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Hurricane damaged boats making their way to the Great Lakes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014

Buyer beware: We are starting to see more hurricane damaged boats in the area. While this does not necessarily mean the boat is not fit for sea service, the need for a thorough inspection is ever more important. Start with these tips from BoatUS. Then, contact your surveyor when you are making the offer to be your trained set of eyes. Good deals can be had on these boats, but repairs need to have been made properly and beware of hidden problems which could be very expensive. Boat US article: Tips for identifying hurricane damaged boats....

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CAUTION: About “spring commissioning” or “summerizing” your boat

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

If you were away from the Lake Michigan shoreline this holiday weekend, you enjoyed temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s in Wisconsin and Illinois. Our boating season can feel short, and a beautiful weekend like this is not to be wasted. But, before you pull your boat from storage and get under way, make sure she is serviced and ready for the water. A short season can become dramatically shorter if you overlook a few simple things or defer maintenance.  I will not propose to re-write the many checklists that are available through BoatUS and many other boating websites. I also...

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