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    How to Add an LED Navigation Light to the Bow of Your Boat | BoatUS
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    How to Add an LED Navigation Light to the Bow of Your Boat | BoatUS

    August 18, 2019

    Do any boating at night or in poor visibility,
    you’ve really got to have good navigation lights This boat is somewhat old, and we’ve got cracked
    and crazed lenses on this, and this light really isn’t up to snuff, so we’re going to replace it. Things have moved on a bit since this light
    was fitted. I’m going to fit a modern LED light. If you look in here you can see there’s an
    LED array. There’s no bulb to blow. It’s almost a fit and forget item. Some people might think that you can just
    replace the existing bulb in this light with an LED light, but that you can’t do because
    it’s unlikely to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard regulations. A navigation light has to have 2-mile visibility. Just replacing the bulb isn’t going to work. You’ve really got to replace the whole fitting. So before I actually start doing any electrical
    work, I’m going to make sure that the battery is switched off. I’ve previously turned that off, so now I
    can go ahead and remove the old light. So, I’ve removed the old light, I’ve cut the
    cables. Here’s the new light. I’m just going to connect it up now. I’ve made one connection for the negative. I’m going to make up the positive connection
    now. So, with the two connections made, now what
    I’m going to do is feed them back down below the deck and then mount the lamp in position. Place the new light on the boat. I’ve drilled the holes for the screws, and
    now I’m going to put in the first screw. The first screw goes through the center of
    the light so that I can screw that down onto the boat, and then we can make sure the light
    is directly fore and aft so that we’re not showing the wrong sectors. I’ve lined it up and I’m just putting in the
    final screw now. I want it to be tight but not too tight. We don’t want to crack the casing. And then with that, we can snap the cover
    on. So there you have it. The project took me about half an hour, I
    got rid of the old junky light, replaced it with a new LED light. I never have to worry about replacing the
    bulbs ever again. Looks good, looks classy. Looking forward to using the boat. We’ll see you on the water.

    Attempted robbery! – The darker side of sailing around the world! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 127
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    Attempted robbery! – The darker side of sailing around the world! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 127

    August 17, 2019

    [? They got ?] [? it. ?] Hey. Hey. Over here, over here. Over here. Brady, over here. Brady. Kazza, what’s happening? Is it a guy right there? Yeah, he’s right here. [MUSIC PLAYING] Previously on Delos– we do
    some more underwater exploring, we have one final sail
    with Greg and Cheyenne, and we say a sad
    goodbye to Camilla. It was 3 AM and we
    had just been woken up by an incredibly loud noise. We ran out on deck
    to find someone attempting to steal our dinghy, Kazza, what’s happening? Is it a guy right there? Yeah, he’s right here. [INAUDIBLE] We had come home early that
    night and did as we always do, lift Maggie a few meters out of
    the water, turn out the lights, and crawl into bed. Unfortunately, a
    local from the village thought it would be a good
    idea to paddle out and see if he could get his hands
    on our outboard motor. Once he realized the motor alone
    would sink his little canoe, he decided to stand up and
    cut through the haylard that was holding all 150
    kilos of Maggie. The ridiculously loud noise
    of Maggie falling two meters onto his canoe woke
    us up immediately. I turned the deck lights on and
    ran outside with a flashlight to find a man standing
    in Maggie, attempting to paddle her away. Half naked and half
    asleep, my first reaction was to yell, hey you, [BLEEP],,
    which scared him enough for him to dive out of the dinghy and
    disappear into the dark water surrounding us. Brian appeared with a
    machete, also yelling and screaming like a crazy man. Get the [BLEEP] out of
    here, you son of a [BLEEP].. We immediately
    sprung into action, jumping into Maggie just
    before she drifted away. We re-tightened the outboard
    motor and began the chase. There was no way we were
    letting this asshole get away without trying to capture
    his face on camera. Where’s he at? He’s right under the boat. Right here, right here. Under the water. Swimming back over. This dude was an
    incredible diver, going back and forth
    under the keel of Delos and least six or seven times. He’s over here, Brady. He’s right here. So [BLEEP] scary, though. He’s over here. Our plan was to scare him, scare
    the shit out of him, actually. And hopefully get
    him in the dingy and take him to
    the police station. Hey, I’m going to
    get you [BLEEP].. Don’t [BLEEP] I don’t
    know if I like this. I know he’s [BLEEP] tired. He’s right here. Yeah. [INAUDIBLE] Is there just one of them? [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Come here. Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Come here
    in the [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I don’t– They’re going to
    get him in the boat. It’s– I mean– he’s
    a [BLEEPING] pissed, but you don’t– I don’t know. We don’t want him to drown. We don’t want to hurt him. So the boy’s getting him now. [INAUDIBLE] No, no, no Don’t let him rest. Don’t let him rest. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] All right, starboard. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] We’re not going
    to kill you, bro. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] We’re not going to kill you. He doesn’t want to go
    in the boat, though. Yeah, get his face. Get his face. But it’s– No, no, no [INAUDIBLE] Blurry. [INAUDIBLE] He’s slippery, bro. You almost had him. [INAUDIBLE] He’s hard to grab, bro. OK. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Guys. Brian, do you want to call
    somebody or should we– Yeah shouldn’t we be calling? Nah, we’ll get him first. He’s right here. Well, I mean, he’s never
    going to hand himself in. Yeah, he’s not. After a while, we figured
    it would be a good idea to call some of
    our local friends, get some advice on what to do. After all, we were in
    Madagascar and wanted to play by the local rules. The security guard. Should we call, like,
    Bruce Bruce or Rudy? Yeah, I think he swam to the
    other boat and [BLEEP] I mean, it’s really dark out tonight. Must be just like hanging on. It’s no moonlight. Yeah, he might be
    hanging onto something or is drifting, right? If he drifts down it’s
    real hard to see him. So I think we’re going
    to try to call somebody to figure out what to do. But, I don’t know. Yeah. I kept hearing
    these crazy noises and I thought the bow of
    the dinghy was full of water because it was like banging
    and making a weird noise. then I just got this [BLEEP]
    feeling, a really bad feeling. So I flipped the
    lights on on deck and came out with a
    flashlight and somebody had cut the halyard for the dinghy. Really? And was trying to fucking
    steal the outboard in a sinking canoe. Like, [BLEEP] is he going to do? Absolutely didn’t
    think about it at all. His canoe is totally
    under water and it’s gone and he’s trying to steal
    our massive outboard. Trying to swim to
    another boat to lose us. Come on, let’s go
    over there, quick. [? Go, ?] go. Why do people do shit
    like this, though? Like, what the [BLEEP]. I don’t know, it just
    makes me really sad. Like a beautiful place
    like this and then can just be completely
    destroyed, in a way, by people think that it’s OK to
    steal from other people. It’s just real shit. Just makes me sad. No luck? Nah, we lost him. We’re going to try
    and find his canoe. So I just need
    Mares dive lights. Can you [INAUDIBLE] I think we– I think
    we lost him in the dark and he’s something
    between the boats and we couldn’t
    get him on board. We kept grabbing him and his
    shirt kept ripping apart. But we found the canoe. And he probably stole it
    so if we collect the canoe and hopefully we have
    this face then we can maybe track him down. So the guys have
    just gone off now and there’s a lot of
    whistling going on and I think quite a few
    other boats are now awake. And I feel like it’s
    [? something that’s ?] going on at land. So maybe he got into land. I’m just happy other
    people are awake because then at least
    other people can help and locals can be more– I don’t know. I don’t like when it’s just
    the guys because you never know even– I mean, what do you
    even do with somebody? If we would have
    caught him, like– I guess we all have
    different feelings about it but for me it’s
    like, I don’t know. Like, if you want to get
    involved with the police in that way in here. I mean, Madagascar
    is amazing but I don’t think you want to get
    involved the police here, unfortunately. And me and Cheyenne
    are having a cup of tea because I need to calm down. Have you ever been
    robbed before, Cheyenne? From my locker in high school. Not like this. Yeah. It’s definitely
    a little sketchy. And it’s different when
    you’re in a country. Like, it’s not in Sweden
    where you can call the police, 911, boom, somebody’s there
    in 10 minutes, you know? It’s different. You have to deal
    with it yourself. You have to take action
    that you don’t need to in another country. Yeah. Yeah, just trying to stay calm. Where it’s like
    you said, back home it’s like you call someone
    else to come and help you. Where here there’s
    five of us and we all have to help each
    other and then look out for all of these people’s
    boats and make sure that everybody is like
    aware of what’s going on. Yeah. So it’s good that you
    got a shot of his face because now at least there’s a
    name to what’s been going on. Yeah. And it looks like
    there’s a spotlight search from– is that a boat? Do you see that? Is that the boys? Every once and a while. See that? Yeah, that’s probably them. Meanwhile, we were
    scouring through the jungle with about 10 of the locals. After a few hours of searching
    the sun started to rise and we called it off. The thief had escaped
    into the darkness. What a manhunt that was. Did you find him? No. Very close. Really? Very close a few times. He was up in the jungle. I think they saw him
    climbing the rocks here. Yeah, we spent the
    last couple of hours in the jungle
    trying to track him. No luck. No luck. Torches started
    dying and he gone. He’s gone. I think he was in his canoe
    trying to take the outboard off and that wasn’t working
    because it’s so fucking heavy. Ah, yeah. And he’s probably like– Because when you lift
    it the whole thing– The whole front, exactly. Goes up, right? So then he’s like, OK. So you have to be two
    people in two canoes to be able to push
    [? straight to ?] front. Yeah. So then he’s probably
    standing there next to it and just started
    cutting the lines and those were the loud
    noises that sounded like the anchor was pulling. Every time you cut a
    line the dinghy’s like– and then he had it. I mean, it was gone. It was loose. [INAUDIBLE] Yeah it was– He cut all the lines and
    the bow line was cut. Really? Yeah. It was floating right
    next to the boat when me and Brady came out. Yeah. I just stepped into
    it and then we– It was like this fucking close. Another, 10, 15
    seconds and it would have been drifting that way. We came out and it was gone. I mean it, I had pieces of
    shirt that kept ripping. Yeah. Then you’d grab his arm and
    he was a little slippery. Real slippery. Madagascar [INAUDIBLE]. We got a canoe. We got a canoe. That’s pretty cool. We did. Yeah, we found his canoe. I’m happy you guys didn’t get
    hurt or witness any brutality. Yeah, I was on
    the way back and I started seeing there
    was probably 10 people involved looking for him. And on the way back,
    we passed the people that were on the
    trail if he ran out, and they all had
    knives and rocks. And we’re like, well, maybe
    they’ll hit him a few times and then grab him and
    take them to the police. Or maybe their brain will
    flip and then he’s dead. I don’t think the
    kid deserves to die. No. That’s what we were saying, too. He deserves to get the shit
    scared out of him like he did. And he deserves to get caught. It sucks because we’re
    not going to sleep well and every little noise
    is going to wake us up. That’s the worst part
    about it is [INAUDIBLE].. The last time it happened
    it took months for me to be able to sleep again, you know? Yeah. So we have some
    boys here that think that they know who
    the canoe belongs to and they want to take it. I don’t think they
    speak good French and they definitely
    don’t speak English. And French is shit. But it sounds like they
    know the owner of the boat. The chances that it was his
    canoe is pretty slim, right? Yeah, I don’t think
    it would be his. He looked quite young. I don’t know,
    generally the people that own the canoes
    that are proper fisherman they’re not
    bad people, you know? They have a livelihood
    and they like the sea and they kind of have a
    respect for each other. So it could be his
    uncles or it could be somebody that knows him, right? Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Sorry about that. Huh? [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] They’re like, shit. I don’t think they knew
    that we [INAUDIBLE] Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Brady, it’s true? You got to have picture of– Yes, on my phone. On your phone? Yes. You can show me the face? Yes. Yeah. Yeah, we can. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Things are happening. I don’t know what but people
    are gathering and talking. We’re going to carry
    it on to dry land. Only one guy, no? Yeah, one guy. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I don’t know what
    they’re saying but it sounds– they said a few names. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Is he black? Yes. Yes. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Maybe young, young too. Yeah, he’s young. 20 maybe. 20. About 20. Yeah. Or something. Not much more. You don’t know? Or you recognize him,
    but don’t know the name? [INAUDIBLE] Yes, yes. Yeah, we know his name. Oh you do? And he’s the guy who
    makes something wrong here every time, every time. Last night only one
    person, just him. Yeah. Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I know this face. I know this face. Yeah? I’m 80% sure. Yeah? I’m 80% sure. Who’s the canoe? Huh? Who does the canoe. This canoe is for the man who
    will help you to bring it here. The man who has the cab. I asked him who
    asked you yesterday for the [NON-ENGLISH]. Anyone ask to ask me
    for the [NON-ENGLISH],, he just kept the [NON-ENGLISH] Do you think he stole
    it last night from– Yeah he stole this
    [NON-ENGLISH] and– OK, so those kids had no idea. They were just like, my dad told
    me to come get his canoe back. And we were like, no, it’s ours. So we were apparently
    80% sure who the thief was by this point. Over the past year,
    things had gone missing from a few other yachts. In fact, our friends had
    their laptops stolen not long before this incident. The system here in
    Madagascar is a bit different than most places. Matters like this
    would normally be taken care of by the village itself. They call the village justice
    and it actually works really well for crime prevention. If you’re caught
    doing something wrong, you are shamed and
    possibly beaten. If the offense is really
    bad and you’re directly affecting the livelihood
    of the other villagers, there’s a chance
    you will be killed. There is no room for dishonesty
    among the culture here. But we were foreigners, and
    the last thing we wanted was to get mixed up
    in village justice. So we called the police. We called the police. Yeah. And we’re going to show them
    this guy and the picture [? of you ?] and then– So Bruce called the local
    [? agent ?] [? amery, ?] the local police department and
    his friend that is the police officer there. So they don’t feel the
    need to come down here. Bruce said that we’ll make a
    report, print the pictures, and then we’ll come and
    we’ll give it to Bruce and he’ll translate it in to
    Malagasy and then he’ll go and he’ll take it to the
    police station later today. OK. So– And then we’ll see. If Bruce wants to do that. It’s not like we’re– Yeah, no, he said
    this is the best plan. Or else he said it’s
    just like you just leave it and you’re
    just, OK, well let’s just be lazy about it and he said– And then he’s going to be
    out there next month, too. Yeah. We’re about to go in and
    give our official statement. Da da da. Wherever that is. [INAUDIBLE] And I’ve printed
    out some pictures of our little [BLEEP]. It totally looks like a
    wanted poster, doesn’t it? It does. And Brian put this little
    thing together just in case the police have a
    computer with a USB. The thief of Madagascar. We weren’t the first people
    to have problems around here. Everyone from the
    local village was pretty sure they knew who
    was causing all the trouble. The only problem was no
    one could ever prove it. Everyone wanted to come and have
    a look at the thief in action. So Bruce has just finished
    translating everything into Malagasy and he even
    wrote on behalf of the marina, too, how important the
    matter is because it’s not normal around here
    and it ruins tourism and it ruins
    sailors coming here. It’s a beautiful place and
    if one person can ruin it, nobody will come here anymore. And they understand that
    here for tourism, you know? So all the local
    fishermen around here and everybody that
    works here and everybody in the closest
    village is very, very against this sort of thing. I think we’ll go to
    the police station. The police station
    in [NON-ENGLISH].. OK. Just five kilometer or
    six kilometer from here. OK, not far. They won’t let us film
    in the police station anyway so we’ll just go and
    turn this stuff in and see what they say. Sounds good. Maitenant? Yes. OK. The story. So– Oui, oui, oui. So Bruce took me to the police
    department in [INAUDIBLE] way on the top of the
    hill somewhere. And we gave them the
    form and the photos and it was pretty cool. They had computers in
    there so I was able to– and he had a hard drive
    so I used the tablet and transferred the video
    and they loved it, man. They were trotting around
    watching the video like, oh, look at him. Laughing their ass off. And they said, we need to
    go see the local security force because the police–
    there is not enough police to do anything about it. Yeah. But there’s like a private
    security force that’s here. It’s 30,000 ariary per
    security guy to go capture him. So how many security guys? Three? Three. So now I go with
    this man to find him. If he’s really at
    home or not and then I phone them and come
    now and they [INAUDIBLE].. We need to capture him,
    he’s bad for the clients, for the tourism, and
    that’s really bad for us too here for the marina. And for the future of the
    marina it’s very, very bad. Yeah. And we need to make some
    example, something like that. The little [INAUDIBLE],, the
    Windows tablet, game changer. High five. They were like, what? You caught it on video? Never seen any crime
    caught on video before. And it’s on this
    little tablet thing? Like, what? And then the guy
    has a hard drive and he’s like, put it on here? I was like, yeah. They were like, whoa. And then he watched it on
    his computer like 10 times. He was like, aw, look
    at him, ha ha ha. Luis. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] OK. OK, so they said that
    they captured him. So it sounds like– oh no, no [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]. It sounds like they
    got him, I think. And he’s like, they’re going
    to meet at the local police station just up
    here for us so if we want to go and make sure it’s
    him we can have a look at him. Let’s go. Let’s do it. So we’re going to organize
    a taxi to go up there. It’s kind of weird because
    you never really, like– You never get closer. You never get closure. I think– That’s what the
    guy was telling me. It’s like, we
    never get a reason, we never know who it
    is, we never have– They wake up and
    their shit’s gone. Maybe they see
    somebody swimming away but they never can capture it
    and they don’t know who it is. And if this is the guy
    then it’s great, man. It’s kind of like
    an episode of Cops. And then things got
    even more bizarre. We met Bruce on the
    side of the road. A few guys who we assume to
    be the private security force piled into the back
    of the taxi with us. It turns out one of those
    dudes was the thief. What’s up Bruce Bruce? Yeah? How are you? Fine, and you? Yes. The man is just here. So– Yeah, that’s the one. From last night? Oui? Yeah. Are you sure? Yeah. Yep. The same dude we were
    chasing in the dinghy and swinging paddles
    at last night was sitting right
    next to Greg and Brian in the back of the taxi. And you guys? Are you sure? I need to see him in the light. OK, hold on. Wed need you to
    put the light on. Put the light. I can see your– Video. Yeah, yeah. Oui, oui. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Yeah, I mean, look at that one. Oui, oui. As soon as I saw him
    and the light, I– Yeah. I see. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Cool, man. Well Madagascar
    justice actually works. Who knows what’s going
    to happen after this. And it was civilized
    justice, so far. Very civilized. Nobody’s– I mean, he just– Nobody– We got in the taxi with
    him which surprised me. That’s kind of awkward. That was a little awkward. You’re like, dude, I was trying
    to smash your face in last night and catch you in the
    jungle and now you’re– And now we’re paying for
    a taxi ride to take you to the [NON-ENGLISH]. Yeah. OK. It’s very weird situation. I think– I’m glad the girls didn’t come. [INAUDIBLE] They would have been
    like sitting in your lap with him next to them. I think that’s a
    bit traumatizing. Yeah. Yeah. Looks like he accept. He accepted. He accept. He says, it was me. To be there on the boat. OK. He said it was him last night. Confession, 100%. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] OK, go. OK, OK, OK. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] So he accept. He accept. He admitted. Accept. Yeah, yeah, accept. Because he don’t want to– because the [INAUDIBLE]
    they force him, they force him again and
    again and he accept finally, you know? And they know the
    [NON-ENGLISH] on his face– From the fight. Yeah. Yeah. But let’s go now. OK, let’s go now. We did good today. Yeah. The thief ended up
    spending about two months in the local jail. After learning more
    about him it turned out he was a young
    father without a job and was trying to make ends
    meet and provide for his family. This is in no way an
    excuse, but his story is pretty universal worldwide. Just like in every
    other city in the world, if you leave things of value
    around or leave your house or car unlocked,
    there’s bound to be an opportunistic
    thief looking to take advantage of the situation. The friendliness and
    honesty of the locals here reminded us that Nosy
    Be, Madagascar is just like everywhere
    else in the world– 99% friendly, honest, and safe. Unfortunately, all it
    takes is one incident for word to spread and people
    to have a preconceived notion about a place. We have never found
    Madagascar to be dangerous and will not let this
    one-off experience change our perception of this
    paradise we love so much. So, it is our last dinner. Oh, shit. The last supper. I cannot believe. How do you guys feel about
    inviting a bunch of strangers on your boat? Just us. Oh yeah, we were
    kindred spirits before. I feel like I already knew you. I already knew you guys. Are we wicked awesome? Wicked awesome. Yeah. Wicked smart. Wicked smart. Thank you guys for
    being such a good crew. [MUSIC PLAYING] So, it’s 6:30 in the morning. I just woke up and
    we fly out today. And I don’t know if
    I’m ready to fly out. There’s been quite a lot
    of commotion the past day. And we had somebody
    try and steal Maggie. I was kind of, pretty
    shaken up by at first, just to be woken up by
    somebody else on the boat. Then you have mornings
    like this that are so calm and there’s such a
    beautiful sunrise and there’s already fishermen
    waving and so many happy people that it’s like, you
    just know it’s going to be OK. I just want to say,
    thank you guys. And I’m going to
    miss you all a lot. [BLEEP] But no tears because
    adventures will happen again. Everything’s packed. Sadly. Unfortunately. I know. Thank you so much for having us. It was such a pleasure to meet
    you guys and we will see you in [? Aman. ?] All right, it sounds good. Thank you so much. Our pleasure. It was awesome. You guys were an awesome crew. Thank you. Great crew. So much. You fit in so well. [INAUDIBLE] sad. Absolute legends, mate. It was a wicked awesome trip. Wicked awesome kid. Dude. Dude, it was killer. Bye, see you soon. Bye. And just like that, it
    was only three left. [PLAYING GUITAR] Next up on Delos– we celebrate Kazza
    birthday in style. I’m the king of the world. Not really, but
    it’s my birthday. A beautiful day
    filled with diving, exploring, and watching
    a solar eclipse. (SINGING) Count the
    stars, I’m fighting sleep. So let it wash over me. I’m ready to lose my feet. Take me out to the
    place where [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHTER] [INAUDIBLE] First thing in the morning. It’s a wrap. (SINGING) –wake up
    [INAUDIBLE] part of me. [INAUDIBLE] I’m
    blind [? to see ?] find how far she go. Everybody got their reason. Everybody got their way. We just catching and releasing
    what beats [INAUDIBLE] today. Like it? I like it a lot. (SINGING) –your body. It flows right
    through your blood.

    Sea Hunt Boats Vs. Tidewater Boats: The Real Deal
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    Sea Hunt Boats Vs. Tidewater Boats: The Real Deal

    August 16, 2019

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    when i when he got rougher water up right now watches to give you guys are that was falling there’s a difference in their eyes which is uh… very prominent and you’re gaining not your full bono
    water here to get its way one-foot boat it is begin for twenty one in the water unlike so many other designs out there not just tidewater where the dead arises starts all the way
    back here you lose two or three feet i mean i think uh… tidewater worked well for for
    politicized people further you know multiple coz died yep good boat just under depends on
    where you’re repression that you don’t excellent itself lifeboat like this perfectly excellent pleasure happy and uh… i
    think you guys

    NOVA BOATS (Nova 39 Sport) Revolutionary & Efficient NEW Hull Design
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    NOVA BOATS (Nova 39 Sport) Revolutionary & Efficient NEW Hull Design

    August 16, 2019

    The Nova 39 is a custom built sport boat with
    a new revolutionary, patent pending hull design. This new hull produces air in sections of
    the bottom without the conventional use of steps. This revolutionary design provides excellent efficiency and ensurues safe operation and stability even through sharp turns The Nova 39 offers more power options than
    all competitors; such as Volvo Penta, Stern Drive Diesel, V-Drives, coupled to the latest
    technology lineal tunnels; as well as, outboard versions The Nova 39 Sport deck was carefully designed
    to produce ample deck space to walk all around the boat. Other features include a circular
    windshield appealing to the eye but, also very functional allowing safe access to the
    steps in the cabin. Engine room ventilation is also done inside
    the cockpit. Air intakes are strategically placed inside the cockpit to minimize the
    chances water entering the engine room. Practical design and pleasant lines are noticeable
    from every angle. There is one large bulster to starboard accommodating
    the operator while a double bulster to port accommodates the passengers. The rear seat also
    provides comfortable seating for three additional passengers. The cabin is based on a new concept. The hull
    sides and the under deck have a molded finish, no carpet is used. The only Vinyl used is for
    the cushions. A simple garden hose is used interior cleaning and then wiped dry with a cloth Therefore, the Nova interior does not create not create mildew or unpleasant odors derived from humidity collected on carpets and other materials used in the industry today. The spacious head provides ample space and function ability Cabin lighting is provided via LED lights
    attached to the center stringer that runs all the way forward from the main bulkhead. Nova Boats… Future technology in motion Come… Experience The Innovation!

    New Fuel Efficient Step Hull With Patented AquaGlide Technology By Nova Boats  Open Fish
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    New Fuel Efficient Step Hull With Patented AquaGlide Technology By Nova Boats Open Fish

    August 16, 2019

    Nova Boats features its Patented AquaGlide Technology Not all Deep Vs are the same! Nova Boats has one of the most efficient V bottom hulls in the industry Our patented AquaGlide technology offers many features over other V bottom hulls such as Increased lift at the transom, better tracking, multistage planning surface, and ability to cut through waves without the typical inherit bow steer these features translate to enhanced fuel efficiency, the ability to plane faster and remain on plane at lower speeds and also to run at higher speeds in rough seas without ride discomfort or bow spray Sharp entry allows to cut through waves effortlessly by minimizing impact accelerations and providing a softer entry Stability and better tracking is provided by the inner and outer strakes Plus the keel pad sides Forward inner strakes prevent nose dive and bow streer by creating lift when needed They are also the first of a multi-stage planing surface which acts like a three-stage pressure valve by changing the water through 3 different planning sections In general the operating purpose of a vessel is focused on either seakeeping or speed Depending on which one you’re optimizing the other will suffer With the patented AquaGlide technology offered by Nova Boats, this compromise is significantly minimized Increased lift is created by redirecting water flow along the V bottom; beginning at the ski tips in the forward sections of the pad and moving aft from 24 degrees to 0 degree (at the flat section of the keel pad) Enhanced tracking is provided by the outboard vertical sides of the keel pad which acts like a slot cut in the water to provide better tracking and stability The chine has a distinctive feature It starts at the bow with a reverse sign of about 8 degrees and moves aft to about midships where it transitions to a flat 0 degree chine via the means of a step hull Then it continues all the way aft to the transom The step also ventilate a portion of the hull bottom to reduce drag by pull air from the hull sides The overall benefits of the Patented AquaGlide Technology is to provide a fuel efficient hull, capable of high speeds, and safe operation without compromise Contact Nova Boats to order your boat with Patented AquaGlide Technology Visit us at

    Anchoring: How to Drop Anchor and Retrieve Your Anchor | BoatUS
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    Anchoring: How to Drop Anchor and Retrieve Your Anchor | BoatUS

    August 16, 2019

    At some point you’re going to want to anchor
    your boat, so let’s take a look at what you’ll need. You’ll have an anchor on board that’s big
    enough for the boat, of the right type, so it’ll hold in the bottom that you operate
    in, and you’ll need enough anchor rode — the chain and the line combined — to give you
    a 5:1 scope. The scope is the distance from the bow of
    the boat to the bottom, say is 20 feet. If you want a 5:1 scope, you’ll need 100 feet
    of anchor rode. And what we’re going to be covering today
    is anchoring in fairly benign conditions for a quick lunchbreak or maybe overnight with
    moderate wind and current. So let’s take a look at how it’s done. OK, we’re approaching our anchorage now. The depth of the water is 20 feet, so with
    a 5:1 scope, I’m going to let out 100 feet of anchor rode. When I get to the anchorage, I’m going to
    stop the boat, and I’m going to back down until I have a little bit of sternway on,
    then my assistant in the bow is going to let the anchor out until we have 100 feet of line
    out. And then we’re going to tie it off to the
    cleat, let it come tight, and then I’m going to back down for 45 to 60 seconds to set the
    hook really well. While I’m backing down, once the line is tight,
    I’m going to look off my beam, I’m going to pick out a spot or a range on either beam
    to make sure that I’m not moving. And I can also see based on buoys that are
    close to the boat or whatever’s nearby. But you want to make sure that anchor’s holding. OK, we’re going to drop the anchor now. We’ve got the bow into the current, we’re
    going to let go of the stopper, we’ve got some sternway on, and we’re going to let out
    about 100 feet of anchor rode. Here we’ve got 20 feet or so from the bow
    of the boat to the bottom. So we’re letting out the line now. So we’ve got about 100 feet out now. I’m going to take some of that sternway off
    so when Charles ties off the anchor line to the cleat he’ll be able to do so easily and
    safely. OK, we’re now tying off to the cleat. You’re taking most of the sternway off to
    make it easier. We’re tied off, now with the bow still headed
    in the right direction, right into the current, I’m going to wait until I have slack out of
    the line, then I’m going to start backing a little bit harder with both engines. For this boat, I’m going to go back at about
    1500 rpm, and what I’m doing right now is I’m looking off the beam to see if I’m moving,
    either in relation to other objects or find a range on the shore on either side. The anchor appears to be holding from the
    bow, in other words, the line isn’t jerking around and I’ve got no motion on the beam
    here. So we’re good. The anchor’s been set. I’m going to go a total of about 45 to 60
    seconds to make sure it’s well set, and then we’ll set our anchor line. Now I’m going to take it out of gear, and
    we’re ready for a bite of lunch. OK, we just had a great lunchbreak and now
    we’re getting ready to haul the anchor back in, so we’re going to drive ahead using the
    engines. We’re not going to use the windlass or somebody
    else sitting in the bow of the boat to haul the boat toward the anchor. We’ll let the engines do that. And then once we’re up and down, directly
    over the anchor, we’re going to tie the line off to the cleat, and we’re going to let the
    weight and the momentum of the boat break the anchor free, then we’re going to go back
    to either hauling the anchor in by hand or using the windlass, depending on how your
    boat’s equipped. We’re going to start driving ahead on the
    anchor. We’re going to haul it up. Charles on the bow is pointing in the direction
    the anchor line is tending, and I’m going to head right in that direction. As soon as he’s got some slack in the line,
    he’ll take it off the cleat, and he’ll direct it back to the windlass and start heaving
    around the windlass. But the engines are doing the work, not the
    windlass. OK, we’re directly over the anchor right now,
    give ourselves a little slack, tie off the line to the cleat. Good, it’s tied off. Now we’re going to drive ahead on it and let
    the boat break the anchor free of the bottom. The anchor’s tending a little bit to port. OK, we can feel it break free, so as soon
    as we get a little bit of slack there, we’re going to untie it from the cleat and pass
    it back to the windlass and heave the anchor the rest of the way in. The person in the bow is still pointing in
    the direction the anchor line is tending making sure we’re not drifting down on another boat
    or a buoy here. Now we’ve got the chain coming through the
    hawsepipe. We can hear that. The last 15 feet is chain on this boat. OK, it’s all the way aboard, going to pass
    the stopper, and we’re ready for sea.

    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS
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    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS

    August 15, 2019

    Hi, I’m Mike Vatalaro, Executive
    Editor at BoatUS Magazine. I’m here today on my boat to show you a real simple
    method for bringing your boat alongside a dock or bulkhead. This is for stern
    drive or outboard power boats. There are basically four simple steps and I’m going to take
    you through it right now. Okay, so, I told you there was four simple steps. Step one
    is to line up your approach. Step two is to come in slow. Step three is to time
    your swing. And step four is the flourishing finish. Here we go. Step one:
    lining up your approach. This is where your judgment comes in. If you’ve got
    wind or current behind you, you want to come in fairly shallow to help you stay
    off the dock. If you got wind or current against you, you’re going to need to come
    in a little steeper in order to carry more momentum to finish the docking. So
    if you notice I’m bumping the engines in and out of gear. I’ve got a fairly stiff
    wind behind me today so it’s going to help me along. So I’m just bumping an
    engine in and out of gear to keep my headway pretty limited. So, step two: come
    in slow. Never approach a dock any faster than you’re willing to hit it. So, with
    this wind behind me, that’s probably about all the headway I need. Now I’m
    aiming for about the center of where I want to tie alongside the dock. This
    wind is carrying me in pretty good. I’m just gonna give it one more little bump.
    And step three is to time your swing. I’m about a boat length away and I’m going
    to swing the wheel hard to starboard. Now this is all for a port side tide,
    so this starboard turn – a little kick of engine just to get it to swing. Now my
    stern is going to port, and as I’m about parallel with the dock, I’m going to roll
    the wheel all the way back to port. That’s the flourishing finish, step four.
    Throw that engine in reverse. And if you notice, I’m now coming right along
    side and I’m parallel to the dock. Now, with this little bit of breeze, it’s
    gonna carry me right in to where I wanted at the dock. You can reach out, grab a
    piling, grab a line, and I’m all set to tie up. Thanks for watching. For more
    videos, go to

    Do Fish Drink Water?
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    Do Fish Drink Water?

    August 15, 2019

    All living things on Earth need water, because
    the chemical reactions that make life possible happen in an aqueous solution. Which means us land animals have to drink
    it to keep it inside of us all the time. But… what about fish? It seems like since they’re always in the
    aqueous solution of whatever body of water they’re swimming around in, they wouldn’t
    need to actually drink the stuff. But it turns out that some fish actually do
    need to drink. And others do not. It depends on the fish, and what kind of neighborhood
    it lives in. Water, you should know first of all, is really
    into finding a balance. If you have a membrane that water can pass
    through, and there are different concentrations of salt on each side, then the water will
    always flow toward the saltier side of the membrane, until the concentrations on both
    sides are the same. That means that freshwater fish have it easy. Since the concentration of salt in their bodies
    is higher than the concentration in the water, that fresh water just flows right in, mainly
    through their gills, and into their bloodstream. They also swallow some water when they eat
    — I mean, it’s kind of unavoidable — but they don’t need to actively gulp down water. But, in order to retain that balance of concentrations,
    the fish’s tissues still need to have some salt in them. And that’s where chloride cells come in. These are special cells in the gills that
    produce large amounts of an enzyme that controls the flow of dissolved salts — like sodium
    and potassium — across cell membranes. So, in freshwater fish, these chloride cells
    work hard to bring just the right amount of salt into the fish’s bloodstream. Now, saltwater fish have the opposite problem. For most of them, the concentration of salt
    in the water is higher than the concentration in their blood. That means that as they pass water over their
    gills to breathe, the higher concentration of salt outside of their body is constantly
    sucking water out of them. So these fish have to drink a lot, which they
    just gulp down by the mouthful. But since the only water around is salty,
    they have to filter out the salt to make it safe for them to absorb. A lot of that salt is filtered out in the
    fish’s kidneys. But these fish have chloride cells in their
    gills, too. It’s just that, in their case, those cells are constantly pumping salts out
    of the bloodstream and into the saltier water. So they may be surrounded by water, but no
    matter where they live, fish are always looking to find that balance. Thanks for asking. If you have a quick question
    you’d like to ask us, we’re down in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
    And if you want to keep getting smarter with us, you can go to and

    The Terrifying Fish with Transparent Teeth
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    The Terrifying Fish with Transparent Teeth

    August 15, 2019

    ♪♪♪ Meet Aristostomias scintillans, a species
    of fish that lives in the deep, dark waters hundreds of meters beneath the Pacific. It’s occasionally called the “shiny loosejaw”,
    because sometimes when you name a thing, you just call them like you see them. This animal is part of the dragonfish family,
    and like most of its relatives, it’s a creepy-looking thing with a disproportionately huge jaw;
    long, pointy teeth; and a bioluminescent barble for attracting prey. But of all the dragonfish, which are wonderful,
    this one is special. It’s tiny, usually only about fifteen centimeters
    long, but it’s also a fierce hunter with an amazing adaptation. To catch prey, the fish has fangs… that
    are transparent. Most animals’ teeth are, this probably won’t
    be surprising, not transparent. Vertebrate teeth are typically hard, calcified
    structures in the mouth, and although they’re not quite the same, they tend to look pretty
    similar to bone. They have an inner layer of what’s called
    dentin, and an outer, hard layer called enamel. And they look opaque because they reflect,
    absorb, or scatter most light. This dragonfish has a much more unique situation,
    because its tooth composition is very different from what we see elsewhere. Both the enamel and the dentin are made of
    unique mineral matrices containing nano-scale crystal rods; basically, very tiny crystals. They’re even smaller than the wavelengths
    of light that normally hit them, which means they scatter barely any light. Instead, the light can go right through their
    teeth. Additionally, these teeth also don’t have
    dentin tubules. These are little channels that run through
    our teeth, and they’re a major place where light gets scattered. So not having them helps this dragonfish keep
    its mouth crystal clear. This is all super cool, but there’s still
    a pretty big question here: What’s the point of having clear teeth? Seems like they’re working pretty hard for
    this, so why? Well, that comes down to the dragonfish’s
    hunting style. These things swim around with their mouths
    open, and when some unsuspecting prey gets too close, their mouths snap shut like traps. So the point of this fish’s transparent
    teeth is to make its maw virtually undetectable to prey by not reflecting any of the dim light
    in the deep ocean. Combined with the dark color of its body,
    this gives the species a unique level of stealth as it hunts. This fish is really cool in its own right,
    but there’s actually something beyond just the “wow” factor here. Because researchers are also hoping to use
    this animal as inspiration for advancing materials science. Engineers aim to copy the nanostructure of
    these teeth to make transparent ceramics, which could be used for super-strong armored
    windows, laser housings, and other tech. This is just one example of biomimicry, a
    field of engineering that aims to adapt the awesomeness of nature into useful technology. Biomimicry has led to better bullet trains
    based on bird beak shape, more sustainable building ventilation based on termite mounds,
    and much, much more. So I guess, like, never be afraid to look
    a gift dragonfish in the mouth! Thanks for watching this episode of SciShow! If you have any jaw-dropping facts you think
    we should turn into an episode, feel free to leave us a comment! We’re always on the lookout for new, amazing

    Buyers Guide: How Do I Choose a Boat Bimini Top? | BoatUS
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    Buyers Guide: How Do I Choose a Boat Bimini Top? | BoatUS

    August 15, 2019

    Hey there, folks! Lenny Rudow here for BoatUS Magazine. Today we’ve come to Waterfront Marine in beautiful Edgewater, Maryland, to check out bimini tops. Now, any new boat buyers should know how to look for signs of quality and a bimini. So, let’s see what to look for. Here’s the first thing to do: Grab the bimini and give it a little shake. Virtually all biminis are gonna rock side to side to some degree. In fact, I’d call the movement this one shows about average. And this is a 21-foot Chaparral runabout, so you have to expect some movement in a bimini like this. What you don’t want is excessive movement. When you shake it, you don’t want it coming way out here. That’s something you want to check on. Construction materials are obviously something you’ll need to look at. You know, in this case, we see aluminum pipework. That’s what the vast majority of tops are made with. That’s just fine. It’s light, its strong. In some cases on much larger boats that can handle heavier rigs, you will see stainless steel there, but what’s really key is that the high-stress areas where you have hardware attachment points, that these are stainless steel. Naturally, the material of the fabric itself is also very important. You really want to look for a high quality acrylic marine canvas, like on this top you’ll see Sunbrella. That’s considered really about the best in the industry and you really like to see that kind of material. Now, you also want to check it closely and look at the seams in the stress areas. Make sure that they’re double stitched. Double-stitched seams will last for much longer. And, here’s a little tip folks, you might not love the darker colors of some biminis; you might want a bright color. The truth of the matter is the pigment in those threads that turns it black or dark actually also helps fight against UV damage. So as a general rule of thumb, a dark-colored bimini will tend to last a little bit longer than a light-colored bimini. Obviously this top does not have any clear canvas, but if the boat you’re looking at does have clear canvas, a couple tips. One thing, you want to make sure that there are no points where the Isinglass itself rubs up against the supports. That will lead to damage in the long term. Another item is, particularly up forward, near the windscreen, remember the track systems and zippers as a general rule of thumb are better than snaps. They tend to be a little more water-resistant. They don’t allow quite as much spray to get through and get to you. A key design feature I also really like to see is a quick-release system. On this top you can see you just pull a pin in order to make it possible to remove this strut. In some cases, there will actually be a screw running through here, and you need a screwdriver in order to release this. The adjustment points in the top are another spot where you can look to see how well the top itself has been designed. You want really easy adjustment, right? These straps and, for example, this thumb screw, can both be operated just with your hands. You don’t need any special tools to adjust this top. Here’s a nice upgrade. Instead of a strap up front, you’ve got a strut. Finally, you certainly want to have a top that’s easy to put up and take down, right? So be sure to give it a try. Test it. See just how easy is it to put up and take down the particular top that you’re looking at. Now I’m not going to do this whole thing right now because we do have a separate video on how to put up and how to stow a bimini top. Be sure to check that one out. Well, boaters, we hope you’ve enjoyed this video and we hope you found it helpful. Don’t forget to subscribe to the BoatUS Magazine YouTube channel and one last tip: When you get a new boat with a bimini, don’t forget folks, to stow it before you tow it! These bimini tops are not made to take the beating that the wind gives them moving 60, 70, 75 miles an hour down the highway. OK? Enjoy! [GENTLE WAVES SOUNDS]