Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance Tips

Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance Tips Big or small, every Palmetto boat needs to be maintained. Fortunately, routine boat maintenance isn’t that difficult. In the long run, a little work will definitely pay off. Here are our top tips for your Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance. Wash Your Palmetto Boat The first and easiest task is to wash your boat on a regular basis. If you boat in saltwater, rinse your boat with fresh water after every outing to get rid of salt residue. If left on too long, salt will corrode your boat. Marine boat wash, car wash soap, and laundry soap all work to clean your boat thoroughly. Change Your Oil Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed regularly. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year. Unfortunately, there aren't any quick change oil shops for boats, so you either have to do it yourself...
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How To Choose The Perfect Palmetto Boat Name

How To Choose The Perfect Palmetto Boat Name People have been naming their Palmetto boat for years. I have been trying for seven months. Early on, boats were named after gods, goddesses or saints to coax protection for the boat. Names were frequently feminine, since boats and the sea are both considered such. Since those days, names have gotten more creative. Some are puns or plays on words (Ship for Brains, Aquaholic) or an inside joke (She Got the House, The Office). In the case of race boats, you may see something competitive (Project Mayhem, Renegade, Nefarious). Some boaters seem not to struggle when picking a Palmetto boat name, and decide on them far before they ever meet the boat in question. Others are so caught up in the bad luck of renaming a boat that they would never change the one currently used. Then, there are those who feel that they need to learn the personality of the boat first. I fall into the third...
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When To Check Your Water Pump on your Bradenton Boat

When To Check Your Water Pump on your Bradenton Boat Waiting to check that your Bradenton boat is up to date on maintenance may mean that you are actually too late. It seems the water pump on his 30-year-old Universal diesel had a bearing failure. What happens when this occurs is that the impeller inside the pump housing begins to scrape on the inside of the pump housing and, depending upon the design, maybe even the front of your engine block.  When you are looking at your Bradenton boat and see "black fairy dust" all over the front of your engine, it may be due to the fact that it is being caused by alternator pulley alignment due to missing shims on the alternator mount. The fairy dust is actually the fan belt on your engine slowly grinding away due to the misalignment situation. It's powered rubber. This particular observation about your Bradenton boat might not always be caused by alternator misalignment. And...
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How To Select The Best Palmetto Boat

How To Select The Best Palmetto Boat We’ve all been there. A headwind pipes up, and choppy waves appear. You throttle up; you throttle back. You do your best to brave the waves.  That’s a rough ride. And it has happened to all of us. What’s a boater to do?  We asked three prominent boat designers, and their answers provided much food for thought. When looking at the next Palmetto boat to purchase, these answers may help you to pick the perfect one.   Soft Ride, Steep and Skinny Dave Gerr founded New York City-based Gerr Marine Inc. in 1983. He’s designed a broad range of recreational boats and commercial vessels, both monohull and multihull. When it comes to designing a soft-riding hull, he pointed out that there are different sets of criteria for displacement hulls and planing hulls.   Displacement hulls don’t pound the way a planing hull will, so they automatically provide a softer ride. To maximize this, designers need to ensure three things: a good...
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How To Charter A Bradenton Yacht With A Crew

How To Charter A Bradenton Yacht With A Crew Adam Rosenfeld, a lifelong Florida resident, needed a vacation, but couldn’t convince his wife to go anywhere with their toddler in tow. “To her, what fun would it have been being on vacation with a 1-year-old?” he said. So he decided to plan a vacation that would guarantee all three of them could sit back and relax: He chartered a 126-foot yacht for four days in the Bahamas. The yacht, called Impulsive, usually charters for around $100,000 a week plus expenses like food, fuel and gratuities for the crew. Rosenfeld was addicted to the experience. But he admitted he had gotten lucky: A friend had chartered the same boat so he knew what to expect. Given that this is a popular time for chartering in the Caribbean, how does someone who has never chartered a yacht before go about doing it? The short answer is, slowly. The job of a charter broker — which is how most large Bradenton...
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Sarasota Boat Owner: When To DIY and When to Hire a Professional for Repairs

Sarasota Boat Owner: When To DIY and When to Hire a Professional for Repairs If you’re a handy Sarasota boat owner, you probably take care of a lot of your own maintenance and repairs. However, there are jobs that are best left to seasoned professionals. So, how do you make the decision? Start by evaluating the job that needs to be done and ask yourself, “Can I do this? Am I capable?” If the answer is no, pay a professional. If the answer is yes, make sure you’re up for the challenge. However, there’s an overarching question that overrides whether you want to do a job. Can you afford to pay a professional? If you don’t have the cash, it looks like the job is up to you. I can service my trailer without a problem. I know how to replace brakes, how to inspect and diagnose the hydraulic system, and how to service bearings. But I always pay a professional to do these...
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How Much Does A Luxury Palmetto Yacht Cost?

How Much Does A Luxury Palmetto Yacht Cost? It's obvious that buying a luxury Palmetto yacht requires a huge amount of money. What’s not as obvious is just how much money is needed to keep a Palmetto yacht running. In an interview about "Grand Ambition," his book about private equity investor Doug Von Allmen and his luxury yacht "Lady Linda," G. Bruce Knecht told the New York Times, "Operating and maintaining a yacht is at least 10 percent of what the thing cost." Basically, the owner of a $10 million yacht should expect to pay $1 million every year to keep it running. Both Kim Kavin, the charter editor at Yachting magazine and editor of CharterWave.com, and Gianluca Fenucci, the founder and director of ISA Yachts, admitted to Business Insider the 10 percent estimate is pretty accurate. That estimate is "quite in line and within the average for a standard operational use of a megayacht," even when various conditions (like the yacht's age) are taken into account, Fenucci said. However, Nicolas...
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Five Tips To Prepare Your Palmetto Boat For The Cold Winter Months

Five Tips To Prepare Your Palmetto Boat For The Cold Winter Months Winter can be especially hard on your Palmetto boat. Extended periods of inactivity accelerate wear and tear. If you don’t get your boat ready for storage, neglect from the cold winter months will come back to haunt you in the spring. For that reason, it’s extremely important to get your boat ready for winter. Even if you don’t live in a place where the waters freeze, following these five tips will keep your boat in pristine shape after an extended period of storage. 1. Flush the Cooling System. For inboard and stern drive Palmetto boats with raw water-cooling systems, thoroughly flush the engine with fresh water to remove dirt, salt, and corrosion. In extreme climate areas, you should also run anti-freeze into the cooling system. Outboard motors should be flushed with freshwater, and all water should be drained from the engine. 2. Lubricate the Little Things. Don’t overlook the many small but...
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Six Upgrades Any Bradenton Boat Owner Can Use

Are you thinking about making a few upgrades to your boat? The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are a Bradenton boat owner occupying one of our slips, you may want to ask Santa for a few new items to take your vessel to the next level. For less than $500, the below improvements that can make your boat less prone to problems, safer, or more energy efficient. Power or sail, you can improve your boat with these upgrades. 1. Marinco GalvanAlert What is a Marinco GalvanAlert and why do you need one? If your boat spends its life on a mooring, you don’t have to worry about this one. If your boat is stationed at a dock, however, GalvanAlert could save you several thousand dollars in corrosion-related damage. Whenever you’re plugged in at a dock, you’re electrically connected to your dock neighbors. Electrical leakage current can easily travel from one boat to another through the dock’s wiring. Furthermore,...
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A Different Way To Cool Your Boats Battery System

A Different Way To Cool Your Boats Battery System With this years Cruising World Magazine’s Boat of the Year contest recently we can really sit back and appreciate all the technological advancements from this last year. Specifically we saw not one,  but three unique approaches to set up and using.   Whether it’s an AGM battery or an lithium ion, one thing is the same between the two; their re-charge acceptance rates are substantially better than with the traditional flooded electrolyte battery systems. What this means to the not terribly tech-savvy of us out there is that your boats alternator can end up working very much harder than it really needs to just to keep up. Which means your alternator will be getting really, really hot!   This heat is one of the leading factors that will cause electrical failure in your devices. Replacing a modern, high output alternator is quite the expense too, upwards of $1000! Not exactly what I’d love to be spending...
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