25 June 2017
Sadly, I have to say that it is definitely boating season. I say sadly due to the un-necessary increase in boating fatalities. A ten year old girl was electrocuted in New Jersey. The young lady touched a metal part of a boat lift while swimming. A totally avoidable incident. Further a man was electrocuted shortly after they docked and plugged in to shore power. He went into the water to save the dog and his brother. When the boat was unplugged the brother and dog recovered. The victim did not.
Water and electricity do not mix well when people are in the mix. Avoid a potential problem and learn how to properly protect your loved ones. The USPS Marine Electrical Systems covers this problem in depth. BTW, I will be teaching this course starting 18 July 2017. Sign up now. Oh, and stay out of the water in marinas. You will never know if your neighbor’s boat or dock are wired correctly until it is too late.
5 June 2017
Know Your Boat
Three people were injured whilst fueling their boat… Now get this – they tried to fuel the boat through a fishing rod holder!!!! It would not have taken much training to realise that that fueling ports are marked and like in cars, have a cap, cover. The problem was then really set off when the tow company told them to disconnect the battery to avoid a spark setting it all off. Really!? There is almost always a spark when a battery cable is removed. There was of course a loud boom. This whole episode could have been avoided with an ABC course! Learn to be a safer boater and avoid the hospital visit. http://www.wect.com/story/35577700/three-injured-in-ocean-isle-beach-boat-explosion
1 Apr 2017
Marine Electrical Systems course has finished and the results are back. We all passed. The Sail course is now at its mid point and the instructor is off crossing the Atlantic in a windjammer so we have to wait to finish in May when he returns. Some have all the luck.
Now on a more serious note. Mother nature is ever so patient for us to let our guard down. This is a video just posted of a small sailboat which got a little to close to breaking waves and a pier. All four occupants survived, but it is safe to safe the sailboat did not.
When was the last time you checked your batteries and charging circuit? It is fast approaching that time of the year when the water calls. But the batteries have been sitting idle for the past few months.
This is a picture of a battery which exploded. This can happen if your charging circuitry is overcharging them or in the case of a heavy shorted load. Before launch is a good time to check for chafed wiring. On launch it is a good idea to monitor that your alternator or other charge delivery system properly charges the batteries, i.e. Bulk, absorption and float. The last thing you want is battery acid sprayed all over the inside of the boat. Fusing the batteries is a good safety precaution in case of a short.
SAIL Class is scheduled to start Monday 27 Feb 2017. To register on line go to register See you there.
Another record set – Around the world crewed sail – Francis Joyon on his maxi trimaran sailed 26,412 miles with an average speed of 26.85 kn, completing the trip in just 40 days 23 hr 30 mins, beating the old record by 4 days! Jules Verne Trophy For a country not known as a seafaring power, the french have been eating up the records this year. Kind of dwarfs the little match race of the America’s Cup. (Authors opinion)
Sail Course moved up. Our instructor wishes to start the course in Feb. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested.
News in the sailing world….. Well the Vendée Globe, solo non stop un-assisted around the world sailboat race has been won by Armel Le Cleac’h aboard Banc Populaire VIII in 74 days 3 hr 35 min 46 sec. This beat the 2013 record by 3 days 22hrs 41 mins. Alex Thompson on Hugo Boss is still 100 nm out for 2nd place. This has been a tight race for the two ahead of the pack. It has been a race fraught with problems. Huge storms, and one boat hitting a container at 17 kn. 30 % of the contingent have had to abandon the race. BTW, the race started 6 Nov 2016. Here is some exciting footage taken of the two leaders down under. vendee
Another feat of some import is the solo around the world speed record set by Thomas Coville in a 31 meter trimaran. He accomplished this in 49 days 3 hrs 7 mins beating the old record by 8 days!!! Coville
Well one thing is for certain and that is there are some things that just don’t mix like water and oil. Below is a picture of the boat that Marlin’s pitcher and two friends thought they could mix alcohol, coke, high speed and night navigation. Needless to say they all perished. What a waste. DON”T MIX YOUR BOATING WITH ALCOHOL!