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Electric Shock Drowning – NEVER swim in a marina

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

I placed this post on Facebook and on LinkedIn. It needs to be here as well. It will be a recurring topic since it prays on our kids and is just recently answered the question of so many unexplained drowning’s. Electric Shock Drowning – a fresh water issue. This winter I have attended three continuing education seminars / training events. The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors annual conference, The American Boat and Yacht Council certification course for Marine Electrician, and the International Association of Marine...

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To the DIY (do it yourself) boating community:

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

Some of the more interesting assignments I get in my profession are damage claims. In most cases I am hired by the insurance company, but sometimes by the boat owner. One of the two most common claims I investigate are sinkings. The most common cause for sinking is the do it yourself wiring or plumbing jobs.   Boating is an expensive hobby. Once you pay contractors to work at your house and to work on your car, the boat seems to be victim of the shortcut. Not to say that they DIY installer is not taking the time or putting in an effort,...

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Currents and rip currents

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014

Rip currents on the Great Lakes kill more people than sharks in all the oceans. The State of Michigan named the first week of June Rip Current Awareness month. I am not aware of the same recognition by the state of Wisconsin or other Great …Lakes states, but I can attest that it has taken lives very near to us here in southeastern Wisconsin including a strong young high school student just this past year. Again the term “lake” does not represent the forces of nature represented in our fresh water seas. These, along with...

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Hurricane damaged boats making their way to the Great Lakes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014

Buyer beware: We are starting to see more hurricane damaged boats in the area. While this does not necessarily mean the boat is not fit for sea service, the need for a thorough inspection is ever more important. Start with these tips from BoatUS. Then, contact your surveyor when you are making the offer to be your trained set of eyes. Good deals can be had on these boats, but repairs need to have been made properly and beware of hidden problems which could be very expensive. Boat US article: Tips for identifying hurricane damaged boats....

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CAUTION: About “spring commissioning” or “summerizing” your boat

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

If you were away from the Lake Michigan shoreline this holiday weekend, you enjoyed temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s in Wisconsin and Illinois. Our boating season can feel short, and a beautiful weekend like this is not to be wasted. But, before you pull your boat from storage and get under way, make sure she is serviced and ready for the water. A short season can become dramatically shorter if you overlook a few simple things or defer maintenance.  I will not propose to re-write the many checklists that are available...

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