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!

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.