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Boating Basics

Responsible boating means that you are familiar with local and state boating laws, as well as boating etiquette while on the water. This video covers the basics of boating:

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Posted by admin - December 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

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Boating Humor

Boating is not only a pastime, but a time for a lot of laughs. Enjoy these boating humor clips.

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Posted by admin - March 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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New Boats for 2013

With 2013 now here, there is a new line of boat models that boat manufacturers are introducing.

Four Winns is launching a new Horizon 200 model. This new model adds size as well as with their RS model. With their Stable Vee hull design it provides a perfect ride. To see the full features of this boat go to Four Winns Boats.

Bayliner Boats is launching an entirely new line of Deck Boats. The models 190, 210 and 215 are a complete overhaul of their deck boat series. These new models will sport a contemporary look, with greater capacity for people and storage. These new changes came from customer feedback. To see the new Bayliner models, see Bayliner Boats.

Colbalt Boats are introducing three new models this year; The 24 SD Sport Deck, Cobalt R5 and Cobalt 336. Each of these new boat appeal to different boating enthusiasts — Sport/deck boat; a mid-sized performance dayboat, and a crossover boat. See the details here at Cobalt Boats.

Sea Ray Boats is introducing a new Jet Boat Initiative. This is a new sport boat series with the state-of-the-art Jet Propulsion technology. They will be launching a 12 foot model, as well as a 24 foot model. Learn more at Sea Ray Boats.

Formula Boats is launching a new 350 Crossover Bowrider model. With a length of 35 feet and a 10 foot 9 inch beam, comes with a helm that features an all-new doublewide twin command seating, along with a layout that maximizes space. See the details here at Formula Boats.

To find details on all the new boat models visit iboats “new boat showroom” at http://www.iboats.com/New-Boats/.

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Posted by admin - January 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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Choosing the Right Boat Prop

boat propellerThe purpose of a boat prop is to take the the torque of the engine and transfer it into moving your boat along the surface of the water. A prop does this through the dynamics of a fan, usually consisting of 3 or more blades.

Having the right prop for your boat makes the difference in the type of performance you are looking for. Props can increase the power and the speed of the boat. This is done by changing the pitch of your prop. Raising the pitch, increases the top-end speed. Lowering the pitch gives you more power getting out of the water faster.

More Power

boat propeller pitchAdding more power, or lowering the pitch of the prop, is ideal for water sports like skiing or wakeboarding. Adding more power would also be important if you have a heavier boat that needs the thrust to plane the boat and keep it planing.

More Speed

Adding speed , or increasing the pitch of the prop, would be important for boaters that need to get from point A to point B quickly. A lot of sports fishermen go for higher speed props to get them to their favorite fishing spot in the least amount of time. And of course the boaters that have the need for speed, go for high pitched speed props.

Prop Type

stainless stell and aluminum propsThere are basically two types of props, aluminum and stainless steel. For increased performance and durability, the stainless steel prop is the best. They last and can withstand the occasional clip from a rock or sandbar. They are more expensive, but hold the value longer. On the other hand, an aluminum prop is cheaper, and thus easier on the pocketbook when they are replaced.

A lot of boaters will carry several different props with different pitches and composition to use for different boating situations. Since it is not that difficult, and does not take that much time to change out, carrying two props will give you a couple of options when boating.

One of the best places to purchase a prop is at iboats.com. They have a huge selection and their prices are quite reasonable.

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Posted by admin - October 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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Winterizing Your Boat

Fuel StabilzerIf you live in a climate where the temperatures drop below freezing during the winter months, or your boat is not used in the off season, it is time to start thinking about winterizing your boat for the upcoming winter months.

 

 

 

Here is a short, and to the point checklist for getting your boat ready for off-season storage:

  • Clean, Wash and Wax Your Boat – Storing a clean and waxed boat will keep contaminants or other elements from eating away at your boat all winter long.
  • Change your engine oil with fresh new oil – Old oil sitting in your crankcase over the winter months will just build up sledge and gum up your engine during spring start up.
  • Fuel Stabilzer – Flush your engine with fuel stabilizer, as well as adding a stabilizer to your fuel tank.
  • Fuel Tank – Top off your fuel tank to minimize the formation of moisture through condensation in the fuel tank.
  • Run Engine and Fogging – Run your engine for about 10 to 15 minutes, ensuring that the fuel stabilizer has worked it way into the fuel lines. Just before turning off the engine, thoroughly spray a fogger into the carburetor.
  • Anti-freeze – Remove the upper raw water hoses on the engine and pour in the pink RV anti-freeze. Make sure that you have pour a sufficient amount to thoroughly flush out the raw water and replace it with the anti-freeze.
  • Battery Removal – Remove your battery(s) and store them in a dry cool place. Attach a battery tender or trickle charger to maintain a proper charge during the off-season months.
  • Lubrication and Grease – Lubricate all moving parts with a light coat of oil. Grease all grease points.
  • Trailer Wheel Bearings – Re-grease your wheel bearings, making sure that there is no water present.
  • Trailer Tires – Check the air pressure in the tires.
  • Cover Your Boat – Put a cover over your boat to keep the winter elements from getting inside. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, you might consider garaging your boat or using a boat shelter system like Navigloo.

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Posted by admin - September 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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Washing and Cleaning Your Boat

Cleaning your boatA boat can last a long time if you take care of it. One of the most important things for keeping your boat looking new, is to keep the various surfaces clean from contaminants that cause corrosion, rust and discoloration. This is especially important if your boat has been in salt water. Salt will speed up the corrosion process.

When pulling your boating out of the water take time to wipe down your boat with a couple of dry rags. Water spotting, if allowed to sit in the hot sun, become a lot more difficult to remove. If you do have some hard water spots, a chemical like Limeaway does a pretty good job. If you use Limeaway, make sure that you wear rubber gloves, and only do small areas at a time, then rinse thoroughly with water.

After you have towed your boat home, use some soapy water to clean the grime away from your boat. It is good to wash sections of your boat at a time, then thoroughly rinse with water, not allowing the sun to dry the soapy water to the surface of your boat. Work from the top down, making sure you don’t miss any spots. You might need to use a soft brush to clean away a waterline on the hull.

This is always a good time to inspect the boat for any nicks, scratches or broken items. This is also a good time to check the air pressure in your tires, the grease in your wheel bearings, and if using automatic brakes, the brake fluid.

To keep surface of boat looking shinny and new, you may want to apply a thin layer of wax twice a year, depending on how extensive you use your boat. A good layer of wax will protect your surface from the elements and keep it looking new.

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Posted by admin - August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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Safety When Boat Tubing

water tubeBoat water tubing  can be extremely fun if you follow the proper boating safety tips.

Tubing behind a boat can be the equivalent of an exciting roller coaster ride. It comes with thrills and spills. But can also be risky if you and the boat driver don’t follow some important safety rules.

Discover Boating lists 10 important tips for having a safe experience when riding a tube behind a boat:

 

 

  1. Wear an approved life jacket – Also known as a personal flotation device (PFD), a PFD is just a common sense precaution.
  2. Knowledge of your Tube – It is important to know and understand the characteristics of the tube or towable that you’ll be using. Know its limitations and its features.
  3. Tube Rider – If you are driving the boat, know the abilities and fears of your tube rider. Don’t push the limits with their abilities and fears. Try to give them an exciting ride with the parameters of what would be enjoyable for them. You don’t want this to be a bad experience.
  4. Boat Spotter – Rely upon a mature and alert spotter in your boat, who can watch for any obstacles in the water, and be able to communicate with your tube rider.
  5. Know the Regulations – Be familiar with the regulations for the body of water you are boating on. Know the speed limits and other rules or policies and follow them.
  6. Be Responsible – Be alert and sober. Having a clear mind will help you to make split-minute decisions to maintain safety.
  7. Towing Rope – Use only a tow rope that is in good condition and secured to the boat. Use only the designated type ropes for towing a tube.
  8. Before Starting the Boat – Always make sure that everyone and everything is clear from the prop area, and that the people in the water are clear from any entanglements with the rope or other objects in the water.
  9. Wake Caution – Be careful when crossing wakes or other rough waters. Heading a wake or a wave at a high rate of speed can throw the boat in the wrong direction. Also take care to give your tube rider a safe ride, being cautious to not slam them hard into wakes. Strong jolts can cause back and other injuries.
  10. Multiple Tubes and Multiple People – When you have more than one tube or riders being towed at the same time, be cautious with your speeds and turns so that they do not slam into one another causing injury.

Have safe fun, keeping an eye out for other boats. Traveling at safe speeds will produce a fun and safe experience while tubing.

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Posted by admin - August 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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