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BoatUS Report

A Shotgun Marriage? Ethanol and Old Outboard Boat Engines

Damage to a boat engine carburetor as a result of ethanol at 10% (E10)

Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10% ethanol) became widely available several years ago, the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has received hundreds of calls and emails complaining about boat engine problems. The majority of complaints concern older outboard motors, those made before about 1990. BoatUS’ Seaworthy magazine asked Mercury Marine’s Ed Alyanak and Frank Kelley, who between them have over 60 years of experience, to find out what’s made these decades-old outboards more susceptible to ethanol’s well-known problems and what owners can do.

1. Vulnerable hoses: In the mid 1980’s new standards (SAE J1527) for fuel hoses were developed for “gasohol,” which was known to deteriorate rubber and plastics. Since then, problems with hoses have largely gone away, but that doesn’t mean they are maintenance free. Tech Tip: Any hose older than 10 years should be replaced. Here’s another way to test rubber fuel hose condition: wipe a clean rag along the hose. If you smell gas on the rag, replace the hose immediately.

2. Carburetors: O-rings and rubber carburetor parts on older engines tend to get hard and brittle when exposed to ethanol and then break off in bits and pieces causing clogs, misfires and shutdowns. Pre-1990 carburetors were also made from alloys that didn’t stand up to ethanol, leading to corrosion that can cause tiny fuel orifices to clog, resulting in hard starts and poor running. Old carbs are also “dumb” in that they were designed to run on only one type of fuel. Ethanol, however, has more oxygen and affects the air/fuel ratio, causing engines to run leaner and hotter. Tech Tip: The best solution with old outboards is to run straight gas – if you can find it. Some mechanics may also have the ability to “recalibrate” a carburetor to tolerate E10 (note: gas with ethanol greater than 10% should never be used with any boat engine).

3. Plastic fuel filter bowl: Some older engines may have plastic fuel filter bowls. Tech Tip: If you still have one, replace immediately with a metal bowl.

4. Fuel fill gasket: Keeping water out of the fuel tank is even more important with ethanol as it can eventually lead to the formation of two separate solutions in the gas tank (water and fuel), also known as phase separation. The process is more common on older boats which are more likely to have accumulated water at the bottom of the tank. Once phase separation happens – the tipping point when water in the gas is either harmlessly ingested or transformed into a corrosive mixture no engine will run on – there’s no going back. No fuel additive can restore E10 back to its normal state. Tech Tip: Age and exposure to ethanol can rot fill gaskets or O-rings. Replace them every few years.

5. “Gunk” in the tank: It is still possible that some old outboards and boat fuel systems have yet to sip a drop of E10. But once your boat drinks its first tankful, ethanol will “scour” or dissolve the gunk that’s been coating the tank walls (and hoses) for years. Tech tip: You may want to think about hiring a professional to have the tank drained completely of any gas and water at the bottom before adding your first load of E10. If not, keep a supply of filters on hand – they will clog quickly. Always use a fuel stabilizer and avoid using octane boosters that contain ethanol.

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in BoatUS Report


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Dock News


Originally designed for the rigors of commercial salmon fishing in Pacific Canada, the EdgeWater 228CCD is a workhorse.  It’s also the first diesel powerboat model for EdgeWater, using a fuel-efficient Yanmar 4BY2 180 hp engine from Mastry Engine Center.

“While we’ve traditionally featured outboard power, the 228CCD evolved from a custom gas sterndrive project for a British Columbia fishing lodge,” said Peter Truslow, EdgeWater Power Boats president.  “It made us think about alternative power choices, and opportunities for superior fuel efficiency.”

Having worked with Mastry Engine Center on other custom projects, Truslow again turned to Mastry and Yanmar for the 228CCD.  “We trust Mastry and have a great comfort level with them,” he said.  “Many of our dealers worldwide say Yanmar is the preferred diesel engine.”

The Edgewater 228CCD features a rugged profile powered by a Yanmar 4BY2 180-hp diesel engine from Mastry Engine Center

The end result is a surprisingly balanced 22′ center console jackshaft setup with ample cockpit and transom space.  With the console slightly farther forward, the 180 hp Yanmar is centered and low, behind a 75-gallon fuel tank.  The Yanmar 4BY2 is a 4-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged, common rail diesel.  Performance on the EdgeWater 228CCD is a respectable 3.96 mpg at 35.6 mph @4,150 rpm, averaging 4.49 mpg in the 22-35 mph range.

The 180-hp Yamaha 4BY2 is an efficient yet powerful engine for the Edgewater 228CCD.

“Yanmar’s diesel engine is really smooth and very quiet, with amazing range,” said Truslow.  “What shocked people is the boat’s fantastic balance.  It floats just right, with the center of gravity lower and farther forward.”

The 228CCD uses EdgeWater’s Single Piece Infusion (SPI) manufacturing process.  Vinylester resin is vacuum-infused into both the grid structures and deep-V hull laminate in one step, making the entire hull bond as one.  SPI makes EdgeWater boats stronger and lighter.  “This complements the dynamics of a modern diesel engine,” said Truslow.  “The Yanmar works really well with SPI─they’re a perfect fit.”

Exposure at EdgeWater’s recent dealer meeting and the formal product launch at the 2012 Miami Boat Show validated the diesel concept.  “The 228CCD is about simplicity and fuel efficiency,” said Truslow.

“There is a niche of people who want EdgeWater styling, and are already fans of the dependability, durability and fuel efficiency of diesels.  But we’ve also found a new market of larger boat owners who, due to gas prices, want something simpler to run around in.  We’ve built many custom boats, and the 228CCD is an entryway to explore concepts for other fuel-efficient models.”

The EdgeWater 228CCD combines a spacious, fishing-friendly layout with superior rough water handling.  Seating includes a comfortable leaning post with storage below and aft-facing seat above the engine.  An unobstructed transom and full-width swim platform appeal to fishermen and SCUBA divers.

Customers can opt for a full bench seat across the transom, a T-top with rod holders and other accessories.  Information about the 228CCD and EdgeWater’s quality line of powerboats is available at

Mastry Engine Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, provides diesel and gas power solutions to marine and industrial OEM and re-power markets.  It supports a network of over 140 authorized dealers in the US and Caribbean.

Contact Mastry Engine Center, 2801 Anvil St., N. St. Petersburg, FL  33710.  727-522-9471
Fax: 727-527-7013. 

Editor’s Note: The EdgeWater 228CCD is available for testing, contact Peter Orlando at 386-426-5457 or

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Dock News


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Small Fishing Tackle Retailer Deliver Big-Company Customer Service


Abu Garcia Verdict 7’6″.

Rusty Lures, an online retailer of bass fishing lures, tackle and gear, announced today that it is now offering free shipping on all orders over $29.99. As part of its continued effort to deliver a first class customer service experience that exceeds that of big box competitors, the Rusty Lures free shipping offer is an exciting enhancement to the expedited shipping practices that are a core component to the company’s operational philosophy.

Daiwa Aggrest.

“Our savings on shipping ups the ante on Rusty Lures’ best-in-class customer service offerings,” said James Barnett, president, Rusty Lure Fishing Tackle LLC. “We pride ourselves on our commitment to processing orders efficiently and shipping product quickly, a fact that every one of our patrons understands and relies on. Our new shipping policy underscores our appreciation for our customers and recognition for their needs.”

Offering a full line of bass fishing lures, jigs, hooks, weights and more, Rusty Lures ( makes it easy for anglers to find, compare and order product. First time shoppers can quickly establish an account for current and future purchases, as well as join the Rusty Lures Bait Club to enjoy additional discounts and promotions. The website also offers access to the Rusty Lures blog providing customers with expert fishing tips, stories of interest and a place to interact with others who are passionate about fishing.

Sharkfin 2000.

For more information on Rusty Lures’ free shipping offer, its complete line of fishing-related products, or to learn more about Rusty Lures, please visit

About Rusty Lures: Rusty Lures online store supplies fishermen with a vast array of bass fishing lures including soft baits and hard baits by some of the biggest names in the sport of bass fishing. Rusty Lures stocks all of the products it sells and prides itself on industry-leading customer service. The company ships every customer orders within twenty-four hours of order receipt for receipt within two or three days in most cases. Rusty Lures affords the busy angler the convenience of shopping from home, office, or anywhere there is Internet access.


Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Fishing


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Dock News

Hakvoort Yachts Upgrades Superyacht Facilities

Dutch yacht builder Hakvoort Yachts, known for their intimate luxury yachts and prowess in construction in aluminum and steel are slowly building larger vessels. Recently the Dutch family-owned yard Hakvoort announced an upgrade of its own facilities, which will enable it to deliver yachts of over 50-meters in Length Overall.

The stunningly beautiful, 147’6″ M/Y TRUST is a 2008 Hakvoort build

Hakvoort’s new slipway, which has a maximum lift of 1,000 tons, is now ready, enabling the yard to construct yachts of up to 58-meters in length and 11.50-meters in width. This follows its vertical expansion in 2009 when the roof of the yard’s main shed was raised to allow for the construction of four-deck yachts. The new 55-meter yacht will be the largest yacht built at the facility if it is commissioned. If commissioned the luxury yacht will be able to be delivered early in 2014 according to Moran Yacht & Ship. She appears to have accommodation for twelve guests in six staterooms with the Master forward on the main deck with private balconies on its port and starboard sides. The others, are doubles and twins on the lower deck. Other features include a helipad located on the aft part of the roof of the bridge. There is a jacuzzi on the aft end of the sun deck as well as on the deck below also towards the aft. Sunpads flank both jacuzzi pools. If commissioned, this vessel will not only become the largest for Hakvoort but also their most stylish.

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Dock News


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Dock News

SCOD Presents The 42m Ocean Supremacy. The Largest And Greenest Among The 10 Fastest Superyachts In The World

Carbon Offset Design (SCOD) unveiled the design of its largest and most eco-friendly luxury yacht, in March 2012. The Ocean Supremacy has a top speed of 55kt and is expected to rank among the top ten fastest super-yachts in the world.

She is designed to consume 50% less fuel than other similar yachts and provide zero carbon cruising at 14kt speed. British designer Richard John Sauter of SCOD is the main architect of the yacht.

Design and features of the Ocean Supremacy

“The Ocean Supremacy has a top speed of 55kt and is expected to rank among the top ten fastest super-yachts in the world.”The Ocean Supremacy is 42m long and has a beam of 15.6m and a draft of 1m. She will be built with marine grade aluminium or carbon epoxy composites. She will have a fuel capacity of 45,000l. The super-yacht can accommodate ten guests and will be served by eight to ten crew members.

The yacht will have a low wave signature and high-efficiency wave-piercing tank tested hulls. Ocean Yacht Systems will supply its rim driven bow thruster for GP mooring.

Maritime Dynamics (MDI) will provide its retractable t-foil leveling system to be positioned at the aft end. The ship will use SCOD tested wind tunnel aerodynamic radome and PV wing spoilers for efficient aerodynamics.

The wind tunnel and foils at the stern will allow lamina flow between bow to stern and reduce the drag and turbulence associated with conventional super-yachts. OceanLED lighting, energy star rated AC, refrigeration and other equipment with waste heat recovery will be used.

The super-yacht can cruise unlimited range with zero carbon cruising at 14kt. She has a cruise range of 3,600nm at a speed of 18kt in solar hybrid and carbon neutral cruising.

Accommodation and on-board facilities of SCOD’s yacht

The upper deck sprawling the entire beam of the yacht, will house the Master Suite. It will have a king-size bed, a three-seater sofa, a double whirlpool-equipped en-suite bathroom, dressing room and vanity table, flat screen television, Wi-Fi, film and music library. The suite will have an office and provide panoramic views.

Four guest cabins of the super-yacht will be provided with queen-size beds, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, a film and music library, arm-chair, desk, vanity table and en-suite bathroom with whirlpool.

The main deck of the ship will have a sundeck with a pool area and can be used for various activities, such as parties, events and entertainment. A photovoltaic canopy protects the cockpit outside the upper deck from sun and rain. A retractable giant flat screen on the deck can be viewed by 20 guests as an open-air outdoor cinema.

Solar hybrid propulsion system used by the Ocean Supremacy

The Ocean Supremacy will be powered by a 9MW solar hybrid propulsion system. It will utilise a combination of different sustainable power sources – solar, biomass diesel, wind energy and wave strengths – for environmentally friendly propulsion.

“She is designed to consume 50% less fuel than other similar yachts and provide zero carbon cruising at 14kt speed. British designer Richard John Sauter of SCOD is the main architect of the yacht.”

A marine solar cell array of 70kW from SunPower Solbian will be installed on the yacht to charge the UPS. The Lloyds approved UPS will also act as a power booster.

A 200kW auxiliary inflatable traction kite from SkySail will also allow for zero carbon cruising. The wind powered system will be used to charge batteries or increase the cruising speed.

A 50kW motion damping regeneration (MDR) system from Maurer Sohne will use energy from waves. It will either charge the batteries or increase the cruising speed of the super-yacht.

The propulsion system also includes 2X V16 series 2000 Tier 4i MTU Genset. Each unit will generate 1MW and will be capable of using biodiesel. One power unit can be used in conjunction with the solar, wave and wind power to achieve a hybrid cruising speed of 18kt. It will be the most economical and eco-friendly propulsion system.

Ocean Supremacy will also have four V16 Series 2000 Tier 4i MTU or ZF Hybrid Motors. Each of the power units will generate about 1.5MW, allowing a cruising speed of about 45kt. The generating units will also be compatible with biodiesel.

A 2MW Lloyds approved Corvus Lithium Polymer uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or two V16 Tier 4i MTU Gensets will power two 1.5MW Siemens supplied electric motors. They will drive two retractable Anerson ASD 10 Surface Drives, located in the demi-hull to propel the yacht at speeds of about 53kt. Two 1.5MW Kamewa S3-125 series water-jet propulsion drives from Rolls Royce will also be equipped in each of the two wave-piercing hulls of the yacht.

The water-jets will be driven with parallel MTU or ZF hybrid motors, also powered by the UPS or the 1MW Tier 4i MTU Gensets.

Energy saving benefits of Sauter Carbon Offset Design’s luxury yacht

The yacht can cruise even after shutting down any of its six diesel engines to further reduce the consumption rates. The renewable energy sources are expected to reduce the associated green house gas emissions by 50%.

The hybrid green power will also cut the CO2 emissions of the Ocean Supremacy by 4,000t. She can generate and supply about 200MWh of electricity when plugged in to the onshore grid.

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Dock News


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Electronics Review



Global Satellite USA, one of the leading satellite solutions providers, is pleased to announce the launch of its SatPhone Optimizer that creates a global satellite wireless and wired hotspot that works with Windows, Mac and Linux to provide greater efficient satellite communications for your email and Internet access. In simple terms, this means for the first time you can now email from anywhere and browse the Internet for a fraction of the cost when out at sea or in the middle of nowhere. The SatPhone Optimizer prevents unwanted traffic via its firewall, compresses emails to improve your data transfer by up to 20 times,  web browsing by an average of 3-5 times that can then save you up to 85% on satellite airtime.

The SatPhone Optimizer can be used with the Iridium Extreme, Inmarsat  ISAT Phone, BGAN and Fleetbroadband and works with iPad, iPhone and iPod.  The device has also been developed to quickly and easily connect any WiFi capable computer and is compatible with any Apple iOS  device (iPad, iPhone or iPod).

“One of the biggest issues on satellite communications is cost and speed.  With our new SatPhone Optimizer, we believe that we can make those issues less painful while at sea or in the middle of nowhere.  It’s easy to connect and weighs less than 14 grams so the device is truly mobile and transportable”, says Martin Fierstone, CEO & President of Global Satellite USA.

Additionally, the Satphone Optimizer works as a tracking device with the industry-leading GSatTrack service from Global Satellite.  It provides tracking data using the GPS chip built into the satellite terminals, including Inmarsat FleetBroadband, BGAN and IsatPhone Pro devices.

The Satphone Optimizer retails at $200 plus airtime and comes complete with a base unit and quick start guide, WiFi antenna for WiFi enabled units.  The  SatPhone Optimizer software for iOS App is available in the Apple iTunes store at:

For more technical information, please contact: Martin Fierstone, Global Satellite USA, 1901 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL33316 Tel: 954-854 3389 Email:

About Global Satellite: Global Satellite USA, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a global source for all your satellite and navigation needs. With 35 years of experience in marine, land and military electronics for navigation and communication,Global SatelliteUSA is your one-stop shop for all your worldwide sales, service and rental requirements.

Global Satellite USA holds a GSA/FAS contract.  The contract has been awarded for general purchase commercial information technology equipment, software and services. The contract number is GS-35F-0470U and is valid throughJune 30, 2013.

Our team of highly qualified and experienced personnel is at your service whenever you have problems. Should you need assistance from anywhere in the world, our customer service support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Partners include:  Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya, Garmin, Intellian, Icom, Thrane & Thrane, Codan, QMAC, and Possio.  We are also Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium Service Providers and therefore able to supply you with hardware, accessories and airtime. Our marketing strength enables us to offer highly competitive prices, both for hardware and airtime.

Through our network of international offices and distributors, our operations also cover Europe, The Middle East and Asia.  Our clients include governments, international organizations and a large number of private customers.  We also have regional offices and operations in USA, Europe and Africa.


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Electronics Review


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Electronics Update


Free RayView wireless video streaming app for new c-Series and e-Series available for Apple iOS
and now Android devices.

Raymarine today announced the release of its Raymarine Viewer app, RayView, for Android tablets and Smartphones.  The new app, available now in the Google Play Android store, joins the previously released RayView app for Apple iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

Taking advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi networking in its new c-Series and e-Series Multifunction Displays, the RayView app enables boaters to view the screen from their multifunction display right on their mobile device.

With c-Series or e-Series and RayView you get the convenience of having a portable repeater system in your pocket.  Simply download the application, connect your device to the MFD’s Wi-Fi network, and stream charts, sonar, radar and thermal night vision from anywhere onboard, right in the palm of your hand!

The RayView app is free and is available for immediate download in the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Android Store at the URLs below:

RayView for Android is compatible with Android Smartphones and Tablets running version 2.2 or higher, with 1GHz or faster processors.  RayView for Apple iOS devices works with iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch 3rd generation or newer and iPad (all models) running iOS 3.2 or later.

For additional product information please visit

About Raymarine:Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, thermal night vision, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine in the USA call 1-603-881-5200 or visit

About FLIR Systems: Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a nearly 50-year history of infrared innovation, hundreds of thousands of systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology. Visit the company’s website at

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Electronics Update


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BoatUS Report

Five Inflatable Life Jacket Myths: Do You Know the Truth?

Inflatable life jackets can be very easy to wear, says the BoatUS Foundation.

Inflatable Life Jackets – which automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord – have been around over 25 years, but there are still quite a few misperceptions about how these life saving devices work. The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths:

1. Inflatable life jackets are zero maintenance – Let’s face it, pretty much nothing on a boat is zero maintenance. Before you head out for the day, simply check to ensure the CO2 cylinder is screwed firmly in and you can see the green indicator tab. Once a year, take it out and blow it up with your mouth, wait overnight, inspect for wear and check for leaks. Repacking is a task made simple – a few folds and a tuck – as instructions are found printed inside the cover flap. Most life jackets that automatically inflate when you hit the water also have small dissolvable components that periodically need replacement, but it’s a simple process. A rearming “kit” comes with everything you need.

2. One size fits all – While most inflatables are sized as “universal adult,” all have adjustable cinch straps that will provide a good fit for nearly every size of grown-up on the boat. Inshore-type jackets tend to be less bulky and are more compact than those jackets designed for offshore use. There are no inflatables for kids under 16, but the BoatUS Foundation is working with other national boating safety groups and the US Coast Guard to increase support for inflatable jackets that are more suitable for kids.

3. Not a lot of choices – Actually, there are. Once you get past a range of colorful designs, there are two basic styles of inflatable life jackets: over-the shoulder suspender-style and waist-fitting belt pack. All US Coast Guard-approved inflatable life jackets have a mark showing its type and how it should be used. A big advantage is that inflatables can provide nearly twice the buoyancy of similarly-rated foam life jackets, and are also are better in terms of righting a person in the water, when compared to some other traditional types.

4. Inflatable life jackets are too expensive – Inflatable life jackets start at under $100. That is a real expense for some, but consider that a cheap life jacket that no one will want to wear is as useless as a hook without the worm. Belt pack types tend to be less expensive than suspender style, while automatically-inflatable types or those with extras like an integral sailing harness increase the price.

5. Inflatable life jackets are uncomfortable – Baloney! Inflatable life jackets are compact, don’t trap body heat, give full body movement, and can be as unobtrusive as small bait pouch attached to your belt. Look for one that has a neoprene chafe guard around the neck and one that can be adjusted to prevent it from shifting from side to side.

For more information on inflatables, go to:

About the BoatUS Foundation: The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in BoatUS Report


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Federal laws have prohibited boaters from dumping untreated septic waste into coastal bodies of water for decades, and the proper way to dispose of wastewater can be confusing.  Owners of boats up to 65′ can rely on the ElectroScan from Raritan, for use in coastal waters which have not been designated “no discharge” by the US EPA.  This US Coast Guard-certified Type 1 marine sanitation device (MSD) transforms discharge wastewater so that it is generally cleaner than the waters in which the boat is traveling.

The waste treatment process occurs in three phases and automatically starts with each flush.  First, saltwater and untreated waste enters the unit and immediately goes into the maceration chamber; solids are reduced to minute particles by a specially designed cutting blade.  Then, electric current is applied to electrodes, which convert the salt water to a powerful bactericide and oxidizing agent, hypochlorus acid.  Bacteria and viruses are forced into contact with the treatment agent.

The next time the treatment unit is activated the treated waste from the maceration chamber crosses over into the mixing chamber.  Waste is treated a second time and further broken down by oxidation, eliminating odors, reducing nutrients and resulting in sanitized waste and salt water.

Finally, treated waste is discharged with <0-5 FC Bacteria/100 mL.  Bacteria and viruses are destroyed, while there are no visible floating solids or chemicals added to the process or released.  Salt water is returned to receiving waters.

The smallest, most popular and environmentally friendly treatment system available, ElectroScan records each treatment cycle and stores key information in non-volatile memory that can be summarized on the LCD display or downloaded to a PC.  Utilizing only 1.2 amp hours per cycle, ElectroScan generates its own natural disinfectant from salt water.

Single button operation ensures treatment after each flush.  Solid-state components offer ease of use and servicing.  A salt-feed system and pump installation option regulates salinity.  ElectroScan is available in 12, 24 or 32V DC.  A sensor for manual toilet auto start is also available.

Contact Raritan, 530 Orange St., Millville, NJ  08332.  856-825-4900; Fax: 856-825-4409.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Products


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Electronics Review

New StructureScan® HD
Sonar Imaging System Introduced

New High-Definition Sonar Imaging System Delivers
More Range and Greater Definition

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992, and Simrad Yachting, world-leader in the design and manufacture of professional-performance marine navigation, autopilots, communications and fish-finding systems — announced today the next-generation sonar imaging system, the LSS-2 StructureScan® HD. Raising the bar in fish- and structure-finding technology, the new system delivers more side-to-side coverage, as well as greater target and bottom definition allowing users to cover more water faster with unprecedented clarity and detail. The StructureScan HD sonar imaging module offers a new dimension in underwater, picture-like displays for more productive fishing, diving, and search and recovery.

The new StructureScan HD is the latest step forward in providing the best sonar electronics available to boaters.

Based on the Lowrance innovation of the world’s first and only true DownScan Imaging™ technology combined with side-scan imaging, StructureScan HD includes an enhanced transducer design that features three dedicated signals for best-in-class crisp, clear views to the left, right and directly beneath your boat. The full-panoramic, picture-like returns are now even more impressive with sharper images of structure, fish, thermoclines and more.

The new StructureScan HD system — compatible with Lowrance HDS, Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO, and B&G Zeus multifunction displays – also delivers a significant increase in side-scanning range capability. With the original StructureScan model, boaters and anglers had to choose between side-scanning farther with less detail, or scanning with less range to achieve greater detail. Now, with StructureScan HD, users will experience greater side-scanning range with no loss in resolution. In depths up to 50 feet, for example, StructureScan HD can generate sidescan views that are twice as far with greater resolution, up to 600 feet in total maximum range. That means anglers and boaters can cover more water faster, saving time and fuel while searching for productive areas for fishing, diving search and recover, and more.

Simrad NSS Display with LSS-2 StructureScan.

“The new StructureScan HD is the latest step forward in providing the best sonar electronics available to boaters,” said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer, Navico Americas. “Its unprecedented resolution and greater range offer extraordinary underwater views that will not only impress users, it will enhance their productivity resulting in more fish, more fun and more efficient use of time and fuel on the water.”

Lowrance HDS Gen2 Display with LSS-2 StructureScan.

When paired with the Lowrance HDS Gen2, StructureScan HD also supports the StructureMap™ view — a powerful, innovative tool that allows users to overlay and save sidescansonar images directly on a chart in real-time, or create StructureMap charts for a complete and detailed underwater view all around the boat. Compatible with Lowrance enhanced basemaps, Insight™ HD cartography, Navionics® and all HDS-compatible third-party charting cards, users can easily create and view StructureMap detail on or off the water — without the aid of a computer.

The StructureScan HD view also allows anglers to position the cursor anywhere on the screen to receive information on distance from the boat and target depth — for an exciting new level in precision bait or lure presentation. In addition, the synchronized TrackBack™ function featuring simultaneous scroll-back in the recorded history of sonar and mapping windows, allows anglers to find spots and set waypoints, so they can easily return to desired fishing locations. The system not only synchronizes waypoints, it allows for users to add, edit and delete waypoints from the multifunction display’s database.

The new sonar imaging system features the processing module, transducer and easy-to-connect Ethernet cable. The module features three additional Ethernet ports for viewing StructureScan HD images on up to three multifunction displays. The StructureScan HD sonar imaging module is protected by a two-year limited warranty, and backed by the five-year Advantage Service Program.

Available in April 2012, the StructureScan HD sonar imaging module can be purchased from authorized dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada for $599 USD. For more information on the StructureScan HD, or the entire line of Lowrance and Simrad Yachting branded marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance or Simrad Yachting dealer, please visit or

About Lowrance and Simrad Yachting: The Lowrance® Simrad Yachting brands are wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Electronics Update


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