Boating Tips: 2023 Top 5 Episodes

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Join us as we take a look back at some of our best episodes of this past year! Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

1. Mastering the Helm Controls

Understanding your boat's controls is paramount for a safe and enjoyable boating experience. Modern boats are designed for ergonomics and ease of use so that anyone from a complete novice to the most experienced captains can understand how to manipulate the craft. Depending on the vessel and configuration, boats today may see features like joystick piloting and throttle-only buttons to prevent unintended gear shifts.

2. Tides: Understanding How Water Moves

Tides play a crucial role in boating, especially when exploring new areas. Learn about spring and neap tides, which occur around a full moon or a new moon. Knowing the tide pattern is essential for planning your journey, ensuring you won't encounter unexpected obstacles due to water level variations.

3. Cleaning Eisenglass and Strataglass

Eisenglass is a clear, soft plastic “glass” that is pliable, rollable and great for providing an enclosed canopy or windows on a vessel. Eisenglass can be rolled, but not folded - if you fold eisenglass it will crease. Strataglass on the other hand is a hard plastic “glass” that cannot be rolled or folded - it maintains its shape. Similar to eisenglass, it is a great way to create weatherproof shade to protect yourself from the elements. We recommend two products for cleaning both of these surfaces, Plexus and 210 Plastic Cleaner Polish. Simply spray your window, use a microfiber cloth and give it a wipe down - simple!

4. Cooking on Board

From its sleek lines to comfortable seating and cozy cabin, as well as powerful outboards, joystick piloting, and the latest in marine electronics, the Sea Ray Sundancer 370 series is great for both a day out at the sandbar or lake, or overnighting. However, one of the best features of the vessel is the Kenyon Grill! This powerful electric grill is super easy to use and will help you to make the perfect game-day meal. It heats up fast, is easy to clean, and can handle everything from burgers to chicken, veggies and more.

5. Utilizing Boating Apps

Everyone is glued to their phones today, here are our five best boating apps for a better time out on the water. The MarineMax app is a game-changer for boaters. Take advantage of its features to schedule and track boat service, conveniently pay bills, and stay updated on upcoming events and classes at your store. The app is your go-to resource for seamless communication and coordination with your boating community.

See You in 2024!

As you set sail into 2024, these tips will empower you to navigate your home waters and beyond with confidence and enjoy a safe and memorable boating experience. Here's to smooth seas, breathtaking sunsets, and exciting adventures on the horizon!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more great tips. Also, be sure to call, click or stop by your local MarineMax store. We’ll see you out there.

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