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Essential safety gear for mariners

by Danielle Connelly on 06. Oct, 2017 in safety

You bought a boat because boating is a lot of fun and is a great way to relax and escape the worries of everyday life. But, even on a boat, problems can occur, from a mechanical issue to someone falling overboard. If you’re unprepared, little problems can quickly become big problems on a boat.

How Boaters Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

by Switlik on 03. Aug, 2017 in safety

The arrival of summer also means the arrival of hurricane season. The National Weather Service reminds boaters to always monitor the weather and be prepared for emergencies.

Along the East Coast, hurricane season runs from June through the end of November. Here in the Northeast, we don’t get hurricanes too often, but when we do, the hurricanes and tropical storms can move fast, unpredictably, and cause a tremendous amount of damage. That’s why the United States Coast Guard urges boaters to be prepared to act quickly.

Safe boating tips for a fun Fourth on the water

by Switlik on 30. Jun, 2017 in Marine, Life Rafts, safety

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is urging all boaters to use extra caution while boating during the upcoming July 4th holiday.

Life Raft Inflation: Air vs. CO2

by S Switlik on 23. Jan, 2015 in Marine, Life Rafts, safety

What things do people consider when picking a life raft? The list typically includes capacity, service interval, equipment, etc. One item that hasn’t been on the list—but should be—is the inflation system. CO2 has historically been the only inflation system option for marine life rafts…until now.  Now consumers have the option to choose between a raft inflated with Air or CO2.

What’s the advantage of using Air instead of CO2? There’s several. First and foremost is that air isn’t affected by temperature.  When you compress CO2 into a cylinder, the pressure changes based on temperature. This can affect the speed of inflation—at low temperatures, the gas compresses (which lowers the pressure), and your life raft will inflate slowly. In some cases the CO2 will even solidify into dry ice which slows inflation even more. Air, on the other hand, is not affected by temperature. Your raft will inflate with greater speed than CO2, regardless of the temperature. 

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