Tuesday 29 December 2015

Boat Storage: Which Method Is Best for You?

While many people view boat storage as a way to protect their boat for the winter, savvy boaters see it as a way to keep the boat action-ready for the next outing - whether that outing occurs next weekend or next spring. Either way, your choice of storage method is important - it can affect domestic bliss, neighbor relations and, long term, the resale of value of your boat. You want secure storage but don’t forget: The easier it is to get your boat out of storage, the more often you’ll use it. Here, we help you weigh your options.
Outdoor Storage
Many boats spend their off hours and down months outdoors. Proper shrink-wrapping — meaning it’s both water-repellent and vented to allow moist air to escape — makes this a viable option. Owners who use tarps and ropes until their vessel looks like a rolled roast? They’re asking for a mildewy mess.
If the boat is parked open to the elements, cover upholstery to protect it from sun and weather. Beware of drains becoming plugged by leaves or other debris: a rain-filled boat can sustain structural damage, and its trailer can suffer blown tires and broken springs. Some boaters hedge this bet by erecting an awning like cover over their boat.

Indoor Storage
Storing your boat indoors is great. The boat is protected from both sun and foul weather, either of which can age it, and it’s out of the prying eyesight of thieves or vandals. Plus, the setting might be a handy spot when you want to work on the boat.

Drawback? Indoor storage can be inflexible, unless you have a multiple-vehicle garage or pole barn or can convince your spouse the boat should be in the garage and the car parked outdoors. Make sure you’ll be able to retrieve it early if you want to get a jump on the next boating season.

Storage Unit
A commercial storage facility can offer either indoor or outdoor storage, and is a great option for those who, because they live in apartments or for reasons marital or legal, can’t keep a boat at home.

A yearly lease provides the boat a home for both on- and off-seasons. You’re generally welcome to work on the boat, but check for electricity and restrictions up front. Security is usually good. An extra advantage? Many storage facilities are in high-traffic areas.

Dry-Stack Storage
It’s hard to beat dry-stack storage, because your boat is shelved away from weather, water and other things that can cause woe. Dry-stack storage takes two forms. At marinas, your boat is raised by a high-capacity forklift and stashed on a boat rack in a covered (sometimes heated) building, ready for quick retrieval when you want to go afloat — often within an hour of your call. The cost is generally competitive with a wet-slip lease, and your boat stays cleaner than if slipped or towed. Other dry-stack storage facilities are seasonal and are focused more on storage than on quick access.

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Tuesday 22 December 2015

Cold Water Boating Safety And Tips

Boating season has ended but for some die-hard boating enthusiasts, the change of weather just means a change of approach for boating. 

Cold water boating can be fun and exciting, but extra precautions must be taken to ensure that safety is first with the colder weather and colder water temperatures.

If you are planning on boating in the colder weather, consider these preparation and safety tips to stay warm and safe out on the water.

Preparing for a cold water boating trip
Layer up

Make sure that you are wearing multiple layers to protect your skin from cold air and water. As a general rule, dress according to the water’s temperature - not the air’s. Consider base layers made of synthetic materials that wick away moisture and always wear a hat. Keep extra clothes on board in a dry pack in the case of someone going overboard.

Pack fuel for your body

Avoiding hunger and keeping hydrated is crucial to staying alert, energized, and maintaining your internal temperature. The fuel your body gets from food helps maintain homeostasis, so starving it can actually cause you to get colder easier. Pack snacks that are high in protein, pack plenty of water, and keep a thermos of something warm to drink on hand.

Wear a life jacket that fits properly

No matter what type of boating you plan on doing, wearing a properly fitted life jacket is critical in maintaining your safety on the water. A life jacket that is too loose can cause strangulation or can keep you from floating with your head above water if you were to fall unconscious. A comfortable life jacket can save your life and can double as an extra layer to keep you warm. Don’t forget to check your life jacket’s expiration date as well - materials and components do go bad over time.

Understand the effects of cold water on the body

If you or someone on board were to fall into the water it is important to know how the body reacts to being immersed in cold water. Falling into cold water is incredibly dangerous and rescue needs to swift and knowledgeable of the 4 stages of cold water immersion:

Cold shock

The instant reaction to hitting cold water is shock and panic. It is not uncommon for people who are in this situation to gasp as a reflex. If this happens underwater, choking or drowning could occur. The body also reacts to scary situations with faster heart rates, muscle spasms and hyperventilation, rendering you incapable of thinking and acting in a calm manner. During this stage it is most important to stay afloat with the help of your life jacket, try to regain control of your breathing and keep your head above water and in vision of rescuers.

Swim Failure

Within 30 minutes of being immersed in cold water it can become impossible to swim due to loss of muscle coordination. Long exposure to cold water can have a paralyzing effect on your muscles. This is why it is important that you let the life jacket keep you afloat near the boat and do not attempt to swim towards help.


 After 30 minutes of being immersed in cold water your body can succumb to hypothermia, or the lowering of the body’s core temperature. This is a very dangerous situation to be in as you lose muscular function, coordination, mental function and eventually lose consciousness.

Post Rescue Collapse

Precautions still need to be taken even after an overboard victim is rescued. The surrounding cold air and the changing body position can cause blood pressure to drop, lung damage and heart issues with the cold blood from arms and legs returning to your body’s core. It is important to stay close to someone who was rescued from cold water to be able to respond to these symptoms. After rescue it is also important to seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.

How to H.E.L.P. yourself in cold water while waiting for rescue

If you are in cold water awaiting rescue, there are techniques for reducing internal heat loss and delay hypothermia. One technique is called Heat Escape Lessening Posture, or H.E.L.P. IF you are alone in the water, pull your cinch cords on your life jacket nice and snug, cross your arms tightly across your chest, bend your knees and bring them up against your chest and floating while keeping your head above water. The goal is to keep your neck, chest and groin area from losing core heat. To enhance your body’s buoyancy, kick off any heavy boots that could fill with water and weigh you down. If you are in the water with a group of people huddle together with everyone facing inwards. Link arms over shoulders and pull in close together to share heat. Small children and seniors can be placed in the center of the huddle to keep them warm.

The do’s and don'ts of cold water immersion rescue


  • Move a rescued victim to dry and warm shelter
  • Check for heartbeat and for breathing. Begin CPR if necessary
  • Remove wet clothing from the victim. Cut clothing off if a lot of movement would be required to remove them as sudden movements could cause cardiac arrest.
  • Lay victim level on their back and cover with a blanket.
  • Cover victim with dry clothing and dry blankets. If you can, also cover the head with a hat or wrapped blanket.
  • Give the victim warm liquids to drink but not hot liquids. Something with sugar is best, such as honey sweetened tea or cooled hot chocolate.

Do not…
  • Do not change the victim’s position from the position they were rescued in - this could cause the victim to suffer a stroke.
  • Do not massage or immerse the victim in hot water. This sudden change in temperature and rough handling could cause cardiac arrest.
  • Never give the victim alcohol. This thins the blood and opens veins, causing the body to lose more heat.
  • Do not apply heat to extremities like arms and legs. These body parts will be the coldest from the cold water and warming them will force the cold blood in the veins to return to critical organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. This can cause fatal lowering of the body’s core temperature.

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Wednesday 16 December 2015

Yacht / Boat Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance will ensure your sailing boat lasts as long as possible. Consistent Yacht and Boat servicing can aid in the prevention of major repairs or overhauls. Not to mention making sure your passengers are safe on board your boat.

Useful Boat / Yacht maintenance Tips and Tricks

Keep a simple boat maintenance schedule on board and update it regularly to stay up-to-date with your preventive routine.

Boat Cleaning and Care

Washing your boat after each trip will prevent build up of corrosive elements. Use fresh water and an environmentally friendly boat cleaning product. Waxing, oiling, and anti-fouling will all assist in protecting your boat inside and out. If your boat is left standing for a long time, invest in a cover or ask someone to regularly check and clean it.

Routine Boat Inspection

By keeping a strict boat maintenance schedule, your boat will be kept in the best condition at all times. Regular checks on ropes, general fittings, and the engine can prevent major damage from occurring. If in doubt, you should take your boat for a professional visual inspection with us at Navnit Marine.

Battery Care For Boating

Keep your battery compartment clean and free from damp. Ensure the battery is correctly charged and the fluid levels are correct.

Boat Bilge Pumps

One of a boat owner’s worst fears is for their vessel to sink. Having a properly functioning bilge pump is crucial. A properly charged battery is also essential to running the bilge pump for an extended period of time.

Electrical Components on Boats

Water and electrics do not mix! Many electrical failures on boats are due to corroded systems which haven’t been kept dry and checked regularly. You may choose to protect your electrical fittings with a water-repellant, non-conductive grease or corrosion inhibitor.

Motor Maintenance Tips

After a sailing trip it is a good idea to flush your engine and give the system a full check. Look for damage, leaks, rust or corrosion and rectify immediately to prevent further problems arising. Check the oil system for cleanliness, proper filtration, and correct levels. It is also worthwhile to inspect the cooling system.

Storing Your Boat

When you are not using your sailing boat for an extended period of time, you may opt to haul out in a dry dock or keep her in the water. There are a number of different considerations for each storage method.

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Saturday 12 December 2015

Princess 88 To Lead 11-Boat Line-Up For London Boat Show

The Princess 88 Motor Yacht will head up an 11-strong Princess Yachts fleet heading to the Excel Centre for January’s London Boat Show. Princess Yachts has announced the full line-up of boats it will be bringing to the London Boat Show in January, with the Princess 88 leading the way as the largest of the fleet.

London Boat Show 2016

Friday, 8th January 2016 - Sunday, 17th January 2016

Princess Yachts has announced the full line-up of boats it will be bringing to the London Boat Show in January, with the Princess 88 leading the way as the largest of the fleet.

The 88ft superyacht was first launched at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show and will be one of the biggest vessel on display at the ten-day event, which runs from January 8-17.

Other notable Princess Yachts due to go on display include the recently launched V58 Open and our cover star for January the Princess S65.

It’s not all just huge new yachts, however, as the restored 1965 Princess Project 31 Charlotte, will also be exhibited, as part of the firm’s golden anniversary celebrations.

Lovingly revamped by Sarah Verey and the Princess Design Studio team, Charlotte is one of the first models ever launched by the Plymouth yard.

However, one notable omission from the list is the recently announced Princess 49, the company’s first IPS-powered flybridge, which is due for a 2016 launch.

The full Princess Yachts line-up for the 2016 London Boat Show is as follows:

  • Princess 88
  • Princess 68
  • Princess S65
  • Princess 60
  • Princess V58
  • Open Princess 56
  • Princess 52
  • Princess V48
  • Princess 43
  • Princess V39
  • Princess Project 31

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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Princess Yachts Exhibiting In Boote Dusseldorf, 23rd – 31st January 2016

Amongst an immense range of more than 1550 sailing boats, yachts and increasingly high-tech marine equipment and accessories across 17 halls, Princess is all set to impress at Boote Dusseldorf, held from 23rd – 31st January 2016.

Boote Dusseldorf

23rd – 31st January 2016

Alongside, and also premiering in Dusseldorf, the Princess S65 and V58 Open. The S65 follows the much acclaimed S72 as the second of the Princess S Class range – a smart combination of sports yacht and flybridge model – offering the best of both worlds, with some light modern touches that are simply breath-taking.

The Princess V58 Open is the epitomy of stye, representing the next generation of Princess high-performance V Class sports yachts. Made for outdoor living and yet with ultra-generous interior, the V58 Open combines superior quality with peerless performance over the water.

Also on display in Dusseldorf, will be the Princess 82MY, P68, P43, V48 Open and S72 – a selection that represents the full range of stunning yachts from Princess – from flybridge, to sports yacht.

Princess’ 50th Anniversary Celebrations are set to continue at the show, with a 60s inspired theme and the appearance of Project 31 – the very first Princess model. Fully refurbished and with a smart new interior design, the new Project 31, ‘Charlotte’, fuses modern technology with traditional Princess craftsmanship to recreate a craft that is truly unique.

Boote Dusseldorf will be open from 10am – 6pm every day. You can visit us in Hall 6, Stand B21.


  • Princess 30M (All New)
  • Princess 82MY
  • P68
  • P43
  • V48
  • Open V58
  • Open (All New)
  • S72 S65 (All New)

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Friday 4 December 2015

Princess Yachts Exhibiting In London Boat Show, 2016

Princess Motor Yacht Sales are delighted to be exhibiting once again, at the London Boat Show 2016. The show will be held at ExCel London from 8th – 17th January 2016, and this year, during Princess’ 50th Anniversary year, the stand and display are set to make a memorable impression, marking an exciting start to the next 50 years for Princess!

London Boat Show, 2016

Friday, 8th January 2016 - Sunday, 17th January 2016

During the show, we will be show-casing no less than eleven stylish yachts, including two brand new show debuts and a World launch! Heading up this exciting line-up, is the eagerly anticipated Princess 75 Motor Yacht. This will be her launch on the World stage. The perfect combination of agile cruising and open plan elegance, the Princess 75 Motor Yacht has it all. Take in the wraparound views from the large full length windows, or relax in the ambience of the ultra-modern, airy saloon. With three en-suite guest cabins plus master, and a top speed of up to thirty-five knots, family and friends can all enjoy an exhilarating experience.

For the Princess S65 and V58 Open, this will be their first time in London. The Princess S65 is the second of the S Class range offering exhilarating speed, combined with an incredibly light, bright and spacious interior that’s both practical and luxurious. The V58 Open – it’s available in two versions – open or deck saloon – offers a full length cockpit and sunroof – perfect for cruising the med and enjoying life al fresco.

Leading the line-up and taking poll position at the very front of the stand will be the newly refurbished Project 31 following her stunning transformation. If you have been following her progress over the last few months, you will know that she was returned to her home in Plymouth in the Spring, and gradually restored to her former glory – with just one or two new finishing touches from Sarah Verey and her team at the Princess Design Studio. The London Boat Show will be her first outing in the UK, and one not to be missed, especially seen alongside her more modern cousins.

The show will be open from 10am – 6pm from 8th January until 17th January 2016 and until 8pm on Thursday 14th January. If you would like to arrange an appointment to view any of the yachts in our showcase, please contact us on +44 (0)1489 557755 or email us at sales@princess.co.uk.


  • Princess 75MY
  • Princess 68
  • Princess 60
  • Princess 56
  • Princess 52
  • Princess 43 V39 V48 V58
  • Open (All New)
  • S65 Sportbridge (All New)

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Tuesday 1 December 2015

Choosing The Perfect Inflatable Boat In India

For all but the biggest yachts, inflatable boats make the best tenders. But inflatables are a mixed blessing; at their best, they combine the convenience of a marine multi-tool with the freedoms of a compact powerboat—with lowest running costs. If you are planning to buy inflatable boat in India it has some strong advantages: easy portability, generous buoyancy, innate dynamic stability, and low power requirements all come to mind.
Planning to Buy Inflatable Boat in India? Consider all of the following factors.

Inflatable boats are constructed from either PVC or Hypalon, and the trade-off here is between price and durability. PVC is extremely popular because it's lightweight and affordable. It's easily folded, and recent developments in polymers mean that modern PVC can also be remarkably strong. Some come with threads woven into the material, and these threads are measured in denier. A higher rating denotes a stronger thread, but you should also pay attention to the nature of the weave, as a more tightly-woven thread (for instance, 6x6 per cm rather than 3x3) is likely to prove more resilient. On the downside, PVC remains susceptible to extended exposure to sunlight, heat, and humidity.

Inflatable Boats to come with either an inflatable ‘air deck’ or a rigid floor built from interlocking aluminium or plywood slats. For low weight, forgiving ride comfort, softness under your knees and a simplified assembly process, a high-pressure air floor is ideal. For higher speed operation with less flex, greater structural rigidity, and a more efficient use of power, a hard deck is the better bet. Be aware, however, that rigid deck slats do have a habit of trapping unwary fingers with merciless regularity.

Even on an entry-level budget, basic accessories (oars, seats, a pump, a repair kit, lifting points, and a carry bag) should be included in the price. But you should also look for multiple air chambers for safety, plus an inflatable thwart for extra strength. Those with a pronounced inflatable keel have improved directional stability, and optional fins and tabs can help tweak the handling. Think also about investing in some wheels for transporting your tender up and down docks and beaches. And if you intend to buy a small outboard, you should consider electric power for cleaner, simpler stowage and transport. Whatever type of outboard you use, an extended tiller can help you shift your weight forward, for easier planning and a flatter ride.

RIBs, properly called rigid bottom inflatables, are an option that brings a lot of pluses to the table: vastly improved performance, far better seakeeping abilities, and almost unlimited options for size and style. Naturally, however, they cost far more than simple inflatable boats. And, their portability is not much different than fiberglass boats of a similar size. These factors make RIB boats an entirely different kind of choice, worthy of a full-blown investigation. Fortunately, we've already done one. 

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Wednesday 25 November 2015

Six Top Tow Tubes Adventure Boating Day

Following are the Six Top Tow Tubes for adults and children for your adventure boating day or one day adventure picnic.

There’s something irresistible about the simple fun of an inflatable tow tube. Skis may be more challenging, a wakeboard capable of delivering more thrills, but the best bang for the buck in almost any towable arsenal is a marine accessory not very far removed from that old black inner tube many of us enjoyed as kids.

For starters “tubes,” as they’re known, prove incredibly versatile. Overweight or skinny, athletic or klutzy, young or old, nearly anyone can jump aboard and enjoy. There’s no real need for balance, no real learning curve. They deliver almost any kind of ride from mild to wild. But with a bewildering array available, which type should you choose?

We approached our selection the same way we imagine many families do — by loading a Web page and then asking our test subjects — 8- and 12-year-old sisters — to tell us what looked cool. We matched their selections against the “best-sellers” functions found on the Overton’s and West Marine websites and settled on a group of six: two each in one-, two- and three-passenger capacities. How’d they fare? Read on.

Obrien Screamer

Though it’s generations removed, you can feel the simplicity of that inner tube at the heart of Obrien’s best-selling Screamer. Its shape is the familiar circle, measuring 60 inches in diameter for the solo version. But unlike that inner tube, there’s no hole in the middle. A full nylon cover protects the inflatable PVC bladder within. Two large EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) pads lessen wear at contact points, as well as provide a softer layer against bare elbows and knees. Four padded grab handles offer a choice of handholds to keep the rider securely in position.

Like most tubes, the Screamer arrives already zipped into its removable cover. Inflation is quick and simple; a single Boston-style valve is used to inflate the entire tube. The Screamer’s tow point is a quick-disconnect tow hook. We gave it extra points for additional webbed grab-straps that ease carrying.

The Screamer may be simple, but our testers gave it enthusiastic thumbs up. The size lets the rider manipulate it easily, using body English to maneuver in and out of the wake. Its ample thickness cushions impact with the waves, increasing the fun factor for those riding up top. Simple? Absolutely. Still one heck of a lot of fun? Without a doubt.

Best for: All-purpose fun; great bang for the buck.

Gladiator Sonix I

The Gladiator Sonix I is more of a “ride-in” than “ride-on” tube. Like a mini rubber life raft, it features cockpit seating that’s perfect for those who would rather kick back and enjoy than be forced to hang on. An inflatable backrest provides some support; EVA knuckle guards are positioned below the Sonix’s two padded handles to avoid scrapes. The entire inflatable is fully covered by an outer nylon skin, with a sewn-in quick-connect tow point at the bow.

The Gladiator was perfect for our youngest tester after she was unceremoniously flung into the chilly water while testing another tube. Its relatively tame, controlled ride proved well matched to younger kids who might not want a full-on thrill ride, or older crewmembers who just feel like chilling. But the Sonix can get aggressive. Head for the wake and it jumps into the air like a sled on a ski hill. The catch? With a relatively thin inflatable floor, and the seated position preventing the rider from absorbing the shock, those landings can be a jolt on the back. Size is also a limitation. Though 60 inches in length, the generous inflatable collar limits the actual size of its cockpit, making it great for young kids but a tube that is hard-pressed to carry an adult in comfort.

Best for: Kids or smaller adults; those looking for a tamer ride.

Sea-Doo Evo Pro 2

Sea-Doo’s 69-by-72-inch Evo Pro 2 stood out for both its shape and its side-to-side rocker. No donut, it resembles a stingray, yet this tube is devoid of the extraneous frills that often seem like overkill on multiple-passenger inflatables. Upward-curving wings give its bottom pronounced side-to-side curvature, reducing the wetted surface for more speed and allowing riders to roll the tube to angle back and forth across the wake. The wings also provide a certain sense of security. Get slingshot outside the wake, or butt up against it trying to come back in, and riders don’t feel as though the tube may flip. The result is a split personality and the ability to handle a wide range of ages and interests. Stay calm when desired, or take advantage of that minimal drag to go aggressive.

Like all of our test inflatables, the Evo Pro 2 came already assembled, with its PVC bladder protected by a heavy-duty nylon cover. A single Boston valve allows for quick inflation. No less than eight padded grab handles line the front edge, with neoprene knuckle guards below. That same neoprene protection is also featured in the knee and foot area to prevent wear — on both human and tube. A padded flap covers the valve opening.

Best for: All-around use; those who like a mix of speed and stability.

Airhead Revolution

Our 12-year-old tester quickly dubbed the Airhead Revolution “so much fun!” —especially after it launched her younger sister, and later Mom, into the water. After repeated rides, however, even the Revolution’s most enthusiastic fan had endured just about enough. Such is the fate of a tube that spins its occupants in circles, much like Disney’s infamous teacup ride.

Yes, as the name implies, the 80-inch-diameter Revolution revolves … like a record, baby. A central tow point, featuring a heavy-duty stainless-steel swivel secured with Kevlar strapping, is located beneath the tube. Start to accelerate and multiple radius-length pockets, created by sewing a webbed support strap in half lengthwise, catch the water and commence the rotation. We found the speed of that rotation manageable at about 10 mph. Accelerate to 15 to 20 mph, however, and the rate of spin increases diabolically fast. Unless you’re relatively strong, the centrifugal force will win the fight.

Airhead has done what it can to keep riders in place. Riders lie across the Revolution in opposing directions, on opposite sides of an inflated central fin. Additional inflatable leg-holders are positioned between the riders’ knees, allowing them to use their legs for added grip. Padded grab handles feature neoprene knuckle guards below. The inner PVC bladder is fully protected by an 840-denier nylon cover, with neoprene panels up top in contact areas. Inflation is via a single Boston-style valve.

Yes, it’s possible not to spin. Just thread the tow rope through the “no-spin” strap. But what’s the fun in that?

Best for: Those who like a challenge — and have a strong stomach.

Rave Sports Ravenger Plus

Our kid testers were immediately drawn to the Rave Sports Ravenger Plus, thanks to its similarity to another form of watery fun — a personal watercraft. Like a plumped-up PWC, the 90-by-64-by-33-inch Ravenger features a saddle, handlebars and footwells. One rider sits atop the saddle; two more can fit into the footwells, each of which features an inflatable floor.

The Ravenger was the lone inflatable in our test to not feature a full nylon cover. Instead, its 840-denier nylon wrap covers the bottom and sides, leaving the saddle, seat base, footwells, console and handlebars exposed. The exposed material is durable 30-gauge PVC, but it made us nervous bumping around the dock. The Ravenger was also the most taxing to inflate, because the main body, handlebars, footwell floors and backrests are all separate chambers.

As to the ride, it’s exceptionally stable, even with the full complement of passengers. The driver gets the cushiest treatment, thanks to the generous amount of inflated real estate below his or her bottom. Passengers don’t fare as well on the inflated floors, which transfer more of the bumps, don’t allow you to absorb shock with your legs, and are more in the line of spray coming off the hull. Our mom also dubbed the footwells too small for adult passengers. Still, our younger enthusiasts gave it the thumbs up — and loved the Rave Tail, a V-shaped plastic funnel attached to the stern that channels water up into a spray behind the inflatable as it’s pulled through the water.

Best for: Novelty factor; those who want a stable, leisurely ride.

SportsStuff Poparazzi

It’s fair to say the SportsStuff Poparazzi was the most eagerly anticipated inflatable on hand. With its integrated arch, rockered bottom and in-your-face graphics, it just looks cool to the kids. Closer inspection reveals that the 72-by-68-inch base offers plenty of real estate for passengers to lie, sit, kneel or stand. Lay all three passengers below the arch, put two standing behind it, or mix up any combination of positions. Neoprene pads provide protection both to passengers and the tube along the floor. Padded grab handles, with neoprene knuckle guards, are at the ready in all forward positions to keep everyone hanging on. Additional webbed straps are located inside the arch for those who want to apply a little added leverage.

And you can leverage this tube. The rockered bottom and weight shifts generated by a standing passenger (or two) give the Poparazzi maneuverability. Ride it straight and it’s surprisingly stable. But throw that body weight around — especially when standing — and you can get things rocking and rolling, carving in and out of the wake.

The Poparazzi was the lone towable in our test to feature a speed valve. A simple two-part, plug-style valve, it allows inflation with anything from a Shop-Vac to a designated inflator. Pulling the larger, lower plug assists in quick deflation.

Best for: Multipassenger versatility; those who like the idea of teetering...as they’re tottering.

Proper Inflation Tips
The number-one mistake inflatable owners make, according to most manufacturers, is not filling their towable up with enough air.

When properly inflated, an inflatable should feel firm, not soft or squishy, to the touch. Its nylon outer cover should be free of wrinkles and should fit the inflatable like a second skin. Underinflation not only affects performance and longevity, but it also is a safety issue; if the cover doesn’t fit the tube tightly, riders may become entangled between the wrap and the bladder.

Ideally, choose a high-capacity, 110-volt inflater (like Airhead’s 3.0 psi electric Super Pump) to get the job done. The increased power will quickly inflate or deflate a tube in a matter of minutes. If you’re going to be inflating on the fly out on the water, look for models that can hook directly to the boat’s battery via alligator clips (like Airhead’s AHP-12HP), rather than using the 12-volt accessory plug. These will shorten the amount of time it takes to inflate.

While proper inflation is essential, don’t overdo it. Overinflation is the primary cause of damage to the PVC bladder and can result in ripped seams in the cover.

Choosing the Right Tow Line and Accessories
While you may have a water ski or wakeboard tow line already in the boat, don’t scrimp on a dedicated tow line for your inflatable. Inflatables can put a massive amount of strain on a tow line and, as such, often need a greater breaking strength than a standard ski rope provides. Choose a tow line that best fits your tube’s passenger capacity. Most inflatable-specific lines are 60 feet in length, to position the tube in the ideal spot in the boat’s wake.

If the tow line frequently gets caught in the boat’s prop wash, consider SportsStuff’s Booster Ball ($109, sportsstuff.com). A 38-by-27-inch inflatable ball sandwiched in the middle of a 60-foot tow line, it enhances the performance of most inflatables by keeping the line out of the water, reducing drag, absorbing shock and reducing spray off the rope.

Anatomy of an Inflatable
PVC Bladder

The actual “inflatable” portion of the tube, the PVC bladder is designed to hold in the air, cushioning the ride and, when properly inflated, improving the performance of the tube on the water. For two or more riders, a 30-gauge bladder is recommended. Avoid anything thinner, which will not offer the strength and puncture resistance necessary.

Nylon Cover
Typically an 840-denier nylon, the cover protects the more vulnerable PVC bladder from punctures and damage, improves the performance by offering a smooth surface against the water, and is a canvas for colors and graphics. Covers should fit tightly, with minimal slack or puckering. Additional EVA or neoprene pads are often featured in high-wear areas. Seams should be double-stitched. Avoid polyester, which does not have the required tear strength.

Grab Handles
Look for multiple grab handles sewn into the cover to keep your passengers aboard. Rather than simple webbed straps, modern handles are typically rounded and padded to ease strain on bare, wet hands. Neoprene knuckle uards, positioned below each handle, avoid scuffs against the rougher nylon wrap.

Valves allow for rapid inflation and deflation of the inflatable bladder, and are typically accessed through padded flaps in the nylon cover. Boston-style valves are most common. They feature a one-way valve with two caps. Unscrew the smaller cap for inflation; unscrew the entire valve assembly from the tube to rapidly deflate. Tip: If you ever want to get the tube as tightly packed as it comes from the manufacturer, don’t simply unscrew the valve. Instead, reverse the direction of your inflator and suck as much air as possible out of the tube.

Quick-Connect Tow Hook
The attachment points that connects tube to tow rope, most tow hooks are made of a durable nylon and allow for quick attachment and detachment to and from the tow line without binding. Tow hooks are commonly anchored to a webbed strap, which is sewn directly into the nylon cover with reinforced stitching.

Regal 27 FasDeck RX
LOA: 27’3
Beam: 8’6”
Draft: 3’0”
Displacement (approx.): 5,460 lb.
Regal Boats Orlando, Florida; 800-877-3425; regalboats.com

We had boatbuilders clamoring to participate in our tow tube test. We chose Regal’s 27 FasDeck RX for a number of reasons. As a deck boat, it maximizes cockpit space and features broad boarding platforms fore and aft, features that make it perfect for carrying a big crew and all the gear for a day of tubing. An enclosed head ensures the crew is comfortable. Its FasTrac hull planes flat, remains maneuverable at slower speeds, and maximizes fuel efficiency. Fitted with an electrically folding “power tower,” a Fusion audio system with six speakers, and arena seating, our tube testing proved the 27 FasDeck RX is an ideal family do-it-all boat.

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Source - boatingmag.com

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Yacht Makers Look To Mumbai Marinas For Demand Cruise

Foreign luxury yacht makers are eagerly awaiting the two marinas in Mumbai, at Mandwa and Belapur in Navi Mumbai, to come up as these would create the much-needed infrastructure and eliminate security concerns at the present anchorage near the Gateway of India.

This, along with proposed changes in regulations would greatly boost the demand for this plaything of the super rich following a sustained depressed market since Mumbai terror attack.

“India doesn’t have the marinas and other infrastructure required for yachts to be more popular. It’s a social lifestyle thing, and unless there are enabling facilities it’s difficult to market them,” Michel Francois, sales director, Prestige Yachts of France, told dna.

The two marinas, places where yachts are docked, would surely revive leisure yachting in Mumbai, says Anju Dutta, managing director of Marine Solutions, one of the largest luxury yacht distributors in the country.

“Since 2005, we have been lobbying with the authorities in Mumbai to promote marinas, which is essential for yachts to dock. There was little awareness back then. After sustained effort, government is now enthusiastic with transport minister Nitin Gadkari taking active interest. Currently, we understand two tenders are out following sustained push by him. So, we believe we will soon have marinas in Mumbai. Plans are there to build five in Mumbai, then along the way to Goa there will be two more,” Dutta said.

From an 112-footer Ferretti yacht of Anil Ambanis to the one made by the same company owned by Sunny Wadhawan of HDIL, the couple, Anju and Gautama, has sold around 15 yachts till date including many in Goa, where they are the biggest dealer.

The Duttas and Francois were in Kolkata to hand over a 41-feet Prestige 500 to realtor Rahul Saraf, the first Kolkatan to own a yacht.

Saraf plans to use it to entertain apartment owners of Atmosphere, the priciest living tower in the city being built by his Forum Projects.

While Ferretti of Italy remains the most desired yacht brand in India, Prestige of France is a relatively smaller player.

“It’s a new market for us, In India we have sold about three,” said Francois.
“Apart from docking facilities, marinas, internationally, are places where one can shop or eat creating job opportunities apart from the fact that yachts themselves create many jobs, particularly for those coming from the fishing community due to their knowledge of the sea,” Dutta said.

Apart from infrastructure, enabling regulations like pleasure boating rules would also help the sector grow.

The pleasure boats and privately owned crafts not plying for profit were licensed under Section 7(k) of the Indian Ports Act of 1908.

With an aim to have a complete and regular system of registration of all inland vessels, the IV Act, 1917 was enacted.

“We were badly hit by the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. While security went up, rules were not in place. We are currently working with the customs, the police authorities for pleasure boating rules. The country doesn’t have any such rules anywhere though it is the norm globally across many tourist destinations. Rules like the IV Act are not ideal as these boats are not used for any economic activities like fishing or other commercial activities. Pleasure boating rules worldwide are very clear and less restrictive,” she said.

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Source - epaper.dnaindia.com 

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Choosing the Right Fuel and Oil for your Marine Engine

Your boat’s engine powers your on-water adventures, so keeping it well-maintained is critical for making the most of your time on the water. Using the right type of oil and fuel is critical for both performance and lifespan. This help to maintain your Boat or Yacht Engine Performance.

There are two main categories of marine outboard engines: two-stroke and four-stroke. Most new engines shipped today are four-stroke, however, there are still a large number of two-stroke engines on the water. 

The lubrication requirements of two-stroke and four-stroke engines are very different because of the way each system works. In two-stroke engines, the oil is mixed with the fuel and lubricates the engine as it passes through. It burns along with the fuel and exits via the exhaust system. Four-stroke engines are lubricated by oil that repeatedly is pumped from and returned to a sump, just as in a car or truck 

Newer boat engines are also engineered to be consumer and environmentally friendly —with reduced emissions and extended lifespans. However, these advanced technologies place severe demand on engine lubricants and make it critical to choose the correct lubricant for your Boat and Yacht engine. To keep your boat in best condition it’s important to take care of its engine.

Use the right lubricant - Marine and auto oil are not interchangeable.  
Although oil in a four-stroke marine engine performs the same function as it does in an automobile engine, passenger car motor oil should not be used in marine engines. The two primary reasons for this: water and wear. 

Consider that corrosion caused by water is a primary concern for marine engines. Oils made for cars are not designed to provide the high level of corrosion protection marine engines require. 

Car oils also fall short in the protection department. Because four-stroke outboard engines run faster than car engines, spend long periods running at extremes of speed and can spend long periods out of use, they have very specific requirements for anti-wear protection that car oils do not provide. 

The best way to protect your engine is to use the outboard engine oil recommended by the engine manufacturer or to look for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) logo on the oil. NMMA tests and certifies oils to ensure they meet marine engine needs. Use the following list to determine the correct oil for your boat’s engine:

  • TC-W3 oils are certified for two-stroke engines
  • FC-W products are certified for four-stroke marine engines
  • FC-W Catalyst Compatible covers oils intended for use in 4-stroke engines that have an exhaust after-treatment catalyst

Use the right fuel—understand the Ethanol Issue
Using the right fuel is also critical to the performance and life span of your outboard engine. In the United States the introduction of ethanol into the fuel supply to meet the mandates of the Renewable Fuel Standard has had unintended consequences for boaters.

Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing to change the automotive/light duty truck fuel standard from the current 10 percent ethanol (E10) used in many gasoline blends to 15 percent ethanol (E15). Consequently E-15 is expected to become the predominant fuel in the marketplace in the next 10 to 15 years. 

This presents a problem for boaters because tests conducted by marine engine manufacturers under the direction of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that E15 fuels not only damage marine engines, but also caused them to exceed EPA emission standards. 

Fortunately, any retailer that chooses to sell E15 fuel must post warning labels at the fuel pump. The key for boaters is to pay attention to the labels and not use E15 to fill up at the pump. Marinas, of course carry gasoline without ethanol, and are probably the safest place to fill up if you do not want to worry about the gas you are using in your boat. 

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Source - DiscoverBoating

Friday 6 November 2015

Ten Tips to Make Docking Easy and Safe

Docking a boat can be a dreaded task for any boater. No matter the size of the boat, the current or the wind, it’s close-quarters maneuvering that takes the most gelcoat from boats. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow these simple rules.

1. Never approach a dock any faster than you want to hit it. Some captains like to hot-dog around, showing how efficiently they can shift and throttle, but even the best of them can be tripped up — either by misjudging distance, drift and vector, or by stalling their engines at shifting points, rendering the boat a helpless victim of its undirected momentum. A slow, steady approach is the sign of an experienced, steady skipper.

2. Never approach a docking situation without a plan. Perfect planning makes for perfect performance. It’s as simple as that.

3. Communicate your plan to your crew and clearly delegate any tasks you would have them perform. For instance, assign one competent passenger a bow line, another a stern or spring line. You might want to have other passengers hang fenders over the side at contact points to avoid scratching the boat. Assign these tasks and the order in which you want them done well in advance of the maneuver.

4. Warn your passengers to keep arms and legs inside the boat and away from pinch points between the boat and dock. To protect the boat in case of a harder-than-expected landing, have them suspend fenders at contact points.

5. Never allow a passenger to jump ship until the docking maneuver is complete and the boat is secure. The force of leaping off the boat can misdirect its motion, causing an accident, or can make the boat move away from the dock, lengthening the distance and leaving the offending passenger in the drink. At best it’s embarrassing; at worst it’s dangerous when thrust from the propellers is needed to control the boat.

6. Never allow a passenger to serve as a fender, pushing against the dock to arrest forward motion. First, if you need that help, you’ve done a horrible job of docking. Second, rendering that help is extremely dangerous. Emergency rooms across the boating world have stories of missing fingers and broken arms from such mishaps. Gelcoat scratches are much easier and cheaper to fix.

7. When approaching a marina, use the VHF radio to talk to the dockmaster before entering port. Get directions to the best available mooring and let him know of any maneuvering limitations you might have. The larger the boat, the more important this is. You don’t want to enter a dead-end passage and have to back out or perform an unnecessary pivot in unfamiliar conditions.

8. It’s always best to approach a mooring against the current, when possible. Always gauge the current as you come in, because its direction and momentum will determine your safest, most practical approach. A following current diminishes control; a strong beam current could even sweep a smaller vessel beneath the dock, capsizing it and putting the crew at risk.

9. Wind is the enemy of powerboaters and an unfriendly ally to sailors in port. Gauge its force and direction and determine whether you can use it or overcome it. For instance, docking beam-to a pier is pretty easy when the wind is pushing toward the pier. Give yourself an extra-wide safety margin and let the breeze push you against the pier.

10. There is only one skipper in a boat. You know who he is. No matter who is at the helm, the skipper is always responsible for his crew, so make sure you plan, prepare your crew and do so in a friendly, but firm and clear, way.

Knowledge and experience are the keys to safe and fun boating. Keep sober and make sure your crew wears their life jackets.

Docking a boat can be a dreaded task for any boater. No matter the size of the boat, the current or the wind, it’s close-quarters maneuvering that takes the most gelcoat from boats. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow these simple rules.

1. Never approach a dock any faster than you want to hit it. Some captains like to hot-dog around, showing how efficiently they can shift and throttle, but even the best of them can be tripped up — either by misjudging distance, drift and vector, or by stalling their engines at shifting points, rendering the boat a helpless victim of its undirected momentum. A slow, steady approach is the sign of an experienced, steady skipper.

2. Never approach a docking situation without a plan. Perfect planning makes for perfect performance. It’s as simple as that.

3. Communicate your plan to your crew and clearly delegate any tasks you would have them perform. For instance, assign one competent passenger a bow line, another a stern or spring line. You might want to have other passengers hang fenders over the side at contact points to avoid scratching the boat. Assign these tasks and the order in which you want them done well in advance of the maneuver.

4. Warn your passengers to keep arms and legs inside the boat and away from pinch points between the boat and dock. To protect the boat in case of a harder-than-expected landing, have them suspend fenders at contact points.

5. Never allow a passenger to jump ship until the docking maneuver is complete and the boat is secure. The force of leaping off the boat can misdirect its motion, causing an accident, or can make the boat move away from the dock, lengthening the distance and leaving the offending passenger in the drink. At best it’s embarrassing; at worst it’s dangerous when thrust from the propellers is needed to control the boat.

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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Freshwater Fishing Gear

Selecting Your Freshwater Fishing Gear

Many of us preferred leisure activity; recreational anglers outnumber participants in most other outdoor sports. Successful anglers mix patience, skill, finesse, and sometimes brawn to land their catch. Having the right equipment makes it easier to achieve success and enjoy the sport.

Fishing offers a seemingly endless range of experiences, from the simplicity of a cane pole with canned corn and doughballs on a farm pond, to high-energy, technology-laden bass fishing tournaments that send professional anglers, rich with sponsors, powering after lunker large mouths. The types of fishing that you try, along with the venues you choose, determine the gear that you need. What works in one spot, for one species, may not work down the bay, up the creek, or for another kind of fish. Regardless the types of fishing you try and the waters you frequent, certain basic criteria hold true.

Fishing Rods, the Essential Tool

In its essence, a fishing rod or a fishing pole is a stick used to dangle a string that terminates in a hook used to catch fish. A modern fishing rod is generally a more sophisticated casting tool fitted with line guides and a reel for storing line. Fishing rods vary in thickness, flexibility, and length, and can be 2 to 20 feet long. The longer the rod, the greater the mechanical advantage in casting.

A fishing rod also extends the angler’s reach and leverage. Essential to casting and presenting the bait or lure to attract fish, the rod absorbs the shock of a fish striking and helps set the hook and play and land the fish. Rods also hold the reel and guide the line on and off the spool.

Rods are generally fitted with guides, wire loops that direct the line to the tip-top, the guide at the top of the rod. Grips are the part of the rod that you hold in your hand, usually made of synthetic EVA foam, or cork on good casting rods. The seat holds the reel, usually using some form of screw ring or lock device.

Use spin casting rods for active styles of fishing where you frequently cast and retrieve the bait or lure. Fly fishing rods are long, thin, flexible, and lightweight, designed to cast a fly usually made from a few wisps of fur, feathers, and foam tied to a hook. Conventional spinning rods are heavier and suited to fishing for larger fish such as striped bass, steelhead, and salmon.

Regardless the type of fishing you enjoy, match your rod, reel and tackle to improve your chances of making a catch. For novices and casual anglers, a prepackaged combination of rod, reel, and tackle enables you to spend more time actually fishing.

Fishing Reels Store, Deploy, and Retrieve

Fishing reels store, deploy, and retrieve fishing line. They increase your mechanical advantage to handle strong fish and have a “drag” system used to pressure a fish during a fight. The first American fishing reel was invented around 1820, a bait caster that quickly became popular. Bait casting reels store line on a revolving spool and are mounted above the rod. Their spools sit perpendicular to the rod and range in size from compact to massive multi-speed offshore saltwater reels. They require a bit more technique when casting to avoid backlash and tangled lines.

  • Spinning reels are the easiest for most anglers to use and are suitably robust for most freshwater fishing. They have a fixed spool set below and parallel with the rod and were originally designed to throw artificial flies and lures to trout and salmon. The fixed spool solved the backlash problem and later models proved sturdy enough to handle larger baits and larger catches. Spinning reels are an excellent choice for light tackle and easy to use by casual and beginning anglers.

  • The spin cast reel addresses the bait casting reel’s backlash and reduces the line twist and snaring sometimes encountered with spinning reels. Traditionally mounted above the rod, the spin cast reel—sometimes called a closed face spinner--is fitted with a metal cup and an external nose cone enclosing the fixed, parallel spool.

  • Fly casting reels are relatively simple and serve more to store the line than to mechanically assist playing the fish. 

A rod and reel work together to form a system. Choose a reel is to match the rod you’ll be using. Buying a rod and reel combination can be a wise shortcut to getting yourself out on the water catching fish.

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