Boating 101: How to Operate Your Boat Safely in a Storm

In Texas, the weather can change on a dime, and this happens whether you are on land or water! If a great day on the lake turns south and clouds begin to roll in, make sure you know how to operate your boat safely in a storm. Here are a few boat safety tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you navigate the storm effectively!

 

  1. Put Life Jackets On

Locate a life jacket for each passenger and make sure each person on board the boat is wearing one. This is an absolute must in any stormy situation!

 

  1. Activate Navigation Lights

In order to avoid collisions, be sure to turn your navigation lights on. It’s smart to give yourself a refresher in using your navigation lights properly before getting on the water this next season.

 

  1. Reduce Speed

Keep your boat moving forward to shore, but at a lower speed, paying close attention to your surroundings. Head to shore if it is safe to do so.

 

  1. Have a Float Plan

Before heading out for the day, be sure to alert someone to your plans – where you will be boating, how long, etc. This is called a Float Plan and it will give you peace of mind for any day on the lake – stormy or not.

 

  1. Cut Waves at 45 Degrees

If you run up against large waves and are trying to operate your boat safely in a storm, try to maneuver your boat to cut the wave at a 45-degree angle. This will help avoid water rushing overboard and into the boat.

 

  1. Watch for Signs of Bad Weather

One of the best ways to navigate stormy weather is to avoid it all together. Be sure to check the forecast before going out on the lake, and watch for signs of bad weather rolling in. Head to shore and call it a day if the temperature begins to drop suddenly, you see dark clouds or lighting, or if there are vertical clouds, as all are signs of storms.

 

Buxton Marine – the #1 boat dealer in North Texas – wishes you good times ahead on the lake!

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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.