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Questions to Ask Before Buying a Boat

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There are a variety of questions to ask a seller before signing on the dotted line. We have broken it all down with the best general questions to ask, maintenance concerns you should keep in mind, and some additional tips to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck.  

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Best YETI Coolers for Boats

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It goes without saying that YETI coolers are top-notch. These coolers and accessories are both high-tech and durable. Prices can get up there, mostly ranging from $200-$1,300. If you do some research, you can get a comparably-sized cooler from Coleman or Igloo for a fraction of the cost. So, what makes YETI coolers so special? They are described as virtually indestructible, with superior ice retention. The cooler’s shell is made with polyethylene, a commonly used plastic, and applied with the rotomolding technique, a common practice when making kayaks. The shell is then pressure injected with up to three inches of commercial-grade polyurethane foam. As far as the gasket, their coolers feature a full-frame, freezer quality-type that seals around the lid, allowing for very little air exchange. And that’s the formula to keep everything inside super cold.

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Best Podcasts for Boaters

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Podcasts have become very popular recently. They are a great way to share knowledge on any sort of topic you can think of. The format of a podcast is accessible on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, allowing us to fit it into our insanely busy lives. Think of both information and entertainment in bit-sized snippets at the press of a button. Podcasts cover countless subjects, from morning news briefings to cold-crime cases to sports recaps and more. As I’m sure you guessed by now, boating communities are starting to get involved as well. If you have a long drive ahead of you or just need some R & R time, check out our favorite podcasts.

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Yacht Purchase Advice

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We insure yachts across the country and have seen some nasty claims through the years. Purchasing a yacht is a significant investment and the due diligence involved in the purchase can get complicated. Preparing for each step of the purchasing process can help avoid problems down the road. As an insurance provider, we will work to provide you with the coverage you desire at an affordable price. We know and understand that yachts require unique coverage and have tailored our policies for their specific needs. In terms of purchasing the vessel, we have put together our top tips to follow during the buying process.

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Boat Maintenance Tips After a Storm

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We are still amid the Atlantic Coast hurricane season, which runs from early June to late November. Whether you’re revising your storm preparation plans after an intense hurricane or a milder tropical cyclone, or getting ready for the upcoming season, here are some tips to help maintain your watercraft after a storm has passed.

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The Top 9 Boat Depth Finders

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A depth finder uses active sonar instruments (detecting pulses of sound energy) to determine the depth of the water. Explore some of the most popular depth finders on the market today:

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Marine Compasses

Build a Marine Sound System

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Investing in marine audio equipment may sound risky. After all, constant exposure to water, the sun, and in some cases salt seem hazardous to an investment in your receivers, speakers, subs or amps. However, with the capabilities of modern technology in the marine world, these systems are built to withstand a multitude of conditions. When shopping for marine audio gear it is vital that you pick an option that is: 

  • Waterproof: a system that can be submerged in water without risking damage;
  • UV-resistant: designed to withstand any damage from the sun; and
  • Anti-corrosion: can resist rust and any of the corrosive effects of salt water.

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