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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(…)

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(…)

Boat Hull Maintenance

To keep your boat in ship shape, you’ll have to put in a little work on its hull. As with other vehicles and equipment, the best way to take care of your boat is to do preventative maintenance. Cleaning and waxing your hull is a great way to make sure that one of the biggest and most important parts of your boat lives a long life. To take the best(…)

Marine Battery Basics

Marine batteries are lead acid batteries that come in two main types: Starting and Deep Cycle batteries. What is a Starting Marine Battery? A starting (cranking) marine battery is designed to start the engine of the boat. Outboard motors are better started with a starting marine battery. Starting marine batteries have thinner plates and should not be used for deep cycle applications, thinner plates are prone to warping and pitting(…)

Water Tubing Safety Tips

Following safety tips will help you and your family have a great time water tubing. One of the most enjoyable and family friendly water sports is water tubing.  While you might want to get crazy on the water, following water tubing safety tips is a must. Wear a Life Jacket Before you even get in the boat, make sure you have a properly fitted life jacket. While you aren’t required(…)

Get Your Boat Ready For Summer

The weather is getting warmer, soon it will be time to take your boat to the lakes again! Although it may be tempting to take the boat out of winter storage and put it straight in the water, it is necessary to prepare your vessel and yourself ahead of time. Simple preparation and cleaning projects are necessary to get your boat ready and prevent problems that could keep you ashore,(…)

Life Jacket & Personal Flotation Device Choices

Whether you’re out fishing or paddling in your kayak, you will need a life jacket. Although it varies throughout the country, most states require boaters to have U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices. Personal flotation devices are more commonly known as PFDs, life jackets or life vests. There needs to be one life jacket per person on a boat. This includes kayaks and canoes. The life jacket must also(…)

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