My Ask Ed section has been getting a workout this week! All good because it means people are finally thinking about their boats and less about shoveling snow or how to get away from it. Tom wrote in overnight with a really good question that needs sharing. Here's his query:
I love it when readers write in. Eric wrote in over the weekend with what I think actually ends up being three good questions. One of them has to do with bonding and grounding, the other anode consumption, and the third with transducers and fairing blocks. For those of you who have no idea what the bonding system on your boat looks like, the photo below shows a green wire connected to a sea strainer. That wire is there to attach the strainer to the boat's bonding system.
Every now and then one of our readers sends in a photo of some really first class effort to destroy the integrity of one's boat. Today's example came in from one of the tech folks at Pacer Wire and Cable, one of the site sponsors here at EdsBoatTips.com The photo apparently came to him as a question about compliance with ABYC Standards. Check this one out:
Boaters with few exceptions tend to be environmentally concerned people. With that though in mind a new tool has just been introduced just in case you have your own private Deep Water Horizon experience, either at the boat or on your dock. Enter the C.I. Agent Oil Spill response kit. Seems like a good idea for both boater's and marina operators. Check out the following press release to learn more about the kit.
Well, my Say Yes to Seacock Labels post ( http://www.edsboattips.com/maintenance-a-diy/193-say-yes-to-sea-cock-labels ) earlier this week got an almost immediate response from one of our readers. Karl wrote:
With Spring just weeks away and daylight savings time in effect I'm starting to think about intelligent upgrades for my boat, or anyone else's boat for that matter. Sometimes I come up with ideas by poring over the hundreds of photos I take when I serve as a Boat Of The Year Judge for Cruising World magazine. I use these photos to help find things I like or don't like about the boats we inspect.
One of the things that I'm seeing more and more on the new boats is really good and proper ...
Ok, aside from a glitch we are working on as I write this, I'm feeling like a proud father. EdsBoatTips is growing! For those of you who are regulars, you'll notice some changes on the site today. First, as promised a week or so ago, we've added Pacer Wire and Cable as a sponsor to the site. They have provided some really useful links for boaters who need tools, wire and cable when doing some of their own wiring. Please check them out. They wouldn't be on the site if I didn't think they ...
New friends at www.BoaterExam.com contacted me last week and asked if I'd mind if they posted a safety related article here. Seems like a good idea to me so here's the artcle and a short video. Be sure to check out their website to learn about the basic boater safety exam requirements in your area.
Back in the fall I promised a follow-up demo when I announced the arrival of the Wave Blade hull maintenance tool. Well, between the foul weather here in New England over the winter and a rather heavy travel schedule I didn't get a chance to actually try the tool out until yesterday. The video below shows just how effective this new tool really is and I must say it was impressive. Some points not mentioned in the video are that this tool is submersible and the cord that comes with it is ...