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

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!

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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.

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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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