So you bought your first boat. Now what?

Last month we walked you through what to look for when buying your first boat. Now that you’ve hopefully purchased your dream boat, here are some things you should know.

Last month we walked you through what to look for when buying your first boat. Now that you’ve hopefully purchased your dream boat, here are some things you should know.

After you’ve purchased your boat from Marine Warehouse Center, you have 20 hours to let them know of any add-ons you may want or anything you want changed.

“Anything you want to do, we try to get it dialed in in the first 20 hours of use in that boat,” said Emmett Stovall, Marine Warehouse Center Vice President.

They also carry accessories such as trolling motors, power poles, ski tow bars and more, that they are able to install for you.

If you’re a new boater or first-time boater it’s also to remember some key rules of the “road.”

“One of my favorite rules of the road that my dad told me was, ‘Never approach anything at a speed any faster than you intend to ram it at,’” Stovall said. “If you are going fast, your reaction time is going to be less.”

Another important rule to remember is if you are coming right at another boater, always try to make eye contact with the captain in front of you and turn to the right.

To learn these rules in depth and more, Stovall recommends the Cape Fear Community College course on boating safety. It is done through the US Coast Guard.

To learn more about what to do with your new dream boat, visit marinewarehousecenter.com


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