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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Special Weather Advisory: Hurricane Joaquin Re-Intensifies

Having walloped The Bahamas for a couple days straight, Joaquin has strengthened once again to a category 4, with 155 mph winds; it now has western Bermuda in its sights. While this is better news for the U.S., forecasters still urge residents along the eastern seaboard to be prepared for strong winds, heavy rain and rip tides.

[Meanwhile, here in South Florida, the weather is sunny with a delightful breeze....]

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Weather Alert For Our Mates To The North
Keep An Eye On Hurricane Joaquin

While we're happy to reassure our clients soon-to-be Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin poses no threat to assets here in South Florida, we can't offer the same comfort to our mates in the vicinity of the mid-Atlantic states.  Hurricane Joaquin to Track Near East Coast, Escalate Flood Threat
Keep a weather eye on the horizon and pay close attention to your local weather reports. As always, we will continue to pay attention and we hope our friends in The Bahamas stay safe over the next 24 hours or so.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Mega, The Merrier
Dania Beach Mega Yacht Marina In The Works

Sounds good to us!

Our informal analysis of this year in the boating business leads us to believe: It's been a good year. With announcements such as these (including the plan for a new dockominium in Fort Lauderdale), we're going to assume we're not mistaken. Let's hope this trend continues, mates!

New mega-yacht marina planned for Dania Beach
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Are You Ready For The Show?

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southeast Florida Spared Again
Erika Has Degenerated To A Trough

Good news for South Florida. After cutting a deadly swath through the Caribbean, tropical storm Erika is no more.   Remnants of ERIKA Public Advisory
That said, we'll still be on alert for occasional gusty winds on Sunday and lots of rain.

Mate Jo, says, "Beware short pilings."
Speaking of heavy rain - don't forget it's once again time for spring tide (or "king tide", if you're royally inclined). Double check your lines - you don't want to float away (or over) your dock.  You might also need to adjust your fender positions or add some back-ups at different heights. And for those of you planning to take the boat out, pay special attention to those low bridge clearances!

Be safe and have a great Erika-free weekend.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Usually A Woman Of Few Words ...
Mate Jo Had A Lot To Say Today

Yep. That pretty much is all that needs to be said!

As you know, Tropical Storm Erika might be blowing by South Florida and Gov. Scott has declared a state of emergency. That said, we'll be busy this weekend putting out extra lines and fenders on the fleet so our clients (and their insurance companies) can rest assured their vessels are in good hands down here.  Here's the latest advisory from NOAA:

Tropical Storm ERIKA Public Advisory

OK, here we go! And to our fellow boaters, be safe out there, mates!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Beware The Current!
A Reminder About Electric Shock Drowning

Photo | Brian Fitzgerald
It's the height of summer and nothing sounds more tempting than jumping into the water to cool off. As with all things, remember: SAFETY FIRST! Our friends at Boat US have published a timely article about one of the hidden dangers of taking the plunge, especially in fresh or brackish water: Electric Shock Drowning or ESD.
One year ago, over Fourth of July weekend, Alexandra Anderson, 13, and her brother Brayden Anderson, 8, were swimming near a private dock in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri when they started to scream. Their parents went to their aid, but by the time the siblings were pulled from the lake, they were unresponsive. Both children were pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. About two hours later, Noah Winstead, a 10-year-old boy, died in a similar manner at Cherokee Lake, near Knoxville, Tennessee, and Noah's friend, 11-year-old Nate Parker Lynam, was pulled from the water and resuscitated but died early the following evening. According to local press reports, seven other swimmers were injured near where Noah died. These were not drowning victims. In all of these cases, 120-volt AC (alternating current) leakage from nearby boats or docks electrocuted or incapacitated swimmers in fresh water.
We encourage all of our fellow boaters to take a moment to read about electric shock drowning, what you can do to prevent it, and how to recognize the symptoms if you or your guest is a victim. Here is some basic info from the Boat US article by Beth Leonard:

Electric Shock Drowning:
What You Need To Know

In General
  • ESD victims are good candidates for successful Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Learn to perform CPR and maintain your training.
  • To retrieve a person in the water, reach, throw, and row, but don't go.
  • Tell others about ESD. Most people have never heard of it and are unaware of the danger.
  • Make sure your children understand the importance of not swimming anywhere there could be electricity. Don't let them roughhouse on docks. Tell them what to do if they feel a tingling or shock in the water (see below).
In Marinas
  • NEVER swim within 100 yards of any freshwater marina or boatyard.
  • Talk to marina owners or operators about the danger of ESD. Ask your marina operator to prohibit swimming at their facility and post signs.
  • Ask marina operators if they are aware of and following the guidelines from NFPA 303 (Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards) and National Electric Code (NEC) 555.
If You Have A Boat
  • Have your boat tested once a year to see if it is leaking electricity, or buy a clamp meter and test it yourself. If you find any problems, have your boat inspected by a qualified electrician trained to ABYC standards.
  • Have a qualified ABYC electrician install an ELCI on your boat (refer them to the ABYC E-11 Standard) or use an ELCI in the shore power cord. As an alternative, install an isolation transformer on the boat.
  • Test the GFCI/ELCI at least once a month or per the manufacturer's specifications.
  • DO NOT do your own 120-volt AC electrical work on a boat or hire an electrician who is not familiar with ABYC standards to do it. Many of the problems that lead to electrical faults result from the differences between shore and boat electrical systems and standards.
  • DO NOT use common household extension cords for providing shore power to your boat. Use, and encourage other boaters to use, shore power cords built to UL standards.
  • NEVER dive on your boat to work on underwater fittings when it is plugged in to shore power, even in saltwater.
If You Have A Private Dock
  • NEVER swim within 100 yards of ANY dock using electrical power!
  • If you have not electrified your dock or put an AC system on your boat, weigh the risks carefully before doing so.
  • If you need electricity on your dock, hire a licensed electrician and make sure the wiring meets the requirements in NFPA 303 and NEC 555. If your dock is already wired, hire an electrician to check that it was done properly. Because docks are exposed to the elements, their electrical systems should be inspected at least once a year.
  • Exercise your GFCIs/ELCIs as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • If you normally run a power cord from your house or garage to charge your batteries, make sure the outlet has a GFCI and include an ELCI somewhere in the shore power cord.
  • NEVER swim off your dock without shutting down all shore power to the boat and the dock.
  • Even if you adhere to all of these rules, nearby docks can still present a shock hazard. Educate your neighbors and work together with them to make the waterfront safe.
If You're In The Water And You Feel Tingling Or Shocks
  • DO NOT follow your instinct to swim toward the dock!
  • SHOUT! Drowning victims cannot speak, let alone shout. Let everyone know what's happening so they'll understand the danger and react appropriately.
  • Try to stay upright and back out of the area the way you came, warn any other swimmers in the area of the danger, and then head for shore 100 yards or more from the dock.
  • Alert the dock or marina owner and tell them to shut the power off to the dock until they locate the problem and correct it.
  • Go to the hospital to make sure there are no lingering effects that could be dangerous.
If You Have To Rescue An ESD Victim
  • Know how to distinguish drowning from ESD (see Alert for how to recognize "normal" drowning; tingling, numbness, or pain all indicate ESD).
  • Fight the instinct to enter the water — many rescuers have died trying to help ESD victims.
  • Call for help. Use 911 or VHF Channel 16 as appropriate.
  • Turn off the shore power connection at the meter base and/or unplug shore power cords.
  • Get the victim out of the water. Remember to reach, throw, row, but don't go.
  • If the person is not breathing or you cannot get a pulse, perform CPR until the Fire Department, Coast Guard, or ambulance arrives.

Here's to enjoying the rest of the summer! Safe boaters are happy boaters!

Other resources:
Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association
Tips on Electrical Systems and Use
Reach, Throw, Row, Don't Go!
Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center

[This article was originally posted 7/30/2013]

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration Continues!

And this weekend, we look back fondly on our original emblem - the Trumpy. More specifically, the Trumpy once named Steamer.

Steamer's image is a mainstay in our office (and on our backs - she's proudly displayed on the first crew t-shirts we made back in 2005). So next time you're in the mood for some good stories, be sure to ask our Capt. Ben about his time aboard the beautiful, wooden classic, which was his family's yacht for quite a while. One could say Steamer was "where it all started" for our fearless and fair skipper. She's certainly a big part of the voyage that got us here. So here's to Steamer and to our first ten years serving discerning yacht owners nationwide. It continues to be our pleasure.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Faster Than A Mile A Minute?
Speedboat Reaches Cuba In Record Time

In spite of inexplicably losing the use of onboard electronics and colliding with an unseen object near the finish, the $2 million speedboat, Apache Star, successfully crossed from Key West, FL to Havana, Cuba in 90 minutes on Saturday. Congrats to the boat's builder, McManus Powerboats, and her crew!

Fort Myers speedboat set record to Cuba, but at a price
We're glad all souls arrived safely and, from all reports, to a very warm, Cuban welcome at the dock. We look forward to seeing other challengers attempt this one!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

To Zinc Or Swim - A Boater's Sacrificial Ode
Pssst! Have You Checked Your Zincs Lately?

Working on and by the ocean, we're no strangers to the paradox of salt life; it can be both fulfilling and frustrating. Needless to say, corrosion has a lot to do with the latter aspect in our industry because between salty air and salty water, there's no escape, only sacrifice. So bring on the zincs.

Put The Metal To The Metal

Galvanic corrosion, electrolysis, stray currents, dissimilar metals ... start spewing off these words around any boater and watch the involuntary twitching begin. While it is currently impossible to prevent corrosion, we at least know how to postpone the inevitable thanks to the magic of science (which we won't attempt to explain in depth here).

For example, and as you probably know, zincs are "sacrificial anodes'" which, by design, attract electrical current away from other surrounding metals. Their underwater job is to protect your through hulls, props and struts from corrosive damage that would otherwise be caused by stray current. Blame other boats, blame the marina, stray current's down there waiting to nibble at your nodes and your zincs are happy to oblige. They corrode for the cause and have to be replaced regularly to keep up the good deflective work.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Given their underwater location, zincs are easily overlooked and boaters may forget to check them at regular intervals. However, just like your sea strainers, zincs need to be routinely inspected and replaced - after all, they are protecting some very expensive gear. Ignore them and you might not be facing just the loss of a strut or a prop, but a through hull fitting, the thinnest area of metal on your boat's bottom. If one of those gets eaten away, you could sink your boat.

So, remember to check your zincs! (And while you're at it, make sure your through hull bonding is adequate so as not to be even more susceptible to stray current.) You know how it goes: Better safe than sorry.

As for us here at Stanley Yachts, when it comes to the vessels in the fleet we manage and maintain, we always rely on the professionals at Mrs. G Diving for hull inspections, bottom cleanings and zinc replacements - they "dive right in" with prompt and thorough service. Give Maureen a call and tell her we sent you.

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Read more:
Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats | David H. Pascoe
Negative Effects of Corrosion | Southern Boating

[This article was originally published on March 28, 2015]

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