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In This Issue
Electrical Consideration Relative to Engine Starting
Brokerage Boat of the Month
Standing Rigging Life Expectancy - Part 2
Free Vessel Safety Check
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May 2008

May is here and if you are from the colder climates, you are now either putting your boat in the water or planning to do it soon.  We all want to take advantage of the Spring and Summer months to be able to sail as much as possible.  Let's start the sailing season off with helpful hints and more.

As always, we look forward to your comments and suggestions. We are also interested in what topics you would like to see. Email the Torresen Sailing Newsletter to let us know what you think.

Electrical Consideration Relative to
Engine Starting 
 by Gordon Torresen 

A lot of things can contribute to hard starting engines that are electrically related. Assuming that the internal workings of the engine are as they should be, we will look at the electrical problems that relate to starting. We will stay away from charging and electrical ignition circuits for now.

Brokerage Boat of the Month 
U-bolt number 12002 Hunter 212
2002 Hunter 212, with 2002 Mercury four stroke, 4 HP outboard (approximately 20 hours). Galvanized trailer. Boat is equipped with roller furling jib, mast raising system, ACP structured hull, large, non-skid cockpit, open transom and forward opening deck hatch. 213 sq. ft. of sail, sleeps 4, lightweight and easy to trailer. Loads of fun!

Standing Rigging Life Expectancy - Part 2

U-bolt number 1 by John Schumacher 
In the March issue of the Torresen Marine e-newsletter we discussed factors associated with the life expectancy of 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging. The idea is to explain the variables so that you can better understand the life span of rigging. The main variables are; sailing conditions, loads,

Free Vessel Safety Check

U-bolt number 1 Muskegon Power Squadron

A Unit of the United States Power Squadron

Where: Torresen Marine, Inc.

When: Saturday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Provided by: Muskegon Power Squadron

What is a Vessel Safety Check?

It is a free check of a vessel's equipment for compliance with federal, state and local safety requirements. Some of the items checked are:

  • Proper display of numbers
  • Registration/Documentation
  • Personal Flotation devices
  • Visual distress signals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ventilation
  • Backfire Flame Control
  • Sound Producing Devices
  • Navigation Lights
  • State & Local Requirement
  • Overall Vessel Condition

During the Vessel Safety Check, the vessel examiner has an opportunity to discuss with a fellow boater the purpose of the marine safety equipment, to clarify various federal, state and local regulations, to review local boating conditions, to answer any boating-related safety questions and to encourage additional boater education.

Do take this opportunity to have a safe boating season. Sign in at the Torresen Ship Store for this inspection. If you have any questions regarding this program you may contact:

Bob Voyt