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Launch Delays on Big Rideau Lake | Your Boat, Our Commitment

Big Rideau Lake Levels 2014

Mother Nature is providing challenges; as I am sure you are aware. It maybe affecting your homes, basements, lawns, etc. We hope that you are not dramatically impacted.

OEM Parts vs After Market Parts | Your Boating Enjoyment

OEM boat parts

Used boat need repairs or maintenance; it is a reality. From time to time we have customers question us about the reason we order OEM parts for thier boats as opposed to after-market parts. In a particular example, it was his belief that our business made more money when ordering OEM parts and that was the only reason for choosing them.

Saving you Money on Fuel | Big Rideau Lake’s new Stinson Fuel Station

stinson fuel truck

Your boating is our priority. Saving you money when you fuel up your boat means you spend less to get out more and enjoy the Big Rideau Lake, the Rideau Canal, and waterways beyond.

Service on Big Rideau Lake | 25 Years for Gary and Benda

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25 years, is that a long time? It is when you talk about the loyalty and service of fantastic employees. Gary Brash and Brenda Baker started at Len's Cove Marina 25 years ago this March. We took some time to celebrate that accomplishment, thank them for their dedication, and have a little fun.

Big Rideau Lake Ice Damage | Spring 2014 Threat

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Looking out over the Big Rideau Lake all winter long, one thing is clear - the winter of 2013/2014 is one that stories will be told about. If you have tried to shovel a walkway, or clean off a roof, you will know that this year's snow pack is as heavy as you may remember it ever being. The reality is, that as stubborn as this winter's grip has been, the spring thaw is not far off, and it could be messy!

Wakeboarding Tips & Tricks

Ben Merkley Wakeboarding
We realize its not quite wakeboarding season yet! But we wanted to remind you about a few great tips to help you get excited for boating and board buying season!
Here are a few tips for those of you new to wakeboarding: 
  • Speak to a professional to find a board size that is right for you!
  • Three rules of beginner wakeboarding: knees bent, arms straight, and head up.
  • The more relaxed you are with the board the more control you have.
  • Stay curled up with your knees to your chest and let the boat do the work
  • Do not resist the boat when attempting to get out of the water
  • Boat drivers: Wakeboarding is not water skiing - go easy on the throttle when accerlerating to get the boarder out of the water 
  • Wakeboard beginner speed is around 18 mph
  • Where the rope goes, the boards goes
  • Hold the rope in front of your hip, keep your hips square to shoreline, this will help keep the board vertical with the boat
  • Longer wakeboards are typically easier to wake board on
  • A shorter wakeboard makes it easy to flip and spin in the air
  • Longer deeper wakeboard fins benefit beginner riders. It provides a more stable ride
  • Keep your board out the the sun for long periods of time. The sun can have damaging effects
For more advice talk to the staff at Len's Cove!
Check out booth #1127 at the Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show this weekend to test the Ripsurfer X surf training system! The surf trainer mimics surfing and helps you get inland training during your off season! 

5 Tips for Selecting a New or Used Boat Dealer

Boat Show Floor

Selecting a good boat dealer may not be as important as choosing a spouse or a life partner, yet the choice can have some fairly dramatic impacts on how much you enjoy your new boat. What is written here is brief and simple, yet critical. Boats are NOT commodities, and the buying and ownership experience can vary tremendously from dealer to dealer, even with the same boat brand. 

7 Truths of New Boat Pricing and Used Boat Trade Values

cost MSRP deal

We hear questions like this all the time:

Each Boat Has a Story Part 2 | Wee Arc Big Rideau Lake

Boat Building Wee Arc

On July 28th, 1959 the Ottawa Citizen published an article on Ross Hamre and a friend’s boat building expedition to Portland. Three teenagers from Ottawa;  Ross Hamre, Carson Thompson, and Rick Sladen built a boat from plywood and fiberglass. The boat was built in the Hamre’s family garage in Ottawa. The boat was built using a Svenson's boat plan for a Sunfish Cabin Cruiser. Once, it was completed it was launched that summer at Hog’s Back in Ottawa to start its maiden voyage down the Rideau Canal with a stop for the summer in Portland.

How to Prepare for A Boat Show | Take Control of the Buying Process

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How you prepare for a Boat Show is relative to what stage of the boat buying process you are in. If this is the very start of your search, the show may just be about becoming comfortable with boats, dealers, and having conversations that help you decide what to look for. If you are further along, take the time to get ready for the show. 

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