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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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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2015 Globe Marine year in review

Globe Marine’s blog had another banner year.  The WordPress.com helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report.

For example:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 870 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sailing South? Avoid Being a Sloop John B.

Tips for a Safe Voyage from Cruising Compass and Others

“The first mate he got drunk
And broke in the Cap’n’s trunk
The constable had to come and take him away…
…I want to go home”
— “Pet Sounds,” The Beach Boys

Sailboat in CaribbeanSailing south for the winter? Whether this trip is your first winter migration or you’re an old salty dawg at making the southern passage, below are some good tips from the experts at making the voyage safe and fun — and avoid any Sloop John B. moments and that feeling of “I want to go home.”

1)   Is your vessel big enough?

Pearson 30 - Sailboatlistings.comIs your sailboat or powerboat big enough for a winter crossing to the southern area of your choice? Capt. Jack Morton of the Maryland School of Sailing writes for BWsailing.com’s blog, Cruising Compass, that at minimum a 30-foot vessel is ideal for most. Of course, there are always exceptions, but he writes most people will feel safe and comfortable on at least a 30-foot boat if not larger. If your vessel is a sailboat, make sure it has sails for a variety of wind conditions, either for while underway or for while heaving to.

A good point raised in forums, too: Make sure your boat has a heater. If staying within a temperate/mild climate but an area that still has a ‘winter’ season, you’ll need a heater to keep the boat warm and comfortable — especially while it’s surrounded by colder, if not cold, water.

2)   Filters and fuel are of the utmost importance.

“The engine is critical and should have adequate spare parts to enable you to be self-sufficient for the most common problems like impellers or belts.”  — Capt. Jack Morton, for BWsailing.com’s blog, Cruising Compass

Globe Marine's Run-dry Impeller 270We couldn’t have written this sentiment better ourselves. Make sure you engine is flushed and clean. That means removing any gunk or buildup that may have collected over the warmer months and that can gum up your engine potentially. Replace the fuel filter. Do a full systems check and tune-up. You won’t want to waste time waiting for a tow or worse a rescue.

Globe Marine Run-Dry Impellers, variousBring some essential spare parts. Here’re some basic spare items to be sure to bring. They may seem like common sense, but it’s best to have a checklist:

  • an anchor
  • Spare fuel filter
  • A spare impeller or two for each pump on board

For a complete list, see “Essential Spare Parts to Keep On Your Boat,” by Mike Smith for Power & MotorYacht.

3)   How much crew and which crew members do I need?

Dana 24, Interior - Dana BrochureHow many crew members you can take depends on how many will fit in your rig. Be aware that sea-faring vessels get knocked about much more than coastal cruisers. So, make sure all of your crew berths will keep them snug in their perches, not ending up on the cabin floor.

As to whom you should bring? Bring the best team you have that works and gels together the best. With space at a premium, on a longer journey for some, privacy and personal space will be out the porthole. So whomever you choose for your team, they’ll have to be able to work as a team at all times.

4)   When’s the best time to go?

Fall is the obvious choice, but who wants to makeway during hurricane season? This razor’s edge leaves everyone planning this trip with the difficult question of when to leave. September whether in many places is ideal probably, except for the hurricanes. But, waiting ’til hurricane season is over completely runs the risk of running into freezing winter conditions in many places.

5)   Plan for weather, adequate time, and then some.

Yacht in Rough Seas - YachtPals.comAll of the blogs and forums we’ve read here at Globe Marine stress the importance that you’re going to run in to weather and probably nasty weather — be it hurricanes or nor’easters. So, plan a couple extra days into your travel timeline, just in case. Even leaving from a more southern port, like Florida, to head even further South, you’re going to run into some crazy weather possibly out there on the open ocean. It’s unavoidable, especially in winter, so be prepared for it.

This last point really hammers home point #2. You don’t want to get stuck out on the open ocean without an extra part, like an impeller. To find the right Globe Marine impeller for your boat, just click the red button below and use our handy cross reference to find the perfect fit.

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

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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.

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

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New for 2015! Globe Model 300 Run-dry® Impeller

Why Use Globe Run-dry® Impellers?

Run-dry Impeller Test Results

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… Because when run-dry performance counts, you can count on Globe Marine. Globe Marine Run-dry® Impellers are the only impellers in the world guaranteed to run dry for up to 15 minutes. Globe impellers are made of Brandonite® a high-strength, elastomeric material with self-lubricating compounds for run-dry protection and improved resistance to sand and dirt to help keep you going in the most difficult conditions. Our impellers help to protect your engine in a damaging event and are priced competitively compared to standard neoprene impellers.

What’s New About Model 300?

Run-dry Impeller Blue w. Brass CoreGlobe Run-dry® Impeller Model 300 comes with a brass core to meet the most demanding pump applications. It’s designed to withstand sunlight, saltwater, diesel fuel, and caustic chemicals and lubricants. All of Globe Marine’s impellers are designed to withstand the harshest of conditions, including continual exposure to the elements.

Specs

Model 300 Run-Dry® Blue Impeller
Outside Diameter: 4 1/2″ (95 mm)
Width: 4 5/16″ (102 mm)
Shaft Diameter: 1″ (25 mm)
Core Type: Brass
Number of Blades: 10
Liquid Type: Water
Drive Type: 45° 10-Tooth Spline
Manufacturer’s Models It Replaces: Sherwood 30000

Where Can I Get One?

Run-dry Impeller Blue - frontGlobe Marine offers a wide variety of impellers with 82 sizes from which to choose. We have impeller models to fit any engine. To find the nearest dealer near you, use our handy Find a Dealer tool. Unsure of which impeller model you need for your boat’s engine? Use our comprehensive Find the Right Impeller guide.

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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Globe Marine in Boating Industry Canada NEWSWEEK

News Flash

Boating Industry Canada: Strigh-MacKay Ad See Globe Marine’s new ad posted by Stright-MacKay in this month’s issue of Boating Industry Canada’s Current News. (See the right sidebar, below the fold.)

Remember to find the only Run-Dry® Impellers guaranteed to run dry for up to 15 minutes, now complete with gaskets and O-rings, see Globe Marine’s comprehensive Find the Right Impeller search tool.

Thanks, Stright-MacKay!

(Boating Industry Canada, NEWSWEEK; May 5, 2015, Volume 9, Issue 18)

The Importance of Nautical Charts & Maps

Sextant & ChartBefore GPS … Before radar … And, even before sonar, a sailor’s best chance at finding the way around the big blue was charts and maps. The sextant and the night sky are not withstanding. They’re too dependent on the weather and the level of math required to properly use a sextant meant that your charts and maps were your last, best hope. (Yes, even a couple of hundred years ago, math was not everyone’s best subject — one of the many reasons the position of captain was so difficult to staff.) Even with a sextant, if you were missing or had incorrect charts and maps, many a captain and ship were lost forever, never to return. Hey, doesn’t it make you want to run out and be a pirate? It’s not all puffy blouses and sabers.

Battle Ship painting by radojavor

Tips on Reading a Nautical ChartOld Cape Cod Bay, 1933, from NOAA

  • Study your charts thoroughly.
  • Look at the position from which you will start and visually follow along the course you wish to take.
  • Look for “notes” – water depths, obstructions (especially under water), bridges, power lines or any other unusual items that may be a hazard to your progress.
  • Make a note of each of these on a separate piece of paper.
  • Make note of all buoys and markers you may pass in the order they will appear. This will give you a documented picture of your route and what you should expect to see without having to continually try to find a small marker on the chart.
  • Look for visual objects featured on your chart that you should be able to observe and identify to confirm your position.
  • Always check the weather before departing – in this case, also to make sure you will be safe in navigating the waters.  (Chart Reading 101; McNiel, Bill; http://boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/chart101.htm)

But, I Have a Small Boat on a Lake…

Sailboat Lost On LakeTake it from BoatSafe.com sailor and writer, Bill McNiel, even with a small boat on a lake it’s best to have your charts and maps handy. Read on as he bemoans an afternoon of spelling out directions to skippers, without charts and maps, simply ferrying boats across a lake in Atlanta. No huge disaster, but it would’ve gone a lot faster had the skippers had charts and maps of the lake.

Keeping your bearings and keeping accurate bearings are essential for small boat positioning as well. Even with instruments, what if it’s cloudy, or you get interference?

As the School of Sailing aptly wrote: “The nautical chart is for the mariner what the road map is for the driver.” You wouldn’t go on a road trip without a map, right? Ok, maybe you would, but obviously you’ve never had your GPS quit on you here:

Mojave Desert, The Great NothingWhere Can I Get Charts & Maps?

American Nautical ServicesThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides nautical charts and maps, as well as many chart and mapmakers. American Nautical Services can provide you not only with charts and maps, but also with many instruments and accessories from sextants, to compasses, to paper weights, and even flags. Bon voyage!

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