Friday, October 26, 2012

Tech Tips: Time to Winterize

When the days get shorter and the sun is lower in the sky…It gets cold!   Time to make sure your boat is ready for winter.

Download the Winterizing Checklist  pdf

Winterizing your boat will keep her in the very best condition. It is much better to avoid any problems by getting your boat ready for the cold.

Remember to only run your engine in the winter if you have time to take it to full operating temperature.  The retained heat in the engine will allow the engine internals to dry and prevent condensation and corrosin.  Resist the temptation to run it for only a few minutes.

This is also the best time to fill the diesel tank, be sure to use an additive to the fuel that prevents fungal growth such as Racor Biocide or Biobor JF.   A full tank helps prevent condensation forming.

Blocking the air intakes on the hull sides keeps cold air from flowing thru the engine room.  This may be most important single thing you can do to prevent freeze in the systems.

Use your boat in the winter!  It will be the best way for both the boat and owner to stay happy!

Steve   206-321-2164

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sterilite Storage Totes for AT-34

Perfectly sized storage totes for your American Tug 34

I just delivered AT-34 Hull #59 to her new owner in South Sound.  We had a fun trip down Puget Sound and under the Tacoma Narrows Bridges. 

While aboard I spotted these perfectly sized storage totes for use in the "tank room" under the salon floor.

American Tug owners know this is a wonderful space to keep heavy or bulky items.  It is a storage locker on the boats center line.  This space holds the fuel tanks, batteries and water tanks.  The middle area is wide open for your usage.

The Sterilite brand totes are model #1692 and are available in white, black & green.  They are made in USA just like American Tugs.

Here is a link to the Sterilite product page.

Dimensions are: 15.25" long, 13.75" wide and 10.5" tall.  These dimensions make excellent use of the space in this locker.   They run about $6 each and are available from Target or Amazon.