Daily Archives: Monday, November 28, 2016

  • Seacocks Professionals Offer Amazing Tips on Building the Perfect Boat Fender


    Your Seacocks Analysts Know That Boat Fenders Do Not Have to Be a Big Problem 

    Raritan Engineering Company would like to share with you this week some awesome information on seacocks.

    My main problem with boat fenders is that they appear to violate the cardinal rule of cruising: any object you bring on the boat should serve at least two purposes (the way your crewmate’s favorite yellow shirt makes a great âQâ flag).

    Recently facing a shortage of fenders, I came upon a temporary substitute-heavy-duty dry bags. Filled with air, these simple roll-top bags work just like inflatable fenders.

    Someone industrious, of course, could insert an inflatable urethane liner into a more rugged, welded PVC dry bag, and achieve the same result. The outer bag could be easily fitted with web eyes for securing drop lines. 

    Durability is a question. I’m not sure how long a conventional dry bag will hold up when used as a fender. If they are constructed with a material similar to that used to make the inflatable fendersfeatured in our recent test, they should last several years.  

    So here’s a challenge: Is there perhaps another fender design that could help it serve two distinct purposes? Or are there more uses for a conventional fender than first meet the eye?

    Your Seacocks Experts Offer You Some Great Design Options

    Your seacocks specialists know that for those who’d rather just stick with the tried-and-true, here’s a DIY approach to more conventional fenders.

    DIY Fender Board

    The simplest form of fender board is adequate for most needs. All that is needed is a 3- to 4-foot length of 2â x 4â, 2âx 6â, or 2âx8â. As a guide, I’d start a t 2âx 4â for a 20-foot boat, 2âx6â for a 30-foot boat, and 2âx 8â for a 40-foot boat.

    On a larger boat, you may want to use a slightly longer board, perhaps up to 6 feet long. Anything longer than that, however, is likely to take two people to handle, and be a nuisance to store.

    A hole slightly larger than the diameter of the suspension or drop lines (say 9/16-inch hole for a half-inch line), is drilled through the larger dimension at either end of the board, about 6 inches from either end.

    Next, round the ends of the plank and chamfer all edges. Your lines should be long enough to suspend the plank down to the waterline from whatever stanchions or cleats you plan to use.

    After threading the lines through the holes, tie a figure-eight, stopper knot at the bottom of each line, and you’re finished.

    You can use your fender board with conventional round fenders, or you can purchase solid rubber cushions made specifically for attaching to 2Ã4 or 2Ã6 spars. 

    The one embellishment you might wish to consider, if you have sufficient time and/or inclination, is a laminated fender board. This board is composed of three layers of 1âx 3â fir, hickory, or ash. 

    Visit us at http://raritaneng.com/product-category/trudesign/seacocks/and see how you will always find more information regarding seacocks at Raritan Engineering.

    via Building a Better Boat Fender

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  • Seacocks Specialists Explain How to Get Through Those Low Pressure Situations

    Your Seacocks Professionals Make Those Difficult Sailing Conditions Look Much Easier With These Tips 

    Raritan Engineering Company your seacocks analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how to get through those low pressure situations.

    Your seacocks experts know that in conditions which are typical of the leading edge of a fast moving South Atlantic low, it is the ability to regulate speed and the level of attack which is being tested for the skippers at the top of the Vendee Globe fleet this morning.

    Winds are reported to be from just east of north at 25kts, with relatively flat water. The speedo on board Alex Thomson’s race leading Hugo Boss has been hovering around 24-25kts for a 30 minute period and the British skipper is 112 miles ahead of second placed Armel Le Cléac’h on the early morning ranking.

    On seas, which are still relatively calm, the monohulls have ideal conditions to threaten the 24-hour record set by François Gabart in 2012 (534.48 miles). They need to achieve an average speed of 23 knots to sail 550 miles in one day and the skipper of Hugo Boss has been at those speeds since early last night and looks set to maintain that pace for the next couple of daysâ¦

    Heading towards Tristan da Cunha

    This foiling folly should indeed last two or three days as they ride on the back of the low sliding down very rapidly towards the Roaring Forties. 

    It is therefore practically certain that Yann Ãliès (Quéguiner-Leucémie Espoir) will be left waiting almost 600 miles back at the station for the next train off Cape Frio. 

    via Vendee Globe â Riding the area of low pressure

    via The Dark Art of Weather Analysis

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