Minnesota Boat Repair & Restoration Minneapolis MN
If you love boating, you can’t ask for a better state than Minnesota! Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes and numerous streams and rivers are just the place for fun on the water. As the third most popular state for boating in the U.S., thousands of boaters take advantage of our state’s most famous feature… its lakes! That including rivers and streams (we’ve got nearly 70,000 miles of them!) that are all just waiting to be enjoyed.
Considering the number of persons involved and the fairly low rate of accidents, boating and fishing are basically safe pastimes. But that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have an accident. We share our waterways with boaters of varying levels of skill. With more boats out there, it has become increasingly important for everyone to operate their vessels safely to prevent accidents. You must have a complete knowledge of your boat, its handling and the boating rules of the road.
You learned the “Rules of the Road” before you sat behind the wheel of a car — and you should do the same before taking the helm. Unfortunately, an unskilled boater doesn’t walk around with a sign that says “Beware, I know nothing about boating”!
I hope you never experience a boating accident. By learning boating safety, familiarizing yourself with your equipment, studying local charts, reviewing the rules of the road, exercising good judgment, using common sense, being considerate and courteous to other boaters…all these things should give you pretty decent odds. A boating safety course can help.
Avoiding Boat Collisions
If you are planning on being out on the lakes this summer., observe safe boating practices to avoid a collision. We all like the sensation of going fast, but a wise skipper knows the relationship between speed and stopping distance. Experience will tell you what this distance is, but remember to try out each boat you drive in clear open water. They will all be different and you must know what to expect.
Excessive Speed – Boats are bigger and faster than ever. Just because your watercraft can go 70-plus mph doesn’t mean it should be operated that fast.
Know your boat – what it can and can’t do. Operate at safe and legal speeds. It’s important to know the speed limits that apply to your craft at which you can manage safely on the water.
You need to be traveling at slow enough speed where you can stop or maneuver in time to avoid other boats, rocks, floating hazards and structures. It is best if you can assign one or more of your passengers to keep a steady lookout forward. Be sure to tell them what they are looking for and to sound off nice and loud if they see – or even think they see – a hazard in your path. By stopping occasionally to listen and running the engine at low RPMs the rest of the time, you may also be able to hear fog signals, waves breaking, other boat engines and so on.
Even though fiberglass is almost maintenance free and the nearest thing to the perfect boat-building material yet, hitting a rock at 65 MPH can completely destroy the hull of any boat!
See for yourself…
Fiberglass Boat Damage
After hitting a rock at 65 MPH the hull of this boat was completely destroyed. Anchor Marine was able to repair and restore the hull to pre-accident conditions. Difficult projects like these are the reason our customers know we can handle any job!
BEFORE – Fiberglass Damage
AFTER – Fiberglass Damage Repaired
Collision, Structural, and Storm Damaged Boat Repair MN
As fellow boaters, we know that your boat is a big investment and understand how important it is to you to keep it in “shipshape”. When an accident has occurred to your boat’s exterior, it’s imperative that the damage be addressed as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. To restore your beloved boat to it’s former glory, make sure you contact a reputable Minnesota boat repair company that has experience in boat trailer repair, collision, structural, and storm damaged boats!