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Boat Fuel Saving Tips

| Marine Blog | November 25, 2011


Sometimes, the simplest things make the biggest difference. It’s no different when it comes to improving fuel economy in your boat.

A few basic steps can save you BIG on fuel!

Clean the bottom of your boat. Algae, mussels, and other things that grow on your boat’s bottom or outdrive can add drag and create small performance issues that you may not notice, but will cost you fuel economy over time.

Clean the fuel filter. If you have a dirty or clogged fuel filter, then it’s doing its job. But you need to change it to allow proper fuel flow to the engine. The engine could end up working twice as hard to get the fuel that it needs to run properly.We recommend that you change your fuel filter every 100 hours or once a year.

Clean the water separator. Some of you may not even know you have this filter in your fuel line or on your engine. This filter cleans out the water condensation that may have built up in your fuel tank. This filter not only can save your engine, but a clean filter will allow the engine to run more efficient by providing the proper amount of fuel to the engine. We recommend that you change your filter every 100 hours or once a year.

Check the prop condition. Even the smallest ding or bend can form air pockets around the prop. When this happens, the prop has to spin more times to catch the water, rather than catch the air. Make sure you check and inspect your prop regularly to insure there is no major damage. Even if you think you did not hit anything, you may have caused some sort of damage from something that was in the water.

Hope we could be of assistance, boaters! Happy boating!

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Take Me Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide

| Marine Blog | November 22, 2011


Fish are the last thing you’ll need on a fishing trip. Well, they are literally the last thing you’ll be in contact with to have a successful expedition. Before that, it takes preparation, people, and tools.

Preparation: Tools

Start with a tackle box and fill it with:

  • a variety of lures, hooks, snap swivels, and weights
  • nose pliers and wire cutters, for starters

You may also need:

  • live bait container (such as a minnow bucket or a worm box)
  • a stringer or an ice chest to keep your catch fresh
  • a landing net
  • rod-and-reel cases
  • a first-aid kit for minor emergencies.

Other handy items include a scaler, hook remover, tape measure and scale, and a filet knife.

Quick Tips and the Golden Rule

A good angler respects our natural resources and wants to conserve them for others to enjoy. The Golden Rule is: always carry out what you brought in — never leave behind plastic containers or packaging. Fishing line can tangle birds, fish, and other wildlife, often fatally. Bring old or tangled fishing line to a fishing tackle store to recycle it.

Fish should never be wasted. If you catch a fish that is under the legal or minimum size or that you do not want to keep, release it quickly. If possible, keep the fish in the water and handle it carefully, pushing the hook back through the lip. If the fish has swallowed the hook, do not tear the hook out. Simply cut the line as close to the mouth as possible. You can revive a fish by gently moving it back and forth in the water so that water runs through its gills. When it begins to struggle and can swim normally, let it go.

For More Information, Locally

There are many sources of information on where and how to fish. Fishing is regulated by each state government, so try looking on state Internet home pages. Most states have an aquatic resource education program that teaches fishing skills along with conservation education. Here are some places to look:

  • State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Agencies
  •  State Departments of Natural Resources
  • Recreation and Tourism Agencies
  • State Parks and County and Local Government Agencies
  •  Chambers of Commerce
  •  Fishing tackle and sporting goods stores
  •  Fishing clubs

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Boating in the Bahamas’ Out Islands

| Marine Blog | November 18, 2011


With 100,000 square miles of stunning blue water just begging to be cruised across, swum in and dived into, and captivating islands worth exploring from every angle, the Out Islands are a premier boating destination.

With seven-hundred separate island destinations distributed around an area of ocean as big as Florida, you know right off that you are not driving a automobile between the Out Islands. There are no bridges out here connecting the islands. Instead, boats are like the family cars to Out Islanders: Many sail to work in a boat, make their living from a boat, and pile the family into one for the regular Sunday drive and picnic. For travelers, sailing out on the water in a boat is one of true pleasures of visiting the Out Islands of the Bahamas, and it’s key to enjoying much of what the island chain has to offer.

Do-it-yourselfers have two choices: Bring their own boat to The Bahamas Out Islands or rent one here. Both are great options. Full-service marinas are available throughout most of the Out Islands, with dockage, fuel and professional assistance along with typical Bahamian friendliness in pointing out where the fish are biting. Larger private boats often make the Gulf Stream sailing by themselves, though relatively small boats race across (especially in the summer, when it’s calmer) in groups for mutual support. Bimini and the Abacos are the two most popular Caribbean sailing destinations for private power boaters. Sailboats, with their longer range often cruise further south.

Just look at this aerial view!

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Accident Statistics From The U.S. Coast Guard

| Marine Blog | November 15, 2011


Statistics can help to accentuate a point. At BuyMarine we understand the importance of marine safety. These stats may help to paint a picture of the dangers to look out for out there when you’re boating.

  • Motorboats with open cockpits had the highest number of casualties, with 353 deaths and 1669 injuries.
  • Personal watercraft was second, with 45 deaths and 920 injuries.

90 percent of the injuries and deaths were due to drowning and trauma. Only one in ten was wearing an approved flotation device.

Top 5 Causes of Water-Related Accidents

  1. CARELESS OR RECKLESS OPERATION: 492 accidents, 32 deaths and 390 injuries. 
    Boating is a leisure activity, so boaters may somehow believe safety is something that occurs during regular working hours and not on the weekends or on vacation. Nothing could be further from the truth. A watercraft requires as much care to operate as a car or truck. And just like driving, operating a boat while impaired could mean accidents, sometimes fatal.
  2. OPERATOR INATTENTION: 488 accidents, 28 deaths and 329 injuries.
    We understand the operator wants to relax and may be in a relaxing situation, but diligence is still necessary.
  3. NO PROPER SPOTTER OR LOOKOUT: 430 accidents, 24 deaths and 331 injuries.
    The spotter is the second set of eyes, should the pilot miss a hazard.
  4. OPERATOR INEXPERIENCE: 429 accidents, 40 deaths and 315 injuries.
    One may think they will learn everything they need to know on the water. But – every effort should be made to take training course before leaving shore for the first time.
  5. PASSENGER RECKLESSNESS: 383 accidents, 57 deaths and 335 injuries.
    Jumping off while at speed, climbing where they shouldn’t, overloading, are all problems that may be prohibited by the pilot, but which are still undertaken by passengers. As a passenger, stay seated and use flotation devices; as the pilot of the craft, keep order.

There are other accidents – such as grounding, being struck by a propeller, hitting a submerged object or grounding – but all of them will be mitigated by following common safety rules.

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What Would Millionaires Do? Buy Used.

| Marine Blog | November 11, 2011

Though buying used may seem like something people do when they can’t afford to buy new, that is simply not true. The savviest millionaires will tell you that buying used — but high-quality — is one of their most-used financial tactics.

Why? Because They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To.

Here are some things millionaires do that help keep them millionaires.

  1. Buying Old Houses.

    New houses in pre-fab developments, no matter how expensive, don’t have the value of old houses in old neighborhoods. The prices may triple or more on those old houses.

  2. Buying Antique Furniture.

    Antique furniture was made from real wood, unlike our modern day particle-board bookshelves and desks. Antiques rise in value, so their net worth actually goes up instead of out the window! Also, those older pieces can stand up to being repaired, refinished, or re-upholstered, which is cheaper than buying another piece. They can become heirlooms for generations. Those modern-day marvels, on the other hand, are pretty much disposable.

  3. Buying Used Clothes.

    Despite the popular image of millionaires, most of them don’t have a need to be flashy. They’ll make sure to have one or a  few high-quality, well-tailored suits and evening wear. Other than that, much of their everyday outfits are not really expensive. They may frequent thrift stores and bargain clothing. What they will spend money on, though, is good, expensive shoes. That’s a little about aesthetics, but mostly about value.  Good shoes can be worn for a long time and re-soled when necessary. Cheap shoes have to be replaced constantly.

  4. Buying Used Boats and Cars.

    With maintenance, used cars and used boats in good condition can last just as long as a new one. And millionaires know that buying used means they can avoid that initial depreciation that comes with driving it off the lot, by buying used.

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Don’t Make a Mistake on The Lake: Boating Safety Comes First

| Marine Blog | November 8, 2011


When boating, it’s always important to know the rules of navigation and be able to execute them.

  1. Pay attention to idle speed or no-wake zones. Idle speed is the slowest speed needed to maintain maneuverability.
  2. You are responsible for any damage or injury caused by your wake to public service vessels. So you have two choices: Steer well clear or pass at idle speed.
  3. The law requires you to always wear your personal flotation device when water-skiing, tubing, or any similar activity.
  4. Bow riding is especially dangerous because unexpected movement, large waves, or a sudden shift in course could throw a passenger overboard. You could drown or be struck by the propeller.
  5. Do not overload. Overloading is a leading cause of capsizing and swamping, especially in small boats. Capsizing and swamping are leading causes of boating deaths. If you pay attention to the details you and your crew should have safe outings. Remember, big boats are less agile so always give way.

Source: Florida Department of Natural Resources

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Lobster Recipes: Not For The Faint of Heart

| Marine Blog | November 4, 2011


Musing about lobsters may give many of our hearts a shiver. But the most delectable lobsters are fresh, and that means you must become a life taker. Therefore, to revel in the divine taste of the fresh lobster, we should become its assassin. One bite of this amazing bug of the sea shall surely set your head to swimming and erase any feelings of guilt or pity.

The simplest method to kill a lobster is to either drop it in boiling water or plunge a knife into its back.

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Do You Need A Fishing Guide? | Offshore Fishing Tips

| Marine Blog | November 1, 2011


Often, when one is planning a fishing trip, the question of a fishing guide comes up. They’re costly, so the first reaction is to forgo a guide. After all, you already know how to fish, right?

This may or may not be true. You might very well be an expert fisherman that can get along quite well without a guide, but if you are traveling to a far away area and are not familiar with the fishing condition, then a guide could really come in handy.

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