So you have had your eye on a brand new boat at Buxton Marine all summer long, but now the summer boating season is winding down and you are trying to figure out if it is the right time to pull the trigger and buy the boat of your dreams.
It’s a common scenario. Speaking as your friend – and not just a boat dealer is Lewisville, Texas – we would argue that you are actually approaching the best time of year to buy a boat. The fall and winter seasons are the perfect time to snag a great deal on a new or pre-owned boat and here’s why:
- It Saves You Money: Here’s the biggest reason to buy a boat now! As with most things, when demand is the lowest – costs go down too in order to move inventory. At Buxton Marine, we’ve been known to slash prices in the fall and winter, saving you thousands and making room for next year’s inventory. Why pay more for the same boat in the spring when you can have it NOW!
- More Choices: At the end of the season, you will see fewer buyers – which means we have more inventory available for you to choose from. Plenty of brand new and pre-owned boats from Nautique, Mastercraft, Malibu, Correct Craft, and more.
- Better Value: Don’t stress about whether or not it’s the right time to buy. Not only is the savings in the bottom line dollar amount you pay, but there is value in peace of mind, excellent customer service, and in starting to pay off you loan sooner because you started earlier.
Buy a new or used boat today at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, TX!
Why wait? Come in to Buxton Marine in Lewisville, TX today to see the huge inventory of new and pre-owned boats that need to move! Labor Day weekend is approaching and the water is calling! Good times ahead!
Have you seen the billboards up and down I-35 near Lake Lewisville warning against zebra mussels?
At Buxton Marine – your #1 source for new and pre-owned boats in Lewisville, Texas, we’ve gotten quite a few questions from boaters about these tiny pests, so we wanted to give you the scoop on what they are, what to look for, and preventative measures you can take against them.
What are Zebra Mussels?
Zebra mussels are tiny mussels that are identified by their zebra striped shells. They only grow to 1.5 inches max, but can produce 1 million microscopic larvae per mussel. This means, you may not even see the larvae before it’s too late! Scientists believe they are originally from the Great Lakes area, migrating down to Texas over the last few years and wrecking havoc on Texas lakes like Lake Lewisville, causing damage to boats, lakes, and the surrounding environment.
Why are Zebra Mussels Considered Such a Nuisance?
- Environmental Issues: Zebra mussels are not native to Texas, and their sheer existence in Texas lakes harms the natural ecosystem. Zebra mussels take food from other natural wildlife, destroy vital algae in the water, and in turn, reduce the amount of game fish in the water.
- Boat and Dock Damage: Zebra mussels invade water intake systems and motors, cover boat hulls, and cause costly damage in the process. Anything left in the water is fair game for zebra mussel infestation.
- Water Supply: Zebra mussels can affect the water supply of neighboring communities because they love to clog pipes within the infested waters
How do I Prevent Zebra Mussels?
Lake Lewisville is one of several lakes in Texas that is “positive” for zebra mussel infestation. A good rule of thumb to prevent the spread and growth is to properly clean, drain, and dry your ski boat, fishing boat, or other recreational boat after each use:
- Clean: Use a pressure washer and warm, soapy water to rinse down your boat and trailer after each use.
- Drain: Drain the all water intake systems before leaving the lake.
- Dry: Allow your boat and trailer to fully dry for at least a week before entering another body of water.
Welcome to the world of boat ownership! You picked out a sweet ride and now you are ready for good times ahead while boating on Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, and beyond. But are you familiar with boat safety?
Buxton Marine wants to help educate you with 5 safe boating tips in Texas to keep in mind as you set sail:
- Share Your “Float Plan”
What is a “float plan” you ask? It’s simply your estimated time on the lake, who’s with you, where you are going to be boating, etc. Sharing this information with someone else who will not be on the boat is important so that should you have mechanical failure or other mishaps, you know someone will know to come looking for you. Don’t forget to give them the boat type and registration information as well.
- Take a Boating Safety Course
In the State of Texas, a boating safety course is not required if you were born before 1993, but being familiar with common boating rules of operation is a must for any new boat owner. There are a plethora of resources available online including this free one from Boat US Foundation.
- Assign an Assistant Skipper
As a good rule of thumb, don’t go out on the lake unless you and at least one other member of your party are familiar with the boat’s operation procedures and can safety drive it. Assign this person as your “Assistant Skipper,” willing to step in and safety drive the boat should you become incapacitated in some way.
- Check the Weather
Know the weather before you depart out onto the boat and avoid the water should the weather skies look dark, high winds are picking up, or you experience sudden drops in temperature. Be prepared on board your vessel for all types of weather.
- Common Sense in Key
As with anything, common sense will get you a long way when operating your boat safely on the lake. Use safe boating speeds at all times, be mindful of buoys designated areas where boating is prohibited or you are to slow down, and being alert and focused at all ties are key to a safe – and fun! – day of boating.