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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,...
 

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...
 

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...
 

Minnesota Boat Repair and Restoration | Boat and Marine Repair MN

Boar Repair MN | MN Boat Restoration Mark your calendars for the 2013 Minnesota Fishing Opener! The Minnesota Fishing Opener is only a few more weeks away.  Hundreds of thousands of anglers will make their annual pilgrimage to their traditional fishing haunts for a chance to be one of the first to pull in the BIG ONE! This is an exciting time of year but also a dangerous time as well. First, before heading to your favorite destinations, it is important to go over your boat and trailer prior to pulling out of the driveway. Check lights on the boat and trailer. Chances are many Minnesotans will be on their way to the lake/river in the dark. Make sure the wiring on your trailer is up to par. Blinkers working? Brake Lights? Running Lights? Tires in decent condition? Air pressure? Losing a tire at night can be extremely dangerous. These are just simple steps that every boater – including experienced boaters – should go over as a matter of routine. Inspect trailer tires for wear and inflate properly. Check the trailer frame for rust spots; inspect the wheel bearings and re-pack if necessary. Test the winch. Now that your trailer is ready for the road, is your boat ready for the lake? Oh, I am sure you already checked motor. Maybe you have even taken it out onto the lake and ran around a few times. But, during that time, did you check to see if your boat lights are working? Make sure all navigation lights are unobstructed and in working order. If you are planning on fishing at...
 

Minnesota Boat Repair MN

Boat Repair and Restoration MN Boating is a great activity that can be shared with the entire family. However, because it can be seasonal, you’ll need to perform a few check-ups to get ready for first trip of the season. Some are safety precautions, while others are legal requirements. You may want to consult your local boat mechanic, but there are some things that you can check yourself. Boat and Trailer Inspections Check your boat and trailer for the season To avoid penalties, take care of legal requirements first; you don’t want to miss out on the summer fun due to missing paper work. Your registration, license, and decal for the boat should all be up to date. Consult the state’s boating guide for details on the proper registration number and decal placement, as well as where to keep the registration card. The 2012 Minnesota Boating Guide (2.8 Mb) summarizes Minnesota’s boating laws and regulations in an easy-to-read form. It supplies the information that most boaters need to know about operating watercraft on the state’s lakes and rivers. Once the paper work is out of the way, inspect the hull and all other parts of the boat for damage that may have occurred since the last time you used it. Ensure that the engine is in good working condition, by turning it on and checking that the battery is charged. The navigation lights and all the other electronics on the boat should also be thoroughly inspected. Proper maintenance and repair are critical to your continued enjoyment of and the safe use of your boat. It is important to watch...