First Time Boat Ownership: 5 Things to Consider Before You Purchase

Buying a boat is always fun, but just like any major purchase, there are things you should consider before taking the leap into boat ownership. Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in DFW – offers these 5 tips on things you should consider before boat ownership:

  • New or Pre-Owned?

Buxton Marine is the #1 Nautique dealer in the country, so we sell lots of beautiful new boats – but we have pre-owned inventory from the top manufacturers too. New boats will have a warranty, but will come with a heftier price tag and more depreciation. Pre-owned boats are more economical.

  • How Much Will You Use It?

This is an important question and can help you make a decision on #1. Are you taking it out once a week – or once a month? Being realistic about how much time you have to devote to boating will help inform what type of boat to purchase for your needs. 

  • How Will You Use it?

Before shopping for a boat, it’s important to make a list of all the ways you plan to use the boat, so that you can be sure the boat you purchase has all the bells and whistles to accomplish those goals. Will it be a family boat? How many people will you take out? Is it for joyriding or watersports? Will you fish with it? 

  • Where Will You Store It?

Storage is an important consideration because it can add to the cost of your boat ownership. You’ll also need to consider that if it’s being trailered and moved about, you’ll need the proper vehicle and equipment to make that happen. 

  • How Much Can You Spend?

Remember, the cost of boat ownership isn’t just about the purchase price. You must also account for storage, gasoline, maintenance costs, cleaning, and insurance. 

Super Air Nautique For Sale at Buxton Marine Lewisville!

Ready to explore boat ownership with the best boat dealer in North Texas? Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas is here to help! Come by today and let us help you find the Nautique or other boat of your dreams.

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Bimini Maintenance and Safety Tips all Boat Owners Should Know

So you bought a boat with a bimini – Congratulations! At Buxton Marine – the #1 boat dealer in North Texas – we are excited for you to spend good times ahead on the lake with your friends and family. 

And now that you’re a proud owner of that bimini, the service department here at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas as a few tips on how to maintain and operate your bimini for long-lasting fun:

Bimini Maintenance

Extend the life of your bimini and enjoy it for years to come with these simple bimini maintenance tips:

  • Washing the Bimini: Remove any debris from the bimini as soon as you notice it. A couple times a season (and for sure at the end of the season), give the bimini a good bath using lukewarm water and soap. Biminis should always be hand-washed and then air dried to retain shape and size. 
  • Check the Fittings: Before hitting the lake, make it a habit of inspecting the bimini fittings to make sure they are good and tight. If you notice any loose or broken screws, screw them back down immediately or replace. You’ll also want to do the same inspection of the hold-down straps.
  • Stow When Not in Use: By stowing the bimini when trailering or not in use, you are reducing the chance of unnecessary warping or rips that can reduce the life of your bimini.

Bimini Boat Safety Precautions

Biminis are great – if you operate correctly! Follow these guidelines for safety when using biminis on the lake:

  • Know the Wind Speed: High winds and biminis don’t mix. If the wind is strong, store the bimini for another day.
  • Test for Max Speed: After installing the bimini, give the boat a little gas and see how it performs. Watch for any fittings or straps that are loose and flapping, and do not operate until they are fixed. Also – watch for the speed at which the bimini flaps so much that it isn’t safe, and either stay below that speed or stow at that speed.
  • Handle the Bimini with Care: Carelessness when towing can cause unnecessary damage to your bimini. Be sure to follow guidelines for storage to make sure unsightly rips do not occur. 

We hope these bimini maintenance and safety tips were helpful to you today as you prepare for another great season on the lake! If you’re interested in learning more about biminis – or checking out a beautiful boat that has one! – come see us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas, proudly offering the best boats from Nautique, MasterCraft, Tige, Supra, and more of the leading wakeboard boats on the market. 

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De-Winterize Your Boat: 3 Steps to Get Your Boat Ready for Spring

You ready to hit the lake in your Nautique boat?

Not so fast.

Before hitting the lake for the first time this Spring, it’s important to properly de-winterize your boat. Follow these tips from the service department at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to get your boat ready for the lake in no time:

Step 1: Visual Inspection

Before you do anything, be sure to do a visual inspection of the boat. If the boat is covered with a cover or tarp, inspect it for damage and note any issues. After lifting it off, carefully inspect the paint for chips, screws and fittings for rust, and the hull for cracks. And don’t forget about the trailer! Do the same in-depth inspection of the trailer and note any warped or rusted items that need replacing. 

Step 2: Clean & Replace 

After your boat has been out of commission for a season, mildew and unwanted creatures can creep into the boat, so give your boat a thorough wash and wax to really make it shine as you de-winterize your boat. Also, open up all of the compartments within and take stock off what’s inside. Check gear, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment to make sure it’s all there, in good working condition, and not expired. Throw out any items that you no longer need or are past their prime. 

Step 3: Check the Mechanics.

Now that the physical part is done, it’s time to inspect the mechanics of your boat. First off, if you used potable anti-freeze in certain water systems of the boat, flush it out. Next, charge or replace the battery. If the boat sat for one season, then charge it and give it a go. If it has sat any longer than that, we would recommend replacing the battery. You’ll then want to check the engine, flush any old fuel that might still be in the system, and inspect filters, spark plugs, etc. Be aware of any strange sounds when you rev up the engine and seek professional boat service if any issues arise.

If you have any issues or questions about de-winterizing your boat, call our service department at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas. As the best boat dealer in North Texas, our team services Nautique, MasterCraft, Malibu, Tige, and more on a regular basis, and we’re happy to help get your boat ready for Spring.

Good times ahead!

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It’s Time to Demo a Nautique at Buxton Marine Lewisville!


It’s that time again…the weather is warming up and we’ll see be spending the long, lazy days of summer on the lake. If you’re been wanting to take the plunge into boat ownership – or been eyeing a beautiful new Nautique and want to upgrade – now is the time to take one of our boats out for a test-drive!

Demo Days at Buxton Marine

You’re welcome to take any of our models out for a spin so that you can get a feel for which Nautique model suits you best. And don’t forget to talk with our knowledgeable sales staff as well about what your needs are. They are here to help you find the perfect wakeboard boat for you! Demo any of our Nautique models, including the Super Air Nautique G23 – the world’s best wakeboard boat – or the Nautique 200 – which is versatile and perfect for just about any watersport you want to do. 

What Can I Expect on Demo Day at Buxton Marine?

When you come and demo one of our Nautique models, you’ll get a feel for the handling of the boat, features, ballast, wake, etc. You can even bring your board and get out for a ride! Expect to learn a ton of information and have lots to process, so we recommend keeping your crew to a minimum and not to bring small children that will be a distraction. Above all, expect a great time on the lake!

Look for Scheduled Nautique Demo Days at Buxton Marine!

We are always open to scheduling private Nautique boat demos, but also be on the lookout for scheduled Nautique demo days where we’ll bring the boats out on the water, plus we’ll be cooking up great food and serving ice cold beverages. These are great events to acquaint yourself with the Nautique brand with no pressure added. 

Buxton Marine is proud to say we’re the #1 Nautique dealer in the world – and we’d love to show you why! Come see us for a demo this Spring and you’ll thank us come Summer. 

Good times ahead!

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What to Do If You Get Caught in a Thunderstorm on the Lake


Everyone knows our weather in Texas is volatile. And on those warm summer days, a surge of cooler air can come in and collide – causing thunderstoms on the lake! So what do you do if you get caught on the lake in a thunderstorm?! Here are some tips from Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer – on how to weather the storm safely:

Know the Weather Forecast

Our weather forecasters don’t always get the weather right, but paying attention to the National Weather Service and what weather conditions they are predicting for the day is step 1 in avoiding getting caught in a storm on the lake.

Watch the Sky

As you are out boating and having a great time on your Nautique, watch the sky. Are dark skies rolling in? Do you see lighting or hear thunder in the distance? Thunder and lightning is first detectable from distances over a mile away, so if you see or hear a storm brewing, it’s a good idea to get to the shoreline before the skies open up.

Practice Precaution On Board

If you get caught in a storm, make sure that everyone on board is in a life jacket! This is vitally important, should the boat rock and anyone get thrown overboard. Also, get each person to the lowest point on board, as to keep them away from being a target in the sky. 

Navigate the Water Safely

As the storm rolls in, point your boat’s bow toward the gusts of wind, as this is the strongest part of the boat. Cut giant waves at a 45 degree angle. Do not let the waves and the wind cut your boat abeam, as this can make your boat more prone to capsizing.

When you are buying a Nautique, you know you are buying quality that can make stormy days on the lake more bearable – and more safe. Come see us at Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer – to learn more about what makes Nautique the best boat on the market. 

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What Do I Look for in a Beginner Wakeboard? – Buxton Marine Lewisville

You’ve got the boat – now it’s time to buy the gear! Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas on what to look for in a beginner wakeboard:

Length & Width

Let’s start here. If you’re a beginner, then in general, you’ll want to look for a board that’s a little oversized for your height and weight because it will be easier to maneuver on. This guide is a great start to assess the right length/width for you. 

Single or Twin Tip?

If you’re a beginner, look for a board that has a twin tip. This allows you to maneuver more easily in multiple directions – not just one.

Fins

As you would guess, the fins allow you to steer the board. If you’re a beginner, this is a helpful feature! Look for longer and deeper fins to maximize maneuverability. You can also buy boards with removable fins that will allow you to use them when you begin, but then remove them as you advance in the sport.

Rocker

When it comes to wakeboards, the rocker applies to how curved the bottom of the board is. The more rocker it has, the better the board is at performing more advanced tricks and stunts. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a board with a continuous rocker that smoothly transitions from flat to curved and makes your ride more forgiving.

Edges

The edge of the board matters when it comes to speed, acceleration, and ease on the water. Many advanced boards have sharp edges, but if you’re a beginner, look for rounded edges that leave room for error as you learn to steer the board. 

Want more help picking out the perfect beginner wakeboard? Call Buxton Marine or come by our pro shop at Long Cove Marina or Lake Lewisville. Our staff can help you pick out the perfect board for your needs. 

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What to Look for in Replacement Boat Speakers


For many boat owners, the sound system is vitally important to their boating experience. Sure, you want the boat to handle well and perform well for watersports, but the tunes just make that day at the lake any better. 

At Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas, we get questions from boat owners on how to switch out and replace boat speaker, so here are a few tips on how to do it:

  • Double Check Measurements

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that every speaker has different dimensions! Don’t assume a “standard sized” speaker will do the brick. Boat speakers vary by brand and install; double-check your measurements to make sure you are purchasing the right replacement size. Also – think about going with the biggest size that will fit your space, as it will offer better sound for your money.

  • Know What Wattage You Need

The last thing you want to do is blow out those fabulous new boat speakers because you loaded them with too much power! Not sure how much load each speaker can handle? A knowledge boat dealer or boat speaker rep can help you, but look at your amplifier and determine how many watts it is created for. Then, divide that number by the number of speakers you plant to attach to carry the load. Also be sure to be wary that wattage is communicated different ways by different manufacturers; some use “peak wattage,” others “RMS wattage.”

  • Get the Right Quality

We all want the best quality boat speakers in our wakeboard boat, right?! Before making a purchase, talk to a knowledgeable Dallas boat dealer about the various types of speakers on the market – and the pros and cons of each. You will find dual cone speakers, coaxial speakers, and component speakers all available – each with different advantages. If you want the best, then component speakers are the way to go, but they are most expensive. 

When buying a Nautique boat, one thing you can be sure of is that their boats come from the factory equipped with amazing speakers for great sound from day 1. Ready to talk to the #1 Nautique dealer about getting your hands on one before the summer boating season? Now is the time to talk to Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas – the #1 boat dealer for a reason! 

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How to Remove Mold & Mildew from Boat Seats

You’ve stored your boat for the winter, careful to make sure it’s clean and ready for the Spring, only to revisit the boat a few months later and find that the seats and upholstery are covered in mold and mildew. 

It’s the last thing a boat owner wants to see, but the good news is that it can be removed. Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine on how to remove mold and mildew from boat seats, should the issue ever arise in your boat:

Step 1: Have the Right Cleaner

Many boat owners will use a mild soap – like dish soap – first to see if it removes the mold and mildew. Sadly, it rarely does, so skip the effort and go with something stronger. Your next thought – go with bleach! While bleach will be effective in removing the mold and mildew, it is likely gong to wreck havoc on your beautiful seats, breaking down or discoloring the vinyl. Let’s not do that. 

So what do you use?

Get a bottle of specially formulated mold and mildew remover that is made for boat interiors. This bottle of magic will get the job done and leave your boat intact! If you need help finding the right boat mildew remover, call us at Buxton Marine and our experts can help.

Step 2: Apply Vinyl Protectant Twice Yearly

Schedule to apply vinyl protectant with other seasonal boat maintenance. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the first place. Warm weather, humidity, and temperature swings are all known to promote mildew growth, and chances are if you have a boat in Texas, you’re not going to be able to avoid these factors!

For more tips on boat maintenance and getting the most out of your investment, call us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas – or stop by and visit in-store! Our staff is always here, expertly trained to help with all your boating needs. It’s just one of the reasons we are the best boat dealer in North Texas

Good times ahead! 

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Understanding Boat Insurance – Do You Know What’s Covered?

Maybe you’re new to boat ownership – or maybe you’ve had your boat for quite some time – but either way, it’s a good idea to review your boat insurance coverage from time-to-time. 

Do you know what’s covered?

Many boat owners bought boat insurance when they purchased their boat, but aren’t that familiar with the terms and what’s covered. Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas on what to look for:

Towing Insurance

When you are traveling to and from the lake with your boat, who pays for what? Many auto insurance policies will cover an issue that could occur while you are towing, such as someone side swiping your boat. You can also get towing insurance to ensure everything is buttoned up and covered. Talk with your agent to find out what’s included and how to fill any gaps in coverage.

Policies Vary

There are lots of specific terms involved when it comes to boat insurance, and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Property damage liability, bodily injury liability, collision damage coverage, coverage for theft and damage, salvage coverage, etc. These are all terms that vary by policy, and it’s important to know exactly what you have on your specific insurance policy.

How to Get a Discount on Boat Insurance

Each insurance company is different, but there are a few ways that insurance companies typically offer discounts on premiums. If you’re looking for discounted coverage, consider bundling your insurance policy with home or auto insurance, as many insurance companies will offer a discount for that. Also, taking a boat safety course or removing your boat from the water for various times of the year are also ways in which boaters have been able to find some savings. 

Need help finding a company for boat insurance? Call us at Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in Dallas – and we can offer some suggestions based on our industry experience. We also specialize in boat financing to help you get into the Nautique of your dreams. 

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Check Out the 2019 Nautique Lineup at Buxton Marine Lewisville!

Already thinking about long days on the lake this summer?

Can you see yourself in a beautiful Nautique, cruising the water with family and friends?

If the answer is yes, then it’s time to get to Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to check out the entire 2019 Nautique line up!

Find Your Nautique!

No matter what your interests are, the 2019 line up has a Nautique boat for you! Choose between the Nautique G-Series, the Nautique GS-Series, Super Air Nautique Legacy Series, or the Ski Nautique Series. Each series of Nautique models has unique features tailored to your interests.

Website Features to Narrow the Search

Nautique has so many features that it can, in fact, be a little overwhelming to know where to start! Buxton Marine Lewisville recommends taking at look at the Nautique website. Under the Find Your Nautique tab at the top, you can begin to narrow your search. Choose your interests (wakesurf, wakeboard, waterski, or just general recreational fun), the number of passengers you’d like to accommodate, and your desired length. From there, Nautique will tailor a list of models that fit your needs. 

Discover the New 2019 Nautique 200

Not really sure what you want to do with your boat? Then check out the 2019 Nautique 200! The Nautique 200 is a new model, designed to be a workhorse no matter what water sports activities you want to do. Skiing and wakeboarding? No problem. This is the perfect family boat for variety on the lake. 

Come See the 2019 Nautique Lineup at Buxton Marine!

After you get a general idea of which models interest you, it’s time to come see us at Buxton Marine to see for yourself! We have all of the models available for you to tour and even take out for a test drive. We are the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – and the best boat dealer in Dallas – so leave it to our knowledgeable sales staff to answer any questions you may have. 

Good times ahead! 

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