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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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PONTOON GIRL® PARTY FAVORITES: Bench Seat Cargo Net

Speaking of gear, have you ever lost one shoe on your boat.  You have no idea what beach towel it got wrapped up in, which bag it went into, when it fell overboard, or what cubby it was placed into by mistake. But there it is gone.  How about this idea… repurpose a cargo net as a shoe holder.  It’s a perfect area and a perfect way to keep all shoes on board in pairs! (photo source: Pinterest)

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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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Right Life Jacket... Right You

Tip #9 This is one of those topics I love to share with people.  When you are sizing life jackets be aware that not every life jacket “rights” you! I always thought this was the purpose of a life jacket, then I found out that only a Type I will right you in most situations.  Righting means to turn a person over so their face is out of the water. Type II will right some users.  And a Type III are not designed to right you.  Crazy? YES!  But make sure you have the appropriate type of life jacket, especially for infants and toddlers.  There are videos on YouTube that show some life jackets hindering a child that swims.  The...

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