Len's Cove Marina's Blog

MasterCraft Battery Switch Tips | Your Boating Made Easier

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

MasterCraft builds an amazingly well engineered boat. From time to time though we have owners talk about issues they experience. One of them is dead batteries and other times it is just "odd" behaviour from electronics. Here is a little "tutorial" that MasterCraft put together to help improve your boating enjoyment and reduce your chance of being stranded.

CONDITION:
Some customers are experiencing odd behavior with their displays and other electronic
components in "COMBINE BATTERIES" position. This is typically
due to low battery voltage on both the start and house batteries.

GENERAL INFO:

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Tags: boat tips, Big Rideau Lake, boat maintenance, towboats, mastercraft

Scotland Canal Boating Part 1 | Different from the Rideau Canal

Posted by Doug Horsfall on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

 

Having lived on the Big Rideau Lake for 56 years, I am a canal boater in my heart. After many winters boating in the inland waters of Florida we have explored most of the navigable rivers and canals there including the Intracoastal waterway from Jacksonville on the east side to Clearwater on the west and the Keys to Key West. The St Johns river, the Caloosahatchie, Lake Occeechobie and the St Lucie have been travelled as well.

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Tags: boating, Big Rideau Lake, rideau canal, canal boating

Great Boat Holiday and Choices | New and Used Boat Buying Perfected

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

I think most of us would agree that life is full of choices? Sometimes we think of these choices as good things: "Should I have a steak, or the tuna for dinner? Should we go to resort A or B for our holiday." Other times, the choices are can seem to be less positive: "Can we afford to replace the kitchen cabinets, or do we need a new furnace? Is it time for a new car, or should we just fix this one up?"

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Tags: Ottawa, Kingston, Big Rideau Lake, used boats, new boats

Bruce Rice Retires | The Making of A New and Used Boat Salesman

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Bruce Rice has helped introduce a lot of families to boating here on the Big Rideau and around the province. Many of them came back a number of times to purchase their second, third, etc. boat through Bruce. He treated everyone with honesty, and ethics regarless if it was a gorgeous new cruiser or a small value used boat sale. One of the most common comments I had the pleasure of receiving is "Bruce did a great job taking care of us; you are lucky to have him on your team." They are of course right, or I should say "were". All good things must end, and Bruce decided to sell his last boat at Len's Cove in October of this year. Bruce is retiring.

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Tags: Big Rideau Lake, used boats, boat sales

Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Outboard Runabouts & Pontoons

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

What does it take to winterize and store an outboard bowrider or pontoon for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering storing this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

  1. Lake test and assessment of all equipment. Any deficiencies/suggestions noted and communicated to you by email (anything repairs suggested are for your approval).

  2. Haul out, complete hull pressure wash, chemical bath (acid wash), soap and water scrub, and rinse.

  3. Remove hull drain plugs (none in pontoons)

  4. Fuel system stabilization (engine is run with stabilizer in the tank during lake test).

  5. Engine oil and filter changed (OEM approved parts only - if four-stroke engine).

  6. Inspect all hoses, belts, connections.

  7. Drain and re-fill lower unit lubricant.

  8. Charge and disconnect battery(s).

  9. Ensure boat is dry and tidy before storage, tag with name and notes about possible work necessary.

  10. Store undercover, -or- outside shrink wrap with proper support and ventilation, -or- inside (as selected). Ensure secure and protected yard/building.

  11. Monitor snow loads (if applcable) multiple times during winter months.

  12. Spring prep, install plugs (engine block and hull), install any hoses disconnected for winter, clean battery terminals and connect, inspect oils and lubricants.

  13. Launch, lake test, and verify equipment is working.

  14. Load on trailer for pick-up or park at the dock (as instructed).

  15. "Spring Clean": wash down exterior, quick vacuum, wipe seats and clean windshield (detailed wash and wax service available in spring for extra charge).

  • Bonus: Earn AIRMILES® Reward Miles on your contract, service, and parts.

  • Bonus: Take advantage of winter work discounts for repairs, upgrades, preventative maintenance while you are not using your boat - be ready for spring.

That's about it! Throw in an incredible staff who cares about your boat, great training, the right equipment, proper insurance, and the vision to make your winterization and storage a great part of your boating story, and you'll be ready to roll next spring!

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Tags: Ottawa, Kingston, Big Rideau Lake, Marina, boat maintenance, boat winterizing, boat servicing, boat storage, Portland, pontoon boats

Boat Winterizing and Storage Steps | Cruisers

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

What does it take to winterize and store a cruiser (any boat with shore power, and a water system) for our Eastern Ontario winters? Good question, we are glad you asked! In fact, it's a common question when someone is considering buying this type of new or used boat. Every marina may do it slightly differently (depending on training, equipment, facilities, dry land vs. water based marina). Here are the steps we take at Len's Cove Marina on Big Rideau Lake:

  1. Lake test and assessment of all equipment. Any deficiencies/suggestions noted and communicated to you by email (anything repairs suggested are for your approval).
  2. Haul out, complete hull pressure wash, and soap and water scrub of the water line. Chemical (acid wash, and/or antifoulig paint renewal is extra - if requested).

  3. Remove hull drain plugs.

  4. Fuel system stabilization (engine is run with stabilizer in the tank during lake test).

  5. Engine(s) oil and filter changed (OEM approved parts only).

  6. Inspect other lubricants (transmission, and power steering if applicable).

  7. Inspect all hoses, belts, connections.

  8. Block draining and antifreeze.

  9. Outdrive service (removal, inspection of bellows etc, new gaskets, and fresh lubricant) -if equiped.

  10. Water system drained, pump and hot water tank disconnected, and antifreeze added as required.

  11. Toilet winterized, and holding tank pumped, rinsed, and winterized.

  12. Air-conditioner system drained and winterized (if equipped).

  13. Generator oil and filter changed, block drained and winterized (if equiped).

  14. Charge and disconnect all batteries.

  15. Ensure boat is dry and tidy before storage, tag with name and notes about possible work necessary.

  16. Store undercover, -or- outside shrink wrap with proper support and ventilation, -or- inside (as selected). Ensure secure and protected yard/building.

  17. Monitor snow loads (if applcable) multiple times during winter months.

  18. Spring prep, install plugs (engine block and hull), install any hoses disconnected for winter, clean battery terminals and connect.

  19. Launch, lake test, and verify equipment is working.

  20. Fill water system and test. Start generator and AC system (if equiped).

  21. Detailed wash and wax service available in spring (for extra charge).
  • Bonus: Earn AIRMILES® Reward Miles on your contract, service, and parts.

  • Bonus: Take advantage of winter work discounts for repairs, upgrades, preventative maintenance while you are not using your boat - be ready for spring.

That's about it! Throw in an incredible staff who cares about your boat, great training, the right equipment, proper insurance, and the vision to make your winterization and storage a great part of your boating story, and you'll be ready to roll next spring!
Want a quote on winterizing or storage? 
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Tags: Ottawa, Kingston, Big Rideau Lake, Marina, boat maintenance, boat winterizing, boat storage, Portland, AIRMILES

New and Used Boat Buying Myth | When is the Best Time to Buy?

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

My very wise wife amazes me all the time by pulling gifts out of the closet the day before someone's birthday, or clothes for the kids that are perfect for the season. I ask, "When did you get that?" Her answer is always the same: "I bought it when I saw the right thing for the right price."

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Tags: Ottawa, Kingston, used boats, new boats, boat sales, buying a boat

Florida vs. Big Rideau Boating | A Paradox

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

As Canadians, we complain about the weather constantly. For good reason mind you; our winters are long, and cold. The springs feel great at first, and then we realize that they are too wet and are never really nice enough. The summer is gorgeous (usually), and we feel it is oh so short as it draws to a close. The fall is the hidden secret, September and early October are typically much nicer than late April and May ever are.

So what do you ask does this have to do worth Florida and boating? One of the common things we hear in the marine business in Ontario is: "That is a lot of money to invest [in boating] for such a short season". You've heard that right? You may have even said it yourself. To be honest, I have even thought it to from time to time while hauling boats out at the end of every season, and I was thinking about it last August when I traveled to my first Chaparral Dealer meeting and wrote this post. So, while on my most recent trip to Florida (for the Chaparral 50th Anniversary Dealer Meeting), I decided to look into the commonly held belief that southern climate is better for owning a boat.

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Tags: boat tips, boating, Ottawa, Kingston, Big Rideau Lake, Marina, Florida boating

Florida vs. Big Rideau Boating | A Paradox

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

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Tags: boating, Big Rideau Lake, rideau lakes, boating key largo, Florida boating

Lower Prices on Big Rideau Lake! | Winter Storage and Dockage

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Sat, Sep 06, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

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Tags: Ottawa, Kingston, Big Rideau Lake, boat winterizing, boat storage, AIRMILES

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