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Getting your Boat out of Storage | Spring Boating Maintenance Tips

Boat Maintenance Checklist MNWho’s getting the itch? It’s not quite that time yet to pull off the tarp, hitch that baby up, and drag it on out to the lake. Nope, not quite that time but it’s coming! Boating season is right around the corner and Anchor Marine Repair has all the information that you need to know when it comes to getting your boat out of storage and safely back onto the water! Read Full Post

 

Fiberglass Boat Repair and Restoration MN

Boat Repair and Restoration MN Summer is the season so many of us look forward to after the long winters we have in Minnesota. And when the weather warms up, our lakes are packed with boaters eager to have some fun. In fact, Minnesota is home to some of the most passionate boaters in the country. Ask anyone about their favorite lake or stream and you’ll likely trigger a wave of nostalgia reflecting clear, cool waters, heavily wooded shorelines, abundant wildlife and the peace that only comes from a quiet moment on that beloved lake or stream. Do we love our lakes?  You betcha! Fun is on everyone’s minds while boating. However, before all the fun and games begin, we need to focus on safety from the moment we hop onto our vessels. A day on the water may be one of the best ways to escape the summer heat, but all fun and play can make for a dangerous day on the water if you don’t keep safety in mind. Safe boating requires good vision, good coordination and the ability to react swiftly. Boating traffic comes from all directions, and floating obstacles can suddenly appear without warning. Driving a boat requires the full attention of the operator, as there can be numerous distractions. A lot of things on the water compete for one’s attention. But don’t let the dream of landing that next big large mouth bass or the possibility of making friends with the boat full of beautiful ladies next to you become a distraction — pay attention to what matters. Remember, boats do not have brakes....
 

Fiberglass, Aluminum, and Storm Damage Boat Repair MN

Minnesota Boat Repair Looking forward to relaxing on the boat this weekend with that ice chest full of cold beer?  You might want to reconsider. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers and other authorities will be out in full force this weekend (beginning Friday, June 28 and continuing through June 30) cracking down on drunken boaters. Everyone should be able to enjoy boating. Curbing the number of alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities is key to achieving a safer and more enjoyable environment for recreational boating. Consider Yourself Warned! The effort is called Operation Dry Water, which is a nationwide effort to give boating under the influence, or BUI, high visibility the weekend prior to the Fourth of July holiday and peak summer boating season. So, boaters should think twice before having a cocktail on the water this weekend. Avoid a Boating Accident this Fourth of July Boating accident data shows that more boating accidents occur during Fourth of July than any others during the summer boating season. So authorities are reminding boaters to use caution on the water. Minnesotans are avid boaters, as evidenced by the state having the highest per-capita boat ownership in the nation. About half of Minnesota’s boaters live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Twin Cities’ boaters find the nearby lakes and rivers convenient and enjoyable places for after-work and weekend outings. Boating on Twin Cities’ waters, however, is different than boating in other parts of the state. It is more congested and, as a result, more regulated. In short, the experience of boating in the metropolitan area is distinctive. The Twin Cities region has...
 

Boat Repair MN | Storm and Collision Damage Boat Repair Part 3

Minnesota Boat Repair | Collision Boat Repair Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat Continued from Part 2 One Last Reminder – Is the Drain Plug In? Invasive species regulations are now in effect in many states and many of them (including Minnesota), now require boaters to remove the plug and drain the bilge and live well before transporting a watercraft. In this Basic Boating Safety Course there is an extensive section on trailering and one of the things that is emphasized is to make sure the drain plug is in before launching your boat. The majority of recreational boats in the United States are trailered to and from the water. Your boat trailer is only one part of the entire boating package, which includes the boat, trailer, hitch and towing vehicle. Neglecting the trailer’s maintenance can result in damage to your boat, your towing vehicle or both. Ranger discovered very early that most boats spend more time on their trailers than in the water. Experience also proved that ill-fitting boat trailers actually damage a boat’s hull and running surfaces over time.  Below is our check-list for launching. Launching Do initial launch preparations away from the ramp so as not to impede launching for others. Raise the outdrive or motor, remove the support bracket and install the drain plug. Disconnect the trailer wiring. Remove tie down straps and again check the drain plug. Make any equipment adjustments necessary and check the drain plug. Connect the fuel tank, check fluid levels and check the drain plug. Drive to the ramp and back the boat and trailer down the ramp, keeping the tow vehicle’s...
 

Boat Repair MN | Storm and Collision Damage Boat Repair Part 2

Minnesota Boat Repair | Collision Boat Repair Ahhhh!  Nothing says summer like boating!  With 11,842 lakes, 69,200 miles of rivers and streams and about 4,000 miles of water trails, boating is a favorite pastime for outdoor activity in Minnesota.  There’s something about the boating lifestyle that more people are discovering as the ultimate escape. Whether you enjoy fishing or just a quiet boat ride, you will find beautiful Minnesota Lakes in every corner of the state. And since the very root of the word Minnesota (mni) comes from a Dakota Indian word meaning “water,” it just seemed right that thousands of boaters take advantage of the state’s most famous natural resource. Continued from Part 1 Be a Nice Boater! Don’t be THAT guy! You know the one. They tick off everyone in line to use a boat ramp by skipping in line, using more space than needed and being unpleasant to be around. During the summer, some of our Boating Access Areas (We’re looking at you,) can become awfully busy and chaotic. It’s hot. It’s crowded. And folks just want to get on the water.  Here are a few tips to make the boating experience pleasant for everyone. Don’t be this person. Be safe and be considerate — when you hit the boat ramp this summer! Float Planning….Don’t Leave Shore Without It! File a float plan with a responsible person. Before you go out on the water, you should leave a Float Plan with someone you trust, so they’ll know what to do if you don’t come back on time. Your Float Plan could be in the form of...