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
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Steps for Easy Boat Registration

Perfect Day

  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: Debbie Hanson
April 19, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Ways to Speed Up The Boat Registration Process

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There aren’t many things that can beat the sight of an excited youngster reeling in a first catch or a stunning summer sunset view — some of the best benefits of boat ownership are these types of magical moments that happen on the water. These are the experiences that make you want to become an official boat owner, and it only makes sense that you’ll want to get your boat registration taken care of so…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 22, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Innovative Features You Wish All New Fishing Boats Had

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You might be a fan of fishing boat features like large decks with plenty of room for fighting fish, extra rod holders, LED interior lights, dual livewells or over-sized windshields. Regardless of which bells and whistles are your favorites, if you are thinking of buying a boat, you are wise to consider the useful features that are offered by manufacturers while also thinking about the number of hours you anticipate spending on the water during…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 15, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Facts About Buying a Boat That Will Impress Your Friends

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You’ve been thinking about buying a boat, but want to find the right resources to help you make a well-informed decision about your potential purchase. There are plenty of facts, resources, benefits and tips that you’ll find useful if you’re buying a first boat. Here are ten facts about buying a boat that will impress your friends and guide you towards making the best choice. Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. If…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

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I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
February 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Steps to Selecting Your Future Dream Boats

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There’s nothing quite like spending a day on a boat with family or friends while enjoying the feelings of relaxation that come along with the gentle rocking of the waves. In fact, you may be such a fan of the boating and fishing lifestyle that you’ve decided it’s time to think about purchasing your very own boat. However, with all of the different boat sizes and models on the market, how do you know which…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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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: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

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There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…

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