Blog August 2014


Posted On: August 28, 2014

Tips to Alleviate Lean, List and Heel

Reasons for list, and how to alleviate the problem.

I’m often approached with questions concerning lean and list and heal.  A boat not riding on its lines is dangerous, and very uncomfortable, not to mention its maneuverability is curtailed.

 Here are some reasons for list and some things you can do to alleviate the problem.


If your boat lists at rest, there is too much weight on one side. It could be gear or it could be water trapped in a stringer bay.

Suggested Solution: Investigate. Take inventory. Rebalance supplies; reposition crew if underway. Address water ingress and drain or dry.

Prop Torque
It’s normal for a right-hand-turning prop to cause listing to port in a single-engine application. The reason is that a prop is most efficient in the upper, down-moving quadrant of its rotation (between noon and 3 o’clock for a right-hand propeller) and so creates more lift on the starboard side; thus the boat lists to port.

Suggested Solution: Trim out more once on plane. The further from perpendicular to the boat the rotation gets, the less listing leverage it can exert. Use a prop with more pitch (within rpm limits).

V-hulls can tend to lean to windward. This results from turning slightly into the wind to maintain a straight course. Also, prop torque results in more lean than on flatter-bottomed boats.

Suggested Solution: Shift supplies or crew. Use trim tabs. Alter course (if possible).

Engine Trim
Running with the drive trimmed in exacerbates prop torque.

Suggested Solution: It’s correct to trim the engine in when achieving plane. But up and running, trim out to lift the bow, and, as it pertains to listing and heeling, reduce the effect of prop torque



Posted On: August 21, 2014

Do You Sail The Long Island Sound?


Some Sound Facts                    


Many people around the northeast area sail or navigate the waters of the Long Island Sound. There are many facts about the Sound that you may not realize.


Did you know.....


The Long Island Sound is 21 miles wide at its widest point and 113 miles long.


It holds approximately 18 trillion gallons of water.


It’s an estuary — a place where fresh and salt water mix.


The Sound’s surface water area is 1300 square miles.


The salt water in the Sound comes from the Atlantic Ocean.


90% of the Sound’s freshwater comes from three Connecticut rivers: the Thames, the Housatonic and the Connecticut.


The depth of the water in the Long Island Sound averages 63 feet deep.


The Sound’s maximum depth is 320 feet at the Race.


There are four tides daily — two highs, two lows.




Posted On: August 19, 2014

There’s been a lot of unfortunate news about mishaps with propellers this season. With that in mind, here are some simple reminders.


Simple Steps to Minimize Propeller Injury


 First, exercise some common sense!!!!

- Personally look at the area around your boat’s propeller before starting the engine

. Don’t count on others —see for yourself.

- Before you set out for the day, take a moment to inform your passengers of the location and dangers of the propellers, and call attention to any propeller warning labels around your boat.

- Never permit passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seatbacks, or

other locations where they might fall overboard and under the boat. Accidents

can happen in the blink of an eye… and so can propeller strikes.

- Establish and communicate rules for swim platform use, boarding ladders, and seating. Your boat, your rules:  be clear and firm!

- Make sure all passengers (including you) wear a lifejacket at all times.

- Consider an engine cut-off switch and other propeller safety devices,


• Propeller guards

• Ringed propellers

• Propulsion alternatives

• Interlocks

• Sensors

• Anti-feedback steering

• Rear-facing video cameras




Posted On: August 05, 2014



It's something none of us ever want to imagine doing -- jumping in the water to save someone. Did you know in many cases a person or child needing help ends up drowning their rescuer?

Knowing what to do can save the victim's life and yours.

If you are dockside or on a beach once you see that someone is drowning, have someone else call 911.  

"That way if things escalate beyond your control someone will be on the way to help you. If possible, reach a hand out to them, or maybe a leg or a shepherd's hook or long pole or net if handy. . The person in distress will reach out and grab the pole without you actually putting yourself in danger.

If you are on the water, throw out a buoy to them. A buoy is your best bet when jumping in to rescue someone. Going in without one should be your last resort as it is very dangerous.  

Remember, when you jump in to try to save somebody they will not be worried about your well-being but more about theirs at the time, they're trying to get air and they might push you down or they might grab you; preventing you from helping them. 

If you do go in after someone, approach them from behind, as they're less likely to grab you and push you under that way. Talk to them and tell them to remain calm. 

Remember just because you're a great swimmer doesn't mean you won't tire out and need help yourself.. 

Having a plan before an emergency occurs is always best. 

When taking children swimming, you should be undistracted, watching them and be within a foot of them at all times.