This tri-toon is being operated in a safe manner in appropriate water conditions and passengers are enjoying the thrill of high speed in comfort. Note the sea state.
Being in the marine industry, we get asked frequently whether or not pontoon/tri-toon boats can be taken offshore. Check out this article on BoatTest.com to read up on whether or not it is a good idea for you to take your boat out on questionable water.
Winterization is crucial in order to protect your motor during the off season - here are some reasons why!
Myth: "If it doesn't get below freezing for a long period of time, I don't need to winterize my boat."
Fact: During the winter, boats often sit unused for an extended length of time. If a boat is not properly winterized, moisture will be trapped in the interior components of the engine, which will cause corrosion. Corrosion (rust) in an engine is equally as destructive as a block that freezes and cracks. Proper winterization includes professional anti-corrosion techniques.
Myth: "My fuel will be fine if it sits all winter. I'll just put some stabilizer in it come springtime and it'll take away any problem."
Fact: When fuel sits for an extended period of time, the components separate. Once separated, there is no going back. Adding a stabilizer in the spring will do nothing for your fuel as it must be added in the fall. You will then have to have your fuel system professionally drained and cleaned and start all over. This repair is costly and easily preventable.
Myth: "I'll just leave a space heater on my boat and that'll keep it warm enough so I don't have to winterize it."
Fact: Not only is it an extreme fire risk, if there is a sudden, unnoticed power failure, the heater will fail and your engine will be at risk to freeze.
Myth: "If there's a warm day in January, I'll just go take the boat out for a bit. It shouldn't be a big deal since my boat was winterized by a professional."
Fact: Many marine service centers use a winterization technique in which the plugs are removed from the engine block. Often, they are placed in a bag for safe keeping until spring when the boat is "de-winterized," and customers are unaware. Running the engine without the plugs can result in catastrophic failure.
Myth: "I'll just run some regular car antifreeze through my engine and that should keep it safe."
Fact: While running antifreeze through a block and all of its components is recommended, it must be a marine-grade antifreeze. Using automotive antifreeze can actually damage components of your engine and cooling system. It is also unsafe for the environment should it leak out into the water.
"The Great Shift to Outboards" is a great read written by Eric Colby for Soundings Trade Only Today Magazine about the shift towards outboard motors. "They're the consumer's choice for performance and versatility and are showing up on previously unlikely transoms - dayboats, pontoons and even Cigarette boats." Outboard motors have become a fan favorite due to their ease of maintenance, performance abilities, and lower overall cost of ownership. There has been a massive increase in outboard sales, especially in the high-horsepower categories! If you are considering upgrading to an outboard, we say go for it!
This is a fantastic article written by Reagan Haynes for Soundings Trade Only Today Magazine! If you and your family are considering purchasing a pontoon boat, the time has never been more perfect to do so. We have seen a dramatic increase in the pontoon market as families continue to choose to add boating to their lifestyle! This article contains great information regarding the reason pontoon boats have become so popular, and why they are the #1 choice for families! Article "The Unsinkable Pontoon Market" reposted with permission from author Reagan Haynes.
Callie Schau is the Marketing Manager for Classic City Marinas. She graduated from Georgia College in 2017 with a BBA in Marketing, has been with CCM for 3 years now, and loves working in the boating industry! In this blog, she will share great information that is relevant to Clemson Marina, the boating industry and the boating lifestyle in general!