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5 Simple Ways to Save for Your First Boat

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1. THINK MODESTLY 

If buying a boat seems like a fairytale at the end of the rainbow, remember - it is a purchase like any other and with the proper timeframe and savings strategy it can become a reality. When in the savings stage, consider setting up an automatic savings plan through your bank. Essentially, you can set aside a designated amount from your paycheck to be automatically transferred into a savings plan. Another option would be to set up a reoccurring transaction from your checking account into your savings account. Believe it or not, setting aside a small amount of money every month will eventually begin to add up. Just look at these guys.

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The Top 10 Most Beautiful Lighthouses in the U.S.

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Heceta Head LighthouseFlorence, Oregon

 

This Oregon lighthouse is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It now operates as a bed and breakfast. Prior to that, the Heceta Head Lighthouse served as a navigation aid for sea-goers in the Pacific Ocean. Several mariners requested a lighthouse for the dark waters between Coos Bay and Newport. Construction began around 1892 as materials were transported through a single-lane wagon road or via rafts at Cape Cove. Workers would wait for the rafts to float ashore with the incoming tide. During World War II, the Coast Guard used the lighthouse to guard the beaches between Florence and Yachats. Following the war, the Coast Guard continued to control the light station as an aide to navigation. Then in 1995, the lighthouse was transformed into a bed & breakfast.

Public Access: The lighthouse interior was restored in 1995 and now serves as the Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, where all are welcome to stay and enjoy this national treasure.

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The Top 7 Boating Apps

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There are a lot of boating apps out there. From navigational tools to fishing aids, the boat-related topics covered are seemingly endless. We have sorted through a ton of these apps to bring you our favorites. We based our analysis on how useful and accurate the conveyed information is.

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Boat Day Packing List

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There are very few things better than the perfect boat day. But, there are very few things worse than a boat day where you forget something important. Well, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our comprehensive boat day packing list (printable version at the end of this blog). 

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The Best Marinas for Hurricane Season

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There are a multitude of steps to prepare your watercraft come hurricane season. You must understand what kind of hazards the vessel is subject to, organize supplies, take stock of unattached property, verify your insurance, and have a storage plan. In terms of storage, some choose to haul the watercraft in the event of a storm, while others choose to keep it afloat.

Regardless of your preferred method, you must find the right marina for your watercraft in the event of a storm. An ideal marina for hurricane season is one sheltered from wind and waves on all four sides, along with floating docks held in place by strong pilings that are 16’ above high tide. However, most marinas are not this protected. Let’s look at the different storage options that will help protect your craft in the event of a storm:

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Save Fuel with Your Boat

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Boating season comes with a ton of benefits – spending the day on the water, quality time with family/friends, decreased stress levels, new places to explore, and many memories to be made. It also comes with additional payments to think about, one of them being gas for your watercraft. Just as you’re conscious of gas prices and usage with your car, your watercraft deserves the same attention during the season. Here are a few easy tips to stay fuel efficient and avoid any shocks when your credit card bill is due.

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Boating with Your Dog

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As an enthusiastic dog lover, I completely understand boaters wanting to bring their furry family members along. Not to mention, the amount of fun your dog will have out on the water. But, it is important to know your dog’s limitations, especially when swimming.

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Boat Trailer Maintenance Tips

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One way to haul your boat in and out of the water is by trailer. This is a great option for boaters who don’t want to go through a marina (not to mention it’s more affordable). Boats require a significant amount of maintenance attention, as do their trailers. To help keep your trailer in good shape, follow along our top maintenance tips. 

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