This is the time of year all boaters wait for!! Time to get the boat dewinterized and ready to go.
This is a great time to have all the fluids changed on your boat and have an inspection of all hoses and belts. Do preventative maintenance on your boat now and chances are you won’t get stranded! One tip: Keep an eye on your temperature gauge! Trash in the lake can get sucked up and cause your impeller not to work. Turn your motor off and get a tow!!
Happy and safe boating to all!
Summers on the lake are a great way to spend a childhood, and Concord Yacht Club offers a youth sail camp for children ages 8-16. Sessions are one week long, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, June 1-19. All classes from beginners to experts are taught by US Sailing certified instructors. Campers are assigned to fleets by age and experience, with lessons tailored to each group. Other CYC courses include High School, College, Sea Scouts and Adult programs. Details: www.concordyachtclub.org/education.
March is here and warm weather is right around the corner!
Come see us at the Downtown Knoxville Boat Show this weekend!
For those wanting to have some projects/upgrades this year, we would suggest getting on a schedule NOW. With recent area marina collapses, the canvas and fiberglass guys are going to be busy! Get with LB at FRM Service Department: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865) 966.9422. FAIR WARNING!
We would LOVE
to facilitate any repairs and/or upgrades, to have you ready for the water this season!
As with many service providers in our business, the off-season is the time they will offer deep discounts to have steady work. You can take advantage of the off-season discounts AND avoid waiting for completion whilst in season. Getting issues addressed this time of year only makes sense!
Yeah, tax season is upon us, but if you have anything squirreled away, this is a great way to get the most bang for your buck.
Contact L.B. in our Service Dept. to coordinate repairs, or to get an estimate for your specific issue.
email@example.com (865) 966.9763
Summer is almost over now is the best time to go boating before it gets to cold!!!!!! Come on out and enjoy an after work sunset cruise ! Or just come to have fun with the family,the kids love it!! Just like me!! its fun!! So come to the lake and have F UN!!!!!!! bye:) Composed by 9 year-old Lola Morgan King
The colder weather is here. We would like to be proactive prior to the really cold months coming ahead. Please let us know if you prefer to have your boat winterized or not. You can print the winterization form from our website under services and fax it to 966-6867. We will request that you send in the form, even if you don’t want us to winterize it so we can check you off of the “To Do” list. Please do this A.S.A.P. due to the fact that it takes time to get them all done and we cannot wait until its too late to do them all. If you have any questions, please call Carmen at (865) 966-9422. Thank you!
Now that Fall is upon us, many boaters are trying to decide just when to winterize. Depending on the kind of boat and how an owner uses or enjoys it, some can extend their seasons indefinitely as long as there is water under the keel.
For many cruisers berthed in wet slips, it is possible to winterize the toilet and fresh water supply systems (to galley, head and wash-down faucets) but leave the motors unwinterized, by keeping a bilge heater in the engine compartment through the winter. This allows short day trips year round without having to keep the entire boat heated throughout the cold season. Running your engines periodically year round is good for them and should also help you keep tabs on their condition.
Owners with small boats that have bilge heaters and full or partial enclosures can still boat and keep reasonably warm throughout the cold months as well. You might be surprised how comfortable a ride on a cold day can be if you simply keep the wind off the occupants.
Of course, bilge heaters need a source of power (typically 110V) and if one is available, you may be able to take advantage of many of those beautiful spring-like days that we experience quite often during East Tennessee winters.
At The Marinas, Please always remember to select your outside contractors wisely. On many instances, work is being done on a boat without the owner being present. We continually hear about the contractor’s suspicious activity aboard that boat or the boat next to it. All Contractors must register with the marina office and submit a certificate of insurance prior to being allowed to work on the property. We want to protect your property as well as ours.
Whether you are out for the day, or out for an hour. Fuel costs can quickly damper your finances and cut a long trip short. Here are a few tips to help save Money on fuel, and extend your time out on the lake.
- Cut those extra Pounds – Always empty holding tanks, and shed the bottom half of your water tank. Remove all unnessacary itmes from storage
- Tune up those engines! – this is probably the most effect way to save fuel cost. Fouled plugs can cost horsepower and use more fuel
- Choose the right prop – check with your boat manufacturer about proper pitch and diamtere for the type boating you need. Different props call for different uses.
- Choose the right day – strong wind and strong current increase the amount of effort needed to push that boat around. Plan ahead and choose the best day. Go with the wind instead of against.
- Reduce canvas – full canvas is nice, but any extra canvas that isn’t needed increases drag. Less drag, less fuel used.
- Cut speeds – accelerate slowly. Cutting speed by 1 or 2 knots has been known to cut consumption 30 to 50%.
- Bottoms up – Clean the bottom of the hull if its been sitting too long. When applicable paint those bottoms!
Finally the number one way to reduce Fuel cost;
- User friendly – use a friends boat.
We as a family in The Marinas, Inc. like to promote Boater Education and Boater Safety for all our members and their guests. A safe day on the water is a good day on the water. Here is a response to a question we get a lot regarding “No Wake Zones”. Hopefully, this will clarify the LAW for new boaters and old seasoned boaters alike. Some of this is technical jargon (for those who appreciate such things), but most is just helpful advice.
Thanks for being apart of The Marinas family,
Christopher King – FRM
Wake — The swell, moving waves, track,
path, or water pattern astern of a vessel passing
No Wake Speed — A speed at which the
vessel does not produce a wake, not to exceed 5
miles per hour.
From TWRA‘s website: http://www.tn.gov/twra/boatingregs.html
No Wake (Idle Speed) Areas
Unless otherwise marked, all vessels operating within 300 feet of a commercial boat dock must do so at a slow wake speed regardless of whether or not the area is marked by buoys.
“No wake” is defined as a vessel traveling at or below idle speed, or at such speed that the boat or its wake (waves) is not sufficient to cause possible injury or damage to other persons, boats, or property.
Speed in excess of five miles per hour is prohibited. Speed of all vessels must be reduced so the wash and wake will cause no discomfort, hazard, injury or damage to person, vessels or property.
Lots of vessels underway at 4.7 MPH will still create a “swell.” What is probably more important is if that wash and wake causes no discomfort, hazard, injury or damage. You can see that it is NOT an “either/or” regulation. Someone “plowing” at 4 MPH may not be exceeding 5 MPH, but they can create one heckuva wake.
Civil liability of owner; recovery limited to actual damages.
The owner of a vessel shall be liable for any injury or damage occasioned by the negligent operation of such vessel, whether such negligence consists of a violation of the provisions of the statutes of this state or neglecting to observe such ordinary care and such operation as the rules of the common law require. The owner shall not be liable unless such vessel is being used with his or her express or implied consent. It shall be presumed that such vessel is being operated with the knowledge and consent of the owner, if at the time of the injury or damage, it is under the control of his or her spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other immediate member of the owner’s family. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to relieve any other person from any liability which he would otherwise have, but nothing contained in this section shall be construed to authorize or permit any recovery in excess of injury or damage actually incurred.
BoatUS put out a press release on wakes I’ll share with you:
Boat Wakes Make People Angry – And Can Injure
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 26, 2009 – Boat wakes — those long, frothy, V-shaped waves trailing from the stern of a powerboat as it slices through the water — have a sinister side. When other vessels encounter them, they can hurt people. They can make people angry, and they can bring the wrath of law enforcement, for good reason.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) recently looked into the issue of boat wakes by combing through the insurance claims case files, where swampings, broken teeth, and back injuries are found. “You avoid being the recipient of gestures from other skippers by using a little common sense and courtesy,” says BoatU.S. Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance. “This means coming completely off plane when you enter a no wake zone or anywhere your wake could compromise the safety of other boats,” he adds.
Here are some tips to help prevent boat wake injuries to you and other boaters:
- Slow early: Boat wakes travel distances, so slow down before you reach a slow-speed zone, not as you pass the marker.
- Just a little slowing down isn’t good enough: Upon entering a no wake zone, some boaters react by only slowing the vessel slightly, and then plow through with the bow way up and stern dug down, actually increasing the wake. Come completely off plane.
- Make her level: Without using trim tabs, a slowed vessel should be level in the water. With some smaller boats, shifting passengers around can help, as too much weight aft increases wake size.
- Watch the shallows: Shallow water increases wake size.
- Small boats aren’t innocent: Wakes are not just a big boat issue — small vessels in the stern-down position can throw surprisingly large wakes.
- When approaching a wake, slow down but don’t stop: Motorboats are more stable when underway, so stopping could make things worse. Avoid taking a wake on the beam or head on. The best approach is at a slight angle. This will keep your passengers in your boat.
- Take care of older crew: The BoatU.S. insurance claims files show that persons over the age of 50 have the most personal injuries, mostly as a result of being seated near the bow when the boat slams into a wake. It’s best to seat passengers — especially older passengers — amidships.
- Warn the crew: A simple “Hold-on. Boat wake” should do the trick, just as long as you shout the warning well before the wake arrives.
BoatU.S. – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 600,000 members with government representation, programs and money saving services. For membership information visit BoatUS.com: BoatUS Home Page (http://www.BoatUS.com) or call 800-395-2628.