The wax you so diligently applied in the spring may be wearing thin after all the rain and bad weather we've had so far this summer. Boaters often swear by the products they choose; silicone based, paste waxes, carnauba, PETF or mystery additives, but none protect forever and some, not even a few weeks. So starting with the exterior and working our way to the boat bottom, let's discuss boat maintenance.
There are usually three steps needed to get a good finish on a fiberglass boat; Cleaning, Polishing and Protecting and each step may actually have sub steps. The number of steps (and the amount of labor involved) depends on the overall condition of the gel coat.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their report "Testing the Waters 2013"
A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches
The 2013 "Testing the Waters" report, in which NRDC compiles data on beach closings around the country for the summer of 2012, found that Connecticut residents lost 298 beach-days (days closed x number of beaches closed) because of water pollution last year. That's better than 2011's sky-high, post-Irene figure of 538 days, but still more than double the number of closings in 2010, 2009, or 2008. Connecticut ranked 17th out of 30 states for number of times its beaches tested above the safe limits for bacteria.
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Going away on Vacation ?
Don't Forget your Boat !
If you are leaving the boat at home when traveling, remember to:
1. Make sure the bilge pump is working.
2. Plug in and make sure the battery charger is working (a depleted or dead battery can't pump out the boat).
3. Remove the keys.
4. Double up the docklines.
5. Enlist a friend or the marina to keep an eye on it and perhaps run the engine a few times while you are gone.
Save the Date !
The Dinghy Poker Run
@ Cove July 27'th
Tune up your Dinghy Engine !
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The Americas Cup is coming to a TV near you !
America's Cup racing returns to network television in the United States in September when NBC broadcasts the 2013 America's Cup Final.
America's Cup fans won't have to wait that long to get a taste of the Summer of Racing. The first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger series, is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, July 7, on the America's Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup (subject to territorial rights-holder restrictions).
The first two days of the America's Cup Final, Sept. 7-8, will air live nationally on NBC, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PT (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET) each day. Subsequent racing is slated to be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm PT (3:30 pm to 6:00 pm ET) on race days.
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