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“We’re on this little island in the Puget Sound, but we’re reaching boaters all around the world.” 

Jeff Adams, Go2marine Operations Manager

Google recently featured Go2marine in an Economic Impact Report showing how businesses use the web and eCommerce tools to grow business and a world wide customer base.

Go2marine has called a small island in Washington State’s Puget Sound home since 1999, but does business with customers around the world. Bainbridge Island was selected as a 2013 Google eCity Award recipient for Washington state as one of the strongest online business communities.

Read what Google had to say about Go2marine here!

 

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Old Boat, New Tricks

May 6, 2014

The Adventuress

The schooner Adventuress was designed by B.B. Crowninshield and built at the Rice Brothers Yard in East Boothbay, Maine. She launched in 1913; a two-masted, gaff-rigged schooner owned by John Borden II of Chicago. Borden commissioned the vessel for his personal use in the Arctic, where he planned to collect specimens including a bowhead whale skeleton for the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

 

John Bordon behind the wheel in 1913

Borden’s efforts to acquire a whale never reached fruition, Adventuress was later sold to the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association where she was used as a work boat for the next 35 years.

She transferred pilots to and from cargo vessels before being commissioned during WWII as a United States Coast Guard vessel assigned to guard San Francisco Bay.

AdventuressIn the 1950’s, the Adventuress was brought to Seattle and the Puget Sound. In the early 1960’s, Monty Morton acquired her, restoring much of her original lines which had been altered during her years as a working boat. Her topmasts, gaff rig and bowsprit returned and the main boom was lengthened to increase her sail area. She was then used for sail training by Youth Adventures, a non-profit organization closely tied with Scouting. In the late 1980’s, Sound Experience, another educational non-profit, began conducting educational programs aboard Adventuress continuing the ship’s youth mission. In recognition of her national significance, she was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

She is currently owned and operated by Sound Experience, a Seattle area nonprofit organization who’s mission is to Educate, Inspire and Empower their community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment. Over 3,000 participants each year experience hands-on, experiential, on-the-water programs encouraging stewardship, teaching sustainability and promoting awareness of the ocean and estuarine environment.

In the past two decades alone, more than 60,000 have sailed aboard learning about the marine environment, and how their daily actions make a difference in its future. She is one of only two National Historic Landmark ships still sailing on the west coast, and one of the region’s most recognizable maritime icons.

Rig: Gaff Topsail Two-masted Schooner
Over all Length: 133 feet
Deck Length: 101 feet
Length at the Waterline: 71 feet
Beam: 21 feet
Draft: 12 feet
Rig Height: 110 feet
Sail Area: 5,478 sq. feet
Sail Number: TS15
Gross Tonnage: 98 tons
Auxiliary Engine: 250 hp diesel
Hull: Wood
Designer: B.B. Crowninshield
Commissioned: 1913
Builder: Rice Brothers East Boothbay, Maine

Adventuress Boater's BlogIn January of 2010, Sound Experience began a $1.2 million dollar Centennial Restoration Project leading up to Adventuress’ 100th birthday in 2013.

The project spanned a number of years and funded by grants and donations. January through April of 2010, Phase I of the restoration replaced forward port topside frames and planks (67 new futtocks and 840 feet of planking), fore chain plate, stem, fo’c’sle bunks, and anchor & headrig configuration.

Phase II & III took place November 2010 through March 2011, resulting in the re-framing of the starboard bow and the restoration of the Counter Stern. In January 2012 Phase IV began, focusing on the  propeller shaft. The following November through March of 2013, the below water-line port side was re-framed.

Mark

Schooner Adventuress “Splashes” with State of the Art Refrigeration

The 101 year old gaff-rigged historic schooner Adventuress re-launched April of 2014 in Port Townsend following the completion of a $1.2 million, five year Centennial Restoration Project.

Go2marine’s Mark McBride (a leading expert on marine refrigeration) worked alongside national designers, engineers and manufacturers to design an efficient, safe and ecologically sustainable refrigeration system for the 1913 schooner. Her galley now includes a fine touch of modern convenience, new Frigoboat Keel-Cooled AC/DC Refrigeration Systems supplied by Go2marine and Coastal Climate Control, North America.

Frigoboat Marine Refrigeration, renowned world-wide as one of the best possible solutions for on-board refrigeration needs, provides a little modern day cruising comfort to a remarkable, historic vessel.

At 133 ft in vessel length, one might think the Adventuress has plenty of space in the galley for this system. Fortunately the two Frigoboat systems nested easily in the only available nook of the galley where the systems supply refrigeration to two new hand crafted 15 cubic ft lockers, one of which houses a smaller freezer.

“Once I learned of their requirements, Frigoboat was really the best choice for the Adventuress” according to Mark, who added “Coastal Climate Control is a top notch company providing support and service to the marine markets for over 25 years and this was also an important factor in choosing Frigoboat systems.” Mark goes on to say that there must be literally thousands of Frigoboat systems in the world, and Frigoboat was chosen in Practical Sailor’s (June 2009) as the winner in the “Frig Chill-off” survey.

 

Frigoboat

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ENDS NOVEMBER 15TH, 2011 – Free Shipping on Taylor Made Custom Boat Covers – and a Free Pole and Vent!

Buy a quality Taylor Made custom boat cover in Ultima, Hotshot or PolyCotton fabric and receive a free vent and pole! Taylor Made boats covers are sewn with Gore Tenara thread. The stitching is guaranteed for the life of the fabric.

Why a vent and pole? Don’t let your interior suffer while stored for the winter from mold and mildew damage. Proper ventilation can keep these boat destroying fungi from attacking your boat! The patented Boat Vent II installs quickly and easily, with no screws or fasteners. The venting area provides for greater volume of exhaust air while closing the top to bottom gap – increased air movement while keeping water out!

Boat Parts – New for 2011

January 27, 2011

The boating industry, although changed by the new economy, continues to initiate improved and innovative products and boat parts for 2011.

Lasdrop Dual Injection Port Dripless Shaft Seal

Lasdrop Dripless Shaft Seal

Lasdrop has added duel injection ports for their entire product line of shaft seals over 1-1/8″. Dual injection ports can also be fitted to smaller shafts. The primary reason for this change? To accommodate dual engines for a situation when one engine is shutdown, but the other is still being used to ‘get home’. Water will still be able to cycle through the seal of the still turning shaft to keep it cool from either engine to either shaft seal. For those boats with just one shaft, don’t worry, the Lasdrop kit also comes complete with a block off plug. This easy to ignore boat part now lasts longer and is made more reliable.  Additionally, all installation hardware is now included.

QNP Light Commercial Safe-T-Puller

QPNW Crab and Shrimp Pot Pullers

These pot pullers are designed for serious recreational and commercial use with four improved electric models. The Light Commercial pot hauler is built to pull in 300 pound pots all day and features new cooling fins on the 2.1 HP motor to insure long life. All of the Safe-T-Puller pot haulers now include a factory installed roller-fairlead and quick-detach kit. The Safe-T-Hauler includes roller-fairlead, swivel block and 3-piece davit w/SS quick-release pins. Quality Products Northwest continues to build pot pullers as it has for more than a decade and a half; making improvements to offer long service life for the fishing industry.

Glendinning Pro-X Control Cables

Glendinning Control Cables

Although not entirely new on the scene with marine products and boat parts, Glendinning introduced the Pro-X Control Cables just a couple of years back. The Pro-X control cables are designed for high performance operation with a minimum loss of motion and almost no resistant forces. What this means for the recreational and commercial user is simply a long-lasting low friction, high performance control cable to replace original Morse or Teleflex fitted cables. Control cables are available in the popular 33C configuration as well as Mercury, OMC, Gen I, Gen II, BRP, Johnson, Evinrude Style, 43 C/BC, 64 C/BC and more.

The winter holiday season is upon us. Many of you have put the boat away under cover or secured her at the dock for the long winter nap. This is the time to buy the ‘toy’ for the next seasons use!

Go2marine is your boats best friend! Not to be left out, we also carry products for your home – treasures for when you are away from the dock and longing for the water. Check out these great deals!

Handcrafted Model Ships & Boats

Free Shipping on Model Ships; set sail with the historic Bluenose or prepare yourself for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking with your own accurate ship model. From “Old Ironsides” to modern America’s Cup challengers and defenders, there is something for nearly every home or office.

Free Shipping on Select Weems and Plath; keep track of time, barometric pressure, temperature or tide with a quality built Weems and Plath Instrument. Manufactured of beautifully polished, solid cast brass, chrome or other fine metals with wood; there is a clock, barometer – or even a barograph – for a bulkhead, wall, mantle or desk in your life.

Ecofan 802 Airplus

On Sale, the Ecofan. Know someone with a wood or propane stove? The Ecofan is a great gift; it helps move air around and requires no electricity! The Ecofan makes its own electricity to run the fan from the heat of the stove. Simply set the fan on the stove and enjoy the principle of thermoelectric firsthand.

When you get back to your boat, you will really appreciate any of these items!

The Gill Clothing double deal! Free Shipping on select Gill clothing and if you order over $175 of Gill clothing you will also receive a free Gill Multitool. Prepare for the worst – dress with the best! Gill clothing had been in every ocean on the planet, subjected to some truly challenging environments and is regarded the as the sailors* favorite clothing. – *you can see them being worn on land as well!

AccuSat 406 EPIRB

Stay found with a new EPIRB. The AccuSat 406 EPIRB, Class 2 with a Non-Hazmat Battery can be shipped nearly anywhere and coded for your vessel and country or origin. 406 EPIRB’s are what the USCG recommends for all offshore mariners to use.  The GME Accusat 406 can make the difference between being found or drifting for 12 days.

Someone just too tough too buy for? The perfect gift is a Go2marine Gift Certificate.

“Really?” – You don’t even need to come out on deck to order! We have shipped to over 165 countries. Order on-line and have your item shipped to you before Christmas.

Visit our Holiday Gift Ideas section for more gift choices.

Merry Christmas from the Staff of Go2marine.

Keeping Cool

 

The Taylor Made Bimini Comfort Zone Misting System can be used to reduce the air temperatures in a local area by as much as 30 degrees. This innovative stand-alone misting system can be attached to a dodger, bimini, radar arch, wing, tower or any overhead area to supply you with a steady, cooling mist.  

The misting systems usefulness extends far beyond the weekend boater. Any hot weather boater, from a small sport fishing boat to a waterski tournament boat to an off shore cruising sailboat can benefit from this simple system. Additionally, and vehicle that uses a 12 volt power source and is able to carry water can take advantage of misting cooling. This portable misting system can be used with an RV while camping, while off-roading at Moab or to keep you cool in your cart when golfing. 

The Taylor Made 1420 Comfort Zone Misting System contains:  

  • 130 psi 12 volt booster pump w/mounting bracket
  • Quick “Push to Connect” tee connectors
  • 25′ of 1/4″ diameter black misting line
  • 7′ red water inlet tubing w/screened weighted anchor
  • 4 misting nozzles w/T-connector push-to-connect fittings
  • 4 mounting clips to attach nozzle to top
  • AC adapter plug
  • Pre-inline sediment filter

All that you supply is the electricity and water**. The water source must be clean, fresh water (not salt or brackish water). While running, the system uses approximately 1 gallon of water per nozzle per hour. Go2marine offers this useful product as well as over 160,000 other useful boat parts to make your boating enjoyable! 

** Never mix electricity and water, you will need to supply both the source of each as well as their dispensing containers.


RAIV (Rigid Aluminum Inflatable Vessel)

In late April, U.S. Navy officials test drove a new boat along the coast of Charleston, Oregon, in preparation for delivering the watercraft for military use. Jay Conn, the general manager of North River Boats of Roseburg said via TheWorldLink.com, “that a sea test is a standard procedure before delivering vessels to the Navy”.

“It’s been a long project,” Conn told the news source. “Basically, it’s coming to a close and we’re preparing it for delivery.” The boat, a hybrid rigid aluminum inflatable vessel (RAIV), is called a force protection vessel in the military and contains inflatable or foam fender collars.

Sausage Fenders

Recreational boats do not have a surrounding foam filled collar, as a force protection vessel would; personal pleasure craft require fenders for protection against abrasions.

Fenders that attach to the rail of a water craft help boat owners avoid scratches or damage while docking and help fend boats off of other objects. Sausage fenders, which commonly hang vertically from the side of the boat, are the most easily stored in racks or lockers. 
generally offer more space between your vessel and the foreign object for increased safety.

Round Fenders

Round fenders generally offer more space between your vessel and the foreign object for increased safety.

To protect your vessel while at dock, during rafting or while your own crew boards from the tender, use fenders as a buffer to keep your vessel looking new. Taylor Made produces a variety of colors and types of fenders to meet docking and rafting needs.

Free Shipping on Model Ships

November 13, 2009

Go2marine is offering free shipping on all our model ships!

Did you know? About the Swedish Warship Wasa…

WasaA great Swedish king who ruled Scandinavia in the early 17th century had to have a fleet of warships to patrol the Baltic and ordered 4 new galleons. One was to be the royal mighty battle galleon called Vasa (also called Wasa), greater than any ship ever built at that time. The king himself dictated the Vasa’s measurements and no one dared argue against him. It was of the type we call skeleton-build, same build as the Sovereign of the Seas.

The Vasa sank within one nautical mile of the start of her maiden voyage in 1628 before she even left the Stockholm archipelago. Anders Franzén had already found some 17th century wooden ships, as his hobby and obsession was looking for old wrecks. He was bent on finding Vasa and did. Franzén found her in 1956. Although she is now housed on public exhibition, more than 30 years after she was initially brought up, and 95% of her is original parts, some reconstruction work remains to be done.

This ship was not excavated first and then lifted out of the water, but the reverse. She was lifted up from her claybed and moved in several steps to shallower locations until she could be excavated in “dry-dock.” This was possible only because the hull was in good condition. The Baltic Sea is brackish water. It does not have a wood destroying organism called Teredo navalis which is found in the oceans. Therefore timbers long sunken in the Baltic are well preserved.

Recovery and restoration techniques done for the Wasa were both innovative and at a scale never before attempted. At the time, it took decades of chemical treatment and slow environmental exposure to have the resultant restored ship. 90% of all materials in the entire ship and associated displays are original.

More Model Tall Ships / Traditional Sailing Ships

Did you Know? About the Bluenose II, Canada’s National Ship…

Bluenose IIBluenose II is known as Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador. She is a replica of the famous schooner Bluenose (c. 1921-46). She is 43.5 metres long and was launched from the Lunenburg shipyard of Smith and Rhuland in July, 1963. The speed of Bluenose II need not be compared to the original schooner, as she was not built to challenge the triumphs of her namesake, but to honour them.

Like a ghost ship, in 1963 Bluenose returned. A replica schooner endorsed by Angus Walters and William Roué, Bluenose II was built in Lunenburg by Smith & Rhuland in yet another marketing venture. This time it was financed by Oland Brewery, built specifically to advertise their productswhile at the same time promoting Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, tourist appeal and business potential. In 1971 the schooner was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia. In the years since then its role as floating ambassador for the province has been consistent. Looking back, not much has really changed in the eighty-plus years since Bluenose was launched in 1921. Both vessels have always represented a fixed time, place and way of lifespecifically, the great Age of Sail in Nova Scotia and the traditional seafaring existence of a maritime people. Both vessels have also been marketed and promoted by corporate interests. The Halifax Herald, Oland Brewery, the Government of Nova Scotia for purposes far beyond the primary role of the first Bluenose as a gritty little salt-bank schooner.

It is the sailboat depicted on Canada’s .10 coin

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Did you know? About the Chris-Craft Cobra and the Legend of the All American Speedboat…

CobraThe legend of Chris-Craft began in 1884, when Christopher Columbus Smith began the Smith Boat House on the St Clair River in Algonac, Michigan, to manufacture small duck boats and power launches. Later, the company was extended to Chris Smith and Sons Boat Co. Many of his larger runabouts were used as taxis; transporting guess on the river front to resorts, or to various sightseeing attractions. In the twenty’s, mostly runabouts were produced, but with the introduction of his speed boats, Chris Smith’s fame took off.

Chris-Craft was the largest producer of mahogany boats in the country. In one year alone, one million feet of mahogany was delivered. Truck load after truck of Philippine Mahogany would arrive at the factory daily. No wood was ever wasted either. First, the lumber was air dried; then various hull parts were laid out using templates and patterns, were cut into plugs to be cemented into the counter sunk holes of the screws. All scraps were burned in the furnace for fuel.

The decade of the thirties showed a tremendous growth in the company despites the market crash of 1929. However, in 1939, Chris Smith succumbed to an illness which had begun to affect him years before. The death of Chris Smith did not deter the growth of the company. During the Forties, especially the war years of ’42 to ’45, Chris Craft produced over 12,000 LCPR (Landing Craft Personnel Raft) for the Army. 98 other pleasure craft were also produced. During this time, the “Barrel-Back” style was introduced. With its pointed bow, and curved transom, created a sleek look took the market by storm. The post-war economic boom at Chris-Craft was felt in increasing sales and the new product lines.

Even with a management change that took place in the early eighties, Chris-Craft bounced back with sleeker designs and a greater market share. Chris Smith would have been proud. And also the legend continues…

More Model Powerboats & Other Sailing Craft

Did you Know? About the Titanic, odd facts and the people who forsaw the future…

TitanicTitanic, the ship, was the largest movable objects ever built at the time, measuring in at 883 feet long (1/6 of a mile), 92 feet wide, 46,328 tons, and 104 feet high, from keel to bridge.

Many attempts have been made to find the wreck of the Titanic, yet it wasn’t until 1985, when an expedition combining teams from IFREMER and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered the famous ship. The team, led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Luis Martin, took the first photographs of the Titanic in 73 years.

Some interesting Titanic facts:

  • Titanic carried 900 tons of baggage and freight
  • Used 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours
  • 825 tons of Coal consumed per day
  • Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors!
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic tragedy, died in Massachusetts on May 6, 2006, at age 99.

In 1898 (14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy), Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on a cold April night. The fictional ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labeled “unsinkable”.

British spiritualist, William T. Stead, wrote a tale similar to Futility. “How the Mail Steamer went down in the Mid Atlantic, by a survivor” appeared in the March, 1886 issue of Pall Mall Gazette. In this story, Stead tells of a large steamship that sinks after colliding with another ship. Many lives are lost due to lack of lifeboats. Stead wrote that, “This is exactly what might take place and what will take place, if the liners are sent to sea short of boats”. Stead was travelling to the United States at the request of President Taft to address a peace conference at Carnegie Hall on April 20, 1912. Stead sat calmly in the library reading a book as the North Atlantic sea water came rushing in as the ship he was traveling on sank. That ship was the Titanic. Stead did not survive.

William T. Stead also authored the novel From the Old World to the New. In this book, he describes the sinking of a ship in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. To add to the irony, the captain of the ship which picked up the survivors, was Edward J. Smith — the eventual captain of Titanic. Titanic, the ship, was the largest movable objects ever built at the time, measuring in at 883 feet long (1/6 of a mile), 92 feet wide, 46,328 tons, and 104 feet high, from keel to bridge.

More Model Ship – Cruise Liners / Ocean Liners

In Need of a New Boat Cover?

In Need of a New Boat Cover?

In most areas of the country, the summer season of boating is drawing to a close. Protect your boat with a new boat cover from Go2marine; all major boat cover manufacturers are covered here! At Go2marine, we would like to share some ideas and information to help you choose and use your boat cover… lest your cover end up like this sad picture.

There are a number of things that can be done to extend the life of your boat cover and the ability to protect the investment in your boat. You will need to make choices for a cover based on your local, environmental and storage conditions – then on the boat cover fabric.

The Fabric

Not all fabrics are equal. There are four main factors that affect how durable, waterproof, breathable and stable the boat cover fabric is. The following factors affect your choice of selection.

Fabric Material

  1. Poly/cotton (65/35) blends are the least expensive fabric, typically, they are warranted for only a year.
  2. Polyester is often a mid to top range fabric, typically followed up with a three or five year warranty depending on the fabric weight.
  3. Acrylic is the top end material, usually only in heavier weight fabrics (9 0z. plus).

The industry standard for a marine fabric is the venerable Sunbrella marine fabric, with the Pacific Blue being the single most popular color in marinas everywhere. All boat cover manufacturers offer either Sunbrella or Sunbrella equivalent fabrics.

Fabric Weight

  1. Fabric weight is measured in ounces per square yard.
  2. The weight of the fabric is often (but not always) telling of both the warranty and lifespan.
  3. Heavier fabrics are in the 9 oz. range, lightweight fabrics are in the 6.5 oz. range. 

Fabric Weave

  1. How tightly woven the fabric is will indicate durability – a tighter fabric will last longer.
  2. How big the weaving threads (thread count) are will also indicate durability – the smaller the threads for a given weight will produce a more durable fabric.
  3. A 9 oz. tight weave fabric will last longer than a 13 oz. course weave fabric.

Color

  1. Of interest here; Marine or Pacific Blue (a middle blue) seems the most stable color.
  2. Reds and Yellows fade faster and wear out sooner than other colors.

Boat cover manufacturers and their fabrics: Manufacturer – Fabric Name, Material, Weight and Warranty.

Top of the line fabrics are represented  by:

  • Taylor Made – Ultima, Polyester, 7 oz., 5 year.
  • Westland – Sunbrella, Acrylic, 9.25 oz., 5 year.
  • ShoreMaster – Prism, Polyester, 9 oz., 5 year.
  • Carver – Poly-Guard, Polyester, 8 oz., 5 year.

Middle range fabrics are represented by:

  • Taylor Made – Hot Shot, Polyester, 6.25 oz., 5 year.
  • Westland– Sharkskin, Polyester, 6.5 oz., 5 year.
  • ShoreMaster – Sunburst, Polyester, 6.5 oz., 3 year.

Storage Support

Where you store your boat and the environmental conditions it is subjected to will affect the life of the cover. How you set up the cover for storage with one of the many options, will also effect the usefulness and longevity of the boat cover.

Not your boat cover

Not your boat cover

Taking the dockside example above, there are a number of things that could be done to help the boat cover do a better job…

Boat Cover Vent & Pole Support SystemGet a pole. The single cheapest way to prop up the cover and prevent water pooling while also offering ventilation is with a vented pole assembly. They are incredibly easy to install in any cover, in virtually any location.

Taylor Made Boat Cover Support System

 Get a strap system. This is useful for the large cockpit expanse on most boats and will prevent the huge, tearing puddle that can happen. Mounts at four corners connecting at the center with a pad on pole arrangement.

Boat Cover Bows in Fiberglass or Wood

 Get some Bows. It is hard to beat a system of Boat Cover Bows with their matching Sockets for keeping the cover arched. This is the most foolproof way to keep the boat dry and it gives you a fighting chance against snow.

Remember: Choose the fabric for the cover that will last the best for your application. If the boat is stored outside, year round, tailored or subjected to harsh conditions then a Top of the line fabric is what you want. If your boat is stored under a carport, on a lift and you are usually good with handling the cover, get the middle range line of fabrics. Lastly, if you are just looking for a “dust cover” to protect your boat while stored, then the base poly/cotton cover will work fine.

For all your boat cover needs, contact Go2marine.

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