3 Steps Toward Better Boat Maintenance

Whether you use your boat for skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, or other watersports, one thing is certain: boat maintenance is critical. Failing to maintain your boat properly can take years off the life of your boat and devalue a major asset. Here are 3 boat maintenance tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas that you can do routinely to keep your boat in great condition for years to come:

 

  1. Clean it After Each Use

 

We know…you’ve had a long day on the lake and the last thing you want to do is wipe down your boat. Don’t make excuses; just do it! Begin by hosing it down, then grab a long bristled boat brush and some quality boat wash to clean it thoroughly. This removes any debris from the lake or unwanted creatures, like zebra mussels, that can wreck havoc on ecosystems and corrode your boat.

 

  1. Evaluate the Propeller

 

Make it a habit of checking out the propeller before each and every boat outing. Visually inspect it for knicks, dings, or cracks, then several times a season, go ahead and remove the propeller completely to make sure there isn’t any fishing line that has been wrapped up and stuck in the propeller shaft. Any knick or crack in the propeller can wreck havoc on performance, so be sure to take your boat in to be serviced by the best boat service in Lewisville, Buxton Marine.

 

  1. Don’t Forget the Oil Change

 

A good rule of thumb in boat maintenance is to change your boat’s oil every 100 hours – or at least once every Spring before the boating season begins. Simply bring your boat into Buxton Marine Lewisville and we are happy to get that done for you with the best boat service in Lewisville, Texas.

 

As always, if you have any boat maintenance questions, give us a call at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or Long Cove Marina in Malakoff, Texas!

 

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3 Reasons to Buy a Pre-Owned Nautique from Buxton Marine Lewisville

If you’re out on Lake Lewisville and you see a Nautique, not only is that a gorgeous boat, but it’s quality.

 

You may think owning a Nautique wakeboard boat or water ski boat is completely unattainable, but at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas, let us be the judge of that!

 

Buxton Marine Lewisville is the #1 Nautique dealer in the United States, so naturally, we have a huge selection of pre-owned Nautiques that are still fabulous boats, ready to head back to the lake with a new owner. These boats may be a few years old, but again, with quality this good, you get a steal of a deal for a boat that will provide hours of fun for your family and friends on the lake. Here are 3 reasons to consider purchasing a pre-owned Nautique for sale from Buxton Marine Lewisville, Texas:

 

More Choices Available

If you want a brand new Nautique, then we can get you exactly what you want, but that will come at a cost. When you dive into the pre-owned market, you’ll find a plethora of boats that are already equipped with the features you want, and the price is more likely to fit within your budget.

 

More Budget Friendly

If you’re on a tight budget, but know that a Nautique is the best and desperately want the quality it brings, then shopping for a boat that is 5-10 years old is going to give you the most bang for your buck since this is the time period when a new boat depreciates the most, giving you the best deal.

Extensive Vetting Process

When you buy a pre-owned boat from Buxton Marine, you know that the boat is fully vetted. We do an extensive work up on each pre-owned Nautique boat that arrives on our lot, ensuring that you know exactly what you are getting with no surprises down the road.

 

If you’re considering a pre-owned Nautique for sale, then call us at Buxton Marine Lewisville – the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas! We can’t wait to help you find the boat that’s right for you!

 

Good times ahead!

How to Protect Your Boat from Zebra Mussels in Texas

Zebra mussels – a small muscle that is believed to have arrived in Texas from Asia in the 1980s – have quickly become an epidemic in Texas lakes.

These small creatures attach themselves to boats and trailers that are in an invested lake, and then hitch a ride to new locations to spread. One tiny mussel has the capability to produce up to 1 million larvae! As a foreign creature to Texas, they are destructive to the natural ecosystem, killing off aquatic life, wrecking havoc on our water supply, and even damaging your boat and trailer! Here a few ways Buxton Marine Lewisville recommends you can protect your boat and our Texas lakes from zebra mussels:

 

  1. Clean Everything

It may surprise you to know that if there is water trapped somewhere in your boat, the zebra mussels can live for days in it! This is why it’s imperative that everything gets cleaned after each and every trip to the lake: boat, gear, trailer, etc.

 

  1. Drain Everything

In addition to cleaning the boat thoroughly, it’s important that each place water is stored is properly drained. This includes the bait buckets, live wells, motor, and bilge. Be sure to drain everything before you ever leave the lake you are in as it’s Texas law.

 

  1. Dry Everything

It is recommended that your boat spend a week out of the water between lakes to ensure everything is fully dried out and no signs of zebra mussel life can remain active. Sometimes it’s just not possible to take that much time out of the water, in which case, use a pressure wash and hot, soapy water to get a thorough cleaning then dry to the best of your ability.

 

If you suspect zebra mussels have invested your boat or trailer and you don’t think you have removed them all, call Buxton Marine Lewisville and ask us about a high powered, high temperature pressure wash to completely cleanse your boat of zebra mussels and protect from future damage to your boat – and our Texas lakes. Lake Lewisville is known to have an epidemic of zebra mussels, so it’s imperative that you clean each and every time you visit the lake.

Wakeboard Shopping: How to Choose the Right Wakeboard for You

When you’re wakeboard shopping – whether you are beginner who is brand new to the sport or a seasoned rider looking to upgrade – the endless features and brands can be overwhelming. How do you know which board is right for you? Buxton Marine has a large Lewisville pro shop, with lots of the latest models from the top manufacturers. Our staff is educated on all things wakeboarding and can offer any pointers you may need. In the meantime, here are a few recommendations on how to choose the right wakeboard for you:

 

Height & Weight

First off, you must consider the rider’s height and weight. Each manufacturer will have different guidelines for this, so check those carefully, but generally speaking, riders under 100 lbs. are looking for a board that is 130 inches or less in length– while someone who is 170-250 is going to want a board that is at least 140 inches in length. If multiple people are using the board you are wakeboard shopping for, then go with the longest length that corresponds with the height and weight of the rider who will ride the most. Again, each board manufacturer and shape will have different guidelines, so ask the wakeboard professionals at the Buxton Marine pro shop for help!

Skill Level

Skill level also comes into play when choosing a board. Advanced riders will be looking for something that has a continuous or 3-stage rocker style and may prefer a slightly shorter board for pop and spin in the air, while beginners will be focused on longer board styles that glide across the water with more ease. Trial and error can come into play as you determine the board that is right for you when wakeboard shopping.

 

Ready to find the perfect wakeboard? If you are located in North Texas, visit us at our Lewisville Pro Shop, conveniently located along the banks of Lake Lewisville. Our team is expertly trained to assist you in all of your wakeboard needs, from bindings – to boards – to ropes.

Good times ahead!

The Redesigned Classic: Super Air Nautique 210

Let’s talk about the classic beauty of the Super Air Nautique 210.

 

The long awaited redesign has arrived, and frankly, it’s better than ever! You’ll love the redesigned technology features and even new design features, all while staying true to what made the classic so great in the first place.

 

Technology Features

 

At the heart of the all new Super Air Nautique 210 is the helm command center. You’ll enjoy the Touchscreen LINC Panoray system, perfect for controlling every aspect of your boat and keeping tabs on the engine and the rider alike. Everything can be handled via the LINC Panoray system, so there is no need to go anywhere else or crane your neck backwards to see the rider. The helm command feature even allows for control buttons just above the throttle, leaving you with yet another simple way to access your LINC Panoray without taking your hands away from the throttle. The JL Audio system is also top of its class, providing crystal clear sound as you navigate the water. It’s everything you loved about the old model, but brought up to speed with the best technology available for 2018.

Design Features

 

The open wrap around lounge layout is perfect for social gatherings of any size. Enjoy visiting with family and friends alike on the beautifully appointed Super Air Nautique 210. The helm seat is also inviting, with plush swivel seating, making a day on the lake as comfortable as sitting in your recliner. You’ll find the interior is packed with storage and design features that make carting all your gear a breeze. And lastly, the  thing we probably love the most is that the 210 didn’t lose its traditional bow, with extra seating, cupholders, storage under the seats, and even a dedicated stereo zone.

 

Ready to take the Super Air Nautique 210 out for a spin? Call the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – Buxton Marine Lewisville!

Spring Boating Checklist: It’s Time to Start Thinking about Summer

The days are warming up here in North Texas, and those beautiful, sunny days may have you itching to get out on the water in your beautiful Nautique!

 

Now’s the time to begin the process of getting your boat ready for the lake life! Follow these tips on our Buxton Marine Spring Boating Checklist to ensure you’re ready for good times ahead as soon as the water warms!

 

  1. Get a Tune Up

Just like anything with a motor, boats need maintenance and TLC to continue running in their best condition. As part of your spring boating checklist, if you do nothing else, we encourage you to bring your boat into Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas for a service check. Our team of expertly trained technicians will give your boat a thorough once over and make sure everything mechanical is ready for the season ahead.

 

  1. Assess Life Jackets

Take an inventory of your life jackets and make sure you still have the right kinds to meet the needs of your passengers. Was there a new baby born this past year? Or a kid who has grown into a larger size life jacket? Make these life jacket adjustments before the season starts.

 

  1. Buy New Gear

Here’s the fun part! Wakeboards, tubes, and ropes – oh my! What do you need to have fun on the lake this summer? Visit the Buxton Marine Pro Shop to see the latest in gear to create a memorable summer for all.

  1. Develop Your Float Plan

A float plan tells someone who is not on the lake with you what your itinerary for the day is and when you plan to return to land. While you obviously can’t supply a float plan now for every day out on the lake, go ahead and fill in pertinent info that will never change to use as a template throughout the summer.

 

  1. Set Goals

Have each member of your family begin thinking now about what they’d like to accomplish on the lake this summer as part of your spring boating checklist. Does your son want to learn a new wakeboard trick? Are you interested in learning to wakesurf? Set goals now and then work toward those goals throughout the summer. It’s fun to see what you’ve achieved by summer’s end!

 

If you’re considering buying a new boat before the season begins, give us a call at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas or Malakoff, Texas! Clients come to us from all over the country looking for the perfect ski boat, wakeboard boat, or wakesurf boat, and it’s because our honesty and integrity precedes us. Let us find you the perfect boat of your dreams – whether it’s a Nautique or something else!

Lewisville Boat Maintenance: 4 Tips to Help Your Engine Last Longer

Most boat owners consider their boat – whether it’s a Nautique, MasterCraft, Supra, Tige, etc. – to be a valuable asset. And with the investment, comes the inevitable Lewisville boat maintenance.

 

Many customers at Buxton Marine ask us if routine maintenance is necessary, and the answer is certainly yes. It extends the life of your boat and helps your engine last longer. However, there are some simple things you can do on your own to prolong the life of your boat engine:

 

Get Out on the Lake!

This is an easy one! Sure, you might have seasons when it’s more difficult to do so, but running the engine is an essential – and simple – way to extend the life of your engine. When an engine sits cold for too long, the oil and lubricant drains off of the components, making everything a little sluggish. Just get out to the lake on a regular basis, and your engine will thank you.

 

Ease into It

We’re all in a hurry to get out on the lake, but be sure to idle your engine for a few minutes after cranking it to help the oil warm up. Warming the oil helps the engine run more smoothly, without any stress on the components. If you throttle it too soon while the engine is still cold, it just creates more stress that could leave lasting effects.

Visit Buxton Marine Lewisville – the #1 Nautique dealer – for all your boat maintenance needs!

Plan to Cruise the Lake

When your Nautique boat is in cruising speed, it’s in its sweet spot. The engine isn’t the least bit taxed and everything is humming along perfectly. When you spend an extended amount of time at full throttle, you may not immediately notice any effects because the hours of boat use are unaffected. However, it’s just common sense that hours on the lake that are at higher RPMs are going to produce more stress on the engine than hours that are at cruising speed. Your boat is designed to take the higher RPMs, just make sure you’re balancing that with time cruising.

 

Flush the Engine

We know it’s a pain, but routine Lewisville boat maintenance includes flushing the engine after each day out on the lake. This avoids corrosion from deposits in the water and helps keep everything clean.

 

Have more questions about Lewisville boat maintenance? Give Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas a call today! Our service team is happy to offer suggestions for prolonging the life of your investment, and as always, we’re happy to perform any boat maintenance you need.

New Skiing World Records Set Behind a Ski Nautique 200!

Want to waterski like the pros?!

 

Then the Ski Nautique 200 is the boat for you!

 

Buxton Marine – the best Nautique dealer in Texas – is excited to announce that no 1 – but 3 – new world records were recently set behind the Ski Nautique 200!

 

Nate Smith

Nate Smith was already the reining world record holder with 2.5 @ 43’ off, but he bested his own score this past May at the Swiss Pro Slalom Tournament with 3 @ 43’ off! When interviewed, Smith had this to say about his victory:

“Being able to practice behind the best boat in the world allows me to put up the best scores in the world. Nothing beats the Ski Nautique 200!”

Aliaksei Zharnasek

Trick skier Aliaksei Zharnasek also had a record setting day at the Swiss Pro Slalom Tournament. He put up a trick score of 12,610. Zharnasek is also a Nautique Team member and said that skiing behind the Ski Nautique 200 makes it easy since it’s simply the best. He has also won the World Championship 3 times.

 

Anna Gay

Another Nautique trick skier – Anna Gay – had a great day, setting the 3rd new world record of the day behind a Nautique boat. Her score was 10,880. She said being behind her Ski Nautique 200 made her feel at home, even when abroad. She’s been skiing since she was 4.

 

Probably equally as impressive, is that these were the 25th, 26th, and 27th ski records to be set behind a Ski Nautique 200, more records than any other boat!

Congratulations to these athletes on their accomplishments from Buxton Marine, the largest Nautique dealer in the world! If you want the best ski boat, then call Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas today and ask about the Ski Nautique 200. We sell boats all over Texas, the Southwest, and beyond.

 

Wakeboard Boats for Sale: Why Choose Buxton Marine Lewisville?

At Buxton Marine Lewisville, we pride ourselves on bringing a customer experience like non-other.

We know when looking for wakeboard boats for sale that the options are endless. You have a choice when it comes to dealers, and we want to provide each and every customer with a fully integrated customer service experience that takes any guesswork out of the process. So here’s a little glimpse into why we are proud to say our customers choose Buxton Marine again and again when shopping for wakeboard boats for sale:

 

#1 Nautique Dealer in the U.S.

It’s no secret that Nautique is famous for the best wakeboard and wakesurf boats on the market. As the #1 Nautique dealer in the U.S., we know the ins and outs of every boat, making sure that the boat you buy clearly fits your needs for wakesurfing, wakeboarding, and any other type of watersports on the lake. Buxton Marine Lewisville exclusively sells new Nautique boats, so we specialize in the best.

Customer Service Beyond the Sale Date

Want to know what’s most important in our book?

The Customer Experience.

At Buxton Marine Lewisville, our boat buyers who are looking for wakeboard boats of rsale are customers for life. We consider them family. We not only want you to be satisfied with your purchase, but if there is an issue, we want you to bring it and let’s figure out the issue. Here are a few recent reviews from our customers that can attest to the care we take with each customer:

 

“I am from deep South Texas. Almost 10 hours away. Phil Smith has worked with me on transporting boats/parts to and from Buxton. He has honored service agreements, even gone out of his way to honor warranty agreements that other dealer would disregard or place responsibility on the customer. I honestly have to say that this is my favorite buying experience of all time.” – Frank G.

 

“Amazing dealer and an absolutely first class experience in every aspect…the team works with you in every aspect and takes care of everything.” – Gary M.

 

“I bought a G23 from Buxton a few weeks ago and I cannot say how impressed I am with this dealer. From management, sales, parts, service, and pro shop. I don’t ever do reviews, but these guys deserve it! Best customer service I have ever had!” – Randy R.

 

Whether you’re buying a boat for the first time or are an experienced boater, call Buxton Marine Lewisville today to experience the Buxton Marine difference! We know you won’t be disappointed.

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.