent. A motion sensor must be oriented and programmed to sense only alarm events, not normal boating occurrences.

Do Your Homework

To learn more about specific products, use a search engine such as Google and enter “boat security systems” and similar terms. You’ll be amazed at the choices and range of prices..

For peace of mind knowing that your boat is safely located in its slip, the technology is now here to monitor your boat from afar. If you decide to take advantage of that technology, you can tailor it almost precisely to your needs. 

So don’t forget these helpful pointers when securing your boat from intruders. 1) You have a wide variety of options at your disposal, so do your research;  2) always go for quality, instead of just price;  and 3) ask the right questions when making your purchase.

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Your Marine Hardware Specialists Know That You Love Speed 

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

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

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

7 Up

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

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

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

Building a Seven Marine Outboard

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

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

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

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

Some Assembly Required

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Big Idea

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Electric Toilets Analysts Will Turn You Into a Master Fisherman 

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

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

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

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

1. The Right Boat

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

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

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

2. Rig for Success

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

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

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

3. Do Your Homework

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

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

4. Baited Question

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

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

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

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

5. Fish a Spread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Marine Toilet Specialists Know the Importance of Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine toilet analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to save lives by choosing the right fume detectors. 

Your marine toilet experts understand that having one or more sources of fuel on board presents a potential danger, especially if you are unaware of leaks or vapor accumulation. Fuel can include gas, diesel and gas burning appliances for cooking or heating.

Your toilets for boats specialists know that many boaters have some serious misconceptions about fuel fumes in the bilge or engine compartment. One is that the engine blower will eliminate dangerous fuel vapors prior to starting a gasoline engine. 

Your macerating toilet experts know that on a typical enclosed boat you should have detectors and associated alarms that alert you to the presence of CO, fumes (including fuel, solvents gasses and others) and smoke.  This normally means that you need more than one type of detector. You may even need more than one of the same type of detector.  For example, a smoke detector in an airtight engine space won’t help you with a galley fire. 

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Your Marine Toilet Professionals Show You How to Buy the Right Detectors

The good news is that some detectors will detect more than one type of problem. For example, your portable boat toilets professionals know that some fuel vapor detectors will not only detect gas fuel vapors, they may be able to detect other combustible vapors such as cooking fuels, hydrogen, solvents, and certain cleaning compounds. 

What you get for your boat depends on your boat, its systems, its layouts and many other factors. And even if you feel entirely confident of your boat (and you shouldn’t) keep in mind that other boats in the marina or at the anchorage may be emitting, for example, CO, which is entering your boat through its vents or ports. With all this in mind, check the specifications for the detectors you buy to be sure that you’re well covered. Different detectors perform differently. 

The Effects of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) needs special mention. It can overcome a person quickly it can be fatal in just minutes-see the chart below. Your porta potties for boats analysts know that the most prevalent source of CO is exhaust from gasoline engines and generators.

Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, the installation of CO detectors aboard all recreational boats is recommended. The American Boat and Yacht Council now requires all new boats with gasoline inboards or generators to have a CO detector installed.

So don’t forget these helpful pointers when making the decision to buy your next carbon monoxide detector. 1) Having one or more sources of fuel on board presents a potential danger;  2) there is good news is that some detectors will detect more than one type of problem;  and 3) carbon monoxide can overcome a person quickly and can be fatal in just minutes.

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 Electric Marine Toilets

These electric toilets for boats can be switched to manual operation anytime. Instead of the ordinary vertical piston pumps, these best electric toilets have been equipped with level handle pumping. Such pumps actually work efficiency and are much simpler to use. With extremely strong and stern flushing system, the toilet can be cleaned much more effectively and intensely. The pump has been manufactured with engineered polymer which has higher strength to withstand and is tougher than the PVC pumps.

The large size joker valve enables higher efficiency of the pump and also helps to eradicate unwanted materials from potentiality clogging it. The storage tank has the capacity to store large amounts of waste products at least enough for an entire season. This capacity is enhanced as there are no extra liquids present and also the solids are easily disintegrated by the system. Also, these toilets do not have to store flush water and hence can make greater solid storage available. The ¼ turn valve allows water conservation as the sailors can switch over to a dry pump situation.

The electric porcelain bowl can be installed easily anywhere, be it on the land or in marine conditions. These toilets have been provided with the latest technology so that it joins efficiently with present environment scenario and also has s stainless steel handle which is quite durable. There are technologies available and incorporated in marine toilets which are present just under the seat making the removal of waste an easy task altogether.

It also helps in saving costs that would be required when dealing with holding tanks and other marine sanitization devices. The electric toilets require low maintenance as there is no involvement of rubber elements which gets easily worn out and instead uses eco-friendly seals.


Marine Parts Depot Specialist Helps You Enjoy Your First Boating Experiences

Raritan Engineering Company your marine parts depot professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to endure the bumps of being a rookie sailor.

New to sailing? Let us help you master the basics with these handy sailing tipsand instructions for beginners. You can also read our sailboat buying guide and watch videos on sailing, plus compare sailboat brands to find the right one for you. 

  • Choose calm, uncrowded waters If you’re just starting to master sailing basics and learn how to sail, then one of the most important beginner sailing tips to remember is to practice in ideal conditions of light winds and low traffic. 
  • Choose a small boat to learn how to sail It’s easier to learn how to sail with fewer lines and sails.
  • Begin on a boat rigged with one sail Similar to the above, beginning on a boat that’s rigged with just one sail will make learning sailing basics easier and less complicated. 
  • Follow sailing basics for safety Your marine parts depot experts feel that there are certain sailing basics for safe boating that should go without saying, no matter what your level of expertise.

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  • Research tide, wind and weather conditions. Check the weather forecast so you can be prepared for whatever the weather might bring. Be sure to bring along adequate provisions, clothing and basic weather gear as needed.
  • Become familiar with sail control The best sailors are the ones who are able to adjust sail settings to take the best advantage of different wind and water conditions. 
  • Capsize on purpose. This may seem like one of the oddest beginner sailing tips we could suggest, but it’s better to practice how to handle a capsized sailboat within a controlled environment, as opposed to an uncontrolled one.
  • Respect the boom Some of the most common sailing injuries are a result of not being aware when the boom is about to swing. One of the most important beginner sailing tips to always remember for both passengers and crew is to be conscious and respectful of the boom at all times. 
  • Learn basic sailing terms. Before you venture out on your first trip, be sure to acquaint yourself with basic sailing terms. 
  • Practice makes perfect. Don’t try to teach yourself all the sailing basics. Invest in a good sailing course, research guides and books, and learn from friends with experience.

So don’t forget these helpful tips on how to avoid early mistakes as a rookie sailor. 1) Choose calm, uncrowded waters;  2) choose a small boat;  3) begin on a boat rigged with one sail;  and 4) respect the boom.

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Marine Sanitation Device Professional Helps You Make Your “Five Year Plan”

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding making “living multi-year on a boat” plan.

Your marine sanitation device professionals know that many people who decide that they are going to do some longer term cruising will work with a “five year plan”. We have a dock neighbour who admits to being in the fifteenth year of his five-year plan. Somehow, we have seemed to skip one phase in all of this – and that would be some of the planning.

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to try life on a boat, whereas Ken had always figured he would be a “dirt person” and a recreational sailor. Your marine sanitation device for sale experts know that there was certainly very little thought about long term, serious cruising.

Personal issues took precedence initially, but the realization that we weren’t getting younger pushed us to start the research phase of the project. We agreed that we would first live on the boat while continuing to work in Toronto for a while to save money – no point in paying apartment rent and making boat payments at the same time.

Your boat cleaning products professionals know that the next step was to find one in good shape that we could afford. The Internet is a wonderful way to look for boats, as is talking to brokers. Well, I may make it sound more democratic than it was – I woke Ken up one morning while we were on vacation with the news that I had rented a car and made an appointment that day to look at a boat which was 160 km away on Georgian Bay.

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We met one Niagara owner, who graciously invited us aboard. He and his boat had done some serious ocean cruising, and it had all of the nautical toys including wind vane steering.

We looked at another Niagara 35, and the skipper was aboard with his family. Your marine sanitation & supply professionals feel that after chatting for a while, we admitted that we were actively interested in purchasing that exact Niagara model. “Our boat” surveyed well! The engine space and bilges were described as clean enough in which to eat.

Hmm, part one down. With no small amount of effort, we got our boat financing as well. We arranged to close the deal on September 1 – coincidently Ken’s birthday (that gift will never be bettered!). Our landlady had been given notice for our apartment for October 1, so we had a little bit of time to get things organized.

We had to empty our whole apartment! Many cruisers choose to store furniture and keepsakes in rented storage lockers. We sold much of the furniture to a relative, and so that was made easier. The rest of the “stuff” that we didn’t want to keep was sold in a garage sale or returned to immediate family.

Ken and I took a long hard look at our wardrobes. We halved our clothing supplies, and then halved them again. Some seasonal and formal clothing is stored a cupboard in my office at work. Raritan marine sanitation experts know that everything else is on board. He still has 5 heavy toolboxes full of tools, and 3 boxes of ham radio gear.

For Ken and I, our defining moment of first becoming liveaboards began with the comprehension that we had just disposed of the complete contents of the apartment, and that our furniture was on its’ way out of town.

There was only one final decision to be made that night; we could move immediately onto our new boat, or spend an uncomfortable night on a bare apartment floor.

So don’t forget these helpful pointers on how to make your “living multi-year on a boat” plan. 1) You must not take a journey like this lightly….planning is needed;  2) you definitely need a sturdy and reliable boat for the journey;  and 3) make sure to have all of the spare parts and tools needed just in case a problem arises.

Raritan Engineering has more information on marine sanitation device, boat cleaning products, marine holding tanks, and on how to make your “living multi-year on a boat” plan.

via The Liveaboard Life – The 5 year plan

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Marine Sanitation Device Specialists Encourages Safe Boating

Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation device experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding safe boating tips.

Your marine sanitation device professionals know that you’ve intended to sign up for the United States Power Squadrons safe-boating course for a while now, but the kids’ soccer practice always conflicts with the dates.

You left the dock well before dawn on an offshore trip to fish the Canyons. Your boat’s radar is working properly, but according to rule 6, Safe Speed, a vessel must be operated at a safe speed to avoid collision, with the operator taking into account visibility, traffic density, stopping distance, background lights, sea conditions, navigational hazards and the boat’s draft.

Your marine sanitation device experts know that to get to your favorite bay, you have to run a lengthy well-marked channel. As you do, another boat approaches rapidly from the opposite direction. In this event, you should refer to rule 14, which states that two power-driven boats meeting on reciprocal courses with a risk of collision shall each alter course to starboard to pass on the port side of the other.

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You are sharking at night, anchored, when you see a larger vessel making way, approaching well off your port side. You can clearly see a red all-round light on top and a lower white light in a vertical line, another white light in the direction of outlying gear, sidelights and a stern light. This means the vessel is a fishing boat engaged in fishing other than trawling.

While kingfishing in the Gulf of Mexico around some oil rigs, you spot a nearby commercial boat barely moving. Under Rule 3, General Definitions, any of the following conditions would qualify a vessel as restricted in maneuverability: It is engaged in laying, servicing or picking up a pipeline; it is engaged in dredging, surveying or underwater operations; it is engaged in replenishment or transferring people, provisions or cargo.

One of the engines on your twinoutboard center console overheated, and you are idling back to the marina. As you transit the narrow channel of a coastal river, a commercial vessel comes up behind you and sounds two prolonged blasts of the horn, followed by two short blasts. This signals its intention to overtake you on your port side.

Running to your favorite redfish hole involves crossing a congested bay with several marinas. In this situation you are required to avoid an anchored freighter with no one aboard and a sailboat underway.

So don’t forget these situations to be aware of when maintaining safe boating. 1) You left the dock well before dawn on an offshore trip to fish the Canyons. Your boat’s radar is working properly, but according to rule 6, Safe Speed, a vessel must be operated at a safe speed to avoid collision, with the operator taking into account visibility, traffic density, stopping distance, background lights, sea conditions, navigational hazards and the boat’s draft;  and 2) during a sailfish tournament, you are trolling off Miami’s government cut when a commercial freighter comes into view, heading toward your boat on an apparent collision course. In this instance, the vessel to starboard has the right of way.

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via Rules of the Road