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Every couple of weeks, Doug and Brenda write seasonal articles informing boaters of new products, regulations, checklists of things to do for summerizing and winterizing, and covering topics like canvas, head, holding tank, cleaners, upholstery, teak, ropes and numerous other boating activities.

Here you will pick up tips and tricks to help make your boating easier and more enjoyable.

confused faceWith so many boats to choose from, it is easy for a new boat buyer to be overwhelmed, and as a result, buy a boat based on emotion and excitement at a Boat Show. With the family all excited and wanting to take a boat home from the Boat Show, a quick signature and away you go. But, later you realize there are several things you didn’t consider, and now you wish you hadn’t been so quick with the ink on the contract.

You chock it up to a learning experience, and tell yourself you’ll know better next time. But next time, when you are a repeat buyer, it will be easy to overlook something else, unless you prepare yourself ahead of time.

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pushy salesmanThere are so many differences between boats as well as Boat Dealers.

Boat Shows provide an excellent opportunity to not only compare boats; but also, to compare Boat Dealers. With so many boats to choose from, it is difficult to find the right boat for you; likewise, it is difficult to find the right Boat Dealer for you.

You may be dealing with the owner of a boat dealership who sells new and used boats, or a salesman who works for the owner. Your salesman may work for a marina that sells, services and stores boats. You may be dealing with a broker who sells boats for boat owners whose boats are scattered over a huge area. For the purpose of this article, we will call them all Boat Dealers.

Some Boat Dealers sell boats, while others help you purchase the right boat. Some Boat Dealers believe they know the right boat for you without listening to what exactly how you want to use your boat, and on what body of water. Sometimes, the Boat Dealer is more interested in selling the boat he has in inventory. Knowing the answers to key pieces of information about you and your family, can help your Boat Dealer narrow down your choice; so that you aren’t wasting your time looking at boats, that wouldn’t be right for you.

So; if all Boat Dealers aren’t created equal, how do you find one who is going to be right for you?

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Buying a Boat is Different Than Buying a Car

car   VS boat 

Buying a car is easy

You shop the local dealers, buy from one of them, take your car home and park it in your driveway to enjoy every day. For the follow-up service and repair, your local dealer is closeby to look after you.

Buying a boat isn’t that easy

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brenda doug boat showAnother year has come and gone, while Boat Show organizers have masterfully been bringing together Boat Manufacturers, Marinas, Brokers, Dealers and Suppliers all under one roof to present their products and services.


They are doing it for you!

They want new and seasoned boaters to take advantage of all the marine industry has to offer. They want you to get “Boat Fever”, so you’ll

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For the First Mate on your Christmas list, finding the perfect gift can be quite a challenge.

Why not give a gift that makes life easier and more fun aboard your boat?

First Mate 101 does just that. Brenda shares tips and tricks to simplify the work leaving more time for the fun aboard.

When the First Mate is happy, everybody is happy and boating is a whole lot more fun!

Put a checkmark on your Christmas List. Order your copy today and get 2 free bonuses with your order. You can choose between printed or electronic download........

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to do listThe easiest way to put more spring in your boating is to start the season earlier—with no last minute repairs. The best time to address repairs is the fall. But if you didn’t, you are lucky—you have a second chance.

When you put your boat away for this winter, you probably had a few problems or jobs that needed to be dealt with, but time got away on you; so the boat went to bed with the “to-do” list undone.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait until next summer to check off the items on the list that will delay your boating.

You have a second chance right NOW!

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leaking hoseFall is definitely here, and it’s time for many boaters to prepare their boats for winter. Some have the marina staff haul, winterize and cover or store their boats (inside or outside) for the winter months; while others prefer to do some or all of the winter preparation themselves.

But, every year, there are some boats that suffer damage because things were missed, or done incorrectly. I remember, during the many years at our family marina, our service department being overloaded in the spring when owners, who had winterized themselves, brought in their boats for repair. We had to repair motors with cracked blocks and split water hoses, when the owner hadn’t drained them properly. We also had to replace cracked toilet bowls and on and on. All of these things could have been prevented.

Bringing in boats for repair in the spring puts a huge strain on the service department that is already busy enough summarizing and launching customers’ boats and new boats that had been sold over the winter months. This means there could be a long wait time for boats brought in at the last minute.

For those boaters who want to do their own winterizing, I would recommend that.....

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colourful shorelineWow! Tomorrow is the last day of summer and haulout is on the horizon.

For some, it has already happened; but, for others (us included) boating continues well into the fall taking advantage of every good day.

Accommodating the shorter, cooler days requires a change in boating routine.

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dog houseThe last thing a Captain wants to do is end up in the Captain’s Dog House!

But, unfortunately, it does happen and it puts a real damper on boating.

Just the other day another Captain ended up in the Dog House.

You may find this scenario familiar to what you may have seen in your harbor.

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thumbs downA Skating Pro knows before a skater jumps, that it will be a bad landing, by the way the skater enters the jump.

A Golf Pro knows before a golfer hits the ball, that the outcome will be into the rough, by the way the golfer stands and swings.

A Boat Docking Pro knows, when a boater enters a harbor, that it will be a bad docking.

One of the many early signs, that a docking will be entertaining is, when a crew member is on the foredeck with a boat hook.

Using a boat hook as a docking aid, just isn’t safe for a First Mate and is more often a hindrance than a help.


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