Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Utah Boats: How to Speak Boat 101

Do you remember your first day in calculus when the teacher went over everything you'd learn? Do you remember that overwhelming feeling as he threw out terms like derivative, asymptote, differentiation, optimization and quadratic formula? Somewhere in the back of your stunned brain echoed the words "you have entered...the Twilight Zone." *Shudder*

Well, if you have intentionally blocked the memory of that singular event perhaps you can recall a moment when you were confronted with information that might as well have been in Chinese for all you could understand.

We've all been there at one point. For you new boaters out there, you might be experiencing this phenomenon lately. The boating world, just like any other, is chock full of its own vocabulary which may sound senseless to some. Here are some of the most basic terms you will need to know to feel more comfortable with boating. Once you've mastered these, check out the boating rules of the road and you'll practically be a boat master!

Aft: the same direction as the stern faces. Example: The aft berth is the most comfortable.

Amidships: located in the middle of the boat. Example: There is room for your stuff amidships in the cabin.

Beam: the widest part of the boat. Example: I wish we had a berth in the middle of the beam so I didn't feel so squished when I slept.

Berth: a bed or other accommodations meant for sleeping. Example: Go on down and put your bags on the berth.

Bow: the front end of the boat. Example: The anchor is located at the bow.

Cabin: a room designed for passengers to gather. Example: Meet me in the cabin.

Cockpit: the room or area where the boat's steering controls are, a.k.a. the bridge. Example: My binoculars are in the cockpit.

Draft: the greatest depth of the boat. Example: Do you know how shallow it gets over there? My draft is 5 feet, I don't want to run aground.

Galley: food preparation area. Example: Head to the galley for breakfast.

Forward: the same direction as the bow faces. Example: Forward in the cabin there should be a stack of clean towels, bring me one please.

Head: the toilet/bathroom. Example: I'll be right back, I need the head.

Port: when facing the bow, port is the left side of the boat and the area beyond. Example: There are some pretty big fish off the port side.

Salon: the living room area. Example: Tonight there will be board games in the salon.

Settee: bench seating. Example: I left a blanket on the settee, can you grab it for me?

Stateroom: a bedroom. Example: No children are allowed in the stateroom.

Starboard: when facing the bow, starboard is the right side of the boat and the area beyond. Example: Watch out for the jet skis on your starboard side.

Stern: the back end of the boat. Example: Hurry, head to the stern and you might see some dolphins.

V-berth: a bed that comes to a point at one end, located at the bow. Example: the v-berth is never very comfortable to sleep in.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Utah Boats: Top 5 Boating Scenes in Utah

As boaters, we usually have our routine, our lake, our spot, etc. But, we are also full of adventure. So for you boaters who are looking for a new experience to shake things up, or you who are new to boating or the area, here are the top five boating attractions in Utah:

Lake Powell
This boater's oasis provides 186 miles of blue to explore. All that space comes in handy when finding places to anchor, swim, fish, cliff jump, or whatever else. The dozens of marinas all around the lake, and the wide variety of fish, probably make Powell the most popular boating destination in this half of the country. It’s full of walleye, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and three kinds of bass! Granted, a bit of Lake Powell is in Arizona but Utah holds the majority.

Utah Lake
This lake might be a bit easier to access than Powell, depending on your location. It is just south of Salt Lake City, in the Provo area. It’s 10-12 ft deep, 13 miles wide, and 24 miles long. Warm-water fish abound in its depths. Fisherman love the lake because Provo River feeds into it, which is the best fishing spot in the state. For you boaters in search of a little R&R, Utah Lake has amazing views of the Wasatch Mountain Range and sunsets to die for!

Strawberry Reservoir
With a maximum depth of 200 feet, this lovely spot is a fisherman’s paradise. It’s located just east of Provo. It’s chock full of cold water fish: rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and cutthroat trout. Lake Powell receives as much fishing time as this lake. It also features four paved boat ramps (Strawberry Bay Marine, Soldier Creek Marina, Aspen and Renegade). Camping grounds, day use areas, group pavilions, and marina stores complete Strawberry’s attractions.

Bear Lake
The Bear Lake State Park is located on the border of Idaho and Utah. It’s home to a lake which formed when an earthquake dammed a valley. 112 square miles are now filled with boat-worthy water. It’s 20 miles long, 8 miles wide, and 208 feet deep. The surrounding park provides a marina, camping grounds, hiking trails, and great natural sights. Perfect for a boating trip.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir
This little hot spot is beyond colorful! Bright red rocks above a blue-green sparkling lake. A national recreation area surrounds the lake with cabins, lodges, hotels, and camping grounds. This is a great spot for those who don’t own a boat as houseboats and other rentals are readily available, with five marinas to accommodate them. Even fishermen won’t be bored with all the rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, tiger trout, small and largemouth bass, carp, burbot, and channel catfish.

Now you know the best possible locations for a boating vacation. Go for a day and you’ll never want to leave!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Boats: Sailboat vs. Powerboat

Welcome to the feud of the boating world. Every man or woman who ventures to call him or herself a boat lover must decide:
Sailboat or...

Sailors generally dislike powerboats and powerboaters generally dislike sailboats. That's just the way it is. So, before you decide, or even if you've already decided, we've listed off the pros and cons for each.


  • Because they consume significantly less fuel, sailboats are more environmentally friendly
  • The almost unnecessary use of an engine makes them essentially silent. The only mechanical sounds that will disturb your relaxation will come from other people's engines
  • There are no limits to how far you  can travel in a sailboat! Unless you run out of wind, you won't run out of adventure
  • The quiet combined with the manual labor and pure wind power brings you closer to nature
  • Sailboats are a great option for adventure seekers
  • Filling one of their engines would be a thousand times cheaper than filling a powerboat
  • This boat becomes more cost effective the farther you travel
  • If you're steering, you won't miss out on any of the socializing because you can steer from the stern
  • Sailboats generally offer less space both inside and out than powerboats
  • Without any wind, you won't go too far
  • If you're not up for the physical demands then sailing is not for you
  • Sailing takes up a lot of time
  • Passengers tend to get more sunburned on a sailboat
  • Maintaining rigging and sails can get expensive

  • Powerboats reach speeds sailboats couldn't dream of. Sailors generally don't make it past 6 knots but power boaters are just getting revved up at that speed
  • You won't have to worry about rigs or sails, you just need to know how to push buttons and you'r all set
  • The ability to trawl makes powerboats more appealing to fishermen
  • Because powerboats float higher up on the water, you are less likely to run aground when in shallow waters
  • The electric nature of a powerboat gives the owner more control about when he/she can leave, where he/she can go, and how soon he/she can get there
  • Some people just enjoy the low hum of an engine
  • Powerboats generally offer more luxury as far as interior space is concerned. If you want a place to relax, powerboats are the way to go
  • The engines can get quite loud
  • Fuel isn't cheap and you need a lot of it to go anywhere
  • With their higher center of gravity, powerboats have a harder time handling the wind than sailboats do
  • How much fuel you have determines how far you can go (don't forget to leave enough to get back to the marina)
  • Most powerboats have two engines. Just maintaining one can be costly
Well, now you have a lot to think about. Choose wisely. Oh, don't forget to consider the cost of a sailboat or powerboat in the first place, plus the maintenance costs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Boater's Outlet: Tips to Ease the Effects of Seasickness

Seasickness is no fun. It will completely ruin your day on the boat. This ailment is more common than you'd think. Almost 80% of the whole world will suffer from some kind of motion sickness at one point in their lives! It occurs when two parts of the body don't agree. Both the brain and the inner ear are designed to detect the motion of the body. When the brain and the inner ear disagree about how or if the body is in motion, you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, etc. Fortunately, it's an affliction that has been studied significantly and there are several different remedies that will get you back on your feet and enjoying your boating trip!

Over-the-counter drugs are some of the most common treatments for seasickness. Benadryl and Dramamine are the popular choices but if you like buying the bargain brand look for drugs with dimenhydrinate, meclizine or diphenhydramine. These pills work by blocking the parts of your brain that control nausea and vomiting from sending signals that make your stomach uneasy. They should be taken as recommended, usually about an hour before the motion-ful event.

Also gaining in popularity are acupressure wrist bands. A plastic bead on the band applies pressure to the underside of the wrist. A pressure point called, Nei-Kuan, is located there. The compression in this area relieves nausea and vomiting with no side effects. Brands such as Sea-Band come in children and adult sizes. This method of treatment is even mild enough to be used by pregnant women.

If more long term relief is needed, medicated patches such as Transderm Scop can deliver medicine over a three day period. The small circular patch is applied behind the ear at least four hours prior to the sickness-triggering event. The brand mentioned above administers a drug called scopolamine which inhibits communication between the brain's vomit-center and the nerves in your stomach.

The most commonly effective traditional remedy is ginger. This root has been tested and proven to stem nausea. It can be ingested in various forms including pills, powder, tea and even candy. Be warned, though, that ginger is a blood thinner. Discuss it with your doctor if you are taking blood-pressure medication.

There are many more traditional remedies for seasickness. Be sure to read up on more non-medical remedies for sea or motion sickness and don't let something so treatable stop you from having fun! Enjoy your boat!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

10 Fun Things to Help Your Kids Love Boating

Quite a few kids can't get enough of the water, tubing or the fish. But some kids are scared of the water, the marine life, or getting motion sick; the goes on of reasons why kids don't always enjoy a day on the boat. Here are some ideas that might make the day more entertaining for everyone:
1. Explain the rules first. Before you leave the dock, show all the kids how to be safe and what they can and cannot do. You can do it before you leave so they can enjoy themselves otherwise you may spend the whole day telling them "no" and ruining their fun. It's also a good idea for you to review child safety on boats.

2. Get them wet suits. A lot of children don't like how cold the water is. They may hate going on the boat for that very reason. Fortunately there is a simple solution. A wet suit will help them not feel cold and allow them to play more in the water.

3. Get a big tube. Few kids don't like to whiz around on a tube but most might be scared to go alone. Buy a tune that seats 4 to 5 people. If their siblings and friends get on with them, the experience will be a more relaxed and exhilaration one.

4. Order pizza to the dock. Give the delivery man directions to the dock. Haul the pizza on board and head back out onto the water. Children will enjoy the yummy food and associate such a treat with going on the boat. And you won't have to pack a lunch.

5. Assign them to DJ. Kids always love having a job to do. If you have a wireless speaker or the proper set up to hook into the radio, have a kid DJ. This would be especially effective for those kids who are still shy of the water.

6. Have a scavenger hunt. Children love to unearth buried treasure and discover hidden things. Create scavenger hunt that includes several locations that must be accessed by boat. You could even let them pretend that they are pirates.

7. Go fishing. What kid doesn't love to fish?! Before you go, check online to find sager, populated areas. Get kid-sized rods and head out.

8. Have a picnic on the beach. For kids who really don't like going on the boat or in water, us the boat as transportation. Go have a picnic on the shore and let them play in the sand. After all, making sandcastles is a staple of the childhood experience.

9. Explore a new place. Kids tend to get bored pretty easily but boaters also tend to love their "spot." You know, that one place you always go that you love so much. You know it exists. Avoid monotony by exploring someplace new. This doesn't mean you can't go to you "spot," just spice things up every now and then to get the kids excited.

10. Bring play dough. Despite you many efforts, some children just won't want to get in the water or maybe even the boat. Bring play dough or other cheap, replaceable toys on board so that the kids have something to do rather than mope.

These ideas will help kids get used to boating and learn to enjoy it as much as you do!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Boating Upkeep

Summer is upon us and so is boating season. Just how you’ve been working on that summer body, your boat has hopefully been taken care of as well. Here are some tips to assure that you can hit the high seas at a moment's notice:

1. Good Equipment
Certain boats need certain types of cleaning equipments. Some brushes can be abrasive and will damage your boat’s finish so wary of that. However, you need a brush strong enough salt, dirt, and other water grime. Use a bucket, mop, and sponge to help with the dirty work then clothes or towels to remove excess moisture.
2. Quality Soap
Soap is a no-brainer when it comes to cleaning. Environmentally friendly soap is important since your vessel floats around fish and other living creatures. Find a good quality soap that cleans is nice but make sure it isn’t too strong to strip your finish or paint.
3. Cleaning Techniques
Scrubbing a dry boat is bad, really bad, because it can damage the finish of your vessel. So wet that vessel down! After you boat is properly wet, you can lather on some soap and scrub away. Work in specific areas instead of scrubbing the whole boat, otherwise the soap will dry and leave an annoying mess. Follow the scrubbing with another rinse and then dry off the water. (Some tough spots may need multiple scrubs and rinses)
4. Carpet Tips
Quick cleaning with a hand vacuum every month is nice because you can keep the dirt and other messes manageable. Keeping your boat covered when not in use will help keep out leaves, bird poop, and other nature nuisance.
5. Engine Care
At the end of boating season, cleaning your boat’s engine is important to  get it ready for winter. You can pay to have it done but the do-it-yourself method works just as well. WD-40 or Boeshield T-9 are quality products to use along with cleaning cloth to remove dirt and grease that has accumulates after months on the waters.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Summer Boating Hot Spots

Everyone has an opinion on a favorite vacation spot and nobody is right. Expand your vacation options by visiting some of the prettiest boating spots this summer:

Lady Bird Lake
Peaceful and beautiful, Lady Bird Lake is located in Austin, Texas. They allow only nonmotorized boats which will help keep it nice and quiet as you soak up the sun. Be sure to check out the lake’s famous tributary, Barton Creek.

Lake Cumberland

A huge 1,200 miles of shoreline, Lake Cumberland is in southern Kentucky and is the largest US lake east of the Mississippi. In fact, by volume it is considered the houseboat capital of the world. If you don’t own a houseboat, check out one of the three beautiful state parks that border the lake.

Lake George

Lake George is located at the base of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. There are lots of activities to do; boating, swimming, bird watching, biking, and hiking. You’ll find something for everyone the family.

Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is 118 miles wide and 307 miles long. It has more than 1,600 miles of shoreline combined with resorts and campgrounds that will help make your trip enjoyable. Anyone who enjoys hiking trails, various water sports, and beautiful beaches will feel right at home.

Lake Tahoe
Between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United State. It has 72 miles of shoreline and water clarity of 70 feet. Water temps in summer are around the 70s. This beautiful crystal-clear lake is ideal for fishing, swimming, boating,and paddle boarding. It’s hard to find a better summer vacation spot.

Whether you own a canoe, a houseboat, or you just enjoy the waves, Boater’s Outlet is there for you. If you wakeskate, jet-ski, or just want to keep up with the beach bum surfers, we have what you need. Life jackets of all sizes are available to buy online for the whole family. Protect not only yourself but your boat as well with our durable Boat Covers. Boaters Outlet is the go-to place for everything boating in Utah.

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