BoatU.S. continues to monitor developments
in the industry, and the American Boat
& Yacht Council is leading the discussion
about creating a standard for Li-ion batteries.
However, that process will take time – probably years rather than months – as both the
battery-management technologies and Li-ion
chemistries continue to change and develop.
Your shop is smarter than some uninformed
boat owners who don’t understand the
dangers and install the Li-ion batteries
without the proper management system.
If you decide to install a Li-ion battery in
your boat, I suggest talking to the technicians at Mastervolt, who have considerable
experience configuring these systems.
Hole In THe AncHor
What is the purpose of the hole on the
weighted end of some anchors?
Spring Hill, FL
Tom neAle: Some use this to help
secure the anchor on board. It can also be
used to attach an anchor buoy or trip line.
I don’t like to use anchor buoys because
the boat, while swinging, can catch the
anchor buoy and its line in the boat’s prop
or rudder and pull the anchor out backward.
When you realize you’re dragging and start
the engine, things get much worse very fast.
Also, other boats and dinghies going by in
the anchorage can snag them and pull out
your anchor (as well as damage the boat). If
your anchor gets snagged under a rock or big
log, a trip line or anchor buoy can help to free
you. But there are other methods that also
usually work, such as working a line down
under your rode to the anchor, keeping both
ends on deck, and, when this line is at the
anchor, pulling against the snag.
WIn Ter WonderIng
I just bought a Sea-Doo Speedster with a
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The little hole at the weighted end of an anchor can be used to lash it to the
deck. Some boaters will also tie a trip line with a float attached to the anchor
at this point, but this can lead to complications in a crowded anchorage.
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