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Handy Boat Cabin Handles

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Holiday Gift Idea?

Here is the feature. It has a lighted shaft with highly polished 304 Stainless Steel mounts/ends. Seabuddy picks the 18” length here, but other sizes are available. This one comes from a MI based family business and sold through various retailers, like Amazon.com.

The 1.25” diameter makes for a comfortable hand hold. This is also the one that is specified by most original equipment boat builders on their up-scale cabin cruiser boats.

More here… http://www.itc-marine.com/product/illumagrip-iii-assist-handle/

Pop Up Cleat for a Better Boat

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These come in a variety of sizes to handle all your line needs onboard and Seabuddy has used them. Heft one in your hand at a marine store and you will understand the quality built into this product. Holiday gift Idea?

Manufactures info below:

FEATURES

  • Cleat pops up at the touch of a button—simply push it back down when it is no longer needed and it locks in the flush position.
  • In the up position, Pop-Up® Cleats function exactly like conventional cleats.
  • Available in four sizes, 4 1/2″, 6″, 8″ & 10″.
  • Made of marine grade 316 stainless steel.

INSTALLATION

  • Each cleat is shipped with a backing plate which also serves as the cut-out template.
  • Use the supplied backing plate as a template to scribe the outline of the cut-out.
  • After cutting out the shape, insert Pop-Up® Cleat into opening and transfer mounting holes from cleat into deck.
  • Attach the backing plate and waterproofing cup (if needed) below the deck.
  • attach with four screws (not included) and four nuts (not included).

Watch their 2 minute video here…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd6S0kL48b4

 

Washington D. C. and its Potomac River Canal

One does not think that a canal way that opened next to Washington D. C.s Potomac River in 1850 would still be a source of boating fun in 2014. But it was last weekend for Seabuddy. My photos contained here are from early November, 2014.

Canal Lock on the Potomac River

Canal Lock at Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center

Today it is a paddling, canoeing, biking, walking, jogging, and scenic, tree lined adventure within Washington D.C. and onto Cumberland. The canal is now a park, with a fairly flat trail going along the old towpath and locks. This 184 mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (or C& O Canal) goes along the river in its own hand-dug channel from Washington, D. C. to Cumberland, MD.  It was built and used as a commercial operation for this length from 1850 to 1924, when a flood damaged it beyond economic repair.

Seabuddy has studied cruising in canals for his book, Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain. That book is a thick one, sort of like a Manhattan Yellow Pages on what to see and do by boat within N Y state and the states that its waterways share with N Y state. In other words areas of Vermont and Canada that share waterways with NY are also covered.

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seabuddy's Cruising Guide book

My book is a firsthand account that details/covers about 1,100 miles of the popular waterways, including Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Thousand Islands. My personal knowledge complements the data on the NOAA charts. Here is a link… http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-York-Waterways-Champlain/dp/1565542509/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415632393&sr=1-1&keywords=new+york+waterways+and+lake+champlain

 

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re-done Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center

Now back to the C and O Canal. I visited one of the visitor centers that is open year around; the Great Falls Tavern Visitor’s Center. There is a lock here, but the water level was at the winter, non-navigational level. But, some folks paddled their kayaks through the canal way even at this level when I was there.

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Map of the C & O canal

George Washington first got the idea for a canal/shipping waterway about the time of the French and Indian War. He formed the Potomac Company to make the first start at it. That was not a fully separate ditch and proved to be not the way to go. By, 1825 the C&O Company was created to provide an economic trade route between the eastern seaboard and the West.

President John Quincy Adams put the first, ground breaking shovel of dirt in July, 1828. The full canal was completed and opened to commercial traffic in 1850. Traffic peaked with 850,000 tons of goods in 1871, spread out over 500 canal boats. This was mostly coal coming to the D. C. area. Then traffic went down slowly.

C & O canal boat model

model of Canal Boat

The main competition was the B & O railroad out of Baltimore, MD.  There also was the nationwide depression of the 1870s. Then there were two major floods, one in 1877 and then in 1886. B& O bought the canal company via buying its bonded indebtedness. The flood in 1924 ended the canal way commercial operations and closed it until the Park’s system re-opened it for boating fun.

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downstream of the falls

 

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note this birch tree

 

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Visitor's Center at Great Falls Tavern and Lock

 

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view of open lock at winter water level

Keeping a cold one, cold

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Seabuddy photo showing bottle, trim ring, and underside

 

Just introduced, your boat’s drink cup holders will chill your drinks.

Ask for Dometics’ new Cup Cooler from your boat builder, marina, or ship’s store to get the new one.

“The Cup Cooler makes your last sip even colder than your first. It allows boaters to keep a can, bottle or any appropriately sized beverage container chilled on even the hottest days, something that a typical cup holder or can koozie can’t begin to accomplish,” said Ned Trigg, Sr. VP of Global System Sales at Dometic Marine. “A soda or beer may be cold enough when you pull it out of the ice chest, but from that moment on, it starts warming up. Now, for the first time in the history of boating, your beverage will actually get colder as you drink it.”

Cans of soda, beer, and many bottles fit and are in contact with the electrically chilled sides of the Cup Cooler, which further chills your drink with its cooling element as you skipper your boat, friends fish, or the kids lounge in the sun. The angled bottom shape insert allows it to work, outstandingly, with many shapes.

It is designed to fit different thicknesses helm areas and decks and wires into your choice of an accessory switch or you can run several into one switch. Domestic has provided a drain each cup holder and it is cleaned, polished 316 stainless steel trim ring and a similar easy-clean aluminum interior. It is also lighted inside.

Here is a minute-long video on the Dometic Cup Cooler, please visit http://youtu.be/DpYZ5tBOqUc.

Some of these photos are from me (Seabuddy), from where I saw it for the first time in early fall, and then Dometic’s photos. Mine is the least pretty one.

 

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as installed at your helm, Dometic photo

 

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four in a row, Dometic photo

Handcrafted Boat Bailer, Holiday Boater’s Gift, about $60

Is there a fine level of finish on the boat in your family? Want a nice gift for a loved one that has a Classic Boat? Here is the perfect boater’s gift for this year.

You know that the boat and the boat owner needs one of these if there is a cut-off bleach bottle bailer in the boat bilge bailer supplies of the boat or in the garage of the runabout’s skipper. This handmade boat bailer works better, is shaped correctly, and it will not damage the fine finish of the treasured boat. Plus, it looks just right! Even if you use something else to move water from the inside of boats to the bays, lakes, rivers, and oceans of your waterways.

These bailers are hand crafted in Connecticut within the USA. The grip is lathe-turned Black Locust wood, with a proper inset and it is shaped for comfort. The wood back plate is made out of cherry wood and it even has some tumblehome in its shape to better fit into bilge corners and tight spaces onboard. Finally, the scoop itself is fashioned out of heavy marine leather. The entire boater’s gift is finished in Oarsman Marine Tallow, pine tar, and beeswax.

This is a fairly new product now available on the market outside of the wooden boat community of the northeast. The boater’s bilge bailer design it is based on, however, is over thirty years old. In fact, that original one is still looking and working well. It is a proven, useful gift for human, sail, and powerboaters. More info here…    http://www.oarsmanmarinetallow.com/  Seabuddy has never met Roger, but we have talked and he comes across as a very nice, practical-minded, warm hearted member of the small boat community.

 

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new handmade bailer based on 30 year old design

Holiday Boater Gifts $100 to $500 Custom Pillows

Sunbrella fabric in seabuddy’s mind is the world leader of marine grade fabric. While I think of it as a fairly local company, as they are in North Carolina, they are international with a presence in Italy, Germany, India, China, France, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, Africa, Canada, and Uruguay as well as in the United States in GA, CA, WV, TX, CO, FL, and NJ. A kind of big company for being a player within the boating industry.

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One of hundreds of designs

Sunbrella is an acrylic performance fabric, not cotton goods. It is colored (dyed) before it is woven, therefore, the color is always there. It is also made to breath via the weave.

The company was started in 1880. Members of that founding family are still involved with the ownership and management. The Sunbrella fabric came into the boating and the marine industry first in the 1960s.

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Another recent pillow pattern

Sunbrella is sold as a fabric to boat builders as well as to others, and starting in around 2007 Cushease made the solution dyed acrylic fiber woven cloth Sunbrella goods into products for marine, indoor and outdoor use. They are at the top of the quality level and hold a stellar reputation when one talks within the marine industry about them. Their pillows and other products are built to stand up outdoors while making a statement indoors, if one so chooses. Cushease products are all USA made in their company’s home town of Clearwater, Florida.

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Cushease makes many designer pillows

Holiday Gift for Boaters under $100

Got a wooden boat owner in the family and stuck on finding a different but memorable Christmas gift?

 

Fine boat varnish work demands good brushes. And several of those brushes to work all corners and parts of a boat efficiently. Get your wooden boat lover a gift that lasts for a lifetime.

 

A six brush Epifanes Brush Keeper metal box is the correct way and professional way to store valuable varnish brushes. This box holds up to six assorted varnish brushes. I know several friends that would die to get this item as a gift.

 

A good brush lasts for years with proper care. How do you care for a good brush? Clean each brush with mineral spirits, clip their handles into the holding plate and lower the brushes into a bath of diesel or kerosene for long term storage.

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holds six brushes

 

Ready to varnish again? Slip the brushes out of the box and thoroughly rinse them with mineral spirits. The brushes are ready for superior varnish work again.

This Brushkeeper box is made from heavy rustproof enamel coated steel. It is welded together for strength. And it lasts. Looks serious and it is.

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seabuddy photo varnish brush holder epifanes

No one who gets one of these Brush Boxes for their fine varnish work will ever forget this thoughtful gift. It is a special gift. And it is under $100.

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Another view of the Epifanes Brush Keeper Box for Wooden Boaters

 

Classic boaters, should we all have a classic Ferrari?

Instead of a classic boat, that is.

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sister car to the sold classic car

 

$52 million was a recent sale price for a certain model classic Ferrari. That is an approximant 50% increase in sales price for that model Ferrari since another one sold roughly six months ago. How much did your classic boat go up in price?

 

Seabuddy chose boating and classic boating when I was about 14 years old. I could drive a boat on Barnegat Bay, but not a car on the roads of NJ. Being able to drive something with a motor made up my mind. By the way, I never have said I am smart.

 

Is your Riva model selling for more than say, $750,000 this year? Your rarest model Chris Craft (they made 4 of this one over the two years of 1929 and 1930) for $250,000? Your wood Century Arabian selling for more than $75,000?

 

Note, even a Glasspar G-2 sports car has only gone up about 250% since 2006. A Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz went up about 3 and a 1/2 times. Do not ask Seabuddy about 1967 Corvettes.

 

By the way, Mr. Ferrari could only sell 36 of this model Ferrari when it was new.

 

Here is a side story. Rumor has it that Bob Bondurant sold his Cobra Daytona coupe to fund the start of his high performance driving school. Anyway, his racer Daytona Cobra Coupe recently sold for $8.5 million. Just think. If he had just waxed that car, rather working daily at showing movie stars and rich folks how to drive fast and safe in the hot Arizona sun for all these years, HE WOULD HAVE MORE MONEY.