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Boat Repair & Restoration MN

Minnesota Boat and Trailer Repair Minnesota is made for boating! Fishing boats, sail boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, personal watercraft, and yachts… there’s a boat for everyone and every purpose, and nowhere in the United States will you find more boats per capita than in Minnesota. Did you know the land of 10,000 lakes has more miles of coastline than California, Hawaii and Florida combined?  That is why 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! When summer comes, there’s no time to waste. Think about it: Every state has its “thing.” Georgia has its three p’s—peaches, peanuts, and pecans. Wisconsin has its cows, and ergo its cheese. Washington has its apples, and Florida has its sunshine. And Minnesota? Well, we’ve got our lakes. All 10,000 of them! You can’t ask for a better state if you love boating!  And you can’t ask for a better state if you love to fish! (you can’t ask for a worse state if you are the fish!) We may get a good deal of press for our sub-zero temperatures and our 10-month winters, but we’re best known for our lakes—ahhhhhh, what a great thing to be known for! Remember To Inspect Your Boat Trailer When the weather starts warming up and lakes are thawing, you may want to get your boat and trailer seaworthy before your first trip. So here are some times you might want to consider before you head out to a lake or river...
 

Boat Storage and Winterization St Paul MN

If you are like most outdoorsmen, you wish that you could be out on the lake or ocean all year around! Unfortunately, most boats simply can not withstand the hard winter weather. It is very important to winterize and store your boat during the winter months. If you are in the St Paul, MN area, Anchor Marine Repair has you covered! Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to protect your boat with no hassle! Keep in mind that the insurance you have on your boat may not cover the damage caused by poor maintenance or neglect. Importance of Winterizing and Boat Storage Protects your investment – Let’s face it, boats are not cheap. To get the most out of your boat, all-winter storage and winterizing is a great way to keep your boat tuned up and protected from the harsh Minnesota winters. Winterizing is more than just shrink wrap – Anchor Marine is committed to inspecting your boat, changing the oil and filters, flushing the engine, washing, drain and pump the livewell, all while being stored! Provides comfort – Rather than poorly storing your boat in your yard during the winter, you can rest assured that your boat is fully protected no matter what kind of winter storm hits the Minnesota area because we store boats indoors. Anchor Marine’s other Benefits Pick-up boat services – We offer very convenient pick up services to keep the hassle at a minimum. Boat repair and restoration services – While storing your boat, we can fix any damage or restoration needed on your boat. Whether you just...
 

Boat Repair MN | Labor Day Boat Safety

Boat Repair MN | Labor Day Boat Safety Geez… it’s hard to believe, but another Minnesota summer is almost history. The long hot summer days are slowly coming to an end and before you know it your warm-weather outings will soon just be memories. For many people, it marks the things like vacations ending, children going back to school, and the arrival of the Minnesota State Fair. It’s also summer’s last big holiday – the Labor Day weekend… and thousands of Minnesotans will be hitting the lakes and rivers with family and friends to wrap up the summer! However, because crowds are expected, please remember to boat safe, boat smart and boat sober during the holiday weekend. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers some great advice. Boat safe and sober this Labor Day weekend! Boat Safe and Sober This Labor Day Weekend To help insure a safe outing, these are a few tips which every boater should know. • Wear a life jacket. According to the latest data available from the United States Coast Guard (2012 Life Jacket Wear Rate Observational Study) there were 533 drowning deaths in 2011. Unfortunately, 415 of those individuals were NOT wearing a life jacket. In other words, approximately 84 percent of those deaths might have been prevented if life jackets were in use. • Know the water and environment you will be boating on. Check the weather and water conditions and know where hazards like sandbars or stump beds may be located. Every year, 13 million boaters face shifting shoals, changing channels, moving buoys, and newly discovered hazards. These changes happen daily, and it’s...
 

MN Boat Repair | Labor Day Boat Safety

Boat Repair MN | Boating Safety If you love the thrill of boating, fishing, swimming, sailing, and simply relaxing on the water, you can’t ask for a better place to be than Minnesota! What the area loses to a short summer, it more than makes up for with some of the most passionate anglers and boaters in the country. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person in the county who hasn’t enjoyed Minnesota’s sky blue waters. With such an abundance of water and shoreline, don’t cha know Minnesota is destination playground for boaters around the country. Minnesota Waters Minnesota’s lakes and rivers are part of what this state is all about. One of Minnesota’s nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but it really has lots more. It’s on the shore of the biggest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. And, it’s where the world’s third largest river, the Mississippi, begins. Boating is one of the primary reasons people love Minnesota.  It ranks among the top stress-relieving activities around. Here are some facts about Minnesota’s waters. Number of lakes: 11,842 (over 10 acres) Rivers and streams add up to 69, 2000 miles Mississippi River: 680 miles of its 2,552 total miles flow through Minnesota. Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake. It’s at the end of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which brings boats from around the world to the port of Duluth, Minnesota. Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, reigns as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. By volume,...
 

Boating Safety This Summer | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide… The Silent Killer When it comes to boats and danger, you may think of drowning, flooding/swamping, collision with a fixed object, passengers falling overboard or even a skier mishap. But there’s another danger… a silent one. Another danger that has recently received attention is carbon monoxide poisoning. As a result of an incident on Eagle Lake in Maple Grove Minnesota a few weeks ago that linked to this colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, we thought it was worth a mention. Read the full story about the Invisible Boating Danger Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a little-known danger to boaters that has taken the lives of many unsuspecting victims. Many boaters have become victims of what’s known in boating as the “station wagon effect.  It occurs when boats travel at low speeds with the rear loaded down and the bow in the air. Exhaust is sucked in from the rear and accumulates inside the cabin. You don’t even have to be on a boat to be overcome by carbon monoxide. When boats are bunched together in a small area, the very air can become deadly. Every year, boaters are injured or killed by carbon monoxide. Most incidents occur on older boats and within the cabin or other enclosed areas. Exhaust leaks, the leading cause of death by carbon monoxide, can allow carbon monoxide to migrate throughout the boat and into enclosed areas. New areas of concern are the rear deck near the swim platform with the generator or engines running and teak surfing or dragging behind a slow moving boat. Regular maintenance and proper boat operation can reduce the risk...