Nautique MicroTuners: What They are and Why They Matter

Nautique continues to strive for excellence in innovation, and it’s just one of the reasons we love selling so many Nautique boats and are proud to be the #1 Nautique dealer in the country

One such innovation that hit the watersking world by storm is the patented Nautique MicroTuner technology. So much so, that it actually won the Water Sports Industry Association Leadership Award for Most Innovative Product of 2018 and a NMMA Innovation Award as well. Buxton Marine is here to shed some light on this award-winning product:

What are Nautique MicroTuners?

Available on the all-new redesigned Ski Nautiques, MicroTuners are basically little blades that can be deployed from the boat to move water around so that the troughs behind the boat no longer exist. The result: a perfectly flat ski surface free of troughs that take the skier below the normal water level. 

Why Nautique MicroTuners? 

With a perfectly flat ski surface, every skier’s ability improves! He or she is able to move with more ease, as they are completely in contact with the water throughout the ride. Experts in the field call this innovation one of the most revolutionary advancements in water skiing they’ve seen in recent history! Nautique MicroTuners are the real deal and you’ll want to check them out for yourself at Buxton Marine! 

Nautique is the only ski boat on the market with the patented Nautique MicroTuner technology, and if you’re an avid skier or in the market for a ski boat, you’ll definitely want to check it out! Come by Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to learn more from one of our expertly trained sales staff. We can’t wait to show you the Nautique difference! We are proudly located near Lake Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas and at Cedar Creek Lake in Malakoff, Texas.

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10 Water Ski Safety Tips for Beginner Water Skiers and Wakeboarders

Skiing has been surpassed in recent years by wakeboarding, but it feels like it’s making a comeback in some markets! And if you’re interested in water skiing, then the Ski Nautique is hands down the best boat on the market. 

Water ski safety tips for your Ski Nautique!

Maybe this is the summer you learn to water ski! Whether you are learning to water ski or even wakeboard, here are some water ski safety tips to keep your safe in the water: 

  1. Don’t Signal Unless You Want to Start: Don’t ever give the “go” signal until you are completely ready to start your run. This means your body is completely stable, your hands are firmly gripping the rope, and you’re ready to rock. 
  2. Keep the Rope out Front: Do not attempt to wrap the rope around any part of your body or feed your arms or hands through the handle, as both could result in severe injury.
  3. Fall Sideways or Back: Sometimes you just know a fall is coming! If so, the safest way to do it is to fall on your side, or even to the back. Avoid falling forward as you might smack into the skis and risk injury.  
  4. Turn Motor Off Between Runs: If you’re trying to get in or out of the water, be sure the driver as completely turned off the motor before jumping in or swimming in the vicinity of the motor. 
  5. Steer Clear of Obstacles: This should go without saying, but never ski near buoys, tree stumps, docks, or other boats. Only ski out on open water with plenty of room to maneuver. 
  6. Check the Equipment: Before heading out to the lake, be sure to check equipment to be sure there is no damage to the skis or ropes that are frayed. 
  7. Learn the Proper Hand Signals: When skiing or wakeboarding, it is your responsibility to know how to signal the driver to speed up, slow down, or stop. 
  8. Be Safe After a Fall: If you fall and find that another boat is heading your way, have a whistle installed on your life jacket to blow as a signal, wave  arms, or even lift a ski up in the air to grab attention. 
  9. Check Rope Lengths: If you’re learning to ski with someone else, be sure both you and your fellow skier are using ropes that are the same length. 
  10. Have fun! 

Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – wishes you good times ahead!

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!

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!

Looking for a Pontoon Boat for Sale in Lewisville, Texas? Call Buxton Marine!

Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas carries a wide range of boats – ski boats, wakeboard boats, and of course, pontoon boats too! If you’re ready to purchase a new boat for the summer boating season, here are 4 great reasons to consider a pontoon boat for sale:

 

  1. Great for Large Groups

If you are planning to do a lot of entertaining on the boat, or just have a large family, then a pontoon boat is an excellent choice. Many other boat styles can feel small and cramped, but a pontoon allows plenty of space to sunbathe, watch the riders behind the boat, and just enjoy a day on the lake.

 

  1. Storage Space

One of the biggest complaints we hear about boats is, “well, there isn’t enough storage space.” This is not the case with a pontoon boat for sale! Pontoon boats utilize each nook and cranny to provide all the storage you need for gear and snacks, leaving you with tons of deck space to move freely.

  1. Easy to Customize

The options are endless with a pontoon boat! Talk to the experts at Buxton Marine on Lake Lewisville about speaker systems, lighting, and other accessories that can make the pontoon uniquely yours.

 

  1. Versatility

Do you want to fish but your son wants to tube? Are you planning a day on the lake and want to be able to play and also have room to entertain? A pontoon can do it all! When you purchase a pontoon boat for sale, you know that your boating needs will be met.

 

Ready to make lasting memories on the lake this summer with your family and friends? Think a pontoon boat might be right for you? If so, call Buxton Marine in Lewisville! While we’re the #1 Nautique dealer in the United States, we offer a variety of high quality pre-owned boats to choose from as well.

 

Good times ahead!

 

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!

Boat Selling Tips: Follow these 4 Tips to Get it Sold

You’ve been into the dealership and have an eye on a brand new Nautique wakeboard boat. You’re ready to buy, but there is one small problem – you haven’t sold your old boat yet!

 

If you’re planning to sell your wakesurf, waterski, or wakeboard boat in the near future, plan to use these boat selling tips from Buxton Marine Lewisville:

 

  1. Perform Maintenance

As a boat owner, it’s a good idea to keep logs of all maintenance and service done on your boat, exactly for times such as these. Potential buyers want to know that your boat is well taken care of before purchasing, so showing them service records can go a long way in securing the sale. Even if you don’t have the records handy, it’s a good idea to have your boat serviced to make sure all current maintenance is performed and you can confidently tell a prospective buyer everything is in good working condition.

 

  1. Deep Clean

We’re talking deep clean beyond what you think is necessary. Potential buyers are going to open and look in everything nook and cranny in the boat; don’t let them find spills, dirt, and mold. This just gives the illusion that your boat is not well maintained, casting doubts on whether or not it’s a good buy.

 

  1. Stage the Boat

Think of your boat as you would a home for sale. Look at it with fresh eyes, as if you’re the buyer. What is a turn-off? Are there storage compartments stuffed with gear? The best way to stage a boat is to take everything out, and then only neatly put back the things you plan to sell with the boat.

 

  1. Don’t Forget the Trailer

The trailer is part of the deal, so if it’s showing some signs of wear, spruce it up! Remove rust, repaint chipped paint, replace old chains and hooks, and don’t forget the tires! If there is maintenance to be done, go ahead and do it, as it will give a buyer peace-of-mind when making their boat purchase.

 

If you need any help getting your boat ready to sell, then visit Buxton Marine and let us help! Our service team can service your boat, and we can also offer advice on boat selling tips specific to your needs. After the boat is sold, visit Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – for the latest Nautique models, along with pre-owned models from Correct Craft, Mastercraft, Supre, Tige, and more.

 

What Makes a Nautique Boat Worth the Price Tag?

At Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – we realize that Nautique boats are not cheap – but it’s for good reason. What makes a Nautique worth the price tag, you ask? Let’s talk about a few things that really set the Nautiques apart from the rest of the pack:

 

Powerful Engines

There is a reason the pros prefer Nautique. Each Nautique is built with a Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM) engine that uses the latest in technology, along with 40 years of reliability testing, to create the best engine on the market. These guys have the art and science of engine building down and we’re delighted to have PCM engines in each and every Nautique we sell.

 

5 Year, Transferrable Warranty

Nautique stands behind its products and provides a customer service experience second-to-none with a 5 year, transferrable warranty. When you’re spending this much on a boat, you want 93 years of proven experience in the boating industry backing your boat purchase. Nautique has proven time and again that our customers come first and we want them to enjoy every aspect of their purchase without any regrets.

Nautique Surf System

If you love to wakesurf, then give the Nautique Surf System a try! Beautiful, perfectly formed waves appear at the touch of a button. Any lake or river is now a surfer’s playground. Just throw the rope in and enjoy the ride!

 

Quality Craftsmanship

No other manufacturer has the quality and craftsmanship that you get with each Nautique boat. Each part of your Nautique is handcrafted or hand-installed in Orlando, Florida. The innovative design of the boat allows for more convenience, all while quality you can trust. In fact, Nautique has an internal stringer system that keeps the ballasts under the floors vs. clogging up the storage areas, which actually improves the strength of the hull.

 

Ready to take a test drive out on the lake? Give us a call at Buxton Marine – your #1 Nautique dealer in Texas and nationwide!

Boat Buying Guide: 5 Things to Check Before Buying a Used Boat

Summer is here and it’s not too late to take advantage of a summer on the lake. But first, you’ve got to get a boat! If you’re new to boating, buying a used boat may be a great way to dip your toes into the waters of boat ownership. But not so fast! Before buying a used boat, be sure to check these 5 things:

 

  1. Trailer

Yes, the trailer is as much a part of the boat as the boat itself. If you’re hauling this boat to the lake every weekend, you want to know your trailer is in tip top condition. Inspect the wheels for signs of bearing grease or brake fluid leaks. Check the bunk for wear and tear. Don’t worry if you see a little rust; that’s completely normal.

 

  1. Cold Start

A cold start is simply cranking the engine for the first time in 24 hours. Be sure your boat dealer gives you the opportunity to run the boat with a cold start before purchase so that you can listen for any clanking, clicking, or humming noises that might occur upon cranking the engine. If you do hear noises, this is a sign of the oil pressure bleeding off in the engine or other engine issues.

 

  1. Engine Oil

Check the engine oil before buying a used boat by lifting the dipstick. The oil shouldn’t have any water separation (an indicator of head gasket problems), should be free of a strong gas smell, and should not be globby or gritty.

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  1. Engine Hours

We all know the lower the engine miles, the better the boat. However, don’t take the screen’s reading at face value. Be sure to check the hours before test-driving the boat and then after driving the boat to make sure the odometer is in good working condition and accurately portraying the hours.

 

  1. Electronics

Don’t assume because some electronics work, that all the electronics will work. Check all buttons and switches before buying a used boat. If some work and some don’t, you might be looking at faulty electrical wiring.

 

For years, used boat buyers have trusted Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas when buying a used boat. Each of our boats has undergone a lengthy vetting process so there are no surprises. Come see us today and let us find the perfect used boat in Lewisville for your needs.

Tips & Tricks: Teach Your Child to Wakeboard in 4 Easy Steps

Trying to teach your child to wakeboard can be a difficult and frustrating process. But like anything, practice makes perfect, and Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – is here with some tips on how to make the process a little simpler with these 4 steps:

 

Step 1: Walk on the Moon

One of the first things children must understand when being introduced to watersports is to stay calm and relaxed through the whole process. Tell your child he or she is an astronaut and they are trying to gently glide through space or walk on the moon.

 

Step 2: Curl Up in a Ball

When you teach your child to wakeboard, have them start by pretending he or she is a ball. Keep elbows and knees in, and then have the board float out in front of them. Don’t let them drag limbs in the water loosely.

Step 3: Don’t Stand Up Until Shorts are out of the Water

Kids have a tendency to want to stand up very quickly once the boat begins to pull. Teach them to fight that urge, staying seated as long as possible or until their shorts – or entire legs – are out of the water. Then slowly rise into a standing position.

 

Step 4: Smash a Bug

Once standing, most children are able to naturally rotate the board with the nose pointing toward the boat. If this doesn’t happen naturally, tell your child to bear weight on their back heel, acting as though they are gently – but forcefully – smashing a bug with it. This will teach your child to wakeboard and rotate it appropriately.

 

Want more tips on how to teach your child to wakeboard? Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer in Texas – is happy to share a few more of our favorite tips and tricks. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your boating, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and water skiing needs.