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    How To Remove Boat Oxidation – Chemical Guys Boat Heavy Compound – Marine and Watercraft
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    How To Remove Boat Oxidation – Chemical Guys Boat Heavy Compound – Marine and Watercraft

    November 13, 2019


    Today we’re gonna show you how to restore you boat back to original condition to get that shine back! As you can see, the paint has lost its shine, has a dull white chalky appearance, and it has no luster. But this can easily be restored with an original shine with some Boat Compound and some machine polishing. So today we’re gonna restore this boat with
    Chemical Guys Boat Heavy Compound. This is a boat-specific polishing compound designed to remove heavy oxidation, heavy scratches, and surface stains from your boat. This will work on gel coat, fiberglass, and even painted boats. It will also work on fun vehicles like jet skis, and small marine watercraft. This is a great polish to restore shine and get that luster back to the boat so you look great out on the water. Chemical Guys Boat Heavy Compound is safe for all marine wildlife, it’s water-based, and it’s not going to harm the environment. It’s easy to use in any ocean or lake setting with safe results. So now that the Boat Compound has finished working and cutting off the oxidation, we’ll grab a microfiber towel and buff off any excess. Now we’ve got that beautiful red shine back. I’ll remove this tape to show you the 50/50 difference. And look at that difference! That is simply incredible! We started out with a chalky, faded, and discolored look. A lot of people would think that the boat is completely destroyed, but we cut off all the oxidation and restored the beautiful red luster back to this boat. Now you know how to get the job done! If you want to do it right, go ahead and pick up the Chemical Guys Boat Heavy Compound.

    Stop Fish Bombing! Finally, there is a way to stop it | Dynamite Fishing
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    Stop Fish Bombing! Finally, there is a way to stop it | Dynamite Fishing

    November 13, 2019


    I was lucky enough I arrived in Sabah twenty years ago It was a fabulous experience, we saw marine turtles, we saw whale sharks there were fish of all different colors and stripes and shapes
    and sizes. So there we were on day three and then all of a sudden there was this huge
    sound. It turned out someone had dropped a bomb! So I came to Sabah twenty years ago I
    started Scubazoo and since then we’ve been documenting the gradual degradation of
    the reefs from destructive fishing techniques overfishing and fish bombing and it’s been absolutely terrible to see. Fish bombing has been a problem for us for a long time and we are not able to locate the fish bombing immediately and we
    don’t have the exact location. The problem really occurs when you come to the next day and you have to try and get more fish. That patch that has been
    bombed will never produce more fish. The coral reef is of utmost importance
    to Sabah not only because it’s important to the sea but it’s important to the tourism industry. Last year the diving industry brought us 384 million Ringgit which is a big sum of money. and all that will be gone
    if the coral reef is gone. Annually the Department of Fisheries detects about sixty to eighty cases of either fish bombing or fishermen caught in the possession of fish caught by explosives. Once we catch the suspect there’s the added problem of proving in court that they are guilty. This almost
    daily experience of being bombed in the water got me thinking and my background is in physics – could we use detection systems based on physical principles to detect and locate where individual bomb events were going
    off, was that going to be possible – and I thought it was. Two years ago the chairman of the board
    of ShotSpotter told me he really wants to help solve the fish bombing problem so he sent me the two papers that George Woodman of Teng Hoi had written. Then we contacted him and described how our system works and it’s a marriage of his stuff and our stuff. I spent a lot of
    years on NASA programs and I’ve been very excited to join ShotSpotter to fight
    an important problem which is gun violence in America – twenty years,
    hundreds of millions of dollars to take an idea and develop it into an
    operational system that can track gunfire in real time to a level of
    quality that can be used in evidence in a court of law. The system has been deployed in many
    cities the criminals know it is there gunshot incidence has reduced and it’s
    become an effective deterrent and a name to be feared. But also here they are interested in fighting fish bombing for purposes of saving our reefs. The new technology we see this as a potential – this could be the answer after many many years. Well we know the technology works for
    detecting gunshots in San Francisco now comes the real test – will it work
    underwater in Sabah? Got it again Bob – within ten seconds OK, yes I see incidents on all four of our fixed sensors. Here’s the sound arriving in four sensors that did the triangulation. The blast happened seconds ago and to my knowledge this is the first time that we calibrated the location of an underwater explosion with GPS. We have a real system
    that works, it will be reliable. It locates the bombs really well and we can catch
    them. I’m very impressed with the technology – obviously a bomb goes off and then four seconds later it’s up in the internet in front of a computer so we can make a decision straightaway where we will send our enforcement boats. I’m very impressed this is what we are hopeful we can implement one day. Fish bombing is a
    worldwide problem and the groundbreaking trials we’ve just done here in Sabah are
    absolutely vital but it’s not just about stopping fish bombing it’s about finding
    sustainable alternatives. alternatives for the stakeholders – they’re just trying to feed their kids. Now that we have the equipment we need to take it to the next level and this is where funding is absolutely necessary and we hope that we are able
    to get a fund so that eventually we will be able to solve the fish bombing problems not only in Sabah but in other parts of the world. This is our legacy to the next generations – keeping the coral reef healthy.

    How To Clay a Boat – Chemical Guys Clay Eraser & Boat Hybrid Shine – Marine and Watercraft
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    How To Clay a Boat – Chemical Guys Clay Eraser & Boat Hybrid Shine – Marine and Watercraft

    November 12, 2019


    Today we’re going to clay bar this red boat! This boat is contaminated, and it has lots of salt calcium buildup on the side of the hull. So I’m going to use the Chemical Guys Clay Eraser Mitt. I chose the Medium duty mitt because it is strong enough to pull out the salt and contamination. I’ll also be using Chemical Guys Boat Hybrid Shine. It’s a quick detail spray, but I’ll be using it as a clay bar lubricant because of its high lubricity. To get started I’ll go ahead and spray the area with the lubricant, and really saturate the working area. That way when we scrub with the clay mitt, we don’t hit any dry spots and cause any marring or scratches. With just a few passes, the surface is decontaminated. To finish, wipe down the area with a microfiber towel. Now the boat is ready to be polished and sealed. Boat Hybrid Shine is biodegradable and non-toxic to marine life.

    Springing Off: Leave a Tight Berth Using Spring Lines | BoatUS
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    Springing Off: Leave a Tight Berth Using Spring Lines | BoatUS

    November 11, 2019


    We’ve only got a single-engine boat no
    stern thruster no bow thruster we need to get off , how do we do that? Well the
    way that we do that is called springing off and we’re going to walk you through
    that to show you how to get the bow of the boat there or how to get the stern
    of the boat out and then lift up without hitting other boats or pilings or doing
    any damage to your own boat so let’s get started. Carl can we fire up the engine?
    Right, so I untied the bow so we’ll leave that on the dock the wind is blowing us
    against the dock so the boats not really going to go anywhere right now We’ll untie the midships line here and
    while I’m here I’ve got a spare line I’m going to hook that over there we’re
    going to come back here before we untie the stern line
    You ready Carl? Okay, step on the boat I’m going to hook it around there Carl if
    you like to put it in reverse good now go forward and there we are we
    got out without any trouble at all just keep going I’ve untied the boat and
    this time I’m going to demonstrate to you how to kick the stern of the boat
    out if there was a boat behind us we’d want to clear that so we didn’t bump
    that so I untied the boat already I’ve enlisted Carl’s wife Debbie to
    help she’s got a fender so that we don’t bump the front of the boat I’m going to
    hook this around the midship cleat we’re already hooked onto the dock I’m going
    to step in board You ready Carl? Okay. Okay if you
    like to motor forward slowly I’m taking the strain with the line Stern swings
    out nicely okay if you go still now flip that off if you flip that off boy thank
    you Perfect, thank you for watching today and
    I hope you’ve learned something it just shows that getting off the dock doesn’t
    require bow thrusters, stern thrusters, twin engines or any other modern
    convenience. It’s just a piece of rope and a skill bit of driving it’s a good idea
    to practice when there’s no other boats around so thanks for watching and come
    back next time for more information go to boatus.com/magazine

    Wear your lifejacket
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    Wear your lifejacket

    November 10, 2019


    It’s always fun to get out on the lake. But don’t take any chances. Make sure you and any children with you wear
    properly sized lifejackets when you’re on or near the water. A lifejacket is your best defence against
    cold-water shock. Safety is a shared responsibility. Help protect yourself and those around you. When you’re on the water, be informed, be
    prepared and be safe.

    How To Wipe Down a Boat – Chemical Guys Boat Wipe Down – Marine and Watercraft
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    How To Wipe Down a Boat – Chemical Guys Boat Wipe Down – Marine and Watercraft

    November 10, 2019


    This is the new Boat Wipedown Detail Spray from Chemical Guys. This detail spray will help remove any dirt, debris, or bird droppings from any boat part that’s painted, fiberglass, gel coat, clear glass or optical plastic, and even polished metal. This detail spray is also designed to remove fresher water spots. Over time, if you don’t remove water quickly enough, the minerals in the water can cause stains, and if you don’t remove those stains fast enough, they can etch into the surface and cause permanent damage. We have some fresher water spots here on the console. They’re not wiping off with any other detail spray. I’m going to try Boat Wipedown to neutralize and pull off these water spots. I’ll give it a couple quick sprays, then take a clean microfiber towel and buff off the spray and water spots. You can see some of the contamination that I’ve pulled off, so I’ll flip to the dry side to buff off any residue. You can see right there: I’ve removed any water spots from the gel coat! There were even some spots on the gauge, the chrome ring around it, and all the plastic. We removed all the water spots from the surface. Boat Wipedown is biodegradable and non-toxic to marine life.

    How to Change the Engine Oil in Your Boat | BoatUS
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    How to Change the Engine Oil in Your Boat | BoatUS

    November 10, 2019


    Your boat engine works even harder than your
    car engine, especially if you’re going fast or towing something. Regular oil changes are a must. Most engine manufacturers recommend changing
    the engine oil every 100 hours or once a year. It’s not a hard job to do, and we’ll show
    you some tips and tricks to make it easier and less messy. Changing the engine oil at the end of the
    year is a good idea because it leaves fresh engine oil through the winter. So, I need the right amount of manufacturer-recommended
    oil, an oil filter, an oil filter wrench, an absorbent pad, a funnel, and a container
    to hold the oil. In most cases, there’s not enough space below
    the engine in a boat to drain the oil, so we’re going to pump the oil out of the dipstick
    hole with this pump. It’s actually less messy this way. First, you’ll want to warm up the engine. If the boat’s out of the water, you’ll need
    to use muffs for that. Second, you’ll need to put an absorbent pad
    underneath the engine to catch any spills when you replace the oil filter. Remove the oil fill cap to make it easier
    to suction the oil. If the oil filter is mounted upside down,
    you can punch a hole in it with a nail to help the oil drain back into the pan, and
    that will be less messy. Insert the tube into the dipstick hole until
    you feel it bottoming out. And then start pumping. [Gurgling] When you start to hear it gurgle,
    move the tube around and make sure you’ve gotten as much oil as you can out. Here’s a tip: After loosening the oil filter,
    use an inside-out 1 gallon Ziploc bag, and pull the filter right into it. Make sure the gasket is off. Zip up your bag. And no mess. Dab some new oil onto the gasket to keep it
    from sticking and help it seal better. Then spin the filter on hand tight. A good tip is to write the date on the end
    of the filter so you’ll know when it was last done. Check the owner’s manual to see how much oil
    needs to be added after filter and oil change. Because the pump doesn’t get quite as much
    out as draining the oil, you’ll have to add a little bit less at first and then check
    it after 5 or 10 minutes. Once the boat’s back in the water you’ll want
    to warm up the engine, check around the oil filter for leaks, and make sure there’s a
    proper amount of oil. Don’t forget to recycle your oil and properly
    dispose of the filter. If you’ve already got the pump, it’s going
    to cost you about $20 for the filter and the oil. If you took this to a shop, they would probably
    charge you about $100 for the same job. And if you want to save even more money, check
    out our video on how to change the lower unit lube. Now let’s go have some fun!

    20-Hour 4-Stroke Outboard Engine Service | BoatUS
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    20-Hour 4-Stroke Outboard Engine Service | BoatUS

    November 9, 2019


    [Wave sounds]
    Hey there, folks. Lenny Rudow here for BoatUS Magazine. Today we’ve come to Annapolis Boat Sales,
    and the reason we’ve come here is because we’ve got Benny Quinn, a master tech. This guy knows what he’s talking about when
    it comes to outboards, and we are going to look at a checklist today of everything you
    need to do before you tow your boat to the ramp, before you start it up and go for a
    run, whatever you’re doing … in addition, of course, to what it says in your owners
    manual. So, Benny, tell me, what is the very first
    thing you should do? Benny: Lenny, the first thing you do is pull
    your dipstick out, wipe it out as you come out. This is the proper way to do it. Stick it back in, and then take your reading
    and make sure that your level is correct. Now, Lenny, now is a good time to remind everybody
    that they need to run a really good fuel stabilizer, especially with ethanol fuels today. Next thing you want to check, Lenny, is make
    sure that your mounting bolts are not loose, corroded, or damaged in any way. You also want to check back in here that the
    head of the bolt is not sucking into the transom and cracking the gelcoat. Next thing you want to check, Lenny, is you
    want to make sure [sound of engine coming up] that your prop and your skeg are in good
    shape. Lenny: Now, what happens if you see something
    like this? Benny: Uh, chances are you have internal damage
    in your lower unit. Hey, Lenny. Bring me that cowling. Lenny: Why in the world do you need this?! Benny: Well, birds will come up in here and
    build a nest there, Lenny, and it blocks the airflow to the engine. Lenny: So that’s actually something you want
    to check before every trip? Benny: Absolutely! Lenny: OK. Benny: Absolutely! Next thing, Lenny, when you get the boat to
    the water you want to make sure that your telltale is putting out water cause it could
    mean that either your water pump impeller is going bad or you have an insect that’s
    actually got up in there and made a nest. Lenny: If no water’s coming out? Benny: If no water’s coming out. Lenny: Gotcha. Now the remaining 20-hour check, that’s one
    you want to do out on the water, right? Benny: Yes, Lenny. What you want to do is you want to make sure
    that the boat is reaching max RPM. So open up your throttle for a few seconds
    and make sure that you’re hitting that max RPM. If you are not, it could mean that you have
    a potential engine issue. Lenny: Ahhh. Well, those are your 20-hour checks. Now, of course, at 50 hours and 100 hours,
    there will be another series of checks to do. We hope you’ve enjoyed this video, and we
    hope you’ll leave your comments below. Please also don’t forget if there are any
    other topics you would like BoatUS Magazine to address, just say the word, and we hope
    you’ll subscribe to the BoatUS YouTube channel. [Wave sounds]

    How To Use Trim Tabs | BoatUS
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    How To Use Trim Tabs | BoatUS

    November 9, 2019


    Hi, I’m Mike Vatalaro with BoatUS Magazine. Today I’m on my boat to talk to you about using your trim tabs. I’m not
    gonna talk about engine trim today. We covered that in a previous video. If you
    need to see that, find it on our BoatUS YouTube channel or on BoatUS.com/magazine. Today we’re gonna focus on trim tabs. I’m gonna show you how the controls
    are set up, show you what they do with the start of the boat, where you can
    actually watch the tabs working, and then we’re gonna get up and run on plane and
    I can show you the practical effects. And a few little advanced things you might
    want to try next time you’re out. On your dash you’ll have a panel that controls
    your trim tabs. Most panels are set up like this, with bow down being forward
    and bow up being towards the stern of the boat. When you push these buttons or
    joysticks to “bow down,” you are deploying the trim tabs.You are deflecting them downwards
    into the water, which will lower the bow. When you pull back on your tabs, you’re
    retracting the tabs. You’re pulling them back up, which will raise the boat back
    to its normal running position. Your trim tabs can either be mounted in pockets
    like these here, or they can be flush mounted to the transom, in which case
    they they stick out from the back of the transom a little bit. Either way, when
    the boat is up and running and on plane, and your trim tabs are fully retracted,
    they do not change the flow of water past the boat. However, when you push bow
    down and start to deflect those tabs into the path of the water, they will
    start to lift that side of the stern. Okay, so we’ve taken you through how the
    panel works. We’ve showed you the tabs in action. Now we’re going to get up to
    speed, get the boat on plane, and show you the
    practical effect. Here we go. Okay, so we’re up to speed on plane and
    I’ve got some sandbags standing in for uneven passenger loading. So my passenger,
    Sandy, there is on the starboard side. You can see – if you look at my bow rail
    compared to the horizon – my boat’s lifting to starboard pretty good. The nicest
    thing about trim tabs is they are independently controllable, which allows
    you to correct for this. So I’m going to come over here to my port side
    tab, push that button forward for “bow down,” and about 1/2 second verse, and you see the
    boat leveled right out. Here it is again. Back it off. There’s my list portside tab
    “bow down,” and I’ve corrected for my uneven passenger loading. Now another use
    of trim tabs is if you’re headed into a quartering scene and you’re taking some
    spray over the side of the boat. Depending on the design of your boat, you
    can either raise or lower that quarter of the bow and either knock that
    spray down sooner -if you have a hard chine boat by lowering that side of
    the boat. Or, if you’ve got a soft chine boat, you may actually want to raise it up so
    that it moves a little bit further down the side of the boat. It might be picked up
    a little further aft, and that wind and spray might pick up and go behind you.
    You’ll have to play a little bit according to the design of your boat, but
    one of those should help you out. So I hope you learned a little bit today
    about using your trim tabs. For more videos, go to BoatUS.com/magazine.
    Thanks for watching.