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Time for a Boat Safety Class

Tip #18 Finally, we’ve reached our last tip and I selected this one because it’s important. Take a boat safety course. I know, I know… you know how to operate a boat.  But it’s still a good idea to see if there are new things that perhaps you are unfamiliar with. There are many new environmental changes that have affected the industry that are good for a refresher. Also… often it will lower the rate for your insurance, so why not! Boat safety courses come in two varieties… book/classroom and behind the wheel. If you like the insurance saving idea, make sure to give your agent a call and see what they recommend. ----- Make sure to take our FREE CleanBoaterPledge.com...

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Where Am I?

Tip #17 Have you ever wondered where the heck you are?  You’re boating and you went up a new pass and then tried to find your way back only to realize you took the wrong one… and you’re lost. It’s not a fun feeling but fortunately we have GPS on our cellphone.  We often forget this though… If you find yourself lost… or if someone flags you down on the water because they need directions, ask them to look at their map on their phone.  The phone might get confused because it’s looking for a road, however, the beacon will show your movement and as long as you are watching the water for obstructions, you should make it to something...

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Does Your Boat Smell?

    Tip #16 Does your boat smell? HA! You’re probably going to blame it on the water… but that’s not the stink I’m talking about. I’m talking about the two smells you must be aware of, that’s the smell you can smell and the smell you can’t. Fuel is the one you can smell… and if you do you better take a look and see if you have a spill. Here’s why… From our fire safety training at the marina you have three things to create an explosion, that’s oxygen, fumes, and a spark.  YIKES that means on your boat at any given time you’ve got two of the three. So when you smell something, take a moment and...

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Boats Are Just For Bikinis and Shorts... Right?!

  Tip #15 When you think of a boat do you think of shorts and bikinis? Probably. But what about during a storm?  How about if it’s cloudy?  What about if it’s really sunny? What about if all of these things happen in the same 2 hour time on the boat? YES!  This can and will happen. Dressing in layers is important on a boat. There are times you’ll be hot so you shed a few layers, but then there are the time you get out of the water and are freezing cold… or even the time when you are running wide open across the water and it’s chilly. Night time cruises also get cool. People think it’s ironic to...

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Does Your Boat Need to Go On A Diet?

  Tip #14 Do you have a fat boat? Well, here’s the deal, if you’re hosting a party you certainly can be! On your boat you have a placard for the number of people or weight allowed on board.  This is a which ever comes first rule.  Our marina rents pontoon and fishing boats and we run into this often when it comes to children. For example, on a fishing boat it states 4 people or 560lbs.  Well… if you have an adult that weights 150 and four kids that each weigh 50lbs… the weight is only 350lbs.  But that’s over the limit because the number of people is a maximum of 4! Each body counts.  Same holds true for...

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