Image result for advice for living on your sailing boat

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.

Your TruDesign Specialists Suggest Not Rushing to Reach Your Destinations

You can find more information as well as get assistance on seacocks at Raritan Engineering.

“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…

Raritan Engineering has great pricing on TruDesign fittings, seacocks and ball valves.

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

via Photo

Image result for tropical diseases

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

You can find more information as well as get assistance on marine sanitation and on how to protect your health while tropical sailing at Raritan Engineering.

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.

Raritan Engineering has more information on ball valves, marine sanitation, macerating pump, and on how to protect your health while tropical sailing.

via Hold the Mayaro

via Health and Nutrition Aboard

Light winds

Your ball valves experts know that many years ago I voluntarily turned my back on the most powerful aid to light wind sailing known to man – when I gave up smoking. Your ball valve dimensions professionals know that the world’s most high-tech wind indicators are crude and insensitive compared to the curling wisp of tobacco smoke. 

When ghosting along in a breeze that barely ruffles the sea surface and only just fills your sails, it’s all too tempting to sit back and drift on until things kick in again. 

However, sometimes we need to keep the knots up when the wind starts to become light. Perhaps it’s simply that we’re loathe to break the silence with the engine. 

Trying one or two of them may well mean that you can make port without reaching for the ignition.

1 – Understand the sea breeze

I used to skipper a lovely old 56-footer for a Swiss owner. Your 3 way ball valve analysts understand that he was every bit as methodical and organised as you would expect anyone from his country to be, planning his summer cruises in meticulous detail. 

One Biscay trip, in particular, was plagued by light winds.Every morning, we would leave early and drift for a few hours before switching on the engine to catch up with the owner’s ambitious schedule. 

Your Ball Valves Professionals Say That Understanding the Sea Breeze Is A Must

You can find more information as well as get assistance on marine products and on the top 3 ways to sail in light wind at Raritan Engineering.

Your marine products specialists know that the mechanisms that create local winds are many and varied. It’s worth buying a book – such as the RYA’s Weather Handbook – and reading up on them while you’re waiting for the wind to blow! 

Warm days

Your full port valves experts know that on warm days with light winds, from any direction, the wind within 5-10 miles of the coast will generally increase during the afternoon and die at dusk as the land heats and cools. Don’t rush breakfast – the sailing will almost always be better later on.

Spring and summer

In spring and summer, clear skies and a light offshore breeze at breakfast time are perfect conditions for a sea breeze. There will probably be a brief period of flat calm, but look out for puffy white cumulus clouds forming over the shore showing the beginning of the sea breeze circulation.

Sea breezes are strongest near the coast, but can be felt as much as 10 miles offshore.

2 – Use the tide

Light winds greet a regatta fleet leaving Cherbourg, where a well-known tidal eddy can add knots to your boatspeed

On both sides of Portland Bill, for instance, the tidal streams flow south for nine hours out of every twelve. There’s a similar effect along the northern edge of the Cherbourg peninsula, where anyone prepared to hug the coast can gain a couple of hours of west-going tide. 

Go as close inshore as you dare

Faced with a contrary tide, the general rule is to go in as close inshore as you dare. Even if you don’t pick up a back eddy or counter-current, the speed of the foul tide will be reduced in shallow water. 

3 – Use the tidal wind

Tidal streams don’t just carry you in the direction they happen to be flowing – they also create apparent wind. Imagine that you are hanging on a mooring in no wind, with a four-knot tidal stream.

If you are beating across the tidal stream, keep the tide on your lee bow to make the most of the tidal wind. On a cross-channel passage beating into a southerly wind, it would pay to be on starboard tack while the tide is flowing west, and tack onto port when the tide turns.

So don’t forget these helpful tips when trying to sail in light winds. 1) You need to understand the sea breeze;  2) you need to use the tide;  and 3) you need to use the tidal wind.

Raritan Engineering has more information on ball valves, marine products, macerating pump, and on the top 3 ways to sail in light winds.

via How To Sail In Light Winds