Ship’s Log: 2/5/13

Posted on Feb 5, 2013

More new stuff!

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REVERSO oil oil changing pump

Today Master Mechanic and our Project Manager at Yankee Marina, Tim Raymond, installed our new oil changing system called a REVERSO. The beauty of the REVERSO system is that it runs off a 12 volt pump that is plumbed directly to the oil pan drain plug on the bottom of the engine, which is often a nightmare to get to. When you want to drain your oil, you just flip a switch and the pump draws oil from the pan through a tube and into a bucket somewhere on deck. When you want to fill the engine with new oil, you just REVERSE the pump and voila! The same operation happens when you want to drain and refill the transmission. This system is the easiest and cleanest way to change your oil. For more information about the REVERSO system go to: http://reversopumps.com/why-reverso.htm

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Smart Plug

Additionally, Tim installed a new loud hailer as part of our VHF system and a fantastic new shore power system called “Smart Plug”. Why use Smart Plug? Contrary to popular belief, the #1 cause of shore power failure and fires is not electrical shorting, but rather overheating caused by poor electrical conductivity. How does this happen? The problems with many plug designs are that the shape of electrical pins allow for very little contact area, and the pins themselves are also largely responsible for bearing any physical stress placed on the cord (from constant movement of the boat, someone tripping on the cord, etc…) This results in the pins working loose, further lessening the precious little contact area they had to begin with. Furthermore, such loose connections allow for moisture intrusion and ultimately corrosion of the pins. Arcing occurs and the connection heats up, scorches, and in some cases, catches fire. Because the current draw is unchanged, all of this happens long before a breaker or a GFCI can cut the power. Additionally, the old design can be very difficult to use in low light or hard-to-reach scenarios since the “L” shaped pin must first be located and then oriented before connection. SmartPlug’s 4-Stage solution protects against overheating every step of the way. Loose connections are addressed by a Sleeve Design and Multi-Point Locking System which take all the physical stress off of the pins while securely fastening the plug to receptacle. Pin contact area is increased by more than 20x and protected behind three weatherproof seals for a dry and corrosion-free connection. For more information about the Smart Plug system go to: http://www.smartplug.com/marine_why.html

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