Your Raritan Engineering Professionals Talk About How to Improve Your Foiling Skills

Raritan Engineering would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding some great tips for foiling beginners.

Your Raritan Engineering experts talk about how the development of the all-new TF10 foiling trimaran continues as it seeks to be provide a flying experience to sailors of all skill levels – and not just experts. Here is an update on the project from Thijs van Riemsdijk of DNA Performance Sailing.

The 36-foot long racing sailboat is versatile and exciting in all weather, easily sailing at 2-3 times the wind speed in lighter air and comfortably flying along at 25-30 knots in stiffer breeze.

“As a group, we knew we wanted something that pushed the boundaries of what is possible in foiling boat design, and it looks like the designers and builders have created something completely unique and exceptional,” said Dr. Malcolm Gefter, owner of Hull #1 and the driving force behind the new boat and class.

Dr. Gefter explained that he and rest of the TF-10’s first owners are all experienced racers trying to create a class with state-of-the-art performance but without the kind of “arms race” and cost escalation from which most grand prix sailing classes suffer.

“We’ve had dozens of people steering and crewing the boat here in 14 days, and not a single person got off the boat without a big smile on their face,” said Heemskerk, referring to not only potential customers, but also the journalist judges who came specifically to Spain to test the TF10 and several other yachts nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year competition.

“A number of the journalists seemed uncomfortable at first, going from the other champagne-filled charter yachts to our little speed racer, but after a few minutes behind the tiller, we couldn’t get them to put it down!” he said.

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With a crew of experienced sailors aboard the racing yacht and for the first time, no guests, crew continued to test new settings without drama. The boat easily accelerated past 25 knots in the quiet, flat water – a perfect beginning to a day scheduled for the new owner’s first sail since the boat was splashed in Holland early this summer.

A-Class and F-18 catamaran world champion Heemskerk is no stranger to dismastings, especially with his extensive work on the fastest and most modern of foiling boats, but he was surprised to see the mast let go in such light air.

Heemskerk said the yacht’s designers and builders are already investigating the breakage to determine what modifications are needed before the production run gets fully underway, and they’re confident the fix isn’t complicated.

As a longtime research scientist and pharmaceutical inventor, Gefter knows firsthand the tough road that innovation can require, and the former Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus at MIT was introspective when he saw the topless racing machine sitting at the dock.

Dr. Gefter said he was pleased the team was working so hard to identify any issues, and that he was confident the boat would ready to race in South Florida over the coming winter.

So don’t forget these helpful tips for foiling beginners. 1) Put some decent weight into the back of the boat;  2) be sure to have a nice strong rope;  and 3) keep the wave from the wake going.

Photos: Tomàs Moya/DNA Performance Sailing

Ultimate sailing playlist: Songs to listen to onboard your boat

We will, of course, be singing Happy Birthday, but this got us thinking about other songs to sing along to onboard.

In no particular order, this is our sailing playlist. We would love to hear yours!  

‘Into the Mystic’ – Van Morrison

Possibly one of the most iconic songs to sail to.

Van Morrison’s lyrics tell of a sailor heading home to his lover, although there has been much debate as to whether there is a deeper meaning.

Whatever the answer, this warm ballad will certainly get you singing along. 

‘The Ship Song’ – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Named as one of the 30 best Australian songs of all time, The Ship Song is a beautiful, tender ballad, which will leave you with a lump in your throat and have you wiping the tears away before you know it.

But none of them reach the depths of Nick Cave’s version. Best for a night sail. 

‘Lost Sailor’ – Grateful Dead

No list would be complete without a song from the eclectic American rock legends, The Grateful Dead.

Not the ideal song to play if you’re nervous about your navigation or you are adrift, but otherwise a solid classic. 

‘Sail On’ – The Commodores

Written by Lionel Ritchie, this Commodores hit from 1979 will particularly resonate if you’ve gone sailing to get over a breakup.

The crew will definitely be belting out the chorus, helping to lift the mood. 

‘Sail Away’ – David Gray

In 2001 you couldn’t escape David Gray’s song  – it was being played everywhere!

Years later, and this song of escape has certainly grown on us. Best to listen to while passage planning – it will certainly inspire.

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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.