Monday, February 25, 2013
The Closed Loop Cooling System on the Sea-Doo PWC's are just another reason why they are so much better than the competition. The coolant for the engine in the Sea-Doo's is not taken from the water but is internally looped to cool the engine therefore keeping any debris or corrosive saltwater from hurting the engine. This keeps maintenance costs low for you and will keep your Sea-Doo on the water for a long time.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Do you want the best surf wake and the best wakeboard wakeboard wake on your boat? Well, look no further than MasterCraft's X10. As this video shows, it not only has a great surf wake with only stock ballast, but it also has a great wakeboard wake.
The reason that the surf wake is so great is because of the 2010 " Boating Innovation of the Year," the surf tabs. These create a lean in the boat without adding additional weight.
We hope that you come in today to check it out for yourself! And make sure to check out our pre-owned boat inventory!
Thanks to our friends in Michigan at Action Water Sports for the video!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
- Boating Under the Influence
- Do not do it, it is stupid and will lead to civil and criminal punishments
- Make sure you listen to everything that officers say on the water
- This includes the local police, the sherrif, your state's fish and game officers as well as the Coast Guard
- Reporting Boating Accidents
- If you are in an accident in your boat, then make sure that you report it to the police if it results in loss of life, a person dissappearing off the vessel, personal injuray that requires medical attention, property damage more than $2,000 or complete loss of the boat
- Immediate Action is required for fatal accidents
- Otherwise, if there is personal injury or a dissappearance of a person, then report the accident within 24 hours
- If there is property damage, then report the accident within 10 days
- Rendering Assistance
- If the driver of a boat sees somone at sea in danger, then they must provide any assistance that they can safely provide
- Vessel Safety Check
- The items checked during a VSC are
- Navigation Lights
- Sound Producing Devices
- Voice Communications
- Life jackets and throwable flotation devices
- fire extinguishers
- Visual Distress Signals
- Backfire flame control
- Overal Vessel condition
- Proper Display of Numbers
- Pollution placard
- MARPOL trash placards
- Marine sanitation device
- navigation rules book
- Stae and/or local requirement
Check back tomorrow for Safety and Survival Tips!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Navigation: Rules of the Water
More tomorrow on boating safety
- Crossing Situation: When two boats are coming towards each other from a 90 degree angle.
- The stand-on vessel should maintain its course and speed
- The Give-way vessel should alter its course to pass behind the stand-on vessel.
- Both boats should give 1 short blast of the horn.
- Overtaking Situation: When a boat is going faster than and passes the one in front of it.
- If the overtaker is passing on the left he should give two short blasts of the horn and if passing on the right, should give one short blast of the horn.
- When two boats meet head on, passing on the port, or left is preffered.
- Once the two drivers realize that there are coming towards each other, one short blast should be given, which will let the drivers know to pass each other on each others left, similar to driving on the road.
- If the drivers give two short blasts, they should pass on the right, similar to how people drive in Britian.
- Lateral Navigational Aids
- When moving upstream, keep the green, or odd number markers on your left, and the red, or even mumber markers on your right.
- When moving downstream, do the opposite, with the green on your right and the red on your left.
- Information and Regulatory Markers
- Orange Diamond: Alerts Boaters to hazards
- the hazard will most likely be written inside the diamond
- Orange Circle
- Restricted Operation, such as no wake zone or a speed limit
- Orange Diamond with a cross in the middle means that boats are prohibited in the area
- Orange Square provides helpful information
More tomorrow on boating safety
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
review of the Wake edition Sea-Doo's. There are two versions, the Wake 155 and the Wake Pro 215. Both of these models offer the brake, eco mode and many other standard Sea-Doo functions. This is a great article to check out and and make sure to come into Southeast to check out these great models and make one your own today!
Today we continue the Guide to Safe Boating!
- Sound Signals
- All vessels are required to have sound producing devices (either a horn or a whistle) and they must use these during times of low visibility or during emergencies
- Navigational Lights
- Vessels must use navigational lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of low visibility
- Your boat must display the red and green lights at the front and the white light at the back of the boat
- Pollution Regulations
- Do not throw your trash out in the water, throw it in a trash can
- Report any spills of oil or gas
- Marine Sanitation Devices
- If your boat has a bathroom, then the manufacturer had to make sure the sewage is kept in a safe place until you can dump it
The next safe boating post will be on navigation rules so stay tuned!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I hope you found the last blog on Safe Boating helpful! And if you need a boat check out our New and Used Inventory pages on our website!
- Visual Distress Signals
- You do not need a VDS if you are on a river, lake or a bay with an opening of less than 2 miles. You are required to have a VDS if you are on open water.
- Pyrotechnic visual distress signals must be US Coast Guard approved, accessible and ready to use
- You need at least 3 visual distress signals
- Fire Extinguishers
- US Coast Guard approved marine fire extinguishers must be on all boats.
- must have either B-1 or B-II classification
- Any boat less than 26 feet must have 1 fire extinguisher with at least B-I classification
- Any boat from 26-40 feet must have either 2 B-I fire extinguishers or 1 B-II fire extinguisher and 1 B-I fixed system fire extinguisher
- All gas powered boats must have a ventilation system
- This system is called the blower on most boats
- IMPORTANT: Make sure you always run your blower and smell for any fumes before you start you boat!
We hope that reading this series will help you stay safe on the water and come back for the next blog on boating safety!