Attwood Expands EPA Compliant Deck Fill Product Line



Attwood Corporation, the leading supplier of marine fuel systems has expanded its line of deck fill products for carbon canister and pressure relief integrated fuel systems, and water and waste components.

“Our deck fill products have an optimum combination of technology, safety, ease of installation and use, and modern appearance,” said Brian Scott, senior director for Attwood. “With these new additions, we’re providing builders with beautiful new EPA compliant deck fill options that incorporate the safety and performance features that have made Attwood Fuel Systems the standard in the marine industry.”



Sea Insure Now Offers Personal Watercraft Coverage

Many owners of personal watercraft (PWC) such as Jet Skis, Sea-Doos and WaveRunners consider these fun little vessels to be “water toys” rather than boats. In some cases, this can lead to the misconception that their homeowner’s insurance policy also covers their PWC.

10 PWC Safety Tips from Sea Insure
1. Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a PWC. Many states require that every PWC rider wear a life jacket, including passengers. However, even in states where it’s not required, be sure that you and your passengers wear life jackets anyway. It could save your life or the life of a family member or friend.

2. There’s a far greater chance that the driver will fall off a PWC than a boat, so it’s an absolute “must” for the driver to attach a kill-switch lanyard to the ignition and to his or her wrist or wetsuit. If the driver falls off, the lanyard disconnects and the PWC’s engine shuts down, allowing for re-boarding and preventing a runaway PWC.

3. Keep your distance from other vessels. This includes other personal watercraft.

4. Do not use waves and the wakes made by boats as ramps for jumps. Limited vision may cause an accident with another boat coming the opposite way.

5. Never operate a PWC if you have consumed alcohol or other drugs. Impaired operators can cause accidents and may face legal charges.

6. Do not drive a PWC unless you have reached the legal age. In some states the minimum age is 11 years old to operate a PWC, in other states it is 16. Check your state’s regulations.

7. If you are operating a PWC in cold water, consider wearing a wetsuit. It will help prevent the risk of hypothermia, particularly if you fall off or jump into the water.

8. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring along bottled water to prevent dehydration. Most PWCs have a storage compartment where you can store water and snacks.

9. It’s a good idea to bring some form of ID and money along as well. While riders frequently jump aboard their PWC without a wallet, shoes, shorts or cover-up and take off, it’s best to be prepared in case unexpected circumstances arise.

10. Riding a PWC before sunrise or after sunset is strictly prohibited by law in most areas. So before the sun goes down, it’s time to head back to the shore.




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,



How to Choose a Roller Trailer




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



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.



Seven Must-Have Ditch Bag Items

Key safety items that may save your life


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.


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.


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).

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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.



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.



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.


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



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.