Marine Head Units Specialists Offer Safety Suggestions During Super Moon Appearance

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Your Marine Head Units Professoinals Don’t Want You to Miss This Rare and Exciting Event 

Raritan Engineering Company your marine head units analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding safety suggestions and the super moon.

Your marine head units experts know that the supermoon, or perigee full moon, on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948.

Slacken Dock Lines A super-moon, means super tides,( properly called, perigean spring tides ) and that means extra-high, and extra-low water could result in your boat either hanging from its lines–or. getting pulled under by them.

Prepare for Strong Currents The extra tidal range will create stronger current. This will be especially apparent when transiting coastal inlets.

Beware of Flotsam Super-high tides reach higher and farther on to shore and can cause debris like logs, discarded appliances and other items to become flotsam.

As I write this, a “supermoon” is waxing. That bigger-than-average full moon also means bigger-than-average tides. When the tide runs farther up the beach, the water snatches more driftwood and debris from the shoreline. .

A Super Moon Means Super Tides

While spending time near water or on a boat can be an enjoyable way to spend a summer day, some dangerous conditions can exist if you are not properly equipped and prepared to deal with them.

Dock Safety and Electricity

Many boat owners choose to keep their boats at a marina as opposed to mooring them. While marinas offer customers a number of amenities, such as water, cable and electricity to charge your boat’s battery or power lights and appliances, one of these perks can also lead to potential hazards. Did you know that stray electrical current from dock wiring or an electrical fault from a boat can energize the water creating an electrocution hazard?

To avoid this unpredictable and deadly hazard, do not swim or allow your passengers to swim from or near docks or boats where shore side electrical connections are provided.

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  • Have all electrical work completed by marine electricians certified by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
  • When selecting a marina to tie up to long term, ask about their electrical inspection, testing and maintenance program, including procedures to minimize the risk of ESD.
  • Promptly report to marina management evidence of chaffing cables, tripping of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) or similar issues with the electrical system and dock pedestals.

CO is a poisonous gas that is a by-product of the gasoline/diesel engine combustion process. Carbon monoxide exposure is possible on any boat that is equipped with an engine or a generator, including outboard engines.

Other items to consider include:

  • Purchase marine-grade CO detectors and look for the UL 1524 mark.
  • CO detectors should be placed in any enclosed areas where people congregate or sleep.
  • Recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning, which may include: dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, blurred vision and nausea. Please note that individuals do not have to exhibit all of these symptoms to suffer from CO poisoning.

Swimming and Propeller Safety

Boating and swimming go hand-in-hand. But before anyone gets in the water to enjoy some summer leisure, be sure the motor on your boat is turned off and the propeller has come to a complete stop.

  • The engine should remain off when getting in and out of the boat or swimming near the boat. All passengers should be made aware of where the propeller is located.
  • Before starting the engine make sure no one is in the water near your boat.
  • If you have to approach someone in the water, do so head on. Do not approach in reverse. When you reach the person, turn off the engine before bringing them on board.

Learn more at Raritan Engineering and see how you can always find more information about marine products as well as get assistance on marine head units.

via Three Things The Supermoon Means For Boaters

via Use Caution Following High Tides

via Three of the Most Dangerous Boating Conditions

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