3 Reasons Buying a Pre-Owned Boat Might Save You Money

Is a boat at the top of your holiday wish list?

 

If so, now is a good time to begin your search for the perfect wakeboard, wakesurf, or ski boat! While Buxton Marine specializes in beautiful new Nautique boats, we also have a wide selection of pre-owned boats in Dallas, Texas from Nautique, Mastercraft, Tige, Supra, and more. Before you buy, consider the reasons buying pre-owned might just save you money:

 

Same Features. Lower Prices.

Think of it like buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. Sure, this year’s model is the latest and greatest, but last year’s model might also have all the same bells and whistles, just at a lower cost. Even better, that model from last year might have after market customizations that raise its value – and again – you might be able to get all of that for less that the cost of a new one.

 

Extras Galore.

Not only might a pre-owned boat have after-market customizations that would cost a fortune to add, they might also have extras included like life jackets, emergency equipment, flags, flares, and more. Add up every item that comes with the boat and assign a cost to it to determine how much more you would have to spend with a new boat to get the same amenities.

 

Check Maintenance Records.

Just because a boat is X amount of years old doesn’t mean all of the components are that old! Ask to see the maintenance records if possible to see if any of the components are new or in like-new condition from a recent replacement. It’s like getting a new Dallas boat for less!

 

If you are considering a pre-owned boat, then give us a call at Buxton Marine today! Our knowledgeable sales staff has a large inventory of boats, and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can find it! We are experts in wakeboard boats in Texas and we can’t wait to help you find the boat of your dreams.

 

Good times ahead!

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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!

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.

Which Model is the Best Nautique Boat for Me? – Buxton Marine Lewisville

At Buxton Marine – the #1 Nautique dealer in the world and the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas, we are often asked which Nautique model is the best Nautique boat.

And the answer – it depends.

Each boater has their own needs, and that’s why Buxton Marine offers a wide selection of Nautique models to suit your specific wakeboard, wakesurf, ski, and joy riding needs. Here’s a rundown on a few of the best Nautique boat models available:

 

Super Air Nautique 210

The 2017 Nautique 210 is the perfect boat for those who love a modern approach to the traditional. This model has evolved over the years, and as you still see the original lines and features Nautique owners have grown to love, you also see an innovative approach to making a gorgeous boat. While the Nautique 210 is beautiful, it’s also powerful and chock-full of features! It’s the perfect, well-rounded boat for wakesurfing and wakeboarding in Texas.

 

Super Air Nautique 230

The Super Air Nautique 230 is the best Nautique boat for those looking to pack a huge party on board! With 15 seats available, there is plenty of room to watch watersports or just cruise around the lake with your friends. And with features like the Nautique Surf System, Nautique Surf Select, and a fabulous JL Audio system, you’ll fall in love with the Super Air Nautique 230.

 

Super Air Nautique GS20

Want a boat that can do it all?! Then the best Nautique boat for you is the brand-new 2017 Super Air Nautique GS20! It combines the best of all the Nautique boats into a 20’ masterpiece! All the bells and whistles and a seamless ability to transition between wakesurf, wakeboard, and ski activities make this boat one of the best on the market.

These are just 3 of our favorite Nautique models available at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas. Ready to find out which model is the best Nautique boat for you? Come in and see us at the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – Buxton Marine!

Buyer’s Guide: What you Need to Know about Compression Tests – Buxton Marine

The summer boating season may be over, but that won’t stop you from checking out all the great new and pre-owned boat deals at Buxton Marine! Buxton Marine always stocks a huge selection of Nautique, but you will also find awesome pre-owned models from MasterCraft, Malibu, and more as well.

 

When boat buyers come into Buxton Marine, they frequently ask us about a compression test before purchasing a pre-owned boat, so we wanted to offer you a little insight into what a compression test can and cannot do for you.

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What is a Compression Test?

A compression test is used to gauge a boat’s engine health. The test shows how well an engine can compress fuel and air in the engine cylinder. While this test is helpful to determine how well a boat will run in the future, it is not the end-all-be-all for diagnosing a boat engine’s health.

 

What a Compression Test Cannot Do

The primary function of a compression test is to help determine why an engine is not performing well, and not so much what it can do in the future. It’s like using blood pressure as the sole indicator on whether or not you are healthy. It’s helpful – but doesn’t paint a complete picture for someone looking to buy a pre-owned boat in Texas.

 

Compression Test vs. Water Trial

The best way to get an accurate feel for the boat’s performance is to take it out on the water. Pay close attention to the idle, acceleration speed, shifting abilities, and wide open throttle (WOT) for extended periods of time. Check all the bell and whistles. Buxton Marine does not recommend buying a used boat unless you have undergone a full water trial, along with performing a compression test, spark check, and full inspection.

 

Ready to buy a used boat in Texas? Stop into Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas for more boat buying tips and a chance to see some gorgeous boats that could be yours today!

 

Good times ahead!

Do You Own a ZUP Board Yet?! – Buxton Marine

Looking for a new, fun way to get everyone on the boat involved in watersports on Lake Lewisville? Look no further than the ZUP Board!

Buxton Marine has sold a ton of ZUP Boards this summer because it doesn’t matter what type of boat you have – Nautique G Series or another wakeboard boat, ski boat, or pontoon– friends of all ages can enjoy this fun water toy. Here’s why we love it:

 

  • Ease of Use: ZUP Board is designed to guarantee everyone gets up and has a great time on the lake. Every detail is designed with ease of use in mind: built-in handles, non-skid EVA padding, multifunctional foot straps, and more. Oh – and let’s not forget how buoyant these boards are! ZUP Board incorporates hydrodynamics to create a board that is light and buoyant and cannot catch an edge easily.

 

  • Durable: Not only are the features of the ZUP Board ease to use, but they will withstand hours of lake time. Durable roto-molded construction is key to a board that can take it all.

 

  • Combines All of Our Favorites in One: We love to wakeboard, kneeboard, and ski – but what if you aren’t particularly proficient at any of those? ZUP Board makes it easy for just about anyone to get up doing any one of these activities! Not to mention – you can do them all in one ride! ZUP makes it easy to change from laying, to kneeboarding, to skiing easily while on the board.

 

  • Available for Multiple Skill Levels: ZUP Board comes in 2 varieties: Beginner to Intermediate and Intermediate to Advanced. Beginner to Intermediate is by far the most popular board to suit most skill levels.

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If you don’t own a ZUP Board yet, do yourself a favor and come see us at Buxton Marine today! ZUP Boards are in stock and ready for you to take home! Buxton Marine is your Texas ZUP Board dealer, conveniently located on I-35 in Lewisville, Texas, near Lake Lewisville and Lake Grapevine.

Good times ahead!