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!

 

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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.

It’s Not Too Late! RSVP for Demo Day at Long Cove Marina!

The weather in Texas is warming up, and we’re ready to get out on the water.

 

Can you see yourself in a beautiful new Nautique boat, cruising around the lake with your friends and family, enjoying wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and more?

If you answered yes, then you must join us at Buxton Marine’s newest location at Long Cove Marina for the first Demo Day of the season!

 

What is Demo Day?

No – this is not a Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper style Demo Day!

 

Demo Day at Buxton Marine means we bring a few of our hottest new boat models out to Long Cove Marina and let you give them a whirl! We will showcase the best 2017 models from Nautique, equipped with features that will blow your mind! You didn’t even know you needed these features until you see them in action! LINC Panoray system, redesigned helm, new G-Series Flight Control Tower, all new, fully customizable design options, and so much more.

 

In addition to test-driving our favorite Nautique boats, we’ll be serving burgers and brats all.day.long. It’s a family friendly event you won’t want to miss!

 

Where is Long Cove Marina?

Long Cove Marina is located at Cedar Creek Lake, just a short, one hour drive southeast of Dallas. As the 4th largest lake in Texas, Cedar Creek Lake offers all the amenities that a full-time or weekend boater could want! Opportunities abound for home ownership on the lake and turnkey marina service for weekend jaunts to the lake. Buxton Marine is excited to be a part of the Cedar Creek Lake community!

 

RSVP Today!

Spots are limited, so please give us a call today to RSVP and schedule your appointment to demo a new 2017 Nautique! Contact Michael@buxtonmarine.com to reserve your time.

 

Good times ahead!