Welcome to the Torresen Marine e-Newsletter.
Each month we will publish seasonally relevant and
practical information for sailors. The May issue
includes topics pertaining to safety. We hope to
provide something for everyone from the casual dingy
sailor to the serious offshore racer.
As always, we look forward to your comments and
suggestions. We are also interested in what topics
you would like to see. Email theTorresen
Sailing Newsletter to let us know what you
Safety Equipment List
by Ike Stephenson
Both the US Coast Guard and the state of Michigan
have required safety equipment lists. These are items
such as flares, PFD's, and navigation lights.
However, because your boat conforms to these
regulations does not mean you are ready to cast
off. These lists should be viewed as the minimum
equipment you need. For sailors the ORC special
Regulations serve as an excellent set of guidelines for
These regulations are used in racing, whether it's an
around the world race (Category 0) or an in sight of
land buoy race (Category 4 or 5). These regulations
are also used in conjunction with the annual
Mackinac races. What this means is that these
regulations can be of use to just about any sailor,
allowing you to customize equipment to your
situation. Using these regulations as a jumping off
point, here are what the Regulations advise in certain
Lifelines? Are you sure?
by John Schumacher
If your boat is around 20 years old or has seen salt
water, your lifelines may need some help. Maybe age
and ultra violet light has destroyed the plastic
coating on your lifelines leaving wire exposed to the
elements. Or salt water has had its turn and has
caused corrosion right at the swage terminals.
Regardless, take a closer look, because some of
these systems look awful. We have seen everything
from broken wires, string, and dog chain used for
Care and Maintenance of Sailboat Winches
by Gordon Torresen
As with everything mechanical, some preventive
maintenance is required. Sailboat winches are
certainly no exception. Winch drums should spin
freely if the winches are internally clean and properly
lubricated. TMI services many winches and we are
sometimes amazed at the condition of the winches
that we are called upon to service.
The biggest cause of winch problems is dirt. Wind
borne dust and dirt lands on the winches. With the
next rainfall or deck wash, water moves some of this
dirt into the winch. You would think that it would just
wash into the top and out the bottom. Not so
Wireless Internet for Sailors
by Christopher VanOosterhout
For many, sailing is the perfect way to get
disconnected from the world of work and
technologies like the Internet. The reality is some
people need to remain "connected." Other people
simply appreciate the convenience of detailed
weather mapping and sailing news available online.
For sailors wanting Internet connectivity from their
boats, Torresen Marine introduces high-speed,
wireless Internet access especially created for
sailors. The new service will be available starting May
First Aid Refresher
by Ike Stephenson
This article is based on a Red Cross online safety quiz. It's intended to
review some first aid basics and get you in a safety
mind set for the upcoming boating season.
If you are on board and skin a knee or cut yourself in
the galley you should first wash it with soap and
water. Then bandage it.
Why not use an antiseptic? These products kill white
blood cells, which actually promote healing.
by Peter J. Blacklock
In the West Michigan region, May usually brings
Spring flowers, but in a sailing context it brings very
cold water. Water so cold [40 - 50 degrees] that
hypothermia sets in within 10 to 15 minutes. This can
ruin your whole day, as well the day, of your family
and friends. Spring sailing requires some additional
preparations and an adjustment in your safety
For the small boat sailor, don't be the only boat on
the water. Sail with a buddy. Always wear a PFD
and choose clothing that wlll retain body heat.
Further you can adopt a more conservative sailing
style to reduce the chances of capsizing. Try to sail
where you will be visible to those on shore should
you get in difficulty.