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

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 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.

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.

 

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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.

Outside Sales-Parcel, Marine, Industrial, Medical, & Material Handling

Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd. is seeking an Outside Sales Exec for the Parcel, Marine, Industrial, Medical, & Material Handling industries to specialize in selling design and manufacturing services for advanced composite products to these various sectors.  This person will be responsible for leveraging and expanding existing relationships to market our products and capabilities.

Globe is a recognized leader in designing, formulating, and manufacturing non-metallic composite components for a diverse group of industrial applications.

See the Outside Sales Exec-Parcel, Marine, Industrial, Medical, & Material Handling posting in Globe Composite Solutions’ corporate website’s Careers section to apply or for more info.

Celebrate the Ocean during Summer’s Onset

Since June marks the beginning of summer, the focus is upon celebrating our world’s oceans and seas. Enjoying the water, keeping it clean, and staying safe out on the water are all major movements celebrated and promoted during this first month of summer.

A variety of special days and minor holidays centering on water happen in June:

1) World Oceans Day – June 8th

World Oceans DayThis focus day, similar to Earth Day, has just passed, but its message is eternal. Keep our world’s oceans and beaches clean and they’ll be there for generations to enjoy and use. Whether it’s June or December, everyone can pitch in at any time to keep our waterways ship-shape — not just for the oceans and seas, but for lakes, rivers, ponds, and any other waterways as well.

Want to help? Check this list of websites for the National Seashore or Lakeshore near you for when they need volunteers to pick up beaches, clear storm drains, or join fundraisers. Not near the sea or lake? Check the National Park Service for similar info. Or, plan an event for next year’s World Oceans Day.

2) First Day of Summer – June 21

Happy 1st Day of SummerThe first day of summer, otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, usually is the longest day of the year with the most daylight in the northern hemisphere. It’s the opposite in the southern hemisphere, December 21. What a sunny holiday season the southern hemisphere gets!

Generally, the first day of summer will have between 14 to 16 hours of daylight, depending on climate and whether the sun is directly overhead in relation to the earth’s axis exactly on June 21st, astronomically speaking. With all that daylight, get out on the water and enjoy it while it lasts!

3) Day of the Seafarer – June 25

Day of the SeafarerChances are, even if you live inland or are completely landlocked, many of the goods you buy in your local department or big box store have at one point been shipped by sea. An almost innumerable amount of goods arrives in the U.S. at one port or another initially before being trucked to its final destination. The major coastal cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Boston are some of the busiest seaports in the world.

On June 25th, commemorate the Day of Seafarer by filling in the sentence and tweeting or messaging across your social networks: “Seafarers brought me … #thankyouseafarers.”  Or, write on the Seafarer’s wall here: http://dayoftheseafarer2014.imo.org/.

To get the ball rolling:

“Seafarers brought me business! All those boats need Run-Dry® Impellers and DRIVESAVER® flexible couplings, #thankyouseafarers.”

 

4) Operation Dry Water – June 27-29

Operation Dry WaterProbably one of the most important focus weekends for June is Operation Dry Water. An effort put forth by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to encourage people to not boat under the influence with the goal to decrease boating fatalities. Boating under the influence is the leading factor in recreational boater deaths, accounting for 16% of boating fatalities.

Take the pledge to support Operation Dry Water here: http://www.operationdrywater.org/index.php/odw/boat_pledge_step1.

And remember, safety first; bring along an extra Run-Dry® Impeller just in case!

Globe Awarded 2nd New Patent for Another New High-Gravity Composite

Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd. has been awarded a second new U.S. patent for yet another high-gravity composite (HGC) commonly used in various types of radiation shielding, such as CT / CAT scans, baggage inspection, airport security, sonar arrays and many others.

See Globe’s info on our Radiation Shielding for more applications and uses of Globe’s HGC materials.

Globe Marine Finalist in #WeAreAmericanMade Contest

Globe (GCS) Marine has made it to the Finals round for American Rotary’s #WeAreAmericanMade contest — for companies with products made in the USA.  GCS Marine has been making all-American made composite marine, engine parts — like Run-dry® Impellers and DRIVESAVERs —  for 124 years and its start in Boston in 1890. 

Vote for us on facebook at:  

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