Fuel To Go

FueLocker On-Deck Fuel Bladder Tank varies by dealer

By: Melissa Park

An extra supply of fuel on board means boaters can travel greater distances and stock up on lower-cost fuels at port. The FueLocker is a collapsible, on-deck fuel bladder that helps extend the fuel range of almost any vessel. The unique pillow-shaped FueLocker is compact and can be stored easily on the deck of boats both small and large. The fuel bladder is filled from any standard petrol pump nozzle and includes a floating outlet fitting with a spill-resistant stand-pipe.Aero Tec Laboratories, (800) 526-5330, boatbladders.com

Source: http://www.boatingworld.com/Gear/Article/Fuel-To-Go-07-2014#sthash.zrwj27uI.dpuf

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How to Choose a Roller Trailer

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Roller trailers are best for launching a boat without submerging the trailer. They make launching easier than a bunk trailer does, but require more maintenance. Here’s what you need to look for in a roller trailer.

1. The More, The Better
When comparing trailers, more rollers for a given weight capacity will provide better support for your boat.

2. One or Two Axles?
If you have a choice, even though it costs more, go with a tandem-axle trailer if you plan to tow frequently. The second set of axles will better carry your boat and will make the trailer less likely to fishtail when on the road.

3. Don’t Lie about Your Weight
A trailer with the proper capacity rating for your boat can handle the weight of the boat plus full fuel, water and waste tanks and another 500 pounds for miscellaneous gear.

4. Tongue in Cheek
A tongue jack is essential to raise and lower the trailer onto the hitch. Its capacity should exceed the anticipated tongue weight (nominally 10 percent of the loaded boat weight). A wheel on the tongue jack lets you jostle the coupler into place when hitching up.

5. Roll Away
Polyurethane rollers are more expensive than rubber rollers but won’t mark the hull and don’t compress and flatten with time and use.

6. Protect Your Frame
If you boat in salt or even brackish water, use an aluminum or galvanized steel trailer because these materials resist corrosion better than painted steel frames do, and will hold up better over time.

7. See the Light
Sealed light housings and connections will last longer and better resist corrosion than the alternatives. LED lights are more robust, but more expensive, than incandescent.

8. Strap It Down
A trailer should have connection points for tie-down straps at the rear. Using straps ensures that your boat won’t bounce around on the trailer.

9. No Brake Dancing
Trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 3,000 pounds or more are required to have brakes on all wheels in many states; in some states the requirement is as low as 1,500 pounds gross weight.

10. Roller Shafts
Stainless-steel roller shafts are a plus in salt water, but pricey.

Malibu Boats Introduces The All-New Wakesetter 22 VLX

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A completely new boat from the hull up, the 2015 Malibu Wakesetter 22 VLX is a total redesign of the previous 21 VLX model. This 22-foot model features a new running surface designed to deliver perfect wakes and waves for wakeboarding and wakesurfing. With Malibu’s amazing new Command Center, featuring the 12-inch MaliView and seven-inch MTC touchscreens, total control of everything is at your fingertips, including the now-standard Zero Off GPS speed control, Surf Gate, ballast systems, and the bigger, hydraulic Power Wedge II, a 2015 upgrade that builds even better wakes and has been engineered to get boats on plane much faster.

 

source: http://www.boatingmag.com/boats/malibu-boats-introduces-all-new-wakesetter-22-vlx

Seven Must-Have Ditch Bag Items

Key safety items that may save your life

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Ditch bags are compact floating bags designed to hold critical items boaters need in an emergency. With everything in one place, boaters can quickly jump into a life raft or even the water with important items needed to speed their rescue.

We asked the experts at The GPS Store, Inc. of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina to fill a virtual ditch bag with the key marine accessories that may save your life.

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ACR RapidDitch Express — It starts with the bag itself — and with plenty of space, pockets and pouches to keep items safe and organized, this floating ditch bag is ideal for grab-and-go emergencies.

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EPIRB — When activated, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons like the ACR Global Fix Pro use satellites and earth stations to notify Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams of your emergency and provide your GPS position over two separate frequencies (406MHz and 121.5MHz).

To read more:

Source: http://www.boatingmag.com/gear/seven-must-have-ditch-bag-items

 

Bail And Wail Got water?

When your boat starts to sink, you pray the automatic bilge pump kicks in and saves the day-tragedy avoided. But what happens when your dinghy gets swamped, your baitwell clogs up, or your bilge pump needs a boost? If your first reaction is to grab a bucket, know that there are many gadgets that make bailing a whole lot easier. Here’s a rundown on a few of our favorites.

 

source: http://www.boatingmag.com/gear/bail-and-wail

Reader Tip: Four Easy Ways to Conserve Water

Even if they have a watermaker, most cruisers find they need to conserve water.  Here are four easy ways to significantly cut down on the water you use – without sacrificing too much.

Even if they have a watermaker, most cruisers find they need to conserve water.  Here are four easy ways to significantly cut down on the water you use – without sacrificing too much.

1.  Use a Foot Pump.
If you have a foot pump, turn off your pressure water except for times when you’re filling a large container.  With pressure water, you waste some every time you turn the water on and off.  And since most foot pumps put out a smaller volume, you don’t use as much when it is “running.”  This is particularly effective for hand washing and tooth brushing.

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2.  Use a Watering Can.
A small little houseplant watering can, like that shown at right, is great for rinsing off dishes.  Before cruising, I read about people using spray bottles to conserve water when rinsing dishes, but I hated that system.  My hand got tired squeezing the trigger, it didn’t produce enough spray to really get the soap off, and I got water lots of places I didn’t intend to.

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3.  Use a Half-Gallon Tank Sprayer.
We found that a half-gallon tank sprayer, like that at right, was perfect for all sorts of on-deck chores where we needed fresh water.  We found the pump style much easier to use than the hand-squeeze type.  We also preferred the type with an integrated nozzle rather than a hose and wand, making one-handed operation easy.Sprayer1

 

source: http://www.cruisingworld.com/how-to/living-aboard/reader-tip-four-easy-ways-to-conserve-water

App of the Month: ETA Calculator

While we like to say that cruising is all about the journey, sometimes you just want to know when you’re going to get there, or be able to quickly tell someone ashore your ETA. While it’s not terribly difficult to figure it out on your own, if your brain is feeling the effects of night watches and not in the mood for math, this app makes finding your ETA as simple as inputting your distance to go, boat speed and the time zone of your destination, and it will tell you how much longer you have to go and the date and time of your expected arrival with the correct time for the destination time zone.

 

 

 

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Source: http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/app-of-the-month-eta-calculator

 

New Gear: Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker

Pump up the volume anywhere with this cool waterproof speaker that plays tunes from your smartphone, computer, tablet or mp3 player.

 

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COSTONE is a 100% Waterproof wireless AptX™ Bluetooth speaker system and your perfect portable music solution. The ECOSTONE wirelessly connects to your Smartphone, tablet, or laptop providing a rugged and Waterproof mobile Bluetooth speaker with high quality aptX and speakerphone solution with incredible sound! The ECOSTONE is not just water resistant but actually 100% Waterproof. So don’t worry if it gets knocked in the pool, falls off the boat, drops into the river, lake or ocean. It even floats. An Aux in jack on the back of the unit provides the option to physically connect any iPhone, Smartphone, mp3 player or any audio source with an audio out jack.  Integrated on the bottom of the ECOSTONE is a standard camera style screw mount (Purchase the optional ECOXGEAR suction mount separately).  Integrated into the top of the unit is a handy built in LED flashlight and battery charging indicator. The ECOSTONE can even be used as a power bank to charge your smartphone or tablet – be prepared for all of life’s adventures! The ECOSTONE has passed the IPX68 international Waterproof standard and Military specifications  801G which means the ECOSTONE can withstand anything from being submersed in over 3 feet of water or  used  in a desert sand storm –  it won’t let you down. If you enjoy your music wherever you go then Grace Digital’s ECOXGEAR line of products is the choice for you.

 

 

Source: http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear

Outboard Motor Hoist

Outboards lifts as the name implies lift outboard engines up and down so they can be attached to a dinghy. Often they are on a tall swivel arm that projects out to get the engine away from the hull side. Otherwise you have to hold the engine away from the boat so it lines up with the transom of the dinghy. One issue with these type of lifts is the engine is hanging from the line and the engine can swing around.

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