How to Winterize Your Pontoon

Now that the winter is rapidly approaching, it is time to take the necessary steps to winterize your pontoon and ensure that your boat is in top shape when you get ready to take it back out on the water. Although it sounds like a no-brainer, the first thing you’ll need to do is secure a location for your boat out of the water.

If you decide to keep your boat in the water, keep in mind that you may notice decreased performance due to the colder water. Be sure to check your battery and fluids to ensure that they are clean before putting the boat away for the winter. Other steps to take when winterizing your pontoon include:

  • Replace the oil and oil filters before storing.
  • Drain all coolant and water, and replace with antifreeze.
  • Remove all valuables so they are not damaged or stolen.
  • Clean your pontoon inside and out.

The most vital step in protecting your pontoon this winter is to choose the right cover. Whether you store it inside or outside, having the perfect cover is essential. Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to keep your pontoon secure and protected throughout the winter.

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Differences between an extended car warranty and extended boat warranties

Almost sunken boat.Many people either own or are aware of the extended warranties associated with cars, but not everyone is aware that they’re also available for boats. While to some degree auto warranties have a shaky rap (though this should be seen on a case by case basis), it’s worth seeing if an extended warranty for a boat is a sound investment.

Very similar to used car warranties

To a degree, extended warranties for boats and cars are quite similar. First, the general principles are the same. When something breaks, if it’s covered by your specific policy it will be covered to the extent of the terms of your contract. In some cases this will come with a deductible, but again, this is dependent upon your specific contract. Continue reading “Differences between an extended car warranty and extended boat warranties”

How to Send a Distress Call

How to send a distress callSending a distress call is a call for help during an emergency situation by a mariner of a vessel. A distress call is considered a main priority by the US Coast Guard above all other transmissions. This means that when a mariner hears a distress call, he shall cease all transmissions that may interfere with the distress message and continue to listen to the call. Continue reading “How to Send a Distress Call”

The Little Boat that Could

In a series of shocking events, a Towboat churning down the Tombigbee River collided into the Old Rooster Bridge near Demopolis, Alabama on April 28 of 1979. Surprisingly, the boat somehow managed to pass under the bridge with the help of the particularly strong currents during that time of the year and come up on the other side. Even more surprisingly, there was someone with a camera at the right place and at the right time to capture the event. Continue reading “The Little Boat that Could”

SES Floorplan Studio Photoshoot: A Sneak Peek

Today we shot our new SES floorplans at a studio in Auburn Hills, MI. The new floorplans were launched in late December, making it difficult to get outdoor pictures in Michigan. By using the studio, we avoided the weather and were able to shoot each floorplan by plugging components in and out of the boat as we shot them.

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6 Reasons You Need a Boat Cover

Our friends at SavvyBoater.com shared this great infographic with us about 6 reasons you need a boat cover.

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Conscientious boat owners realize the importance of putting their watercraft to bed for winter. Failure to winterize your boat can result in a host of maintenance problems – and ultimately can shorten the life of your boat.

One of the best ways to protect your boat during the winter is to invest in a boat cover. When properly fitted, a boat cover can increase the longevity of your craft by up to 30 percent. To help boat owners understand the benefits of using a boat cover, we’ve put together the following infographic:

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Northeastern United States Marine Weather Resources

Below you will find a list of resources for at a glance information on weather conditions for the Northeastern portion of the United States. Manitou Pontoon Boats does not claim any affiliation to these sites merely offers their information as a service to our visitors and boating friends. Continue reading “Northeastern United States Marine Weather Resources”

Michigan Boat Storage Locations & Map

Looking for a place to store your pontoon boat (or other boat if you’re not so lucky) this Winter? Well, fear not, we’ve collected a long list of places that offer boat docking and storage. The handy Google map below will also let you click around and find more information on each of the locations listed below. Additionally, if you’re looking for a qualified Marine Surveyor in or outside Michigan, we would recommend using The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.

Note: All of these facilities might not offer winter boat storage, but they offer storage/docking at some point during the year. Be sure to look at their websites or contact them for storage options.

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5 Ways to Green Your Boat

With environmental concern on the rise, green products and practices are high in demand. Consumers constantly look for items that are both clean and cost-efficient. When it comes to transportation, there is a plethora of information about cars. When it comes to boats, perhaps not so much is available.

Fortunately, a number of steps can be taken by boat owners to employ green practices. Conserving energy and using environmentally friendly products doesn’t have to break the bank, and making just one small change helps. For those looking to get started or make some general changes, here are 5 popular ways to green your boat.

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