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Suggestion for Boaters

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, there was a fire at Bayport Yachting Centre in Midland Ontario. Two boats were destroyed but fortunately, no one was injured. It did, however, get Scott Cain, Manager at Bayport, thinking and he is now strongly recommending that boaters install smoke detectors on their boat. Even if they are not there, a fire caused by an electrical short would set it off thus alerting any neighbouring boaters who might be at the Marina. It is not unusual for boatersd to contact the marina office if...

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Bruce Anchor Rebate

Posted by Gary Pickering on April 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to a patent date miscalculation, all owners of Bruce Anchors will be eligible for a significant dollar rebate. No receipt necessary. TODAY ONLY

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Using your Laptop on the Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the Skipper of Laramar for letting us know about this:

If you have an I phone, you can use it to connect your laptop to the Internet. Simply go to settings on your I Phone and turn on the feature called Personal Hotspot. If you have I tunes downloaded on your Laptop, simply use a USB port and the I phone cable (white one usually) to connect the laptop and I phone together. You will then have internet access wherever your internet provider h...

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Tips on Stocking a Galley

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a couple of links to interesting articles on stocking your Galley

Lynda Childress Tips

Carolyn Shearlock

New Propane Powered Outboard Motor

Posted by CBradshaw on February 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (2)

A California company just introduced a propane-powered outboard motor at the Miami Boat Show.  They won an Innovation Award for the engine.  It was invented by a Captain and according to the press release, "The benefits to the marine industry arenumerous and substantial. 

•  Up to 50% lower fuel cost and more costeffective to use and maintain  

•  No gasoline polluting the water

•  No ethanol or fuel related...

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How to make an Eye Splice

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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Common Electronics Acronyms

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Pronounced “knee-ma,” this is the National Marine Electronics Association. Products meeting NMEA standards are clearly indicated, like the Good Housekeeping Seal on your fancy French mandoline.

NMEA 2000

This is the latest standard for serial-data networking established by NMEA, operating 50 times faster than NMEA 0183. Warning: 0183 instruments may not be compatible...

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How to do a Rope to Chain Splice

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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Posted by Gary Pickering on January 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Just ordered at Xantrex 2000 Inverter. Getting ready for this summer. Going to be spending lots of time on the water.


Posted by Gary Pickering on January 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Skipper of Laramar has ordered an update for his Chart Plotter software. Check out the Link Below


Tips for Safe Refuelling a Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

All Ashore

Insist that your crew stretch their legs while you fuel up. Aboard the boat I saw explode, the skipper was thrown overboard by the blast, but was rescued and lived. Your crew may not be as lucky.

Batten Down

Close all hatches, doors and ports. Gas fumes are heavier than air and will sink into the lower parts of the boat, lying in wait for a spark, or just a rush of fresh ...

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Cut Glare on Laptop Screen

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you use a laptop as your chart plotter screen? Check out this product.

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Thanks to the Skipper of Laramar for sharing this.

How Come My Bilge Pump is Melted?

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 16, 2012 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Ed Sherman explains how a bilge pump can melt, given the wrong combination of mechanical and electrical problems.

Question: Recently I lifted the floor boards on my boat to check my bilge and see how much cleaning I needed to do down there. As I stared at my bilge pump I really couldn’t believe what I saw. The pump looked melted. The pump hadn’t been run for a while since the boat is out of the water in winter storage and the batteries are disconnected. The pi...

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Outboard Motor Tips

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

TIP ONE: Cracked Up

If you’ve had the same outboard engine for more than five or six years, it’s a good bet that you’ve had a fuel line leak in the motor well. That last 2′ of hose between the bilge and the outboard takes a constant beating from the sun, salt spray, and rain. As you run the boat or pump the ball, that hose is constantly flexing. Sooner or later, the fuel line’s surface will crack. When you first see a crack, a leak is just a season o...

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Neat Product

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Sea Ray Parts

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

One of our members has used this site for Sea Ray parts

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Trim Tabs - An Explanation

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Trim tabs work exactly the same way as the control surfaces on an airplane. As you know, there are three axes affecting the motion of your boat as you travel through the water: Yaw, Pitch and Roll.


Trim tabs have little effect on the yaw axis, because yaw is controlled by the rudder or the side to side movement of the outdrive. Where they are effective is in the roll axis, to eliminate or reduce lis...

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Sealed Batteries: Are They Really Sealed?

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 13, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Question: The batteries on my boat are show below. The Lifelines are known as sealed batteries. So, since my batteries are sealed, do I have to worry about ventilating the compartment the batteries are stored in, like I did with my old batteries?

Sealed batteries like these Lifelines can still off-gas if they are overcharged.

Answer: Yes you do. It is important...

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Aston Martin boat- Voyage 55

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 2, 2011 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Designer Luiz de Basto has revealed a new and rather striking 16-metre boat that reflects the aesthetics of sports cars by English car manufacturer, Aston Martin. The Voyage 55 is sadly not intended for production but is a study of the various and distinctive design features of the more modern Aston Martin range. “This concept is intended as a creative exercise only and as a tribute to the brand by designing a high performance boat inspired by the beautiful lines of the Vantage, Rapide,...

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Spot Hug- Satellite Protection for Boats

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 27, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you away from your boat for extended periods of time? This product might interest you. Click on the picture to view their site.