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    New Boater Tips?

    I learned something today from a forum member regarding keeping our motor in a down position while stuck in our driveway for days during freezing weather to avoid damage to lines and other parts...I didn't realize all the water doesn't drain out of it in the time between pulling it up the ramp and raising the trim for traveling.

    I started wondering how many other handy tips and tricks we need to know about. We've only owned a bass boat for 2 years and these are the sort of things no one mentions until you have a problem.

    Are there other basic things we should know that we might have overlooked? I'd really like to see some advice and tips for newbie boat owners, even if the tips seem to be no-brainers. It's not like being a car/truck owner where you've been doing this stuff since you were a teenager. There are a lot of us out there who buy our first boat once we're well into our middle age and haven't had anyone to teach us the ropes.

    Any advice is seriously appreciated!
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    Don't haul ass in reverse down the ramp.

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    Deep cycle batteries last a lot longer if stored in the fully charged state. So always hook up the charger and recharge fully as soon as you get back from fishing. Don't wait to charge the batteries until the night before your next trip or your battery life will be truncated severely. May seem obvious, but a buddy was telling me it was news to him until recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig C View Post
    Don't haul ass in reverse down the ramp.
    That was a different Deb but I hear ya.

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    Before it gets really cold, check the oil in the lower unit,if looks milky change it the milky look comes from water in it, Ice & cast Alum do not go well together, don't ask how I know. You can get the pump at Wally world for less than $10 qt marine gear oil $5 beats hell out of a new lower unit. when I still had my boat I changed the oil 4x yr.
    IF YOU CAN'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, STAND IN FRONT THEM. PROUD ARMY DAD & UNCLE

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    Deb if you have bearing buddy's on your trailer only give enough grease to barely move the cap, to much will pop the back seal.
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    IF YOU CAN'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, STAND IN FRONT THEM. PROUD ARMY DAD & UNCLE

    What this country needs is a department of common sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig C View Post
    Don't haul ass in reverse down the ramp.
    Quote Originally Posted by DesertWitch View Post
    That was a different Deb but I hear ya.
    Yeah I know Deb, but I figured good advice either way..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike2010 View Post
    Deb if you have bearing buddy's on your trailer only give enough grease to barely move the cap, to much will pop the back seal.
    LOL, this tip came a bit too late. We've replaced the seals already since over-filling.

    See why I started this thread?!?

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    Check grease level in the muffler bearings at least twice a year.
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    Watch out for others, there are no brakes on boats. Use common sense in foggy/compromised weather.
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