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.

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What’s My Boat Trade-in Value?

It’s the end of the year, which means deep discounts on many of the Nautique models on the lot, as well as pre-owned models from Mastercraft, Supra, Correct Craft, and others.

New Boat; Same Payment

If you currently own a boat but are itching to upgrade to something different for the 2018 season, give Buxton Marine a call! We have helped hundreds of people trade-in their boats to get a new one – with no change in payment! It’s a win/win. You pay the same amount of money; we get you into a brand new boat. Even if you’ve only had your current boat for a short time, it’s easy to slip into a new model year and not even feel the pinch because Buxton Marine gets you a great boat trade-in value.

 

What’s My Boat Trade-in Value?

Great question. Give our team at Buxton Marine a call today, and let us identify what your current boat is worth. We will always give you an honest, competitive rate. It’s why most of our sales are repeat sales, and we are proud to say that our customers are like family. We go the extra mile to give you a customer service experience second-to-none.

 

Easy Online Form!

If you’re eager to begin the process of valuing your trade right now, check out our simple online submission form. Fill in a few simple questions – make, model, any add-ons or accessories, etc. – and wait for us to call you back! We’ll get back to you quickly on the next business day, if not sooner, so that you know how to proceed with your boat trade-in.

 

New Nautique wakeboard and wake surf boats, a vast pre-owned inventory, boat financing, boat maintenance, top notch pro shop, and more – Buxton Marine can cover all of your boating needs in Lewisville, Texas or Long Cove Marina. Give us a call today and let us help you into a new boat – just in time for the holidays!

Why we Love the Brand New 2018 Super Air Nautique GS24 – Buxton Marine

Nautique’s GS Series has been gangbusters, and it’s easy to see why!

 

Nautique builds the best wakeboard boats in the world, and the Nautique GS Series puts the same power the professionals have into your hands.

 

The 2018 Super Air Nautique GS24 was recently released, and it’s got everything you want and more in your new wakeboard boat. Here’s why the folks here at Buxton Marine Lewisville and Buxton Marine Long Cove are loving it:

 

  1. Room for Everyone

With 24’ of technology and the highest quality craftsmanship, you’ll have plenty of room to bring all of your family and friends along for the ride. The 24’ Nautique GS24 seats 17 people. Worried about storing all the gear? No worries. There is plenty of storage for wakeboards, skis, surfboards, tubes, and so much more. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you can pack in here!

 

  1. Innovative Technology

When Nautique released its GS Series, it brought in the best technology on the market. The GS Series is a merger between the G series and the Ski Nautique series, giving you the best of all watersports in one boat. You’ll love the features including Nautique Ski Assist, Nautique Surf System and Surf Select, huge Panoray touchscreen, and so much more.

 

  1. Nautique Configurable Running Surface

Wakeboarders, wakesurfers, waterskiers, and tube enthusiasts rejoice, because the brand new 2018 Super Air Nautique GS24 can be manipulated to give you the best ride on the market. 2,500 pounds of sub-floor internal ballast creating amazing wakes for wakeboarders and wakesurfers. Ski Assist functionality will give skiers the smoothest ride on the lake. It’s the technology and versatility you only dreamed would be available in a 24’ boat!

Ready to check out the Super Air Nautique GS24 for yourself? Come by Buxton Marine Lewisville, Texas or Buxton Marine Long Cove Marina and we’ll take you out of a test-drive. You are sure to be impressed!

Good times ahead!

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!

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.

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!

 

3 Steps to Winterizing Your Boat – Buxton Marine Lewisville

It’s almost that time again. As the temperature cools down and the days get shorter, boat owners across Texas begin to winterize their ski boats.

Winterize Your Boat at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas!

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Why Winterize?

No matter what type of boat you have – wakeboard boat, ski boat, fishing boat, etc. – winterizing is key to maintaining your boat for the long haul. Properly winterizing your boat will not only extend the life of your valuable asset, but it will also save you time and money when boating season kicks off again in 2017.

 

How Do I Winterize My Boat?

 

Step 1: Properly Store Your Boat

The best way to store your boat is to remove it from the water and have it stored in a climate controlled boat storage facility. Buxton Marine understands that this option may not work for everyone, so you can also choose to have your boat shrink-wrapped, cover it tightly with a tarp or cover, and park in a covered area if at all possible.

 

Step 2: Perform Checklist to Winterize

Each boat manufacturer – whether Nautique, MasterCraft, Tige, Supra, Malibu, etc. – has a checklist for winterizing in their owner’s manual. Be sure to consult that list first and foremost. No time for that? We highly recommend that you bring your boat into a reputable boat service department like Buxton Marine. Buxton Marine is one of the best boat service shops in North Texas. Each and every one of our service technicians as undergone extensive training with Nautique, ensuring they are experts in their craft. Winterizing with Buxton Marine is a no brainer.

 

Step 3: Air Everything Out Before Storing

Winterizing is a great chance to clean out the boat, evaluate what needs to be replaced for the Spring, air out cushions, etc. Properly airing out and cleaning out the boat will make all the difference when Texas boating season is in full swing again.

 

Ready to winterize your boat? Call Buxton Marine on Lake Lewisville for inboard boat winterizing and service!