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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!

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.

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX

The Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX is an innovative new design that is very well thought out.  It is a jet-drive sporty boat that is built with some of the most cutting edge material on the market today, such as its Kevlar reinforcement. The new model brings many new features to the table. After experiencing the Vortex for yourself the boat lover will see that their is no other viable option to contemplate for a jet powered sportboat.

Key Features

  • Powered by jet-drive
  • U-shaped cockpit seating with crossover switch helm bucket seat
  • Exterior color packages available in Stealth Grey, Blue, Aqua, Lime, Red, and Yellow
  • 4 LED cockpit courtesy lights
  • Removable 25 quart cooler under bench seat
  • Premium Sound System
  • Snap-in cockpit carpet
  • 4 water resistant speakers

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.

The Amazing Chaparral 307 SSX

This is the latest highly developed masterpiece by Chaparral, which has a distinctive profile. The style of this model features items which the marketplace strongly desires. She looks and rides like a speed machine. There is so much more to this particular boat than looks, come try it out today at Texas Marine.

Key Feature

  • 8 Stainless pull up cleats
  • Sound system with CD player and USB and MP3 plug
  • Custom color coordinated painted aluminum arch tower
  • Carry on 36 qt. cooler with dedicated storage
  • Cockpit table with storage and side mount bases
  • Convertible rear “sun lounge” seating
  • U-shaped port aft lounge seating with storage
  • Custom leather polished spoke tilt steering wheel with cover
  • Gelcoat in Black, Biscayne Blue, Roulette Red, Teak or Stealth Gray

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

Vortex Wins 2015 Innovation Awards

CHAPARRAL VORTEX JET BOATS WIN NMMA INNOVATION AWARD 

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 

Nashville, GA – Chaparral’s new Vortex Aerial Surf Platform (ASP) has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award. The award was announced February 12, 2015 at the Miami International Boat Show.

 243 Vortex“Our new Vortex jet boats are revolutionizing the jet boat world,” said Chaparral President Jim Lane. “Interest in wake surfing is increasing as a water sport. The ASP and this award verify that you can enjoy the sport of wake surfing with all the benefits of jet drive at a fraction of the cost of traditional surf boats.” According to Mike Fafard, VP of Engineering, “It was exciting to work on the ASP project with my design team.  We understood the challenge of pioneering a wake with jet power.  The results were best described by the professional riders who were amazed at the exceptional surf wake.” The new Aerial Surf Platform is an addition to the molded swim step, reshaping the wake and making it deeper and more conducive to the rapidly growing sport of wake surfing

“When it comes to overall performance and family fun it’s tough to beat a Vortex,” said Chaparral Founder Buck Pegg. “Our new wake shaping Aerial Surf Platform is truly breakthrough technology that will prove a game changer in watersports.” 

The Innovation Awards, organized by the NMMA and judged by Boating Writer’s International (BWI), recognizes products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction fromInnovation Trophy other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.

This marks Chaparral’s second NMMA Innovation Award, following on the heels of recognition for the 327 SSX as the world’s first bowrider full beam cuddy cabin. 

Available at No Haggle, Real Deal prices including a trailer, Chaparral’s Vortex jet boats include six offerings from 20- to 24-feet. The just introduced Aerial Surf Platform addition, along with a three tank ballast system, is available as optional equipment on Chaparral’s 223 and 243 VR and VRX Vortex jet boat models.

 About Chaparral Boats, Inc & Robalo Boats LLC. Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC are leading manufacturers of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive, jet and outboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Vortex Jet Boats, SunCoast Outboard Sportdecks, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo.

 Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX).  For more information about Marine Products Corporation, Chaparral, and Robalo visit our websites at www.marineproductscorp.com, www.chaparralboats.com, and www.robalo.com.

The All New Chaparral Vortex

 

The all new Chaparral Vortex is a sporty high tech, high quality boat that definitely has the “WOW-FACTOR” going~

The matted swim platform is beautifully integrated into the overall design with a telescopic stowaway ladder, twin seats and storage for watersports gear within arms reach. Also, positioned right where you need it is a stereo with recessed water resistant speakers, stainless drink holdersVortex II and color coordinated canvas top for folding arch tower. Feature list on this one could go on all day! Here are just a few options and features so come on by and check it out:

  • Color Coordinated Canvas Top For Folding Arch Tower
  • Raptor-Coated Black Folding Arch Tower with Go Pro Mount
  • All Panels with Dual Illuminated LED Switches and Water Resistant DC Breakers
  • Custom Molded Fiberglass Dash with Hand Stitched and Wrapped Upholstery
  • DC Power Plug -12v (Helm)
  • Digital Depth Gauge
  • Digital Helm Package with Four Control Settings: Cruise Mode, Ski Mode, Eco Mode, Docking Mode
  • Digital Hour Meter
  • Digital Instrumentation with Chrome Bezels
  • Helm Stereo Remote
  • Steering Wheel – Black
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Enclosed Storage Compartment with Lockable Door
  • Fiberglass Floor Liner
  • Hanging Rod
  • Lighting in Head
  • Aft Hinged Transom Seats with Center Walk-Thru and Storage Underneath
  • Bow Cushions – Hinged with Storage Compartment Underneath
  • Bow rider Filler Cushion with Dedicated Storage
  • Bow Walk Thru Door
  • Cockpit and Transom Grab Handles-Stainless Steel
  • Cockpit Drainage System (CDS)
  • Cockpit Table with Bases in Cockpit and on Swim platform
  • Custom Designed Ultra Comfort Helm Seat with Flip-Up Bolster
  • Full Size Wraparound Walk-Thru Windshield with Custom Stainless Steel Supports
  • Lighting – Cockpit Courtesy Lights (4 – LED)
  • Molded Glove Box Storage with Foam Protectant Pad
  • Molded-In Footrest – Port and Starboard
  • Premium Expandable and Stain Resistant Cockpit Upholstery Vinyl with Nano-Block Technology and Color Accent Stitching
  • Premium Sound System: AM/FM with MP3 Jack, USB Port, Bluetooth capabilities, and Sirus Satellite Ready
  • Removable Cooler (25-Quart) Under Port Bench Seat
  • Side Panels with Coaming Storage
  • Ski Storage in Floor with Large Hinged Fiberglass Hatch and Rubber Mat
  • Stainless Steel Drink holders (10)
  • Starlite Seat Cushions with Water Drainage System
  • Storage Underneath Starboard and Port Dash
  • Swim Platform Mat
  • Water Resistant Speakers (6)
  • Battery Trays
  • Bilge Pump – Automatic and Blowers
  • Dedicated Anchor Locker Molded Into Forward Deck with Stainless Steel Four Step Boarding Ladder Concealed Under Fiberglass Lid
  • Dual Battery Setup with Parallel Switch
  • Electric Horn
  • Integrated Swim Platform
  • Kevlar Reinforced Hull
  • Navigational Lights
  • Pressure Water System with Stainless Steel Transom Shower
  • Ski Mirror
  • Stainless Steel Bow Rails
  • Stainless Steel Hardware, Including Bow and Stern Eyes, Ski Eye, and Pull-Up Cleats (6)
  • Stainless Steel, Three-Step Boarding Ladder with Integrated Handle Concealed

 

 

 

 

 

The Basics of Boat Buying

The basics of boat buying is quite different than purchasing an automobile, basically a mandatory item, boats are usually the fulfillment of an owners dream. They are more than just a mode of transportation; they are a special form of recreation designed for sheer pleasure. When purchasing your first boat its good to keep in mind that it will be a part of your life and family for possibly a decade or more. This purchase does not need to be based on price alone. Sometimes, just looking for the cheapest deal will cost you a whole lot more in the end. Here are some great tips to help with the purchase of your first boat.

Type of Boat

First examine what you are imagining when thinking about owning a boat. If you are wanting to go on those early morning fishing excursions with buddies, then you will obviously gear your purchase toward a boat with amazing fishability features. If its entertaining and lots of guests, your going to want to look at a luxury model pontoon. Once you choose your type of boat there are still others issues to consider. Does your family need a swim platform, water skiing capabilities, grill, refrigerator, plenty of storage and restroom area or would rod holders, livewells, trolling motor and fishfinder be better utilized. 

New vs. Used

First determine your budget for purchasing a boat. As most boats are purchased with loans be sure to check into the loan terms and conditions. Then make sure that you can afford the payments trying to keep all debt below a comfortable 35% of income. At this point, keeping in mind all boats are negotiable, you should be able to purchase the vessel you want with some homework. If you decide to go the used boat route, to get a little bang for your buck, be sure and ask some questions. Here are a few good ones to get you started:

  1. How many owner’s has the boat had?
  2. When did the last owner purchase the boat?
  3. How many miles are on the engine?
  4. How often was it serviced and when was the last time?
  5. What problems has it had in the past?
  6. Why are they selling the boat?
  7. Do you trust whom you are buying the boat from?

 Size of Boat

 This is one of the most important aspects of boat buying. Nailing down the correct size boat for you and your family, more than any other item, will insure happiness with your purchase for years to come. A good rule of thumb is buying the biggest boat you can afford, especially with a growing family. Buy within your budget, but with that said, buying big is something you will never regret. Boats attract friends and entertainment is one of the highest functions of boating. Also, the more storage space the better. There are so many items you will find yourself wishing you had room for if you purchase to small.

In conclusion, when purchasing your first boat, figure out what you can comfortably afford first then purchase for type and size. After that, it is best to decide if you want new or used. With all those considerations out of the way, you will be in a better position to determine what you can afford when it comes to all the bells and whistles. Using this method you can’t go wrong and will enjoy your boat for years to come. Happy Boating!

The All New Chaparral Suncoast

This boat fills the need for a luxury outboard in your life. Chaparral has earned a reputation for luxury boat building and this new boat is an example of all of the reasons why. It is by far the widest bow entry in their 2015 fleet and it features a forward compartment with flush mount latches, easy-access ladder and anchor cradle. The deck gently tapers into a wide and roomy bow area, the largest you will find in the 25’ class, for easy entertaining. Stainless steel drink holders, enormous storage compartments and top-mounted rails highlight the bow with a side mount table also built in.

The cockpit also has a side mount table and digital gauges with accurate real-time stats on the boats systems and operating condition. There is a non-glare dash, full height windshield, padded armrest and angled footrest. Garmin electronic technology for a sophisticated navigational experience is also optional. This boat has state of the art water resistant circuit breakers. No more fumbling with fuses while trying to fish just reset the breaker and you are back in business. As if all that wasn’t enough the designers have also incorporated an enclosed head with lighting. A vanity cabinet can easily be obtained as an optional feature. This new boat design will not leave anything to the imagination; it’s all there ready for its new owners.

Here is a test run on the 250 SunCoast from the folks at BoatTest….……..Click Here For Video