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Spray Shower Tip
Solar showers of the gravity feed or pressure sprayer tank type
for small boats are immeasurably improved by using a kitchen sink
spray head and hose replacement unit. They only cost a few bucks.
The main improvement is the finger control on the spray head that
enables easy flow start and stop, thereby allowing ultimate conservation
of water. I've used the units on both types for years on the Chesapeake.
Let me suggest an improved method of producing fillets. In my
experience using tongue depressors leaves smudges on both sides
of the fillet. So take a plastic card, cut one side to get an
angle of about 70-80 degs. Cut the acute angle to the fillet radius
( I know there is a geometrical problem). Put down the glue bead,
hold the card spatula firmly so the fillet radius is at the correct
spot and pull the spatula maintaining constant pressure so glue
is not left behind.
Paint Goes Hard
I was grieving over lost paint the other day and Mark
Bowdidge suggested I put the lid on the tin and then
shake the tin. We are not exactly sure how, but it seems to stop
the paint from going hard inside the tin when closed.
I was talking to this bloke about his boat and he
did the video. I am not much of a reporter as I forgot to get
his name. The video spells out what he did.
Here's A photo of the one-sheeter Loonie which appeared
in a Duckworks
article in 2001. I had it out today on the Hog's
Back reservoir of the Rideau Canal system here in Ottawa. Still
water tight and still fun to sail.
William R Watt
Here is a report from Skip Johnson about his P51
Proa. He has been working on it for years and has a new set of
Sail today at Somerville went well, or at least
as well as can be expected with so little wind.
Items of note, rudders work quite well up to 5-6 mph, will need
more wind to verify operation at more reasonable speed. Note the
difference in surface vortex with and without tip fence, couldn't
tell any difference in feel or performance but there definitely
is a difference in the surface wake. Will probably add fence to
the fenceless. Rudder feedback is pretty much nonexistent at these
speeds, there's a touch of lee helm which goes to neutral in the
gusts (?!). Some fiddling with sail position could probably fix
it up but I could shunt thru 90 degrees per compass (GPS kept
dropping out of lock, probably due to lack of maintenance). I
could also take out the lee helm by lowering the forward rudder
a bit but that seems pretty risky until things are sorted out
a bit more. Both rudders down do let you turn on a dime at slow
speeds but that's just a docking nikineat.
Shunting feels almost sinful, raise working rudder, pull shunt
line to switch tack of biaxial sail, lower other rudder. This
all happens while taking the three steps or so from one end of
cockpit to other. No hassles, grunts, small dollops of adrenaline,
just pull on three easy lines in sequence (actually 5 since there's
a lock/unlock line on rudders) and you are headed in the other
Shifting sail to downwind mode is easy also, but will wait to
sing any praises until after some real wind.
One last item, the last minute down dirty and messy jacklines
are one of the best things I ever did on a boat....ever. Raising
and lowering sail without it ballooning downwind is a treat.
She has had a close call with a chain saw looking far better
with out all the add ons.
This little gem was built in Littleton 1880s as a steam launch
then converted to oil 1900 and then converted to sail in the 1940s.
She then spent some years on various lakes on the lower South
Island. She sank at Wanaka and she was then salvaged and has spent
the last 15 years as a garden feature in Alexandria. The green
hull is the original boat all the cream is a add on. You can see
were the old deck line is. All the old ribs have a rebate for
the inner belting stem was plum. She is 16’ x 5’4”
beam depth amidships is 2’ she can fit a 16” prop.
Hull is Kauri.
We have a Hasbrook twin 2 1/4hp steam engine and
a gas fired black staff 25sqft water tube boiler. It is missing
some of its fittings. The site glass fittings are ½”
pipe thread and blow off safety valves ¾” pipe thread
and a working presser 125psi. We would like to use vintage gear
similar to what’s left on the boiler. We are also looking
for any vintage steam valves a whistle gauges hand boiler feed
pump and a mechanical feed pump and any other bronze hull and
deck fittings to suite.
Please contact Peter Murton on 5441818 or 027518027
if you can help.
Our Thursday nights amateur boat building sessions
630-930. If you want some hands on boat building experience we
have two projects on the go the steam launch above and a small
sailing boat or bring your own boat.
THINK YOU CAN BEAT TAO BERMAN IN A KAYAK
Extreme Kayak Racer and Bad Boy Tao Berman Makes
A Wager to Challenge All Competitors At Oskar Blues Lyons Outdoor
LYONS, Colo. - Think you can beat three-time world record holder
Tao Berman in a Kayak race? Come test your skills and celebrate
with Oskar Blues June 11-13 at the Lyons Outdoor Games. Tao Berman,
who has jumped out of a helicopter in his kayak to tackle a 65-foot
waterfall for the cable show Stunt Junkies, believes that the
race course in the Lyons Outdoor Games is the best course in the
country and wants to compete against other top kayakers. In order
to create more competition, Tao decided to up the ante and throw
in $500 of his own money to bring the winning wager to $1,000
if anyone can beat him. Tao's no dummy though, and negotiated
a deal for himself. If Tao wins, he acquires a year's supply of
free beer from Oskar Blues and $500, bringing his cash purse to
$1,000 as well!
In its eighth year, the Oskar Blues Lyons Outdoor Games offer
competitions, exhibitions and opportunities to learn from elite
professional athletes in the sports of kayaking, fly fishing,
mountain biking dirt jump, pump track & short track events
along with skating, chainsaw carving, dog competitions and a new
5K Dash and Bash run. All these activities will be set under the
backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park, Sandstone Park, Lyons,
Colo., alongside live music & a party environment only Oskar
Blues Brewery can provide. Smith Optics will be teaming up with
Oskar Blues to create the blow out post party on Saturday evening.
"The wager all started because I know they have the best
race course in the country, but their purse isn't big enough to
attract the country's best talent," Berman says. The race
on South St. Vrain Creek began in 2007 when Andrew Holcombe won
the inaugural event. But since 2008, no one has had faster lines
than Berman. Tao's new challenge is creating excitement amongst
the professional kayak community and is sure to be an exciting
event for spectators and participants alike.
The event begins with a kick-off party in Sandstone Park, where
attendees enjoy delicious signature Oskar Blues BBQ and Beer.
Oskar Blues is the number one producer of great craft beer in
a can. Saturday's events culminate with live music in Sandstone
Park and a party after at Oskar Blues Brewery. The mountain sports
will take place throughout the town's various world-class facilities.
For a complete schedule and to register, check out http://www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com/.
Star, Longboat and new shop
Ain't it one awesome looking boat? This thing looks like it's
ripping along just sitting there. This is the 1929 wooden Star
that Howard's finishing up. It's gone from a rotten piece of firewood
to a rare beauty, probably stronger than it's ever been. Before
you run out and get one for yourself just remember that the big
red thing hanging down underneath weights about a thousand pounds
so you'll need a sky hook to fool with it. The 100 year Star anniversary
blow out will be held somewhere on Long Island next year and I'm
sure this boat will be one of the center pieces. I doubt if any
of us will own it, too much of a piece of history for the class.
The museum just finished the longboat they built for the park
service and this is another beauty. The attention to detail and
fit show the real dedication the volunteer crew put in. This thing
is huge. I asked Doug to stand next to it for a reference. The
oars have to be fitted to the seat you're in because of the changes
in the beam. This boat will be kept at the DeSoto park at the
end of 75th Street in Bradenton.
THE NEW SHOP
The new shop is coming along, not bad for a couple of fat old
men with bad everything!!
Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club
Here are some pictures of my "Tennessee" build of 1995.
As you know, there was no building key to these plans. Chuck,
your assembly method probably was similar to what we came up with.
These are the only pics I have left. I wish I had some in water
Phil Bolger approved of the changes I made. You can see the
storage compartment was changed to be part of the cockpit (the
sheer doesn't drop down).
Self explanatory picture.
I found the pictures of your tandem Canvasback and wanted to
send you some pictures of the one I am building. I took the Mechanix
Illustrated plans and am making a 15' single. I was lucky enough
to find a log with 16' clear pieces enough to make 15' 2.25"
sheer clamps and stringers, I settled on 15' total length. I am
thinking of using aircraft fabric to cover it.
The sawmill is my fathers. It is powered by a 1944 military surplus
Caterpillar D4 stationary powerplant. The wood that we cut for
the Kayak is white pine. We got very lucky to cut a few clear
boards just over 16' long. Out of that log we got about 4 boards
1"x11"x16' that are clear. I thought of using this frame
as a mold for making a fiberglass / carbon fiber boat too.
Take care, Bill.
I commiserate with the loss of clean water in the
gulf. I read where BP has set up response teams for every thing
you can think of. The only thing not there is a fix it up now
team. So here is my fix it up response teams effort as posted
on my blog spot. The photo shows the water I have to put up with.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 Oil spill
1/ The riser from the oil well is to be cut off
by any means possible leaving an open pipe.
2/ A plug is to be made in copper with a wall thickness of about
20 thou wall thickness with hydraulic hoses attached. Multiple
"O" ring seals are to be placed on the outside diameter
so when the plug is inflated with about 6,000 hydraulic pressure
will make a seal on the well riser pipe This plug is to have a
steel pipe through the centre with a valve on the end that protrudes
from the hole.
3/ The pressure should be enough to distort the riser pipe stopping
the plug from being expelled when the plug valve is shut.
4/ The well hole above the plug can then be grouted with pollyisocinate
Simple yes but putting it into practice no as I understand the
problems of working in extremely difficult circumstances using
robotic equipment under water.
A Capsize almost caught on film
Have Julia May in water here right next to 5th wheel
on the St. Louis River up stream from Duluth. Check out new mizzen--leg
o mutton to lug. Extra area is plus although I had knocked her
down just before pic was taken--Main sprit with 2 reefs was too
low for bimini and snagged during tack. She was horizontal before
I could clear the wreckage. Thus, notice the bimini is folded
down now so I can tack without snagging it.
No water in foot well or cabin tho, as she floats high on her
side. Got her upright and it almost sailed away before I could
climb back in--water only 2 feet deep there.
Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week - Race Schedule Announced
In 2009 thousands gathered along the shoreline in
Cowes, Isle of Wight, to watch the Extreme 40s in close quarter
combat. The racing, easy to understand for both the sailors and
non-sailors alike, was intense and spectacular, with the teams
cheered on as they crossed within inches of each other and the
The Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cowes again for the fourth
consecutive year and for 2010 will host more days of racing than
ever before. The fleet will be put through its paces over six
days, with a mixture of the short, sharp courses the circuit has
become renowned for, as well as longer 'classical' Cowes Week
type races, stretching the legs of the dynamic Extreme 40 catamarans
and the tenacity of their crews.
Event organiser OC Events is passionate about making top level
professional sailing, also entertaining for both sailing and non-sailor
audiences. Once again the Extreme Sailing Series Race Village
at Egypt Point will have a mix of high-end corporate hospitality,
along with bars and food outlets for the general public and in
the evening DJs. "We aim to entertain both on and off the
water at every event," commented Gilles Chiorri, Event Director
for OC Events. "The visitors last year were fantastic in
their support of the teams and were very vocal in their enjoyment
of the racing. We look forward to putting on another great show
Friday 30 July will see the only UK leg of the circuit kick off
with an exclusive media day, reserved for the visiting national
and international media. The non-point scoring racing will give
the teams the opportunity to assess each other's improvements
in performance and teamwork over the 8 weeks since the opening
event in Sète at the end of May.
Every morning from Saturday 31 July to Thursday 5 August inclusive
(except for Tuesday 3 August) there will be a long distance morning
race, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Lasting up
to 1 hour, the longer races will pitch the teams' boat speed head-to-head
on relatively open water.
The short course racing will take place at Egypt Point every
afternoon. For the first three days from 3pm and for the final
three, the entertainment will begin from 4pm with racing from
5pm, to ensure as many of the Cowes Week competitors can enjoy
the top flight action, after the waters are largely clear of the
Cowes Week racing yachts.
Nine teams are anticipated to be on the start line in Cowes including
current Series leader Yann Guichard and his men on Groupe Edmond
de Rothschild, defending Series Champions, Oman Sail Masirah led
by Mr Multihull himself Loick Peyron, double Olympic Gold Medallist
Roman Hagara with Red Bull Extreme Sailing and local hero Mike
Golding with Ecover Sailing Team. A new entry joining the line-up
in Cowes will be announced shortly.
Mike Golding, skipper of Ecover Sailing Team commented, "It
is always nice to be sailing in familiar waters, in front of a
home crowd, but that also comes with additional pressures. We
had a good result in Sete and we are hoping to reach the podium
for the Cowes event. It will be interesting to see the teams'
performances on the longer races - I'm sure boat handling will
be crucial, as will the communication onboard. It's a long race
compared to the short sharp 20 minute racing we are used to, I'm
sure concentration will also be key to success on the water. The
Island is famous for its tidal currents, and I'm hoping local
knowledge will help us gain a bit of an advantage over some of
the other teams in that area."
Four Extreme 40s will take part in this weekend's J. P. Morgan
Asset Management Round the Island Race: Ecover, Team GAC Pindar
and The Wave, Muscat as well as defending line honours champions,
Oman Sail Masirah.
Golding commented on this weekend's marathon. "This will
be the first time we have raced as a team for more than 20 minutes
at a time so I'm sure its going to be testing out there, hopefully
we'll have some good conditions and be back in time for breakfast!"
2010 Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes Week Schedule
Friday 30 July
1pm - Media Day, Press Conference
2.30pm - Informal racing, first start off Royal Yacht Squadron
Saturday 31 July - Monday 2 August
10am - Start long-distance race off Royal Yacht Squadron
3pm - Afternoon, short course racing off Egypt Point End of Racing
- Daily prizegiving
Tuesday 3 August - Thursday 5 August
10am - Start long-distance race off Royal Yacht Squadron (no race
Tues 3 Aug)
5pm - Afternoon, short course racing off Egypt Point
6.30pm - End of event prizegiving
Click here to watch all the action from the first leg of the
Extreme Sailing Series in Sete: Videos.
Need a Vacation? Boating Industry Announces
Top Boating States
Boating Adds Fun, Affordable On-the-Water Destinations for Top 10
CHICAGO (June 9, 2010)–
Summer is here, and millions of Americans are looking for ways to
escape with loved ones without traveling too far or spending too much.
The U.S. recreational boating industry’s trade association, theNational Marine Manufacturers
today announced the 2009 top ten boating states based on annual sales.
In conjunction,Discover Boating, the industry’s non-profit
awareness program, has identified affordable, must-visit boating
destinations within each state.
“Considering 90 percent of
Americans live within a one hour drive of a body of water, boating is
an ideal way to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends,”
says Carl Blackwell, vice president of NMMA and Discover Boating. “To
coincide with NMMA’s announcement of the top boating states, we’ve
identified must-visit nautical hot spots within each state,
illustrating just how easy it can be to get on the water close to home
without having to break the bank.”
Here are the top ten boating
states, ranked in order by total annual expenditures for new
powerboats, motors, trailers and accessories in 2009, including popular on-the-water
destinations from Discover Boating:
Florida ($1.2 billion)
Hot Spot:Treasure Island– A
tropical community that’s part of the Tampa Bay area is popular for
cruising with the family and sportfishing the infamous Kingfish. While
the region currently remains untouched by the recent oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico, residents remain cautiously optimistic. The oil spill
has been devastating to areas of the Gulf Coast, however, according to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 68 percent
of the Gulf remains open for fishing at this time, including Treasure
Hot Spot:Lake Austin– In the heart of energetic Austin,
Lake Austin offers an ideal setting to cruise, waterski, fish and be
entertained with a plethora of restaurants and live music venues to
dock at along the shore.
Hot Spot:Big Bear Lake–
Cruising, sailing or waterskiing, Big Bear Lake, just 100 miles
northeast of Los Angeles, offers something for every boater. Don’t own
a boat? Boats and equipment can be rented at one of the many marinas
that dot this resort community’s 23 miles of coastline.
North Carolina ($395 million)
Hot Spot:Lake Norman– Just
north of Charlotte,Lake Norman is the largest man-made
lake in the Carolinas at 34 miles long, boasting 520 miles of
shoreline. This popular boating destination provides year-around water
access with boating activities of all types for novices and experienced
captains, plus chartered cruises for those just looking to take in the
Hot Spot:Lake Champlain–
Spanning 120 miles from Quebec to Whitehall, N.Y., Lake Champlain is
renowned for its beautiful scenery and boating opportunities,
particularly fishing – named one of the top five bass fishing
destinations in the U.S. byFLW
Hot Spot:Shreveport–Louisiana's “Other Side” is a
sportsman’s paradise. Straddling the Red River where watersports are
plentiful, and adjacent to Cross Lake, which offers 13.4 miles of
scenic cruising, excellent fishing and sailing, there’s something for
every outdoor enthusiast.
Washington ($339 million)
Hot Spot:San Juan Islands– The
San Juan Islands, located in the northwest corner of Washington – just
90 minutes north of Seattle, are like no other archipelago, boasting
diverse natural beauty with rocky shores, sandy beaches, towering
forests and sweeping grasslands. The 700-plus island chain is home to
hundreds of anchorages and harbors and is perfect for boating because
their waters are protected, tucked away behind Vancouver Island.
Hot Spot:Rehoboth Beach– Rehoboth Beach has everything
needed to enjoy all facets of recreational boating and offers hundreds
of slip and boat rentals. Whether interested in cruising, crabbing or
clamming, waterskiing or fishing, the area offers a summer getaway
perfect for the family.
Hot Spot:Traverse City– With
181 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and surrounded by 149 lakes that
are 10 acres or larger, Traverse City is a hub for recreational
boating, offering a variety of ideal settings for sailing, fishing,
waterskiing or Great Lakes cruising.
Minnesota ($305 million)
Hot Spot:Detroit Lakes– With
more than 400 lakes within a 25-mile radius, Detroit Lakes offers a
summer vacation for every type of boater and plenty of family fun. An
abundance of public boat launches, marinas and boat rentals, makes it
easy to discover boating in Detroit Lakes.
Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed
by the North American recreational boating industry and managed
by the industry’s trade group, the National Marine Manufacturers
Association (NMMA.org). Discover Boating programs focus on improving the
boating experience and building interest in recreational boating
by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits,
affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. To find
out more, visitDiscoverBoating.com.
Interlux® Fiberglass Bottomkote®
NT Antifouling Paint
Interlux® has introduced Fiberglass Bottomkote® NT Antifouling,
which is optimized using a dual resin blend - delivering a unique,
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of both hard and ablative antifouling paints. Fiberglass Bottomkote®
NT has the durability of a traditional hard paint but with a slow
polishing mechanism built-in that continuously smoothes and renews
the active surface, avoiding the heavy build-up of paint layers
like a traditional polishing paint. Fast dry formula allows a
boat to be painted and launched in the same day. Suitable for
the underwater surfaces of fiberglass, wood, and properly primed
metal (except aluminum) power and sail boat hulls in fresh, brackish
and salt water. Available in red, green, blue and black in US
quart and one gallon cans and three gallon pails.
More info: www.yachtpaint.com
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Sea Tow Services International and Sea
Kick Off National Safe Boating Week with 10 Tips for Boaters
Southold, N. Y., May 21, 2010 National Safe Boating
Week is May 22-28, 2010, followed on May 29-31 by Memorial Day
Weekend, the traditional start of the summer boating season in
most of the U. S. and Canada. Sea Tow Services International,
the world s largest marine assistance provider, and its non-profit
arm, the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education,
encourage all boat owners to enjoy a healthy and happy experience
on the water by following these 10 boating safety tips:
1) Wear a Life Jacket. Sea Tow and the Sea Tow Foundation encourage
the active use of life jackets by all recreational boaters, regardless
of age. In 2008, the most recent year for which U. S. Coast Guard
statistics are available, more than two-thirds of all fatal boating
accident victims drowned and of those, 90 percent were not wearing
a life jacket. Our Sea Tow captains tell us they are frequently
called to the scene of an accident where boaters are in danger
of drowning because they are not wearing life jackets, even though
there are now approved life jackets on the market that are lighter
and less obtrusive than ever, says Michelle Zaloom, Executive
Director, Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education.
Most boating accidents occur because of bad decisions rather
than bad conditions and the most common bad decision is the
failure for every person to wear, or even have on board, a life
2) Choose a Designated Boat Driver. Alcohol is the leading contributing
factor in fatal boating accidents, according to a U. S. Coast
Guard report. Just as on land, law enforcement officers will stop
erratic drivers on the water and test them for BUI (Boating Under
the Influence), an offense punishable to law, similar to DUI.
Zaloom adds, With the combination of sun, wind and exercise,
even a boater with a small and legal amount of alcohol in his
or her blood can become dangerously dehydrated and disoriented,
and should not be at the helm. A designated driver will keep everyone
safe without spoiling the fun.
3) Check Your Fuel Level. Sea Tow recommends starting each boating
trip with a full tank of fuel and an adequate oil supply, particularly
for 2-cycle outboard engines. Fuel drop requests are among the
most common calls received by Sea Tow operators. Don t trust
your fuel gauge stay on top of the fuel level by knowing your
boat s fuel consumption per hour and keeping track of the time
you have been under way.
4) Vent Your Bilge. Always remember to shut off the engine(s)
while fueling and run the blowers for the required amount of time
to vent all fumes from the bilge before restarting.
5) Inspect Your Bilge. Make sure to visually inspect the bilge
for excess water and ensure the bilge pump is in proper working
order before leaving the dock. If you are putting in at a boat
ramp, spare yourself an unexpected bath by replacing the drain
plug(s) before launching.
6) Update Your Charts. Another frequent call for help to Sea Tow
comes from boaters who have run aground. Make sure you have the
latest charts on board, both paper and if you have a chart plotter
digital, so you can stay up to date on shifting shoal areas and
other submerged hazards. For more information, visit www.allianceforsafenavigation.org.
7) Check the Weather. Be sure to look at the tide tables, if you
boat in tidal areas, and get an updated forecast before setting
off for a day of boating. Learn to read cloud formations and look
for the telltale anvil clouds that signal the approach of a
thunderstorm. For more information, also be sure to listen to
the National Weather Service broadcasts via your VHF radio.
8) Test Your VHF. No matter the size of your boat, a VHF radio
is an essential safety tool. Make sure it is in working order
before you leave the dock. Check with your local Sea Tow franchise;
a growing number of locations offer free automated VHF radio checks
to Sea Tow members on one of channels 24 to 28. A cell phone can
be a useful back-up (especially if your boat has a 9-volt outlet
you can use to charge the battery), but due to the unreliable
nature of cell signals on the water, it should never replace a
9) File a Float Plan. Leave a float plan with details of your
planned boating itinerary with a reliable person ashore whom you
can count on to notify the U. S. Coast Guard and appropriate authorities
if you don t return by a designated time. For a detailed, U.S.
Coast Guard-designed float plan template that you can fill in
online and print out or download, visit www.floatplancentral.org.
10) Carry an Anchor. It s surprising how many boats leave the
dock without an anchor and an adequate amount of rode. Don t
overlook this vital safety tool, which can save your life in the
event of engine failure by securing your boat until help can reach
you. When in doubt, call Sea Tow, adds Kristen Frohnhoefer,
Sea Tow s Chief Administrative Officer. We have spent more than
a quarter of century providing unmatched service to the boating
community in the U. S., Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands
and around the world. Boaters can rest assured that if they see
one of our yellow boats approaching, help is on the way.
About Sea Tow: Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the world
s leading marine assistance provider. Founded in 1983 by Chairman
& CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow now serves over 160,000
members in more than 121 locations throughout the United States,
Europe, Australia, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For
a full list of membership benefits, or to inquire about becoming
a Sea Tow Services International franchise owner, please visit
About Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education In
2007, Sea Tow Services International received 501(c)(3) nonprofit
status for the national, nonprofit, public service Sea Tow Foundation
for Boating Safety and Education, which was created by Sea Tow
Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer to promote safe boating practices
that directly reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage
related to recreational boating. For more information, please
For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:
Emily Corman, Corporate Communications Dept., at firstname.lastname@example.org
(800) 473-2869 x3136.
Sea Tow Services International, the world's leading marine assistance
provider, reported today that this Memorial Day Weekend was its
busiest in two years. Sea Tow?s 24-hour national call center dispatched
69 percent more calls during the 2010 holiday weekend (Saturday-Monday)
than in 2008, and 54 percent more calls than in 2009.
Paint Sprayer from Milwaukee Power Tools
The Milwaukee® Electric Tool Corporation has recently introduced
their M4910-20 Airless/Fine Finish Paint Sprayer. The innovative
and patented delivery system is the only system in its class to
deliver both airless and HVLP-assist spray performance. The .31
gpm airless piston pump produces up to 3000 PSI to atomize a broad
range of latex and oil based architectural and commercial coatings.
The operator can quickly add the performance of the two-stage
HVLP turbine to produce a fine finish spray pattern utilizing
the same professional quality spray gun. The M4910-20 comes complete
with a professional airless + HVLP-assist spray gun, 310 and 619
reversible airless tips, 25’ of fluid and air hoses, integrated
tool bag that mounts to the frame and a five-gallon bucket lid.
The robust and versatile design of the M4910-20 makes it ideal
for spray application of many paints and coatings for the marine
and boat building industries. Typical spraying of sealers and
varnishes on walls, beams and decks is quickly and easily completed
in standard airless mode. What sets this sprayer apart from the
rest is its ability to quickly switch to fine finish applications
with the flip of a switch. Spray application of stains, clear-coats
and lacquers to cabinets, shelving, staircases and custom woodwork
are achieved with amazing results. The multiple spray technologies
incorporated into the M4910-20 allow contractors and DIYers to
accomplish the work of many sprayers with just one tool.
The exclusive frame design is made from high quality 1-1/4”
steel tubing and has a fold down handle for portability and storage.
The cart has a platform for a five gallon bucket and nine inch
never-flat rubber wheels to make transportation over all terrain
and steps easy.
UNION, NEW JERSEY (USA) – In the wake of what could be
the largest oil spill in US history, leading yacht paint manufacturers
Interlux and Awlgrip offer boaters in the impacted areas the following
tips to help clean contaminated boats.
INTERLUX GUIDELINES: TREATMENT OF ANTIFOULING CONTAMINATED WITH
The surface of an antifouling paint that has become contaminated
with oil can become “blocked” i.e preventing the biocide
from being released, which subsequently leads to premature fouling.
It will also result in a contaminated layer that will make adhesion
of new antifouling applications difficult.
Cleaning of contaminated antifouling surfaces:
For hard polishing and ablative antifouling paints that have
been heavily contaminated the best method to use when treating
the bottom is to use a paint-stripper such as Interstrip 299e
to remove all the pollution and the paint, then scrub the substrate
using Fiberglass Surface Prep YMA601 and a coarse Scotch-Brite
pad. Rinse with fresh water. Repeat until the surface is clean
(when the water cascades off of the surface with no beading or
separating). Allow the surface to dry thoroughly prior to re-painting.
The same process is recommended on metal boats however to avoid
corrosion the metal substrate should be prepared by grinding or
blasting after the cleaning process and prior to priming. To aid
adhesion apply InterProtect 2000E primer per label instructions.
Sanding or sand blasting a surface that still has oil on it may
drive the oil into the surface and cause a loss of adhesion of
the subsequent coats.
If the coating of oil is light, powerwash and then use a household
detergent with water to scrub off any pollution. Then scrub using
Fiberglass Surface Prep YMA601 and a coarse Scotch-Brite pad and
rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Let dry prior to re-painting.
Polishing paints such as Micron Technology, may be re-launched
without painting assuming the film thickness of remaining paint
is adequate (2-3 mils dry after scrubbing) & the next application
is scheduled within 5 months.
AWLGRIP GUIDELINES: TREATMENT OF TOPCOATS CONTAMINATED WITH OIL
Cleaning of contaminated topcoat surfaces:
Contaminated topcoats should be cleaned as soon as practically
possible to minimize the damaging effects of the crude. If the
surface of a topcoat is contaminated with crude oil, staining
and possible degradation of the topcoat may result from the acidic
nature of the contaminant. The recommendations below apply to
Awlgrip®, Awlcraft® 2000 and Interlux® Perfection
topcoats. If there is any doubt of the type of surface in question
always test a small area first.
In the case of heavy contamination, the material may be a thick,
sticky tar-like material due to its exposure to the elements.
It is recommended that these surfaces first be cleared by wipe
down with T0016, T0170 or Mineral Spirits followed by power washing,
and then cleaned with Awlwash® at a 4 oz/gallon level (or
household liquid detergents such as Dawn). The detergent washing
step of the cleaning process must be done in manageable areas.
Each area should be then be thoroughly rinsed with plenty of clean
water before moving on to the next. DO NOT allow detergent solutions
to dry on the surface.
Hulls exhibiting ‘sheen’ contamination may be cleaned
with the regular concentration levels of Awlwash, though they
too may benefit from a prewash wipe down with T0016, T0170 or
Mineral Spirits to loosen the film.
In both cases, it is recommended that the newly cleaned surface
be protected from further contamination with application of Awlcare®.
IN ALL CASES:
Contaminated waste water should be collected per local marina
guidelines, local authority regulations and/or Clean Water Act
requirements. Collecting the water and the emulsified crude will
prevent spreading of contamination. Crude and solvent contaminated
wipes must also be disposed of in a responsible manner.
For further assistance, call Interlux Technical Service, 1+800.468.7589
or Awlgrip Technical Service, 1.888.355.3090. For more information
about Interlux products, visit www.yachtpaint.com/usa.
For more information about Awlgrip products, visit www.awlgrip.com.