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November 2015

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  • Ask the Experts | Protect Your Boat From Sudden Freezes

    Ask the Experts | Protect Your Boat From Sudden Freezes

    A Bilge Heater, also known as an Engine Compartment Heater, is a smart choice for any serious boater during the winter months. These small forced air heaters can extend your boating season but can also help extend the life of your boat battery while also keeping all the electrical components in an engine compartment warm and dry. Choosing the Right Engine Compartment Heater For Your Boat The following factors need to be considered when choosing a bilge heater (engine compartment heater) for your boat. : Type and size o...
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  • Ask the Experts | How to Prevent Ethanol Related Issues While Your Boat is in Storage

    Ask the Experts | How to Prevent Ethanol Related Issues While Your Boat is in Storage

    With temperatures starting to drop across the country, it's time to get your boat ready for storage. But, before you fill up the fuel tank and cover it for the season, there are some things you should know about ethanol-blended gasoline and the potential impact it can have on your boat during storage. Understanding How Ethanol Affects Boats During Storage Majority of the gasoline sold in the U.S. contains some ethanol, but the percentage varies by region. It's important to note that research has found that as much as 75 percent* of boats serviced at the beginning of boating season, after long periods of storage, require carburetor cleaning due to build-up from degraded fuel. Oxygenated fuel is gasoline that contains oxygenates usually, ethanol. This fuel is particularly susceptible to degradation. When you store your boat for more than th...
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  • Ask the Experts | Fall Fishing Pro Tips

    Ask the Experts | Fall Fishing Pro Tips

    Although cold fronts and other weather changes in the autumn months are seldom as severe as those occurring later in the winter, they can still change bass behavior very quickly. That's why Yamaha Pro Marty Robinson always has several rods with completely different types of lures rigged and ready to cast whenever he goes fishing this time of year. "The cold fronts in the autumn normally don't change the water temperature that much," notes Robinson, "but they often change the w...
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  • Ask the Experts | Tow Boat Shopping

    Ask the Experts | Tow Boat Shopping

    Your tow boat is your biggest riding or skiing investment. It plays a large part in your success and fun on the water. Most family style boats, even pontoon boats, have the features and power needed to tow wakeboarders, wake surfers and water skiers. But the specialized tow boat manufacturers focus on features to help make learning easier and improve your performance. The fall and winter months signal boat show season, so now is a perfect time to start researching and looking at the new tow boats for 2016. New boat not in the budget this year? It never hurts to dream, and you'll be able to determine your own "must have" features. Buying a used specialized tow boat, or purchasing in partnership with a friend can trim costs. What should you look for when shopping at boat shows or on the internet? I believe the rider or skier should focus on five areas: Engine location, boat length, tow point, wake size and shape, and ability to deliver a precise speed. Engine Location Specialized...
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