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Improved Macerator for holding and/or fishing tanks


Most of us have a black water holding tank plus some of us have fish box and livewell receptacles. These almost always are rigged with a Macerator in the discharge plumbing line.


Manufacturer’s comment…. “Typical macerators allow waste spills during maintenance. But, Raritan’s macerator pump with wastewater valve is a direct replacement that eliminates these messes. It also allows users to remove the pump without disconnecting plumbing.

For maintenance, owners simply shut off the valve and remove two screws. The pump slides out without any spillage.”


Got a minute and 28 seconds? Click on this Raritan video to see how this pump improves your boating life…

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This pump has special features like a proprietary rubber impeller, stainless steel bolts, and offers a Smart Macerator Control choice that adds life to this marine pump.

Beaneteau First 35 Carbon Edition Sailboat


Boat Builder’s comment… “The First 35 Carbon Edition offers a level of equipment and finishings never seen before in its category with, as standard a carbon mast, a lead keel, a wheel in black composite, and a first-class Raymarine electronics pack.”

See this boat at the …

United States Sailboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Thursday, October 8, 2015 (VIP Day)
10:00am – 6:00pm

Friday, October 9, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday, October 11, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Monday, October 12, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm

Builder’s comment… “A smart innovation on many levels, the rocking wheel on the First 35 frees up space between the stern of the boat and the cockpit without weighing the boat down with a second helm station.”

Her designer is Farr Yacht Design with the Interior design by Nauta Design. She has an LOA of 35’ 7” and a light displacement of about 6 tons. Stop by this boat and study her multi-position tilting wheel pedestal. It is a new and good feature for a boat cockpit of this LOA length boat.. It has a helm person controlled “swing” from port to centerline to starboard. This Beaneteau new idea is very practical. Plus the wheel has a good feel to it.

Is she more racer than cruiser? In this Carbon Edition Seabuddy thinks the answer is yes. But she is still a comfortable family cruiser.

Under sail, this wheel design lets the helmsperson to be on the weather rail with the wheel in easy reach. And then shift the same wheel for a tack. See this sail boat at the Annapolis Sail Boat Show.

Yamaha Helm Master goes triple

package of Yamaha Helm System

Yamaha Outboard photo


34’ Center Consoles are hot marine merchandise. Up until the 2015 model year, these boats were almost exclusively powered with twin outboards. Now, warm water and warm weather based boats are being delivered with triple outboard engines. There is no question about it; triples are the hot power in that market. Twins are the way to go in all the other markets, though. Boat builders are doing what they need to their boat offerings to accommodate three engine as well as two engine new center console boats.

Yamaha Helm Master™ uses …” rigging that digitally connects an enhanced binnacle control, a high-definition LCD screen, electronic steering, an electronic ignition panel, a theft-deterrent system and an innovative joystick. Together these components form a true drive-by-wire system that responds instantly to your command.” This system is intended for boat builder installation only right now.

Typically, a designated employee at a given boat builder receives all the training and trouble-shooting knowledge that insures that the boat and power works as intended by Yamaha, as each boat model and power package is a somewhat custom installation. One hears the word “calibrated”, which to Seabuddy means that making this system work right on a boat is heavily dependent on the marine tech that installs it.

Note, your boat dealer is getting proper training before any arrival of a Yamaha Helm Master equipped boat to support local boats that are boat builder rigged. Along with dealer-level training there are many forms of support that your new boat dealer gets from the Yamaha factory.

The entire Helm Master™ system is covered by a Yamaha factory warranty for the first three years of a new boat. But, if you plan on keeping your rig, say, six years, you cannot buy extended warranty coverage. To understand what I am talking about you can buy and cover all your other Yamaha stuff under the Yamaha Extended service coverage (Y.E.S.), It is sold separately at extra cost and covers Yamaha product up to six years. That exclusion could be a worry, as most of us own their boats for longer than 3 years.

By the way, fans of Mercury Marine will be happy to hear that it offers a similar program for its outboard engines.

Bertram Yachts boats changing its lay-up

bertram fiberglass offshore race boat

Winning Bertram race boat from the past


After years of success on the race courses of the world and having won numerous

fishing tournaments, Bertram is going from a traditional lay-up for its yachts to open molding infusion.

Bertram fish boat convertible fiberglass diesel inboard

new Bertram 64 convertible fiberglass fish boat


Using vacuum-assisted resin infusion for the yacht’s hull and deck as well as the small parts is their way to add top speed to their boats on the water via an all-up weight savings. Initially, their 64 fish boat will go between a knot to a knot and a half faster at WOT with the roughly 10,000 lbs. weight savings in hull number one using this lay-up change

“We were looking to increase strength with a re-engineered composite laminate design,” says Robert Ullberg, Bertram’s VP of product development and engineering. Ullberg and company president Herndon worked with Vectorworks Naval Engineering in nearby Titusville, Fla. to collaborate on infusion-optimized laminate designs. Also used was Composites Consulting Group from Texas a composites design company with the intended core supplier DIAB Group from Sweden. Bertram used a DIAB foam core, either grooved or flat, depending on the location of the core within the boat. Fiber manufacturer Vectorply Corp. in Phenix City, Ala. assisted and supplied the fiber reinforcements for the hull and deck, while Interplastic Corp. – Thermoset Resins Div. of St. Paul, Minn. consulted and supplied the resin.


bertram 64 hull being laid-up

building the hull and stringers for the Bertram 64 fish, the wood comes out as they are just spacers


The RINA and the standard “Small Craft – Hull Construction and Scantlings It is said that the RINA assumed a top speed of 46 mph at maximum boat weight in a sea state with a13-ft wave height. Wow!

One of RINA’s Rules for Classification of Pleasure Yachts were respected as well as the ISO 12215 the more interesting issues was a through look at the stress of each layer or ply of the lay-up. This issue has a great effect on the durability and smooth finish of the gelcoat over the life of the vessel.

The placement of the stringers along the hull’s length was driven by the locations of engines and tanks as well as the gyrostabilizers. The four longitudinal stringers contain a high-density foam core, covered with special fiberglass fabric. The longitudinal stringers were infused along with the hull laminate in this Bertram. This was done that the stringers would bond completely to the hull. It did require separate vacuum ports along the stringer top points for best wet out.

With the foam core and the two fiberglass skins, the hull laminate thicknesses range from 3/8-inch to 2-inches. DIAB H100 1-inch thick closed-cell foam core material was used mostly for the hull bottom, and H80 1.5-inch foam core for the hull sides. However, the deck and the flying bridge are mostly 1.25-inch cored sandwich construction. Note, the entire hull was vacuum bagged and sealed.


fiberglass Bertram v drive race boat

Note, the shaft drive on this early Bertram race boat

Lake Dora, Tavares, Mount Dora, FL Antique and Classic Boat Show Report, Nautique, Correct Craft, Ski Nautique

This is an 18’ 10” Wildcat model 1967 Correct Craft. She is a center engine (engine box in the middle of the cockpit), shaft-drive, inboard powerboat. Her power is a 318 Chrysler V-8 that makes 235 horsepower. There is seating for five, two in front of the engine box and three on a bench behind the engine at her stern . Her bottom is essentially a flat bottom with a very gentle arc athwartships across her running surface.

classic fiberglass correct craft inboard boat center engine box boat photo

Restored classic 1967 Wildcat model Correct Craft inboard ski boat

This Correct Craft Wildcat is a ski boat. She was displayed with water skis and accessories as if she was ready to go. The owner did a nice job with her presentation at the Tavares classic boat show. Correct Craft, Ski Nautique, and Nautique are names that are imbedded in water skiing history. Correct Craft was founded in 1925 and has been the keystone builder of boats for water skiing competition and water ski shows. Correct Craft “owned” this segment of the industry for years, without competitors. Seabuddy recalls here a personal conversation he had with Al Hegg years back about his Century boats and about how hard a time he had getting his Century water ski boat models legalized for water ski competition.

Causing Correct Craft to rise to prominence in water skiing was Cypress Gardens, which opened in 1936. Known as the “Water Ski Capital of the World”, Cypress Gardens was home to many of the sport’s landmark firsts as well as over 50 world records. But it was best known for the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show, which featured Correct Craft ski boats.

Founder W.C. Meloon started using the Correct Craft brand name for his boat building company in 1936. The Ski Nautique name was added in 1961 when they began producing fiberglass water ski boats using a mold they brought from Leo Bentz. Nautique’s boat bottom shapes really went wild starting with the 1989 models where stepped chines, spray relief pockets, along with a variable planning hull dead rise became standard on their ski boats. Just stick your head under an example to fully inspect a modern ski boat bottom shape.

While this classic boat was made in the Orlando, FL plant, Correct Craft’s current manufacturing facility, started in 2005, includes two private lakes used to test their boat designs. In 2009 Correct Craft celebrated a milestone, having built 200,000 boats in its history

50 MPH plus Bow Rider with Mercruiser

boat photo of bow rider boat

low profile optional windshield is shown in this boat photo

Regal Marine for 2012 has a lock on stylish under 20 LOA bow riders with their 1900 model that measures 19’ 10”. Take a look at the sculpted fiberglass hull sides. The windshield choices. The engine choices. The standard equipment, much of which is designed in from the get-go.

Here is a boat with a very deep vee that super softens the chop and stays in control in tight turns. It is a performance boat. The only negative to a deep vee in this size boat is bow rise on initial take-off but the helm seat design and location fixes that.

She goes 50 MPH plus with the middle engine choice, a 220 Horsepower Mercruiser MPI engine and out drive package. You can go even faster with the 270 Horsepower Volvo option.

So it is excellent speed with a reasonable engine package, peppy turning ability, high style hull and cockpit features, and a lot of storage in a nice tight high value package with the 2012 Regal Bow Rider.

One thing that seabuddy must point out is the size of the standard swim platform and access from out of the water to inside the cockpit design feature that this Regal offers. Even at a boat show, drop the swim ladder and try this out for yourself, it is that good.

Finally, this boat has a generous 8’ 3” beam for its length that is wider than most. That gives extra room to move around inside the cockpit. Once in the cockpit, check out the removable ice chest under the rear seat. Regal spent more time and attention in designing this boat than other boat builders do and this feature shows one of the resulting benefits of that extra thinking to a boater and his family.

jump seat in walk way to swim platform

extra seat along the rear of the cockpit

oversize swim platform Regal bow rider

This is one big swim platform plus standard full height windshield here

Bow Thruster in a wood boat?

wood boat photo

The advantage of controlling the bow position and the location of the bow around the marina in a single engine, single propeller boat is an over-whelming experience the first couple of times you are at the helm of a classic wood boat equipped with a bow thruster. Suddenly, anyone can dock the boat. Even in a cross wind.

Most would think that such an option is disrespecting what was made back when the beauty of wood, leather, and chrome over brass fittings on the water was the only choice for boating. If your boat is to sit on a trailer, I agree. If you want to use your mahogany runabout, I disagree. It is like using a modern bilge pump, converting a 6 volt system to one that uses a 12 volt one, having new PFDs, or a safer, better carburetor in a classic that is used for grand touring around a lake or bay.

Hand built, mahogany wood runabouts or bow riders are now being built by master craftsmen and those boat builders often can be talked into including a bow thruster in a new boat for you. Just think, the ride, the feel, the performance of a bright finished, stained mahogany runabout that is easy to captain. All the style and quality of a good wooden boat with the performance ease, and use-ability of the latest functional boating accessories built in.

Here is a triple cockpit wood boat that also has a no-soak bottom. A reliable, modern engine and operating systems in a classic wood boat. One gets the stares and looks from other boaters and from folks just walking around the marina without the troubles of a 60 year old classic.

2012 wood boat photo

2012 wood boat photo triple cockpit

2012 inboard boat wood classic boat

new indoor showroom of wood boats at lake George

Volvo Penta IPS top pod system at Boat Show

boat photo volvo penta IPS underwater view

This is the revolution in boating performance that makes a new boat the right choice. While seabuddy often sees the Volvo Penta IPS at boat show. It often is an IPS 500 or 550 twin engine and pod drive system.

boat photo volvo IPS joy stick

This is for modern, top performance with a joy stick (also by Volvo Penta) for easy slow speed and around-the-marina maneuvering in a 40’ to 50’ boat. Volvo has now developed this system in different engine and pod sizes and in the number of engine installations per boat.
How about a triple engine set-up for more power in a larger yacht? A quad engine set-up is also done. A special mode of operation allows you to cut boat speed at engine idle speeds to meet “No Wake” zone needs. There is a “sportfish” package to move the boat around in its own axis to fight a fish in forward or reverse, make a clear wake via an exhaust bypass for best bait visibility, and allow for use of a single lever for all of the engines shifting and throttle settings.

four engine boat photo Volvo-Penta IPS boat power system

How much power? Volvo names each package by its approximate crankshaft Hp as compared to an straight inboard shaft set-up in a planning power boat. So, from a 700 Hp package of twin engines to a 4,800 Hp package made up of four engines, Volvo-Penta offers twenty power levels using three different sized IPS pods.
All the Volvo Penta IPS systems offer the top benefits of up to 40% longer boat cruising range, 20% higher top speeds, reduced fuel consumption, lower noise levels, predictable handling, and joystick docking.
seabuddy would like to thank Volvo – Penta for all of their photos.

cutaway boat photo Volvo Penta three engines three drives

boat photo triple volvo IPS engines and drives

Wood custom twin engine Gentleman’s Racer

Wood power boat photo classic mahogany runabout

This runabout is custom designed by the famous marine architect Charlie Jannace from Delmar, MD (about 50 miles outside of St. Michaels, MD) telephone 410-883-3059 and hand made by the Hugh Saint boat building company in Cape Coral, FL telephone 239-574-1299.

Charlie designs both fiberglass and wood boats for many boat building clients (some for regular production and some one-off (custom) designs. He is a very experienced naval architect. And his boat designs work in the real world!

The Hugh Saint, Inc. boat building company builds in the WEST system of wood and epoxy. They typically use double planking of mahogany wood matching the wood’s grain where its important, encapsulating all that wood in epoxy so water never reaches it. They are not alone in building wood boats in this manner of construction style in today’s world of wood boat building.

mahogany wood cold molded runabout photo

This custom Gentleman’s Racer is 28 ½ ’ long with a 9’ beam. She is a performance boat, but not a race boat. In a gentleman’s racer strength, luxury, and a good, comfortable seating in the cockpit are balanced by sheer speed thrills. A fast, dry ride is important. Absolute top speed is not. Such a boat satisfies its owner, not a broad audience of boat buyers. She is powered by twin “small block” 350 cu. in. chevy gas engines using a v-drive drivetrain system to get the power to the two propellers to push the one off mahogany wood boat. The top speed is simply quoted as 50 mph plus. It gives that speed in luxury and comfort for its owner.

WEST system mahogany wood power boat photo

Baltimore Boat Show see Mercury Marine 150 Hp outboard

2012 Mercury Marine outboard motor

Look for the lightest, newest, marine torque big block Mercury Four Stroke outboard in a small package that is on today’s outboard motor boating marketplace at the Baltimore Boat Show. It has shown to have very high durability partly because of its robust part choices where other outboard motors have had trouble. This outboard has almost 10,000 hours of engineer’s time and testing in the field to make a durable marine engine.

A goal of the motor was for it to weight within the weight of a battery and a two stroke outboard combined together and yet have the most displacement cubic inches for marine power in its Hp class. The Mercury Marine FourStroke 150 Hp accomplishes both goals. It weights around 455 lbs. while Honda’s engine weights around 478 lbs. for its 150 Hp.

On the water, expect less vibration because of the powerhead mounts and location. The transom brackets are heavier, too. It’s a good salt or brackish water engine, too, because of a new bonding paint system that is 18 steps in all and the engine has waterproof connectors and an electric system within the cowling that is sealed away more from water than most. She has a fresh water flushing that works at idle engine speeds and also when it is turned off.

Maintenance is once a year (every 100 hours) and every three years (every 300 hours) simple thing to do. On the Chesapeake Bay it is suggested that you apply anti-seize compound on the spark plug threads each year, for instance.

Mercury Marine covers the entire engine with a 3 year non-declining warranty backed by the factory.