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:

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References

Globe Marine speaks w/ “Composites Weekly”

CompositesWeekly_icon_380x329Globe Marine’s and Globe Composite Solutions’ own engineer, Brian Evans, recently spoke with Jonathan Taylor from Composites Weekly magazine — the industry’s foremost leading podcast on engineered composites, plastics, and advanced materials — in their weekly interview. Read on to learn more about the innovative composite materials Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers®, DRIVESAVERs®, and other marine parts and accessories are comprised.

Globe Marine’s Parts Are Made from Brandonite®

Globe Marine DRIVESAVERsGlobe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® and DRIVESAVERs® are made from Globe’s proprietary composite materials, called Brandonite®. Brandonite® is a family of innovative and patented composite materials made by Globe alone to ensure that your marine parts withstand the tests of time, the ravages of the elements, and wear and tear beyond the expectation of OEM parts. Our Brandonite® materials also are made to break apart in the event of an unforeseen engine crisis or accident, saving your boat from metal shards or shrapnel lodging in your engine. See how Globe Marine’s DRIVESAVERs® can save your engine and mean the difference between replacing a part in your boat’s engine or replacing your entire transmission.

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Globe Marine Run-dry® Impellers are Self-Lubricating

With Globe Composite Solutions’ patented composite formulas, Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® are self-lubricating. Meaning, they have the lubricating agent infused into the composite material from which they’re made. This self-lubrication makes Globe Marine’s Run-Dry Impellers® the only impeller on the market able to run dry for up to 15 minutes!

Listen Now!

Listen to Globe Marine’s and Globe Composite Solutions’ engineer, Brian Evans, review all of the above mentioned Globe Marine products and their benefits in Composites Weekly‘s podcast:

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Find the Right Part and Model

Need an impeller or DRIVESAVER® now? Find the right run-dry impeller or DRIVESAVER® with Globe Marine’s comprehensive search tools.

Find the Right Impeller
Find the right DRIVESAVER®

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

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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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What is a DRIVESAVER®?

Vibration-Reducing Flexible Couplers

What is a DRIVESAVER®, exactly?

Globe Marine DRIVESAVERsGood question because you’d be hard-pressed to find the answer online! The definition of a coupler is a “rod or link transmitting force and motion between a rotating part and a rotating or oscillating part” (Random House Dictionary, Unabridged, ©2015). At its simplest, a DRIVESAVER® is a flexible coupler that reduces the vibration of the propeller shaft but also acts as a circuit breaker if the boat propeller hits a log or rock.

Why should I have one for my boat?

What Happens To Motor w/o DRIVESAVER

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

It’s better to be safe than sorry.  What the DRIVESAVER® does, besides reducing tangible vibrations associated from misalignment between the transmission and propeller shaft, is protect your transmission from costly damage in the event of an accident.  I know, I know, you’re the safest driver in the world, right? Which means you always wear your seatbelt and never walk under ladders.  But, someone or something still could hit you while driving through no fault of your own.  Think of the DRIVESAVER® like a seatbelt for your transmission and propeller shaft — it reduces major headaches if either breaks.  Not to mention with the noise and vibration reduction to boot, it will make conversation on your boat that much more enjoyable.

Where can I get a DRIVESAVER®?

Globe Marine ProductsFor the best DRIVESAVER®s on the market, you’ll need one made of advanced composite materials.  They’re much more durable than plastic or other materials.  Globe Marine offers 59 different DRIVESAVER® models, all affordable and easy to install, made from our unique Brandonite® elastomers.  Each DRIVESAVER® is handmade in the USA by our expert engineers using specialized materials and proprietary molding processes. All metal components and hardware are plated for corrosion resistance and long-life.  To find the right DRIVESAVER® for your boat engine’s model, use Globe Marine’s comprehensive search tool that allows you to search different model, manufacturer compatibility, dimensions, price, and other important parameters.

How much does a DRIVESAVER® cost?

Starting at a little less than $200, all of Globe Marine’s DRIVESAVER®s are reasonably affordable and easy to install.  Depending on your engine size and model, DRIVESAVER®s are a worthwhile investment for the safety of your boat engine and far less expensive than having to rebuild or replace your engine entirely — especially compared to replacing a transmission!

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All Globe Marine and Globe Composite offices are open, Weds. 01/28/15

All of Globe Marine and Globe Composite Solutions’ offices have dug out of the snow and are open again today, Weds. 01/28/2015.

Check back here or on Globe Composite’s News bulletin for updates: http://www.globecomposite.com/news-list2.

All of Globe’s offices closed Tues 1/27 due to snow

All of Globe Marine’s and Globe Composite Solution’s offices are closed today, Tues. 1/27/2015, due to the snow emergency in South Shore and South Coast Massachusetts.

Check back here or on Globe Composite’s News bulletin for updates: http://www.globecomposite.com/news-list2.

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

2014 in review — Our 1st blog year

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 380 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.