Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Benefits of Installing Marine Electric Toilets on your Pleasure Boat Part 1

    Why Install a Marine Electric Toilet on Your Pleasure Boat

    Let the best electric toilets decorate your boat as they are loaded with multiple features. The electric toilets have various advantages which make them even more attractive. These toilets exhaust less amount of water which is an effective way of conserving the rapidly depleting resource. Also, low water usage does not decrease the efficiency with which the materials are flushed. These electric toilets do not consume much power and also produce less noise. Certain toilets are even outfitted with a solar panel for power saving functionality. Besides having these qualities, the toilets are very much user friendly and can be maintained pretty easily. The most important characteristic of electric toilets is that it furnishes service for many years, that too in difficult circumstances.

    The electric marine toilets permit the water to get stored in the bowl. These toilets also help in the development of a water seal which prevents odors from entering the main compartment through pipes and storage tanks. If consuming less fresh water is the objective, then these toilets are of great benefit. While on board, marine water can be utilized for flushing thus helping in the storage of fresh water. The electric toilets for boats have been aided with such functionality so as to conserve fresh water. Such a feature permits the consumption of fresh water only when there is abundance of it such as in the dock. The boats offer both the options to the user to either utilize natural or marine water for flushing purposes. However, the advantage of using fresh water is that it helps in retaining the odor of aquatic organic composites.

    Electric Toilet Protect Our Environment

    The electric marine toilets have been have been manufactured in such a way that they abide by the regulations set up in order to protect our environment. These toilets come with customer services for help and other enquiries. The users may take assistance for the products as long as they are functional. Customers can seek help of our technical staffs as well. They can easily be contacted without any difficulty. The products can be requested online and are generally shipped within a day or two. Benefits of Installing Marine Electric Toilets on your Pleasure Boat Part 2 will be posted soon…be sure to watch out for it!

  • Benefits of Installing Marine Electric Toilets on your Pleasure Boat Part 1

    Why Install a Marine Electric Toilet on Your Pleasure Boat

    Let the best electric toilets decorate your boat as they are loaded with multiple features. The electric toilets have various advantages which make them even more attractive. These toilets exhaust less amount of water which is an effective way of conserving the rapidly depleting resource. Also, low water usage does not decrease the efficiency with which the materials are flushed. These electric toilets do not consume much power and also produce less noise. Certain toilets are even outfitted with a solar panel for power saving functionality. Besides having these qualities, the toilets are very much user friendly and can be maintained pretty easily. The most important characteristic of electric toilets is that it furnishes service for many years, that too in difficult circumstances.

    The electric marine toilets permit the water to get stored in the bowl. These toilets also help in the development of a water seal which prevents odors from entering the main compartment through pipes and storage tanks. If consuming less fresh water is the objective, then these toilets are of great benefit. While on board, marine water can be utilized for flushing thus helping in the storage of fresh water. The electric toilets for boats have been aided with such functionality so as to conserve fresh water. Such a feature permits the consumption of fresh water only when there is abundance of it such as in the dock. The boats offer both the options to the user to either utilize natural or marine water for flushing purposes. However, the advantage of using fresh water is that it helps in retaining the odor of aquatic organic composites.

    Electric Toilet Protect Our Environment

    The electric marine toilets have been have been manufactured in such a way that they abide by the regulations set up in order to protect our environment. These toilets come with customer services for help and other enquiries. The users may take assistance for the products as long as they are functional. Customers can seek help of our technical staffs as well. They can easily be contacted without any difficulty. The products can be requested online and are generally shipped within a day or two. Benefits of Installing Marine Electric Toilets on your Pleasure Boat Part 2 will be posted soon…be sure to watch out for it!

  • Local SEO Link Building in 2016

    Last week we covered some of the most important elements of local SEO, one of which was link building.

    Local SEO link building has changed quite a bit over the past few years, shifting focus from creating citations in high volumes to building a combination of high-quality citation and links. Here is what you need to know to effectively build links and citations in 2016.

    1. LOCAL CITATION AUDIT

    Before you build any citations you need to know what is already out there for your business and ensure that each existing citation has the correct name, address, and phone number list. If you do not have a citation finder tool like Whitespark, you can search Google using allintext:”your address” to find a list of your existing citations. You should also check every site for an existing listing before creating a new one.

    2. SURVEYING YOUR LOCAL SERPS

    Local search results are dynamic and can vary greatly based on the search terms and location. Search for auto insurance 90210 and you will see something like this:

    Is Google in the lead generation game now? Above you can see the option to get quotes through Google. That being said, you should always start by looking at the SERPs for your keywords so that you can have an accurate expectation of the value of ranking for various terms based on expected CTRs.

    3. SETTING UP GOOGLE MY BUSINESS LISTING

    The first citation you should create is a Google my Business listing. Simply follow the steps and you can have your profile setup within a few minutes. Once you set it up, you will need to wait for a postcard to verify your listing and then it will be live. At this point be sure to record your name, address and phone number so that you can list it the exact same way across all of the future citations you will create.

    4. IDENTIFYING TOP RANKING CITATIONS SITES

    If you are just getting started and are not sure where to list your business simply start by searching for your keyword + location and make note of the directories that show up on the first and second page.

    Refer back to how you listed your name, address and phone number on your Google My Business listing and be sure to list it exactly the same way on the new citations. As I mentioned earlier, you can use tools like Whitespark.ca to find additional citations sources based on what your competitors have. Another great resource is the BrightLocal citation list of 1,000 citation sources sorted by niche.

    5. BUILDING UNSTRUCTURED CITATIONS

    Most citation guides discuss directories where you can list your site but unstructured citations are also beneficial to local rankings. One easy way to build several of these citations is through the use of a press release. In the past press releases where useful for organic SEO and were used to pass link juice to money sites. While Google has stated that press releases for this purpose are no longer helpful, they are still great for local rankings. Web 2.0 sites setup to be niche relevant are also a good source of unstructured citations and built correctly, can pass link juice to your website safely.

    6. BOOSTING CITATION STRENGTH

    One common practice is local SEO is citation boosting. Many people do this using automated programs, Sape or private blog network links. If you are going to use automated link building to boost citations, you should check to see if the link on the citation source is do follow. If so, you should not build spam links directly to the citation as it may pass negative signals to your website. A better way to boost citations is by linking to them from guest posts, Web 2.0 sites and other better quality links. Increasing the distance between your site and any spam is more important in 2016 than in the past when spamming Web 2.0s and directories was commonly done.

    7. INCREASING WEBSITE TRUST

    Google looks to promote sites that are actual brands over sites that are not authentic. One way to generate brand signals is to set up profiles on the top social sites and link them back to your business website. You can do this manually or you can use a service like KnowEm to have these profiles setup quickly. Remember to list your name, address and phone number on these sites to gain additional citations.

    8. LINK BUILDING

    At first citations was all it took to rank locally but now Google also looks at inbound link signals. Unlike a traditional link building campaign, you can actually lower your standards for local SEO. I am not telling you to build spam links but I am telling you not to overlook great local sites because of low metrics. Look for local bloggers, small local papers and for business associates that have websites. If a site is relevant to your niche or location, think carefully before you pass up on a link from them. As with citations, you should also look at your competitors to find link opportunities. Guest post links are also great to add to your link building campaign.

    For these, niche relevant links are great and they do not need to be location specific.

    There you have it, a fluff free plan that will help you boost your local rankings in 2016.

    Over to You…

    What is your favorite trick for finding a great local link or citation opportunity?

    – See more at: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2016/01/26/local-seo-link-building-in-2016.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter#sthash.Jmu6RiTI.dpuf

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  • Marine Performance Parts Expert Offers LED Navigation Assistance

    Marine Performance Parts Specialist Helps You Become An LED Navigation Light Expert

    Stainless Marine your marine performance parts experts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding becoming an expert on LED navigation lights.

    Your marine performance parts specialist knows that the LED rope lighting beneath the rubrail obscures the green sidelight. Also, the green LED light itself may not be USCG approved-look for documentation when buying a new boat or replacing lights on older boats.

    The United States Coast Guard recently issued the following Marine Safety Alert concerning marine navigation lights. In particular, they call to our attention numerous non-compliant lights and lighting schemes that may be available to recreational boaters, either through aftermarket sale or as original equipment.

    Marine Safety Alert

    The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting may be improper for its application due to the failure by manufacturers to meet technical certification requirements.

    The requirements for all navigation lights aboard vessels are prescribed in Rules 20. 21. 22 and Annex I of the “Rules of the Road.” which is the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) or the Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR Subchapter E).

    Specifications for lights vary depending upon the type of vessel but regardless of the light source (i.e., in- candescent filament or LED):

    o Your marine performance parts specialist agrees that recreational vessel and uninspected commercial vessel navigation lights must meet American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) standard A-16, in accordance with specifications within 33 CFR 183.810 and 46 CFR 25.10-3, respectively.

    o Commercial inspected vessels must be outfitted with navigation lights that meet or exceed Under- writers Laboratories standard UL 1104, as stated in the specifications of 46 CFR 111.75-17.

    Go to http://www.stainlessmarine.com/product-catagory/diesel-exhaust-risers-elbows/ and see how you can find more information as well as get assistance on marine performance parts and on how to become an expert on LED navigation lights.

    Some manufacturers are producing and distributing navigation lights that do not meet the certification requirements indicated above. These lights are typically less expensive, making them a tempting choice for uniformed consumers.

    Boaters should be concerned about installing “decora-tive” lighting on their boats in various places, including underwater, on the rubrail, or just above the waterline. Care must be taken that these lights:

    o cannot be mistaken for navigation lights, o do not impair the visibility or distinctive character of approved and properly placed navigation lights, and o do not interfere with the operator’s ability to maintain a proper lookout.

    Rule 20 specifies that only those lights prescribed, or those that don’t interfere with those prescribed, may be used. Haphazard installation of additional lighting must be avoided. A violation can occur if the installation of additional lights can be construed as a light required by the Rules for another vessel.

    Rule 21 provides the definitions for the masthead light, sidelights, sternlight, towing light, all-round lights or task lights, and flashing or special flashing lights.

    Rule 22 provides for the intensity requirements of each light, per vessel size, so that they may be seen at a minimum range.

    Annex I of the Rules specifies the vertical and horizontal spacing of each of the required lights both in relation to the vessel hull and with respect to other navigation lights.

    This Safety Alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirement.

    So don’t forget these helpful tips on how to becomgation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be ae an expert on LED navigational lights. 1) The green LED light itself may not be USCG approved-look for documentation when buying a new boat or replacing lights on older boats; 2) the U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights; 3) purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting may be improper for its application due to the failure by manufacturers to meet technical certification requirements.

    Click here and see how Stainless Marine has more information on marine performance parts and on how to become an expert on LED navigational lights.

    via LED Navigation Lights Marine Safety Alert!

  • Odor Control in Marine Holding Tanks

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    Picture credit: https://twitter.com/odorfree

    It really IS possible to have a completely odor-free system!

    You\’ve probably read or heard, over and over again, that the key to odor control is the “right” hose, that the “wrong” hose permeates with sewage and causes the system to stink. That\’s folklore…a little truth coupled with a lot of misunderstanding. The real key to odor control is in knowing how to incorporate proven sewage management principles-the same ones used in composting and sewage treatment-into the installation of the entire system. What very few people in the marine industry have learned, and why there is so much folklore about odor, is the very nature of sewage itself and how it breaks down, what creates odor and what prevents odor from forming. Once we understood these principles and learned how to apply them to onboard systems, we were able to install systems that are completely odor-free and correct the ones that weren\’t. Once you understand it-and it\’s so simple!-you can do the same thing.

    Marine Holding Tank Odor Solutions

    There are two ways to deal with marine holding tank odor: try to reduce it, mask it and contain it after it\’s formed, by using chemicals and filters-which has never proven very successful…or prevent odor from forming in the first place.

    Sewage contains both aerobic (needs oxygen) and anaerobic bacteria (functions in an airless environment); neither can function in the other\’s environment. Why is that important? Because only the anaerobic bacteria in sewage produce foul-smelling gasses! Aerobic bacteria break sewage down, as does anaerobic bacteria-but aerobic bacteria do not generate odor. So as long as there is a sufficient supply of air to the tank and an aerobic bacteria treatment is added to aid that which naturally occurs in sewage, the aerobic bacteria thrive and overpower the anaerobic bacteria and the system remains odor free.

    A bio-active (Iive aerobic bacteria) holding tank treatment, such as our own “K.O.”, works with the aerobic bacteria in sewage, eliminating odor, completely emulsifying solids and paper and preventing sludge from forming. Enzymes do little if anything-a brief respite from odor immediately after adding them, then odor begins to build again. Chemical products mask odor with another odor and they kill not only odor-causing anaerobic bacteria, but beneficial aerobic bacteria as well-not good, because the aerobic bacteria are needed in the system to break down and emulsify solids and paper. Otherwise, they only break UP and dissolve them into little tiny particles that settle to the bottom of the tank, along with chemical residue, to become sludge that turns to concrete. Chemicals, unlike bio-active products, are also unwelcome in landside sewage treatment facilities and are especially unappreciated by those living and working near them!

    The bacteria in sewage produce a variety of sulfur monoxides and dioxides (which are the malodorous gasses), methane-which has no odor but is flammable-and carbon dioxide, which also has no odor but creates the environment in which the aerobic bacteria cannot function but allows the anaerobic bacteria to thrive. Carbon dioxide does not rise or fall, it is ambient-like the atmosphere, but heavier than air. Without a sufficient flow of fresh air through the tank to allow it to dissipate, it simply lies like a blanket on top of any pool of sewage (whether inside hose or a holding tank) and builds, suffocating the aerobic bacteria and creating the perfect environment for the anaerobic bacteria to take over. The system literally “turns septic” and the result: a stinking boat…or at least foul gasses out the vent line every time the head is flushed.

    Importance of Discharge Hoses in Marine Holding Tanks

    To prevent this, let\’s start with the head: the discharge hose, no matter whether it goes overboard, to a Type I or II MSD, or to a holding tank, should be installed, if at all possible, with no sags or low places where sewage can stand. When a marine head is not flushed sufficiently to clear the hose of sewage and rinse the hose behind the sewage, that sewage sits in low spots in the hose or bits of it cling to the walls of the hose-getting no air, allowing the anaerobic bacteria to thrive and produce their stinking gasses. If sewage stands in a low spot which gets no air in hose which is susceptible to a high rate of water absorption, it will permeate the hose. This is what has given rise to the myth that the “wrong” hose causes odor. Therefore, it\’s important to flush your head thoroughly enough to clear the entire hose of sewage and rinse behind it. And when you leave your boat to go home, flush the head thoroughly one last time, this time with fresh water. Until marine holding tanks came along, the hose was the source of most odor, but incomplete flushing was the real cause.

  • Odor Control in Marine Holding Tanks

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    Picture credit: https://twitter.com/odorfree

    It really IS possible to have a completely odor-free system!

    You\’ve probably read or heard, over and over again, that the key to odor control is the “right” hose, that the “wrong” hose permeates with sewage and causes the system to stink. That\’s folklore…a little truth coupled with a lot of misunderstanding. The real key to odor control is in knowing how to incorporate proven sewage management principles–the same ones used in composting and sewage treatment–into the installation of the entire system. What very few people in the marine industry have learned, and why there is so much folklore about odor, is the very nature of sewage itself and how it breaks down, what creates odor and what prevents odor from forming. Once we understood these principles and learned how to apply them to onboard systems, we were able to install systems that are completely odor-free and correct the ones that weren\’t. Once you understand it–and it\’s so simple!–you can do the same thing.

    Marine Holding Tank Odor Solutions

    There are two ways to deal with marine holding tank odor: try to reduce it, mask it and contain it after it\’s formed, by using chemicals and filters–which has never proven very successful…or prevent odor from forming in the first place.

    Sewage contains both aerobic (needs oxygen) and anaerobic bacteria (functions in an airless environment); neither can function in the other\’s environment. Why is that important? Because only the anaerobic bacteria in sewage produce foul-smelling gasses! Aerobic bacteria break sewage down, as does anaerobic bacteria–but aerobic bacteria do not generate odor. So as long as there is a sufficient supply of air to the tank and an aerobic bacteria treatment is added to aid that which naturally occurs in sewage, the aerobic bacteria thrive and overpower the anaerobic bacteria and the system remains odor free.

    A bio-active (Iive aerobic bacteria) holding tank treatment, such as our own “K.O.”, works with the aerobic bacteria in sewage, eliminating odor, completely emulsifying solids and paper and preventing sludge from forming. Enzymes do little if anything–a brief respite from odor immediately after adding them, then odor begins to build again. Chemical products mask odor with another odor and they kill not only odor-causing anaerobic bacteria, but beneficial aerobic bacteria as well–not good, because the aerobic bacteria are needed in the system to break down and emulsify solids and paper. Otherwise, they only break UP and dissolve them into little tiny particles that settle to the bottom of the tank, along with chemical residue, to become sludge that turns to concrete. Chemicals, unlike bio-active products, are also unwelcome in landside sewage treatment facilities and are especially unappreciated by those living and working near them!

    The bacteria in sewage produce a variety of sulfur monoxides and dioxides (which are the malodorous gasses), methane–which has no odor but is flammable–and carbon dioxide, which also has no odor but creates the environment in which the aerobic bacteria cannot function but allows the anaerobic bacteria to thrive. Carbon dioxide does not rise or fall, it is ambient–like the atmosphere, but heavier than air. Without a sufficient flow of fresh air through the tank to allow it to dissipate, it simply lies like a blanket on top of any pool of sewage (whether inside hose or a holding tank) and builds, suffocating the aerobic bacteria and creating the perfect environment for the anaerobic bacteria to take over. The system literally “turns septic” and the result: a stinking boat…or at least foul gasses out the vent line every time the head is flushed.

    Importance of Discharge Hoses in Marine Holding Tanks

    To prevent this, let\’s start with the head: the discharge hose, no matter whether it goes overboard, to a Type I or II MSD, or to a holding tank, should be installed, if at all possible, with no sags or low places where sewage can stand. When a marine head is not flushed sufficiently to clear the hose of sewage and rinse the hose behind the sewage, that sewage sits in low spots in the hose or bits of it cling to the walls of the hose–getting no air, allowing the anaerobic bacteria to thrive and produce their stinking gasses. If sewage stands in a low spot which gets no air in hose which is susceptible to a high rate of water absorption, it will permeate the hose. This is what has given rise to the myth that the “wrong” hose causes odor. Therefore, it\’s important to flush your head thoroughly enough to clear the entire hose of sewage and rinse behind it. And when you leave your boat to go home, flush the head thoroughly one last time, this time with fresh water. Until marine holding tanks came along, the hose was the source of most odor, but incomplete flushing was the real cause.

  • Marine Toilet Professional Helps You Not to Panic If You Run Aground

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    Marine Toilet Expert Has the Answer to Minimize Running Aground

    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 why it is so important not to panic if you run aground.

    Running Aground

    Your marine toilet expert knows that despite all efforts to stay off shoals, beaches, or rocks, groundings do happen. It is said that there are only three kinds of skippers, those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and those that have but won\’t admit it.

    Immediate Actions

    First, Raritan marine toilet experts say that here is what you should not do when you run aground. Unless you are absolutely sure that it is a small shoal with deeper water ahead, do not apply power and try to push your way across, you will only put yourself harder aground.

    Your boat toilets expert knows that instead, take time to assess the situation. Is any water coming into the hull? Where exactly are you? How did you get there? Where might deeper water lie? What is the state of the tide?

    You can find more information as well as get assistance on boat toilets and on how not to panic if you run aground at Raritan Engineering.

    Marine Toilet Professional Continues Discussion on Building Your Situation Assessment Skills

    Possibly the best marine toilet expert says, let\’s assume that you are lucky and that the tide is rising and that the increased depths will be enough to float you free. Although you might get off sooner if another vessel pulled, letting the tide float you off is less stressful on your hull and your crew.

    If you are less lucky, and the tide is falling, quickly assess the situation and the possibility of refloating the boat before the tide goes down further. If this is not possible, determine how far it will go down.

    Getting Off

    If you are only lightly stranded, you may be able to get off without assistance. First, determine where deeper water lies, this may or may not be the direction from which you came.

    You might also place some heavy gear in a dinghy. Marine porta potty specialist, says that on a sailboat, you can try reducing draft by taking a halyard out to one side, attaching it to an anchor or another boat, and pulling. Yet another maneuver is to put out an anchor in the direction in which you wish to move.

    If a pull is made, keep all persons away from the line and beyond the ends of the line in both directions. Various types of lines stretch to different degrees, but all stretch enough to act as slingshots if they break or if fittings pull out.

    Even if the other boat cannot pull to get you off, she may help by running back and forth and making as large a wake as possible. The waves formed in this wake may lift your boat enough to get her off.

    I would encourage any boater to join one of the commercial towing organizations. However, you should check with other boaters in your area for recommendations as to which one to join.

    So don\’t forget these helpful pointers to avoid panicking if you run aground. 1) Do not apply power and try to push your way across; 2) assess your situation and find out exactly where you are; and 3) determine where deeper water lies and see where you might have came from.

    Raritan Engineering has more information on marine toilet, boat toilets, macerating toilet, and on how not to panic if you run aground.

    via Running Aground

  • Marine Toilet Professional Helps You Not to Panic If You Run Aground

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    Marine Toilet Expert Has the Answer to Minimize Running Aground

    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 why it is so important not to panic if you run aground.

    Running Aground

    Your marine toilet expert knows that despite all efforts to stay off shoals, beaches, or rocks, groundings do happen. It is said that there are only three kinds of skippers, those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and those that have but won\’t admit it.

    Immediate Actions

    First, Raritan marine toilet experts say that here is what you should not do when you run aground. Unless you are absolutely sure that it is a small shoal with deeper water ahead, do not apply power and try to push your way across, you will only put yourself harder aground.

    Your boat toilets expert knows that instead, take time to assess the situation. Is any water coming into the hull? Where exactly are you? How did you get there? Where might deeper water lie? What is the state of the tide?

    You can find more information as well as get assistance on boat toilets and on how not to panic if you run aground at Raritan Engineering.

    Marine Toilet Professional Continues Discussion on Building Your Situation Assessment Skills

    Possibly the best marine toilet expert says, let\’s assume that you are lucky and that the tide is rising and that the increased depths will be enough to float you free. Although you might get off sooner if another vessel pulled, letting the tide float you off is less stressful on your hull and your crew.

    If you are less lucky, and the tide is falling, quickly assess the situation and the possibility of refloating the boat before the tide goes down further. If this is not possible, determine how far it will go down.

    Getting Off

    If you are only lightly stranded, you may be able to get off without assistance. First, determine where deeper water lies, this may or may not be the direction from which you came.

    You might also place some heavy gear in a dinghy. Marine porta potty specialist, says that on a sailboat, you can try reducing draft by taking a halyard out to one side, attaching it to an anchor or another boat, and pulling. Yet another maneuver is to put out an anchor in the direction in which you wish to move.

    If a pull is made, keep all persons away from the line and beyond the ends of the line in both directions. Various types of lines stretch to different degrees, but all stretch enough to act as slingshots if they break or if fittings pull out.

    Even if the other boat cannot pull to get you off, she may help by running back and forth and making as large a wake as possible. The waves formed in this wake may lift your boat enough to get her off.

    I would encourage any boater to join one of the commercial towing organizations. However, you should check with other boaters in your area for recommendations as to which one to join.

    So don\’t forget these helpful pointers to avoid panicking if you run aground. 1) Do not apply power and try to push your way across; 2) assess your situation and find out exactly where you are; and 3) determine where deeper water lies and see where you might have came from.

    Raritan Engineering has more information on marine toilet, boat toilets, macerating toilet, and on how not to panic if you run aground.

    via Running Aground

  • Performance Marine Parts Pro Pointers to Find Out How High Your Waves Are

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    Your Performance Marine Parts Specialist Takes On the Big Waves

    Stainless Marine your performance marine parts specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to measure the height of waves.

    Quick Tip: Your performance marine parts experts know that another way to estimate wave height is to put the engine in neutral and watch your depth sounder\’s display as waves roll under the boat.

    After a long day fishing, we stopped at Champlin\’s Marina on Block Island to fuel up for the sprint back to the mainland. While gas flowed into the boat\’s fuel fill, a freak summer storm surprised us, opening up the skies overhead.

    Your high performance marine parts professiona knows that taking on 6-footers in our small center-console was not an idea we relished, but we decided to poke the bow outside the harbor to see whether we could make it home. To our eyes, the waves in Block Island Sound more closely resembled 3-footers.

    Your boat parts and accessories specialists ask, how did our fellow boater get the conditions so wrong? Estimating wave height is, at best, an inaccurate science. Your performance marine experts realize that\’s because while rolling in waves and swells, a boater\’s line of sight typically runs at an angle to the wave he is trying to measure, causing his perception to distort.

    You can find more information as well as get assistance on boat parts and accessories and on how to measure the height of your waves at Stainless Marine.

    Your Performance Marine Parts Experts Continue Discussion on Becoming a Wave-Reading Expert

    In terms of seamanship, it\’s more important to know whether the seas are building or subsiding, and how wave period and direction will affect your ability to make way. Still, making a proper estimation of wave height is significant for assessing your level of safety outside the inlet.

    So how can you get an accurate sense of the waves? The best time to gauge is when your boat is nestled in a trough between two crests. Before you even head out, measure how high above the waterline the deck sits at the helm. If it were 1 foot, then in the trough your feet would be that high above the water.

    Marine performance engine professionals remember, pitch and roll will ensure that the boat — and your eyes — will be at an angle more often than not, so you may not get a true measure. It\’s best to rely on technology. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration measures sea conditions via a series of buoys and tide stations. Lucky for us, there\’s an app called NOAA Buoy and Tide Data ($1.99, iTunes) that you can use to read weather data from the nearest buoy.

    Be prepared so you\’ll never have to decide to go out — or stay home — based on someone else\’s estimation of the waves.

    So don\’t forget these pointers on how to measure how high your waves are. 1) Put the engine in neutral and watch your depth sounder\’s display as waves roll under the boat; 2) remember that estimating wave height is, at best, an inaccurate science; and 3) its best to rely on technology.

    Stainless Marine has more information on performance marine parts, boat parts and accessories, boat engine parts, and on how to measure the height of your waves.

    via Tips for Measuring Wave Height

  • Marine Hardware Master Gives You Awesome Compass Skills

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    Marine Hardware Expert Says Don\’t Get Rid of Your Compass Yet

    Raritan Engineering Company your marine hardware specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to boost your compass skills.

    Your marine hardware experts say let\’s begin with a piece of advice: Don\’t cast your compass to Neptune-it\’s not dead yet! Of all the navigational tools and instruments employed on boats, the compass is still the single most valuable. Its sole moving part is governed by a fundamental physical force of Earth itself.

    Why, in this world of GPS and other networked marvels, is that so important? Isn\’t it enough to know where the boat\’s going, and isn\’t that the same thing?

    Well, no. Where the boat\’s pointed and where it\’s going aren\’t always the same. In fact, they rarely are. A current will cause a boat to move over the ground in a direction different from that in which the boat is pointed.

    Let\’s take our compass away for a moment and steer the boat toward a GPS waypoint by matching course over the ground (COG) to the bearing to the waypoint. We\’re doing well, and the track on the plotter shows our course as a straight line with the waypoint dead ahead.

    If we\’d had our compass, we\’d have known, from the bearing information provided by the GPS, where exactly to look for the mark, and we wouldn\’t now be facing a charge of damaging government property.

    No matter what vehicle we\’re steering, a fixed reference of some kind is an essential aid to pointing it in the desired direction.

    Your marine hardware specialists know that while the compass can\’t tell us where we\’re going, it can tell us what direction we\’re steering, which makes it unique. And far from being made redundant by electronic devices, the compass adds to their value. For example, by comparing COG from our GPS to the course steered by the compass, we can detect the presence of a crosscurrent.

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    Adjusting the Compass

    A magnetic compass, as long as it\’s in good physical order, will always point in accordance to the magnetic field surrounding it. If that field was the Earth\’s alone, it would be utterly reliable, but the compass isn\’t monogamous, and it\’s easily led astray. Onboard magnetic influences-such as those created in some electrical devices and by iron-cause a compass to point askew from magnetic north, an error called deviation.

    A professional compass adjustor will “swing” the compass by checking it against known references, such as a proven range or ranges on structures or geographic features. Once on the range, he\’ll have the boat slowly motor along the cardinal directions-north, south, east, and west-as indicated by the boat\’s compass while he reads the bearing on the range with a pelorus.

    Posted at the navigation station, the deviation card allows the navigator to convert a course laid on a chart to a course to steer. Conversely, it allows him to correct a bearing taken by the ship\’s compass on a landmark to a magnetic bearing.

    Once the ship\’s principal compass has been swung and adjusted, have the adjustor also swing and make up a deviation card for any other compass that might be used for navigation, including the one that supplies heading data to the autopilot.

    Deviation by GPS

    Prior to the widespread use of GPS, you took compass bearings off recognized features in the landscape and plotted them on a chart to figure out where you were.

    Because your GPS knows where it is, it can also calculate where it is in relation to any other location in terms of range (distance off) and bearing.

    Create a waypoint in your GPS with the coordinates of an accurately charted and identifiable feature, say a lighthouse. Set the waypoint as your destination and steer toward it. The farther you are from the waypoint the better, but a couple of miles provides sufficient accuracy.

    Some sailboats and a good many powerboats have two helm stations, each with a compass. Only one of these can be the master compass, so you have to designate one. On a sailboat, this would probably be the one you use when motoring.

    Another issue is parallax. This arises when a boat\’s steering station is off-center or, on a sailboat, when you steer from the side of the cockpit. If you\’re standing behind the starboard helm station and looking over the bow, you\’re not sighting down the boat\’s centerline. If you aim the bow toward a mark, the boat won\’t be heading toward that mark.

    So don\’t forget these helpful points on how to improve the use of your compass. 1) Keep in mind the movement of the current; 2) create a waypoint in your GPS; and 3) keep in mind parallax.

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