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Ethanol vs Butanol

Monday, August 31st, 2015

“ETHANOL COULD BE ON ITS WAY OUT THIS DECADE……” (Fortune Magazine 4/2013)   In a world that’s increasingly turning its attention toward sustainability; we are constantly looking for better ways to expand our energy supplies.   In recent years we have all become familiar with the term “gasohol”  We see stickers on the pumps of…Read More »

Electric Shock Drowning

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Recently, I attended a presentation which was sponsored by ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council), entitled ESD (Electric Shock Drowning). The seminar was presented by Kevin Ritz, a highly qualified expert in marine electrical systems. I have put together some of my own thoughts along with Kevin’s to share with you, regarding this silent killer;…Read More »

The Trouble With Progress

Friday, November 14th, 2014

  Maybe I’m just getting old.  I’m reminding myself of comments and conversations with my parents and grandparents, back in the ‘60s.  But, I see a growing phenomenon in our society that I would like to draw to your attention.  It’s called progress. And I must say that am proud to have contributed.  The technology…Read More »

BOATING AND THE ECONOMY

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Boating and the Economy I’ve noticed an upward trend in my business as a marine surveyor in the state of Florida over the past couple of years, and it sparked my curiosity as to the overall health of the boating industry. I’ve done a bit of research, and the thought occurred to me that it…Read More »

Winterizing your boat.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The kids are back in school and Summer is winding down.  Another boating season is coming to an end, in geographic areas that enjoy changing seasons. Having worked as an insurance adjuster of boat claims over the past 19 years, maybe I can share a few common mistakes I have seen fellow boaters make in…Read More »

GPS and LORAN-E

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

    GPS and LORAN-E Forty-some years ago the US military worked a project to aid in navigation, which has become known to all of us as “GPS” (Global Positioning System). Initially developed for military use, the system has since been opened up for commercial and civilian usage as well.  The basic premise of GPS…Read More »

Latitude / Longitude and Your GPS

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A SHORT HISTORY OF NAVIGATION Since the beginning of man’s time on Earth, he has recognized the need to “navigate” whether it be on dry land or on the sea (and now in outer space). Early man started with a list of waypoints, augmented with crude estimates of distance and time. These lists, when used…Read More »

Know Your Insurance Policy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A good portion of my job, as a Marine Surveyor, involves working as the “eyes ‘n ears” for insurance claims adjusters, when a boater has an insurance claim.  My job task is to verify serial numbers, take photos, and assess the damage in terms of being accident related, versus normal wear and tear.  I sometimes…Read More »

SHOULD I DO A SEA TRIAL?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

In my capacity as a Marine Surveyor, I am often asked, “What’s a sea trial?   And do you think we need one with a pre-purchase survey?” To address the first question:   A sea trial is a ride in the boat, whereby the surveyor is a passenger; a very busy passenger.  The surveyor is not aboard…Read More »

LOOK LIKE A PRO AT THE DOCK

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

With over 50 years of boating experience on inland lakes and rivers as well as blue water; both commercial and recreational, I have witnessed many fellow boaters at the dock. It fascinates me at times, to watch a fellow captain or mate secure his or her vessel to the moorings. Many times a well experienced…Read More »