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It used to be simple to plan for a summer vacation. When the kids got out of school all you had to decide was whether you wanted to go to the beach, head to a theme park or take a cruise. This summer, it’s hard to envision the same-old, same-old kind of vacation. Traditional options might be off the table, especially as many people have taken serious financial hits. So what can you plan that’s safe, inexpensive and fun?
It’s Times Like These That Highlight the Benefits of Boating
What a difference a few months makes. In mid-March, many of the nation’s outdoor recreational activities were shut down due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. Authorities in many hard-hit states like Washington, Michigan, New York and Maryland were taking no chances and prohibited most recreational boating within their borders. Now that we’re edging into summer, boating in all 50 states has opened up again. And if ever we needed boating in our lives, now’s the time.
In many parts of the country, the COVID-19 virus has put a temporary halt to recreational boating activities. Here are four things you can do that will jump-start your season and keep you busy. Make sure when ordering any item online that it’s in stock and that the vendor is currently shipping. Before heading to the virtual checkout cart, call to verify when you’ll get your order because many companies are temporarily closed but are taking orders.
UPDATE 10/15/19: We updated this post to make your experience better. The facts are the same, but we provided easy-to-read steps and links to a video and to the products you will need.
Yamaha offers a popular line of four-cylinder four-stroke outboards that are used in a wide range of installations in both fresh and saltwater all over the world. From pontoons to center consoles, bass boats to work skiffs and even water taxis, they are great performers and real workhorses. The most popular are the 90, 115 and 150-horsepower models and many are used in climates where they are taken out of service for the winter months.
While we always recommend having your engine winterized by a certified Yamaha dealer if possible, these engines are designed to make the process easy enough for owners to do the job themselves. We asked Pete Reils, a certified Yamaha technician at Garden State Marina in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey to provide a step-by-step tutorial on how you can winterize your engine(s).
Is your boat equipped and ready to pass one? It should be.
It was a hot Saturday afternoon in July, and the river was busy with boats returning from the ocean waiting to pass through a narrow railroad bridge a quarter mile from the inlet. There were recreational boats of all sizes—large sportfish and cruiser types, personal watercraft and outboards of very description. While waiting to make the passage, a familiar orange vessel appeared off our starboard side with its blue revolving light shining brightly. It was a Coast Guard RIB, short for rigid inflatable boat, and a guardsman was standing on the bow motioning to our boat.