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
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: Debbie Hanson
May 3, 2015

Debbie Hanson

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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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 26, 2015

Debbie Hanson

How to Get Your Boating License or Boater Education Card

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Maybe you’re a new boater and nautical phrases like “red light returning” have you feeling clueless. Or, maybe you’ve been boating for years, but want to be sure your knowledge is up to date. In either case, it’s a good idea to take a boater education course so that you can learn more about boat safety and get your boating license or boater education card. You might be wondering what the difference is between a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

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  So you just bought a boat and are anxious for that first splash.  As with cars, boats need to first be registered.  Here’s how:         See who handles the registration process.  In some states it’s the DMV while in others it’s the Parks Division or the Fish and Game Department.  Check to find your specific state requirements. You will need to fill out the application forms.  Some states accept online registrations…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Why it’s Important to Check on your Boat this Winter

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The recent storms throughout the Northern half of the country have brought rain, wind, ice, and snow. Just to give you an idea about how bad it’s really been, in my hometown we had 42 inches of snow in one week, winds of 60 MPH with gusts to 80 MPH, and then rain.  The first thing I did when the storm subsided was NOT to grab a shovel.  Instead, I check on my boat.  The…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

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 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2014

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows

Portland Boat Show...a boater's dream

I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one.  The truth is I hate to rush big decisions.  I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all of the fine details.  When I finally get off the dime I’m in good shape; by that I mean my hand doesn’t shake when I sign on the dotted line. Buying a new…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Pre-Owned Boat for Sale

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Not mine. I bought a pre-owned boat this summer and we don’t plan on parting with it anytime soon. However with cooler temperatures and the boat season winding down in places, some boats may start appearing in the newspaper classifieds. Here are a few considerations in case you may be in the market for a pre-owned boat. ● Are you ready? Do you have a place to store it? Is there room in the garage?…




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