What to Do If You Get Caught in a Thunderstorm on the Lake


Everyone knows our weather in Texas is volatile. And on those warm summer days, a surge of cooler air can come in and collide – causing thunderstoms on the lake! So what do you do if you get caught on the lake in a thunderstorm?! Here are some tips from Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer – on how to weather the storm safely:

Know the Weather Forecast

Our weather forecasters don’t always get the weather right, but paying attention to the National Weather Service and what weather conditions they are predicting for the day is step 1 in avoiding getting caught in a storm on the lake.

Watch the Sky

As you are out boating and having a great time on your Nautique, watch the sky. Are dark skies rolling in? Do you see lighting or hear thunder in the distance? Thunder and lightning is first detectable from distances over a mile away, so if you see or hear a storm brewing, it’s a good idea to get to the shoreline before the skies open up.

Practice Precaution On Board

If you get caught in a storm, make sure that everyone on board is in a life jacket! This is vitally important, should the boat rock and anyone get thrown overboard. Also, get each person to the lowest point on board, as to keep them away from being a target in the sky. 

Navigate the Water Safely

As the storm rolls in, point your boat’s bow toward the gusts of wind, as this is the strongest part of the boat. Cut giant waves at a 45 degree angle. Do not let the waves and the wind cut your boat abeam, as this can make your boat more prone to capsizing.

When you are buying a Nautique, you know you are buying quality that can make stormy days on the lake more bearable – and more safe. Come see us at Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer – to learn more about what makes Nautique the best boat on the market. 

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What to Look for in Replacement Boat Speakers


For many boat owners, the sound system is vitally important to their boating experience. Sure, you want the boat to handle well and perform well for watersports, but the tunes just make that day at the lake any better. 

At Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas, we get questions from boat owners on how to switch out and replace boat speaker, so here are a few tips on how to do it:

  • Double Check Measurements

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that every speaker has different dimensions! Don’t assume a “standard sized” speaker will do the brick. Boat speakers vary by brand and install; double-check your measurements to make sure you are purchasing the right replacement size. Also – think about going with the biggest size that will fit your space, as it will offer better sound for your money.

  • Know What Wattage You Need

The last thing you want to do is blow out those fabulous new boat speakers because you loaded them with too much power! Not sure how much load each speaker can handle? A knowledge boat dealer or boat speaker rep can help you, but look at your amplifier and determine how many watts it is created for. Then, divide that number by the number of speakers you plant to attach to carry the load. Also be sure to be wary that wattage is communicated different ways by different manufacturers; some use “peak wattage,” others “RMS wattage.”

  • Get the Right Quality

We all want the best quality boat speakers in our wakeboard boat, right?! Before making a purchase, talk to a knowledgeable Dallas boat dealer about the various types of speakers on the market – and the pros and cons of each. You will find dual cone speakers, coaxial speakers, and component speakers all available – each with different advantages. If you want the best, then component speakers are the way to go, but they are most expensive. 

When buying a Nautique boat, one thing you can be sure of is that their boats come from the factory equipped with amazing speakers for great sound from day 1. Ready to talk to the #1 Nautique dealer about getting your hands on one before the summer boating season? Now is the time to talk to Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas – the #1 boat dealer for a reason! 

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! 

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.

Nautique Color Options: What’s New for 2018

With the best wakeboard, wakesurf, and ski boats on the market, Nautique has top of the line features and customization options that allow you to make your boat your own. For 2018, Nautique allows you to choose from a brand new palette of Nautique color options both on the interior and exterior. Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer in the United States – has the scoop on how you can customize with all the colors of the rainbow:

 

Nautique Color Options – Exterior

For 2018, Nautique has produced a palette of brand new gel coat and vinyl colors that have us drooling over here! The gel coat colors include Admiral Blue, Admiral Blue Metal Flake, Solar Red, Red Metal Flake, Masters Blue, Metal Flake, and Medallion Metal Flake. The vinyl options include Sahara Sand, Admiral Blue, and Solar Red. The colors are vibrant and bold and are sure to make your Nautique stand out on the water. All the colors are beautiful, but we love the way the metal flake options shimmer on the water when wakeboarding, wakesurfing, or skiing.

 

Nautique Color Options – Interior

New for 2018, Nautique has expanded the color options when it comes to designing the interior of your brand new Nautique boat. Both the primary interior and the box seating options can be customized to create a distinctive look that is all your own. Choose between beautiful neutrals like Sahara Sand and Frost Grey, or go for something more bold like Voltaic Yellow, Sublime Green, or Victory Red. The possibilities are endless!

Not sure which color combinations work best? Call an expert at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas and let our team help you design the perfect Nautique to fit your lifestyle. Buxton Marine is located near Lake Lewisville and Lake Grapevine, and prides itself on being the best boat dealer in North Texas.

 

Good times ahead!