Category Archives: Avalon News

ANCHORS AWAY!

Anchors can cause lots of issues on small boats. Most anchors are designed to use sharp points, hooks and spikes. The anchor assembly usually has a short chain that connects to the anchor rope. These anchors are carried on the small boats flat deck, making it easy to trip over. Anchors designed without a protective vinyl coating can damage this deck. Anchor compartments are not usually big enough to retrieve and store the anchor quickly or efficiently. On many occasions these anchors bring in mud, grass and muck into the boat. As a result of these various problems, the situation shown in the photo is a common scene.

This AnchorUP solution is a slender polyethylene container that holds the anchor in a stable, upright position. It accommodates anchors rated for boats up to 36” long. This solution also has a small footprint, requiring less than half of the deck space normally required by a complete anchor-chain-rope assembly. Both ends of this anchor system is rounded and boaters can walk on the deck safely. The many benefits of the AnchorUp system are:

  • Quiet Anchor Removal
  • Deck Footprint 6”x24”
  • Two 3/8’s diameter floor mounting holes
  • High Density Polyethylene Material
  • UV Color Stabilized For Life
  • Large Drain Holes For Easy Cleanup
  • Black & White Available
  • Weight: 7 Lbs.

Never again will anchors and ropes become a nuisance on your boating or fishing trips. Cleanup will be a breeze. Come by Texas Marine and check out the AnchorUp, it’s the best place for your Anchor!

The American Dream Onboard a Pontoon Boat!

Tucked away in one of the numerous pdbmagazine.com articles this last month is a heroic look at someone who sacrificed so much for the United States getting to live out his American Dream. It just so happens for Bronze Star recipient, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, that dream included a pontoon boat. He said he remembered waking up in the hospital after an IED had exploded during his 3rd tour in Afghanistan, with no arms or legs. The exact words out of his mouth were “I want double stuffed Oreos, pineapple juice and I’m going to buy a double-decker pontoon boat to pull us all around Higgins Lake on a tube.” He had never even owned a boat before but suddenly that is what he knew he wanted. He used that as one of his motivators for almost 2 years of rehab.

After rehab, he was in a position to boat shop. He started going to local boat shows to learn what he wanted. The double-decker Avalon seemed to be the perfect fit. When he finally settled on it and went to get it at the local dealer he missed it by only a few minutes. Someone else had decided they just couldn’t live without it. In the long run, it worked out much better because he got to purchase an Avalon LSZ 2685 Cruise model which had most of the exact amazing features including the layout. It had the Art-Deco design, the only thing it lacked was the top deck. Its Retro looks of the Cadet drivers stand hearkens back to the muscle car days and provides a fun driving experience. It also has a powerful Millenia Bluetooth stereo, & speakers, tilt steering, soft Pillow top drivers chair and comfortable lounge seating with flip up storage compartments. Staff Sergeant Mills doesn’t regret his time in the army and would actually prefer to still be serving, rather than retired due to the IED. But to put a positive spin on it, at least he can be on the water more than most other boat owners.

Staff Sergeant Mills has become a motivational speaker these days. So many are eager to hear his story which is truly inspirational. He grew up in Michigan and admits to the fact that Avalon boats are built in his Hometown state, which somewhat factored into his decision to buy one. However, it was only part of what he considered. Sergeant Mills took plenty of time to do his research and for him the priority was quality. He purchased the Avalon from his local dealer and has gotten to be friends with many of the staff there. He only had to have a few modifications made in order to accommodate his disability. He needed an elevated stand next to the helm with the digital throttle controls raised to be able to reach them. The first summer he had the boat he had to stay on board and cook because it was to hard to get back in the boat once he learned to swim in the water without his arms and legs. Thanks to his local dealer a hoist was installed thanks to the dealers ingenuity.

Although Sergeant Mills has plenty of obstacles to overcome, regularly, he now has a hobby he and his family can do together, thanks to his new Avalon LSZ Cruise pontoon boat. There are plenty of things he cannot do with them, but now he can go tubing, boating and fishing with them. His boating experience actually motivated him to start a non-profit organization in order  to help other disabled veterans realize there is still plenty of life worth living, despite their handicaps. He brings veterans and their families to Maine where he shows them first hand how life can still be lived to its fullest. The boat helps with giving them confidence and independence. For the ones that bring kids, it gives them a way to have fun and play together. If you would like to contribute to helping his non-profit it is called “The Travis Mills Foundation” and has raised 2.7 million dollars so far to help wounded veterans start living life again.

To read the full article in PDBmagazine.com……………..Click Here

New Texas Boat Trailer Laws

Here are the “New Texas Boat Trailer Laws,” which are now state regulations. We wanted to make you all aware of them. They are now a requirement by the state.

Trailers Inspection Requirements

Certain trailers require an inspection prior to registration. If your trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that is more than 4,500 pounds, an inspection is required.
This includes trailers, semitrailers, boat trailers, pole trailers, mobile homes, travel trailers.
Note: Farm trailers displaying a farm license plate are not required to be inspected. If you are unsure about the gross vehicle weight of your trailer, check your registration receipt for the weight

What’s Inspected by Vehicle Type

Items of Inspection for a Trailers

05.06 Inspect All Trailers, Semitrailers, Pole Trailers, or Mobile Homes Exceeding 4,500 Pounds Actual Gross Weight or Registered Weight For: (Listed in suggested order of inspection) Refer to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, if required.* Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility on towing vehicle1. Brakes (system) (If gross weight exceeds 4,500 pounds)
2. Tires
3. Wheel Assembly
4. Safety Guards or Flaps (if four tires or more on rearmost axle) Pole trailers exempt.
5. Tail Lamps (2)
6. Stop Lamps (2)
7. License Plate Lamp (1)
8. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
9. Turn Signal Lamps
10. Clearance Lamps
11. Side Marker Lamps
12. Side Reflectors
13. Side Marker Lamps and Reflectors (30 feet or more in overall length)
(Refer to Reference Section as per lighting diagrams and as applicable to the particular trailer being inspected.)
14. Serial or Vehicle Identification Number
15. Window Tint.

How to Clean Zebra Mussels off your Boat

Its the law in Texas, you must deal with this pesky little species on your boat. Below is a diagram of where they often hide. Here is how to clean Zebra Mussels off your boat!

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LEAN

Clean your boat, trailer and gear by removing all plants, animals and foreign objects.

DRAIN

Drain all water from the boat, including the motor, bilge, live wells and bait buckets, before leaving the lake.

DRY

Dry the boat and trailer for a week or more before entering another water body. If unable to let it dry for at least a week, wash it with a high-pressure washer and hot (at least 140-degree), soapy water.

Avalon Catalina Cruise Pontoon

The mid-range Catalina Cruise is frequently mistaken for a very expensive model. This full-size 8 1/2′-wide model features our exclusive Deco-style walls and large 25″ pontoons. Catalina CR has great interior features, including a fiberglass driver’s helm with woodgrain dash, a Bluetooth sound system, plush seating with aluminum seat frames, and exclusive Matrix 50 Vinyl.

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Below is a list of other popular features:

  • In-floor ski storage (center tube only)
  • Pull up SST cleats
  • Ottoman roller cooler
  • Cooler – 25 quart
  • Cooler – 12 quart
  • Movable cup holders (SST)
  • Movable cup holders (plastic)
  • Lighted cup holders
  • SST cup holders
  • Quick release fender holders
  • SST grill (choice of wall or pedestal mounted)
  • Privacy station curtain & frame
  • Livewell under seat bench
  • Refreshment center
  • Refreshment Center w/ electric wine rack
  • Refrigerator center
  • Trash can in lounge arm
  • Umbrella for table
  • Wash down kit with sprayer and pump
  • Water Mist System
  • Wine rack in lounge arm
  • Half gate at front w/ plug for trolling motor
  • Flagpole
  • Ski/Tow bar

Come by Texas Marine today and check out the great line of Avalon boats we have at our dealerships for you to view.

Are Your Boats Ready For Spring

via Boating Industry

Those of you in snowy states are probably cheering the recent temperature increases as much as I am. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to go boating again. But what about your customers who bought their first boat this past year? Are they ready?

One of the most intimidating aspects of boat ownership is the maintenance, especially for new boaters, and the cost of maintenance is the number one reason boaters give up the recreation.

As the temperatures are finally starting to warm up in the seasonal regions, those new boaters are getting as anxious as we are to get on the water again. They followed all of the necessary steps to winterize their boat, but that was some time ago. What needs to be done to get the boat ready for spring?

Dealers should be active in working with customers to make sure they are comfortable performing the necessary maintenance, not only to keep those boaters in the sport but also to further establish loyalty to the dealership.

Send an email reminder to customers to get their boats ready for spring, but make it a little more special. Add a checklist that helps them remember all the little things they may forget when prepping their boats.

Discover Boating created an easy-to-print checklist for spring start-up that you can provide your customers, which asks customers to refer to their owner’s manual for any manufacturer-specific recommendations. What if they didn’t have to dig through their manual? Your customers would be wowed if you provided tips for prepping their specific brands for spring. And of course, be sure to extend an offer to visit your service department if they have any questions.

The time invested in building trust is never time wasted. This personal reminder demonstrates to the customer just how much you value their safety and want their boating experience to be hassle-free. When they need service done on their boat and want to give the job to someone they know will take care of them, no one else but you will come to mind. And if you don’t have time to provide excellent service to your customers, what do you have time for?

To see the full article by Brianna Liestman …………Click Here

Don’t Pick Up Hitchhikers On Your Boat

Protecting our water resources can be as simple as washing and drying off your boat before leaving the ramp.  Aquatic hitchhikers are harmful plants, animals and other organisms that are invasive to many water bodies and when established in a water body, can create dramatic changes. Here is a great little article on dealing with aquatic hitchhikers on your boat from the folks at Take Me Fishing. We will post the link to the original article at the bottom of this blog post. Don’t Pick Up Hitchhikers On Your Boat!

What can you do?  Read through the handy tips from Trailer Boats Magazine and learn about some of the more prevalent hitchhikers and what you can do to prevent others from entering our lakes, rivers and streams. Check out Trailer Boats Magazine to learn more about boating today.

Why should we protect our waters from invasive organisms?  Because these hitchhikers can:

Content Provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Avalon Windjammer Pontoon Highlights

The Avalon Windjammer Pontoon is on the rise. This totally unique craft knows “NO” boundaries, as far as its worldwide appeal. Pontoons boats are becoming a regular staple at boat shows all over the world to generate more excitement from the crowds. They attract tons of attention and tend to be showstoppers for attendees. The double takes tell the story as they get caught up on what all these boats have to offer. Surprises abound in almost every nook and cranny on a pontoon. They are not just your grandparents’ cruisers any longer; everybody loves them.

Avalon Windjammer Pontoon Highlights

The Windjammer Elite tops the market for some of its great offerings, however. avalon-windjammer-elite-24-pontoon-boat-image-1-2014 (Small)Equipped with the saltwater package it cuts through choppy water with ease. The interior layout has a cutting edge design and features that do not accompany the typical pontoon. The exclusive Deco-inspired two-tone graphic designs, fiberglass driver’s helm, wood grain dash, plush seating, built-in LED dock lights and superior construction is some examples of that.

As pontoons continue to thrive on freshwater lakes, the oceans are beginning to feel their presence dominate their horizon also. Many will soon discover pontoons are a great all around vessel.

 

11 Secrets To Help Your Boat Live Longer

There are many ways you can help add to life to your boat. Here are just a few
good ones to follow regularly. To read more about them in detail, just click on the link below:

11 Secrets To Help You Boat Live Longer

1.  Wash, Wax, Flush and Cover
2. Bring Back Your Gelcoat
3. Keep it Gelcoat Restored With Natural Wax
4. Air Out Sealed And Unused Boats Regularly
5. Clean The Carburetor
6. Protect Zippers With Anhydrous Lanolin
7. Clean the Toilet Holding Tank Vent Screen With A Toothbrush & White Vinegar
8. Perform Voltage-Drop Test To Detect Electrical Problems Early
9. Keep Engine Controls & Steering Cables Well Lubricated
10. Clean Connectors Regularly
11. Keep Gaskets Sealed

Use these and much more useful information found in the article from the BoatingMag.com folks to keep your boat in fantastic shape for many more outdoor excursions with your family. Come by Texas Marine if you need to purchase products for your boat care routine.

The Bimini Top: Perfectly Fits Any Boating Lifestyle

Feature Bimini (Custom)The Bimini Top is a perfect addition to any boating lifestyle you find yourself venturing into. It is a lifesaver for Mom, when she hears the laughter of her family having so much fun they don’t want to go inbimini on pontoon, but Junior is getting a serious sunburn. They can be priceless for Dad, who is thrilled with the realization that the whopper he has been chasing all morning is within reach and suddenly a summer shower hits. Years ago boaters did not realize the benefits a Bimini Top can add to their enjoyment on the water. They almost looked at it as a nuisance item. These days, everyone is getting Bimini Tops because of the tremendous comfort level they give boaters during those hot sticky humid summer days. That added value to the boater’s outdoor experience is well worth the extra effort it takes to quickly pop up a top for protection and comfort. 

Bimini Top Manufacturing Video

Chapparal Sunbrela (Custom)

Texas Marine carries the highest quality Bimini Top sold today. A company called Carver makes it and it’s called the “Sunbrella.” The video above explains the painstaking process they take to build these tops at the level they do. Why don’t you come by Texas Marine Parts Dept. today and let us fit your boat with one of these amazing tops for your comfort and enjoyment. Just give us a call at (409) 898-7632 or come by today.