Raritan Engineering would like to share with you this week some great information regarding how to get the maximum life from your paint job.
Your macerator toilet experts discuss how the results derived from a professionally applied LPU topside refinish are as dramatic as the invoice that accompanies the makeover. The shiny, wet look and the protection it affords can last for years-whether it’s three years, five years, or nearly a decade depends upon how kindly the rejuvenated surface is treated.
Giving your topsides proper maintenance attention, like waxing regularly, will keep them looking healthy.
-During application: Most well-executed LPU paint jobs begin with epoxy primers and fairing compounds as the underpinnings of a glistening LPU topcoat.
-Cleaning: Regularly sponge washing the hull is the first step in preserving the topcoat’s shine. Avoid cleaning with scrub pads and gritty cleaners; this should be a completely non-abrasive effort. Many paint makers offer their own mild detergent, and we’ve found Awlwash by Awlgrip to be a very effective, completely non-abrasive cleaner.
-Sailing is not a full-contact sport: More often than not, the decision to have the topsides re-painted has to do with localized damage that resulted from docking maneuvers gone awry, tussles at the starting line, or storm damage when a line gives way. Those who can avoid such bumps and bruises can nurse the gloss for many more years.
-Wax On-Wax Off: After the first two or three seasons of washing and protecting the surface from winter-cover abrasion and line chafe, there’s often a need to tune up the gloss a bit. The best bet is to follow up another good washing with a conventional carnauba-based wax like Mother’s California Gold or Collinite’s #885.
Check Out These Easy Ways to Keep Your New Paint Job Looking Great
Your macerator toilet professionals talk about how to breathe life into dull coats: Owners of boats with five- to seven-year-old intact LPU paint jobs that look dull but remain well adhered, can try rubbing out the surface with 3M Perfect-It rubbing compound and following up with a carnauba wax.
-Repair care: Repairs to two-part LPU coatings are a true test of product awareness and applicator talent. The challenge lies in blending the old and the new, and blending the circumference known as the “overspray region.” Matching color change and gloss variation is even tougher than automotive work. The reason for these difficulties is the quality of the paint itself.
One of the reasons why AwlCraft and other slightly softer and more user-friendly acrylic-based LPU paints are growing in popularity is that they are much easier to repair and buff than polyester-based two-part paints.
So don’t forget these great reminders for keeping your new paint job as long as possible. 1) Most well-executed LPU paint jobs begin with epoxy primers and fairing compounds as the underpinnings of a glistening LPU topcoat; 2) regularly sponge washing the hull is the first step in preserving the topcoat’s shine; and 3) after the first two or three seasons of washing and protecting the surface from winter-cover abrasion and line chafe, there’s often a need to tune up the gloss a bit.
Stray Kitten’s Little Paws Are Frozen To A Boat Dock, But Sheriff Says, ‘You Won’t Die Today!’
An elderly couple in Mercer County, Kentucky found a kitten that had fallen into the water at a boat dock and its little paws were frozen to a rock.
It had been stuck there for 11 long hours and was frantically crying for help!
They immediately dialed 911, and Sheriff Ernie Kelty rushed to the scene, knowing he didn’t have much time before the little cat would die from exposure to the cold.
He started by trying to release the icy paws from being stuck so he could try to get him loose. He poured warm water over them and gently pulled as he did to free his paws.
Then he placed the shivering little cat under the shirt beneath his jacket to warm him, which is both smart and adorable!
After about 20 minutes, the kitten stopped shaking so hard, and he took him out to check him.
The elderly couple was still there, worried sick about the little cat. Sheriff Kelty, wanting to reassure them that it was going to be okay, handed the kitten off to the elderly couple.
The kitten had been through quite an ordeal, but he now has his forever home. He also got a special name; Ernie, after his rescuer.
Talk about an unbelievable turn of events: He’s about to freeze to death, alone and afraid, and then he gets a loving home in which to spend the rest of his life!
Raritan Engineering Company your macerator pump suppliers would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding why it is important not to over think your sailing strategy.
It’s September 2018. Imagine yourself at the dock at the start of day two of that big event you’ve been working toward all year. Your macerator pump distributors discuss how it’s currently blowing 18 knots with even bigger puffs because a front has just rolled through.
What should you set the rig to? Is the course full of waves and steep chop? Where is the sweet spot for your jib halyard? Are the jib cars too far forward, too far aft, or just right? What about the top main batten?
Hopefully, many of these questions will be answered in your preparation leading up to the big event because, if you try to focus on all these questions simultaneously, it’s easy to get muddled and over complicate things.
First, have a plan and stick to it.
You’ve raced before, so set a routine that works and stick with it. For instance, you can keep provisioning simple by bringing the same food every day. You know what’s been successful in the past, so why over complicate things?
Knowing when you need to get to the boat and when to leave the dock should also be part of your premade plan. Again, keep it simple.
Second, don’t leave things to the last minute.
When you come in from racing, it’s rare that something doesn’t need to be fixed or tweaked. How tempting is it to say, “I’m tired. I’ll just do that in the morning. What I need right now is a beer!”
Practice isn’t last-minute either, even though we’ve all heard people say, “I’d like to get out to the racecourse early to practice.” During a major regatta is not the time to try to improve your skills.
Third, don’t sweat the details you can’t change.
As you head out to the racecourse, the question of whether your tuning is right always weighs on your mind, but don’t dwell on it now.
If you’ve practiced and your team is ready, the tuning will be good enough to allow you to win the race. The point is not to focus on something you can’t change. Keep it simple and focus only on important decisions you’re able to make.
Fourth, make sure you’re going fast.
Speed is king in keeping things simple. Both upwind and downwind, speed makes everything easier because it allows you to concentrate on the race and your tactics. Whatever your problems may be on the racecourse, speed will help you overcome them.
Have a plan and stick with it, never leave things to the last minute, and avoid getting stressed over details that you can’t change. As some of you may have already heard me say: Sailboat racing is like NASCAR – just go fast and turn left!
So don’t forget how you can stop over thinking your sailing strategy. 1) Have a plan and stick to it; 2) don’t procrastinate; 3) don’t sweat the details you can’t change; and 4) go fast.
Huge shark spotted swimming next to a boat
We’re reminded time and again of the numerous ways you can die in Australia thanks to frequent appearances by extremely venomous snakes, but then a shark that’s not far off from being as long as a boat shows up.
The shark, identified as a great white, can be seen circling the waters where a 28-foot-long boat and its crew marveled at what was going on. The shark was swimming just over 150 feet away from a beach, according to reports.
“Big Fish – Fourth Beach Esperance today … by the way, that’s an 8.5 metre Patrol boat,” Riggs wrote there. The boat, as we said before, measures in at 28 feet long, while the shark’s eyeballed length was approximately 13 to 19.6 feet.
When you look at a shot of them nearly side by side, you see how huge this shark really is.
Riggs told PerthNow that he used a drone to record this footage.
“I got a tip off that a shark was out at Westies so I grabbed my drone and put it up. And what I got is this footage,” he said. “I reckon it had to be about four metres, and it looked as though it had been fed. It was just cruising along, it looked chilled.”