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Category: Boats & Boating

Knowing When to Replace Your Boating Equipment

Find out when it’s time to replace your boating equipment with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you spend a lot of time out on the water, you know that weather, water conditions and time can all take a toll on your boating equipment. While some of it is meant to last, some things will need to be replaced over time. Learn about knowing when it’s time to replace some of(…)

10 Great Midwest Rivers for Boating

Get out on the water with these 10 great Midwest rivers and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you live in the Midwest, you know that boating is a favorite among summer activities. Whether you’re tearing it up on a speedboat or relaxing on a pontoon, you know the river is the place to be. If you’re looking for somewhere new to go boating, try one of these great Midwest rivers,(…)

Boat Repair: 10 Step Hull Patch

Repair your boat hull with this 10 step boat repair hull patch project. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while, you get a ding, crack, or hole in the hull of your boat. Whether the damage is leaking or not, it’s important to fix these as soon as possible to keep them from getting bigger. Knowing the basics of boat repair is a must for boat owners. There are(…)

10 Great Midwest Canoe and Kayak Spots

Hit up some of these great Midwest canoe and kayak destinations with supplies from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Kayaking is a great leisure activity or a fast-paced sport, depending on where and how you go about it. From lazy rivers to quick rapids, there are plenty of places to kayak in the Midwest. With a canoe or kayak and paddle in tow, you’ll be ready for a day on the(…)

Choosing The Right Trolling Motor

A trolling motor is great for fishing a larger area than you could by just drifting. It’s also much better than firing up your outboard motor to move around. Trolling motors are quiet and won’t scare fish away like an outboard will. This allows you to be more mobile on the water and search out pockets of active fish. Because of this, a trolling motor is well worth the investment(…)

Canoe Paddles: A Buyer’s Guide

Canoe paddles come in as many different shapes and sizes as canoeists do. That’s why it’s important to get a paddle that fits your build and fitness level best. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here with a few tips to help you wade through the sea of canoe paddles. There are a few factors to consider when you choose a paddle. The most important ones are your height while seated(…)

Kayak Buying Guide

Use our helpful guide to figure out which kayak is right for you. Before you hit the water for your next weekend excursion, think about what you’ll be doing in the water. Do you plan to go fishing? Or is a leisurely stroll around the lake more your speed? Whether you feel like getting some exercise or letting a trolling motor do the work, you will need the right kayak.(…)

Boating Safety Tips

Boating is one of the most popular summer recreation activities. But it does have its hazards. Between running out of gas, accidents with fishing hooks and knives, and the danger of falling overboard, you need to be prepared if you’re going to be out on the water. Making a boat safety checklist is a great way to remember all of the supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Boating(…)

Finding The Right Kayak Paddle

Finding the right kayak paddle can be the difference between an uncomfortable, difficult day on the water and a refreshing adventure. The size of the kayak paddle you need is determined by a few different factors. The size of your kayak and torso, and the type of kayaking you’ll be doing are all keys to picking the right paddle. Even your style of paddling affects which kayak paddle is best(…)

Lower Unit Outboard Motor Maintenance

The lower unit (or “foot”) of your outboard motor is the bottom part that houses the prop and gear case. Taking care of your lower unit is vital to making sure your outboard runs smooth and has a long life. The main keys to lower unit maintenance are keeping fishing line and other debris from getting wound in the prop, and changing your lower unit oil regularly. How to Change(…)

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