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!

Find the Right Impeller

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:

Find the Right Impeller

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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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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.

References

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)

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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Rebirth of TrawlerFest New England!

TrawlerFest, the premiere cruising boat show from PassageMaker magazine, is coming back to New England! They’ll be stopping in Essex, Connecticut this summer 2015 for five days from June 2, 2015 to June 7, 2015.

TrawlerFest is a boat show “specifically designed for cruising enthusiasts” per PasageMaker’s website.   After not having a venue in New England for  a short while, they’re back by popular demand.  The venue new to TrawlerFest, Brewer Yacht Yards, boasts a “13-acre island, offers 125 slips” and is “located just five miles from the mouth of the Connecticut River.”

To top it all off, PassageMaker magazine has the good sense to value Globe Marine Run-Dry® Impellers, the only impellers guaranteed to run-dry for up to 15 minutes. See PassageMaker’s review of our Run-Dry® Impellers in their magazine.

 

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!