In this issue...
  • Safety Equipment List
  • Lifelines? Are you sure?
  • Care and Maintenance of Sailboat Winches
  • Wireless Internet for Sailors
  • First Aid Refresher
  • Hello Spring

  • Sailing Newsletter
    May 2005


    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 think.

    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 necessary equipment.

    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 areas.

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    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 lifelines.

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    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

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    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 31, 2005.

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    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.

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    Hello Spring
    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 focus.

    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.

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