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 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!

Beginner Waterskiing: How to Teach a Child to Water Ski

You’ve bought the boat, and now it’s time to get the whole family in on the action!

 

A great way to do this is by teaching your children how to water ski. Water skiing is fun, and a skill that can last a lifetime. Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas on how to teach a child to water ski for the first time:

 

  1. Get the Right Gear

 

Step 1 to teaching beginner waterskiing is to get the right gear for your child. For the rope, get a standard 75 ft. rope, not a shorter one. Many people think beginners should be on shorter ropes, but this is just not the case, because the shorter the rope – the closer you are to the boat and choppier water. For the skis, you can purchase a toddler ski trainer for younger kids (normally up to age 6) or junior skis with a removable crossbar that holds the skis together until your child gains enough strength to keep the skis together and straight themselves.

 

  1. Teach the Fundamentals

 

Practice makes perfect when it comes to learning to water ski, and getting the feel for getting up out the water can be tough. When teaching beginner waterskiing, teach your child to sit crouched in the water with their legs slightly bent as if they are sitting back in the chair in the water. They should hold the rope firmly and allow the boat to gradually pull them up out of the water. One of the most common beginner waterskiing mistakes is to attempt to stand up too fast! Encourage crouching until they are fully upright and out of the water.

 

  1. Know How to Fall

 

Falling is a natural part of beginner waterskiing, and it’s important to teach your child how to do this properly. When they begin to fall, they should immediately let go of the rope and fall to the side for the safest landing.

 

If you’re looking for beginner waterskiing gear and want to teach your child how to waterski, then come by our Buxton Marine Pro Shop at both our Lake Lewisville and Cedar Creek Lake locations. Our pro shop is well stocked with water skis, life jackets, wakeboards, surfboards, ropes, tubes, and more.

The Redesigned Classic: Super Air Nautique 210

Let’s talk about the classic beauty of the Super Air Nautique 210.

 

The long awaited redesign has arrived, and frankly, it’s better than ever! You’ll love the redesigned technology features and even new design features, all while staying true to what made the classic so great in the first place.

 

Technology Features

 

At the heart of the all new Super Air Nautique 210 is the helm command center. You’ll enjoy the Touchscreen LINC Panoray system, perfect for controlling every aspect of your boat and keeping tabs on the engine and the rider alike. Everything can be handled via the LINC Panoray system, so there is no need to go anywhere else or crane your neck backwards to see the rider. The helm command feature even allows for control buttons just above the throttle, leaving you with yet another simple way to access your LINC Panoray without taking your hands away from the throttle. The JL Audio system is also top of its class, providing crystal clear sound as you navigate the water. It’s everything you loved about the old model, but brought up to speed with the best technology available for 2018.

Design Features

 

The open wrap around lounge layout is perfect for social gatherings of any size. Enjoy visiting with family and friends alike on the beautifully appointed Super Air Nautique 210. The helm seat is also inviting, with plush swivel seating, making a day on the lake as comfortable as sitting in your recliner. You’ll find the interior is packed with storage and design features that make carting all your gear a breeze. And lastly, the  thing we probably love the most is that the 210 didn’t lose its traditional bow, with extra seating, cupholders, storage under the seats, and even a dedicated stereo zone.

 

Ready to take the Super Air Nautique 210 out for a spin? Call the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – Buxton Marine Lewisville!

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!

Wakeboarding Tips: How to Make it Look Easy

Wakeboarding is just one of those things that comes easier to some than others. We’ve seen lots of people just pop up on a wakeboard with little technique, and then others consistently struggle.

 

Regardless of your skill level or aptitude for wakeboarding, here are a few wakeboarding tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you make it look easy:

 

Squat in the Water.

As you’re waiting to be pulled up, get your body as close to the board as you can in a squatting position. The closer your center-of-gravity is to the water and the board, the easier it will be for you to balance as the boat pulls you up. Once up, then you can start to stand.

 

Determine Which Foot Should be in Front.

If you have trouble getting up on the wakeboard, another one of our wakeboarding tips is to simply switch your foot position and put the other foot out front. So if you’ve been trying to swing the board around with the right foot out front, try shifting to the left instead. Sometimes the answer is just this simple!

 

Ask the Driver to Go Slow.

Many inexperienced drivers think “faster is better.” This is not the case! One of our wakeboarding tips is to make sure you are going within 14-18 mph, as to help the wakeboarder gain stability.

Use a Shorter Rope.

Sometimes slack in the rope can be hard for a new rider to manage. Try using a shorter rope – maybe one that’s 20’ behind the boat – to help the wakeboader.

 

Relax.

This is going to be fun! Now just make sure you’re being pulled behind a Nautique for the best ride on the market. Good times ahead! Call Buxton Marine today to take a test-drive on one of our beautiful Nautique models available now at our Nautique showroom in Lewisville, Texas or Long Cove Marina.

Which Model is the Best Nautique Boat for Me? – Buxton Marine Lewisville

At Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer in the world and the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas, we are often asked which Nautique model is the best Nautique boat.

And the answer – it depends.

Each boater has their own needs, and that’s why Buxton Marine offers a wide selection of Nautique models to suit your specific wakeboard, wakesurf, ski, and joy riding needs. Here’s a rundown on a few of the best Nautique boat models available:

 

Super Air Nautique 210

The 2017 Nautique 210 is the perfect boat for those who love a modern approach to the traditional. This model has evolved over the years, and as you still see the original lines and features Nautique owners have grown to love, you also see an innovative approach to making a gorgeous boat. While the Nautique 210 is beautiful, it’s also powerful and chock-full of features! It’s the perfect, well-rounded boat for wakesurfing and wakeboarding in Texas.

 

Super Air Nautique 230

The Super Air Nautique 230 is the best Nautique boat for those looking to pack a huge party on board! With 15 seats available, there is plenty of room to watch watersports or just cruise around the lake with your friends. And with features like the Nautique Surf System, Nautique Surf Select, and a fabulous JL Audio system, you’ll fall in love with the Super Air Nautique 230.

 

Super Air Nautique GS20

Want a boat that can do it all?! Then the best Nautique boat for you is the brand-new 2017 Super Air Nautique GS20! It combines the best of all the Nautique boats into a 20’ masterpiece! All the bells and whistles and a seamless ability to transition between wakesurf, wakeboard, and ski activities make this boat one of the best on the market.

These are just 3 of our favorite Nautique models available at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas. Ready to find out which model is the best Nautique boat for you? Come in and see us at the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – Buxton Marine!