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Boat Repair and Renovation MN

Boat Repairs MNWhen you buy a boat, it becomes part of the family. For many, there’s no place they would rather be than strolling in their family boat on a lake in Minnesota. Unfortunately, over time boats age and require upkeep. If you have a family boat that is sentimental and you can’t part ways with it, consider investing in boat renovation services from our highly experienced staff at Anchor Marine Repair. Specializing in boat repair and boat restoration, we can bring that classic look back in no time! Read Full Post

 

Storm Damage Boat Repair

Boat Repair Specialists in Minnetonka MN Storms, hurricanes, severe weather and more: the bane of your boat’s existence. It is crucial for every boat owner to have a plan of action. The key to protecting your boat from  storms, hurricanes or any severe threatening weather is developing a plan, preparing,  and acting in a timely matter. Below are 5 guidelines to follow to help keep your boat storm-damage free. 1. Develop a plan of action Prior to the storm season, create a  plan of action to safely move your boat from the storm area to a safer spot. Find out what equipment and tools you will need to move your boat. Make sure to operate a “test-run” of your plan prior to storm season or winter. 2. Double Check your Agreements If you have a lease or storage rental agreement, check with the marina or storage area to make sure everything is correct. Know your responsibilities and liabilities as well as those of the marina. 3.  Combine all Records Combine all records which may include any insurance policies, vessel registration, equipment inventory,  and lease agreements and store them in a folder. These might be required when you return to check on your boat. 4. Inventory Checklist Create and keep an inventory list of belongings that were removed or left on your boat 5. Close and Seal Close and seal openings and tape any windows that may break from wind force or from the chilling winter freeze. Unfortunately, no matter how much we try to keep out boats free from damage, mother nature can have other plans.  At Anchor Marine...
 

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 Boat Repair | MN Boat Damage Repair

Boat Repair MN | Fiberglass Boat Repair The first day of summer, June 21, is still weeks away. But, for the nation’s 80 million recreational boaters, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer boating season. Boaters are working to a frenzy to get their boats in the water for the weekend. And who can blame them. It’s been one heck of a long winter. Memorial Day Weekend Could Mean Trouble For Boaters Memorial Day is also traditionally the second-busiest day of the year for boaters, after July 4th. One of the preferred holiday activities in Minnesota is boating. Local waterways will likely be crowded, as people take advantage of three days off and what looks like good weather ahead. National Safe Boating Week 2013 It just so happens that National Safe Boating Week 2013 is May 18-25, and the U.S. Coast Guard wants to make sure everyone remembers safety rules. Both the Holiday and National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24) present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating. The Coast Guard is promoting National Boating Safety Week’s 2013 campaign slogan – Wear It! The promotion focuses on the availability of comfortable and lightweight life jackets, as well as the safety aspects of wearing a life jacket at ALL times! Safety first with passengers is the responsibility of every boat captain to ensure a happy day afloat. The Coast Guard frowns on bow riding, which officials describe as an “unsafe practice of remaining on the bow of a vessel while it is underway.” Boat inspections are on the official safety list, especially...
 

MN Boat Repair and Boat Refinishing | Fiberglass Boat Repair

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”! Review Running Lights with this simulator Review Rules of the Road Review Aids to Navigation 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...