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Chartplotter Overview

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A chartplotter is used as a marine navigating tool that integrates GPS data with electronic navigational charts and maps. This enables a boat owner to monitor the position and movement of the watercraft in relation to the surrounding environment.  

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Boat Trailer Tips

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Trailering your boat is a great and affordable option for boaters who do not want to go the marina route. We wanted to share some tips on buying a boat trailer and the maintenance they require.

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Bimini Top Overview

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A bimini is a canvas-top built to cover the boat’s cockpit. It is mostly used for sun and UV protection during boating season. A bimini top is not intended to safeguard against severe weather and is not a winterization tool during the off-season.

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USCG Requirements for Recreational Vessels

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To ensure safety on the water, it is essential to follow the U.S. Coast Guard’s requirements for recreational watercraft. See the minimum regulations below. 

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Marine VHF Radio Overview

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A marine VHF radio refers to a ‘very high frequency’ range between 156 and 174 MHz. It is most commonly installed in watercraft. The radio is used for a variety of purposes, including direct contact to rescue services like the Coast Guard and towing companies, as well as harbor, bridge, and marina communication. It provides a two-way communication system within a 5 to 30-mile range, proving to be far more reliable than a cell phone. The equipment is a combination of a transmitter and receiver, operating on standard channels, as well as a single-button distress signal. Additional benefits consist of communication with other boaters and weather alerts.

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NAMS and SAMS Marine Surveyors

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Marine surveyors conduct inspections, surveys, and other examinations on watercraft and report on their condition. The surveyor will assess the health of the vessel, structure, machinery, and equipment to ensure compliance with various requirements and specifications.  

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Boat Oil Analysis

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Oil analysis is very useful in terms of monitoring and determining your engine’s health. It will test the lubricating oils to ensure there are no significant issues within the metal components of the engine, gear reduction units, hydraulic systems, and the fuel system. It should be completed once a year by a trusted lab and analyzed by a marine professional.

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AIS (Automatic Identification System) Overview

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AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a tracking system that uses transponders and vessel traffic services on ships, commercial vessels, and yachts. The system will display a symbol for every significant ship within radio range, helping with collision avoidance in the water.

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