Rudder Angle Indicators: A Smarter Way to Dock

When maneuvering a vessel in tight quarters, the ability to have a quick visual reference of your rudder angle is very important. A collision could jeopardize the safety of your passengers and of others. It could damage your boat and your pride. Luckily for us, technology provides a solution.

  A rudder angle indicator is a nautical device which monitors your rudder’s horizontal position. It is also referred to as a rudder reference gauge, rudder locator, or a rudder position sensor. We took a look at several different types of rudder angle indicators and reviewed them for you in this article.

Gravity Driven Rudder Reference Gauge

  The first type we reviewed are gravity driven rudder angle locators. These simple devices attach to the center of your steering wheel and use gravity to pull a needle downward as the gauge moves in synch with the wheel. These units are inexpensive and easy to install with no cabling or drilling required.

  During testing we found that these rudder locators to be inaccurate and unreliable. Any time that the boat rocks from side to side, the needle swings back and forth making it virtually useless in choppy water. On vessels with hydraulic steering, these indicators give poor reference of the rudder angle due to variances in hydraulic fluid pressure. Our Score: 3/10

Mechanical Arm Rudder AngleIndicators

  The second type of rudder indicator we reviewed operates using a mechanical arm. Mechanical arm rudder locators are the most common type on the market. Arm-driven units like come stand-alone or as a part of auto-navigational systems.

  These mechanical indicators consist of a dashboard gauge and an arm (often sold separately) that connects to your rudder or outboard motor. A downside to these devices is that on some vessels the rudder moves further in one direction than another, this cannot be read by the mechanical arm. Otherwise, these units are accurate and reliable. They are somewhat pricey though, ranging from $350-$2000 and typically require expert installation. Our Score: 6/10

Cable Driven Rudder Locators

  Last but certainly not least, we reviewed cable-driven rudder angle indicators. Unlike other indicators, these units work for both in-board and out-board motors. A company called SmarTrac inc. currently holds a patent on the system which is used in their product the SmarTrac Rudder Locator.

  The SmarTrac rudder angle indicator has a sending unit (also
called a potentiometer) that is mounted near your rudder or outboard motor. A steel cable is then pulled from the sending unit and hooked to your rudder linkage. This unique cable driven system allows the device to measure the entire range of rudder movement.

  The sensor sends data through a 3-conductor cable to the dashboard gauge which then calculates a reading using a built-in microprocessor. The microprocessor is easily programmed to match the specifics of your vessel. This product is effective for use on hydraulic steering systems because it connects directly to the rudder linkage. Accurate, inexpensive ($199), and easy to install, this new technology could make a big splash in the nautical electronics market. Our Score: 10/10

Ten Watertight Luxé Yacht Builders

While the size of one’s boat may set yachtsmen apart, the underlying commonality is that all yacht owners are seamen at heart. Making a big splash on the marine scene today calls for something of substantive value. While every yacht out there is not a superyacht of 100 feet or more, or a mega-superyacht exceeding 200 feet in length, it should be equally superb as a looker and a performer.

Here is a recap of some the yacht builders we presented over the past year or so. Each one is a shipbuilder of worldwide acclaim. Trinity Yacht can produce a 400-foot-long vessel. Azimut Yachts is renowned for its advancements in soundproofing technology. Christensen Shipyards has built more yachts measuring 120 feet or longer of composite materials than any other builder. The Burger Boat Company built numerous vessels for the U.S. during wartime. The firm also produced the first all-steel-welded hull made in the U.S. All are capable of fulfilling a buyer’s vision of a “dreamboat,” whether it is a power or a sailing yacht.

Presenting the newest, the best, and the most innovative in all matters of luxury lifestyle is a never-ending process. So stay tuned. More noteworthy and up-and-coming yacht builders will be introduced throughout 2007 – and beyond.

Azimut Yachts offer the best combination of features and benefits to its lucky owners. The Azimut 85, which premiered at the Genoa Boat Show in October 2005, is luxury afloat at its finest. The 85’s length is actually a tad longer than its name and 22 feet wide. Stephano Righini designed the exterior and Carlo Galeazzi manned the interior. The advanced soundproofing techniques and windows on both decks are only two of the yacht’s noteworthy and unique features.

Marquis Yacht is a U.S.-based firm that is definitely on the rise. With each release, beginning with the Carver 59 Marquis, the company is diligently establishing its niche for launching innovative, Italian-inspired-designed yachts. The 59 features twin 660 horsepower Cummins QSM11 diesel inboards, with the option to upgrade to twin 825 horsepower MTU Series 60 diesel inboards. The ship’s overall length is nearly 60 feet with platform and a waterline length that exceeds 45 feet. Standard features include a hydraulic swim platform and fore and aft shore-power ties.

Saying it in Italian just sounds more romantic than saying it in English. But no matter how you say it, the 44.8-meters long Gran Finale by Delta Marine is one beautiful boat! Launched in 2002, this tri-deck is the winner of the 2003 “Best Motor Yacht Over 38 Meters” by Showboats International. Its all-encompassing craftsmanship is perhaps the boat’s greatest benefit. However, providing a smooth ride at a cruising speed of 18 knots and a top speed over 20 knots, with its twin Caterpillar 3512B engine, is quite impressive too.

International Yacht Collection is a fourfold specialist in the luxury boating industry. The firm is capable of managing and maintaining a yacht for personal or corporate owners; taking a boating project from inception to design to completion; offering brokering services; and yacht-chartering specialists for either corporate or personal needs.

The Rasselas, the latest vessel launched by Feadship De Vries of the Netherlands, is the most technologically advanced yacht to ever float across the waters. Strident progress has been made in shipbuilding technology over the past 10 years, and this craft has incorporated it all. The innovative technology addresses environmental and operational issues, reduces noise level, and facilitates maintenance and favorably. Specifically, it burns fuel more efficiently and is easier to keep in tip-top condition. Measuring out at 62 meters, it is nearly 30 feet longer than the previous Rasselas.

Thank goodness the Burger Boat Company was revitalized in the early 90s and put back in the waters of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by its new owners, David Ross and Jim Ruffolo. Founded in 1863 by Henry B. Burger, the contributions this organization made to the U.S. and to the boating industry are historic, patriotic and most inventive. From 1870 to the turn of the century, the firm specialized in manufacturing steamers, tugs, scows, schooners and barges to support the industrialization efforts of the USA. During World War I, Burger manufactured 22 vessels for the U.S. Navy and Emergency Corps. READ MORE

When the topic of the conversation turns to yachts, the size of a vessel is generally at the top of the pecking list. However, the more significant issue regarding long-term value is the materials used in the construction of ships. Christensen Shipyards has built more 120-plus-feet yachts with composite materials than any shipbuilder in the world. Composite materials eliminate rust and corrosion and provide better insulation and strength compared to ships built from aluminum and steel. This makes overall maintenance easier and extends the life of a ship threefold compared to those predominantly constructed with metals. Christensen Shipyards is a certified shipbuilder by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which was established in 1862 and is the governing agency for safety standards of the marine industry. ABS is a non-profit organization with 150 offices in 70 countries.

Trinity Yacht encourages all yachtsmen to have it your way! Whether you are seeking a 72-footer, a 200-footer or a whopping 400-footer, your selection is built and designed to meet and, probably, exceed your expectations. Trinity can place bid on designs drawn up independently from outside sources or provide patrons with designs stemming from either its Victory Lane or Global Explorer series.

It is very difficult to begin a sentence with a company that prefers not to capitalize its name or products, such as eLuxury, iPod, or oceAnco. However, what oceAnco does capitalize wisely are its resources when it comes to designing and building superyachts. The firm has built some of the finest 50-meter-plus vessels to clientele around the world. Its main office is in Monaco, and its shipyard is based in Albasserdam, Holland. The yacht builder’s Web site boasts of 16 launched boats. Over the past three years, oceAnco has launched three stunning 60-meter-plus yachts: the Lady Lola at 62.6 meters, the Alfa Four at 60 meters, and the Dilbar at 66 meters. The Dilbar has two master suites and a dip pool on its sundeck that is over 15 feet wide. Mr. Alberto Pino is the interior designer of the steel hull with an aluminum superstructure, and oceAnco is both the naval architect and the exterior designers.

The Benefits Of Desalination Systems

Water provides so many benefits to people’s lives and to the various things they use in their home, at work or in their businesses. However, it’s not always that we get pure, clean water for personal, commercial or industrial use. And this is the reason why we have today water makers such marine water makers, water purification and commercial sea water desalination systems to help us enjoy clean and potable water in our daily lives.

At home, people normally use the portable water purifiers or water makers. This is an important device especially for families with babies who are very particular about the water they drink every day. Purified drinking water can be achieved in three levels depending on the consumers’ needs. Minimally purified water makes use of a carbon filter, partially purified water utilizes the reverse osmosis system while steam distillation along with carbon pre-filtration is done to achieve a completely purified water. It is important to note, though, that the type of water purifier a family needs may depend on the area they live in as water sources also vary from one location to another.

Marine water makers, on the other hand, are vital to boats and other sea vessels. This device utilizes a desalination system or the reverse osmosis desalinator which allows sea water to be free from salt and other minerals for use when the boats are running. This is not very costly to use and in fact can save time and money.

Desalinators on board benefits boat owners in several ways. First, they provide natural water that makes cleaning boats hassle free and leaves their boat spotless thereby protecting the rigging and hull. Secondly, with marine water makers, the boat owner doesn’t need to buy purified water so it saves him money. Thirdly, with a desalinator on board the boat, there’s no need to store gallons of water which may only put on much weight on the vessel and increase fuel consumption. Finally, fresh and potable water can readily be available on board for use in cooking, washing the dishes, ice making, bathing or doing the laundry.

Water makers have the reverse osmosis method as their common factor in purifying water. The reverse osmosis system dates back 50 years ago and was originally developed to produce clean water for industrial use. By theory, it is considered the most extensive way to purify huge amounts of water. It is often used in residential and commercial water filtration.

A reverse osmosis desalinator removes the salt from seawater to make is safe to drink. Its purification process entails high mechanical pressure to force the water through a semi-permeable membrane which rids the water of algae and other minerals. The membrane used here is quite advanced as it can actually extract pure water from salty borewater, seawater and even recycled water. In other words, when water passes through the membrane at high pressure, only the water molecules go through it and no other substances. So this only means that with a reverse osmosis desalinator, people can have all the fresh water they need.

Take A Catamaran Sailing Charter – Room Enough To Move Around

A catamaran sailing charter is the best option to choose when you want to take a sailing vacation. This is because this type of boat has the most room of all so that you can enjoy your sailing experience to the fullest. A typical catamaran sailing yacht has 4 private double cabins, plus 2 more for the captain and the crew. If you are chartering the catamaran and handling the sailing yourself, these extra cabins could be for the children. A catamaran sailing charter is an excellent idea for a family vacation where all the family can be together all the time.

Some of the amenities you can enjoy with a catamaran sailing charter include cooling fans in the cabin and the salon. There are also fresh water transom showers so you won’t have to bathe in salt water on your catamaran sailing vacation. The electronics on board the catamaran include a GPS, a CD player and a VHF radio. You don’t have to do without cold food because catamaran sailing vacations have a refrigerator and beverage cooler on the yachts, as well as a barbeque and a microwave. Enjoy all the comforts of home as you are sailing along.

When you choose a catamaran sailing vacation, you will have a spacious deck where you can sunbathe, use as a diving platform or just sit and chat. The cockpit of the catamaran sailing charter is also quite spacious and has a table where you can sit and enjoy the scenery on days when the weather doesn’t allow you to spend time outdoors. From the seat on the helm you have a view of all parts of the deck when you are docking if you are operating the catamaran on your own.

The oversized main salon of a catamaran has ample room for all members of your group to be seated comfortably. There are huge windows that give you a 360° view to help you make the most of a catamaran sailing vacation. If there is a lot of sun, you don’t have to be uncomfortable inside, because with a catamaran sailing charter the overhanging top of the cabin provides shade from the sun as well as cooling down the interior. When you book one of the catamaran sailing vacations, the charter company will make sure you understand how to use the navigation charts before you depart.

When it is your turn to cook on your catamaran sailing charter, you can still be part of all the action with the way the galley is designed. The galley is located on the starboard side of the catamaran and the gallery area is an open space. You can cook and talk to everyone else at the same time. Along with a three – burner stove and an over, you have ample storage space for all your food supplies. For the sleeping arrangements, a catamaran sailing charter provides you with queen-sized berths, each with its private bathroom.

Survival Life Jackets For Inflatable Boat Owners

The most essential boating accessories sailors should have aboard their inflatable boats are survival life jackets. Wearing a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) will save your lives if you are in a boating accident because it will keep you afloat until help arrives. There are several different kinds sailing life jacket designs. You need to know about each type of life jacket to make an informed purchase.

If you regularly take your sail boat on the ocean, you should use an offshore life jacket. This survival jacket is designed to keep you afloat in rough waters. Even if you become unconscious during a sailing accident, this type of personal flotation device will turn your face up. With 22 pounds of buoyancy it is the best PFD to have if you are sailing in remote lakes where help may be a long time coming.

The classic life jacket for adults and children is referred to as the near shore survival jacket. It is not as bulky as the offshore PFD and is designed for sailing in inshore waters. This type of personal flotation device is designed for areas where you won’t have to be in the water very long before help arrives.

For comfortable sailing, you might want to consider a flotation aid. This type of life jacket is the one used for most recreational boating activities. These are not really survival jackets because although they will keep you buoyant in the water and save your life, if you are unconscious they will not turn your face up.

You need to know about the different designs of life jackets in order to equip your inflatable boat with the best survival gear for your passengers. Families that enjoy sailing together should have a personal flotation device for each member of the family. Life jackets and survival vests are not as bulky and uncomfortable as they once were. Make sure the PFDs you buy for your inflatable sail boat is certified by the Coast Guard.

Top Five Reasons Yacht Charters In Bahamas Are Better

The Bahamas is a chain of Islands found in the Caribbean sea. It is one set of over 700 islands that are just waiting to be explored and discovered in this deep green sea. There is no better way to experience them all than aboard one of the top yacht charters in Bahamas history.

There are dozens of reasons to charter a yacht the next time you want to explore the Bahamas and the surrounding Caribbean sea. The top ones listed here will give you a taste of the type of true luxury that only be experienced with a private charter.

1. Privacy. If you really want to get away from it all on vacation, then crowds just don’t cut it. You can be as secluded or social as you want and change your mood with the winds when you sail a privately chartered ship with just your closest friends and family.

2. Luxury. Accommodations on luxury cruises to the Bahamas are similar to the world’s finest hotels. Staterooms have all the amenities of Ritz or Four Season with parlours and decks perfect for entertaining.

3. Flexibility. If you find that the weather just isn’t right for shopping in downtown Nassau, then you have the choice of moving on right away. You call the shots on where you go and how long you stay within the amount of time you have booked your charter cruise.

4. Pricing Options. A luxury yacht cruise is an expensive way to travel, but if you know you are worth it and can afford it, it is worth every penny. Week-long trips range in the mid-hundred thousand dollars price. This is all inclusive, except maybe gratuities. It includes a full crew and capable captain to make your trip comfortable. Smaller sailing vessels are more in line with a normal family vacation as far as price, but not in terms of the new and exciting experience of being at sea on your private cruise.

5. New Experiences. There are some things you just can’t experience on shore. The sea is a whole new world of wildlife and outdoor activities. You can fish, watch the schools of exotic fish and swim right along with them. Sun bathing on deck is a mixture of gentle breezes and salted misty air that will turn you a golden toasted colour as it melts away the stresses left on shore. Without the distractions of traffic and itineraries, your sailing trip will make you feel new again.

Getting There

You can begin your yacht charters in the Bahamas by booking a flight to Miami. Many charters set sail from this popular port. It may be a good idea to book a hotel for the first night in the city, so that you can start your cruise at a convenient morning hour, fresh and ready to face the sea.

Whether you plan to spend $100,000 or $5,000 for the week you will find adventure and luxury aboard a yacht, sailboat, or bareboat that will provide your vacation home away from home. Each has a crew ready and waiting to make this the vacation of a lifetime.

The True Benefits Of Selecting A Custom Lanyard For Your Boating Needs

If you are new to the world of boating, you likely are only now beginning to learn some of the more basic terms associated with the sport. For example, “lanyard” may be a term that is new to you. On the other hand, if you are an old salt, you perfectly understand how important the lanyard is when it comes to sailing. Indeed, you likely have gone so far as to buy a custom lanyard on at least one occasion.

For those of you who are new to the sport of sailing, a lanyard or a custom lanyard actually is an easy piece of gear to understand. A lanyard or a custom lanyard is a flexible line of rope. A lanyard can be made out of a number of different elements, including regular rope, coated rope, or wire rope. Additionally, a lanyard or custom lanyard can come in the form of something as a basic as a strap.

As mentioned a moment ago, a lanyard or custom lanyard is capable of a wide array of uses. A lanyard is one of the most versatile pieces of gear that a person can find on any boat. A lanyard or custom lanyard can be used for everything from connecting up a lifeline to preparing and setting an anchor. In point of fact, no boat should ever be without a lanyard or custom lanyard — indeed no boat should ever be out multiple versions of the lanyard or custom lanyard.

If you truly are interested in obtaining the best possible equipment for your boat, and if you are equally committed to ensuring that your gear and equipment functions to peak efficiency, you may want to consider ordering custom lanyard products. There are many benefits to ordering custom lanyard products. Of course, you will end up spending a bit more at the outset when you do purchase custom lanyard products. However, most boat owners believe that the purchase of custom lanyard products is an investment that pays off in the long run.

The primary benefit of ordering a custom lanyard is that you will obtain a lanyard specifically suited to a particular task or job. You will have a lanyard that is specifically designed to work with a particular piece of equipment. Naturally, with a custom lanyard you will have a lanyard that is best suited for a particular task or for a particular piece of equipment — because it has been designed to undertake a particular task or with a particular piece of boating equipment.

In addition, the custom lanyard is likely to be more durable than standard, off the rack fare. A custom lanyard has been designed with you in mind, with your needs in mind. Thus, it is more than likely that the person or company that handcrafts your custom lanyard is going to make certain that you are provided with a durable and reliable product. In the end, that person’s or company’s reputation depends upon giving you a top quality custom lanyard.

Stag Weekends in Brighton – Yacht Sailing

With its best social scene on the South Coast and fantastic locations for all types of outdoor activities, Brighton is easily the number one choice for a stag weekend. Mountain boarding, kayaking, sailing, raft building, paintball and clay shooting are a few of those stag dos you will find in Brighton.

Yachting Day in Brighton

The best part of yacht sailing in Brighton as a favourite stag do is that you get a full day to ride a 36 ft racing yacht. You will be given a safety briefing before being taken by your skipper on board. For two hours, you will be taught the mechanism and the basic skills required for sailing. Chillisauce ensures that you are treated to a delicious lunch at the yacht club while sharing your new experience with the rest of the crew.

The time to test your skill comes in the afternoon when you will be asked to take charge of the yacht yourself. The skipper will then act as a passive crewmember and will only take charge of the yacht if your team finds it difficult to control. Each team will comprise of a minimum of six and a maximum of ten members. A fun filled stag do, yacht sailing is the best way to spend your stag weekend in Brighton.

The Positive side of Stag Do in Brighton

Stag weekends with stag parties and stag nights are the best ways to enjoy your weekend. Brighton, with its scenic beauty and thrilling nightlife is the right place if you are looking for a calm place, eager to escape the din and bustle of city life. When it comes to all types of stag outdoor adventures and water activities, stag do in Brighton gives you the ultimate pleasure. Yacht sailing, one of the most sought after stag do in Brighton, releases you of all the tensions of the past week and rejuvenates your mind by giving you a adventurous feel with a long lasting soothing effect on your mind. If you are looking for some adventurous water activities, just go for the big challenge of Yacht sailing in Brighton.

Towable Tubing Tips:How To Get The Most Out Of Your Towables

Few watersports offer such sheer enjoyment as boat tubing. And the great thing is that it’s so easy compared to, say, water skiing. This ease makes it suitable for all age groups and so a great activity for the whole family. Easy as it is, however, you need to take some precautions. Here a some pointers on how you can get the most out of your towable tubing experience.

First, let’s look at what towables are. Essentially, the towing experience involves being pulled behind a boat in or on one of various types of “towables.” These boat towables can take a variety of forms but tubes are the most popular (like water ski tubes). Tubes come in a vast range of shapes and sizes, so our first tip is about buying your tube and the rope that connects it to the boat.

Towables are made of artificial fibres such as nylon, polyester, PVC or neoprene. Polyester is the most durable while neoprene is the most comfortable and most expensive. If you have kids, you might prefer the latter.

Next there’s the matter of shape. Towables come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The original design is the donut shape. This is most suitable for adults who can sit on top. However it’s not so convenient for smaller people to sit on. Plus the donut rolls over easily making it unsuitable for young children.

Then there are deck tubes which are flat and delta shaped. These are great for multiple riders. These can flip over easily so they’re most suitable for teenagers and young adults.

Next we have ‘ride in’ and ‘ride on’ tubes. The former are like small boats and so are perfect for small children and those requiring a gentler experience. ‘Ride ons’ are long narrow towables. Sometimes called torpedo style, these can sit up to six riders. So they’re great for groups of young riders seeking speed and thrills.

Finally for extreme thrills there are the rocker towables which have wings. These are examples of concept tubes which are aimed at the thrillseeker.

As for the ropes that connect the towable to the boat, these are graded according to the number of riders allowed. Towable ropes should be 50 and 65 feet in length.

Now that you’ve bought your towable and rope, it’s time to look at some tips for using them. First, always check any warning indicators on the tube. Read and obey the manufacturer’s specifications on such factors as the number of riders, their maximum size and weight, and the recommended top speed limits. Then the tubers should be instructed into how to position themselves on the tube. Don’t forget they must always wear a personal floatation device while in the water.

The next thing to do is to find the right area of water for towing. To be safe, you should allow at least 100-feet of unobstructed water on either side of the boat and a minimum of 3000 feet in front. Aside from the driver, the boat should have a ‘spotter’ to check for riders who fall off. The spotter can then alert other boats in the area by waving a flag.

It’s essential too that the boat handler be familiar with any regulations affecting that stretch of water you’re on. Speed limits are influenced by water conditions. Wakes for example can be dangerous for towing so boat speeds should be reduced. And he must keep in mind the capabilities of the riders on the tube he’s towing. There are various speed limits that apply to riders of different ages, for example.

If you follow these simples tips, you’ll be assured of a safe and fun towable session. Towables, whether marine towables or freshwater, offer a genuine water sports experience for the whole family. In fact perfect activity for large groups of all kinds.

Sportfishing Security Tips

First of all you should check all of the tools; equipments like rod without fracture and reel should move easily and smooth, Check them carefully if they are working fine before start to enter the water. Otherwise replace them immediately. Also same for the lure and sinkers should be rust free to avoid injuries. Be aware of the biting fishes like Muskie and others, it leads to life danger for you and others. And also you should keep in mind about the weather conditions, always be aware of it, you should confirm from the officials is there any weather changes expected in that day, but no one can say exactly about the weather conditions, so you should come to sportfishing with all necessary safety things including your dress material like life preserver since it is painful, don’t avoid this to wear.
You should be aware of others while you do sportfishing with a group of people and don’t take children with you, The dangerous thing is doing the idiot game Noodling, this can lead your hands can be attacked by the cat fishes and some other types of dangerous fishes, many of the people has loss their life, while doing Noodles by searching the holes in the water by pending down up to their chest level.
Don’t decide to go for ice fishing without having secured build systems including your dress materials, also your health conditions may be affect by serious diseases. You should be careful always, sometimes careless leads to fall in ice.
If you follow these security things described above in this article, then you can enjoy the memorable sportfishing experience and safe you and others without injuries.