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Outriggers Can Make A Big Fish Story More Than A Tall Tale

| Marine Blog | April 2, 2012

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At BuyMarine.com, we believe that all fisherman need an edge to have that extra special day on the water. We want that fantasy to grow into fact. Well, your fish stories may sound more believable if you are  including the fact that you were using outriggers.

Outriggers Enhance Bait Performance

There are effective methods of separating multiple lures and trolled baits in a pattern — both vertically and horizontally. Not only does this system result in a wider spread, but it also offers the ability to enhance a lure or bait presentation by using outriggers to enhance their action.

The concept of outriggers shouldn’t be over-complicated. They are merely a tool that enables both vertical and horizontal separation of lure or bait presentations using release mechanisms that are are variable and often adjustable.

The advantages of outriggers are:

  • They get lures / baits outside the boat’s wash into clear water, increasing the spread of lures / baits, allowing more lures / baits to be trolled and cover more area of water.
  • They allow one to target depths where the fish are holding (thermocline)
  •  They allow baits to look alive even though they’re not. Trust us, it’s a difference.

Outriggers should not just be seen as a way of separating lures in width but also in height. There are many set-ups where an outrigger is mounted on the cabin or bridge where a line (called the shot-gun or whiskey line) is run high and back behind the rest of the lure pattern. Many set-ups use multiple tag lines of the same riggers to add height to corner lures or baits and or run teaser lines.

There are a huge variety of bases, holders, and boat configurations. Though small boats can be equipped with outriggers, they may create problems, since there is more crew work required when a strike occurs. There often isn’t enough room to move comfortably or safely (or a big enough crew) for this purpose.

Also,  outriggers are great for flying those little red flags flags on the way home from a fishing trip.

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Please visit us at BuyMarine.com and find the outriggers and accessories that will make your big fish story a reality. If you’re looking to acquire or sell marine-related equipment, drop on in to BuyMarine, where you can shop for equipment or post an ad to relieve yourself of those extra items that are taking up space. Thank you.

 

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10 Ways to Beat The High Price of Gas

| Marine Blog | February 28, 2012

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It’s no secret that gas prices keep on climbing and that gas at a marina is even more expensive. Before you rail at that price-gouging marina owner, consider things from his perspective.

Most gas dock operations are seasonal, meaning that the cost of maintaining the fueling facilities, the tanks, pumps and whatnot, have to be paid for during the boating season. In addition, many gas docks don’t sell enough gas to qualify for volume discount. In many cases, the marina may pay just about as much for their gas as you do. The long and the short of it is that it looks like we are going to have to deal with higher gas prices for the foreseeable future. That means that we must do everything we can to get the most mileage out of that expensive gas. Here are some useful tips to do just that.

1.   Keep a clean bottom.

2.   Apply new bottom paint.

3.   Keep the engine in tune.

4.   Find the most economical cruising speed.

5.   Unload the boat.

6.   Make sure you have the right prop.

7.   Check the tide tables.

8.   Get the best deal on fuel.

9.   If you fish, consider a trolling motor.

10.  Go out on someone else’s boat. This is the ultimate means of saving fuel, at least while you still have friends.

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Boat Fuel Saving Tips

| Marine Blog | November 25, 2011

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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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Fishing the Florida Keys

| Marine Blog | October 20, 2011

It may be cooling down elsewhere, but Florida’s always warm and ready for tourists! The Florida Keys offer so many opportunities to have a great time that it’s difficult to know where to start. When planning a vacation (any time of year) in Florida, the Keys simply have to be on your list of places to visit for the fishing, the food, the ocean, and the gorgeous views.

Fish, fish, fish!

If you are looking for world-class fishing and diving opportunities, the Florida Keys are the place.  You can enjoy a variety of natural landscapes that include flats, back country, marshland, and coast. The fishing is amazing! It’s difficult to not get excited just talking about the opportunities to catch a variety of fish. These aren’t just ordinary trout either. When fishing the Everglades or Keys, for example, you can try for tarpon, cobia, bonefish and others. Go offshore and try a little light tackle fishing for tuna, snapper, or wahoo. Find a deep sea fishing charter to your liking and the Keys offer grouper, marlin, dolphin, snapper, and kingfish.

At BuyMarine.com we sell the boats, fishing tackle, diving equipment, and outboard engines that help people be able to enjoy this lovely place. We are an online marine-related classified ad site and we offer outstanding advertising rates and our products move quickly. So check us out — maybe you’ll find the perfect boat to take to the Keys, and maybe you’ll catch the fish of a lifetime.

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52nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, 2011

| Marine Blog | October 17, 2011

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Exciting plans are underway as boat show organizers anticipate an increase in exhibitors, sales and  attendance at the 2011 52nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The amazing turnout in 2010 has provided optimism for the marine industry.  Expect to see even better exhibits than last year as many vendors have requested more space to accommodate expanded offerings.

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10 Tips For Grilling Perfect Seafood

| Marine Blog | October 13, 2011

Grilled seafood can be a wonderful dining option if you do a few simple things to enhance the results. Lots of people are turned off by grilled seafood simply because they have no idea how to prepare it.  Seafood offers a tasty, healthy meal option for the grill. Are you aware most seafood has under half the fat of beef? Wouldn’t you rather have some succulent seafood every day that will help your health and dazzle your palate? Grilling great seafood does requires a little practice. BuyMarine.com has come up with 10 tips to help you nail it.

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Sea Worthy: 10 of the World’s Most Expensive Yachts

| Marine Blog | October 10, 2011

Luxury Yachts – The world’s wealthiest sea-goers travel in the ultimate luxury.  Their huge luxury yachts feature helipads, multiple swimming pools, a full staff and the latest in nautical technology.  They don’t come cheap – as shown by the ten yachts on this list which are worth a combined 1.6 billion dollars.  Want to see how the rich hit the deep blue sea?  Grab your swim trunks, your flippie floppies and your nautical-themed pashmina afghan– and see how the world’s wealthiest do it on a boat.

Here it is, the world’s most expensive yachts:

10. $90 million – Le Grand Bleu

From one Russian billionaire to another, the 370-foot Le Grand Bleu was reportedly gifted to Eugene Shvidler from its previous owner, Roman Abramovich. Built in Germany’s Vulkan yard and launched in 2000, Le Grand Blue is grand indeed, setting out with a pair of 3,600-horsepower Wärtsilä engines, a crew of 50 and an onboard 74-foot sailboat and 67-foot speedboat.

 

9. $100 million – Tatoosh

The 301-foot Tatoosh is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, a secretive kind of guy, who is said to bar reporters from coming aboard. The mega-yacht supposedly has its own theater, swimming pool and lobster tank and has landing pads for two helicopters.

 

8. $103 million – Annaliesse

Three dozen guests can spread out in the 280-foot Annaliesse’s 15 staterooms, a mega-yacht that treats cruisers with marble columns, its own “full-service” spa, salon, library, children’s play area and movie theater with a 100-inch screen. The master stateroom has a king-size bed and remote-controlled panoramic windows.

 

7. $116 million – Alysia

The 280-foot sister ship of the Annaliesse, the Alysia is the slightly prettier of the pair. The ship’s 1,300 square-foot master stateroom comes with its own private deck, jacuzzi, marble decked bathroom and California king-size bed. Elevators whisk guest through five decks, which include a sundeck with barbecue, a bar, an 8-person hot tub, spa, gym, salon and a 500-bottle wine cellar. Can’t stand the wine, pampering, massages and endless tanning? — make an underwater escape with a pair of “scuba scooters.”

 

6. $129 million – Ecstasea

Another toy of Chelsea Football Club-owning Roman Abramovich, the 250-foot long Ecstasea was built with an Asian-inspired interior theme, complete with bamboo furniture. The ship’s walls are paneled with carved cherry and guests pad around on marble flooring. Onboard, a disco, sauna and Turkish bath greet guests, who can arrive or depart from either retractable helipad.

 

5. $130 million – Pelorus

Oh, Roman… how can thee outdo thine self? Pool — check. Helipads — a pair. Staff? — 40, including a few from Britian’s SAS. Mini-submarine — aye-aye. Missile detection system? — why not!

 

4. $200 million – Octopus

Another Paul Allen project, the Octopus is a 416-foot sea beast tamed only by a crew of 40, some of which are said to be ex-Navy Seals. The ship hosts seven smaller boats, two helicopters, a 10-person submarine and like a luxurious Kraken, the Octopus lashes out at the sea with a robotic submersible, which scours the ocean floor.

 

3. $200 – Rising Sun

A yacht so beloved, it comes with its own fan site! The 453-foot Rising Sun is co-owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and famed producer David Geffen. The five-story boat has 82 rooms and more than 24,000 square-feet of living space. Highlights include onyx countertops, 9,900 square-feet of teak-layered decking, a movie theater and a basketball court/helipad.

 

2. $210 million – Lady Moura

At 354-feet long, the Lady Moura is a big woman built in 1991 by “order” of Saudi Saudi Prince Nasser al-Rashid. So large it has trouble entering the harbor of Monte Carlo, the mega-yacht reportedly has a crew of 60, a pool with a retractable roof and its very own mock beachfront complete with sand. The yacht made its biggest wave in 2007 when it ran aground at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 

1. $350 Million – Dubai

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, the 531-foot Dubai has interiors designed by Philippe Starck, space for 115 guests and 88 crew members, six guest suites and five VIP suites — all with open balconies. Interior spaces are channeled towards a “massive” foyer and atrium that connects each of the mega-yacht’s eight deck. Outside, the ship hosts a large pool, squash court, helipad and a small aircraft hanger.

Of course, you don’t need expensive mega-yachts for some happy sailing! Just check out BuyMarine.com.

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Hurricane Preparation Tips

| Marine Blog | October 6, 2011

We’re smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. Making it through a hurricane requires preparation. If you reside close to the coast and are therefore are at risk of being caught in a hurricane, here are a few suggestions that will help you survive in case a big one hits.

Before a Hurricane

  1. Get your home prepared: Board the windows and strap the rooftop
  2. If your hurricane watch is in effect (meaning severe weather is possible), get ready for evacuation by:
      • Packing essential supplies inside your vehicle.
      • Pack enough water and food in case you are not able to totally evacuate the region.
      • Plan evacuation routes.
      • Get telephone numbers and routes for your evacuation locations.

Good Sources of Emergency Information

  • American Red Cross Hurricane Information
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

In The Event of Evacuation

Deciding to evacuate can be difficult. FEMA offers these recommendations:

  1. Pay attention to weather broadcasts and evacuate if directed by government entities to do so.
  2. Evacuate if you reside on the coast, inside a floodplain, near a river, or near an inland waterway.
  3. Evacuate if you live inside a RV or a temporary structure.
  4. Evacuate if you reside inside a high-rise building.
  5. Evacuate if you think you’re in danger.
  6. Go to the highest ground you are able to reach.

Stay safe. BuyMarine.com

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