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Spring Thaw 2009
Coolant Maintenance for Inboard Engines
Hydraulic Service
Brokerage Boat of the Month
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March 2009

We are fast approaching our 29th Annual Spring Thaw Open House.  We love this event because it reminds us that winter can't last forever and spring is just around the corner.  While we are thinking spring, let us also break away from all the negative economic hype and embrace the coming sailing season with a smile.  Who can maintain a frown when out sailing on a beautiful day?
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.
Spring Thaw 2009 
Spring ThawSaturday, March 14, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This year's open house continues the tradition of great deals on everything in the store, seminars, product reps with exciting open house specials and useful door prizes.

Vendor representatives tentatively scheduled include: 

~ Duneshore Marine
~ Interlux / Sikkens / VC
~ Yanmar
~ Westerbeke / Universal
~ Johnson Heads and Pumps
~ Michigan Clean Marina Program
~ Quantum Sails
~ Raymarine
~ Ronstan
~ Samson Line
~ Pettit
(More vendor specific information coming soon.)

Tentative Keynote Seminar Schedule

9:30am - Sail Trim for Cruisers 
11:30am - What Will You Do If? 
3:30pm - Do It Yourself Sail Care

Other Seminars

~ Periodic VHF-FM radio workshops throughout the day in the ships store. 
~ Clean Marina Program 
~ Blister Repair and Prevention 
~ Jon & Sally Whitbeck of Duneshore Marine - Joys and Challenges of Circling the Globe in a Small Boat 
~ Tom Rau 27 year USCG Veteran- "Boat Smart Chronicles" Emergency O/B procedures, Requesting Coast Guard Assistance, etc.

All seminar and vendor information is subject to adjustment. Please watch for the latest updates.

Coolant Maintenance for Inboard Engines 
 by Gordon Torresen 
Boat engines that are cooled with self-contained coolant that is cooled, through heat exchangers, by sea water are commonly referred to as fresh water cooled. The internal coolant is generally fresh water that should be treated with additives, usually ethylene glycol, more commonly referred to as permanent anti-freeze. The usual anti-freeze must be cut 50% with water. In warmer climes the antifreeze is needed for its anti-corrosive additives and heat exchanging properties. Oddly enough, if antifreeze is used straight, the engine temperatures may constantly climb on a long run. 
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Hydraulic Service 
U-bolt number 1 by Matt Noren 
Most of us have the philosophy: if it is not broke don't fix it.

This should not be the case when it comes to your hydraulic system.

Whether talking about a simple integral backstay adjuster, or a complex system with multiple cylinders, valves and pumps, sooner or later it will need to be serviced. Regular maintenance and inspection is highly recommended for all hydraulic systems.

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Brokerage Boat of the Month 
1980 Watkins 36' Tri-Cabin 
This rare Watkins 36 is ready to sail. This well U-bolt number 1maintained cruiser is a boat you can enjoy for years. A great sailer, she will also be a comfortable live-aboard for those week long sails in the north channel. Contact the Marina for more details.
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