Hold N’Treat-Waste Treatment Systems
A complete onboard waste management system
• Utilizes our best Type l & Type lll MSD
• Satisfies legal requirements in all U.S. waters
• Complete “drop in place” system
• Ultimate flexibility with deck pump-out or treated sewage
• Operates with fresh, brackish and salt water
• Salt feed system required with Electroscan model when not using salt water to flush
• For use on inspected and uninspected vessels
• Available in 12 and 24 VDC Model
• Hold N’Treat Controls are available separately to add to an existing holding tank and/or Type I MSD for ultimate flexibility
• Improved pressure sensor for determining tank level
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Six Reasons to Replace Bronze Seacocks with Composite Seacocks
Seacocks and thru hulls have traditionally been manufactured in bronze and served their purpose on vessels
circa 1900. The vessels of that era, relied on basic kerosene lamps for lighting, meth-burning stoves for cooking and had no electronics, internal electrical generation capabilities, circuit boards or anything that could cause electrolysis and corrosion to damage the bronze fittings.
Today, with the addition of mixed metals used below the water line and advanced electrical systems including; gensets, air-conditioning, shore power and close-proximity moorings in marinas; electrolysis and corrosion has become a major problem. This together with some thru hulls and seacocks manufactured from brass has made that issue become much more serious. Bonding (typically Zinc for salt water, Magnesium in fresh water applications) has been the only way to avoid failure through electrolysis and corrosion. However, in the case of brass fittings such as thru hulls and seacocks this to no avail.
Now, in the 21st century composite materials have become the changing force in the manufacture of thru hulls, seacocks and associated plumbing fittings. Here are 6 reasons for replacing your bronze seacock with Tru-Design composite seacock:
- Tru Design materials are immune to electrolysis and corrosion
- Tru Design seacocks are light weight and strong.
- Tru Design seacocks do not pit or jam due to its Teflon™ impregnated ball.
- Lubricants are not necessary to ensure long lasting operation
- Unlike traditional flanged seacocks, Tru Design’s ABYC H-27 rated seacock assemblies do not require any additional fasteners on or through the hull.
- Eliminating the need for backer blocks speeds the installation process saving valuable time and money.
All these attributes make composite fittings ideally suited to the salt laden harsh marine environment.
A thru hull fitting has a straight (parallel) thread so that a lock nut can secure it to the hull. The seacock must also have a straight (parallel) thread as it screws down on to the thru hull fitting which relies on a long thread engagement to make a good strong seal between the thru hull fitting and seacock assembly.
TruDesign thru hulls and seacocks are supplied with either NPS (national pipe straight) or BSP (British standard pipe) threads to suit all requirements around the world. The most important thing to remember when fitting seacocks to thru hulls is to never use a seacock with a tapered thread as the engagement on the straight thru hull fitting becomes very short hence weak and prone to leakage.
Load Bearing Collars has changed the traditional way we think of mounting a thru hull and seacock assembly. The load bearing collar adds strength to this very critical assembly on a vessel.
Traditional seacocks use additional mounting bolts (typically three) on a flanged base through the hull to ensure they meet ABYC standards, whilst the TruDesign Load Bearing Collar simply spreads the load force without the need to drill additional holes ensuring a neat, light weight yet compliant assembly.
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Give Your Alternator a Nice and Long Life
Raritan Engineering your boat toilets suppliers would like to share with you this week some great information regarding easy ways to keep your alternator running strong.
So I was thinking about Bitcoin today, the digital crypto-currency that seems no less cryptic than what’s in my wallet these days, and this got me thinking about giant stone money on the island of Yap, and because I spent most of my time on Yap rebuilding an alternator, this got me thinking about alternator belts.
1 – Check belt for excessive wear. Compare the belt width and depth with your spare belt (you have one of these, right?). When the engine area around the belt is coated with black dust, the belt is probably slipping or misaligned. Small-case, high-output alternators get very, very hot.
2 – Obviously, you must have the right size and type of V-belt. Look for A-series industrial belts, available from most auto parts stores. A quirk of these belts is that the belt number is not identical to the belt length: an A41 belt, for example, is 43 inches long.
3 – Check belt alignment. The belt must be properly aligned with the engine and alternator pulleys. Do not assume that the pulleys are aligned, even if you have a factory-installed alternator. A misaligned belt will often chirp—as opposed to a squeal or screech for a slipping belt.
4 – Check pulleys for corrosion and proper operation. The pulley should not wobble on its axis. If the pulley-end bearings have failed (listen for distinct rumbling or roughness as you spin the unloaded alternator), check alignment carefully after replacing the bearings, as this may have contributed to the failure.
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5 – Your boat toilets distributors talk about how proper belt tension is an equally important issue. The correct belt tension depends on the pulley arrangement on the individual engine, as well as the type of accessories driven by the belt. A belt that is too tight can cause problems, but loose belts are more common.
6 – A Gates Krikit V-Tension Gauge is a handy tool to have on board for checking belt tension. It is easy to use, and the instruction sheet gives belt tension guidelines for a variety of pulley and accessory combinations.
7 – The engine compartment must be kept clean. A lot of air gets sucked through an alternator. If your engine runs dirty, that dirt will find its way into the alternator, coating the windings and other components.
8 – Make sure the alternator gets plenty of airflow. This may mean increasing engine compartment venting. A beautifully insulated engine compartment that reduces noise is very efficient at keeping the heat inside.
9 – New belts tend to stretch during the first several times you run your engine. After replacing the belt, allow a run-in period of about 10 minutes and check tension again.
10 – After your final adjustments, make sure your alternator mounting bolts—at the bracket and at the alternator—are tightened down. Some manufacturers give torque for the bracket numbers, 70 to 80 foot-pounds or thereabouts.
Bottom line: By paying a bit of attention to your alternator belt before the season begins, you can save yourself some big Bitcoin down the road.
So don’t forget these important tips for keeping your alternator running strong. 1) Check the belt for excessive wear; 2) check belt alignment; and 3) the engine compartment must be kept clean.
Man screams when fishing rod pulls away suddenly—then, a friend helps to reel in a ‘monster’
Ever had the feeling when you are out fishing that you have hooked a big one? The man in this video thought so, and when he reeled it in—oh boy, what a whopper! It was a catfish that weighed over 250 pounds (approx. 113 kg).
Fishing can be fun if you are getting plenty of bites and just plain boring when you aren’t. Famous fisherman Yuri Grisendi didn’t have time to be bored though; he had hooked a gigantic fish while out on the River Rhone, France.
After landing the 8-foot monster catfish and taking plenty of photos, Yuri gave it a kiss and set it free. He caught this river monster in 2015, and it was his personal best.
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What Does Proper Etiquette Involve For You?
Raritan Engineering Company your marine toilet specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding proper sailing etiquette for rookies.
Your marine toilet professionals talk about the etiquette of sailing involves the proper and traditional ways of conducting yourself on a boat and the rules for sailing and interacting with other boats.
Ask Permission to Board
Before you even try to climb onto a boat, find the skipper or crew and ask for permission. The correct way to ask for permission is to say, “Permission to come aboard?” This is one of the most essential rules of etiquette for sailing and is used when you want to become a guest on another boat.
Don’t Pack Too Much, Pack Smart
While packing for your sailing trip, keep in mind that you will have limited personal space and storage areas for the items that you bring. The more items that you bring, the less room there will be to move around and enjoy your surroundings. It is important to only pack the essentials plus one or two creature comforts that will make your trip more pleasant. For clothing, keep the general weather in mind and only bring the bare minimum.
Be Safe and Keep Others Safe
Safety is critical while on a sailboat, as there is no local emergency service department to come to your aid within a moment’s notice. Because sailboats are limited in space, there is only so much protective and safety gear that can be brought aboard.
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Bring Something for Everyone
Whether you’re the host or a guest, it’s common courtesy to bring gifts for others on board. When you are the host of a sailing trip, it is a common pleasantry to bring something to share with everyone, such as breakfast. As a guest, it is also a common courtesy to bring a gift for the host and for the other guests.
If You’re a Guest, Offer to Buy Fuel
When you are a guest on another sailboat and were invited to go on the trip, it is appropriate to offer to buy fuel. Ask the host while you are still at the marina if you could pay for the fuel that the boat needs before leaving the dock. You could also offer to pay for the fuel at the next fueling station. Offering to pay for the boat’s fuel is a simple way to show your appreciation to the host who invited you to come along.
Ask to Use the Head
Ask to use the “head” before using it. The “head”, also known as the boat’s toilet, requires proper operating instructions so that you do not accidentally cause a clog or overflow. Be sure to not discard excessive amounts of toilet paper, as this may cause a clog.
Don’t Be Messy
With the limited amount of space on the sailboat, keeping everything in its proper place is essential to everyone’s safety and comfort. Avoid making a mess. If a mess does happen, take the time to clean it up properly. If a liquid has spilled, keep everyone out of the area until you clean it.
So don’t forget these great tips for showing proper etiquette while sailing. 1) Ask permission to board; 2) don’t pack too much, pack smart; 3) bring something for everyone; and 4) if you’re a guest, offer to buy fuel.
88-Yr-Old Has Lived on a Cruise Ship For the Past 10 Years
Have you ever taken a vacation that was so great you never wanted to leave? What if you could figure out a way to stay there for the rest of your life?
For Lee Wachtstetter, that vacation was aboard the Crystal Serenity cruise ship, and she has it all figured out.
“I started frequent cruising. But I got very, very tired of packing and unpacking. So I said, there’s got to be a better way to do this,” Wachtstetter explained.
Mama lee has already experienced the hardship of raising children and traveling. She aims to spend her twilight years relaxing.
“Everything is ‘Been there, done that.’ If I’ve been there and done that, I don’t go off the ship,” she explained.
“And I love it when everybody goes touring. I got the whole ship to myself with all the help.”
For about $175,000 a year, Wachtstetter cruises around to tropical locations without a care in the world. “I think I live a fairy tale existence,” she admitted.
Mama Lee has written a memoir titled “I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht,” documenting her life of luxurious travels. “It’s not a real life, I realize that. Not everybody does this. But a lot of people could.”
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