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Boating Safety Tips

Heading out for a day on the lake is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. As you float on the water, you can sit back and relax after a hard week at work, or you can focus on getting active and having some water fun. Unfortunately, that relaxing and fun day on the water can quickly turn into a nightmare when disaster strikes. If you’re planning to head out on your boat, be sure to follow these boating safety tips to help prevent accidents on the water.

In order to help prevent an accident from occurring during your outing, you need to be a smart boater. If you’re unfamiliar with the area and the rules, make it a point to discover what you need to know in order to have a fun and safe time. You’ll also want to make sure your boat is ready for an outing. A great way to do this is to perform regular safety and maintenance checks so you can spot any problems before they start. Safe boaters also make sure they have the equipment needed for an outing. This includes food, supplies, and safety devices that might be needed for the trip.

Once you’re on your boat, remember to stay alert and focused, just like you would on the road. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can increase your chances of getting into an accident, and, if you’re caught, you can face the same charges as you would if operating a vehicle. Encourage your passengers to follow safety procedures, especially young children. By preparing your boat and following these tips, you’re ready to have a fun and safe boating experience!


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Make the Most of your Summer on the Lake

Fun in the Sun
Summer is here and that means months of fun. Since the summer heat doesn’t last for long, it’s important to make the most of your summer. The best place to do this is on the lake. If you live on or near a body of water, here are a few things you can do to have a summer full of fun.

Water Tubing
One of the funnest activities to do on the lake is go water tubing. People of all ages can enjoy this activity since it does not require much skill or ability. This is a great activity to do with larger groups since more than one person can get on the water tube.

Boating
Boating is another lake activity that can make your summer complete. Pontoon boats especially are great for relaxing days on the lake. You can usually fit a lot of friends and family comfortably. Also, if you get warm while on your boat, you can take a quick dip in the lake since pontoon boats are easy to get in and out of. And if you own a pontoon boat, there are tons of accessories you can add to make your boat customized to your liking.

Make the Most of your Summer on the Lake

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A Day at the Lake

Summer is a great season because your days can be filled with fun in the sun. One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do during the summer months is to spend a day at the lake. There’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a sunny afternoon cruising around.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do this summer, you need to be prepared. When you’re out on the boat, you’re probably going to be away from shore for a few hours. Because of this, it’s important to pack different items to make your time more enjoyable.

There are many things you can bring with you for your day at the lake. Some of the most important things to pack include the right clothing and toiletries. By bringing these necessary items, you’ll be more comfortable during your outing. Additionally, you’ll also want to pack the essential electronics such as cell phone, radio and GPS. These electronics will help you have a safe day on the lake. Don’t forget to include those “fun” items, including any games, food, and drink you think you’ll need.

What else should you pack for your day at the lake? The following infographic lists some of the most essential items you should pack for your outing.

A Day at the Lake

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Buying a Pontoon Boat? Here are your Choices

Purchasing a new pontoon boat is a big lifetime event. Yes it might take a lot out of your bank account, but it will also provide years of enjoyment and memories while out on the water with friends and family. The boating industry has gotten much better in the past decade, and has plenty of more options are now on the market. Here are a few great options for you to consider in this upcoming boating year. Continue reading »

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Buying a Used Pontoon Checklist

homeImageSpending a hot summer day on a pontoon boat sounds very enticing. You can relax, go fishing, jump into the cool water, and simply enjoy the company of family and friends onboard. That’s the great thing about pontoon boats; they offer versatile uses for any water activities and are spacious enough to carry more passengers than other regular boats. The downside is pontoon boats can be expensive, BUT you can save a lot more if you set your sights on a used pontoon boat instead. It’s less expensive, plus if you are a great negotiator, the seller can include radios, ladders, lightings, and other pontoon accessories together with the boat. Continue reading »

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Cool Pontoon Boat Uses

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen floating atop a pontoon? Maybe you’ve witnessed a double-decker party boat full of good-timing people, a deck smack-dab in the middle of the lake or a military pontoon bridge supporting heavy-armor traffic. While those spectacles are all outstanding, none come close to Manitou’s list of 10 ingenious floating creations. Prepare for pontoon preeminence. Continue reading »

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A Few Great Bass Fishing Resources

Micropterus_salmoides_2We understand that bass fishing and boating are commonly used in the same sentences, which is why we thought it was time to create a bass fishing resources page. Below you’ll find great information related to bass fishing, bass aquatic and conservation information, and other topics related to bass. Continue reading »

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Maritime History Resource

800px-Bretagne_1859_7154Welcome to Manitou’s web pages on Maritime History. Below you will find ways that will help guide you in methods of conducting maritime history research. Also included are links to great books, magazines, and other print resources – as well as maritime history sites. Continue reading »

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Stranded on a Boat

stranded on boatWhether you’re just a few miles off the coast or smack dab in the middle of the deep blue, it’s important to know what to do as a stranded sportsman or leisurely boater. Day or night, on an ocean or lake, in cold temperatures or hot, there are measures you can take to ensure your comfort, and even survival, if stranded at sea. We believe boating safety is important for everyone to understand. Whether you’re an avid boater or only occasionally find yourself on the water, read these tips to ensure that you and your boat will be prepared in the event of disaster.

The first step in preparing for a possible boating disaster is to make sure your boat is running properly and that you have necessary safety precautions onboard. Continue reading »

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De-Winterizing a Pontoon – Some Helpful Tips

2014_Encore_25_SR_VP_7076Getting your pontoon ready again for the start of the new year might seem like a chore, but it’s an important chore to make sure that you don’t get stuck out on the water fixing a simple problem that could have been taken care of months ago. That’s why we’ve provided some tips for de-winterizing your pontoon to make sure that the spring cleaning of your pontoon boat will go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading »

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