De-Winterize Your Boat: 3 Steps to Get Your Boat Ready for Spring

You ready to hit the lake in your Nautique boat?

Not so fast.

Before hitting the lake for the first time this Spring, it’s important to properly de-winterize your boat. Follow these tips from the service department at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to get your boat ready for the lake in no time:

Step 1: Visual Inspection

Before you do anything, be sure to do a visual inspection of the boat. If the boat is covered with a cover or tarp, inspect it for damage and note any issues. After lifting it off, carefully inspect the paint for chips, screws and fittings for rust, and the hull for cracks. And don’t forget about the trailer! Do the same in-depth inspection of the trailer and note any warped or rusted items that need replacing. 

Step 2: Clean & Replace 

After your boat has been out of commission for a season, mildew and unwanted creatures can creep into the boat, so give your boat a thorough wash and wax to really make it shine as you de-winterize your boat. Also, open up all of the compartments within and take stock off what’s inside. Check gear, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment to make sure it’s all there, in good working condition, and not expired. Throw out any items that you no longer need or are past their prime. 

Step 3: Check the Mechanics.

Now that the physical part is done, it’s time to inspect the mechanics of your boat. First off, if you used potable anti-freeze in certain water systems of the boat, flush it out. Next, charge or replace the battery. If the boat sat for one season, then charge it and give it a go. If it has sat any longer than that, we would recommend replacing the battery. You’ll then want to check the engine, flush any old fuel that might still be in the system, and inspect filters, spark plugs, etc. Be aware of any strange sounds when you rev up the engine and seek professional boat service if any issues arise.

If you have any issues or questions about de-winterizing your boat, call our service department at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas. As the best boat dealer in North Texas, our team services Nautique, MasterCraft, Malibu, Tige, and more on a regular basis, and we’re happy to help get your boat ready for Spring.

Good times ahead!

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It’s Time to Demo a Nautique at Buxton Marine Lewisville!


It’s that time again…the weather is warming up and we’ll see be spending the long, lazy days of summer on the lake. If you’re been wanting to take the plunge into boat ownership – or been eyeing a beautiful new Nautique and want to upgrade – now is the time to take one of our boats out for a test-drive!

Demo Days at Buxton Marine

You’re welcome to take any of our models out for a spin so that you can get a feel for which Nautique model suits you best. And don’t forget to talk with our knowledgeable sales staff as well about what your needs are. They are here to help you find the perfect wakeboard boat for you! Demo any of our Nautique models, including the Super Air Nautique G23 – the world’s best wakeboard boat – or the Nautique 200 – which is versatile and perfect for just about any watersport you want to do. 

What Can I Expect on Demo Day at Buxton Marine?

When you come and demo one of our Nautique models, you’ll get a feel for the handling of the boat, features, ballast, wake, etc. You can even bring your board and get out for a ride! Expect to learn a ton of information and have lots to process, so we recommend keeping your crew to a minimum and not to bring small children that will be a distraction. Above all, expect a great time on the lake!

Look for Scheduled Nautique Demo Days at Buxton Marine!

We are always open to scheduling private Nautique boat demos, but also be on the lookout for scheduled Nautique demo days where we’ll bring the boats out on the water, plus we’ll be cooking up great food and serving ice cold beverages. These are great events to acquaint yourself with the Nautique brand with no pressure added. 

Buxton Marine is proud to say we’re the #1 Nautique dealer in the world – and we’d love to show you why! Come see us for a demo this Spring and you’ll thank us come Summer. 

Good times ahead!

What Do I Look for in a Beginner Wakeboard? – Buxton Marine Lewisville

You’ve got the boat – now it’s time to buy the gear! Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas on what to look for in a beginner wakeboard:

Length & Width

Let’s start here. If you’re a beginner, then in general, you’ll want to look for a board that’s a little oversized for your height and weight because it will be easier to maneuver on. This guide is a great start to assess the right length/width for you. 

Single or Twin Tip?

If you’re a beginner, look for a board that has a twin tip. This allows you to maneuver more easily in multiple directions – not just one.

Fins

As you would guess, the fins allow you to steer the board. If you’re a beginner, this is a helpful feature! Look for longer and deeper fins to maximize maneuverability. You can also buy boards with removable fins that will allow you to use them when you begin, but then remove them as you advance in the sport.

Rocker

When it comes to wakeboards, the rocker applies to how curved the bottom of the board is. The more rocker it has, the better the board is at performing more advanced tricks and stunts. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a board with a continuous rocker that smoothly transitions from flat to curved and makes your ride more forgiving.

Edges

The edge of the board matters when it comes to speed, acceleration, and ease on the water. Many advanced boards have sharp edges, but if you’re a beginner, look for rounded edges that leave room for error as you learn to steer the board. 

Want more help picking out the perfect beginner wakeboard? Call Buxton Marine or come by our pro shop at Long Cove Marina or Lake Lewisville. Our staff can help you pick out the perfect board for your needs. 

Buxton Marine Tips & Tricks: Mistakes Beginner Water Skiers Make

You’ve purchased the boat (hopefully it’s a Nautique!) and your whole crew is excited to learn to waterski, wakeboard, and wakesurf. Here are a few common mistakes beginner water skiers make and how to avoid them, courtesy of the best boat dealer in North Texas – Buxton Marine!

Mistake #1: Trying to Stand On Your Own

The key to waterskiing – and all watersports for that matter – is so let the boat do the work. Let the boat pull you out of the water, instead of forcing it. Before you begin, wait in your seated position in the water, and gradually stand up as the feel the boat pull you. Resist the urge to stand up too much until you are fully ready and balanced.

 

Mistake #2: Starting Too Tense

Your goal is to start in the water completely relaxed. If you’re too tense, then you’ll have a tendency to straighten your legs and remain too rigid before the boat every pulls you up. Your goal is to sit in the water, with knees bent, tips up, and letting your body float freely in your life jacket.

 

Mistake #3: The Wrong Binding Settings

Before you ever get into the water, make sure your ski bindings fit properly. You’ll want to make sure you aren’t sitting too far back on the skis. Move them up as necessary, and get an expertly trained ski instructor to evaluate your bindings if you are unsure if they are fitting properly.

 

Mistake #4: Too Much Muscle on the Turn

Once you get the hang of skiing and are ready to attempt gliding back and forth across the wake or around a bouy, resist the temptation to muscle it with your arms. Instead, use your body’s natural falling motion to skim the water back the direction in which you’d like to go and get your ski to fall over naturally on the edge.

 

Mistake #5: Squatting

Now that you’re up, stand up with your body in alignment. If you are skiing with your knees bent and squatting, you’ll be stiff over the waves and more prone to falling. Instead, make sure your knees, hips, and shoulders are all in alignment.

How to Pick the Best Wakeboard

There are few things in life that are truly “one size fits all,” and wakeboards certainly aren’t one of those things. A common misconception is that you can just hop on a buddy’s board and start shredding. Well that just isn’t the case! If you want to learn how to wakeboard, then the right wakeboard is essential. Here are several tips on choosing the best wakeboard:

 

  1. Bindings are Important

 

We’ve seen too many people come in looking at wakeboards, and they completely ignore the bindings in their purchase decision. This is a huge mistake! Bindings are created for comfort and protection against injury, making them a crucial part of the wakeboarding experience. Look for bindings that are snug, but comfortable.

 

  1. Consider the Rocker

 

A wakeboard’s “rocker” is how much bend the board has, and it is either consider “continuous” or “3-stage.” If you’re just beginning the sport of wakeboarding, then a continuous rocker will be best for you, providing smooth transitions on the water. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get more aggressive with your jumps, then a 3-stage rocker will give you more lift and pop.

 

  1. Get the Right Size

 

Do not try to use a board that is the wrong size for your height/weight! A board that is too small will fly underneath you, creating a lack of control; a board that is too big will feel clunky and difficult to maneuver. Check with your pro shop on the appropriate size for your height/weight.

 

  1. Fiberglass vs. Wood

 

Fiberglass and wood are the two most popular core elements of a wakeboard, and each has its perks. A fiberglass board – the most popular option – is durable and lighter, while a wood core board will give the rider additional pop off the wake for more advanced tricks.

 

  1. Always Try it First

 

Check with your local pro shop – like Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas – to see if you can borrow or rent gear before buying it. This helps get a feel for the best wakeboard for you and your skill level, without committing to something you don’t love.

Have more questions about the best wakeboard for you? Visit Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas today and ask to speak to our experts in the pro shop!

Know Before You Buy: The Costs of Boat Ownership

We’re a boat dealer – so we love selling people beautiful wakeboard boats, ski boats, and wakesurf boats that provide hours of fun on the lake! But those hours of fun come at a cost, and we always want our prospective buyers to be aware of the costs of boat ownership.

 

Before buying a boat from Buxton Marine, consider these costs of boat ownership:

 

  1. Upfront Costs

 

This is the price tag on the boat. Remember that you’ll pay for the boat, plus related interest and financing costs if you finance the boat. Use our handy boat payment calculatoron our website to determine how much boat you can afford.

 

  1. Insurance

 

Now that you’ve got the boat, you’ve got to insure it too! Shop around for quotes to get the best deal that serves your needs and boat purchase best.

 

  1. Boat Storage

 

Where will you keep the boat? If you don’t have a place to store the boat at your home, then consider marina or boat storage costs when evaluating your monthly payment and cost of boat ownership.

 

  1. Maintenance

 

This is not a story of “if,” but “when.” While we certainly hope your new Nautique boat or other new boat purchase does not have major mechanical issues, boat maintenance is always a given. Regular tune-ups protect your investment and are a necessary part of the costs of boat ownership.

 

  1. Accessories

 

Consider the upfront costs that will come with outfitting our boat for pleasure on the lake. Wakeboards, wakesurf boards, ropes, life jackets, tubes, bimini upgrades, and more – these are just a few of the accessories you’ll no doubt want to purchase for your boat.

If you’re ready to take the leap into boat ownership – or still trying to figure out if purchasing a boat is right for you – contact the best boat dealer in Texas, Buxton Marine, to help answer any and all questions you may have.

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.

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!