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    Default Share your tips for new boat owners

    Always remember---the boat goes in first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gusdog44 View Post
    Always remember---the boat goes in first.
    Put the plug in, then the boat.
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    Put the plug in, then the boat.
    I witnessed this mistake again last weekend. Big boat too. Pumping away.....
    ... aboard the 'Memory Maker' Making Memories one Wave at a Time!

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    Default Bold advice from a new boat owner...

    -Have a reliable kicker

    -Have a working dingy with a small motor

    -Bring too much gas

    -Get a detailed manual for your engine

    -Have a good tool kit

    -Take a Coast Guard boating course

    -Plan for the worst

    -Realize there's a lot to learn

    -Learn to laugh at yourself


    I have more, but I'll let others carry on for now.

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    Teach yourself to enjoy standing in a cold water shower tearing up 100 bills into small pieces.
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    Learn about the weather. Don't rely on weather forcasts.
    When it's iffy, stay in the harbor.
    Dont skimp on radio, have a backup portable.
    Gas, 1/3 out 1/3 back 1/3 spare
    Make a checklist for boat preperation, plug being number 1

    Use only marine rated parts, yes there more expensive but pay in the long run.
    Put the motor up BEFORE you pull the boat up the ramp

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    The plug remark got me. First time I put her in the water this year, I forgot. Pulled the trailer up and came back to a boat half full of water., and this after 30+ years of doing it. (River Boat)

    It can happen to us all.

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    Have extra in your tool set. Fuel hose, fuses, fuel bulb (if your boat has one.) clamps, filters, ect. There is no napa where you are headed.

    Plenty of rope and learn how to read the water.
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    Sell it quick before you spend your kids college education savings on keeping it running and in the wate.

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    Default Fuses

    Funny how a .10 cent piece can ruin a whole trip. Don't ask how I know. I have always said you can never over prepare. Longer trips, make a list and check it twice.

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    Wink fog or fuse

    If new to an area or (not new) write down the actual compass direction the harbor or area you need to return to is for coming back. If your electronics fail your brain might go mushy for a moment and looking at the sticky note will have a calming affect.

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    Do not panic! When something goes wrong that should be the first thing that flashes in your head. Get insurance and put boat presevation a distant second behind crew preservation.

    Learn all you can about your boat and the water you are running, ask until people who know more than you tell you to quite asking. Then find someone else and keep asking.

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    Make sure you actually have enough rope to lower the anchor to the bottom AND get it back........Don't ask how I know this.......

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    Default Learn to boat in an inflatable

    You can launch without the plug,
    You can boat in pretty fowl weather
    With multiple chambers, you can make some mistakes
    It teaches true appreciation for having shelter when you upgrade

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    Boat = Bring On Another Thousand

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    CHAPMANS BOATING BOOK -GET IT ASAP!!! (it's about as thick as a dictionary) West Marine has them for about the same cost as the book stores, which is really amazing in itself.

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    Default water pumps

    I recently learned a good one....

    Had just bought a new boat and tested everything in the driveway. I used the "earmuff" style adapter to test the water pump with a garden hose. Well, that actually produces a fair bit of postive pressure on the cooling system of an outboard. So a water pump which is actually bad, just might test good. You really need to fill up a barrell with water to test the water pump.

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    Make sure your bow line is shorter than the distance to your prop.
    This is another "don't ask how I know this".
    I'll hold on to my Bible & my Guns, you can keep the change!!!

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    Smile Mapping

    Especially on water, a map is totally worthless without compass orientation skills. My 2 pennies.
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    Friends don't let friends buy boats

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