Boating 101: How to Operate Your Boat Safely in a Storm

In Texas, the weather can change on a dime, and this happens whether you are on land or water! If a great day on the lake turns south and clouds begin to roll in, make sure you know how to operate your boat safely in a storm. Here are a few boat safety tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you navigate the storm effectively!

 

  1. Put Life Jackets On

Locate a life jacket for each passenger and make sure each person on board the boat is wearing one. This is an absolute must in any stormy situation!

 

  1. Activate Navigation Lights

In order to avoid collisions, be sure to turn your navigation lights on. It’s smart to give yourself a refresher in using your navigation lights properly before getting on the water this next season.

 

  1. Reduce Speed

Keep your boat moving forward to shore, but at a lower speed, paying close attention to your surroundings. Head to shore if it is safe to do so.

 

  1. Have a Float Plan

Before heading out for the day, be sure to alert someone to your plans – where you will be boating, how long, etc. This is called a Float Plan and it will give you peace of mind for any day on the lake – stormy or not.

 

  1. Cut Waves at 45 Degrees

If you run up against large waves and are trying to operate your boat safely in a storm, try to maneuver your boat to cut the wave at a 45-degree angle. This will help avoid water rushing overboard and into the boat.

 

  1. Watch for Signs of Bad Weather

One of the best ways to navigate stormy weather is to avoid it all together. Be sure to check the forecast before going out on the lake, and watch for signs of bad weather rolling in. Head to shore and call it a day if the temperature begins to drop suddenly, you see dark clouds or lighting, or if there are vertical clouds, as all are signs of storms.

 

Buxton Marine – the #1 boat dealer in North Texas – wishes you good times ahead on the lake!

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From our Lewisville Pro Shop: Best Watersports Accessories for 2018

Christmas gifts are barely unwrapped and you’re still cleaning up the mess – not to mention it’s been very cold in North Texas lately – but with a new year dawning, it’s hard not to fast forward and think about summer fun on the lake!

Here’s an idea: why not visit our Lewisville Pro Shop and get ready to take your boat out with brand new water toys and accessories the whole family will love?! Here’s a rundown of some of the best watersports accessories for 2018:

 

Aquaglide Airport Classic Towable Platform – Retail Appox. $350

We’ve all seen the party mats that are tied to docks as an extra place to chat and just hangout at the lake. Well, the Aquaglide Airport Classic Towable Platform is that, but better! Sure, you can use it as a regular party mat, but you can also tow it behind your boat with plenty of room for everyone. Options for accessories abound, and bonus, it makes a great island to sit on just about anywhere you’d like to anchor down.

 

Gladiator Versa – Retail Approx. $175

The Gladiator Versa is just that – versatile. We love that it can be used as a wakeboard, wakesurf board, kneeboard, and even a ski. Just adjust the foot straps around the board and you’re set! It’s the perfect water toy for adults and kids alike, of all different skill levels.

 

Liquid Force Trip 2018 – Retail Approx. $270

Have kids interested in learning to wakeboard? Purchase a Liquid Force Trip and you won’t be sorry! Many pros agree this is a great beginner board that can take you from your first day on the lake – and builds with you as your skills grow. It features a continuous rocker, removable center fin, and a variable edge rail for smooth transitions.

 

These are just a few of our favorite new watersports accessories for 2018! Come into the Buxton Marine Lewisville Pro Shop today to see the industry’s best wakeboards, surfboards, skis, tubes, and so much more! We are the best boat dealer in North Texas!

3 Reasons Buying a Pre-Owned Boat Might Save You Money

Is a boat at the top of your holiday wish list?

 

If so, now is a good time to begin your search for the perfect wakeboard, wakesurf, or ski boat! While Buxton Marine specializes in beautiful new Nautique boats, we also have a wide selection of pre-owned boats in Dallas, Texas from Nautique, Mastercraft, Tige, Supra, and more. Before you buy, consider the reasons buying pre-owned might just save you money:

 

Same Features. Lower Prices.

Think of it like buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. Sure, this year’s model is the latest and greatest, but last year’s model might also have all the same bells and whistles, just at a lower cost. Even better, that model from last year might have after market customizations that raise its value – and again – you might be able to get all of that for less that the cost of a new one.

 

Extras Galore.

Not only might a pre-owned boat have after-market customizations that would cost a fortune to add, they might also have extras included like life jackets, emergency equipment, flags, flares, and more. Add up every item that comes with the boat and assign a cost to it to determine how much more you would have to spend with a new boat to get the same amenities.

 

Check Maintenance Records.

Just because a boat is X amount of years old doesn’t mean all of the components are that old! Ask to see the maintenance records if possible to see if any of the components are new or in like-new condition from a recent replacement. It’s like getting a new Dallas boat for less!

 

If you are considering a pre-owned boat, then give us a call at Buxton Marine today! Our knowledgeable sales staff has a large inventory of boats, and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can find it! We are experts in wakeboard boats in Texas and we can’t wait to help you find the boat of your dreams.

 

Good times ahead!