Boat Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe When Tubing

Tubing can be a lot of fun! It’s great for all ages and requires zero skill. Who wouldn’t love bumping and bouncing along with the waves? While tubing can be very fun, it can also be dangerous. Don’t let a great day on the lake end with an ER visit. Follow these boat safety tips on how to stay safe when tubing on the lake:

 

Wear A Life Vest

 

Okay – this is a no brainer, but bears repeating. Anytime a passenger gets on the tube, they should be a life jacket. You never know when they might get bounced off by an unsuspecting wave.

 

Communication is Key

 

Before a passenger gets on the tube, establish the ground rules. Make sure they know how to communicate with you whether they’d like to go faster, slower, or stop. As your passenger is riding, make sure you are constantly aware of what is going on.

 

Check the Gear

 

Before setting off for a fun day of tubing, check your ropes and knots to make sure everything is tied off properly. Does your tube have air? Are there any leaks? These are all important boat safety tips to be aware of.

Watch for Hazards

 

Part of tubing – and really any watersports – is an awareness of your surroundings. You wouldn’t want to sling your passengers into a stump or a buoy! Pay close attention to other boats that might be coming nearby or other hazards that could come into contact with your tube.

 

Be Safe in the Water

 

If your passenger falls off into the water, be sure they know how to stay safe in the water! Do not attempt to swim back to the boat. Instead, they should stay exactly where they are and watch carefully for other boaters. Teach passengers to wave their arms in the air to make other boats aware of their presence while you circle back. You might even consider adding a safety whistle to their life jacket.

 

Turn the Boat Off

 

As you approach the rider and they are ready to get back in the boat, cut the motor. This eliminates the risk of injury from the propeller on the backside of the boat.

 

Boat safety tips are important whether you are a seasoned boat owner or a novice! If you’re ready for good times ahead on the lake, call Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you find the right watersports boat, wakeboard boat, or waterski boat that fits your needs. As the #1 Nautique dealer in the country – we know boats!

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Why Get Boat Financing Through Buxton Marine Lewisville?

When it comes to purchasing a new wakeboard boat, we know that there are many options available in terms of boat financing. But if you’re considering the purchase of a new boat, don’t sell yourself short! Be sure to come in and chat with our knowledgeable staff at Buxton Marine and learn why our boat financing plan may be right for you. There is a reason so many of our customers are repeat customers; top notch customer service, combined with the best boat financing options around, make for pretty satisfied customers! Here are a few reasons financing with Buxton Marine – the best boat dealer in Lewisville, Texas – just makes sense:

 

  1. Flexible Financing Options

Many people think they just can’t afford a boat, but they’ll never know until they ask. Our financing team specializes in many flexible boat financing options, allowing you the opportunity to pick one that best suits your needs.

  1. One All-Inclusive Monthly Payment

You’ve found the Nautique of your dreams, but you really want to add some extra parts, accessories, etc. and are worried you won’t have enough money left over to add those things on. With Buxton Marine, the worry is over because we offer financing plans that will roll all of those things into one simple monthly payment. What about an extended warranty plan? Sure, we can add that in too! Our goal is to serve you and get you out on the lake as soon as possible.

 

Ready to explore boat financing options for a new wakeboard boat from Buxton Marine? Visit us here to immediately fill out the form for a financing quote. We also have a financing calculator available so you can crunch the numbers and make an educated decision.

 

Purchasing a new Nautique, Mastercraft, Supre, etc. is a huge purchase, that’s why we make it our business to make the transaction as simple and straightforward as possible. Call Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas today and let us help purchase the boat of your dreams.

 

Good times ahead!

Buxton Marine Service Department: Best Boat Service in Texas

At Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas, we understand that purchasing a boat is an investment. It’s not a cheap hobby, and we want to make sure your investment lasts and provides hours of enjoyment for you, your friends, and your family.

 

This is where our Buxton Marine Service Department comes in. We truly believe our boat service department is the best boat service in Texas, and here’s why:

 

Factory Trained Technicians

When you bring your boat into Buxton Marine for service, you can rest assured it is receiving the best care. Each of the technicians here must undergo rigorous training from Nautique’s specialized training program, complete the Pleasure Craft Marine certification, and get certifications to work on many specialized boat engine components as well. These certifications are more than pieces of paper; they are proof that our techs are ready to give you the quality service you deserve without any guesswork. It’s what puts our boat service a step above the rest and makes us the best boat service in Texas.

 

Tons of Industry Knowledge

While we require certifications from Nautique to work on its specialized components, don’t think our technicians aren’t well versed in other makes as well! Our team frequently does service on Mastercraft, Tige, Supra, Malibu, Brendella, and other high-end ski, wakeboard, and wake surf boats.

Schedule your Boat Service Today!

Our boat service department is ready and willing to help when you need us! Whether it’s fixing an issue with your boat or just performing routine maintenance, Buxton Marine can handle it. We also specialize in engine repair, gel coat repair, winterization, detailing, trailer repair, and more.

 

Don’t put off maintenance until the spring; get it done now before the season starts. Buxton Marine proudly serves Lewisville, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding North Texas communities. Our Long Cove Marina location in Malakoff, Texas serves East Texas and those on Cedar Creek Lake.

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!

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!