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Don’t forget your lifejacket!

June 2, 2022

It may not seem like the most stylish item to wear on a hot sunny day, but a personal floatation device can greatly increase your chance of survival in an accident. And if you think you will have enough time to grab and wear a lifejacket in case of an emergency, unfortunately, that is often not the case. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), as many as 86% of drowning victims of recreational boating accidents in 2020 were not wearing a lifejacket.

It’s Time to Get Ready for the Boating Season

April 12, 2022

As boaters, we know how important it is to safeguard your vessel from cold weather. Boat winterization protects the engine, electronics and all the other components of the craft if handled properly. Block some days on your calendar this spring to take your boats out of storage and get them ready for the waters! Read on to discover how to properly de-winterize a boat.

Back to Basics: Docking

June 28, 2021

Summer is in full swing! That means boating season is here and we are ready to get into the water! We are at the brink of spring, and summer is fast approaching. That means boating season is in full swing and we are ready to get into the water! As we all know, being on a boat is one of the most enjoyable things to do in the summer heat. For drivers however, approaching the dock, even for the most experienced boaters, can be nerve-racking. This is especially true in crowded marinas or when environmental conditions are not in your favor.

Bundle up your boat! It's time to winterize

December 17, 2020

2020 has been quite the year and a busy year for boats, but it’s time to say goodbye for now. As we approach colder weather, it’s time to start thinking about next steps when it comes to your boat. The time and effort spent on the process of winterization will directly affect the boat’s performance, so protecting vessels properly is crucial. Once temperatures rise, you will want a seamless transition back into the water!

The Dread of Docking: 10 Safety Tips for Proper Docking

August 13, 2020

Driving a boat is one thing to master, but successfully docking it is another. Maneuvering any size watercraft can be daunting, especially with a crew on board. Properly docking the boat can be quite stressful, especially when conditions aren’t in your favor, or if there are other contributing factors. If you aren’t following the proper precautions, you may run the risk of damaging the boat or injuring a passenger.

Float Plans; a Boater’s Note

April 5, 2019

A float plan is like leaving a note on the kitchen counter for your babysitter; it’s the boater’s version of a list of instructions on how to heat dinner, or a proposed plan for the day. A float plan is a safety precaution that you should prepare if you’re going to be out on the water for a while. Completing a plan before going out on the boat and leaving it with a reliable person is an important step to take, should they need to contact the Coast Guard or other rescue services.

It's Time to Winterize Your Boat

November 9, 2018

As the temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to start thinking about next steps when it comes to your boat. The time and effort spent on the process of winterization will directly affect the boat’s performance, so protecting vessels properly is crucial. Come spring time, you will want a seamless transition back into the water!

USCG's 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics Report

August 21, 2018

Last month, the United States Coast Guard released their 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics Report.  According to the report, last year saw a decrease in recreational boating accidents from 2016. The Coast Guard reported over 4,000 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property.

2018 Hurricane Season

June 25, 2018

As we near the official start of summer, it’s also the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June through November. Last year the United States and its territories saw major devastation, as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria blew through and made landfall.

NICB Reports Boat Theft Has Declined

May 18, 2018

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a 5 percent decrease in activity. This resumes the downward trend that was broken by 2016’s slight increase. 4,864 watercrafts were reported stolen in 2017, while most thefts occurred in May, June, July, August and September.

Read the full report here, and check out our article on theft prevention tips.