Boating 101: How to Operate Your Boat Safely in a Storm

In Texas, the weather can change on a dime, and this happens whether you are on land or water! If a great day on the lake turns south and clouds begin to roll in, make sure you know how to operate your boat safely in a storm. Here are a few boat safety tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you navigate the storm effectively!

 

  1. Put Life Jackets On

Locate a life jacket for each passenger and make sure each person on board the boat is wearing one. This is an absolute must in any stormy situation!

 

  1. Activate Navigation Lights

In order to avoid collisions, be sure to turn your navigation lights on. It’s smart to give yourself a refresher in using your navigation lights properly before getting on the water this next season.

 

  1. Reduce Speed

Keep your boat moving forward to shore, but at a lower speed, paying close attention to your surroundings. Head to shore if it is safe to do so.

 

  1. Have a Float Plan

Before heading out for the day, be sure to alert someone to your plans – where you will be boating, how long, etc. This is called a Float Plan and it will give you peace of mind for any day on the lake – stormy or not.

 

  1. Cut Waves at 45 Degrees

If you run up against large waves and are trying to operate your boat safely in a storm, try to maneuver your boat to cut the wave at a 45-degree angle. This will help avoid water rushing overboard and into the boat.

 

  1. Watch for Signs of Bad Weather

One of the best ways to navigate stormy weather is to avoid it all together. Be sure to check the forecast before going out on the lake, and watch for signs of bad weather rolling in. Head to shore and call it a day if the temperature begins to drop suddenly, you see dark clouds or lighting, or if there are vertical clouds, as all are signs of storms.

 

Buxton Marine – the #1 boat dealer in North Texas – wishes you good times ahead on the lake!

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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!

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.