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WHY do boats sink

prevent boat sinking

Insurance studies review of claims by Boat in the United States. back this up, showing that more than two-thirds of recreational-boat sinkings happen at the dock or on a mooring. Further ­estimates that only about thirty five percent of such sinkings are out of an owner’s hands.

“Absent something like lightning blasting a hole in the boat or the hull becoming impaled on a piling in a major storm, a boat should never sink while sitting at the dock,” says Daniel K. Rutherford, a certified marine investigator with 35 years of marine casualty surveying experience and currently the director of claims and risk ­management for the Maritime ­Program Group. “Owner neglect by far sinks most boats at the dock.”

The upside to that? With some forethought, most  sinkings are very preventable. Here is a few items for a punch list based on the findings by BoatU.S. to keep your boat from sinking in its slip. But, you need to most importantly keep your vessel (boat) in good working and operating condition!  You need to have ready access to boat Part Suppliers who can ship you boat parts quickly and easily when you need them.

A bilge pump can really save the day in the event of an unexpected gusher, and it’s great for cleaning up the condensation and other unavoidable drips and drops that collect in the bilge. However, there is a huge amount of overreliance on bilge pumps to prevent chronic leaks from sinking a boat. “Nine out of 10 people who call to report a sinking say, ‘The bilge pump stopped working,’” says Beth ­Leonard of BoatU.S. “That’s not why the boat sank.”

  1. Inspect your boat frequently. When a boat has been in storage for a while or has not been used for some time, it may begin to corrode or develop mechanical problems. Even vessels that are used often can still experience malfunctions, which can lead to a capsizing accident and the subsequent sinking of the boat. To prevent a tragedy, before heading out into open waters, inspect your boat thoroughly, checking for any leaks and damage. If you find even the smallest of issues, don’t dismiss them. Instead, address the problems promptly and make sure any malfunctions are fixed and worn equipment replaced prior to setting sail once again.
  2. Keep a proper lookout. One of the main causes of boat sinkings is a collision. To prevent a boat crash, be sure to keep a proper lookout while sailing. Even the smallest of distractions can cause a vessel operator to collide with another boat or water craft, or with a stationary object. Part of staying alert involves being sober. Though many boaters enjoy having a cold beer or alcoholic beverage while sailing, alcohol can severely impair an operator’s judgment and ability to safely maneuver their vessel, so it’s best to abstain from any alcoholic drink while manning the helm.
  3. Maintain safe dock line management systems. Failing to keep your dock lines in good shape can have catastrophic consequences. Many boaters make the mistake of improperly storing their lines (aka ropes). When storing lines, be sure to coil them so as to avoid any entanglement. Keeping ropes organized can prevent snags, which could potentially cause a boat to sink. Another way to prevent snags is to make sure your boat is centered if you are storing it in a slip.

Boats are a valued asset and you need to keep them save today and forever.



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Best Fishing spots in North Carolina

fishing spots in North Carolina

When you consider the great bass fishing spots throughout the United States, we believe on of the best states to consider is North Carolina!  North Carolina Fishing is some of the best fishing on the east coast.   You can discover many of these hidden spots among the many lakes with in the state.   Boats can easy enter these wonderful fishing spots.  Keep your boat ready for these waters, and keep it up with Boat Parts from Boat Part Express.

It is said that the top 10 lakes for fishing in North Carolina are as followed:

  • Jordan Lake
  • Lake Phelps
  • Shearon Harris Lake
  • Lake Sutton
  • Lake Waccamaw
  • High Rock Lake
  • Fontana Lake
  • Lake Rabun
  • Lake Jocassee
  • Lake Norman

Fishing in North Carolina

The bass aren’t shy in the stained waters of North Carolina’s water ways, at many of these great water spots for Boaters.   Boaters find great opportunity for a relaxing and exciting time on the water.  Grab your rod and reels, tackle, and bait and bring your boat to one of these wonderful fishing locations.

The best time to fish bass is before a front comes through, and the worst time to fish them is after. The pressure makes the bass more active, so watch for a wall of clouds moving in. When it’s too pretty out, bass aren’t likely to bite.
Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats founder and namesake of FLW Outdoors
 Grab your boat and pull it to the nearest lake on our list and simply have fun.  If you never tried fishing or an experienced boater fishing can be loads of fun.  Explore the shore lines, and the deep spots that are full of Bass and other fish species.  Be sure to find the right bait for the fish your trying to catch, as well as have your boat in safe proper operation.   It is important to keep and maintain the right flotation devices for your boat and your own safety.
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