Know Before You Buy: The Costs of Boat Ownership

We’re a boat dealer – so we love selling people beautiful wakeboard boats, ski boats, and wakesurf boats that provide hours of fun on the lake! But those hours of fun come at a cost, and we always want our prospective buyers to be aware of the costs of boat ownership.

 

Before buying a boat from Buxton Marine, consider these costs of boat ownership:

 

  1. Upfront Costs

 

This is the price tag on the boat. Remember that you’ll pay for the boat, plus related interest and financing costs if you finance the boat. Use our handy boat payment calculatoron our website to determine how much boat you can afford.

 

  1. Insurance

 

Now that you’ve got the boat, you’ve got to insure it too! Shop around for quotes to get the best deal that serves your needs and boat purchase best.

 

  1. Boat Storage

 

Where will you keep the boat? If you don’t have a place to store the boat at your home, then consider marina or boat storage costs when evaluating your monthly payment and cost of boat ownership.

 

  1. Maintenance

 

This is not a story of “if,” but “when.” While we certainly hope your new Nautique boat or other new boat purchase does not have major mechanical issues, boat maintenance is always a given. Regular tune-ups protect your investment and are a necessary part of the costs of boat ownership.

 

  1. Accessories

 

Consider the upfront costs that will come with outfitting our boat for pleasure on the lake. Wakeboards, wakesurf boards, ropes, life jackets, tubes, bimini upgrades, and more – these are just a few of the accessories you’ll no doubt want to purchase for your boat.

If you’re ready to take the leap into boat ownership – or still trying to figure out if purchasing a boat is right for you – contact the best boat dealer in Texas, Buxton Marine, to help answer any and all questions you may have.

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Boat Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe When Tubing

Tubing can be a lot of fun! It’s great for all ages and requires zero skill. Who wouldn’t love bumping and bouncing along with the waves? While tubing can be very fun, it can also be dangerous. Don’t let a great day on the lake end with an ER visit. Follow these boat safety tips on how to stay safe when tubing on the lake:

 

Wear A Life Vest

 

Okay – this is a no brainer, but bears repeating. Anytime a passenger gets on the tube, they should be a life jacket. You never know when they might get bounced off by an unsuspecting wave.

 

Communication is Key

 

Before a passenger gets on the tube, establish the ground rules. Make sure they know how to communicate with you whether they’d like to go faster, slower, or stop. As your passenger is riding, make sure you are constantly aware of what is going on.

 

Check the Gear

 

Before setting off for a fun day of tubing, check your ropes and knots to make sure everything is tied off properly. Does your tube have air? Are there any leaks? These are all important boat safety tips to be aware of.

Watch for Hazards

 

Part of tubing – and really any watersports – is an awareness of your surroundings. You wouldn’t want to sling your passengers into a stump or a buoy! Pay close attention to other boats that might be coming nearby or other hazards that could come into contact with your tube.

 

Be Safe in the Water

 

If your passenger falls off into the water, be sure they know how to stay safe in the water! Do not attempt to swim back to the boat. Instead, they should stay exactly where they are and watch carefully for other boaters. Teach passengers to wave their arms in the air to make other boats aware of their presence while you circle back. You might even consider adding a safety whistle to their life jacket.

 

Turn the Boat Off

 

As you approach the rider and they are ready to get back in the boat, cut the motor. This eliminates the risk of injury from the propeller on the backside of the boat.

 

Boat safety tips are important whether you are a seasoned boat owner or a novice! If you’re ready for good times ahead on the lake, call Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you find the right watersports boat, wakeboard boat, or waterski boat that fits your needs. As the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – we know boats!

Boat Winterization: How to Get Your Boat Ready for the Off Season

Labor Day has come and gone, and with it, warm summer days on the lake. Sure, we live in Texas, so you’re probably got a few more in ya! But before long, the cooler weather means it’s time to winterize your boat and get it stored properly for the fall and winter months. Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas on how to get your boat ready for the off season:

 

Boat Winterization

Winterization is simply the process of getting your boat properly stored for the winter. First of all, decide where you are going to store it. An indoor facility is ideal, but if that doesn’t work, be sure to have your boat professionally shrink wrapped to protect it against the elements over the winter. Look at your boat’s manual or bring it in to Buxton Marine for Dallas boat winterization questions.

 

Inventory Safety Gear

The end of the season is a great time to inventory safety gear and make sure you still have everything you need on board. Is your fire extinguisher in good working order? Are there enough life jackets on board? First aid kit full? Replenish any supplies that are running low or have aged.

Detail the Boat

Before winterization, it’s a great time to deep clean your boat! Apply a wax and varnish to the exterior and carefully detail the entire interior of the boat, keeping everything good as new and preventing any mildew growth over the winter months.

 

Boat Tune-Up

Fall is a great time to get your boat’s engine detailed as well! Change the oil and fuel filter, check the spark plugs, check the belts, evaluate battery, etc. All of these simple steps lead to extending the life of your investment.

 

If you need help with boat winterization in Dallas, give us a call at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas! There’s a reason customers come back time and time again to buy their boats from Buxton Marine. Our quality and customer service experience is second-to-none. Schedule your appointment today!