Other than actually being on the water, nothing brings a smile to a boater’s face faster than that moment when they step back and admire a gleaming, freshly waxed boat, shining like the day it came home.
A proper waxing not only keeps a boat looking sharp, but it’s also part of the routine cleaning process that helps prevent dirt and grime from permanently abrading or staining visible surfaces.
Most boaters only wax their entire boat at the beginning and/or end of the season. However, some heavy users elect to do an additional interior or above-waterline wax every month or two.
How often you wax your boat is up to you, but make sure you’re using a paste or liquid wax that is specially formulated for boats. Automotive wax isn’t intended for the marine environment.
There is a deep divide in the boating community about whether to wax the bottom of a boat. Some claim that waxing the bottom causes the boat to “stick” tighter to the water while underway, causing a slight loss of speed or efficiency. Others champion the notion that a waxed hull is much less apt to be stained by murky water and mud, and that the long-term aesthetic improvement and protective barrier outweigh any minute speed loss. The choice is yours, but for most people the added protection is worth it.
The wax you buy will include specific application instructions, but the following basic procedure is standard:
Pro Tip: Try a Power Buffer
Applying and buffing out wax can be done entirely by hand as described, but it will go a lot quicker – and be much easier – with a power buffer. You could try renting one first to see how you like it. A power buffer requires special application and buffing pads, which are available at marine stores and dealerships that sell boat wax. Follow the instructions to make sure you don’t damage the boat’s finish.
Ever have that sinking feeling? You know the one you had on windy days before you had a Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor on your boat. Remember drifting into that big school of redfish or past that favorite patch of lily pads full of big bass. Make sure you are ready for that perfect shot! Instead of blaming the product, know that the maintenance of your gear and keeping it a well-oiled machine is your responsibility as an angler and boater.
Here are six tips to keep your Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor in top shape and keep you in the game:
Yamaha Marine’ s newly upgraded 4.2-liter V MAX SHO® outboard has a full 40 percent more charging capacity and contemporary styling as it enters a new era of reliable service.
“The newly upgraded 4.2-liter V MAX SHO follows a familiar theme requested by Yamaha customers: make it better, but don’t change it too much,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “The V MAX SHO was the first outboard to prove a four-stroke outboard could be as light and powerful as a two-stroke. It now takes battery charging capability from 50 to 70 amps, a full 40 percent more. That extra juice greatly improves the boat’s power margins and gives anglers confidence that the systems on their boat have plenty of power to take them wherever they need to go.”
Tested by tournament anglers and weekend warriors alike, V MAX SHO outboards are renowned for their power, performance and reliability coupled with smooth, quiet operation and incredible fuel economy.
At 200, 225 or 250 prop-shaft horsepower, and with select models available with a 25-inch shaft, these outboards are appropriate for a variety of applications, fresh water and coastal. Yamaha also offers an optional isolator lead to better charge house or trolling batteries.
You’ve just decided to buy a boat and are wondering what you need to know about boat financing? First things first: you’ve just made an excellent decision. Nothing will bring you and your family more fun and quality time together than a boat. But when you’re making a major monetary move such as financing a boat, there are a few important items you need to bear in mind. Before you sign on any dotted lines, be sure to consider the following five things:
1. Trust Your Dealer to Help with Financing
While there are various ways of setting up boat financing, boat dealers do it each and every day. It’s in their interest to make sure the process goes smoothly and to the buyer’s advantage, and many boat dealers work with a number of lending companies so they can identify the best deal for you with a few keystrokes of the computer. Some people think of boat dealers like car salesmen, which is a shame. The pool of boat buyers is far smaller than that of car buyers, so boat dealers depend much more on establishing long-term relationships and keeping their customers happy. It may seem like surprising advice at first, and of course there are exceptions to the rule, but it’s a fact — as long as you’re dealing with a reputable dealership with a respected history, trusting the boat dealer to set up financing is often your best option.
2. Consider the Loan Term and How it Affects the Payments