Boat Storage Tips: What You Must Do as Summer Draws to an End

With Labor Day weekend behind us, it’s time to start thinking about pumpkins, football, and the holiday season. It’s hard to believe Fall is almost here!

 

At Buxton Marine Long Cove and Buxton Marine Lewisville, we hope you enjoyed the summer on your Nautique and wanted to give you some boat storage tips as you begin thinking about storing your boat for the Fall/Winter season:

 

Prep Now for Next Season

Don’t just store your boat – think about how you want to find your boat at the beginning of the boating season next year!

  • Make sure all exterior scratches or dings are repaired.
  • Research the best storage facilities to protect your boat during the off-season.
  • Get a professional boat winterization to make sure the engine and systems on-board are clean and ready to be stored.
  • Get a proper boat cover that will keep dust and debris off your boat while stored.

 

Deep Clean the Boat

Any stains, spills, or sitting water can lead to mildew, mold, and other issues when you’re ready to use your boat next season.

  • Take all of your cushions out, clean, and then store separately. It’s even smart to get a boat-specific vinyl protectant and treat the cushions and other upholstery with that as well.
  • Professionally clean all carpet on board.
  • Check each compartment below to make sure there are no oil spills that could cause damage.

 

Maintenance is Key

Once you’ve handled all the external and cosmetic cleaning, it’s important to use these boat storage tips to maintain the engine and components.

  • Carefully test all of the electronic components on the boat, and repair any issues before storing.
  • Change the oil before storing the boat.
  • Make sure the hull is properly supported during storage to prevent any cracking due to uneven weight.

 

If you aren’t sure where to start with preparing your boat for storage, call Buxton Marine Lewisville or Buxton Marine Long Cove today! Our service team will gladly get your boat ready for storage with our Lewisville boat winterization package, tailored to your boat and your needs. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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4 Common Boat Anchoring Mistakes to Avoid – Buxton Marine Lewisville

If you’re spending a day at the lake, chances are you’ll be spending some time anchored in the water. Maybe you’re taking a quick break to let kids jump out and swim or maybe you’re anchored near a beach for lunch. Whatever your reason, you’ll want to make sure you’re anchoring properly by avoiding these 4 common boat anchoring mistakes:

 

  1. Anchoring in the Wrong Spot

 

First things first, you need to find a good spot to anchor if you are going to avoid boat anchoring mistakes. Don’t attempt to anchor down right next to another boat where the wind may blow one boat into another. Also, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t drop anchor on top of another anchor. Look for an area that is clear of other boats, but also shielded from waves and wind.

 

  1. Insufficient Anchor Rode

 

Anchor rode is the rope that is attached to the boat and the anchor. Before you drop your anchor, make sure that you have enough anchor rode available for the scope and that the rode is clear of all knots and tangles.

 

  1. Insufficient Scope

 

This goes along with rode, but scope is the calculated ratio of distance from the bottom of the lake to the top of the bow, multiplied times how much rode you need. Generally you want a 3:1 or 5:1 scope. You can’t just assume because the lake is 10 ft deep, that you only need 12-15 ft of anchor rode. It’s just not enough.

 

  1. Not Securing the Anchor Properly

 

First of all, the anchor should always be attached to your boat before dropping it. (You knew that already, right?!) After double-checking it, slowly ease the anchor over the bow of the boat – never the stern! Be sure to account for some drag as the anchor secures in the bottom of the lake. If you aren’t sure if your anchor is secure, you can always very slowly put your boat in reverse to test the anchor’s strength. If you’re caught, then you’re ready to go!

 

If you’re in the market for a new wakeboard boat, water ski boat, or wakesurf boat, visit the Texas boat experts – Buxton Marine Lewisville and Buxton Marine Long Cove Marina!

The Perfect Family Boat: Why You’ll Love the Nautique Super Air GS20

Nautique already had a stellar lineup of amazing, pro-quality boats, and just when we didn’t think it could get any better, Nautique added the perfect family boat: the Nautique Super Air GS20!

 

Don’t let the term “family boat” fool you! It’s not low on power or features, it just happens to have the perfet amount of versatility for any array of watersports your family might want to enjoy: wakeboarding, water skiing, wakesurfing, tubing, and more. Here’s why we think you’ll love the Nautique Super Air GS20:

 

  1. Stellar Features

As you’d come to expect from Nautique, the features on this thing are second to none. We’re swooning over the Linc Panoray touchscreen that controls everything on your boat with the touch of a button. Don’t want to take your hand off the helm? Just use the knob to the right of the throttle to effortlessly make adjustments.

 

  1. Manageable Size

The GS20 brings the best of the larger G series and puts it in a smaller package. At 20’, the GS20 is easier to handle but still big on power. It creates the perfect surf wave with easy to manipulate controls and it also gives you a beautiful, signature Nautique wake – all in a size that suits a family boat well.

 

  1. Innovative Tri-Hull

Want the best pull for all of your watersports? The Nautique Super Air GS20 provides it with an innovative new tri-hull. The tri-hull creates a soft pull perfect for skiing, but also makes all your watersports a breeze.

 

Ready to take the new Nautique Super Air GS20 out for a test drive? Give Buxton Marine Lewisville or Buxton Marine Long Cove a call today to set up your private test drive and see why Nautique is the best watersports boat out there! We’d love to get you out there for skiing on the early morning glass – so bring your favorite tow rope and we’ll bring the coffee!

What Other Boat Expenses Should a Boat Owner Expect? – Buxton Marine

The weather is warming up in North Texas, and we’ve got our eye on the lake.

If you’re looking to take the plunge into boat ownership, it’s important to consider that there are more boat expenses involved than just the cost of your boat. Buxton Marine recommends that you evaluate your budget and make sure you have room to cover all of the costs below, before purchasing a new or pre-owned boat:

  • Insurance: It seems like every major purchase comes with insurance costs. You’ll want to make sure you insure your boat to protect your investment, and it will be absolutely required if you are financing it. Chances are, your Lewisville boat dealer can provide some insight into who will have the best rates in addition to other boat expenses in this realm.
  • Routine Maintenance & Service: In order to ensure your boat stays in tip-top condition, you’ll want to abide by the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. This generally means a 10-20 hour inspection, and then maintenance every 50-100 hours of boat time.

  • Gas: This boat expense is expected, but gasoline prices can add up, as you spend more time on the lake. Keep in mind that you’ll need to budget for gas for both your boat and your tow vehicle. Hopefully, you have kind friends who will pitch in to help!
  • Boat Storage: Maybe you are lucky enough to have a large garage or some other boat storage at your home. But for most Texas boat owners, boat storage at home is not an option, so you’ll need to budget in storage at a local marina or warehouse to cover boat expenses.
  • Registration: Don’t forget that you’ll need to pay annual registration fees for your boat and trailer!
  • Launch Fees: Many lakes require launch fees before entering the water. Keep this in mind so there are no surprises upon arrival.
  • Boat Upgrades: Already eyeing an upgraded sound system or other accessories? These features add up, so you’d be wise to add these all up front and wrap them into your cost or add gradually along the way.

 

Once you feel that you are ready to take the plunge into boat ownership, come and see us at Buxton Marine in Lewisville! Even if you’re still in the dream phase, we’d still love to visit with you! Our lot is full of beautiful boats from Nautique, Correct Craft, MasterCraft, and more. We are proud to be the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas!

 

Tools to Make Boat Financing Easy at Buxton Marine

It’s a new year with new resolutions. Why don’t you add “buy a wakeboard boat” to that list?!

 

Does the idea of purchasing a new or pre-owned boat give you hives because you just aren’t sure how the boat financing will work out? At Buxton Marine, you don’t have to worry. As the leading Nautique dealer in the country, we offer plenty of tools to make the process hassle free and simple.

 

  1. Payment Calculator

Visit Buxton Marine online and click on our financing tab at the top. Once on the page, you will find our convenient boat payment calculator. Just enter in your estimated loan amount, interest rate, and number of months on the loan, and our calculator will tell you what your can expect the monthly payments to be.

 

  1. Fast & Easy Boat Loan Applications

Who said the loan application process had to be time consuming? Visit the Buxton Marine website to find two resources for fast, hassle-free loan applications. One is financing directly from Buxton; the other is one of our trusted third-party vendors. And don’t worry, your information is secure. With Buxton Marine, it’s easy to compare rates and get the best deal on a new or pre-owned ski boat or wakeboard boat in Lewisville, Texas.

 

  1. Talk to a Buxton Sales Associate

After filling out the loan application on our website, our Buxton team can look over the application and offer the best boat financing options for you. Our team is equipped to get you into the boat of your dreams – at a price that fits your budget. Let our team of experts evaluate your options today.

Come by Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas today to see the wide selection of new and pre-owned boats we have from Nautique, Malibu, MasterCraft, Chaparral, Correct Craft, and more. Boat financing has never been easier with Buxton Marine – your trusted Dallas boat dealer!