Summer is Coming: Preparing Your Boat for Fun in the Sun

It’s boat season and you may be ready to head out on the water this year, but is your boat ready? At Bald Knob Marina, we help dozens of boaters get out on the water each year, so here is a review of all your pre-launch checks to make to ensure your boat is seaworthy for the season.

Fuel Systems

Start with the fuel system, looking for leaks or damage. Pay special attention to fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces. Look for signs of deterioration, such as rust, brittleness or cracking in fuel hoses and replace anything that needs care immediately.

Summer Boat PrepElectrical Systems

Do a similar inspection of the electric system. All electrical connections should be clean, tight and corrosion free. Remove any corroded terminals – after disconnecting the power, of course – and use a wire brush to clean them along with all cable ends.

Top Off the Fluids

Also check all fluid levels, including engine oil, power steering and power trim reservoirs. Don’t forget to change out the engine oil and recheck drive lubricants if you did not before your annual winterizing.

Prop and Hull Check

Take a look at the propeller of your vessel and look for dings, pitting, cracks or other distortions. Damaged propellers can cause unwanted vibration and damage to your drive train. The hull needs a special look, as well. Keep an eye out for blisters, distortions or cracks, as each can develop into major problems if left untreated.

Safety First

Finally, double-check all your boat’s safety gear. Make sure you have the proper number of life jackets and make sure they are in good condition. Beyond just the count, make sure that all of your life jackets are the proper size for any passengers who will be on board. Finally, make sure all onboard fire extinguishers are the correct class for your boat and are fully charged.

Making sure your boat is ready for the season will allow you to focus exclusively on having fun on the water. By doing a thorough inspection before heading out, you’ll catch any problems before they become an issue – “An ounce of prevention …” as the saying goes!

At Bald Knob Marina, we can help you solve any problems you may find while gearing up for the summer with our full service marine shop. We also have an extensive parts inventory, and can help you find parts that you may need to make repairs yourself. To learn more about our repair services, give us a call today at 815-344-5223.

The Benefits Of Keeping Your Boat Safe From Winter

The Benefits Of Keeping Your Boat Safe From Winter

All good things must come to an end and the summer boating season is no exception.

 

Now, what is there to do with your boat until summer time comes back around?

 

You could store your boat at home, but that would potentially leave it vulnerable to the elements.

 

So to keep it protected while old man winter rolls in, you might want to place it in professional storage.

 

The Benefits Of Storage

 

When you keep your boat at home in a garage, if you can fit it in there, every time you open the garage door the boat is exposed to the elements.

 

Even if it is just rain, water can leave marks on the boat or potentially lead to internal and external damage.

 

With the water marks and other dirt finding their way into your garage, you would also have to clean the boat quite a bit.

 

Again, this is where the storage facility would come in handy as there would be no need to clean it due to the way it would be stored.

 

Now some boat owners may not want to store their boat because when summer rolls around they want to hit the water at their discretion, without hassle.

 

That wouldn’t be an issue with a professional storage facility as typically there is a launch service that would get your boat to the dock as fast as possible.

 

Bald Knob Marina has a premier storage facility that will help keep your boat safe and secure.

 

Our storage area will keep your boat out of the elements to help keep it looking its best.

 

For more information on the services we have to offer, please contact us today!

Make Sure Your Boat Is Safe From Winter

Make Sure Your Boat Is Safe From Winter

Now that summer is coming to an end that means winter isn’t too far behind which means people will start to prepare for the upcoming months.

 

This means getting things done to help protect their assets including their homes, cars and even their boats.

 

Now many might feel that winterizing their boats is not necessary, when the truth is taking the time to prepare it now could save them potential frustration come next summer.

 

Winterizing & Protecting

 

Not taking care of your boat now leading up to winter could have a serious effect on its performance when you go to start it up next year.

 

That’s why an oil change would be very helpful as it will put fresh oil in the engine instead of letting what’s in there now get cold and give your engine difficulties firing up when you want it to start.

 

From there it would be a good idea to power wash the boat as well. This will help get rid of any dirt or residue left over from the water and then once that is done, a wax job will help make it look great and protect it.

 

Bald Knob Marina offers numerous services to help get your boat ready for any season. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a routine oil change, you can rest easy knowing our experts will make your boat look great as well as operating at its highest level. For more information on our service, please feel free to contact us today!

The Benefits Of Buying Used Boats

The Benefits Of Buying Used Boats

No matter what your favorite water recreation sport is, whether it’s fishing, cruising or just lying out in the sun, your boat is crucial. We all have our own dream boats, but sometimes when our budgets are tight, we aren’t able to buy the newest and biggest boat on the market. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.

 

There is quite a variety of used boats on the market that are in great shape for half the price of new boats or sometimes lower. Purchasing a used boat is often times a better deal that buying new.

 

When you buy used, you avoid the depreciation of the first few years. The cost per foot of a used boat is less than cost per foot of a new boat.

 

Generally a used boat already has been “debugged”, so the previous owner already dealt with any problems that come with a new boat. However, it’s good to be safe! Before making a purchase, check that the engine is in good shape; it is the most important component of the boat. Bring it to a professional to check before you make any decisions- otherwise you may end up paying more after you’ve purchased it.

 

When considering purchasing a boat, ask the seller how long the boat owned for and why it’s up for sale. The owner should have a repair and maintenance record that they can give you as well. That way you know what original or basic equipment has been replaced with newer parts. You may end up getting additional accessories like a trailer. Even smaller items like life jackets, chair cushions, or flares, will save you hundreds if not thousands.

 

Stop in to Bald Knob Marina and take a look at our selection of boats, parts and accessories. You’ll also find our gas dock and slips with picnic area. If you have any questions, please contact us today.

Fishing Boats For The Experienced Angler

Fishing Boats for the Experienced Angler

We believe that there is a boat for every person and every activity. So if you’re looking for a boat for your fishing trips, you’re going to like what we’re offering. Each boat has Jensen stereos and high performance speakers, Hummingbird GPS/fish finders, livewells and rod holders.

 

These pontoons vary in size, anywhere from 19 ft. to 23 ft. in length and around 8 ft. in width. They’re great for fishing, allowing enough space for a larger number of people, with all of the necessary fishing gear, looking to spend a relaxing day on the water, enjoying the sun.

 

The Alante and Cast-A-Way are aluminum, 23 ft. long pontoons, with a beacon system and a day enclosure for those hot days in the beating sun. The Cast-A-Way offers similar features to the Alante, but offering two rear deluxe fish chairs and two executive box chairs rather than the Alante’s two chaise lounges.

 

Explorer is a smaller pontoon, only 20 feet long and 8 feet wide, with a signature couch, mid ship couch with cooler, two executive box chairs and two rear deluxe fish chairs.

 

The Gemini and the Navigation are great options for those looking to spend a leisurely day on the water. Built for relaxation; they won’t go as fast as a speed boat.

 

To fish in comfort, contact Bald Knob Marina today and let us help you find the best boat for your needs.

Ensure Safety On The Boat This Summer With Proper Life Jackets

Ensure Safety On The Boat This Summer With Proper Life Jackets

Spending time on the water is a fun and beautiful opportunity for any family. With an increase in recreational and commercial boating activities, families need to be ready for emergencies; 85% of people who drown while boating are not wearing a life jacket.

 

Whether you’re taking out a motor boat, canoe or kayak, both experienced and non-experienced boaters should be taking precautions and making safety a priority.

 

Even if you are an experienced boater and swimmer, a life jacket is crucial- especially choosing the right type for your children and yourself. Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children under 14 years old. Children under 13 are required to wear a life jacket. For infants and young children, a Type II jacket with neck and head support is the right fit. Unfortunately, it is bulky but your children will get used to it after wearing it a few times.

 

A Type III flotation aid can be used for preschoolers with some swimming skills. Make sure that the life jacket fits by having your children raise their hands above their heads; if the jacket moves up and bumps their chin or ears, tighten the straps. If it still moves, the jacket is too big.

 

So, before you hit the water this summer make sure you’ve packed your sunscreen and life jackets. For more information about boating necessities, contact Bald Knob Marina today.

Hit The Water On A Pontoon

Hit the Water On a Pontoon

When we decide to hit the water, we usually think about doing in a traditional boat, one with a smaller body and a little motor to go along with it. However, there are more options available that can provide a way better experience when you leave land.

 

Something like a pontoon boat would be a nice change of pace for people looking to get out on the water. They have numerous uses and are a very smart investment no matter what you decide to use them for.

 

Pontoon – The Perfect Boat for Fun

 

First thing that is noticeably different about the pontoon is its appearance. Just from looking at one you see they are a little more spacious than your average boat. They also come with higher walls for something to lean on and keep you and your shipmates on it. Pontoons can also be used for numerous situations the most obvious being luxury.

 

It’s previously mentioned design makes it ideal for folks out on the water wanting more privacy as well as relaxation. It can also be used for tours of bodies of water because it is able to fit so many people. This fact also makes it perfect for fishing excursions as you not only have room for more people but for fishing supplies as well.

 

Bald Knob Marina is a premier boat dealer offering new and used pontoons available for sale. Let us help you find the perfect one so you can get out and have some fun on the water. For more information about our boats or our storage rentals, please feel free to contact us today!

Advantages of Indoor Boat Storage

dry storage
 
You finally have your dream boat and you want to keep it looking great or possibly give your boat the attention and care it deserves. The first thing that should come to mind is where your boat is being stored. Hopefully in the nice weather months it is getting the water time it deserves and you are getting your time on the water as well.
 
Indoor boat storage can definitely have its advantages. You will need to weigh the pros and the cons before making a decision.
 
When your boat has indoor storage it is completely protected from the elements. Wind, heavy rain, and colder temperatures can definitely take toll on your boat. Having them indoors will give them a place to be safe from all these elements, so you will not have to worry about the paint job or other forms of damage. This will include mold, mildew, and oxidation.
 
When using indoor storage, no one will be able to go near your boat. If there are any concerns of the safety of your boat, indoor storage is an excellent choice because it will be safely tucked away.
 
Another advantage to utilizing indoor boat storage is that you will not have any need for shrink wrap.  This takes a step out of the equation for you, and it’s less you have to worry about!
 
During the off seasons months you want to set yourself up to have the best upcoming season. If that means using indoor boat storage, then you know that you can always contact Baldknob Marina for all of your storing needs.
 

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