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Thursday, April 26, 2018

As an avid trailer boater, you’ve probably spent endless hours in your driveway or at the marina laboring over your pride and joy to keep it looking brand new. But what about the trailer? When was the last time you gave your trailer the once over? On the road, some items may be tough to deal with. INSIDE GREASE SPOTS - If the

by: Capt. Fred Davis, www.tipsforboating.com

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

You own a boat trailer, now what? How do you ensure you are keeping your trailer safe to tow and store your boat? Every manufacturer uses different components and accessories on their trailers but often, the core fundamental maintenance is the same. It is common that boaters remember to do the proper safety procedures on their boat

by: Megan Straw-Meisler, Sales & Marketing Director of Loadmaster Trailer

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Most boaters shy away from anything to do with 12-volt DC wiring, even though it’s the basic system present on most boats and boat trailers—and it’s an easy system to troubleshoot and work on. This primer should help wary boaters to keep their trailer wiring working properly, and even replace the entire system with

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cary R. Wiener is President of Pantaenius America Ltd. and a maritime lawyer who has worked on many famous cases, including the Exxon Valdez. He is licensed in all fifty states and is passionate about safety on the water. Question: We are lifelong boating enthusiasts with three young children. We’ve taken them on short trips

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Kids & Pets, Safety

Monday, April 2, 2018

With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right: Before You Launch: Hose clamps should be inspected and replaced as necessary. Double clamp

tags: Safety, Boating 101, Engines

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

With interest rates already on the rise, how can you ensure your boat loan goes smoothly without time-consuming hiccups? Here are 10 tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just in time for the spring buying season. 1. Check your credit. Before applying for a loan get your current credit score and ensure your

tags: Boating 101

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Next week, Mar. 18-24, is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Boating safety” usually means preventing injuries or accidents while on the water. Boats in winter storage have some unique safety concerns for boat owners who make periodic checkups over the long winter season. Here are five tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to help boaters stay safe

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The thought of doing engine maintenance is enough to keep anyone up at night. But it is a necessary part of owning a boat, and can be made easy if you spend just a little time planning for it. The best place to start is to follow your manufacturer's guidelines designed to keep your boat running well and make each component last

tags: Boating 101, Engines

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program continues to promote environmentally friendly habits to the recreational boating community. In 2017, the Program partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to produce a series of YouTube videos on clean boating tips. The videos offer brief, educational content on Great Lakes boating best

tags: Boating 101