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.

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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!