Boating Safety, a New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Eve may have come and gone, but hopefully your resolutions haven’t already. Whether you’re in it for the long haul, or you and your resolutions are fair-weather friends, it’s not too late to make a new New Year’s resolution. What better resolution to make than a recommitment to boating safety?

From the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to BoatUS to the American Boating Association, here are the top tips for staying safe on the water for you, your family and friends, and your pets in any season.

Safety Tips

1) Always be aware of the weather.

Indian Ocean Sat ImageNot only should you check the weather forecast to avoid dangerous weather conditions before you go, but while you’re out on the water, stay aware of weather changes. If you notice a sudden change, drop in temperature, rough or high winds, get off the water if you can. When cruising and sailing, always file/plot your course with the appropriate authorities for your area or country, like the USCG.

Track nasty weather with BostUS‘s Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center.

Checklist2) Keep and follow a pre-departure checklist and float plan.

Keep a list of the all your gear, where it’s stored, and check that it’s all there and in working condition. Besides filing your course, let someone close to you — a friend or family member — know where you’re going and with whom you’re going. Make a list of all your fellow travelers: their names, ages, and addresses/phone numbers (if different from yours).  Make a list of any stops and destinations and when you plan on departing and arriving at each.

3) Make us of life-jackets.

lifejacketThis tip almost seems like a no-brainer, but from the banter on social media, you’d be surprised how many people still balk at wearing life-jackets. We’ll leave that argument up to you to discuss amongst yourselves, but children under 12 must wear a life-jacket at all times on open water in most states in the U.S. SafeKids.org recommends:

  • Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.
  • Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have kids make a ‘touchdown’ signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits a child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.

And, if you’re bringing any furry friends, at least have a properly sized pet’s life-jacket for them, too. If your dog or cat can’t swim, they should probably wear it all the time on the water.

4) Don’t drink and drive.

According to the USCG, accident rates more than double when alcohol is involved with boating. Don’t forget: heat, sun, and sea can all exacerbate the effects of alcohol, too. So like when driving a car, it’s just best not to drink and drive.

USCG icon5) Take a boating safety course.

Take a USCG certified safety course or take courses online. Also, if you don’t already know how, learn to swim.

6) Have the proper/extra equipment.

Besides having and wearing life-jackets when needed and planning ahead, make sure your craft has all the needed equipment — especially if going on a long trip. Some items to be sure to have on-board in proper working order:

  • Enough fuel; if needed, an extra tank emergencies
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fully charged engine battery
  • A working bilge pump
  • Make sure the boat’s blower, horn, and navigation lights are working (even if you’re not going out at night).
  • Have an anchor and line of the size and length to enable you to safeguard the boat in the event of a breakdown.
  • If you plan to be out of cell phone range, a marine radio is a must as is a GPS for navigation if you are going out to sea.
  • Before leaving, install a DRIVESAVER® to save your engine in case of a stall or mechanical failure and always be sure to bring an extra impeller.
What Happens To Motor w/o DRIVESAVER

What can happen to your motor after hitting some rocks without a DRIVESAVER® installed…

References

Globe Composite Stuffs Presents under Angel Tree

Holiday Update:

Globe Composite's Filled Angel TreeThis holiday season, for the first time, Globe Composite Solutions participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.  The Angel Tree program strives to give the gift of Christmas by providing 1-2 presents — a toy and/or an item of clothing — to every child in the most neediest of families.

It is the Salvation Army’s firm belief and we agree that every child deserves “to experience the joy of Christmas morning.”  Every child deserves to wake up to at least one present.  Such a small token, yet it can seem like an insurmountable hurdle to those families who must choose between putting food on the table and buying a toy for their child for Christmas.

Globe Composite, in its initial year of the Angel Tree program, has filled every present request on our tree.  The Salvation Army picked up the unwrapped, unmarked gifts yesterday.  We are happy that we fulfilled every ticket on our tree and hope that the gifts bring a happy Christmas to the children and families in our area.  (All of the gifts go to specific in-need families and children in your specific area or town.)

And, if that doesn’t warm your heart, watch a playlist from last year’s efforts.  (The little girl who’s psyched simply because she got shoes is adorable.)

Holiday Light Displays on Water

Who says that a certain jolly, red elf’s transport has to be a sleigh? Maybe it was really a boat? We bet he’s got a boat at least for the off-season. How else to sail to the Caribbean from the North Pole? It’s difficult to hide reindeer on a tropical island.

Below is a list of some holiday light shows on and/or near the water from across the US for those of us still sailing or missing it already. Happy holidays, from Globe!

East Coast, US

Nantucket Carolers

Plymouth, MAChristmas in Historic Plymouth happens this Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and it’s free. See the tree lighting, lights, and more.

Nantucket, MAAnnual Nantucket Christmas Stroll: Santa will arrive driving a Coast Guard vessel. (See, we bet he had a boat.)   See carolers in period costume amongst other revelers, while strolling through Nantucket’s lights and craft fairs. The event is Dec. 5-7 and is also free.

Washington, DC – Someone was nice enough to put together an entire list of Lighted Boat Parades in and around the DC area. It’s ok to peek at this present before the holiday. Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights lists at least 7 different holiday boat parades in DC.

Key West Lighted Boat ParadeAnnapolis, MD – Sandy Point State Park’s Lights on the Bay is a decade long tradition along the shore of Chesapeake Bay. Open from November 22 – January 1, 2015, the cost is $14 per car.

Florida – Check out South Florida Food & Wine’s magazine’s list of Holiday Light Shows and Boat Parades from all over Florida — from the Keys to Miami to Fort Lauderdale and more.

West Coast, US

Seattle/Tacoma, WA – Seattle/Tacoma Christmas Holiday Light Shows: From the Christmas Ship Festival to lights strung through Point Defiance and more check out this list of cruises, strolls, and drives.

Los Angeles, CA – Griffith Park Holiday Lights: Ok, so Griffith Park isn’t really on the water, but on a clear day you can see the water (sometimes). But, the holiday lights are back at the park after being missed for the last 5 years. In the past, they were the best light display in LA. Now the lights are strung in the zoo, rather than along one of the canyons, and will be up from Nov. 28 to Jan. 4, 2015.

Redondo BeachNewport Beach Lighted-Boats, CA – King Harbor Boat Parade: The parade route stretches from King Harbor Marina to the Redondo Beach Pier, continuing all along the waterfront from restaurants to break-walls and along the piers. It occurs next Saturday, Dec. 13th from 5:30 – 7 pm PT.

Newport Beach, CA – Newport Landing’s Christmas Boat Parade & Cruises: Reserve a cruise or try to catch a glimpse on your own. Cruises can be booked for dates Dec. 4 through Jan. 4.

 

IlluminOceanDana Point, CA – We found the following coastal holiday light display from a fellow blogger, sailor, and adventurer. The writer of BucketListPublications.org posted some great photos of her family’s trip to IlluminOcean in Dana Point, CA. Looks awesome! The light show which has become a yearly tradition in Dana Point goes on for 40 nights. This season it’s lighting up the coast from November 26 to January 4, 2015.

Too Many to List Them All

Apologies if we didn’t get to your town’s, state’s, or country’s awesome light or boat parade. Send us a photo of your favorite decked-out-with-lights boat to info.gcsmarine@gmail.com and we’ll post a gallery online. Avid facebook fan? Post your photo and like our facebook page at www.facebook.com/GCSmarine. Be sure to let us know where the boat is (just city and state/province/country is fine) for posting.

If you can’t get to a parade yourself, these videos are the next best thing: (Or, learn how to make your own light show!)

Merry everything!

 

Globe Marine’s Seasonal Tips for Boat Engine Care

For those of us in a four-season climate, Fall is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about off-season boat engine care. Here are 5 basic tips for keeping your boat engine, whether outboard or inboard, in tip-top shape for many seasons to come.

1)   Wash and dry your boat regularly.Boat Cleaning

Not just at the end of the season, but throughout, wash your boat regularly — especially if you boat in saltwater. We’ve all seen what road salt can do to a car; saltwater can do the same to your boat. A soap formulated for marine boat wash is best, but car wash soap can be used just as well. And, dry off your engine if it’s outboard.

2)   Change the oil, check the coolant, and flush and drain the motor.

Changing the oil and checking the coolant lines almost goes without saying — just like with a car — but flush and drain the motor as well. Be especially sure to flush outboard engines whether they’ve been run in saltwater or fresh. Drain any fuel still in the engine before storing it for the end of the season. Leaving the fuel in the engine to stagnate can damage the engine. Lastly, be sure to dispose of any old fuel, coolant, or oil according to your local waste or recycling regulations.

3)   When the boat is stored for off-season, remove the engine impeller.

Globe Marine Run-Dry Impellers, various

This step may sound like over-kill, but almost all impeller manufacturers recommend replacing the impeller at the beginning of each season. Leaving the impeller in the engine during the off-season, especially in colder climates, can cause the impeller to take a “set” and decrease water or diesel flow when next used. That’s not to say the impeller will no longer work; you simply won’t get the most out of it.

To get optimal use out your boat’s engine, replace the impeller at the beginning of each season. Globe Marine makes over 100 different models of Run-Dry® Impellers. The most popular of these impellers come with matching gaskets and O-rings for ease of use and installation.Globe Marine Run-dry Impeller 270

To find the impeller that’s right for you, simply use our handy impeller search tool or check our list of impellers including gaskets and O-rings to see if your model is listed. Globe Marine Run-Dry® Impellers can be purchased at a dealer near you.

4)   Store your boat in a covered dry space or in dry-dock.

Winter Boat StorageWhether you have a small boat or a yacht, store your boat in a covered dry space. Depending on the size of your boat, that dry space can be as simple as covering it with a tarp or as elaborate as a real dry dock. Regardless of the size of your boat, here are a few tips to winterize any boat:

  • Open any drains and openings to prevent damage from freezing.
  • Boat trailers that hold the boat should have some support for the boat hull as to not damage the trailer’s tires.
  • Remove any accessories, electronics, cushions, etc.
  • Put moisture absorbers in the cabin and lockers.
  • For boats on blocks, check stands and blocks now and then to make sure they’re secure.

5)   Before next season, make sure to install a DRIVESAVER®

Globe Marine DRIVESAVERsIf you have an inboard motor, before launching your boat next season, consider installing a Globe Marine DRIVESAVER®. Sometimes called a flexible marine coupling, Globe’s DRIVESAVERs® can create a barrier between your transmission and your propeller shaft to reduce drivetrain vibrations and absorb extreme shock and torque optimizing your transmission and engine power. Even better, Globe Marine DRIVESAVERs® are designed to break apart if you strike an unseen rock or log, leaving your transmission and engine intact.

 

References:

Globe Marine in Power & MotorYacht magazine’s: Essential Spare Parts…

Power & MotorYacht MagazineRead about Globe Marine’s impellers and other parts in Power & MotorYacht magazine’s excellent write-up for this month’s Maintenance section in the October 15, 2014 issue.

The article by Mike Smith titled, “Essential Spare Parts to Keep on Your Boat,” discusses which parts are absolute must-haves, like Globe Run-Dry Impellers® and DRIVESAVERs®, for cruising on your boat or even small trips and which parts you can comfortably leave behind making more room on your boat for fun, family, and friends.

Globe Run-Dry Impellers Featured in PassageMaker

Check it out! Globe Marine Run-Dry Impellers featured in the October 2014 issue of PassageMaker magazine (Gear Products, p. 40). Thanks, PassageMaker!

Click the image below or here for a larger view.

Globe Marine Run-Dry Impellers in PassageMaker

(Excerpt of page only. See Gear Products p. 40 of October 2014 issue of PassageMaker magazine for the full page.)

Globe Marine Introduces Run-Dry Impeller Model #270

Globe Marine's Run-dry Impeller 270Globe Marine is pleased to announce another new marine impeller model added to its line of world-class Globe Run-Dry® Impellers — the only impellers able to run dry for up to 15 minutes. This model is the fifth new impeller introduced into the market by Globe this year.

Globe Marine Run-Dry Impeller 270 pkg
Run-Dry® Impeller Model #270 (part number 01-12-2046) replaces Sherwood 27000K and Cummins 3974456 impellers and uses Globe’s proprietary long-lasting, self-lubricating, composite material. Unlike impellers made from traditional neoprene materials, Globe Marine’s Run-dry® Impeller is guaranteed to run-dry for up to 15 minutes. Those crucial minutes could mean the difference between either saving your engine or incurring costly repairs. And, this impeller comes with an O-ring to make replacement even easier.

The new impeller is available for purchase online to Globe distributors at www.globemarine.com.

Interested in becoming a Globe Marine dealer or distributor? Apply here.

Details

Packaging

  • Globe Marine Run-Dry® Impeller Model #270 comes with Globe’s unique packaging, including its matching O-ring for easy installation.
Dimensions
  • 3-1/4 inches diameter
  • 2-7/8 inches wide
  • 3/4 inch shaft diameter
  • 11-point involuted spline with a brass core
Use/Application
  • Globe Marine Run-dry® Impeller Model #270 is for use in water transfer applications only.
  • It can replace impeller models Sherwood 27000K and Cummins 3974456.
Price
  • Suggested retail price is $85 — very competitive compared to other impeller manufacturers using neoprene or rubber materials.

Buy a Globe Marine Run-Dry® Impeller

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