What to Do in an Unforeseen Critical Event

GCSMarineLogo_WhiteBG_576x144Boating season is in full swing and families everywhere are enjoying time on the water, but what if that time is marred by your boat hitting rocks or other unseen debris in the water?  What if rocks or other debris get sucked into the intake?  What should you do?  How do you keep your family and your boat safe?

Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

Stohlquist Escape Life JacketAlways have enough life jackets for every crew member and passenger on board.  In many states here in the U.S., children under a certain age must were life preservers at all times while on board and on the docks.  Adults and crew members may want to always wear theirs as well to set a good example for any minors.

No one wants to hit an object in the water accidentally, but even the most diligent of captains may not see hidden debris under the water.  Wearing a life jacket ensures, if the boat is jarred violently or if the engine stalls suddenly, anyone knocked overboard will be much safer.

Never BUI (Boating Under the Influence)

Operation Dry WaterRemember to “launch like a boss” and “dock like a boss;” never boat under the influence (BUI). Per Operation Dry Water, alcohol:

  • is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents
  • was the leading factor in nearly one-fourth of recreational boating deaths (21%) in 2014
The “National Boating Under the Influence Awareness” campaign starts June 24, 2016 – June 26, 2016.  Join Operation Dry Water in taking the pledge to #NeverBUI.

If You Do Get Stuck

boat stuck on sandbarIf you do get stuck on some unseen debris or rocks, or worse yet if you run aground, don’t try to force the boat over the spot.  You might wind up just getting yourself stuck further.  Neither should you try to back off the debris immediately either.  You may wind up sucking bits and pieces, mud, or plant-life into the engine, which could lead you to our next two pointers; you may have to replace your impeller or drive shaft as a result.

First, make sure the boat isn’t leaking or taking on water.  If you’re sure you can back up safely without damaging the engine (i.e., nothing will get sucked into the engine that shouldn’t), reverse with the engine carefully or better yet with a mainsail if possible.  It’s even better to wait for the tide to rise and raise the boat off the spot, if you can.  If there’s no tide or the tide isn’t in your favor, you may have to ask another boat or call for a tow.

Keep an Extra Impeller or Two On-Board

Globe High-flow ImpellerImpellers are small, yet integral parts of your boat’s engine.  Keep an extra impeller or two on hand at all times on the boat.  Typically, they’re small enough that an extra impeller or two won’t prohibit keeping any other safety gear.  Power & Motoryacht magazine advises to keep at least one extra impeller “for each and every pump onboard” your boat.  After all, Globe Marine Impellers are reasonably priced and affordable.  Besides, it beats waiting for a tow!

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Install a Globe Marine DRIVESAVER®

Globe Marine DRIVESAVERIf rocks or small debris do make their way into the engine, replace the impeller.  Also, be sure to check that the drive shaft isn’t damaged, bent, or broken.  A great way of preventing the latter is to install a Globe Marine DRIVESAVER®.  Globe Marine DRIVESAVER®s can spare your engine and transmission in the event that foreign objects make their way past the intake and into the engine, potentially saving you costly repairs or even having to replace the transmission.

See below for what can happen without any protection for your drive shaft installed:

Damage to motor without Globe Marine DRIVESAVER
What Happens To Motor w/o DRIVESAVER

What Happens to Motor without DRIVESAVER

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:

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Time to Stock Up on New Impellers

Boat Show season has officially started and that means it’s time to get ready for the boating season. It’s time to start thinking about getting that boat or watercraft out of storage or dry dock and getting your baby seaworthy.

Seattle Boat Show

It’s Time to Replace Impellers

Globe High-flow ImpellerOne of the most important parts of ensuring your vessel is seaworthy is replacing the impeller at the beginning of every boating season.  A new impeller will ensure that your boat or craft’s engine is working at peak performance.  Old impellers certainly may work still, but to get the most out of your engine a new impeller is paramount.

Globe Run-dry® Impellers – The Perfect Match

Run-dry Impeller Blue w. Brass CoreWhat’s the best way to ensure you’re getting the best impellers on the market?  Globe Marine Run-dry® Impellers, of course. Time on the water is precious, so trust the most reliable impellers available. Globe Marine Run-dry® Impellers are guaranteed to run-dry for up to 15 minutes, potentially saving your engine from costly repairs.

Tests prove that Globe Marine impellers outperform standard neoprene or rubber impellers every time.

Find the Right Impeller

Find the perfectly matching impeller with our comprehensive Find the Right Impeller tool.  Globe Marine has over 83 models to fit almost any engine and our 35 most popular models include complimentary gaskets and O-rings.  While you’re at it, why not stock up on an extra impeller?  Having an extra impeller on-board is far better than waiting for a tow!

Find the Right Impeller

Need to know where to shop? Find a Globe Marine dealer near you:

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Highlights: 2016 New England Boat Show

NEboatshow_logo_300x117This February marked the 59th year of the New England Boat Show. As the Northeast’s largest boat show, it’s argued by many (along with the Miami Boat Show) to kick off the boat show season.

According to marinesource.com, the New England Boat Show with its “property of over 300,000 square feet displaying an array of hundreds of boats from some of the best dealers” is the premiere boating expo for the region.

Check out Globe Marine’s list of show highlights linked below. Then, once you’ve found your perfect boat, get the perfectly matching impeller with our comprehensive Find the Right Impeller tool.

Find a Globe Marine Dealer Find the Right Impeller Find the Right DRIVESAVER

Fun Fact: No one got stuck in the snow on the way to the show this year!

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Yacht stuck in snow on way to 2015 New England Boat Show in Boston.

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Winter Is Coming …

Getting Your Boat Ready for the Off-Season

Boat And Engine Covered In SnowDepending on where you live, it may be time to think about winterizing your boat for the off-season. Those of us on the east coast of the United States know how gentle…ahem… winter can be on your boat. Here are five basic tips for getting your boat ready for the off-season because “winter is coming …”

1)   Wash and dry your boat before storing.

Winter Boat StorageHopefully, you wash and dry your boat regularly, especially if you cruise or sail in saltwater. Definitely give it a good thorough wash at the end of the boating season. 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, completely dry your engine if it’s outboard.

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

Mercury Marine Engine FlushChanging 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. Lastly, drain any fuel still in the engine before storing for the end of the season. Leaving the fuel in the engine to stagnate can potentially damage the engine. Also, 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.

No Worn Impellers

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

This step may sound like overkill, 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 82 different models of Run-Dry® Impellers, the most popular of which come with matching gaskets and O-rings for easy installation. To find the impeller that’s right for you, simply use our handy impeller search tool. 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.

Snowing On SailboatsWhether 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 absorbent packets 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, 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 vibration, absorbing extreme shock and torque to help optimize your transmission and engine power. If you strike an unseen rock or log, Globe Marine DRIVESAVERs® are designed to break apart, leaving your engine and transmission intact.

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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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