May 23, 2014
Island View Marine Center is dedicated to not only offer outstanding service to our customers, but also making boating safer and more fun for everyone on the water. With this in mind, here are some Interesting and good to know facts to increase your boating knowledge. 1- when using nuts and bolts on your boat, remember to use only stainless steel units.
May 10, 2014
Once the EPA decided to allow the use of gasoline with the addition of up to 15% ethanol, boaters were put on notice that they better learn the ramifications of ethanol use and how to protect their investment and recreational good times. When you go to the gas station to fuel up before a boat trip, be especially vigilant as to what type of fuel they are putting in their toys. What is good for the tow vehicle is definitely NOT good for the water vehicle if it is labeled on the pump as having 15% ethanol!
April 18, 2014
We know that even the most seasoned boater has things to learn, so we put some interesting facts together to help boost your boating knowledge. We love to have input from you also, so please feel free to add anything you have learned over the years in the comments below! 1-you use approximately one gallon of gas per hour at wide open throttle for every ten horsepower of engine size you have 2_taking care of your marine head system is critical but telling guests that using too much toilet paper will clog the system is ineffective.
April 10, 2014
There are lots of parts and accessories on your boat that you will never see or hear about, but if your boat is a sterndrive, there are a couple of items that while you might never have an intimate relationship with them, you should at least know what they are and where they are located. Bellows are rubber boots that keep out water around the exhaust, U-joints and shift cable between the outdrive assembly and the transom of your boat. You need to check your owner’s manual for specific information for your particular boat, but these bellows need to be regularly checked for wear and damage.
March 11, 2014
When you are coming into a marina to dock your boat, whether just for lunch or fuel, or staying overnight or longer, inevitably the stress level rises as you near your objective. It is of the foremost importance, then, to be as comfortable and confident as possible in handling your boat. Gain this knowledge leading to confidence through practical experience.
February 28, 2014
Often the cold, damp weather around Puget Sound will suddenly be gone for some sunny days in March. That’s when many small boaters feel the need to get out on the water to test things out after a long winter. If you have a classic outboard that’s been in storage, here are a few reminders to consider before that first foray out:
February 11, 2014
It is not as easy as just going to the first one you see or the closest dealer to your house. Sure, sometimes you luck out and it works. More often than not, something goes wrong.
January 17, 2014
We boat owners really try to be as prepared and self reliant as we can be while we are on the water. In fact, it can be a point of pride for us to know what we are doing and when to do it. However, from tire blowouts to broken lights, boat trailer breakdowns are just as likely to occur while we are on the way to the water.
December 19, 2013
Sooner or later in the life of every outboard boat owner it is bound to happen. It’s not a monumental tragedy to be sure, but just as simple as forgetting your drain plug and finding your boat submerged at the ramp. An annoyance of some proportion… Saving your outboard motor whether 2-stroke or 4-stroke, Fresh water or salt from a watery grave is really not as hard as one might think.
November 21, 2013
Boating Industry announced the Top 100 boat dealers in North America at a black-tie gala Wednesday in Orlando. “These dealers represent the best of the best in the marine industry,” said Boating Industry Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Sweet. “From thousands of dealers across North America, these companies stand out for their financial performance, dedication to customer service and creative marketing.