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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)
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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)

    January 13, 2020

    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    Larry David and Seth Discuss Their Mutual Distaste for the Beach
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    Larry David and Seth Discuss Their Mutual Distaste for the Beach

    January 11, 2020

    -I don’t want to give anything
    away about the season. I’m so happy
    there’s a 10th season. I want to be surprised
    every week. -Well, what could you give away?
    You don’t know anything. -That’s true.
    I don’t know anything. I guess I’m not — what I’m
    saying is I’m not gonna press you for spoilers
    or anything. -No, you can press away. [ Laughter ] It will amount to nothing
    in the end. -Is that how you’ve always felt
    about bathroom attendants? Will you admit that much? -You know, your heart sinks
    when you see them. -Yeah. Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -Oh, my God, ’cause then,
    you know, you’re going — I mean, you don’t want them
    there. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -Why are they there?
    -Yeah. -It’s horrible. You know?
    -You’d be fine without them. -Oh, yes. Yes.
    -Yeah. -Wait outside. Then go in. -Right.
    -You know? And then there’s
    the whole tip issue. -Right?
    -Right? -Which is getting — genuinely
    getting harder because people — Nobody carries cash anymore. -Right.
    -Yeah. -There’s a tip basket,
    and as you pee, you’re going, “I got no money for this guy.”
    [ Laughter ] You got to say, “I’ll come back.
    I’ll come back.” [ Laughter ] “I’m so sorry.” Yeah. -Be honest.
    Have you ever come back? -No.
    [ Laughter ] -Thank you for your honesty. You were here a couple years
    ago, but I’m very lucky. I run into you every now
    and then in the summer. -Yes. -I feel like we both feel
    the same about the summer and we feel the same
    about the beach. Do you — Are you a fan? -Could not loathe it more. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -I just don’t see — I don’t see why anybody
    would be on that surface. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -You know, it’s just —
    it’s in your toes. And then there’s the water. What is — What is up with that? It’s cold.
    -Yeah. -Who goes in cold water? Why?
    Why are you going in cold water? -Some would argue —
    -How does that feel good? -Some would argue
    it’s a bracing experience. You’re refreshed
    when you go in cold water. Do you feel that way ever? -I could do without the brace. [ Laughter ] -You don’t need the brace? -I don’t need the brace, no.
    I don’t need it at all. But, you know,
    if there was grass, okay? -Yeah. -And the ocean,
    maybe once in a blue moon. -Right. There you got a lake.
    You’ve just described a lake. [ Laughter ] -Oh, did I? -I’m a far bigger fan of
    the lakes than the ocean. -Oh, the lake is
    a beautiful thing. -Oh, there’s no downside
    to the lake. Yeah. -Oh, I love the —
    I love the mountain thing. -Yeah.
    -The mountain, the cabin. Eh, not so much the cabin.
    [ Laughter ] The idea of the cabin.
    -The idea. And the lake I find a lot better
    than the ocean and that sand. [ Laughter ] -Well, the sand, you walk in — The other thing I hate about the
    sand and the ocean, sand, sand, ocean, now you’re wet, now you
    come out covered in sand. The sand sticks to you.
    -Yes. -Only way to get it off —
    back in the ocean. It’s just vicious —
    [ Laughter ] -It’s a terrible cycle.
    -A vicious cycle. -What you love — I don’t know
    where they have this, but I think I’ve seen it
    somewhere, you know, the faucet. -Yeah.
    -You know, for the feet. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -That’s good.
    -Yeah. It’s just they don’t have it
    next to a lot of oceans. That’s the problem.
    -That’s a problem. -Yeah.
    -That’s a problem. -I’ve seen it at, like,
    a pool house or something. Yeah. But, you know, this is
    what we’re talking about. And a lot of people we know,
    friends we have in common, they love the beach. They would like nothing more. -They love the beach
    and they love their boats. -Yeah.
    -The boats. -Yep.
    -Now, that’s crazy. -Yep.
    -Okay? -I don’t want — Yeah.
    -To be on a boat? Why? Why are you on a boat?
    -Right. -Everything in the world is off
    the boat on the land. [ Laughter ]
    -Yeah. -There’s nothing on the boat. -I can appreciate people
    who get on a boat — Years ago, I want to say I’m not
    disparaging people who years ago went from one country to another
    on a boat. -On the boat. Of course.
    -That’s fine. -A mode of transportation.
    -Yes, of course. -I understand that.
    -Yes. -Yes.
    -I tip my cap to them. -Me, too.
    -But people who say — [ Laughter ] -I’ll reveal my bald head
    to them, yes. Yeah. -And then the other thing is,
    most boats you got to get on the little boat to go
    out to the boat. -The dinghy.
    -Yeah. -Yeah.
    -You got to get in the dinghy. A precarious —
    -By the way, what a name. -Yeah, exactly. They were trying to tell you
    with the name, this is what idiots do.
    [ Laughter ] Why is it called the dinghy?
    It’s for idiots. -It’s for idiots.
    [ Laughter ] No, you take the dinghy
    to the other boat. -Yeah. -Now you take
    the other boat out. -Yeah.
    -To do what? -Right.
    [ Laughter ] -To look? Look around?
    -Yeah. -What, think? About what?
    [ Laughter ] -You can’t think
    over the motorboat. Try to think over that. -And by the way, it’s dangerous.
    -Yeah. -There’s water.
    You can drown in that. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] And you’re going to — The edge of the water is
    the least dangerous part. Boat people are like,
    “Let’s go to the middle.” -The middle. Yeah.
    -Yeah. The most dangerous. -No, it’s insane.
    You’re out there. You’re left alone
    with your own thoughts. -Yeah.
    -And what are those thoughts? -Yeah, I don’t — I want to go back to land
    and distract myself. -I’m gonna have a heart attack.
    I don’t like my socks. What are these thoughts?

    How to Choose the Right Anchor for Your Boat | BoatUS
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    How to Choose the Right Anchor for Your Boat | BoatUS

    January 9, 2020

    Oh boy, this is a workout! But I’ll tell you
    what. If you want to get fit, go to the gym. If on the other hand you want to be
    a boater, you do have to learn a few things about
    anchors. Hi folks. I’m Lenny Rudow for BoatUS Magazine, and I’m here today to
    talk about the basics of what an anchor is and what it does. Now, there are a lot
    of different types, shapes, styles, and sizes of anchors, and that’s one of the
    reasons we came to this West Marine in Annapolis, Maryland, where they have a
    large selection of them. In fact, if you went back there in the aisle and looked, you’d see 50 or 60 different anchors back there right now. Now will you know
    exactly which one to choose? Well it varies quite a bit depending on the
    bottom type in the area you’re in, the style of boat you have, the size boat you
    have. And all of that can change, so it’s really a good idea to talk to the
    experts at a store like this West Marine to get their input on your particular
    location. Now, that said, let’s talk about some of the specifics of these different
    types of anchors. Now you old salts, you can probably just go ahead and tune out,
    but you new boaters, this is important stuff to know you because let’s say you
    walk into the store you want to be able to speak intelligently with the people
    there, right? Well, here’s the first thing you need to know about an anchor — it has these things called flukes. These give an anchor their holding power. They dig
    into the bottom. And all different styles of anchors have flukes. This piece down
    here is called the crown. This holds the different pieces of the anchor together. It’s basically the base, and you can see here it attaches the flukes to this
    piece. We call this the shank. At the top of the shank, there’s an eye and that of
    course is what you attach your line to. Use a shackle like this. Put it through
    the eye, then bring a chain up and put the pin right through there. There! There you go. Now if I were gonna put this on my boat, I would secure this pin — it’s called seizing it — with a piece of
    wire. Make absolutely sure that shackle doesn’t spin out. But the interesting
    thing is all these different anchors have an eye like this, right? Every
    different style, like this claw style. Or you can look at this plow style anchor, which has a very different set of flukes. It’s actually
    just like a plow, and just as you could picture in your mind, it plows right into
    the bottom. Heck, there’s even an eye and a shackle on this little grappling
    anchor. It’s a very different kind of anchor obviously than these others but
    it’s you know it’s got its advantages. It’s compact, it packs up, and you can open it up like that. Now it obviously has some rather unique parts. It has an eye
    on the back so you can attach a line to it to pull it back out if you need to.
    Some other unique parts you might want to look at are, say, well the stock on this
    Danforth. Danforth has a big stock on the bottom. This is intended to help the
    anchor when it lands, hit the bottom in the right way so it doesn’t go sideways,
    and then drag into the mud so it holds. The downside being you can tangle your chain and line around it on occasion. You know the claw doesn’t really have any
    incredibly unusual parts, nor does this plow, although it does have this bar in
    the back which is not exactly a stock but you know certainly has its
    similarities. Now, again, I know you’re wondering which specific anchor should
    you buy for your boat, and again I want to advise, talk to local experts. Different places have different bottom types, and it really can vary quite a bit
    as to which is going to be the best choice for you. Now that said, you
    probably also want to know how to lower and how to retrieve an anchor right? Well
    fortunately we have a video on that very topic. Just stick around on the BoatUS
    Magazine YouTube channel, plug it into the search box, and you’ll find it — how to
    drop and retrieve an anchor. Well, folks, I hope this video has been helpful, and I
    hope you leave some comments in the box below. If there any other topics you’d
    like to see us address, please feel free to put them in there.

    RPT 2
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    RPT 2

    January 8, 2020

    hey gang I want to introduce you to the
    brand-new RPT 2.0 system from Sylvan what we’ve done is taken the legendary
    RPT pontoons and made them stronger than ever we found that as a pontoons gotten
    bigger and so has the horsepower, boaters want to take them to new places
    and we want to make sure that these pontoons are up for the job
    so we’ve reinforced the nose cone which takes the most abuse with this double
    bulkhead system as well as two channels our seams have been reinforced with a
    strut and not only that but the aluminum has been upgraded from 80 gauge to a
    hundred gauge but of course it gets better what used to be MIG welded has
    now been TIG welded and the mid and rear seams are double bulkheads so these
    pontoons are strong from start to finish the RPT pontoons are back and they’re
    stronger than ever


    Peeing Off a Boat … How to Use a Sailboat Toilet /Head (Pro Tips #2/Patrick Childress Sailing 51)

    January 6, 2020

    if you’re ever offshore and you fall
    overboard lesson number one is the first thing you do is zip up your fly that way
    your friends won’t laugh at you at your funeral HI Im Patrick Childress, and we will get back with Hank
    Smith in just a few minutes I wanted to tell you back in 1980 I was crossing the
    Pacific I was into the second year of a three-year solo circumnavigation on a 27
    foot sailboat on a pleasant day with the wind off the port quarter and sailing
    along and I was taking a pee off the back side of the boat which was nothing
    unusual but just as I had been warned the boat took a sudden very unexpected
    lurch and I was on my way over the back it took all of my strength and effort to
    Teeter myself back up onto the cockpit and from that day forward I never peed
    over the side of the boat while at sea again I always used the head and sat down.
    Checking with some other people… I first met John Neal in Papeete Tahiti in 1980
    John was sailing on his 26 foot Mahina it’s been 30 years now that he and his
    wife Amanda have been operating offshore expeditions most recently on their sailboat
    Mahina Tiare and I asked John if it’s addressed in their crew manual about
    peeing over the side he said no but it IS in their crew orientation and nobody
    pees over the side off of his boat while at sea and even men sit down while they
    use the head checking with another source yet was Andrew Burton who lives
    in newport rhode island he has been sailing most of his life professionally
    delivering sail boats across oceans operating private sailboats and charter
    boats worked as a magazine editor and he has the same policy
    nobody pees over the side of the boat while at sea and men sit down using the
    marine head .so this is what the pros do how they approach the safety of keeping
    people on the deck of their boat Hank Schmitt who operates offshore passage
    opportunities it is in his crew manual that nobody pees over the side and men
    sit down on the marine head well let’s get back with hank he’s going to give us a
    little more information and show us how to use a marine head, how to make sure that it’s
    flushed properly so the whole crew comes out smelling good we were having a little fun with you up
    on deck but it is serious business about taking a leak offshore and you really
    want to be careful so we really recommend not to do that offshore and
    again almost kidding aside but you really do want to make sure your your
    fly is zipped up if you do fall overboard but while we’re on the subject we
    thought we would talk about using the marine head it’s a thing that a lot of
    people are reluctant to ask questions on because it seems like such a simple
    thing but so many people do not use a marine head correctly well you have to understand
    about using the head and again some people call it the head I call it the
    gym because that’s where we do get a lot of our exercise. once you put something
    into the toilet we have our bottle to demonstrate it goes in and you’ll see
    that we have on the side just for flush which water goes out it’s actually dry
    Bowl and then there’s another saying for flush so you want to evacuate the bowl
    first with it on dry and then you have to envision what’s going on everything
    is going into the toilet through hoses and it has to go up a hose through what
    they call a vented loop then down to the hose and either into your holding tank
    or offshore we’re going to talk about just using it offshore where we are
    pumping everything over the side so you want to make sure first that everything
    disappears from your bowl so now there’s nothing there it’s empty but then you
    switch it over to the wet side and as you pump you get your exercise and water
    comes in and what we’re doing is that water is forcing everything in the hoses
    several feet into the hose up over the vented loop down and then back over the
    side and then after you’ve pumped it 10-15 times you want to go back to the
    dry Bowl and a marine head. unlike at home, you want to leave it empty so there
    is no water if there is any back flush what happens is because of that hose if
    it does back flush a little bit it’s gonna back flush with clean sea water
    and you’re not going to smell up your head if you don’t pump enough any back
    flush might still be contaminated water and your heads gonna start stinking a
    lot so you really want to make sure you pump a lot so it’s the big hose at the
    bottom which is the evacuation hose so you want to make sure you pump a whole
    lot to move everything the big hose underneath you’ll see it
    goes behind the toilet behind the bulkhead and let it go goes head and
    travels up through the big loop to your Y valve where you set for it to go
    either to a holding tank or overboard dockside of course we’re where we are
    now on holding tank once we get offshore in the ocean switch it over seacock and
    then when it’s seacock of course pump it a whole bunch of times make sure you
    get rid of everything dockside either try and use the facilities at the marina
    or don’t pump as much so you don’t fill up your holding tanks now if you’re
    doing number two of course you don’t want to start with a dry bowl so you
    might want to go to your head put it on wet put some water in there and then
    some boats really don’t like you to throw anything even toilet paper down
    the toilet you can use toilet paper as long as you don’t use too much toilet
    paper I like to say is compromise between poor angelina jolie that got
    vilified for saying that you only needed one piece of toilet paper and then
    that’s a little extreme on one end and on the other end try not to do it my
    oldest daughter did and make a catchers mitt it way too much so as long as you
    use smaller pieces put them in it really isn’t a problem
    you’re not going to clog your toilet but again only toilet paper and then again
    you need to put it on dry first if you keep it on wet you’re just going to keep
    circulating not emptying the bowl but you put it on dry to evacuate once it
    all disappears it’s just sitting right at the beginning of your your hoses so
    you put it on wet and then you get your exercise in the gym pump a good 10-15
    times move everything along the lines gets over that vented loop and down over
    the side and overboard and then back to the dry position and we tried to get rid
    of everything and that’s how you’d leave it in the course of your trip
    if water’s coming back and it’s still smelling you’re not pumping enough so
    you just have to pump more and that again is the nice way to keep your
    marine head not smelling too bad, and not worrying about any clogs and you keep everybody very happy without
    any any problems. there are no plumbers at sea…the captains usually drafted and he doesn’t like
    that! I hope the information in this video was worthwhile for you if so
    please click on the thumbs up button and if you haven’t already on the subscribe
    thanks again for watching and we’ll see you soon


    SSTV 24-12 – Choosing The Perfect Boat Lift (FULL EPISODE)

    January 3, 2020

    John: It’s time…
    – To fire this thing up. John: Hit it.[relaxing instrumental music]♪ ♪Captioning provided by John: What you’ve been watching is just a glimpse
    of our past four or five hours of our lives, and, um, actually what we’re… what we’re building
    and installing today is a filming platform
    for my TV studios. And hi, I’m John Greviskis. It’s great to have you back
    around the boat shop. Who we have in the program
    also with me is George Massell. George is one of the owners
    of Deco Boat Lifts. And a little while back, George put in
    a beamless boat lift at my house in Jupiter
    for my 32-foot SeaVee. – Yeah. John:
    And I had a question for him ’cause I’ve been thinking
    about this as part of the TV studio
    for a long time, could you convert a boat lift
    into a filming platform to be able to raise
    the cameraman with the tripod up and down,
    and you said absolutely, and this is your creation. – This is strictly for you,
    John. John: Right, I mean, he doesn’t
    do this for the public. This is just friends, you know,
    kind of doing this stuff. How big is the–
    how big is the platform? – The platform’s about
    4 1/2 feet by 4 1/2 feet. Just big enough to get
    your film crew and the camera tripod on there. John: Fantastic.
    Fantastic. This is kind of based off
    of what category of boat lift ’cause I know there’s a lot
    of them out there. – Well, you take
    your basic elevator lift. [stuttering]
    It’s picking up and lowering in a vertical fashion,
    just like we’re doing here. So I took that basic principle and converted it
    to fit your needs. John: Now Deco has been around
    since, I think, 1959. You are one
    of the world’s oldest, most established,
    most trusted, most innovative boat lift
    companies that there are. You guys have come up with
    a lot of the cool ideas in today’s modern boat lift, one of them being
    the cable retention system, and why is that a big deal
    when it comes to that cable? – Well, the cable retention
    system was developed in order to maintain
    a cable position as you’re raising
    and lowering the lift without the cable
    going on top of itself and injuring itself. So it’s been a great project, and it’s worked out very well
    for the company. John: All right,
    I believe you’re the only boat lift company
    in the world to manufacture
    your own gear boxes. They have extremely tight
    tolerances, which means you’re gonna get
    a very quiet, very smooth, very fast operating boat lift, and, George, what I was hoping
    we could do today for the audience is maybe
    we could go through some of
    these different categories and explain them
    a little bit more in depth. And I really wanted to show
    what’s going on at your place in Safety Harbor, Florida. Your nephew Chris
    has overseen a major upgrade, and if you look
    at the welds, okay, on this filming platform
    that has a lot to do with it, what’s Chris
    gonna be showing us? – Chris is gonna show you
    the latest and greatest in our welding facility. Everything’s overhead,
    it looks fabulous, it gives the guys on the floor
    a lot of room, and I can’t wait for you
    to see it. John: All right, this is gonna
    be a really cool show, but before we get into
    any of this stuff, you guys know the deal. We need to work out
    a little trade off. We’ve got to get all of you
    to spend the next 30 minutes with us right here not only
    in the boat shop, but also around
    the waterfront, and then in exchange,
    we’re gonna be letting you in on a whole lot more ways
    to make your boat… – Ship shape. John: George, you know the
    wides that I’m gonna be able to get from up here
    are gonna be amazing. Look at this.Buck: “Ship Shape TV,”where boat improvement livesis made possible by:the entire collection ofbeautiful Sunbrella fabrics.Sunbrella, the only fabricto offer both design
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    welcome back you’re watching she
    TV boat improvement made easy guys I’m like a kid in a candy
    store. we have successfully
    installed a filming platform so I can shoot
    overhead shots back at my
    Studios in Jupiter Florida and welcome back we’ve traveleds
    the state of Florida we’re now n the Gulf of Mexico and Safety Hr
    just outside of Clearwater and e have back on shipshape TV is the
    president of deco boat lifts ths Rich Massell. and Rich the
    filming platform is based off
    of a particular category of boat lifts and I was kind of ho
    this to the audience to where maybe we
    could get them in a general
    direction on hey what might be best for my needs
    because again a lot of people er you need a boat lift they don’to
    bottom paint their boat every yy don’t want to have to worry abot
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    the particular design that we un your platform it’s called an elr
    lift ok an elevator lift yes whd why is there an elevator what’st
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    consequently the elevator lift t take up as big of a footprint au
    can get a permit to put an elevn on these narrow canals okay so t
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    six or eight poles again heavies deeper water these are all reasy
    you would put more pilings undee boat you guys have been so innoe
    over the years been around sinc9 the company was based off of thr
    box and you kind of saw right ae beginning of the program one ofe
    gearboxes from deco why is thato different apparently you’re they
    boat lift company that manufacts their own gear box why is it dit
    what’s it all about well we actually manufacture our
    a saltwater environment it’s all aluminum and stainless steel one
    built the box put it together in oil bath it’s continuously lubrd
    with nothing to rust it was desr a boat lift in salt water you ae
    up with and patented something d the the cable retention system s
    is a really big deal because apy there’s been issues over the yef
    these cables crossing fraying an breaking it’s a nightmare could
    potentially it could be a nightu solved it with this issue, telt
    it well the cable retention systeme
    call CRS it’s a deep groove winn we mount a plastic retaining clr
    the top hmm so when the cable wp into the winder the clip is holt
    in place so it removes that proy so a cable can’t jump. can’t bip
    okay fantastic guys I don’t knof you’ve ever thought about havinf
    over your boat to kind of keep r you know just any sediment and u
    the air dropping on your boat vy popular okay these boat houses e
    actually integrated the boat lio it can you explain some of thosh
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    the roof right up on top of theo the lift and the roof become anl
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    interested in getting their boaf the water how would somebody fia
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    gives good pictures of how thess are integrated and used in difft
    dock designs once the customer a familiarity of the lifts and the
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    that can help you design your dk you up with a licensed marine cr
    in your area and get all this information to get you started t
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    what’s coming up next there has been some massive engt Lifts in the world of welding od
    guys this is cool I’m into thess and you have never seen anythine
    this we’re gonna be covering ito right after the break? Chris Mao
    designed the entire well departe at Deco, all state of the art bw
    gonna be pretty mack daddy. Wet right after this Stay Bolted. shipshape TV will e
    back in a snapBuck: Welcome back aboard.
    Fishing for boat improvement?
    Well, you’ve caught it right
    here at “Ship Shape TV.”
    – Hey John, welcome to plant one at Deco Boat Lifts
    in Safety Harbor, Florida. John: We are on the west coast of Florida Today here at
    Ship Shape TV We’re just outside
    of Clearwater Kind of across the bay
    from Tampa So much engineering
    and inventing has taken place in this company
    Going all the way back to 1959 And Chris this is your specialty You’re like a mastermind
    when it comes to this. What are some of the items or some of the products
    that you’ve created to really put Deco Boat Lift ahead of anybody else
    that’s out there. What are some of the things that you’ve engineered
    and invented over the years? – Right, so what we’ve
    always been known for is we manufacture
    our own gear box in-house with raw materials. John: Right.
    – And, you know, from there, we patented
    our cable retention system. That was another feature… John: George was telling us
    about that. That is awesome.
    – Right. John: Okay, it keeps
    the cable from crossing so it doesn’t weaken it
    to where it could snap. – Right.
    John: Which is awesome. – And we’re one of the only
    boat lift companies in the world to manufacture
    all of our lifts out of a box beam
    aluminum construction. John: Okay, what does a box
    give you versus, like, a round beam. – So a box beam, compared to
    what you’re using like a c-channel or an I-beam,
    which is industry standard. You know, box beam
    has two stanchions in the vertical direction and two stances
    in the horizontal direction. So it gives
    you bilateral support so it’s not as prone
    to twisting when you max load it. John: Okay, so like an I-beam where you just have
    a center column and you have, you know,
    a sandwich up on top that could possibly
    twist around. – It has the–the weakness is
    it doesn’t do well at twisting, and sometimes you get forces
    on a boat list, when the wind pushes the boat
    left and right in this lift. It gets a little left
    and right, and what happens
    is the I-beam weakens over time as it twists. Whereas the box beam,
    it doesn’t twist. John: My house, I have what’s
    called a low-profile lift. – A beamless.
    John: It’s a beamless lift. And, um,
    you guys literally created– this is an entirely–
    invention from Deco Boat Lift. – Yeah,
    so the four-motor beam lift, we came up with that idea back
    in the early 2000s, and we engineered it to be a good looking,
    strong engineered lift. John: Okay, fantastic. Now you invented
    and kind of– you’ve done all the engineering for all this apparatus
    behind us, and, um, this is a welding– how many welding bays
    do you have here? – So we have seven
    full-time welding bays within our welding facilities, and what we ended up doing was we took all
    of our heavy equipment and moved it up
    on the boom arm so that all the equipment
    was off the floor so the welders could
    focus on welding and not moving heavy equipment. John:
    Okay, now the arms fold, and that gives the welders
    what capability? – So it knuckles
    in the middle, so it gives these welders
    the capability– if they have to weld
    in a tight spot, they can bend the boom arm
    to get into that tight corner or if they have
    a long 40-foot beam, you know,
    typical to our boat house. John: Oh, yeah. – What you get is you can
    extend that arm out so they can still weld
    20 foot away. John: Okay,
    so you’ve engineered kind of the apparatus to help
    with space and to get into ergonomics,
    okay, if you will, and that’s key. But where the real brainchild
    has come into this apparatus is actually what
    you’ve engineered into it to make a better weld, okay? Can we talk about that? ‘Cause that’s
    the important stuff. – Right, so we did a lot
    of research in early 2019, and the equipment that
    we purchased featured state-of-the-art
    nanotechnology– nanotechnology processors. So it gives you a better arc and better stability
    within that arc. John: Now you’re like the– you’re like the first
    to have this kind of stuff. What is that helping in? – So it helps, um,
    basically avoids porosity, and porosity in a weld
    is very bad. John: Isn’t porosity the– the kind of the trash
    that’s in a weld? – Impurity, as they call it. Impurities in the weld. You get pitting,
    you get weld fatigue, and you’ll get weld cracking
    which leads to weld failure. John: Now, Chris,
    I’m much of a– more of a creative person
    rather than, you know, somebody that could some up
    with the engineering to design something like
    wave pulse. Okay,
    I have no idea what it is, but you sure do. And how did you engineer
    a wave pulse into this system? – So all of our
    welding equipment had to have things
    such as hot start, they had to have things
    such as DC wave pulse, they had to have variable
    wave pulse frequencies. And what that does, it allows
    our welders to really control, you know, basically the dig
    and feel of the materials so you get good penetration, you can control
    the heat output, and we get a strong,
    beautiful-looking weld. John: Okay, so that has
    something to do with heat,
    with controlling– – You wanna control
    the heat input, that’s correct. John:
    And that’s what that does then? – Correct.
    John: I know that there’s a lot of stuff here that
    you masterminded, that’s totally proprietary
    and everything, but if people do have
    more questions, you can’t get a finer lift
    than at Deco. Where–where can we do that? – Sure, we have a great website
    at John: All right,
    now we’re gonna have a little fun this week because you have on
    the schedule us to come up and film
    a new commercial for you guys, and I believe you’re gonna be
    there with the Deco girls, and I think
    that’s gonna be fun. Guys, right now we need
    to take another time-out, but stay right here
    because when we come back, Bryan Farrell is gonna be
    talking with Ry Landry over at Yamaha, and we’re gonna be learning
    some more critical information on all of our outboard engines.Buck: “Ship Shape TV”
    will be back in a flash.
    Buck: From the start
    of your outboard
    until you return
    to the dock,
    make sure
    your boating experience
    is always fun and enjoyableby remembering
    that maintenance matters.
    Presented by Yamaha.Presented by Yamaha.– So, Bryan, we’ve been talking
    about carburetors and how they control engine
    speed and get fuel into it. And what I want to do today is
    take a little time and talk about a modern
    force broke motor, and how the electronic field
    injection system does those same functions. – All righty. Hey guys, I’m Bryan Ferrell, and I’m again with Ry Landry,
    the product educational manager with Yamaha Marine. – So the first thing
    we’re gonna start with is this throttle body. Now just like the throttle
    plate inside the carburetor, to control the engine speed
    by opening and closing, the throttle plate does
    the same thing, but now it’s
    electronically controlled. And in this case,
    as you can see, we have a single throttle plate
    as opposed to having three, where we have three cylinders. That’s right,
    so now we just have one for all four cylinders
    on this actual motor. – Okay, and that gets
    into having intake runners, but chambers the air to each
    individual cylinder. – Absolutely right. So let’s go to the other side
    of the motor and take a look at some
    of the other components that are part
    of the fuel injection system. – All right, so here we have
    the intake runners that are connected
    to that throttle body, and they’re funneling air to the intake ports
    on the cylinders. – That’s absolutely right. and the electronic side
    of the fuel injection system is actually gonna measure
    how much air is coming in so it can determine how much
    fuel is gonna be mixed with it, just like we were doing on
    a carburetor, but we did it mechanically. – Mechanically, yeah.
    – That’s right. So now if we come over here,
    we have our lift pump. This is our low-pressure pump, and it’s actually gonna draw
    fuel from our fuel tank through our water separator, and then it’s actually
    gonna supply to the vapor separator tank. Now inside
    the vapor separator tank, we actually have our
    high-pressure fuel pump. So that’s a very important
    component inside there. – Now inside this V.S.T., there
    is also a fuel filter, right? – Absolutely right, and unfortunately
    that’s often forgotten during a service, but it’s
    a very important filter for your fuel injection system
    to make sure that contamination doesn’t get into
    your fuel injectors. – Okay, so from the V.S.T., we then have a fuel line that
    goes to the fuel rail to the injectors, and that’s where
    it’s actually spraying fuel. – Absolutely right. And the ECM itself
    is gonna be what’s measuring how much air is going in. It’ll determine
    how much fuel is needed at that point in time. and you’re gonna actually
    inject it individually at the right time
    and the right cylinder. – Awesome.
    – Now don’t forget, just because fuel injection
    systems are more reliable than what we used
    to have with carburetors, they do still need
    to be maintained. And if you want to find more
    information about that, go to maintenance. [shell horn blares]John: Big news!Full episodes are
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    we’re in Jupiter, Florida. This is, uh,
    this is a gentleman’s house called Nathan Cable, and it’s pretty apropos that we’re talking about
    that cable retention system. – It is. We love having
    a cable retention system here at Jupiter. John: Nathan just ordered
    a Deco boat lift, and what type of boat lift
    do you call it? – He got a beamless lift. John: Okay, and it’s
    a beautiful pursuit, Nathan. Um, so this is also kind of
    known as the low-profile lift where it doesn’t hamper
    your view of the water. – The beamless lift uses
    four individual gear boxes, and they can be operated
    independently or–or all at the same time to lift the front of the boat,
    the back of the boat, and tilt it any way you want. where it doesn’t hamper
    your view in the backyard. You can still see
    the beautiful water. You don’t have a big,
    ugly upper beam. – That’s correct. John: Or whatever,
    which is really cool. Also, hey, Chris, man,
    great job in the commercial. Also this engineer over here,
    okay, what an unbelievable job
    he did with the overhead
    welding system, George. Oh, my gosh.
    That factory’s coming together. And I know that you are really
    picking up a lot of business and you need to be really be
    just precise and get these things out
    perfectly to the customers, and that’s really gonna
    speed up the process. – The process has really
    gotten faster because of the overhead
    welding system. We used to get a bottleneck
    at welding, which we don’t have anymore. The efficiency
    of having that system has really improved
    the flow in the factory. John: Okay, well, it was really
    fun filming the commercial.We were just filmingthe new Deco Boat Lift
    commercial today.
    Girls, thank you.
    Very nice job by the way.
    – The Deco Girls!John: We have a lot of people
    we need to thank
    who helped make today’s show
    Naturally, all the experts
    in the marine industry.
    George, your brother Richie,
    Um, most importantly,we gotta thank everybody
    at home.
    Thanks so much for hanging out
    with us right here
    on the beautiful water today
    for the last half hour.
    I’m John Greviskis.George Massell, we’ll see you
    on the next go-around.
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    Rundown on a 6.0m Offshore customised for beach launching – the best Christmas present ever!
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    Rundown on a 6.0m Offshore customised for beach launching – the best Christmas present ever!

    December 28, 2019

    G’day guys, BJ from Edencraft boats. We’re down at Limeburners Point and we’re getting to
    run through the latest 6.0m Offshore we’ve done. So this is Andrew’s boat that’ll be going to South Australia, so really cool to get an interstate boat. So 6.0m Offshore, it’s on the 3.3 tonne Easytow trailer. We’ve done a few upgrades, Andrew does a bit of beach-launching so we’ve gone ahead and we’ve done the upgraded drop-down rotational spare, so this wheel will drop down
    and it’ll run along the beach. It’s also got the extended drawbar, and also the boat catch. We’ve gone the GX3, Andrew
    wanted a bit more road capacity, so we’ve gone the GX3, so a bigger drum. We’ve got the Sarca size 3, Andrew’s been running one for a while, it’s been working really well for him, so we’ve gone ahead and put one on. We’ve got the black windscreen, with the stainless steel wind deflector, and the grab rail. We’ve got the bimini, we’ve
    got all the rod holders, we’ve got the Hella, the Seahawk Hella’s, it’s got the white and red function, and a centre rigger. So what you’ve probably
    seen the other day, we’ve got a new dive-door,
    the fully-moulded dive door, Just that really nice finish,
    that new gelcoat finish, that’s fully hinged and removable. Down the back we’ve got the big V6 Yamaha, So we’ve got the 250HP Yamaha,
    it’s all fly-by-wire control, it’s got the 6YC gauge. We’ve just done a water test, we were getting about 42, 43 knots, without going too hard ’cause a new motor. And at cruise we were getting about 58km/h at 1.2, 1.3 kilometers to the litre, so really good fuel economy
    for that sort of power. Down the back we’ve got
    the Edencraft trim tabs, with the Lenco rams with
    digital actuator up on the dash. We’ve got the three-in-one
    transducer as well, as well as running the
    175 high-wide underneath. Like we mentioned before, Andrew does a lot of beach-launching, so we’ve got a little step
    here for him just help sort of scoot off at the
    beach and jump into the boat. All right guys, we’re in
    Andrew’s boat here in the helm. We’ve got the Simrad 16 here Evo3, and got the Lonestar GX2, trim tabs, and we’ve got the fly-by-wire controls. The Edencraft carton
    switches and the 6YC gauge, Up on the roof there is provisions for a HALO20+ once it comes in, so it’s the new radar for Simrad
    so it will be pretty cool. I’ve also got an auto-pilot on this one, and a array of sockets and
    a glove-box on the dash and things like that, so
    plenty of charging points. Got the Ritchie Helmsman compass as well – All right guys, so the
    Edencraft stainless steel, so we’ve got the wind
    deflector on the outside, nice polished deflector,
    we’ve also got the nice windscreen grab rail in here, so a nice, sturdy, sturdy rail there, so there’s plenty of places
    to grab when you need to. Also got the big thick grab rail, so real versatile, and
    the finish is awesome on this stainless steel so really happy with the work the
    boys have been doing. So guys, we’re at the
    Edencraft seats here, So the Edencraft embroidered seats, so we can do a range of colors, whatever color you want to
    suit the outside of your boat or whatever you want, we can also do whatever color of trim
    you like and embroidery. It’s running on the gas shock seating, it’s been a really popular
    option for us lately, it’s really cost effective
    and it’s a really nice option. So guys, with this floor, probably looks a little different than what you’ve seen usually, so we’ve done the fleck look
    floor, so traditional look in the moulded floor, so that’s
    something we can offer now. Yeah, really cool look. So it’s got that traditional
    look that everyone loves, but it’s also in our moulded floor so we can do whatever sort of color you want as well, and fleck combinations throughout the floor so Andrew’s decided to go with that as well to
    keep that traditional look. Down the back here, the back row, there’s plenty of room
    so in this back area, heaps of room for batteries, we have multiple batteries, deck washers, all that sort of stuff, So we’ve got the Optima blue top batteries with beep switches and VSRs. Edencraft baitboard, this
    one’s got two rod holders, we can go two cup holders, rod
    holders, whatever you like. Down the bottom here,
    might be hard to see, but we’ve got the wet well, so down the wet well, it’s a spot there for all your bilge pumps, your pickups, and all your transducers
    and things like that, so really versatile and it gives you room later to add things and
    chop and change if need be. Yeah, awesome boat guys,
    really happy with it, just water tested it,
    really really nice boat. It ran nice, it just kept
    getting better and better, so these new moulded finishes between the doors, the dive
    door and things like that, it just keeps getting better and better. Another awesome boat by the team, I think Andrew’s gonna be really happy, It’s gonna be cool to
    get another boat over in South Australia, and yeah,
    another good one by the team, Well done.