How Defensive Boating Can Help Boaters

First, it is important to point out that defensive boating does not imply that operators always need to be completely on the defensive. It simply means that boat operators need to be aware of everything happening in and around their fishing boats. Prepared and reactive to potential threats. Anticipating problems before they actually occur can be a lifesaver out on the open water


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The Demand for Pontoon Boats is Increasing

Pontoon boats have shed their former stereotypes as the industry is being revolutionized. There are even some pontoon boat manufacturers that cannot keep their product in stock fast enough. The demand has grown so much that pontoon boats have become one of the most sought-after items in the marine industry. This has certainly been the case at local boat dealer, Charlotte NC New Hope Marine.


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Problems Boaters Are Having With Ethanol Fuels

Boaters now need to be wary of the fuel they purchase and put into their boats. A lot of fuel now contains a certain percentage of ethanol, which can cause boaters a variety of issues. New Hope Marine of Charlotte NC shares some of the problems boaters are having with ethanol fuels and why they have become such an issue.

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Marine Industry Fights EPA’s Push to Authorize E15 Fuels

The EPA’s authorization of E15 fuels, which contain 15% ethanol, means a lot of potential engine problems for boaters. While the EPA has continued to back the use of E15 fuels, the marine industry is not backing down.
The reason for that fight is because ethanol fuel can do a great deal of damage to boat motors causing need for immediate boat repair. The approval of E15 is not only being opposed by boat owners, but by engine manufacturers as well. Boat owners are likely to experience issues with E15 fuels, which could mean costly repairs or even leave them stuck out at sea with no power.


How to Choose the Right Cover For Your Boat

The elements of nature can do a lot of damage to boats, especially to ones that are not fitted with the right cover. That is why it is extremely important to protect your boat from harsh weather with the right kind of cover. Here are some tips from to consider when choosing a boat cover.

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Getting to Know the Electronic Functions on Your Boat

While a motor powers your boat, the electrical system powers everything else. That is why it is smart for fishing boat owners to know exactly how their boat’s electrical system functions. Newer boats, equipped with outboard motors, have a complex electrical systems and it is important for owners to know how it functions and distributes power throughout the boat. Here’s a closer look at the major components that rely on your boat’s electrical system.

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Boat Maintenance

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The luxury of a boat is heavily hinged upon how it is maintained and the quality of its upkeep. All year long, taking good care of your boat is vital. Discussed below are some tips on how to do this;

Leave the Drain Unplugged

When leaving your boat out at the landing it is important to ensure that you pull the drain plug and leave it removed. This is important since in the event that it rains, water will not collect and accumulate in the bilge. This is dangerous since it could ruin the boats mechanical parts including the starter; the risk is compounded by the fact that the bilge pump only works for a short while and it may not be as helpful in clearing accumulated water.

Outboard Motor Care

An outboard motor, a common feature in fishing boats, limits one from leaving it unattended for long spans of time. This is because if the fuel-oil mixture is left to sit in the carburetor, the fuel evaporates and leaves the oil to clog the carburetor causing unwanted and expensive damage. To prevent this, it is advised that one should add stabilizer to the fuel and run the engine for about ten minutes, this keeps the carburetor in shape and prevents an overhaul.

Inspect the Boat for Leaks Above the Water Line

A leak above the water line is not as lethal as one below but this does not mean it is not problematic. To detect these you should inspect the deck hardware, the windows and portals for any leaks or possible cracks. Tighten the bolts and screws or just tighten them anew just to be sure.

Use Recommended Spare Parts

It is quite inevitable for boats to age and as they do some parts will wear out and need replacement. When putting out boats for sale especially, it is advisable to replace worn out parts. Use parts approved by the manufacturer and avoid using cheaper substitutes.

Regular Maintenance

You should change your oil every now and then, wash the boat after and flush out the engine after every use. On a nice windy day, open the windows and air the boat to prevent accumulated moisture and corrosion.

New Hope Marine is the place to turn to for all your boating needs; boating parts or boating sales. Not only equipped with a huge surplus of boats for sale New Hope Marine also an efficient friendly staff. This makes it the place to boat, in Charlotte and beyond.