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How to Keep Your Passengers Dry and Happy… Ways To Make Your Boat Experience Drier Finding the groove of the moment. As I swung the steering wheel in order to changed course, my buddy John changed positions. He had actually been standing on the port side of the console, his right hand on the T-top's pipework and a Snapple in his left. Now, wordlessly, and without any prompting from me, he 'd moved to the starboard-side, precisely where he now held on with his left hand and sipped iced tea from his right. A genuine switch-hitter. He 'd barely finished the relocation just before a shot of spray came aboard, dappling the port edge of the console. John recognized that as the vessel swung beam-to the wind, the boat would ship spray every few waves, given the boisterous chop where we were actually running. “John” is Capt. John Raguso, who has more sea miles under his boats compared to most, including yours truly. Keeping your team safe is the first measure of good seamanship, but keeping your crew comfortable is important as well. Although I am a firm believer in the concept which states those who do not want to get soaked occasionally ought to select a different sport than boating, running your watercraft so as to supply as dry a ride as possible is actually just one mark of excellent seamanship. To start with, be aware of where people choose to be onboard your boat, and if the portable toilet is being used. Keeping them dry may be as simple as asking these people to move. The majority of people aboard for the day really don't come with Capt. John's level of self-sufficiency. Of course, often you need to act to remain drier. Slowing down can help keep you dry in a head wind, provided the waves and current are such that you can operate slow enough in order to sustain headway and control. However, going slow means “breaking” water farther forward on the hull, and can escalate the possibilities of water that's being getting blown aboard. Thus, other times it pays to go faster or trim out the drives a bit to raise the bow higher. Accomplishing either causes water to break farther aft throughout hull, decreasing the chances of water blowing aboard. In short, it could prove most beneficial to run so you have achieved, if not a truly dry ride, at the very least a drier ride, and one which does not come at the cost of too much slapping or too much Sea World behavior from your boat. Trying to keep the vessel level across the beam, and keeping the portable boat toilet empty, guarantees it will throw equal amounts of water to every side. The converse of this is that a vessel will throw a lot more spray on the side that is most immersed. Use this to your advantage by trimming the boat– either with trim tabs, engine/drive trim or even by shifting weight and crew– so it is actually higher on the windward side. All of this advice is to be taken in measure against the myriad variables you, as skipper, face on any given day on the water. Implement them incrementally until you discover the groove of the moment. via Photo Share this:…
Raritan Marine Products Dept Blog: Getting to Know Your Fellow Boater… Knowing Boating Etiquette Makes for Great Friends Raritan Engineering Company your Raritan marine products specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding getting to know your fellow boater. Your Raritan marine products suppliers talk about how in the beginning, boating and boats were much more homogenous than they are today. Boats came in small sizes and had outboards, and they came in larger sizes and had inboards.   Boats tended to all look the same in the past. At the least, they looked related. The teak step pad on the gunwale of the runabout mirrored the teak cockpit sole of the cruiser. The vent hole cut into the ski boat's glove compartment door was the same anchor-shape cutout one would find in the hanging locker door in the master stateroom of the whole sale marine sport-fishing boat.  Boaters too were almost all cut from the same cloth, tending to be versed in various watery activities. The avid tuna angler with the convertible learned to tie knots and sharpen hooks while chasing flounder from a skiff.  Today, it's different. A 40-footer is as likely to sport outboards as diesel power – and the term “twin screw” no longer carries as much panache. Boats sport refined details, and even the smallest models are so much more capable, versatile and easier to maintain than their predecessors.  For many, the time to come up as a boater versed in a variety of watery activities just isn't there, even if the desire is. So, we have better boats but a worse understanding of each other. And there are more of us.  There are certain customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. Just as there are social norms you're expected to know on land, you've got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you're going to be spending any time at all on the water.    These basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat and you shouldn't leave the dock until you've spent some time getting to know what you're doing. Your boat parts experts talks about how it's the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don't have brakes.    • You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. You're cruising across a channel and you avoid striking a cruiser by swinging into a shallow anchorage while traveling at a pretty good speed.    Browse Raritan marine products here at Raritan Engineering, where we always take care of your marine sanitation supply needs.   • Slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you. This is boating, not The Fast & The Furious. Tight channels, marina entrances, etc. should be single file. But if there's room to pass and another vessel is coming alongside you, ease off the throttle and avoid a drag race.   • The first one in blazes the path. If you're entering an anchorage, mimic the other boats in how you tie off, how you anchor, how much line to use and how much distance you allow between the other boats.   • Respect your neighbors. If you have a loud boat (kids, music, barking dogs, smoky grills), make sure you leave plenty of space. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away.    • Know your ramp manners. If you're launching or retrieving your boat at a ramp, do it efficiently. Load your boat in the parking lot. Pull your boat over to a temporary dock to bring passengers aboard.    • Move along already! As long as we're on this subject, the same rules go for fuel docks. Get your fuel, pay your bill and move out of the way. If you need to buy groceries or a lake chart or bait, relocate your boat to the temporary docks.   • Lend a hand. This is one of the unwritten laws that can say more about you as a boater than almost anything else. You should be willing to assist other vessels as they arrive and depart. While this courtesy shouldn't necessarily extend to the entire marina, you should be alert to help out you folks in the adjoining slips.    • Keep your area tidy. Marinas have enough hazards as it is without having to step over draining coolers, half-deflated tubes and sloppy dock lines. Your marine parts distributors talks about how buckets, shoes, carts and other items need to be stowed properly.   So don't forget these helpful reminders in maintaining good manners while on the water. 1) You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it;  2) slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you;  and 3) know your ramp manners.   A Family Sailing Trip Becomes A Whale Rescue Operation Planet Earth is a wonderful place. Not only is it beautiful but it is also where we can witness the co-existence of so many different forms of life. Every once in a while, we come across a few examples where men and women put themselves in danger just to help the animals we share this planet with. This is one of those stories. All Aboard Michael Fishbach, who is the co-founder of The Great Whale conservatory, was out for a sail with his team and family on a perfectly sunny afternoon.  A Sad Sight Michael and his team came across a giant humpback whale. But instead of being excited to see this great animal, they were all saddened. The whale had managed to get entangled in the nets of the local fishermen and was hardly moving.  Hope lives on However, to their great surprise and joy, the whale rolled slightly and let out a huge breath from its blowhole. Michael and his team were overjoyed at this but they knew that the danger was far from over.  Miracle Workers As any animal rescuer will tell you, there is always a danger in approaching a cornered animal who is in pain. They might perceive you as a further threat and given the fact that the whale was trapped in human made nets, it was a very real possibility for Michael.  Rescue Operation The task at hand was twofold. The team had to work quickly using the only knife they had to cut through the nets. The other task was to keep the whale calm so that it would allow them to approach it.  Naming Ceremony By the time the entire rescue operation was over, Michael and his team had developed a special bond with the whale. They even named it Valentina and she knew that they did not mean her any harm and wanted to help.  A Special Thanks Before she swam away for good, Valentina performed as series of maneuvers to show her appreciation and she spent almost an hour playing with Michael and his team.   Choose your Raritan marine products here and see how Raritan Engineering is the #1 expert in marine sanitation supplies. via Time for Boating via Boating Etiquette: Reading between “The Rules” via A Family Sailing Trip Becomes A Whale Rescue Operation Share this:…
Make Sure to Find the Right Sized Solar Panels For Your Boat… Solar Panels Can Lower Your Expenses While Boating The starting point for a successful solar panel installment is evaluating your requirements. We present right here a simple evaluation based on the test boat used for our recent report on choosing and installing a solar panel. A few values are from experience, and others are accepted rules of thumb. For additional details regarding selecting and setting up a solar panel, view the March 2018 issue of Practical Sailor online. Energy Balance Find the present draw of each and every piece of equipment (verify with panel ammeter if available) and approximate the number of hours operated. Record the number and capacity of your batteries, acknowledging that you can not draw below 50% charge without reducing their lifespan, and that you will seldom charge past 85% while away from the dock– as a result, only 35% of nameplate capacity is actually useable. Lastly, total your charging resources, including motor, wind, and solar. When it comes to solar, take the rated wattage x 5 hours/12 = amp-hours while on passage and wattage x 7 hours/12 = amp-hours while at anchor (sails do not shade and the boom can be rigged out sideways). This is far below the rated capability– sailors in the tropics will do better, and sailors farther north or sailing in the winter more poorly– however this is actually an accepted starting point. Determining Panel Output How many days can you manage with poor generation? Are you willing to economize during the course of a long cloudy stretch? Will you recharge at a marina or simply by running the engine every now and then? Long-term cruisers appriciate a wealth of power, while the infrequent cruisers may be satisfied with a lot less. Conserving Energy Every AH (amp-hour) consumed has a real cost in weight, panels, and dollars. If you can decrease usage by 50 AH/day you will save a battery (the useable capability), a 120 watt panel, and possibly a mounting arch. The expense savings might be $500 and 150 pounds for merely a few bulbs. Lighting. Change from incandescent to LED and fluorescent lights, starting with the lights you make use of most. We use LEDs and fluorescent for the anchor, salon, and cockpit lights, but since we rarely run at night, we left the running and steaming lights alone. Likewise, the deck light and many task lights remain halogen or incandescent; they are not used enough to make a difference. Go to bed at night and get up with the sun. Big savings in juice and more time to play. The gasoline solenoid is a big user for us; it runs the propane fridge and cabin heater, so it is on for long hours, but we can easily switch it off at night or go without refrigeration now and then. Fans Operate these on reduced speed and watch the hours. A wind scoop does not use power. Instruments Do you actually need GPS and other instruments full-time on passage? Twenty years ago they didn't even exist. Balance the sails in order to reduce the load on the autopilot. Visit us here at… see how Raritan Engineering always takes care of your marine sanitation supply needs. Share this:…
Marine Sanitation Blog: Is Sailing for Free Possible?… Sailing Doesn't Have to Hurt Your Wallet Raritan Engineering Company your marine sanitation experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to sail around the world for free. Your marine sanitation suppliers talk about how the sun beaming down on the deck of your yacht. Beer in hand and the toughest decision of the day: trying out the pink sand or snorkeling with manta rays? Maybe it's the romance of it… Looking at Tahiti, as in, the island in the middle of nowhere, and suddenly realizing, “holy #%*&@, I sailed here from Mexico!” We are a married couple and have spent the past year sailing on 35 – 50 foot luxury yachts. In that year, we have sailed from San Diego, CA to Tahiti as well as visited twenty other South Pacific islands in the process. Volunteer crewing is something that has been going on for years and why more people haven't heard of it, we still don't understand. Many of these boats are not the mega-yachts you're probably thinking of that are owned by billionaires.  Because marine sanitation is critical on your vessel, make sure to only buy from us here at Raritan Engineering. You see, ships have to be driven 24 hours a day; it's not like they have overnight parking out there in the middle of the ocean and it's hard to anchor when the bottom is over a mile straight down.  Do you think you could handle steering for a few hours a day in exchange for exploring tropical islands that about 100 people per year even lay eyes on? Do you think doing the dishes might be a fair trade to learn the ukulele from the people who invented the instrument? Now what did we say about qualifications for a career? Well, if you're of the mindset that the sea may be your profession, you will quickly find out that to get any level of professional qualification, you need to have “sea time:” days spent working at sea. There are tons of ways to get started looking for a boat, many of them online. We keep a list on our blog along with how we did what we did to get started, so feel free to come by and check it out. As they say out here, fair winds and following seas! Don't forget these helpful reminders when deciding to start sailing for free. 1) It all starts with a volunteer spirit;  2) don't set your sights too high on the type of boat you will be on;  and 3) be willing to clean dishes or steer the ship. 5 Socio-Emotional Benefits of Sailing that Will Make You Sign Your Kids Up Today There's something about sailing that makes it quite unlike other sports. More than just skill and strategy, it teaches certain values that shape sailors into the unique athletes that they are. Yet, we're often so focussed on the physical aspects of sailing that we forget how much we stand to gain from the sport – both socially and emotionally. Here's a list of the top 10 socio-emotional benefits of sailing. 1. Grit You could say that just about any sport offers a lesson on resilience, but sailing is a sport that demands an inner strength far greater than most. In this sport, it's sailor versus the elements. Whether you're a novice experiencing strong winds for the first time or a national sailor met with three-metre high waves in foreign waters, you learn to keep fighting – no matter how uncomfortable it is. 2. Confidence Most sailors' foray into the sport begins with the Optimist. It's a single-handed boat, which means it's controlled by a sole sailor. Alone on the boat, sailors – as young as six or seven – are constantly required to make their own decisions. They don't always make the right ones, but the opportunity to think for themselves helps them grow in self-confidence. 3. Teamwork Though they sail individually, sailors are forced to work together from day one. After all, no one sailor can flip his or her Optimist boat alone. Over time, sailors gradually realise that working together not only helps speed things up, but also allows them to learn more from one another. 4.Friendship Perhaps one of the most valuable takeaways from sailing is the friendships forged. It's inevitable that sailors bond with one another during windless days and scary storms. You also get to make new friends with international sailors as well, especially during those international regattas. 5. Sportsmanship Touched a mark without anyone catching you in the act? Complete your penalty anyway. Sailing is a self-governing sport, which means it's completely up to sailors to abide by the rules and uphold the fairness of racing. It's a matter of integrity and sailors learn the importance of playing fair and respecting the rules of the game. Summary And with that, we realise how sailing is not just a sport that keeps you fit, but also one that develops you into a well-rounded individual – something far more important than winning medals. Visit us here at and see how Raritan Engineering always takes care of your marine sanitation supply needs. via How to Sail and Volunteer Around the World for Free via Photo via 10 Socio-Emotional Benefits of Sailing that Will Make You Sign Your Kids Up Today Share this:…
Are Fuel Additives Really Necessary?… Gas Additives: Truth or Myth? Being one who has indeed spent many hours in exotic locations, cycling bad diesel gas through a make-shift filtration system, I am as susceptible as any person to the promises of a fast and simple remedy to fuel issues, which in turn is just one reason that Practical Sailor has delved so heavily into this subject. In 2007, Practical Sailor cautioned of the issues associated with ethanol-laced fuel (E10), and in 2008, we tested different products claiming to prevent issues related to ethanol and discovered varying levels of success. In 2009, we looked at dieselfueladditives developed to tackle biological bugs which thrive in diesel. In the summer of 2012, we took a look at gasoline additives, taking a closer look at the standards the market is using to separate the snake oil from the elixirs. While the ethanol issue has actually delivered a mountain of headaches to boaters, it has fired up a flourishing trade in fuel add-ons. Way back in 2012, at the Miami boat show, I heard Gerald Nessenson, then president of ValvTect Petroleum Products (currently retired), discuss the state of the finished fuel-additive market and exactly what recognized companies like his are actually trying to do to fend off what he really felt were actually unsupportable claims by small upstart companies. Nessenson was fast to point out that the finished gas at our pumps currently includes a range of additives that handle problems such as corrosion, fuel oxidation, and deposit accumulation. He added that the severe marine environment provides special challenges and cited the well-documented ethanol-related problems in outboards as evidence that seafarers need to be much more cognizant of their choices when choosing, storing, and– if required– treating their fuel. One of the biggest culprits, Nessenson said, were ethanol treatments which consist of alcohol, glycol, or new “space-age” technology “claiming exceptional efficiency to items that the world's largest petro-chemical companies create for the world's refineries and engine manufacturers; but with no industry acceptable documentation.” The most outright culprits, said Nessenson, are those companies that claim to be able to restore phase-separate ethanol blends. Phase separation occurs when water in the fuel tank is drawn into the gas until a saturation point is reached, at which opportunity the ethanol and the water can drop out of suspension into the bottom of the tank. Ethanol-laced gasoline is actually much more vulnerable to this particular process than non-ethanol blends. As we continue on with our different studies into fuel add-ons, PS is interested in hearing about your experiences. We would be particularly interested in hearing about anyone having motor damage attributed to utilizing a gas additive or a warranty claim declined on the basis of their using a gas additive. We advise anyone presently utilizing or considering using a fuel additive to first seek the advice of their engine manufacturer. It will certainly be helpful to have some type of NMMA certification requirements which make the procedure of comparing additives simpler, but given the nature of this particular science, I expect we'll be trying to sniff out snake oil for some time. Visit us here at… see how Raritan Engineering always takes care of your marine sanitation supply needs. Share this:…


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