Safety

Are Gate Valves OK for Seacocks?
Gate valves can't provide a quick visual reference on whether a through-hull is open or shut. And the handles tend to rust.
Is My Boarding Ladder Safe?
Transom boarding ladders can be tricky to deploy from the water, especially for kids.
Go-Fast Boating Safety: Watch Out For Weekend Warriors
Go-fast boat safety means enhanced situational awareness at all times, but especially on summer weekends.
Diesel Fuel Hose Ratings Explained
Risk of exposure to fire, plus permeability to fuel, plus the use of the hose itself -- all play into the ratings.
Rusty Stanchion Fasteners? Not Good.
Stainless steel fasteners threaded into embedded aluminum plates need to be carefully sealed to prevent crevice corrosion.
A Raft of Trouble: 24 Hours in a Liferaft
Will you know what to expect if you end up adrift in a liferaft? Lenny Rudow thought he would—and he was wrong.
Five Docking Disasters: Don’t Let This Happen to You!
Be on guard for these docking disasters every time you approach the pier.
Why Is My Water Heater Giving Me Shocks?
A broken heater element and a disconnected ground wire point the way to a dangerous situation.
Is My Lightning Protection System Undersized?
The ABYC calls for 4-AWG wire to provide a ground path in the event of a lightning strike.
Is My Pump Ignition-Protected or Not?
Ignition-protected gear may still carry contradictory or confusing labels.

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