Posted by: Tom Keer
October 28, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

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    A boater safety course might not remind you to put the plug in your boat to keep her from filling up with water.  But one might help you in other ways.  Here are five reasons to take one, even if you’re an Old Salt.     All About Marine Radio.  Most of the time we use a radio to chat up other anglers, but unless we’re in the United States Navy or Coast…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 18, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Clues That It’s Time to Take a Boater Safety Course

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When you sign up for a boater safety course, you’re taking an important step toward being a responsible boater. It doesn’t matter if you have been a boater for years or if you are new to boating, you can brush up on your existing knowledge and learn the current rules on how to practice safe boating. Think that you or someone you know might need to sign up for a boater safety course? Perhaps one…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 14, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Online Boating Safety Courses You Can Take Right Now

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Taking an online boating safety course is an easy way to pass time the non-boating time of year while getting ready for the upcoming season. Some of the classes are free while others cost a short amount of money.  And while many of the courses are essential for new or for young boaters, many courses serve as good refreshers for seasoned operators as well. Here are 5 online boating safety courses that are available from the…




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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
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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