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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Mark your Calendar for the Dallas Boat Show with Buxton Marine!

Boating season is around the corner…are you in the market for a new wakeboard boat, ski boat, or other watersports boat? 

Buxton Marine is your #1 Nautique dealer in the country and we will be at the Dallas Boat Show to show you all the latest Nautique models! 

Dallas Boat Show: Feb. 1-3 and 7-10, 2019

Mark your calendars now for the Dallas Boat Show, February 1-3 and 7-10, 2019 at the Dallas Market Hall. We can’t wait to show you the brand new 2019 Nautique  models, including the Super Air Nautique G25. Here are a few things you can check out on our latest Nautique models at the boat show:

Nautique Surf System

If you’re interested in wake surfing, then this is a feature you must checkout! The Nautique Surf System allows you to perfectly create and customize your own wake for the perfect surfing experience. 

Best Boat Audio System from JL Audio

No doubt you’ll be impressed by the sound system in the 2019 Nautiques! It provides the best boat audio system around, with crisp sound as you coast over the water. Specifics vary by model, including features like tower speakers, subwoofers, and more.

Integrated Stringer System

With Nautique, it’s the little things that add up to quality. One of those is our integrated stringer system, which hides the ballast inside our stringer grid, keeping it out of the storage areas and adding additional strength and stability to your boat. We’re proud to say our boats are overengineered for years of fun ahead.  

5-Year Warranty

Ask our representatives about the Nautique warranty. It’s 5 years and completely transferrable, making it a great selling feature should you choose to sell. The result: peace of mind in owning the best wakeboard or wakesurf boat on the market. 

See you at the Dallas Boat Show!

Want to learn more? Come see Buxton Marine at the Dallas Boat Show, Feb. 1-3 and 7-10, 2019 at Dallas Market Hall! 

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Buxton Marine Tips & Tricks: Mistakes Beginner Water Skiers Make

You’ve purchased the boat (hopefully it’s a Nautique!) and your whole crew is excited to learn to waterski, wakeboard, and wakesurf. Here are a few common mistakes beginner water skiers make and how to avoid them, courtesy of the best boat dealer in North Texas – Buxton Marine!

Mistake #1: Trying to Stand On Your Own

The key to waterskiing – and all watersports for that matter – is so let the boat do the work. Let the boat pull you out of the water, instead of forcing it. Before you begin, wait in your seated position in the water, and gradually stand up as the feel the boat pull you. Resist the urge to stand up too much until you are fully ready and balanced.

 

Mistake #2: Starting Too Tense

Your goal is to start in the water completely relaxed. If you’re too tense, then you’ll have a tendency to straighten your legs and remain too rigid before the boat every pulls you up. Your goal is to sit in the water, with knees bent, tips up, and letting your body float freely in your life jacket.

 

Mistake #3: The Wrong Binding Settings

Before you ever get into the water, make sure your ski bindings fit properly. You’ll want to make sure you aren’t sitting too far back on the skis. Move them up as necessary, and get an expertly trained ski instructor to evaluate your bindings if you are unsure if they are fitting properly.

 

Mistake #4: Too Much Muscle on the Turn

Once you get the hang of skiing and are ready to attempt gliding back and forth across the wake or around a bouy, resist the temptation to muscle it with your arms. Instead, use your body’s natural falling motion to skim the water back the direction in which you’d like to go and get your ski to fall over naturally on the edge.

 

Mistake #5: Squatting

Now that you’re up, stand up with your body in alignment. If you are skiing with your knees bent and squatting, you’ll be stiff over the waves and more prone to falling. Instead, make sure your knees, hips, and shoulders are all in alignment.

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Buying a Wakeboard Boat on a Budget – What You Need to Know

Think wakeboard boats are only for the wealthy?

Think again.

 

There are wakeboard and ski boats for all price points, you just have to know where to look. At Buxton Marine, we are the #1 boat dealer in North Texas for a reason, and we know boats! Here are a few tips on buying a wakeboard boat on a budget:

 

  1. Go for an Inboard Boat

 

Even if you are on a budget, you do not want a cheap quality boat. Inboard boats – like Nautique – are made to last. They are generally a little more expensive and hold their value better than other models because they are reliable. If you do have an issue, most service departments can get parts easily and fix your boat easily – meaning less money on repairs.

 

  1. Consider Quality, Older Model Boats

 

If your budget is tight, then talk to a dealer or someone you trust about older model boats. If they are well built – like a Nautique – then they may be a great way to save money without sacrificing quality, because again, many older inboard boats are made to last.

  1. Have Eyes Everywhere

 

Work with a reputable dealer to get eyes on the ground in terms of what boats are available and what might be coming available. Search online. You may even want to give your contact information to a few people at the local marina in case they hear of someone who is selling a boat that meets your criteria. Having eyes everywhere means you may be able to get a steal on a boat before it is ever officially on the market.

 

  1. Add Up the Costs

 

The costs of boat ownership go beyond just the monthly payment, so be sure that when you are selecting your budget, that you factor in insurance, maintenance, registration, etc.

 

If you’re ready to begin shopping for the best boat on a budget, then give us a call at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas. We specialize in finding the perfect boat for all budget levels.

 

Good times ahead!

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Why December is the Best Time to Buy a Boat – Buxton Marine Lewisville, Texas

Ever wondered when the best time to buy a boat is?

 

Well – it’s now!

 

Below we’ll discuss a few insider secrets on why December is the best time to buy a boat and why you should come see us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas NOW to get a steal of a deal on a brand new Nautique or one of our pre-owned boat models available.

Why December is the Best Time to Buy at Boat

  • Dealerships are Slower: In December, everyone is out buying Christmas gifts and attending parties, with few in the mood to buy a boat. This means dealerships are slower than normal. While this is bad for dealerships, this is great for you! A dealer may be more willing to adjust pricing because they just want to move inventory during a slow month.
  • New Models are Rolling In: Boat manufacturers are a lot like auto manufacturers and they release new model years mid-year. This means that the end of the year is spent selling current year and last year models, so by December, beautiful brand new boats that are about to be last year’s model may end up as a steal before the New Year.
  • Boat Manufacturer Incentives: Boat manufacturers often offer incentives to dealers for selling a certain amount of stock. If it’s a slow month – like December – a dealer may be more willing to cut a deal just to sell another boat and get closer to receiving the manufacturer incentives!

When Should I Shop for the Best Deals?

If you’re planning to shop for boat deals in December, plan to shop on holidays or on Saturdays for the absolute best deal. Research on auto transactions shows that the steepest discounts were had between Dec. 15 and the end of the month. If shopping early in the month, the best time to buy a boat would be Saturdays when dealers know you’re serious and competition is steep.

 

Why not give the gift of boating this holiday season?! Come see us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or Malakoff, Texas and let us show you what kind of holiday specials we have going on now during the best time to buy a boat!

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Gel Coat Maintenance: How to Keep Your Boat’s Gel Coat Shiny

As a boat owner, your boat is your pride and joy and you want it to look brand new for years to come. An important part of any boat’s appearance is its gel coat, and unfortunately, over time the boat’s gel coat can dull or cloud. While this cannot always be prevented, here are a few gel coat maintenance tips on how to keep your boat’s gel coat shiny:

 

  1. Remove Oxidation in the Spring

 

Most boat owners will go ahead and get their boat waxed in the Spring, but not so fast. Oxidation can set in over the winter and waxing over it will just make it permanent. Instead, wash the boat thoroughly, then use an oxidation remover and buffer before any wax is applied.

 

  1. Wax – and Then Wax Some More

 

If you really want that boat to shine, then a little bit of elbow grease is in order. Start by waxing the boat with a thick paste wax, then follow up with a liquid carnauba-based product to really kick the shine into gear. The liquid wax will need to be reapplied during the season, but does a great job of protecting the bottom layer of wax and pumping up the shine.

  1. Store Away from Sunlight

 

UV light is the #1 culprit in making gel coat fade and lack that shine you crave. Whenever possible, plan to keep your boat stored out of the sunlight. Additionally, if you take your boat to the ocean, be sure to wash all the saltwater off afterward, as the saltwater crystals magnify the sun and break down the shine.

 

  1. Follow Each Cleaning with a Wax

 

During the summer boating season, if you find that you need to use a cleaner or de-greasing product on your boat, be sure to wax again afterward. Boat cleaners often do a great job of cleaning, but do little for gel coat maintenance and break that wax coat down quickly.

 

Call Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or on Cedar Creek Lake anytime for gel coat maintenance in Texas

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Buxton Marine: The #1 Boat Dealer in Texas for a Reason!

Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas and Malakoff, Texas is proud to provide our customers with the highest level of customer service throughout the boat purchasing process, making us the #1 boat dealer in Texas. Whether you are looking at purchasing a boat, wanting to sell your boat, want to accessorize, or need boat repairs, Buxton Marine has you covered every step of the way.

 

Buxton Marine Parts Department

A little known part of our business is our Buxton Marine Parts Department. Our parts department can get just about any part you could want for your Nautique, MasterCraft, Malibu, or other watercraft brand. Part of being a boat owner is making the boat your own, so if there is a part or accessory you seek, call our Buxton Marine Parts Department today! If they don’t have it in stock, they can certainly get it!

 

Buxton Marine Pro Shop

Oh the accessories! Christmas is just around the corner, and chances are, there is someone on your list who could use a new wakeboard, wakesurf board, or tube. Our Buxton Marine Pro Shop has everything you need to outfit your boat. Come see us today and see what we’ve got on sale and ready for your gift giving this holiday season!

 

Buxton Marine Service Department

One of the things we pride ourselves on – and one of the things that makes us the #1 boat dealer in Texas – is our exceptional service department. Whether you need a repair, or just want to service your boat, our Buxton Marine Service Department will give you the white glove treatment. Most of our customers are repeat customers for a reason! At Buxton Marine, we take care of our customers during and after the sale.

 

Come see us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or in Malakoff, Texas today to experience the Buxton Marine difference! We love being your #1 boat dealer in Texas!

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How to Pick the Best Wakeboard

There are few things in life that are truly “one size fits all,” and wakeboards certainly aren’t one of those things. A common misconception is that you can just hop on a buddy’s board and start shredding. Well that just isn’t the case! If you want to learn how to wakeboard, then the right wakeboard is essential. Here are several tips on choosing the best wakeboard:

 

  1. Bindings are Important

 

We’ve seen too many people come in looking at wakeboards, and they completely ignore the bindings in their purchase decision. This is a huge mistake! Bindings are created for comfort and protection against injury, making them a crucial part of the wakeboarding experience. Look for bindings that are snug, but comfortable.

 

  1. Consider the Rocker

 

A wakeboard’s “rocker” is how much bend the board has, and it is either consider “continuous” or “3-stage.” If you’re just beginning the sport of wakeboarding, then a continuous rocker will be best for you, providing smooth transitions on the water. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get more aggressive with your jumps, then a 3-stage rocker will give you more lift and pop.

 

  1. Get the Right Size

 

Do not try to use a board that is the wrong size for your height/weight! A board that is too small will fly underneath you, creating a lack of control; a board that is too big will feel clunky and difficult to maneuver. Check with your pro shop on the appropriate size for your height/weight.

 

  1. Fiberglass vs. Wood

 

Fiberglass and wood are the two most popular core elements of a wakeboard, and each has its perks. A fiberglass board – the most popular option – is durable and lighter, while a wood core board will give the rider additional pop off the wake for more advanced tricks.

 

  1. Always Try it First

 

Check with your local pro shop – like Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas – to see if you can borrow or rent gear before buying it. This helps get a feel for the best wakeboard for you and your skill level, without committing to something you don’t love.

Have more questions about the best wakeboard for you? Visit Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas today and ask to speak to our experts in the pro shop!

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