Len's Cove Marina's Blog

Two Risks of Buying or Not Buying Your Boat at a Boat Show

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

New boats or used boats - either are a fun and possibly stressful purchase decision. We have been displaying at Boat Shows for over 50 years, and although they have changed along with everything in our world, one thing has remained the same – the two main boat show buying risks.

NOT buying at the show. Not having the right boat for summer.

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Tags: used boats, boat show, new boats, ottawa boat sales, kingston boat sales

Smell Some New Boats | 6 Quick Ottawa Boat Show Tips

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

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Tags: boat show, ottawa boat sales, kingston boat sales, new boat pricing, used boat pricing

4 Ways a Strong US Dollar Affects Boat Pricing

Posted by Sean Horsfall on Mon, Feb 09, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

There have been some big changes in the financial world over the last 6 months. The impacts are affecting you in many ways from the toys you buy, your groceries, and your trips and transportation, etc. When it comes to boating, the primarily ones that could make a difference for you are:

  1. The price of oil (gasoline, diesel, plastics, etc) has dropped dramatically! This is great news for boaters getting to the boat/cottage, and using it this coming summer.
  2. The cost or borrowing (interest rates) are steady or dropping. If your loan is up for renewal, or you are thinking about buying a new boat or used boat, this is going to help your cost of ownership. 
  3. A strong US $ (and weak Canadian dollar). This will ultimately make boats (almost all boats) more expensive to purchase initially. More details on this below.

The first two are all positive when it comes to boating and almost any other activity. The last one has a negative effect primarily. Here are the four main ways that the Canadian / US exchange rate is changing boat prices:

1) New Boat prices are directly correlated to the current exchange rate and have recelntly gone up.

Almost all the boats that we use in Canada are built in the United States.Even the ones that aren't have a significant portion of their components built there, and they will be pricing their boats relative to US boats to maximize how the market is impacted. When a boat is sold to a dealer in Canada, that dealer has to "buy" US Dollars (now or in the future) to pay for the boat. There is no way around that. They either do it at the time the boat crosses the border (now), or leave it in US Funds till a buyer (you) is found for the boat (future).

2) Even last year's "non-current" (2013, 2014, etc.) boats are impacted.

Many of the boats are left in US Dollars as indicated above. Even the ones that were converted earlier, will "become more valuable" due to the increase in the 2015 boat prices. Dealers will almost definitely increase the price they charge for them.

3) What about used boat pricing? Same story as above.

Why is that? Well, if the price of the "replacement" boat went up, people are willing to pay more for the used version as it becomes more price attractive (relative to new). Sellers of used boats are going to be able to get more for those boats due to the increase in price in the new ones.

4) Will my trade be worth more?

Yes, you should be able to demand more for your trade in times of a higher US/CDN exchange rate. It won't make up for all the difference; it will partially bridge the gap.

 



CONCLUSION:

Although the price of a new boat price has risen for 2015, it has been partially offset by the lower cost of ownership (fuel prices, interest rates) and if you have a trade, the increased value. The real risk of waiting is that it MAY go up further.

Life as they say, is short. If you can afford the amazing value that is time on the water with yourself, friends, and family, don't get stuck with purchase fear. You have worked hard, and it will all wash out in the end eventually. Just make sure you are informed going in and look for an honest dealer to help you with your purchase.



ottawa boat and sportsman show 2015

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Tags: used boats, towboats, new boats, ottawa boat sales, kingston boat sales, pontoon boats, new boat pricing, boat pricing, used boat pricing

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!

Want a quote on winterizing or storage? 
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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? 
Qet your Quote Now!
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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

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