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Boating Safety Checklist

  There’s always a good reason to hop on a boat and enjoy a day out on the water, however, you want to make sure that you are doing so as safely as possible. You'll want to bring certain things with you, such as boat safety accessories, but there are other things you need on a boat — by law....

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Tips and Tricks for Bringing Your Dog on Your Boating Adventure!

You know the saying: Dog is a person’s best friend. However, boats are high on that list as well. There isn’t much that’s better in life than being out on the open waters with the wind blowing through your hair with a refreshing drink in your hand — other than being out on the water with your dog by your side. That said, you want to make sure your boat outing with your best friend is as safe as possible....

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Why Choose Ed Watkins Marine for Your Boat or UTV

  Why You Should Choose Ed Watkins Marine for All Your Boat, UTV, Servicing, Parts, and so Much More! Summer's coming, and you want to get into boating. You’ve imagined all the adventures you can go on, fishing with friends and cruising with family. You’ve scoped out theDenver marine life centered on North Carolina's clear, blue lakes such as Lake Norman, Lake Wylie or Lake Hickory! The question is, where do you start?...

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Tips For Trailering Your Boat Safely

Everyone loves a day out on the water, but it's not only fun and games. You have to prioritize safety all day — long before you even get your boat to the water. Trailering a boat is part of this. To do it well, you have to make sure you have all the proper equipment and know-how to get your boat from the land to the water safely and seamlessly. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips and tricks to make sure you do just that....

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Ed Watkins Marine: Boat Service and Repair

The secret to a high-performing, long-lasting boat is staying on top of that vessel's maintenance and repair needs. Whether you buy new or used, fiberglass or aluminum, high-end or budget-friendly boats and trailers, these investments require regular upkeep and care to avoid problems that can develop with time and use. ...

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What are the Benefits of Owning an Aluminum Boat?

Take one look your local boat inventory, and you'll notice that the hulls for those boats are divided into two key categories: aluminum or fiberglass. This refers to the materials used in the construction of the boat's hull, and this material has important implications for the size of boat you can afford, the practicality of transporting and maintaining that boat, and what you will ultimately pay to bring that boat home with you....

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What Accessories Are Available for Ranger Boats?

Choosing your boat's base model is only the start of finalizing your purchase and customizing your brand-new vessel. Whether you go with a bass boat, inshore boat, pontoon, or other boat design, you'll find a wide range of accessories and upgrades that outfit your new boat with all of the features on your wish list. ...

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Pontoon Fishing Boat Frequently Asked Questions

Pontoon boats have traditionally been more popular as a social boating option that offers a high on-board capacity, greater stability on the water and more comfort when cruising waterways, swimming off of the boat, or enjoying other leisurely recreational activities on calm waterways. More recently, though, pontoons built specifically for fishing have seen an increase in demand—especially as fishing-specific models have made this boating option more convenient and efficient for both casual and seasoned anglers. ...

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What accessories are available for the Intimidator UTV?

If you're considering an Intimidator UTV—or you've already bought this utility vehicle and brought it home—owning the base vehicle is only the start of the adventure and performance power offered by this rugged, all-terrain unit. A wide range of acccessories are available to help you customize your Intimidator UTV to meet your exact needs and specifications, maximizing the value of this vehicle regardless of the conditions in which you're riding. ...

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Suzuki Outboard Boat Motors

For both novice boaters and experienced nautical enthusiasts, the Suzuki brand is a familiar and trusted source for a wide range of motors and accessories. From its competitive price point to its diverse engine models to the ease of getting this motor serviced, a new Suzuki outboard motor might be exactly what you need to maximize the use and value of your boat....

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Choosing a Boat Trailer

Unless you have a way to keep your boat in the water all year long, you'll need a boat trailer to move your boat from one body of water to the next, and to keep it in storage when not in use.  If you've never shopped for boat trailers before, you might be surprised by the many different options available at your local marina. In addition to several different types of boat trailers you can choose from, each of these trailers can be accessorized with additional features to perfectly suit your needs and preferences when storing or moving your boat. ...

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Using the Intimidator UTV On the Farm

Successfully managing a modern farm requires the right equipment. Many of today's farm operations rely heavily on all-terrain and utility task vehicles to transport workers, move materials and tools, and support a wide range of tasks and projects around the farm.  For farmers currently in the market for new ATVs and UTVs, the Intimidator UTV is almost certain to appear on their short-list of preferred vehicle purchases....

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Winterizing Your Outboard Motor

Whether you're brand-new to owning a boat, or you're taking on boat maintenance for the first time, winterizing is one of the most important seasonal maintenance tasks you need to account for as you care for your boat's needs throughout the calendar year. Freezing temperatures and long winter storage can conspire to create a lot of headaches for boat owners if they don't take time to properly maintain both the boat itself and the outboard motor. ...

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