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Even Your Boat Needs A New Purse

  With the reliability of motors way up, we often forget they can break.  Now this is not intended to turn you into a super boat fixer. However, having some basic tools on board will help you in the even you want to tighten, loosen, replace or stick something.  It’s also good if someone else comes on board to help.  So stick to the essentials, pliers, screw driver and wrench, but also add a multi tool which can be very helpful.  Then of course duct tape – I know, I’m big into duct tape.  A scissors is another good idea because they always come in handy.  The flashlight on your phone is nice, but it’s also great to have a...

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What Overlooked Thing Do You Need to Set The World On Fire?

  Tip #7A fire extinguisher is an important feature on your boat and one that is overlooked as that “thing” you have to have.Well, every year we need to complete “fire training” at the marina and here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.If you are ever in a situation where you must use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS – that’s Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side.That’s your very quick “how to use” a fire extinguisher.The other couple of tips to keep in mind, check your fire extinguisher and make sure it’s still “charged’ meaning the dial is in the acceptable range. Remember, this is a...

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Be Aware - Things Change Quickly on a Pontoon

OK, what do we mean by common sense, we are referring to operating a boat at a safe speed. Earlier we discussed the docking SLOW.  Which is key to not hitting anything.  But operating at a speed that you can handle is also key to success.  In addition, do not overload your boat, or should we say be aware of how you load the boat.  If everyone is on one side of the boat, including while you are anchored, you can tip.  Again, it’s common sense but often you forget when you’re not in motion! This rule also holds true for going outside the rails.  Safety is important on a boat so best case is you break a railing holding...

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How Slow is Too Slow When Docking A Boat?

The question is how slow is too slow for docking a boat?  The answer is in nearly every situation there really isn’t a too slow option. Outside of my dad who can dock a boat quickly... I don't know of too many people that can make a boat stop on a dime.  When we were kids he’d bring a boat into our slip at fast speed, cut the engine and it would just stop.  I really have no idea how this magic occurred, my sister tried it and ran the boat up on the dock – it was funny.  Except that my dad caught her doing it and well, he was not impressed. Anyway… the best advice is to go...

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Four Things You Must Have on Every Boat Ride

What do a flashlight, mirror, garbage bags and duct tape have in common? They are all things you need on your boat.  Even if it’s a day trip…   It might seem like a strange combination but start with duct tape.  It fixes anything.  From that small pinhole leak in your air mattress to an actual hole in your boat or hose…  It’s not a permanent cure all, but it sure can be a nice fix! The garbage bags might seem like an obvious "go to" on a boat.  After all, there’s not a lot of room so it’s best to get the stinky garbage contained in a sack that repels water, right?!?! But what about if it rains… ever thought...

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