Category: Articles

  • Is Your Boat Serviced and Ready for Spring?

    Is Your Boat Serviced and Ready for Spring?

    How to Know Your Boat is Ready for Warmer Months

    Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to make sure your boat is ready for a season of water adventures! With warmer weather comes the promise of long days spent cruising along on tranquil waters or powering across choppy lakes, depending on what you’d prefer.

    To prepare for all your upcoming boating excursions, now is the perfect time to perform some essential maintenance tasks so you can enjoy worry-free rides throughout spring and summer. Read on to find out what you need to do this season to keep your vessel in tip-top shape!

    What Happens to a Boat During Cold Weather

    Boats kept in storage in cold weather can suffer damage if not properly prepared. Staying in the cold for too long can cause severe structural damage, such as cracking fiberglass or even corroding metal surfaces.

    Some boat owners combat this by using boat covers or shrink wraps, but these items should be removed during spells of warm weather to permit boat ventilation and possibly avoid future repairs or replacements.

    Also, boat engines need to be serviced with specialty grease and lubricants before the boat is put back in the water and made ready for spring. Boats that are well maintained throughout the winter will come out of storage ready for sailing when warm weather arrives.

    How Often Should You Have Your Boat Serviced?

    Your boat should be serviced regularly to ensure it is in safe and proper working condition. While opinions vary, preventive boat maintenance should be done annually or every 100 hours of motor running time.

    If you plan to use your boat intensively during the upcoming spring season, it is best to have it serviced beforehand. A boat mechanic check will include inspecting boat systems and equipment like the engine, steering and navigation components, electrical system, fuel system, rig checks and more!

    Waiting until summer is not ideal since any boat-related faults or issues that arise due to a lack of servicing may lead to a breakdown or other potentially hazardous problems on the water. Get your boat ready for spring – service it before you hit the waves!

    How To Have the Best Time on the Water 

    The start of boat season is just around the corner, and it’s important to make sure your boat is in top form for the summer ahead. To make sure your boat is ready for spring, it should be serviced annually.

    This can help you identify any existing problems before they become bigger issues. If your boat hasn’t been serviced recently, then it is a good idea to take it into a mechanic this winter or early spring to have it checked out.

    During a boat service, technicians will inspect electrical systems, engine and fuel systems, check all the hoses on board and test safety equipment. By servicing your boat now, you can ensure that summer doesn’t bring unexpected surprises when you’re out hitting the open water!

    Make sure your boat is ready for the warmer months ahead!

    Signs That You Need Your Boat Serviced

    If you’re itching to get out on the boat and spend some time in nature this spring, there’s no better way to relax than spending a day on the lake! Whether it’s out fishing, catching some sun rays or just having your morning coffee on the boat, it’s always a blissful experience when you make sure you’re ready for your day.

    Make sure you have plenty of snacks, drinks and maybe even a little music to keep the mood light and enjoyable. Don’t forget to bring along some friends too so you can maximize your time and create unforgettable memories as you take in the peaceful scenes around you. Enjoy!

    When Should You Put Your Boat Back in Water

    How can you tell when your boat needs to be serviced? While there are plenty of signs, the biggest indicator is time. Springtime is always a good time to take your boat in for some TLC. Even if you don’t use your boat during the winter months, servicing it during this season will help ensure it’s running smoothly when you need it most.

    Don’t wait for a breakdown – that can be both expensive and dangerous. Watch for things like blinking dashboard lights or engine issues such as unusual vibrations or heat coming from the motor. If you notice any of these problems, take your boat in for service right away to avoid bigger issues down the road.

    With preparation, you can make sure that your boat is ready for spring. Remember to do regular maintenance on the boat parts and make sure that every part of the boat is in good condition before taking it out to the water.

    Check all systems inside the boat and address any problems before they become a major source of concern. Conduct routine checks on the engine and don’t forget to check the fuel, filters, and spark plugs. Make sure to take safety measures seriously when operating the vessel by wearing a life jacket at all times and having safety equipment on board for emergency or medical purposes.

    Lastly, familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations so your boating experience can be enjoyable from start to finish. With these precautions taken care of, you can ensure that you have a successful and safe boating excursion this spring! So don’t delay – get your boat ready for spring today!

    Whether it’s Malibu, Southbay, Axis, Cobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Who Says You Can’t Go Winter Boating?

    Who Says You Can’t Go Winter Boating?

    Winter Boating in Nebraska

    Ah, winter: the time of year when all boats seem to disappear from our lakes and rivers. Or do they? Yes, they do. Just because most people don’t go boating in the winter doesn’t mean that you can’t go winter boating in all of the wintertime’s frigid glory! Although winter usually means Mother Nature has put guardrails up to many outdoor activities here in the Northern Hemisphere, winter boating is still very much an option!

    Nothing compares to the frigid winter breeze, gliding through chilly waters beneath a wintery sky. So why not wrap up (in multiple layers) and get out on the water – even if it’s just for an afternoon; you’ll be sure to create wintery memories guaranteed to bring warmth throughout next summer’s heatwave!

    Why January Is Perfect for Winter Boating

    As it turns out (spoiler alert!), boating during the cold months maybe even more enjoyable than doing it in the summer! Sound outrageous? Well, that’s because it kind of is. But, I’ve been assigned the task of writing this blog, and I’m going to do it! January is actually a great month for getting out on your boat – if you plan ahead and take safety precautions, there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy beautiful days spent sitting on your boat as it sits in a frozen lake.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But, Mr. Blogger, isn’t leaving your boat in the lake over winter bad?” And the answer to that question is yes. It most absolutely is. You really should avoid doing that. In fact, you could call your local marine service center to find out when and where to store your boat properly!

    Frozen dock in winter

    No Winter Boating Adventure is Perfect

    BUT we’ve all made mistakes. You’re in a rush, hurrying to get ready for work, looking for your car keys, and the next thing you know you completely forget to store your boat, and now it’s just stuck out on that frozen lake. Who hasn’t done that!?

    Well, in this article we’ll go over why accidentally leaving your boat in the lake during winter might actually be a great way to make long-lasting memories with your family. Sure, your boat might be ruined, but that’s a small price to pay for…um, actually it’s pretty expensive.

    Boats Can Float On Frozen Water Too

    Boating on ice is the newest trend in boating, and it really takes boating to the next level. Is that true? Maybe. But instead of worrying about what’s trending and being content with just floating along, why not take your boating game up a few notches by daring to venture out on icy waters? It’s called “winter boating,” and it’s all the rage.

    Basically, it’s where you and your family pick a weekend, get on the boat, and sit there as the boat is stuck in ice. Talk about an adventure! Your boating experience wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of slipping and sliding, of course. Just make sure you bundle up; it’s much colder sitting on a boat that’s also sitting on ice! Winter boating isn’t for the faint of heart because, we won’t lie to you, it gets flippin’ cold on a winter boat!

    3 boats on a frozen lake in winter

    Take your family for a winter boating ice plunge!

    Ah, winter boating. It brings a certain delightfully dangerous thrill to the boating experience. Well, why not up the ante a bit? The latest boating trend is sure to make waves; literally! Actually, not literally because the waves are frozen.

    Anyways, step on up and take your family out for an ice plunge! That’s right – jump into a hole in the ice created just for you and that cold winter dip will have you feeling good in no time. Trust me. I’m a blogger. Researchers are even noting strength gains and health benefits from taking a dive in your local winter wonderland.

    A man taking the ice plunge challenge

    What Do The Pseudo Scientists Say About Winter Boating?

    In fact, I’ve heard some pseudo-scientists say how jumping in a frozen body of water will be so horrifically traumatizing it will make you forget all of your life’s problems as you focus on the agonizing pain that is suffocating your body. Just be careful when jumping in an ice hole! Once that plunge is complete make sure you remember where the original opening was so you can climb back out…brrrr!

    Once you’re used to the Winter Cold, you’re fine

    The human body is a magical feat of evolutionary engineering. Not to get too political here, but millions of years have molded our bodies into nearly perfect operating systems. Millions of atoms and neurons and…molecules? Little things inside us all work together in harmonious synchrony just so you can scratch your nose.

    Do you think a little cold water is going to cause this flesh machine to break down? What would your ancestors think? You know, the ones who trudged across the barren plains of Kansas, built a sod house in a blizzard, ate buffalo tongue, and lived to be 39 years old…those ancestors! What would they think of your petty squabbles? 

    a woman taking the ice plunge challenge

    When you’re out on the ice, nobody will bother you

    It’s true. In fact, people will go out of their way to completely stay away from you. Want some privacy? Get that boat out on the frozen lake and enjoy solitude in silence! 

    You won’t use much gas with winter boating!

    What’s the deal with gas prices, am I right!? Holy sea cow (also known as a manatee). The price of fuel is as fickle as my mother’s meatloaf, but there’s one surefire way to escape the unruly ways of the pump: stay put. Don’t move a mechanical muscle!

    As long as that engine ain’t runnin’, your wallet ain’t hurtin’! But what if I want to enjoy my time on the lake and still save money at the gas pump? Well, that’s where boating in winter comes into play, my friends!

    The lake is frozen, so you can’t go anywhere! Which means one thing: you will be very cold. Wait. I mean, you will save money on gas!

    So, what are you waiting for? If life’s been a bit hectic lately, and you forgot to get your boat out of the water this winter, have no fear! There’s plenty you can do on that frozen lake.

    Bloggers Note: If you decide to go winter boating, ice plunging, or swimming in a frozen lake, please do so safely and responsibly. Frozen lakes are nothing to joke around about, even though we just did, so seriously please be safe and responsible out on the lakes whether they are frozen or not.

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • A Boater’s Guide To Surviving Winter

    A Boater’s Guide To Surviving Winter

    Winter can be a depressing time for boaters. After months of fun in the sun, you’re stuck inside, dreaming of warmer days, and the long, cold winter months can be difficult for boaters who have to go without their beloved watercraft when they winterize their boat. 

    This guide will help boat owners like you survive those cold winter months and maintain our sanity. This guide will provide you with some tips for how to make it through winter as a boater, as well as some practical advice on how to maintain and protect your boat throughout this cold season. 

    Embrace Your Inner Landlubber 

    If you’re feeling a little stir-crazy from not being able to take your boat out on the lake, why not embrace your inner landlubber? There are plenty of activities that you can partake in that will help ease the pain of being away from your beloved watercraft. Take up hiking in your local state park or go skiing at one of the nearby ski resorts! Just make sure to bundle up—it might be cold outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! 

    Get Your Boat Ready For Winter Storage 

    It’s important that you properly prepare your boat for winter storage if you want it to come out unscathed when warmer weather rolls around again. First things first—make sure that all fluids are topped off and all onboard electronics are turned off before putting it into storage, and there are plenty of storage options in Nebraska for your boat and boat service.

    Also, be sure to cover any exposed metal components with anti-corrosion spray or wrap them in plastic sheeting so they don’t rust over the winter months with both indoor boat storage and outdoor boat storage. Finally, check for any potential leaks or damage before storing your boat away so that you know what needs to be addressed when spring returns and Omaha boating season is here.  

    boaters-guide-to-surviving-winter-valley-marine

    Opportunities For Winter Maintenance Work

    Winter is the best time to do boat maintenance since you won’t be out on the lake, boating anyway. It’s cheaper than in summer when demand and prices are high. Dry dock boat storage makes repairs and upgrades easier. Doing maintenance in winter can get you excited about boating again when spring arrives. 

    Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Boat

    Before storing any boat for the winter months, it’s important to give it some TLC by performing regular maintenance checks. If possible, have a professional perform an inspection of your engine and all moving parts before putting it away for storage. You will want to have a qualified service center check all fluid levels, grease fittings, and hardware connections throughout the vessel in order to ensure everything is running smoothly when it comes time to take her out again in the springtime. 

    Finally, don’t forget about interior components such as upholstery; these items should be properly cleaned and stored away until next season as well! 

    Keeping Your Boat In the Best Condition 

    Finally, while no one wants their boat sitting idle all winter long it’s important to remember that sometimes rest is necessary in order for anything—including boats—to stay in top condition over time. Take advantage of this downtime by giving your vessel a deep cleaning before putting her away for storage; remove any debris from interior compartments and check all seals for leaks or damage so that she will be ready once again when spring rolls around!  

    Protect Your Boat in Storage

    The last step before putting away your boat is making sure it has proper storage protection such as shrink wrap or tarps designed specifically for boats. This will help keep moisture out while providing some insulation from extreme temperatures both hot and cold. Don’t forget about keeping your trailer in shape too – make sure bearings are greased properly before storing them away as well!  

    It Will Be Okay, The Summer Months Will Return

    Although winter can seem like an eternity for boaters who are itching to get back out onto the water, there are still plenty of ways that they can pass the time until warmer weather returns. From embracing your inner landlubber by participating in outdoor activities like skiing or hiking, preparing your boat for winter storage, or taking advantage of maintenance opportunities while demand is low. 

    You Will Be Back To Boating And Lake Life Soon

    For all of us avid boaters who may feel lost without our trusty vessel by our side, just remember that there’s no shortage of activities that will help us survive the chilly months until spring finally arrives again! So we recommend that you grab a warm drink and cozy up, because as frigid as Nebraska winters might be, we’ll make it through together!

    Valley Marine is happy to help you with any of your winter boat maintenance needs from service to purchase. Prepare for the warmth and lake life to return with our team, who are on standby and ready to get you back on the water fast.

    Resources:

    Boaters Guide To Winter Months

    Options For Winter Boat Storage

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Why Boating in the Fall is the best Season

    Why Boating in the Fall is the best Season

    If you enjoy boating why not try it in the fall and extend your boating season?

    Fall brings with it crisp air, shorter days and colder nights, beautiful fall colors, and fewer crowds on the water. It’s the perfect time to get out on the water and enjoy both the serenity and fall boating activities the season can provide.

    Many people think fall is the best season for boating, due to its peaceful lakes and exciting sailing.

    The weather is near-perfect

    The temperatures are usually mild, providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for boaters. The cool breeze coming off the water can also provide a refreshing break from the warm sun. This makes fall the ideal time for a leisurely boat ride or a day of fishing.

    The scenery is breathtaking

    Fall scenery is stunning, and boating is a great way to enjoy the view. The fall is known for its beautiful foliage, the colors of the trees changing, and is perfect for leaf peeping.

    The view from the water is even more spectacular as the colors are reflected on the surface of the water. Cruising on a lake with a backdrop of colorful autumn leaves can be a beautiful boating experience.

    Fewer crowds

    In fall, there is more space on the water than in summer, allowing for greater exploration and a more peaceful atmosphere. In summer, many lakes and rivers may be full of boats, making it hard to find a peaceful area to stop.

    Better fishing

    Fall is a great time for fishing as the water is cooler, and the fish are more active. In the fall, fish feed more and are more active, making them easier to catch. This is especially true for bass, trout, and salmon.

    The fall fishing season also brings a change in the fish’s behavior. Fish move to shallower waters when the water cools, making them easier to catch by anglers.. This makes it easier to target specific species and increases the chances of a successful fishing trip.

    Affordable

    You can find deals on boat rentals or charters during the fall because it’s considered the off-season for boating. Boating services are cheaper in the fall due to lower demand. Marinas, boat rental places, and fuel docks offer discounts which can help make boating more affordable.

    Renting a boat in autumn is a good way to try out different boats and find the right one before buying. Many rental locations also offer special deals and discounts for repeat customers.

    Great for sailing

    The fall season is a great time for sailing, as the wind is usually more consistent during this time of year. Wind patterns are more stable in the fall, making it easier to plan sailing trips. This can be especially beneficial for sailors who are looking for an enjoyable and successful sailing experience.

    The cooler temperatures in the fall also make for more comfortable sailing conditions. Summer heat can make sailing difficult, but the cooler temperatures of fall make it pleasant to sail for extended periods.

    The fall season also offers an opportunity to sail in different types of weather conditions. The fall storms can provide sailors with more challenging and exciting sailing experiences. It can also be a great time for storm sailing, as the wind is usually more consistent and stronger.

    Safety precautions can be less of a concern

    Boating in the fall is generally safer and more enjoyable due to reduced risk of severe weather.

    Boating during the summer months requires preparation and extra precautions for severe weather, which can make boating less enjoyable. Fall boating is less stressful as weather is more stable, allowing more time to enjoy nature.

    Note: You still need to practice safety by wearing a life jacket, wearing nonslip shoes to avoid falling overboard, having a float plan, stowing a vhf radio and emergency flares, and checking your boat before every trip.

    In conclusion, fall is a wonderful time to spend on the water. The mild weather, breathtaking scenery, and peaceful atmosphere make it an ideal time for boating, fishing, sailing and other water activities. Whether you’re an experienced boater or a beginner, fall boating offers something for everyone.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Exploring the Best Nebraska Marinas

    Exploring the Best Nebraska Marinas


    Located from the rolling hills of the Missouri River to the vast sand hills in the western part of the state, Nebraska marinas offer a safe place for boaters of all levels to dock their boats and enjoy the state’s natural beauty.

    These marinas have staff who are knowledgeable about local boating rules and can give advice on how to safely navigate the waters.

    When boaters need a break, many have restaurants on-site that offer food and drinks.

    And for those who want to make a weekend out of it, many marinas also have RV hookups available.

    Branched Oak Lake

    Branched Oak Lake is a picturesque spot located in the rolling hills of eastern Nebraska. Spanning over 1,800 acres, the lake offers visitors a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities like swimming, camping, fishing and more.

    Branched Oak Marina
    10001 W. Davey Road
    Raymond, NE 68428
    402 783-3311

    Harlan County Lake

    Situated in south central Nebraska, Harlan County Lake is an incredibly scenic destination that’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking to have a day out fishing, kayaking or simply sitting back and admiring the beautiful lake views, this spot has something for everyone.

    North Shore Marina & Campground
    70738 Lake View
    Republican City, Nebraska 68971
    308 799-2315

    Patterson Harbor Marina
    12121 Rd 3
    Republican City, NE 68971
    308 799-4600

    Hugh Butler Lake

    Near the town of Albion in south-central Nebraska is Hugh Butler Lake. This scenic lake spans over 1,200 acres, making it a great spot for fishing, camping, boating, and more.

    Lighthouse Marina & Grill
    N Highway 83
    McCook, NE 69001
    308 345-2292

    Johnson Reservoir

    Johnson Reservoir is a popular recreational spot in central Nebraska. Spanning over 3,300 acres, the reservoir offers fishing, camping, boating and more.

    Captain’s Quarters Marina
    4 Johnson Lake Dr #30
    Johnson Lake, NE 68937
    308 785-2092

    Lake McConaughy

    Lake McConaughy is a stunning lake located in western Nebraska. Spanning over 30,000 acres, this picturesque spot offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities like fishing, camping, swimming and more.

    Big Mac Marina
    302 NE-92
    Lemoyne, NE 69146
    308 726-5598

    Lewis And Clark Lake

    Lewis and Clark Lake is a popular recreational spot in eastern Nebraska. Spanning over 5,300 acres, the lake offers visitors a wealth of activities to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, camping and more.

    Weigand Marina
    54878 897 Rd
    Crofton, NE 68730
    402 388-4169

    Sherman Reservoir

    Sherman Reservoir is a stunning lake located in central Nebraska. Spanning over 8,600 acres, it offers visitors plenty of activities to enjoy — from fishing and swimming to camping and boating.

    Trade Winds Mairina
    1187 Marina Rd.
    Loup City, NE 68853
    308 745-1187

    Swanson Reservoir

    Swanson Reservoir is a beautiful lake located in northeastern Nebraska. Spanning over 4,100 acres, it offers visitors plenty of activities to enjoy — from fishing and swimming to camping and boating.

    Good Life Marina & Restaurant
    36152 Road 44B
    Trenton, NE 69044
    308 334-5268

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • What North American Boaters Need to Know About Zebra Mussels

    What North American Boaters Need to Know About Zebra Mussels

    Boating is a popular pastime in North America, but did you know that a tiny invader known as the zebra mussel can cause big problems for boats and trailers?

    Zebra mussels, also known as Dreissena polymorpha, are small freshwater mussels that were first discovered in the Great Lakes in the 1980s. These mussels have since spread to many other water bodies across the United States, and they can have serious consequences for boaters and the environment. They can cause damage to boats and infrastructure, such as marinas and locks and can also damage engines and cooling systems by clogging water intake systems.

    In this post, we will discuss what zebra mussels are, where they are found, and how they affect boating. We will also cover tips for preventing the spread of zebra mussels and protecting our waterways.

    What are zebra mussels and where are they found?

    Zebra mussels are small freshwater mussels that are typically less than an inch long. They are named for their distinct striped pattern, which can vary from yellow to brown.

    These mussels are filter feeders, meaning they filter tiny particles from the water to feed on. They are native to Eastern Europe and were first discovered in the Great Lakes in the 1980s. Since then, they have spread to many other water bodies across the United States, including rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

    Zebra mussels are known to live in large reproducing populations, and they can quickly colonize new areas.

    How do zebra mussels affect boating?

    Zebra mussels can cause problems for boaters in a number of ways. One of the biggest concerns is that they can clog water intake systems, which can cause damage to boats and infrastructure, such as marinas and locks.

    They can also damage engines and cooling systems by clogging water jackets and raw-water inlets. In addition, zebra mussels can make boating more difficult by creating slippery surfaces on boat ramps and dock pilings.

    Zebra mussels can also have serious ecological effects. They can outcompete native mussels for food and space, and they can alter the food web in ways that are harmful to native species. They can also filter water so efficiently that they can change water clarity and reduce the growth of aquatic plants.

    They can also attach to boats and trailers with byssal threads which can be difficult to remove.

    How to prevent the spread of zebra mussels

    There are several ways to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. One of the most important things boaters can do is to inspect and clean their boats and trailers before moving between bodies of water. This includes removing any visible mussels, as well as draining all water from the boat and equipment.

    Boaters should also take care not to move any mussel-covered rocks or other materials from one body of water to another.

    It is also important to be aware of state and federal regulations related to the transport of watercraft and equipment. Some states have laws that prohibit the transport of watercraft without first being inspected and decontaminated. In addition, many states require boaters to drain their boats and equipment before leaving a body of water.

    Decontamination facilities are available in areas with zebra mussel populations, and boaters should take advantage of these facilities if they are available. These facilities use high-pressure water, hot water, and/or chemicals to remove mussels from boats and trailers.

    Removing Zebra Mussels from Your Boat and Trailer

    If you suspect that your boat or trailer has been contaminated with zebra mussels, it is important to remove them as soon as possible. This is important to prevent the spread of zebra mussels to other water bodies and to avoid the potential damage that they can cause to your boat or trailer.

    One method to remove zebra mussels is to use a stiff brush and hot water. This method works well for removing mussels that are attached to the surface of your boat or trailer. Start by removing as much of the visible mussels as possible using a stiff brush. Next, rinse the boat or trailer with hot water (at least 140°F) to remove any remaining mussels.

    Another way to remove zebra mussels is by using specialized cleaning solutions. There are various cleaning solutions available that are specifically designed to remove zebra mussels. These solutions can be applied to the boat or trailer and left to sit for a certain period of time before rinsing off.

    In closing, it is important for boaters to be aware of the threat that zebra mussels pose and take steps to prevent their spread. By working together, we can protect our waterways from this invasive species and ensure that boating remains a safe and enjoyable activity for all.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service toda

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Fall Maintenance Tips For Boats

    Fall Maintenance Tips For Boats

    The boating season may be coming to an end, but it’s important not to forget about your boat’s maintenance needs before storing it away for the winter. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your boat for the long, cold months ahead, and by following a few key steps, you can ensure that your vessel is ready to hit the water again come spring. 

    This blog will cover all the essential fall maintenance tasks that boat owners should take care of before storing their boats, including cleaning and detailing, engine maintenance, and trailer maintenance.

    Why fall maintenance is important for boats

    It’s important to perform regular maintenance on your boat throughout the year, but the fall is the ideal time to do a deep clean and winterize your vessel. This will help prevent damage from occurring over the winter months, when the boat is not in use. 

    By performing maintenance in the fall, you will be able to start the next boating season with a clean and well-maintained boat, rather than having to spend the first few months of the season catching up on repairs.

    Cleaning and Detailing

    It’s important to thoroughly clean your boat before storing it for the winter to prevent damage from occurring over the long, cold months. This includes washing the hull to remove algae and other debris from the hull, as well as washing the boat’s cover and upholstery.

    To remove algae and other debris from the hull, use a specialty cleaner specifically designed for boat hulls. These cleaners are effective at removing algae and other growths, and they are safe for use on gel coat and other boat surfaces.

    To keep the interior of the boat in good condition, make sure to protect the upholstery from mildew. 

    This can be done by using a mildew-resistant cover, or by cleaning the upholstery with a mildew-fighting solution. Additionally, make sure to check the interior of the boat for any signs of leaks, and repair any leaks before storing the boat for the winter.

    Engine Maintenance

    To winterize the boat’s engine, it’s important to add stabilizer to the fuel tank and change the oil. This will help prevent damage from occurring over the winter months, when the boat is not in use. 

    Additionally, make sure to check the boat motor’s fuel filters and check the fuel line for any leaks or cracks.

    It’s also important to check the boat’s battery before storing it for the winter. Make sure the battery is fully charged and in good working condition. If the battery is not in good working condition, replace it before storing the boat for the winter.

    To properly store the boat’s and other components to prevent damage over the winter, remove the prop shaft from the boat and store it in a dry and protected place. Also, make sure to lubricate the prop shaft with a protective oil to prevent rusting and corrosion.

    Additionally, it is important to check the boat’s transmission fluid and change it if needed.

    Trailer Maintenance

    Before towing the boat to storage, it’s important to check the boat trailer’s tires, brakes, and lights to ensure they are in good working condition. This will ensure that the boat can be safely transported to its storage location.

    To protect the boat trailer from rust and corrosion, clean it thoroughly and apply a protective coating. This will help prevent rust and corrosion from forming on the trailer during the winter months.

    When storing the boat trailer over the winter, make sure to park it in a dry and protected area. It’s also a good idea to use a boat cover to protect the trailer from the elements. 

    Additionally, it’s important to disconnect the boat trailer’s electrical systems and remove the boat’s battery to prevent damage from occurring.

    In this blog post, we have covered all the essential fall maintenance tasks that boat owners should perform before storing their boats for the winter. This includes cleaning and detailing, engine maintenance, and trailer maintenance. By following these tips, boat owners can ensure that their vessels are ready for the next boating season.

    It’s important to remember that fall maintenance is essential for keeping your boat in good working condition. By performing regular maintenance, you can prevent damage from occurring and save yourself costly repairs in the future.

    If you are unsure about any aspect of fall maintenance for your boat, it’s a good idea to contact or hire a professional. They will be able to provide you with more detailed information and help you get your boat ready for the winter. Additionally, if you need more information about fall boat maintenance, you can seek online resources or forums for boating enthusiasts.

    In conclusion, fall is the perfect time to prepare your boat for the winter months. By performing regular maintenance, such as cleaning and detailing, engine maintenance, and trailer maintenance, you can ensure that your boat is in good working condition when the boating season starts again.

    Remember to take the time to check your boat’s electrical power systems, bilge pump, boat cover, life jackets, sump pump, circuit breaker, float switches, and fire extinguishers. 

    Additionally, make sure to change the engine oil and filter, check the prop shaft and transmission fluid, and properly store the boat’s propeller and other components.

    By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your boat is ready for the next boating season and avoid costly repairs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional or seek more information if you need further assistance.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Prepare Your Boat: End of Season Maintenance Checklist

    Prepare Your Boat: End of Season Maintenance Checklist

    Preparing your boat for the end of the boating season is an important task that all boat owners should take seriously. Not only will it ensure your boat is ready when you put your boat on the water again next season, but it will also protect your investment from damage during the winter months.

    In this post, we’ll go over a boat maintenance checklist to help you get your boat ready for storage.

    Cleaning and Detailing

    • Cleaning and detailing your boat is an important step in preparing it for winter storage. A thorough cleaning will remove dirt, grime, and salt that has accumulated during the boating season, and will also protect your boat from further damage.
    • Removing stubborn stains and mildew from your boat can be a difficult task. However, with the right cleaning products and techniques, you can get your boat looking like new again.
    • Once your boat is clean and detailed, it’s a good idea to protect surfaces from future damage. This can be done by applying a protective wax or sealant to the exterior of your boat.

    Mechanical Maintenance

    • Checking the engine and other mechanical systems is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. This includes checking the prop shaft, fuel system, and oil filter, and making sure that everything is in good working order.
    • Winterizing the engine and other mechanical components is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. This includes checking the fuel line, fuel hose, fuel filters, draining the fuel tank, and removing the battery.
    • Changing the oil and filters in your boat engine is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. This will ensure that your engine is running smoothly and is protected from damage during the winter months.

    Electrical Maintenance

    • Inspecting and maintaining the electrical systems on your boat is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. This includes checking the wiring, testing the battery, and ensuring that all electrical components are in good working order.
    • Protecting the battery and other electrical components from damage during the winter is an important step in preparing your boat for storage. This includes removing the battery and storing it in a dry, protected location.
    • Checking and maintaining the boat’s running and navigation lights is important. This includes checking the wiring, testing the lights and replacing any bulbs that are not working. It is also important to ensure that the lights meet the legal requirements for the type of boating you will be doing.

    Trailering and Storage

    • Trailering your boat to and from the storage facility is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. It is important to use the correct hitch, load the boat properly and drive safely.
    • Check the trailer’s tires and brakes, lubricate moving parts, and ensure that the boat is properly secured to the trailer before transportation.
    • Protecting your boat from damage during storage is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. This includes covering the boat and using a moisture absorber to prevent mold and mildew.
    • Before putting the boat in storage, it’s important to check the boat’s cover and canvas for any signs of wear and tear. This includes checking for any rips, tears, or holes, and making sure the cover fits properly. It is also a good idea to clean the cover and canvas and store them in a dry place to prevent mildew or mold.
    • When preparing your boat for winter storage, it’s important to properly store all the equipment and accessories such as life jackets, ropes, anchors and fishing gear. This can prevent damage or loss during storage and make sure that everything is in good working condition next season.
    • Selecting a storage facility that meets your needs is an important step in preparing your boat for winter storage. Consider factors such as location, security, and the facility’s ability to protect your boat from the elements. Check the facility’s rules and regulations, and whether they offer any additional services such as shrink-wrapping or winterization.

    Documentation

    • Check the boat’s registration and make sure it is up-to-date. This will ensure that the boat can be legally transported and stored, and it will also help to avoid any legal issues.
    • Review your boat’s insurance policy and make sure it is up-to-date and covers all the necessary risks. This includes checking the coverage limits, making sure the policy is still valid, and updating any personal information.


    Ultimately, end of season boat maintenance is a crucial task for all boat owners. It not only keeps your boat in good condition for the next boating season but also protects your investment during the winter months.

    It’s important to check and maintain various parts of your boat such as the fuel hose, prop shaft, oil filter, and fire extinguisher. Remember to check for wear and replace any items that need it. By following the boat maintenance checklist provided in this post, you can ensure that your boat is ready to hit the water again next season and you can have peace of mind while boating.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • Zebra Mussels: Understanding the Threat to Boaters

    Zebra Mussels: Understanding the Threat to Boaters

    Zebra mussels are small freshwater mollusks that are native to Russia and Ukraine. They are filter feeders, consuming small particles of food such as plankton, algae, and bacteria. First found in the Great Lakes region in the 1980s, they have now spread throughout the US.

    They are called “zebra mussels” because of the striped pattern on their shells.

    Problems for Boaters

    Boaters are greatly impacted by zebra mussels as they attach themselves to their hulls, engines, docks, pipes, and propellers.. This reduces the efficiency of the boat’s propulsion system and increases fuel consumption, making it more expensive to operate. They can also clog water intake and cooling systems, potentially causing damage to the engine.

    Zebra mussels’ sharp shells can scratch or damage boats and jet skis when travelling in areas with many of them.

    They reproduce quickly, which leads to dense populations on boats, making it hard to remove them without causing damage.

    Environmental Impact

    Zebra mussels are a major threat, as their presence can disrupt the ecosystem of a body of water. They outcompete native species for food and habitat, leading to the decline of aquatic plants and animals.

    As filter feeders, they can consume large amounts of plankton which has a ripple effect on the entire food chain. This leads to a decrease in populations of other aquatic species that rely on plankton as a food source.

    This disruption can have direct implications as fewer fish or plant life may be available for consumption or recreation.

    Prevention Measures

    Boaters should clean and dry their equipment before moving it to another body of water to stop zebra mussels from spreading. This includes the boat hull, propellers, and any other equipment that may come into contact with water.

    Boaters should also look for any visible zebra mussels on their equipment and discard them properly. Additionally, some states may require a boat inspection for zebra mussels before launching in a new body of water.

    Boaters must clean and dry gear, take out any zebra mussels, and be aware of local laws prior to transferring equipment to another waterway to avoid zebra mussels’ spread.

    Removing Zebra Mussels from Your Boat and Trailer

    If you suspect that your boat or trailer has been contaminated with zebra mussels, it is important to remove them as soon as possible. This is important to prevent the spread of zebra mussels to other water bodies and to avoid the potential damage that they can cause to your boat or trailer.

    One method to remove zebra mussels is to use a stiff brush and hot water. This method works well for removing mussels that are attached to the surface of your boat or trailer. Start by removing as much of the visible mussels as possible using a stiff brush. Next, rinse the boat or trailer with hot water (at least 140°F) to remove any remaining mussels.

    Another way to remove zebra mussels is by using specialized cleaning solutions. There are various cleaning solutions available that are specifically designed to remove zebra mussels. These solutions can be applied to the boat or trailer and left to sit for a certain period of time before rinsing off.

    It is important to note that while zebra mussels may seem harmless at first glance, they can have a significant impact on both boater’s experiences and the environment. It is essential to be proactive and take the necessary precautions to prevent their spread.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!

  • 10 Tips For New Boat Owners

    10 Tips For New Boat Owners

    Are you a new boat owner? A first time boat owner? Buying a boat was the first step. Now you’re about to embark on a wonderful journey of discovery and relaxation. 

    But before you set sail on your favorite lake, there are a few things you should know about boat ownership. To ensure that your boating experience is as enjoyable as possible, it’s important to be prepared and informed.

    Here are 10 tips for new boat owners to help you get started:

    Get to know your boat

    Understanding the features and mechanics of your boat is crucial for maintaining its safety and performance. Take the time to learn about the different parts of your boat, such as the engine, steering, and electrical systems.

    Completely familiarize yourself with the operation of your boat which includes:

    • Trailering your boat: Understand the proper way to load, secure, and transport your boat on a trailer. This includes knowing the weight capacity of your trailer and how to properly hitch it to your tow vehicle.
    • Knowing how to properly start and stop the engine, including how to check the oil, fuel, and coolant levels. Understand how to troubleshoot any issues that may arise with the engine and how to properly winterize the engine.
    • Steering and maneuvering your boat: Learn how to safely control and move your boat in different conditions, including how to dock it. Also, learn how to use the trim tabs and adjust the propeller for the best performance.
    • Understanding the functions and operation of all the controls on the boat including the horn, lights, bilge pump, and navigation equipment. Familiarize yourself with the use of the boat’s radio and GPS and learn how to properly use the boat’s safety equipment.
    • Understanding your boat’s capacity, weight, and load limits, as well as the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and maintenance.

    Knowing your boat well will help you spot and fix problems, keeping you and your passengers safe while on the water.

    Choose the right boat insurance policy

    Having insurance for your boat is essential in case of accidents or damage and is one of the costs of owning a boat. Be sure to research different policies and choose one that fits your specific needs.

    Consider factors such as:

    • The type of boat you have
    • How you plan to use your boat
    • The level of coverage you require

    It’s important to understand what is covered under your insurance policy and what is not. Some policies may cover only liability, while others may cover damages to the boat and its equipment. Some policies may also cover medical expenses, in the event of an accident.

    Make sure you understand the insurance policy and choose the right one to suit your needs.

    Understand your state’s boating laws and regulations

    Each state has its own set of rules and regulations for boating. This includes but is not limited to:

    • The laws for boat registration and licensing your boat
    • The laws of holding a valid boating license
    • The rules for safe operation and speed limits
    • The laws against boating under the influence

    It’s important to know and follow the boating laws of the state where you will be operating your boat. This will keep you and your passengers safe and prevent any legal issues while boating.

    Take a boating safety course

    Taking a boating safety course is not only a good idea, but it may also be required in some states. These courses cover important information such as boating safety rules, navigation, and emergency procedures. It’s a great way to gain knowledge and skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

    Additionally, it also helps to get familiarized with the local boating laws and regulations as well as, best boating practices.

    Familiarize yourself with nautical terms

    Boating has its own language, and understanding nautical terms is crucial for communication and navigation.

    Learn terms such as port, starboard, bow, and stern, as well as common navigation terms such as buoy, channel, and lighthouse.

    It’s important to know how to read and use maps for navigation while on the water and to understand the meanings of different flags used on boats.

    Be prepared for bad weather

    Boating in bad weather can be dangerous, so it’s important to be prepared. Make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment on board, such as life jackets, emergency flares, and a VHF radio.

    Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared to head back to shore if conditions become too severe. It’s also important to have a plan in case of an emergency, such as knowing the location of nearby marinas or shelter.

    Being prepared for bad weather can help keep you and your passengers safe on the water.

    Be aware of hazards

    Boating can come with many hazards, such as other boats, rocks, and shallow water. Always be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary precautions to avoid accidents. This includes staying alert, obeying boating laws, and using your navigation equipment correctly.

    It’s also important to be aware of the local hazards, such as currents, tides, and sandbars, which can vary from place to place.

    Check your equipment

    Before you set sail, it’s important to make sure all of your equipment is in good working condition. This includes checking the engine, steering, and electrical systems, as well as all safety equipment. Make sure you have enough fuel and other supplies for your trip, and bring extra supplies in case of emergencies.

    It’s also important to regularly maintain your boat and equipment, to ensure they are in good working condition and to prevent unexpected breakdowns.

    Plan Ahead

    Planning ahead is key to a successful boating experience. Make sure you know your destination, the best routes to get there, and what to expect when you arrive. This includes having a detailed map of the area, knowing the tides and currents, and being aware of any potential hazards.

    Additionally, it is also important to have a plan for unexpected situations, such as mechanical failures or bad weather.

    Boat ownership is a thrilling experience that comes with many responsibilities, but don’t let that intimidate you. By following these tips you’ll be able to handle your boat with confidence and make the most of your boating experience.

    While safety should always be your top priority, don’t forget to have fun and make the most of your time on the water.

    Whether it’s MalibuSouthbayAxisCobalt, or Boston Whaler, Valley Marine is ready to help get your boat in top-notch shape today. Need some help with your boat service? Contact Valley Marine’s award-winning team of marine technicians for in-shop or on-location boat service today!

    THIS IS VALLEY MARINE

    We have all heard that old saying… “You are the company you keep.” In everything we do at Valley Marine, our goal is to be the company you keep. That helpful friend you call with a problem. That place you drop by just to say hello and share a laugh. Our dealership is comprised of an incredible team of people, all boaters ourselves, with a common purpose- to give you, our customer, the very best on water. It’s simple really. The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Thank you for this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Please click on each member of our team to learn a little bit more about who we are and how we got here.

    Integrity. Boating. Company.

    BEST ON THE WATER

    Nebraska’s boating season is too short as it is. The last thing our customers need is to miss out on the precious season while their boat is in for repairs. At Valley Marine we understand this issue. That is why we have a complete service department comprised of six award-winning mechanics to help get you back out on the water as soon as possible.

    Valley Marine is pleased to offer on-site lake service testing for any boat that has been in our shop for repair. We the only dealer in Nebraska to offer this unique service to our customers. For the utmost in customer convenience, Valley Marine even offers a Mobile Service team that can make a “dock call” right to your boat.

    When Nebraska’s precious boating seasons comes to an end, just give us a call. We’ll come pick up your boat and store it inside one of our four spacious storage sheds. Now that’s service!