Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 26, 2015

What’s Covered By a Typical Boat Insurance Policy?

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By Cristel Mohrman, Allstate Every trip out on the water is an opportunity for adventure. And the more prepared you are, the better experience you’ll have. That’s why, beyond  following safe boating practices, you can also help protect yourself — and your boat — with boat insurance. Here’s a breakdown of the protections you  may find in a typical policy.  Protections Offered By Boat Insurance Loss or damage to your boat. Boat insurance typically helps…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 10, 2015

Tom Keer

Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month is upon us, and without question Great Outdoors Month is a thoroughly American idea.  The month celebrates our country’s natural heritage by encouraging us all to take advantage of the open space that we all enjoy. One attribute that makes USA such a unique nation is that we have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of open-to-the-public land. This month we’re celebrating National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat!

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We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S! More than 23,000 outdoors enthusiasts cast their votes and helped us to develop this year’s list. The America’s Top Places to Fish and Boat Sweepstakes received over 280,000 votes for almost 250 parks across the country. The criteria for the Top 100 places included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 27, 2015

Tom Keer

De-winterize your boat

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Your buddies stopped by the house and just told you they stung ’em; time to de-winterize your boat.  Haste makes waste, so here’s a partial list to help you move through the process without missing a step. Check your water pump and thermostats. The impeller on a water pump goes bad about every 200 hours, and this little rubber part is what keeps water flowing to cool your engine.  The thermostat regulates the water temperature,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 13, 2015

Tom Keer

National Safe Boating Week 2015

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  National Safe Boating Week comes along at a good time of year.  Mechanical failures are common, particularly if you use your boat a lot.  Here are a few pre-launch considerations to elevate your level of play.       Have enough life jackets for the individuals on board. There are different types of life jackets for different activities. The Safe Boating Campaign is a great resource for determining if a life jacket is right…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 13, 2015

Why Fishing is Fun

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I remember very well the weekend in April when I went fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a group of women who were relatively new to the sport. We were all participating in the seminar weekend “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing”. We got up at 7am and our boat left the dock at 8am. I was super excited that we were going to be fishing all morning! It was a sunny day with no clouds in…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
May 13, 2015

Always ‘Wear It!’ and Boat Responsibly

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  When four friends were out fishing on Spring Lake near Sea Bright, New Jersey, they never thought rescue workers would pull them to safety that afternoon. Their boat had taken on water, and another boater noticed they were in distress and called the U.S. Coast Guard. All of them were wearing life jackets, and aside from being a little cold the four people were safe. This is just one of the many types of…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 10, 2015

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Don’t Forget These 5 Things When De-Winterizing A Boat

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The day you’ve been waiting for all winter long is here — it’s that day following the official onset of spring when you can finally take your beloved vessel out of storage and go through the steps of de-winterizing a boat. Before you head out on the water for your first trip of the season, there are some important tasks you’ll want to check off your list in order to make sure that your boat…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
May 3, 2015

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3 Tips for Safer Boating This Season

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With a little bit of advance preparation and planning, you can have a greater feeling of safety and security while on the water with your family and friends. Now that spring is here and National Fishing and Boating Week is coming up, it’s the ideal time to apply a few tips that can mean much safer (and happier) boating trips. National Fishing and Boating Week coincides with the first week of June every year and…




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