Time to Replace Your Boat’s Impeller

GCSMarineLogo_WhiteBG_576x144It’s time to replace your boat’s impeller, if f you haven’t already done so and Spring is the beginning of your boating season.  Globe Marine recommends that every boat owner replace their engine impeller once every boating season to get optimal use and reliability for your boat’s engine.  Here’s why…

Stored Impellers Can’t Run at Their Best

No Worn Impellers

No Worn Impellers – an impeller that’s “taken a set”

If you stored your boat this winter, the impeller shouldn’t be left in your boat’s engine or pump when first opened for spring.  Why?  Leaving impellers in the boat engines over the winter, especially in cold climates, can cause the impeller to “take a set.”  More than likely, the impeller will still work, but you won’t get optimal water or diesel flow from it.

Likewise, if you tried to store your impeller in a special fluid to preserve it over the winter, it may still “take a set”, or worse, degrade due to the fluid.  Besides these preservatives not being recommended by most manufacturers, re-installed impellers almost always are warped or damaged — not to mention challenging to re-install.  The re-installed impeller still may work initially, but you won’t get optimal performance out of it.  It’s bound to let you down when you need it the most.

If it’s Common Advice, it’s Good Advice

Globe High-flow ImpellerAlmost all impeller manufacturers recommend replacing impellers at least once per season, so it’s a safe bet that you should probably do so at the beginning of each boating season.  These recommendations have come from rigorous testing and development. Manufacturers know what the best operating conditions — and the not-so-great conditions — are for your particular impeller to run at its best.  It may seem smart to save $20-$30 by re-using an old impeller, but you’ll spend more on gas and possibly even engine or pump repairs. In the long run, you’ll save money by replacing your impeller now while getting your vessel ready for the new season.

Impellers Are Affordable

Depending on your engine size and model, impellers are a small portion of the total maintenance costs for your boat.  It really isn’t too much to pay for optimal engine performance and may even save you a little on fuel consumption and efficiency.  It’s better than waiting for a tow or getting stranded out on the water with an overheated engine or broken pump.  With those benefits, a new impeller may even pay for itself in just a few short weeks.

red-blue_overlay-med450x308Globe Marine has 71 different sizes of our famous Run-Dry® Impellers, the only impeller guaranteed to run-dry for up to 15 minutes, from which to choose.  Nearly half of our impellers come with matching gaskets and O-rings included in their see-through packaging and almost all impellers have corresponding models for both water or diesel transfer applications.

Chances are, there’s a Globe Marine Run-Dry® impeller to match your boat’s needs. To find the right Globe Run-Dry® Impeller for you, see our easy-to-use search feature, allowing you to match your existing engine or pump model by manufacturer or impeller dimensions:

Find the Right Impeller

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It’s Spring! Time to Replace Your Boat’s Impeller

Why You Should Replace Your Impeller Every Season

Globe High-flow ImpellerGlobe Marine recommends to every boat owner to replace their boat engine impeller every season. This recommendation stems from several reasons and much research. Below is a short list of why the beginning of the boating season is the best time to replace your boat engine’s impeller.

Almost All Impeller Manufacturers Recommend Replacement Once per Season

Merlin Engine Production, Rolls Royce, 1942Sometimes there’s something to be said for groupthink. If 4 out 5 dentists say you should chew sugar-free gum, maybe you should chew sugar-free gum over the sugary kind? Since almost all impeller manufacturers recommend replacing your boat engine’s impeller at the beginning of the boating season, it’s a safe bet that you should probably do so. These recommendations have come from rigorous testing and development. It’s a safe bet that the manufacturer knows what the best conditions — and the not-so-great conditions — are for their particular impeller models.

If You Stored Your Impeller Over the Off-Season

No Worn Impellers

No Worn Impellers – an impeller that’s “taken a set”

If your boat was winterized, your impeller should no longer be in your boat’s engine when first opened for spring. Leaving impellers in the boat engines over the off-season, especially in cold climates, can cause the impeller to “take a set.” More than likely, the impeller will still work, but you won’t get optimal water or diesel flow from it.

Likewise, if you tried to store your impeller in a special fluid over the off-season, it may still “take a set.” There aren’t any developed fluids recommended by most manufacturers for the proper storing of impellers, especially in colder climates. Re-installing impellers that have been stored over the off-season without the package directions can not only be challenging, but also are almost never aligned correctly causing warping or damage to the impeller at best and engine damage at worst. That being said, the impeller may still work, but you won’t get optimal performance out of it.

Impellers Are Reasonably Affordable

Globe Run-dry Impellers with O-rings

Globe Run-dry Impellers with O-rings

Depending on your engine size and model, impellers are a small portion of your maintenance costs for your boat. It really isn’t too much to pay for optimal engine performance and may even save you a little on fuel consumption and efficiency. With those two benefits, the impeller may even pay for itself in a few short weeks. An old impeller, not working at peak performance, may cost you even more over the long-run.

Globe Marine has 82 different sizes / models of our famous Run-dry® Impellers from which to choose — the only impeller guaranteed to run dry for up to 15 minutes. Thirty-five of those run-dry impellers now come with matching gaskets and O-rings included right in the package. Almost all impellers have corresponding models for both water or diesel transfer. There’s a Globe Marine impeller to match almost any size boat engine and anyone’s needs. To find the right Globe Run-dry® Impeller, use our comprehensive online Find the Right Impeller tool, where you can search by model number, manufacturer, or dimensions.

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To Sail to Cuba, Would You If You Could?

Map of Cuba, smallHavana is only 90 miles from the southern coast of Florida and a little over 1,200 nautical miles from Globe Marine’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a trip just long enough to carry a spare Run-dry Impeller® and DRIVESAVER® before leaving. So, if you could sail to Cuba, would you?

Thought You Could Go to Cuba Already, Can’t You?

SailboatYes and no. While the economic sanctions and travel restrictions to Cuba were loosened this past December and then again in January, technically you still can’t ‘vacation’ there. You can sign up for what’s called a ‘people-to-people’ tour, as long as the tour falls under one of the accepted travel categories. The most common categories are:

  • To visit family
  • Governmental or Diplomatic meetings or visits
  • Journalism
  • Professional research & meetings
  • Educational activities
  • Religious activities
  • Public, athletic, & other performances or competitions
  • Humanitarian aid or projects

Old Havana, CubaTour-members no longer have to apply for a license to travel to Cuba under one of these categories and there aren’t many established guidelines for meeting category these requirements.

Unfortunately, you still have to fly into Cuba on a chartered flight and tour (which would imply that tourism in Cuba for US tourists is now open). You still can’t sail there casually without risking a fine, your boat impounded, incarceration, etc. However, it can be done through the right channels by obtaining a “temporary sojourn permit” from the U.S. Department of Treasury. This is like an “export/import license” for your boat and may take up to six months for approval (Sailing to Cuba, SpinSheet, Feb. 25, 2015).

Why Bother?

Classic Cars in CubaBarring all of those licenses, and requirements, would you sail to Cuba if you could? What’s the point, you may ask? Just go to Bermuda or the Bahamas instead? Here are the most common tourist (i.e. not family, religious, humanitarian ones) reasons why:

  • Lure of the here-to forbidden locale.
  • To be amongst the first to see “Fidel’s” Cuba before there’s a Starbucks and McDonald’s on every corner.
  • Romanticism for the pre-Communist Cuba — remember, it once rivaled Vegas.
  • The history of the place!Cuban beaches
  • The unspoiled waters and beaches (although some argue this reason is marred by the downtrodden economy).
  • You’re a seasoned traveler who’s been everywhere else, why not here?

But, in all honesty, it’s so close; why not?

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