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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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You’re on the boat.. you're out of chips. What do you do?

You’re on the boat.. you're out of chips. What do you do? NOTHING You’re in the middle of the Lake or River. That’s it… no more chips. But now the kids are cranky or your adults drinking are acting like kids and they are cranky… just bring more food than you need.I’ll put one disclaimer on that… bring food that comes in bags that does not spoil, per our Tip 4 on summer food safety. Extra crackers, things that settle tummy upset by waves or wine will be greatly appreciated by your guests.But looking at someone that’s turning green and saying, “sorry we’re out of food” doesn’t help.It’s an easy tip, just bring more food than you think you need!...

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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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Are You Trying to Make Your Friends Sick on A Boat?

  You’ve invited friends for an amazing boat ride… Then next day they talk about the stomach issues they have… how horrible would you feel?  Probably not as bad as them, but let’s prevent this by talking about food in the summer on a boat. Be careful.  You are in the sun and heat.  If you want raw meat for the grill, you need to think about how you’re getting it on the boat to the grill… but also use HAND SANITIZER This is a must for everyone.  You’re swimming or using sun block…maybe even fishing… just have a bottle of Purell around. That said, let’s talk about coolers because I learned a few things researching this topic!  Each time...

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