About Doug

Doug has been boating his whole life, mostly in antique boats. The favored boats right now are early high quality fiberglass boats like Chris Craft, Bertram and Century. These boats are unique in that they are very strong and do not rely on foam cores to be strong. To be sure they are heavier then their newer cousins but they are the way boats should be made solid and long lasting.

Danger: Electric Shock Drowning

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AC Voltage + Freshwater = Danger.   People die every year because of Electric Shock Drowning, 14 people died in the USA in 2012 as a result of it. For more details go to http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/magazine/2013/july/electric-shock-drowning-explained.asp . The above picture was copied … Continue reading

How an Emergency Tow Can Lead to Disaster

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This 4th of July weekend I noticed 3 boats getting a tow back home. It was a nice weekend and the waves were low key, so none of them were having a problem. That wasn’t the case with the Questar. … Continue reading

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

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According to Wiki, CBM “is maintenance when need arises”. In other words maintenance is not performed until at least one indicator shows that you need it. CMB saves time and money. When done properly your equipment last longer because you … Continue reading

Does Your Boat Have Water in the Oil? Use your coffee maker to find out

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Water is the second most destructive contaminant that can invade your oil. Continue reading to find out: How to find out if you have water in your oil, even if you can’t see it. What is an acceptable amount of … Continue reading

If You Sink Or Swamp, There is an 11% Chance Someone Will Die

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Adding Bilge System Robustness The headline of this post came from US Coast Guard data. Don’t be fooled, if you take someone in your boat you are responsible and must know you will not sink. At a minimum, every boat … Continue reading

The Bathtub Reliability Curve

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The reliability of most individual components falls on “the bathtub curve” (see Figure 1). The bathtub curve shows the expected reliability of a component throughout its life. At the beginning and end of the life cycle, the expected failure rate … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law

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Murphy’s Law Apply Murphy’s Law liberally; ”If anything can go wrong it will”. (http://dmawww.epfl.ch/roso.mosaic/dm/murphy.html) What this really means is that if there is a possibility of something bad happening, then eventually it will happen. You can never guarantee that nothing … Continue reading