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    Hydrating Foods to Carry on Your Boat Trip

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When a boat gets caught up in bad weather or stranded somewhere, dehydration becomes a serious concern. Many boaters understand the importance of setting sail with several gallons of portable water for each person on board, but fewer are aware that their food choices can have a serious impact on their hydration levels as well.

    In this brief interview, nutrition health expert Cynthia Sass discusses several foods that are high in water content. Some of these, like watermelon, are widely known to be made up primarily of water. Others, like bananas and chickpeas, are loved by many who are unaware of how much water they contain.

    The next time you take your boat out, consider what you learned in this video and pack accordingly. While salty foods require one to drink more water than normal to stay properly hydrated, other foods can actually help you reach your daily recommended water intake. If you are in the market for a new or used boat with plenty of storage for drinking water and water-rich foods in the Lakes Region of Maine, call Moose Landing Marina at (207) 693-6264.

    Preventive Maintenance to Keep Your Boat in Great Shape

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Owning a pontoon or other type of boat is a luxury that can provide one with years of entertainment. A new boat owner should be aware, however, that his watercraft will only live out its intended lifespan if it is well cared for and maintained. In addition to attending to any problems you detect on your boat immediately and seeking out the assistance of a boat services professional when necessary, there are a handful of proactive maintenance measures that you can take to prevent most major performance-related problems.

    Proper Storage
    Your boat spends much more time docked than it does out on the water. Store your boat at a marina boat slip or in another suitable storage environment, and make sure that the lines you use to tie it up are securely fastened to prevent movement that may scratch the boat.

    Frequent Inspections
    Even during times of the year when you are not using your boat, pay regular visits to the marina or garage in which it is stored. Inspect your boat’s exterior, interior, engine, and all other aspects for signs of anything that may require attention. It will be cheaper to repair now than it will be if your boat’s wounds are left to fester.

    Regular Cleanings
    If your boat is stored far from home, you can kill two preventive boating maintenance birds with one stone by cleaning and inspecting it during the same visit. Wash and wax your boat at least twice a year to keep it in good shape.

    Winterization
    Especially important in places with winters as cool as Maine’s, winterization of a boat is an essential form of preventive maintenance and protection. Regardless of whether you store your boat in the water or in a climate-controlled garage, it is important that you take proper steps to prepare all of its components for winter.

    In late spring, summer, and early fall, Maine’s waterways are some of the most beautiful on earth. If you own a boat in or near Yarmouth and are looking for a place to store it during the winter and when not in use, call Moose Landing Marina at (207) 693-6264. In addition to an array of great storage options, our boat technicians can provide you with any repairs or boat services you may require.

    Boat Safety: What to Do in the Event of a Fire on Your Boat

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Boating may leave you feeling relaxed and carefree, but preparing for a safe voyage is nothing to be laid back about. One emergency you should always be prepared for is a boat fire. Here are a few tips on how to handle a fire on your boat when you’re out in the water.

    Step 1: Turn Away From the Wind
    The first step of controlling a fire on your boat is to strategically position the boat so that the wind does not cause it to spread across the deck. Doing this will buy you some time while you are either evacuating the boat or putting out the fire.

    Step 2: Turn Off the Engine
    Next, make sure the boat’s engine is turned off. A running engine may actually exacerbate the fire and trigger an explosion, which can be disastrous for everyone on board. Turning the engine off may minimize the risk of the fire spreading to the engine or gas tank, and also reduces the risk of the boat moving towards other boats, the marina, or land.

    Step 3: Extinguish the Fire
    Every boat should have an ABC tri-class, Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board. These fire extinguishers are designed to put out fires from combustible materials, flammable liquids, and electrical fires, all of which are possible on your boat. Use your fire extinguisher to spray the base of fire, smothering it at the deck.

    Step 4: Call For Help
    While someone performs the steps above, make sure that someone on your boat is calling for help. Using your radio or cell phone, contact 911, the Coast Guard, or the marina to inform them of the fire. If your fire cannot be extinguished within two minutes of it starting, abandon the ship right away—by this time, the fire is likely too strong to put out with a fire extinguisher.

    For help making sure that your boat is safe and ready for the water, come to Moose Landing Marina on Route 302 in Naples. We specialize in boat repairs and services that can keep fires and other boating emergencies at bay. Call (207) 693-6264 for information on our boat services, rentals, sales, and more.

    How to Stay Safe from the Sun When You Are on the Water

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Although boating can be great way to unwind and relax, being on the water can be very stressful for your skin. Being out in the water directly exposes you to harmful UV rays from the sun, as well reflected UV rays from the water and deck.

    There are several ways you can protect yourself from sun exposure while boating. First, apply lots of SPF 50 or higher sunscreen, and be sure to reapply after swimming. Second, protect your eyes and eyelids from cataracts and melanoma with polarized sunglasses. Finally, wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun. Hats, long-sleeve shirts, and UV-resistant fabrics are ideal on a boat.

    When you’re ready for the sun, come to Moose Landing Marina in Naples, ME. Located off Route 302, Moose Landing Marina is your destination for summer fun on the water, including boat and pontoon rentals, boat repair and maintenance, new and used boat and lift sales, and more! Call (207) 693-6264.

    Waterskiing Fundamentals to Help You Enjoy the Sport Safely

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Summer is just around the corner in Maine, so it’s time to get ready for all the Naples water sports you know and love. Waterskiing is one of the most popular water sports in Maine, but can be unsafe if you aren’t quite prepared to hit the water in your skis. Here’s a quick refresher on the basics of waterskiing safely to help you have fun and avoid injury this summer.

    Don’t Forget To Breathe
    Breathing is not just important to helping you keep your stamina and concentration while waterskiing. Breathing can also help you to relax and loosen up while on the water. Being dragged behind a boat at high speeds can be unnerving if you’re a little rusty, so remember to relax, focus on being safe, and have fun.

    Maintain Proper Starting Form
    The key to safely getting on your skis is to lay as flat as possible while the boat is idling, keeping your ears below water level. When the boat starts moving fast enough, you’ll get the traction you need to stand upright. Just be careful not to lock your knees or lean too far forward!

    Keep a Relaxed Grip
    Finally, don’t strain your arms by gripping the handle too tightly. This can actually wear out your arms, making you too tired to continue or causing you to lose control of the handle. This can cause you to injure your arms, or even accidentally let go and crash into the water. A relaxed but sure grip helps to prevent fatigue without losing the boat.

    For the very best water sports and boating in Maine, contact Moose Landing Marina in Naples on Route 302. We specialize in boat rentals and sales, repair and maintenance services, jet ski and pontoon rental, and much more. Call us today at (207) 693-6264 to learn more about getting your skis in the water this summer.

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