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Thursday, October 15, 2015

YACHT DESIGN MASTERS DO STILL EXIST

Bill Prince is very good at what he does best – designing awe inspiring yachts.

He began his yacht design skills aboard small boats on the Great Lakes. His his peaked interest in building quality, beautiful and functional boats landed him at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. At the engineering school he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with elements of structural engineering, power transfer and marine engineering included in his studies.

In 1996 in his junior year of engineering school Bill won the NMMA Yacht Design competition. After graduation Bill worked at the offices of Michael Peters Yacht Design in Florida for several years. He then moved to Rhode Island to work as Design Engineer for America's Cup-winning legend Ted Hood. When that campaign was over, he took the position of Design Engineer at the well known iconic brand Island Packet Yachts. In 1995 Bill Prince Yacht Design became a reality and he has provided designs for many independent yacht lovers and yacht builders including Huckins, Metal Shark, Hinckley, Wheeler and Yellow Fin. He designed the Posh 54’ which some believe to be the most beautiful boat ever built and the Schiada 43 Black Diamond a 90 mph work of art.

It’s nice to know there are still a few out there like Bill Prince that can design functional art on water without compromise of integrity, performance or quality. Yachts like these don’t come cheap ... but then again you’re not just buying a boat, you’re buying an instant collectable legend that will the turn heads of the most discerning boat aficionados on the planet. For more info on Bill Prince Yacht Design visit his website at www.billprinceyachtdesign.com


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Monday, October 05, 2015

ANOTHER WAY TO SINK A BOAT

It’s funny just after writing my last blog post “Prep For Storms”, right on my own dock a boat goes down - not by storm but by other means. It doesn’t pay to neglect a boat. More boats are sunk by neglect than by storms. Many boats take on some water while sitting tied to a dock. It might be rainwater finding it’s way in, or it might be a through hull fitting leak. If your boat is plugged in and the battery charger is doing it’s job - the bilge pumps will remove the water. But if the boat is not plugged in ... eventually the batteries will get depleted by the bilge pump cycling on and off. And when the battery juice is depleted, the bilge pump stops and the boat takes on water and goes to the bottom. The boat in the picture will likely be a write off. It is suspected that it had a small leak in the jet drive bellows and eventually the batteries got tired and couldn’t keep the bilge pump working. An easy thing to overlook. We all just assume a boat will float when it goes in the water. The only thing holding the boat up is the cleated dock lines and a bubble trapped up in the bow. The engine was completely under, as were the batteries and most of the electronics. If you can’t check your boat every few days make sure someone takes on the responsibility for you.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

PREP FOR STORMS

We don’t get many full blown hurricanes like the east coast of the US, but we often get the remnants, and from time to time we get severe storms with downdrafts that usually follow hot humid weather. Here’s some ideas to prep for a big storm.

1/ When in doubt, haul her out from the water on its own trailer if possible

2/ Never stay aboard a vessel during a storm if you can avoid it

3/ If you are anchored make sure you do not have a bow/stern set ... lots of scope on the chain is the best bet so the boat can swing freely

4/ If the vessel is on a mooring, add chafe gear to the rode and extra fenders to prevent damage

5/ On a dock, double up all lines including spring lines and check that they are long enough to provide the elastic give necessary to keep the boat stable and not be ripping out cleats from the dock

6/ Secure all loose gear and clear any items that may clog scuppers and drains

7/ Secure and lock all hatches and port lights.

8/ Reduce wind damage by removing sails, dodgers, dinghies, canvas bridge enclosures

9/ Check your battery and bilge pumps to ensure they are working properly

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