Rinker Boats Blog http://www.nauticglobalgroup.com/blog-category Information and news about Rinker Boats en-us Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:29 GMT How To Launch & Retrieve Your Bowrider http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/how-to-launch-retrieve-your-bowrider <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Launch__Retrieve_PREVIEW.png" alt="" width="567" height="232" /></p> <p>With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p>Before You Hit The Road&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p>Practice In Peace</p> <p>The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p>Load Before Launching</p> <p>You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p>Play Nice</p> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p>Use Your Crew</p> <p>Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER&nbsp;</p> <p>Put your hands at the&nbsp;bottom&nbsp;of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the&nbsp;trailer&nbsp;to go.</p> <p>Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat&nbsp;almost&nbsp;as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Launch__Retrieve.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pets Ahoy Photo Contest is over -- but now the Judges are Tallying the Results! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/pets-ahoy-photo-contest-is-over-but-now-the-judges-are-tallying-the-results <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Pets_Ahoy_Contest_Header_RK.png" alt="" width="600" height="222" /></p> <p>Spring has sprung! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we launched the Rinker Pets Ahoy Photo Contest during the month of April! The contest is over now, but stay tuned for the results as our judges are busy looking at all of the entries we received!&nbsp;</p> <p>One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Hurricane Gear Store and a full summer of bragging rights!</p> <p>The top 3 photos with the most Facebook votes were handed over to our illustrious panel of judges who will determine the final winner based on these five key criteria: 1) Creativity 2) Inspiring to other boaters&nbsp;3) How well photo depicts boat brand &nbsp;4) Quality of photo 5) Representation of contest theme.</p> <p>Stay tuned- as we will soon reveal the top 3 winners!&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT How To Boat At Night http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/how-to-boat-at-night <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Boat_At_Night_TOP.png" alt="" width="600" height="325" /></p> <p>Believe it or not, this brutal winter will be over before you know it. And that means you'll be out on the water again, doing everything you can to get the most out of every day. One way to do that is to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p>SLOW DOWN</p> <p>Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p>SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p>You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p>NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p>Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p>CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p>Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p>TOP IT OFF</p> <p>It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p>SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p>There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p>KEEP YOUR WITS&nbsp;<br /><br />You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/How_To_Boat_At_Night.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Recognizes Accident-Free Milestone http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-recognizes-accident-free-milestone <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Plant_3_Accident_Milestone.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>Nautic Global Group along with plant three has reason to celebrate! Godfrey Pontoons Plant Manager Dan Finke announces that Plant Three has made it an entire year wihout having an accident.</p> <p>&ldquo;And these guys sure aren&rsquo;t making teddy bears over there,&rdquo; said Finke who has worked for NGG for two years.</p> <p>Plant Three makes metal railing for all Godfrey Pontoons and railing sets for the Hurricane FunDeck series.</p> <p>&ldquo;Plant Three has one of the best teams, and I believe earning this honor is a great accomplishment because they face some of the biggest challenges due to operating high-powered and potentially dangerous equipment,&rdquo; Finke said.</p> <p>Plant Three Supervisor Dave Napier credits the plant&rsquo;s accident-free record to the team atmosphere he creates for all 37 of his employees. &ldquo;Last February we moved into this building as a team and ever since our main focus is safety first every day.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>Group Leader Chad Pontius says, &ldquo;Every morning employees meet to make sure everyone has all the tools to properly and safely do their jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Steve Gingerich, also a group leader said he is proud of all of the employees because they have increased their production by 80% since February 2013. &ldquo;We went from producing 183 railings a day to now 275, and I am proud to say we have increased production without sacrificing safety.&rdquo;</p> <p>NGG Human Resource Director Steve Ott swas among several members of management who recently recognized Plant Three employees for their efforts. Finke is rewarding Plant Three employees by ordering each one of them a jacket with their name and the NGG logo.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Ott says the company record for consecutive accident-free days, (two years, five months and three weeks) is held by our Polar Kraft Plant in Syracuse, IN, which was recognized in 2011, under current Plant Manager Tim Weisser.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Fabrication equipment requires extreme concentration and precision, and the employees that make up Plant Three have set the standard for excellence. Please join us in recognizing all Plant Three employees for their accomplishment.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT How To Anchor Your Boat http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/how-to-anchor-your-boat <p style="text-align: left;">Whether you're a day boater, a dedicated angler or you love the sound of the waves on your hull while overnighting, you need to know how to properly anchor your boat. While there are lots of different special situations to consider, anchoring has a fairly simple set of basic techniques you can master in no time at all. This will mean your boat will stay put while you can focus on swimming kids, hungry bass or getting a good night's sleep even if it's windy or the tide/current is fighting against you. In addition to the tips below, consider using one of the inexpensive smartphone apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anchor-alarm/id304892917?mt=8">Anchor Alarm</a>, which uses your phone or tablet GPS to set your position and alert you if you're drifting out of position.<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Anchor_Your_Boat.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT United Way Recognizes Nautic Global Group Contributions http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/united-way-recognizes-nautic-global-group-contributions <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_United_Way.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" />Thanks to contributions from our incredible employees, the United Way of Elkhart County announced today that Nautic Global Group has earned the honor of being among the Top Ten companies in Elkhart County to contribute to their 2013 donation campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p>This morning, representatives from the United Way of Elkhart County stopped by the NGG corporate office to present a plaque to show their appreciation of the contributions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Steve Ott, Director of Human Resources for Nautic Global Group (pictured), accepted the plaque on behalf of all NGG employees who contribute to the ongoing United Way Campaign, in both Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties. &nbsp;</p> <p>Nautic Global Group contributed $7,500 dollars to the United Way Campaign in combination for both Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties, and employee contributions in both counties brought the grand total to $70,000.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contributions to the United Way will help provide assistance to local families in cases of catastrophic events in their lives. For example, families who have recently lost their homes and possessions will be provided with food, shelter and clothing to get back on their feet. Approximately 200 cancer patients will receive a cancer journal, care and counseling that might not otherwise be provided through convention medical outlets. And close to 3,000 local school children will receive additional assistance to help them succeed in the classroom.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT This Week's Boat Shows Featuring Rinker! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/this-week-s-boat-shows-featuring-rinker <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_290_EC_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" />Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week at boat shows</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Progressive 60th St Louis Boat &amp; Sport Show</a><br />Feb 26, 2014 - Jan 18, 2038</td> <td> <p>America's Center/Edward Jones Dome<br />St Louis, MO</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td><a href="http://www.lewisboat.com/">Lewis Boats</a></td> <td><br /></td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.boatshowdubai.com/" target="_blank">Dubai International Boat Show</a><br />Mar 4-8, 2014</td> <td>Dubai International Marine Club<br />Dubai, United Arab Emirates</td> <td><a href="http://www.aquamarineboatsandyachts.com/index.php">Aquamarine</a></td> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT NGG Hiring 40 Positions At Syracuse Facility http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/ngg-hiring-40-positions-at-syracuse-facility <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/PK_Construction_Pic.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nautic Global Group (NGG) is excited to announce we are continuing to&nbsp;</span>grow! The NGG Human Resource Department will hold open interviews with applicants on Wednesday, March 5. Interested parties must first fill out an online application by visiting <a href="http://nauticglobalgroup.com/content/careers.php">www.NauticGlobalGroup.com</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The open interviews will take place at our&nbsp;</span>Polar Kraft/Parti Kraft&nbsp;production facility located at the 300 East Chicago St. in Syracuse, Indiana, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>NGG &nbsp;has enjoyed several years of growth and is expanding our production capabilities at all three of our facilities to meet retail demand.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company is looking to hire more than 40 people in Syracuse for the following positions:</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Fiberglass specialists (rollers, mold repair, fiberglass repair, choppers, gel coat, grinders, etc.)</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Assembly</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>MIG/TIG welders</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Wire harness builders</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Riveters</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span>Laminators</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;This is a very exciting time for our company, and the team we&rsquo;re building is the most important part of the equation,&rdquo; said VP of Manufacturing Mike O&rsquo;Connell.&nbsp; &ldquo;The industry is growing, our company is growing, and we are seeking talented people who would like to join us.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>The pay range for these open positions varies from $10 per hour to $18.25 per hour and up, depending on experience. 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class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurt Kenning with Energizing Indiana and Bruce Griffey, an Energy Efficiency Representative with AEP, along with David Kline, an AEP local customer service engineer presented NGG with a rebate check for $103,000 today at Nautic Global Group&rsquo;s headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rebate money is from the Energizing Indiana Commercial &amp; Industrial Rebate Program </span><span>that is designed to help Indiana&rsquo;s commercial and industrial facilities achieve long-term, cost-effective energy savings.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nautic Global Group has qualified to receive in total $293,816 in Energizing Indiana rebates since the energy efficient transformation at the NGG facilities started in November of 2013. The company is expected to receive another rebate check, for changes that were made in the two NGG production facilities located in Syracuse, Indiana.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rebate money was awarded to the boating manufacturer for changing close to 1,400 light fixtures and light bulbs in all three of the production facilities to make them more energy efficient. 700 light fixtures were replaced with new more efficient fixtures and bulbs in the Elkhart facility, and 700 more were replaced in Syracuse, Indiana.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brian Oakes, a maintenance technician at all three NGG facilities said this major transformation was completed in two months. 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It&rsquo;s good for NGG and the people who are employed here, for the boating lifestyle, and for the environment."</span><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/NGG_Rebate_Check.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Names New CEO http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-names-new-ceo <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Nautic Global Group (NGG) &mdash; parent company of Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats, and Parti Kraft Pontoons &mdash; today announced that Bradley (Brad) D. Gates has been named as the company&rsquo;s new Chief Executive Officer.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Brad_Gates_Headshot.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p><span>Gates, who brings marketing, customer service and product strategy experience to NGG, succeeds the company&rsquo;s interim CEO James (Jim) R. Malone. Malone will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Gates will join the Board as well. The succession is effective March 3, 2014. </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Following an extensive search process, we are excited to welcome Brad to Nautic Global Group,&rdquo; said Malone. &ldquo;Brad is a proven leader, with skills and experience that are a natural fit with our emphasis on quality and service. His team-oriented and high-energy style, combined with his strong professional background in marketing, customer service, aftermarket parts, and forward-looking product strategy for dealer-distributed manufacturers, will support our focus on execution while also positioning the company strategically as it enters its next phase of growth.&rdquo; </span></p> <p><span>Gates previously served as the President of EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) at Capital Safety Group, a privately owned company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of fall protection safety equipment. In this role, Gates developed strategic plans to drive growth, customer service enhancements, and profitability, successfully turning around the company&rsquo;s EMEA business performance and results. Before joining Capital Safety Group in 2007, Gates progressed through business and marketing roles of increasing responsibility at Minnesota- based The Toro Company, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of professional turf maintenance equipment and services worldwide. Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management and a Master&rsquo;s Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University. </span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;I am honored to have been selected as Nautic Global&rsquo;s new CEO,&rdquo; said Gates. &ldquo;I am excited by the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the company and am committed to its success. I look forward to working closely with the talented senior leadership team and Nautic&nbsp;</span>Global Group&rsquo;s 900-plus employees to further our objectives of manufacturing great boats and selling them through a great dealer network.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>&ldquo;For more than 60 years NGG has established an impressive presence in the global boating industry,&rdquo; Gates continued. &ldquo;I am enthusiastic about joining the team, and I look forward to us continuing to enhance the dealer and customer experience as we grow.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global To Add 70 Manufacturing Jobs http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-to-add-70-manufacturing-jobs <p>If you or someone you know is looking for a great job in southwestern Michigan or northern Indiana (known as Michiana), Nautic Global Group is having open interviews at its Elkhart, Indiana, campus on Tuesday, February 25, from 12:30-3:30pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>The boat builder &mdash; Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Express Cruisers, Captiva &amp; MTX Sport Boats, Godfrey Pontoons (Sanpan, Aqua Patio &amp; Sweetwater), Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Parti Kraft Pontoons &mdash; is hiring 70 manufacturing positions including welders, upholsterers, sewers and fiberglass laminators. While experience is required for welding positions, on-the-job training will be provided for many of the other positions.</p> <p>Jobs are available at NGG's Elkhart and Syracuse, Indiana, facilities. Hourly wages range from $10 per hour to more than $18 per hour depending on experience. Full-time health care benefit packages are also available.</p> <p><span>"These are exciting times for Nautic Global Group, and as the demand for our products increase, we will continue to rely heavily on the strong workforce found throughout Michiana,"&nbsp;</span>said Doug Sexton, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nautic Global Group.</p> <p>For a complete list of open jobs, and <a href="http://nauticglobalgroup.com/content/careers.php">to apply online, please click here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_Job_Collage.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Your New Rinker Gear Is HERE! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/your-new-rinker-gear-is-here <p>If you haven't checked out the all-new Rinker Gear website, you are missing out on tons of new selections! There's even an easy new check-out system.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nauticglobalgear.com/category_s/1821.htm">Just click here to get in gear!&nbsp;</a></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Gear_Screenshot.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Improve Your Docking Technique http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/improve-your-docking-technique <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Dock_Your_Boat.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Is Coming To A Boat Show Near You http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-is-coming-to-a-boat-show-near-you <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_290_EC_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> <p>Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week!&nbsp;</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://detroitboatshow.net/" target="_blank">Detroit Boat Show</a><br />Feb 15-23, 2014</td> <td>Cobo Hall<br />Detroit, MI</td> <td><a href="http://www.krupas.com">Krupa's Boat Mart</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://detroitboatshow.net/" target="_blank">Detroit Boat Show</a><br />Feb 15-23, 2014</td> <td>Cobo Hall<br />Detroit, MI</td> <td><a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com">Hideaway Yacht Cente</a>r</td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.cnravrasyaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Istanbul Eurasia Boat Show</a><br />Feb 15-23, 2014</td> <td>CNR Expo Center<br />Istanbul, Turkey</td> <td><a href="http://www.bluesyachting.com">Blues Yachting</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.theboatshowinspringfield.com/" target="_blank">The Boat Show of Springfield</a><br />Feb 21-23, 2014</td> <td>Illinois State Fairgrounds<br />Springfield, IL</td> <td><a href="http://www.clintonmarine.com">Clinton Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Boat Shows This Weekend! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-shows-this-weekend <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK276BR.png" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></p> <p>Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week...</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.tulsaoatshow.com/" target="_blank">Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show</a><br />Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2014</td> <td>Tulsa State Fairgrounds<br />Tulsa, OK</td> <td><a href="http://www.glmarina.com">Grand Lake Marina</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.tulsaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Tulsa Boat Sport and Travel Show</a><br />Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2014</td> <td>Tulsa State Fairgrounds<br />Tulsa, OK</td> <td><a href="http://www.glmarina.com">Grand Lake Marina</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.iowashows.com/" target="_blank">36th Annual Cedar Rapids Sportshow</a><br />Feb 7-9, 2014</td> <td>Hawkeye Downs Expo Center<br />Cedar Rapids, IA</td> <td><a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Repair</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.columbiaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Columbia Boat Show</a><br />Feb 7-9, 2014</td> <td>State Fairgrounds<br />Coumbia, SC</td> <td><a href="chapinboatcenter.com">M &amp; W Mobile Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Fever Continues Around The Country! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-fever-continues-around-the-country <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK246CC.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Here's where you can find Rinker Boats at boat shows this week...</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.tulsaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Tulsa Boat Sport and Travel Show</a><br />Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2014</td> <td>Tulsa State Fairgrounds<br />Tulsa, OK</td> <td><a href="http://www.grandrivermarine.com">Grand Lake Marina</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.minneapolisboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Progressive Minneapolis Boat Show</a><br />Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2014</td> <td>Minneapolis Convention Center<br />Minneapolis, MN</td> <td><a href="http://www.ericksonmarine.com">Erickson's Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Using Your VHF Radio http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/using-your-vhf-radio <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> 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<!--StartFragment--><span>Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable to you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. Certain frequencies, such as channels 9 and 16, are monitored by the Coast Guard (or other boating law enforcement agency) and, when used properly, a marine radio can be an effective way to communicate with other vessels, along with harbormasters and marinas, for various reasons.</span></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>JA</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> 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Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/How_To_Use_Your_VHF_Radio.png" alt="" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rules Of The Road For Boating http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rules-of-the-road-for-boating <p>No better time to review the "Rules of the Road" for boaters. Suitable for sharing...</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boatings_Rules_Of_the_Road.png" alt="Rinker Boats Rules of the Road" width="600" height="1090" /></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Heading To The Boat Show? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/heading-to-the-boat-show <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/2014_Rinker_Diptic.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Here's where you'll find Rinker Boats this week!&nbsp;</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td>Istanbul Boat Show<br />Dec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014</td> <td>TUYAP FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTER<br />Istanbul, Turkey</td> <td><a href="http://www.bluesyachting.com">Blues Yachting</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/" target="_blank">Boot Dusseldorf Boat Show</a><br />Jan 18-26, 2014</td> <td>Duesseldorf Exhibition Centre<br />Dusseldorf, Germany</td> <td><a href="http://www.augusta-wassersport.com">Augusta Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Louisville Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a><br />Jan 22-26, 2014</td> <td>KY Expo Center<br />Louisville, KY</td> <td><a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com">Arnolds Boats &amp; Motors</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Louisville Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a><br />Jan 22-26, 2014</td> <td>KY Expo Center<br />Louisville, KY</td> <td><a href="fentressmarineinc.com">Fentress Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://marinesource.com/boat_shows/pittsburgh-boat-show.html" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>Monroeville Convention Center<br />Monroeville, PA</td> <td><a href="http://www.fullperformancemarine.com">Full Performance</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com/" target="_blank">San Antonio Boat Show</a><br />Jan 23-26, 2014</td> <td>Alamo Dome<br />San Antonio, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.tulsaoatshow.com/" target="_blank">Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show</a><br />Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2014</td> <td>Tulsa State Fairgrounds<br />Tulsa, OK</td> <td><a href="http://www.grandlake.com/marinas&lrm;">Grand Lake Marina</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.iowashows.com/#!iowa-boat-rv-and-vacation-show/c1s6v" target="_blank">26th Annual Iowa Boat/RV &amp; Vacation Show</a><br />Jan 24-26, 2014</td> <td>UNI Dome<br />Cedar Falls, IA</td> <td><a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Repair</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><br /></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /></td> <td><br /></td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.fargoboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Red River Valley Boat Show</a><br />Jan 24-26, 2014</td> <td>Fargo Dome<br />Fargo, ND</td> <td><a href="fundealer.com">Mc Laughlins RV &amp; Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker 220 MTX Cuddy http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-220-mtx-cuddy <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK220MTX.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Based on the popular open-bow model, the Rinker 220 MTX Cuddy incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function. Consider the removable walk-through transom cushion, which practically beckons you to the huge two-tier swim platform. When you can sit down comfortably on the upper platform to put on and remove your watersports gear, and the lower platform down at water level completely covers the outdrive, you really start to see where beautiful design and smart functionality come together. The spacious forward berth is the perfect spot for overnighting or simply just to provide a cozy and quiet place for the kids to take a nap. If you're in the market for a family cuddy that's loaded with style, comfort and upgraded features, check out the Rinker Captiva 220 MTX CC.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XVSqND4Qzu0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Rinker! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/top-10-reasons-to-buy-a-rinker <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Top_10_Graphic.png" alt="" width="800" height="1609" /></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva 246 Cuddy w/ RLS Package http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-246-cuddy-w-rls-package <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK246CC.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>At just over 26 feet, the Captiva 246 CC is a surprisingly spacious cuddy that's packed with high-quality standard features. Let's start inside the cabin with one thing that folks always notice aboard a Rinker cuddy...there's an incredible amount of headroom...most in its class, in fact. The comfortable V-berth sleeps two adults, and quickly converts to a convenient dinette with table. Brazilwood cabinetry and Corian countertops are absolutely beautiful and there are numerous smart storage areas such as a closet for hanging clothes. Two stylish fabric options suggest a nautical influence while evoking a classic, timeless design. Topsides, you find a variety to seating areas from the comfortable wide captain's chair with flip-up bolster all the way back to an huge sunpad that converts into a four-position aft rumble seat. A walk-through transom provides easy access to the multi-level rear deck with integrated stainless steel boarding ladder. Other key standard features include snap-in carpet, pressurized freshwater sinks, color built-in GPS, trim tabs, and halogen docking lights. The 246 also comes standard with a tandem-axle painted trailer with disc brakes and alloy wheels.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3TcGuucSv1o" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva 236 Bowrider (R-Series Package) http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-236-bowrider-r-series-package <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK236BR.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families. While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you'll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation. Plenty of seating and storage up in the bow (even an optional bow filler cushion to create an oversized sunpad), great watersports details such as a removable transom cushion providing access to the huge integrated swim platform, upgraded Sony marine sound system, and an in-floor gear locker that will hold everything you need for a day on the water. And when you factor in smart optional equipment such as a bow scuff plate, docking lights, LED swim light, and a transom remote for the stereo system, you can really create a boat that will be everything you need for years to come. By maximizing deck space through the integration of some clever design features, the Rinker Captiva 236 BR looks, feels, and handles like a much bigger boat. And that translates into more boat for your money...a classic example of Rinker value.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IjBrvGrtNRg" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker 290 Express Cruiser http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-290-express-cruiser <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_290_EC_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> <p>Show your family and friends the time of their lives with the beautiful and value- packed Rinker 290 Express Cruiser. With a perfect-sized cabin and ergonomically designed cockpit, this cruiser is made for entertaining. As you move through the boat from the transom to the companionway, you'll notice a subtle serpentine flow that feels very organic. The design allows for a nicely integrated cockpit and galley, with easy access to the refreshment center and plenty of counter space. Special attention was given to the angle and rake of the radar arch, which, along with striking upholstery designs and added space for a gelcoat color above the sheerline, contribute to the boat's bold appearance from the water. The open-cockpit style really gives you a functional seating layout and turns the cockpit into a comfortable conversation-pit area with convenient access to the refreshment center, food prep and refrigerator. In addition to a comfortable portside "L" Lounge with a sculpted armrest, the 290 features a reclining rear seat and a beautiful forward deck that accommodates an integrated sunpad. In the cabin, you'll notice best-in-class headroom, a cozy forward stateroom with Brazilwood cabinetry and Corian countertops and numerous smart storage areas such as a closet for hanging clothes. Two stylish fabric options suggest a nautical influence while evoking a classic, timeless design.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YuF33xtkJTY" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker 200 MTX w/ Extreme Package http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-200-mtx-w-extreme-package <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/MTX.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>With cutting-edge design, family-friendly features and an unbelievable value, the Rinker 200 MTX is a great option for watersports fun. Deep cockpits, two-tiered swim platform (safely covering the outdrive), standard walk-through transoms and head-turning designs mean you can check off everything from your "must-have" list and get on the water quickly and easily. From is spacious "pickle fork" bow seating all the way back to the oversized aft sunpad with convenient center walkover, everyone will have a great seat aboard the 200 MTX. A full wrap-around walk-through windshield means you can get started early even on cooler mornings so you can make the most out of every boating season. That's good because the sturdy ski tow eye and swim platform with integrated stainless steel boarding ladder are made for years of watersports fun.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7GBfvkAH_1U" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva 236 Cuddy http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-236-cuddy <p>Building on the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Captiva 236 BR last year, Rinker has introduced a cuddy version, the Captiva 236 CC. With a beautiful profile from the water, the boat features an incredibly roomy forward berth and upgraded touches borrowed from Rinker's express cruiser line such as Corian countertops and Brazilwood cabinetry.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK_236_CC_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="434" /></p> <p>The cockpit features all of the clever innovations from the bowrider version including two hideaway jump seats that stow away neatly into either side of the boat, as well as the Rinker ICE system, which permits easy cooler access through a concealed seat cushion hatch. Also standard on the 236 CC is the wildly popular adjustable rear rumble seat, which folds down neatly to form an oversized sun lounge. As with all Captiva models, this boat also features a flip-up walk-through transom for easy access to the integrated rear swim platform. But perhaps the most head-turning innovation on the 236 CC is a hidden head, tucked away neatly under the forward berth, surrounded on both sides by convenient upholstered seats that fold down to form an oversized mattress.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y6AqJanoeeQ" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva 236 CC Intro At Dusseldorf Boat Show http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-236-cc-intro-at-dusseldorf-boat-show <p class="MsoNormal">If you will be attending the <a href="http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/">Dusseldorf Boat Show</a>&nbsp;this weekend, please join representatives from Rinker as we officially introduce the Rinker Captiva 236 CC (Cuddy Cabin) to the European boating market on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The event will begin at 5pm in Hall 9 (Stand A04.2) and&nbsp;will be hosted by German dealer <a href="http://www.augusta-wassersport.com"><span>Augusta Wassersport</span></a> and Rinker European importer <a href="http://www.uninautic.ch"><span>Uninautic</span></a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We pulled out all the stops when we designed the Rinker Captiva 236 bowrider last year, and everything really came together beyond our expectations,&rdquo; said Rinker Brand Manager Mike Kamaloski. &ldquo;It was only natural that we would consider building a cuddy version of that boat. And when we started hearing the buzz from our International dealer network, we knew we not only had to create a great closed-bow model, but find ways to take both boats up another notch.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> </span><span>Along with a beautiful profile from the water, the 236 CC features an incredibly roomy forward berth and upgraded touches borrowed from Rinker&rsquo;s express cruiser line such as Corian countertops and Brazilwood cabinetry. The cockpit features all of the clever innovations from the bowrider version including two hideaway jump seats that stow away neatly into either side of the boat, as well as the Rinker ICE system, which permits easy cooler access through a concealed seat cushion hatch. <br /> <br /> Also standard on the 236 CC is the wildly popular adjustable rear rumble seat, which folds down neatly to form an oversi</span>zed sun lounge. As with all Captiva models, this boat also features a flip-up walk-through transom for easy access to the integrated rear swim platform. 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And when you consider the quality and value built into the Rinker brand, we expect this cuddy to be another success.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2014-01-15_at_11.16.28_AM.png" alt="" width="576" height="672" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boat Shows March On! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boat-shows-march-on <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK_236_CC_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="434" /></p> <p>Here's where you can find Rinker Boats this week!</p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Show</th><th>Location</th><th>Dealers</th><th>Brands</th> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td>Istanbul Boat Show<br />Dec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014</td> <td>TUYAP FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTER<br />Istanbul, Turkey</td> <td><a href="http://www.bluesyachting.com">Blues Yachting</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.chicagoboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Boat, Sports &amp; RV Show</a><br />Jan 16-20, 2014</td> <td>McCormick Place<br />Chicago IL</td> <td><a href="http://www.basasmarine.com">Basa's Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.iowashows.com/#!quad-city-boat--vacation-show/c1a3n" target="_blank">Quad Cities Boat &amp; Vacation Show</a><br />Jan 17-19, 2014</td> <td>River Center<br />Davenport,IA</td> <td><a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boats</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/" target="_blank">Boot Dusseldorf Boat Show</a><br />Jan 18-26, 2014</td> <td>Duesseldorf Exhibition Centre<br />Dusseldorf, Germany</td> <td><a href="http://www.augusta-wassersport.com">Augusta Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Express Cruiser Series http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-express-cruiser-series <p>When it comes to outstanding performance, first-class accommodations and undisputed value, your search for the perfect Express Cruiser will always end with Rinker. In fact, you could say that Rinkers offer the most appealing contradictions on the water &mdash; performance and luxury; seductive and sensible, comfortable and functional &mdash; you get the idea. Blending timeless style with smart, modern design, you simply will not find a better cruiser under 40 feet, whether you're enamored by the big-water beauty of the 360 Express Cruiser, the spacious-yet-trailerable 260 Express Cruiser or the latest addition to the fleet &mdash; the spectacular 290 Express Cruiser.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BQTwqy3KFFc" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker At Boat Shows! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-at-boat-shows <p>Where in the world is Rinker this week? Glad you asked!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK_236_CC_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="434" /></p> <table id="boat-show-table" class="full-width" border="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td><a href="http://www.boatshow.com.tr">Istanbul Boat Show</a><br />Dec 31, 1969 - Feb 23, 2014</td> <td>FAIR CONVENTION AND CONGRESS CENTER<br />Istanbul, Turkey</td> <td><a href="http://www.bluesyachting.com">Blues Yachting</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.houstonboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Houston International Boat Show</a><br />Jan 3-12, 2014</td> <td>Reliant Center<br />Houston, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.rinkersboatworld.com">Rinker's Boat World</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.atlantaboatshow.com/" target="_blank">Atlanta Boat Show</a><br />Jan 9-12, 2014</td> <td>World Congress Center<br />Atlanta, GA</td> <td><a href="http://www.baymarineboats.com">Bay Marine</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com/" target="_blank">Omaha Boat,Sport &amp; Travel Show</a><br />Jan 9-12, 2014</td> <td>Century Link Center<br />Omaha, NE</td> <td><a href="http://www.beaverlakemarina.com">Beaver Lake Marina</a></td> <td>Rinker</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td><a class="boat-show-link" href="http://www.bellcountyexpo.com/" target="_blank">Central Texas Marine Association Boat Show</a><br />Jan 10-12, 2014</td> <td>Bell County Expo<br />Belton, TX</td> <td><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ</a><br /><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva & MTX Sport Boats http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-mtx-sport-boats <p>From the classic-yet-modern Captiva bowriders and cuddies to the innovative MTX Series, Rinker Sport Boats range from 18 feet all the way up to nearly 31 feet and really do offer something for everyone.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SPKthBwmqvg" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Whether you're a day boater looking for a stylish-yet-practical bowrider, you prefer the versatility of a fish and ski, or you dream about overnighting on a cuddy, every Rinker Captiva will inspire you to new adventures on the water. You can also take your Rinker up a notch by adding the R Series watersports package (featuring folding towers, watersports mirrors and dazzling graphics) or the Rinker Luxury Sport (RLS) Package with exclusive colors and flooring options and duo-tone upholstery.<br /><br />And if you're looking for wild watersports action and a smart alternative to expensive inboards, the MTX Series is made for you. Easily recognized by its distinctive "pickle fork" bow design, the 200 and 220 MTX models are the way to go if you like the idea of venturing outside the mainstream. With head-turning graphics, clever seating options, and watersports-inspired features like wake towers and pumped-up stereo systems, the MTX and MTX Extreme models are all about attitude.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Creating A Boat Show Game Plan http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/creating-a-boat-show-game-plan <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you&rsquo;re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door of the boat show with confidence.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Game_Plan.png" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>1) Start early</strong>.</span> That&rsquo;s all part of the fun, isn&rsquo;t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you spend thinking about how you&rsquo;ll use your boat, the more time you spend comparing features, and the more time you arm yourself with research, the more confident and focused you will be on the boat show floor.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>2) Ask around</strong>. </span>To say that boaters like to talk about their boat&nbsp; is the understatement of all time. If you got into boating through family or friends, start there. Ask about the amenities they use on their boat and the ones they could live without. You&rsquo;ll find all kinds of information about gas mileage, top speed and other &ldquo;specs.&rdquo; Once you get past all that, however, it comes down to how happy other folks seem with their purchase.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">3) Make a list.</span></strong> It can be something as simple as a sticky note or as detailed as a notebook. You&rsquo;ll soon discover that list is getting pretty long. Enclosed head, swim platform, space for a cooler, full galley, oversized sunpad, top-of the-line stereo, etc. Now, once you have your list together, start organizing into &ldquo;must-haves,&rdquo; &ldquo;would-be-nice,&rdquo; and &ldquo;don&rsquo;t really need.&rdquo; This will help you really wind up happy with your boat, rather than jumping at a &ldquo;good deal&rdquo; in the heat of the moment.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>4) Climb aboard</strong>.</span> You&rsquo;d be surprised at how many folks are too intimidated to really give a boat a thorough inspection at a boat show. You should feel welcome to spend some time acquainting yourself with the boat you&rsquo;re about to buy. Sit in all the seats, not just the helm. Is the backrest at a comfortable angle? Open the cabinet doors. Do they open and close securely. Does the boat feel solid?&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>5) Remember there are no dumb questions</strong>. </span>Repeat, there are no dumb questions. If you&rsquo;ve gone through these first four steps and you&rsquo;re still confused about something, just ask! The dealership has an entire team of people at the show. A reputable dealer will want you to be just as confident about your purchase as you walk out the door as you were when you walked in.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Get Prepped For Your Local Boat Show! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/get-prepped-for-your-local-boat-show <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Montage.png" alt="" width="720" height="720" /><br /><br />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show.&nbsp;</p> <p>To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Choosing A Great Boat Dealer http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/choosing-a-great-boat-dealer <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p>Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a&nbsp;<br />car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them?&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay.&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water.&nbsp;<br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/2014_Rinker_Diptic.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Why Are Boaters So Superstitious? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/why-are-boaters-so-superstitious <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. Well, we've got a storied history that goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Thinking About A New Boat? Consider Pre-Show Purchase http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/thinking-about-a-new-boat-consider-pre-show-purchase <p>We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Thinking about a new boat? Think December!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_290_EC_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Find The Perfect Gift AND Sleep In On Black Friday http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/find-the-perfect-gift-and-sleep-in-on-black-friday <p>If you're one of the frantic holiday shoppers that rises at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving, here's an idea that will guarantee you find the perfect gift for everythone on your list AND be able to sleep like a baby on Black Friday. Just head to the all-new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nauticglobalgear.com/">Nautlc Global Group Gear Store</a>&nbsp;for a great selection of goodies from Rinker Boats. You'll find stylish new merchandise from t-shirts to hats and hoodies so folks in cooler climates can keep the fire burning through the fall and winter. Now the only reason you have to set the alarm the day after Thanksgiving is to enjoy the comfort of your warm bed and bask in a decision well-made for a few seconds before drifting back off to sleep. Now THAT'S a holiday weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NGG_Gear_Screen_Shot.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Is America's Longest-Running Boat Brand! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-is-america-s-longest-running-boat-brand <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/2014_Rinker_Diptic.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p>As the oldest American boat brand in continuous production, the Rinker Boat Company has quite a story to tell. From our humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker&rsquo;s workshop on the White River in Indiana to today when we&rsquo;re exporting boats to more than 40 countries, we build with pride, craftsmanship and the desire to be the best value in the industry.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_History_1.png" alt="" width="216" height="136" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">At the request of many of our loyal customers and dealers across the country and around the globe, here&rsquo;s a look back at some of the Rinker Boat Company milestones through the years. We are proud to remain true to our Midwestern heritage, and we are thankful for all of our Rinker owners throughout the years who have chosen to share some of their family&rsquo;s most treasured memories with us.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; In the 1930s, dairy farmer Lossie &ldquo;L.E.&rdquo; Rinker starts building fishing &shy;&mdash; and, later, racing boats &mdash;out of his workshop on the White River in Indiana. His sons, Jan and John, soon joined their father to build and race their own boats. After serving their country during the Korean War, the boys returned to Indiana to resume their boat-building careers, eventually founding the company Rinkerbuilt in Syracuse, Indiana. Rinkers are still built in Syracuse today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; In 1945, the company&rsquo;s first racing brand called&nbsp;<em>Famous Craft&nbsp;</em>is born.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_3.1.png" alt="" width="216" height="87" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; In 1958, Rinkerbuilt introduces fiberglass in the manufacturing process &ndash; long before most competitors &mdash; along with innovations such as multiple gelcoat colors and back-to-back seating.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&bull; A classic 1968 Rinkerbuilt brochure of the ROAMER 16. Also in 1968, Rinkerbuilt goes international, shipping 14 boats to Sweden.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Throughout the 1970s, Rinkerbuilt rolls out new runabout designs. The signature 20-degree Deep-V runabout hulls grow to 20 feet.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; The most popular of all 1970-era designs is the 15- &amp; 17-foot tri-hull. Every fiberglass manufacturer had a tri-hull, and Rinkerbuilt was one of the first! The boats were offered with both outboard and the new automotive-inspired inboard/outboard.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_History_4.png" alt="" width="216" height="114" /></p> <p>&nbsp;&bull; The 1980s bring a new name (&ldquo;built&rdquo; is dropped as the suffix), new logo, and new designs, as the now-40-year old company continues to grow. The first Rinker Fiesta Vee 255 Cruiser is introduced in 1988, which establishes Rinker as a cruiser builder.</p> <p>&nbsp;&bull; Rinker turns 50 years old in 1995, and the Rinker Fiesta Vee line includes some of the most popular express cruisers in the world. The Rinker Captiva line is expanded and some models, such as the Captiva 232 and 236 become popular &ldquo;go-fast&rdquo; boats with big-block motors and exhilarating performance.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Nautic Global Group becomes the parent company of Rinker in 2005, providing the capital, purchasing power and manufacturing efficiencies to take the company into the future. An entirely new generation of cruisers is introduced, and Rinker becomes the first sterndrive boat builder to offer a wake tower and watersports packages on its sportboats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; In 2012, Rinker continues to roll out the next generation of Captiva Sportboats and Express Cruisers. Beginning with the Captiva 216 bowrider in 2011 and now with the incredible all-new Rinker 290 Express Cruiser, you see more innovative designs and a renewed focus on offering the unquestioned best-value and highest quality in the industry.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Throughout the years, Rinker has always had focused on performance, rugged construction, and giving you the best value on the water. Here&rsquo;s to another 67 years of pursuing our dream of helping you enjoy the precious time you have with your family on the water. From our family to yours&hellip;thank you.</p> <div></div> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Qatar Dealership Welcomes Rinker To Luxury Lineup! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/qatar-dealership-welcomes-rinker-to-luxury-lineup <p>Rinker Boats is quickly becoming a well-respected international brand, with boats being exported to dozens of countries including&nbsp;<span>Switzerland, Netherlands, Cyprus, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, China, Egypt, Bulgaria, Jordan, Dubai, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungry, Montenegro, Singapore, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia, and New Zealand.</span></p> <p>One Rinker's key dealers in the Middle East is&nbsp;<span><a href="http://www.alfardan.com.qa/alfardan-marine-services/">Alfardan Marine Services Company</a>, established in 2005 to primarily serve Qatar&rsquo;s marine industry and uphold the Alfardan Group&rsquo;s reputation for carrying premium luxury brands and offering superior customer care.</span></p> <p>Pictured is Naim of Alfardan Marine Services, with some shots from the dealership including a Rinker Captiva 246 docked in front of the Doha, Qatar, skyline and a custom-painted Mercury outboard inspired by Harley-Davidson.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Qatar_Pic_2.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Qatar_Pic_1.png" alt="" width="600" height="600" /></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Features Rinker! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-features-rinker <p>It's going to be a beautiful weekend in the Garden State, so come on out an enjoy the<a href="http://www.acinwaterboatshow.com/html/list.html">&nbsp;Atlantic City In-Water Boat Show</a>! Our friends from&nbsp;<a href="http://stoneharbormarina.com/">Stone Harbor Marina</a>&nbsp;will be featuring a selection of Rinker Boats through Sunday at Farley State Marina next to the Golden Nugget Casino.</p> <div><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Stitch.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></div> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Honors Top Dealer for 2013 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-honors-top-dealer-for-2013 <p>Nautic Global Group, parent company of Rinker Boats, recently recognized Rinker's top worldwide dealer for model year 2013,&nbsp;<strong><span><a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/">Hideaway Harbor Yacht Sales</a></span></strong><span> in Harrison Township, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hideaway_1.png" alt="" width="432" height="288" /></p> <p><span>Brothers Rick and Rob Velger are part of a family that's been in the boating business since the late 1800s when their relatives began selling aluminum boats and bait on the Detroit River.</span></p> <p><span>Friendly service and competitive rates sets Hideaway apart.&nbsp;</span>The Hideaway Harbor Marina has 110 slips and 90 yearly (summer-only) rack storage spaces available.</p> <p>This is the third consecutive year Hideaway has been named the top Rinker dealer in the world. 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mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:JA;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Building on the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the Captiva 236 BR last year, Rinker has introduced a cuddy version, the Captiva 236 CC. With a beautiful profile from the water, the boat features an incredibly roomy forward berth and upgraded touches borrowed from Rinker&rsquo;s express cruiser line such as Corian countertops and Brazilwood cabinetry. The cockpit features all of the clever innovations from the bowrider version including two hideaway jump seats that stow away neatly into either side of the boat, as well as the Rinker ICE system, which permits easy cooler access through a concealed seat cushion hatch. Also standard on the 236 CC is the wildly popular adjustable rear rumble seat, which folds down neatly to form an oversized sun lounge. As with all Captiva models, this boat also features a flip-up walk-through transom for easy access to the integrated rear swim platform. But perhaps the most head-turning innovation on the 236 CC is a hidden head, tucked away neatly under the forward berth, surrounded on both sides by convenient upholstered seats that fold down to form an oversized mattress.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RK_236_CC_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="434" /></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Don't Fear The Trim Tab Button...It's Here To Help http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/don-t-fear-the-trim-tab-button-it-s-here-to-help <p class="MsoNormal">There&rsquo;s probably no more misunderstood accessory on your boat than the trim tab. New boaters, especially, are reluctant to start flipping switches they don&rsquo;t completely recognize for fear of some imagined catastrophic result. Or, they the press the button, nothing appears to happen, and the switch is ignored from that point forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_310_Running.png" alt="" width="360" height="299" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see trim tabs are one of those features on a boat that you never really knew you needed. That is until you climbed aboard your buddy&rsquo;s boat and felt the instantly smoother ride, the crisp handling and the near elimination of bow rise when the trim tabs were properly engaged. Wow, what a difference!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, fear the switch no longer. Here are some tips for using trim tabs to help improve your ride. And, if you&rsquo;re already a trim tab master, you may want to share this to help the uninitiated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>What Are The Benefits of Trim Tabs?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trim tabs allow you to adjust the ride of your boat, independent of the motor&rsquo;s outdrive. This means they effectively help keep the bow down, permitting you to have superior on-plane performance at slower speeds. They can also provide much greater visibility for the captain by keeping the bow down at reduced speeds. Ride comfort is also improved because of the ability to adjust both forward and aft as well as side to side to handle any water condition.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>How Do Trim Tabs Work?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trim tabs are installed low and wide on the transom, next to the hull bottom (planing surface). They work by altering the path of water passing under them while the boat is underway. When adjusted downward, they provide lift, thereby raising the stern and lowering the bow. Remember that the faster the boat speed, the greater the effect of trim tab adjustment. In other words, you need more adjustment at slower speeds to get your desired result. One thing trim tabs can&rsquo;t do very well, however, is help to keep the bow up, which can be needed when there&rsquo;s a big, following sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>How Do I Operate My Trim Tabs?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Generally you&rsquo;ll have a pair of rocker- or toggle-style switches mounted within easy reach of the helm. When making adjustments while underway, use short &ldquo;bursts&rdquo; of just a second or two. By keeping the adjustments short, you will have time to feel what affect it had on your boat&rsquo;s ride. There will be a delay after you make the correction, so give it a few seconds to see how it feels. The switches can be operated independently so you can apply more trim to one side than the other. This can really be a big help in confused seas. You work the switches the same way a pilot guides an airplane. Push forward/up to ease the bow down, and push backward/down to get the bow up.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>A Word About Power Trim</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even if your boat has a button called &ldquo;power trim,&rdquo; don&rsquo;t mistake that for trim tabs. Power trim refers to the remote adjustments you can make on your outdrive to provide fore and aft trim adjustments (bow up or bow down). Trim tabs can help correct side-to-side adjustments (heeling or leaning) and are more efficient at encouraging your bow to trim down, such as when taking off before you reach plane. The best bet is to use both power trim and trim tabs to dial in your maximum performance for your given conditions.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Check Out The Rinker Captiva 216! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/check-out-the-rinker-captiva-216 <p>With a fresh new design from the hull up, the Rinker Captiva 216 is a beautiful combination of form and function.Featuring a surprisingly wide bow area, this boat sports the two things you can never get enough of: seating and storage Please join Captain Steve for a tour of this new bowrider that signals a new wave of Rinker designs.</p> <div><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_216_BR_lifestyle.png" alt="" width="144" height="76" /></div> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o2eHAVyLAdE"></iframe></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Models Needed For Rinker Photo Shoot! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/models-needed-for-rinker-photo-shoot <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-30_at_5.05.44_PM.png" alt="" width="432" height="192" /></p> <p>Attention Rinker fans! The next Rinker Photo Shoot will take place in two locations during the month of August. We're looking for models of all ages for both morning and evening sessions to feature swimwear &amp; watersports gear aboard a variety of boat types. This is your chance to be featured in the next Rinker catalog and boating publications around the world!</p> <p>The first photo shoot is Aug. 18-20 on Lake St. Clair near Harrison Township, Michigan, north of Detroit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second photo shoot is Aug. 21-30 on Lake Wawasee near Syracuse, Indiana, between South Bend &amp; Fort Wayne.&nbsp;</p> <p>For details on this twice-in-a-lifetime adventure, just shoot an email to Rachael (rrussell@nauticglobalgroup), and she will get more information from you. Hope to see you out on the water!</p> <div><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-30_at_5.12.21_PM.png" alt="" width="432" height="269" /></div> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT GPS Has Changed Navigation...Here's How It Works http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/gps-has-changed-navigation-here-s-how-it-works <p>By now, you&rsquo;ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you&rsquo;ve got a smartphone, you&rsquo;ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_360_EC.png" alt="" width="216" height="97" />From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal &ldquo;landmark&rdquo; navigation, through the complicated process of &ldquo;dead reckoning&rdquo; using a compass, ship&rsquo;s speed and the hope you&rsquo;ll get close, it wasn&rsquo;t until we looked to the sky that our position was something more than a guess. While celestial navigation wasn&rsquo;t exactly foolproof (not much help during the day or on cloudy evenings), a clear night sky and a sextant were definitely a huge step forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The technology we know today as GPS began as land-based radio signaling (some are still used today) and position was calculated by determining how far the boat is away from a known source signal. Now, of course, we use primarily satellite-based, high-frequency signaling and new receivers that are easy-to-use and extremely accurate.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So now, no matter where you are in the world (assuming you can get a signal) your course and position data is right in front of you and usually right on the money. This makes it easy and convenient to calculate your proximity to land, other vessels and approaching weather. For recreational boaters, this has provided a new level of comfort and security when underway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s amazing, really. There are satellites orbiting the Earth, constantly transmitting signals that contain position and time information. All your GPS has to do is grab a few of those signals and make an quick calculation to determine the differences between those signals (the same way old-school mariners &ldquo;triangulate&rdquo; their position using a known fixed point like a lighthouse) and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a spot on the map you can trust. And because the information is continuously updated, you can see an accurate heading, along with your speed and, sometimes most importantly, where you&rsquo;ve been.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, all GPS systems work a little differently, and all have their own bells and whistles, but they all essentially work the same way and provide the same basic information. Generally, you&rsquo;ll have some sort of graphic display to see your location, and many, especially a GPS that&rsquo;s designed for boaters, will offer a charting feature to put your location in context with your surroundings. They come in different shapes and sizes from handheld to fixed-mount but, again, the basic functionality is the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One feature you want to make sure you master before hitting the water is the Waypoint function. This can be as basic as marking your point of departure (usually &ldquo;Home&rdquo;) and giving your self a virtual crumb trail back to port. Or you can program in a few stops you want to make during the day, which helps you determine when you&rsquo;ll arrive at, say, a dockside restaurant for lunch. Fisherman can also mark their favorite &ldquo;honey holes&rdquo; so they&rsquo;re easy to find the next time out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While GPS systems won&rsquo;t completely eliminate the need for more traditional charts (they&rsquo;re not much good if your electrical system fails), they have made it easier for boaters to get more adventurous and confident out on the water.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Naming Your Boat Is Serious Business...Seas The Day! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/naming-your-boat-is-serious-business-seas-the-day <p>When your new boat arrives, remember it comes with an enormous responsibility &mdash; you will need to choose a boat name!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2013-07-24_at_8.50.46_AM.png" alt="" width="166" height="353" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Okay, maybe it&rsquo;s not SUCH a big burden, but lots of folks feel pressure to come up with the latest, greatest boat- or water-related turn of phrase to dazzle the rest of the marina with their cleverness. It&rsquo;s for those people, we&rsquo;ve come up with a few pointers to help you narrow down the choices.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As you can see by this list of last year&rsquo;s top boat names (compiled by our friends at Boat U.S.) the most popular ideas are puns of one kind or another. In fact, one could argue that the boat name is the last acceptable bastion of the cheesy pun. That&rsquo;s something us boaters take pride in, after all. And whether it&rsquo;s your personal style or not, you&rsquo;ve got to admit that a funny boat pun will put a smile on your face.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, in the spirit of the adventurous boaters who came before us, let&rsquo;s turn the wheel toward well-charted territory and see if we can navigate the confused seas before us. According to our extensive research (really just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.boatus.com/boatgraphics/names_top10.asp">one page</a>&nbsp;that has all the annual top 10 boat names since 1991), there are a handful of categories that can help you narrow down your search.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Partying</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One name, above all others, has dominated the last decade of boat names: Aquaholic. While booze and boat operation do NOT mix, apparently booze puns and boat names blend just fine. Some of the other classics along these lines include On The Rocks, Happy Hours (or the variation Happy Ours), Southern Comfort, Shaken Not Stirred, Beeracuda, and Comfortably Numb. Be aware that any of these could lead to more than your fair share of visits from local boating law enforcement!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Attitude</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Getting sassy on the high seas is a well-established method of boat naming. Just ask the folks aboard Mojo, Damifino, Life Is Good, Sea Ya, Miss Behavin&rsquo;, Nauti Buoy, Blew ByYou, Footloose, Liquid Asset, What&rsquo;s Up Dock, Bow Down, and Trim This.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Language</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Meaning something to the effect of &ldquo;let&rsquo;s go&rdquo; in Italian, the name Andiamo was pretty hot back in 2010. Also making the non-English greatest hits are Ohana, a Hawaiian term which emphasizes the importance of family ties; Carpe Diem (plus its Anglicized pun, Seas The Day); and another Italian phrase La Belle Vita, which can be used to mean &ldquo;the beautiful life&rdquo; or, more ironically, &ldquo;someone who only thinks about having fun.&rdquo; Of course, you have to give careful consideration to this last phrase because rumor has it that Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan now has it tattooed somewhere on her person. Clearly, Ms. Lohan leans toward the latter definition.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Relaxation/Therapy<br /></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the best things about boating, of course, is the ability to get away from it and just unplug from &ldquo;real&rdquo; life (or Reel Life or Reel Time). And along those lines, there is a legacy of boat names that attempt to capture that feeling. Out on the water, you see lots of names like Solitude, Escape, AWOL, Freedom, Island Time, Diversion, No Worries, Mental Floss, Lazy Daze, Summer Wind, Amazing Grace, Liberty, Wanderlust, Dream Weaver, and Therapy (or the like-minded pun Hydrotherapy). Of course, if things have gone too far, you can always choose a classic like Luna Sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pop Culture</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Lots of good material to be found here. Movies, TV shows, music&hellip;you name it. Literally. Just think about these classic pop-culture references such as Licensed to Chill (with grateful nods to both James Bond and The Beastie Boys), Captain Hook, Hakuna Matata, Black Pearl, and Serenity Now (with a humble nod to Frank Costanza).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Mythology</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Top names here include Pegasus (a flying horse sired by king of the sea Poseidon), Boreas (Greek god of the North Wind), Notus (South Wind), Eurus (East Wind), and Zephyr (West Wind). Another popular choice is Odyssey. Hey, thanks Homer!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Money</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">These days, it seems like there are fewer and fewer money references on the back of the boat, but in certain circumstances, it may be the right move. For instance, if you&rsquo;re buying your boat on the winnings from your recent Mega-Millions quick pick, Whole Lotto Fun, would have to make your short list. And if your not-so-lucky poker buddies lost enough to you for a decent down payment, it may be tough to resist Dough Buoy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Water</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s hard to resist the urge to sing the praises of the open water when naming your boat. So it's okay if you&rsquo;re leaning toward Splish Splash, Fantasea, Seaduction, Sea Breeze, Tide Runner, and Sea Spirit. And, have mercy, you just know there is one boater/American Idol fan out there somewhere who&rsquo;s at the helm of Ryan Sea Quest. Clear skies, friend. Clear skies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Family</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just to get serious for a minute. Is there anything more important than your family? Of course not. You can&rsquo;t ever go wrong with a tribute to your lovely wife or your wonderful kids. You will be spending the best quality time with your family aboard your boat, after all. Why not celebrate your time on the water by naming your boat after the most important people in your life?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There you go. You&rsquo;ve got a good start on your boat-naming quest. Remember, this should be FUN. When it becomes work, you&rsquo;ve gone too far.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT New To Watersports? Here's What You Need To Know http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/new-to-watersports-here-s-what-you-need-to-know <p>As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you&rsquo;ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment&hellip;some familiar and some not so familiar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these activities.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Shoe_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="430" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tubing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nothing puts a smile on the face of a kid like the freedom found clinging tightly to an inflatable tube as it skitters across the water. Although they come in a huge variety of styles, the basic idea is pretty simple. A bladder made of flexible PVC is inflated with air, and the tube is attached to a nylon towrope, which is then attached to a boat. The rider (or riders) then sits or kneels inside the tube or holds on to handles attached to the surface of the tube. One of the appealing things about tubing is that the boat driver has plenty of control over the experience the riders will have. Slower speeds and a straight track will be great for even the most timid children, while higher speeds and sharper turns add more thrill to the ride. For the best (and safest) ride, always make sure the tube is properly inflated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeboarding involves riding a fiberglass board over the surface of the water with your feet tightly anchored to the surface with a binding. You hold the handle of a ski rope (usually attached to a wake tower &ldquo;pull point&rdquo; that&rsquo;s about 7 feet from the water&rsquo;s surface) and criss-cross the wake wave at around 18-24 miles per hour. Enthusiasts can launch themselves into the air or perform a number of exciting tricks. Beginners who try these maneuvers will quickly learn what the term &ldquo;face plant&rdquo; means.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeskating</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeskating is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from wood or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, (similar to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable wipeouts. Riders usually wear grip shoes while riding behind the boat at 16&ndash;20 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider and their proficiency in the sport.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Maddie_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="242" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Kneeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s gone by a number of different names over its 40-year history (Knee Ski, Glide Slide and Hydroslide were pioneering styles), but no matter what you call it, kneeboarding is a blast. As the name suggests, you kneel down on a surf-style board, while holding on to a towrope handle and the boat pulls you along at about 15-20 miles per hour. Starts are pretty easy, and once you reach plane, you can pull a strap securely across your knees to hold you on the board. As with tubing, the driver has a great deal of control over the rider&rsquo;s experience, adjusting speeds as needed as directed by a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; on the boat who keeps their eye on the rider at all times. More advanced riders can perform tricks such as the Side Slide, Back Roll and Surface 360.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Waterski.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="289" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Waterskiing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Waterskiing is the oldest and most familiar mainstream watersport. A skier slips his feet into rubber bindings, and is pulled up and out of the water while holding the handle of a towrope attached to a boat. With the skis under water pointing toward the boat, the skier signals the driver to accelerate, while a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; monitors the progress and lets the driver know when to speed up, slow down or come around to pick up a downed skier. More advanced skiers sometimes &ldquo;drop&rdquo; one ski and ride with both feet on a single (or slalom) ski. Invented in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, the sport has evolved from two boards and a clothesline to modern fiberglass skis to suit any skill level.</p> <p><strong>Safety First</strong></p> <p>Watersports are a great way to enjoy your boat, but safety should always come first. Remember to check the towrope at the boat connection point (ski-tow eye, wakeboard tower, or ski pylon) and the tube itself. Replace the rope at the first sign of fraying because it could breakk under strain. Also, take up rope slack slowly to prevent knots and to avoid jerking the rider. Know the abilities of your riders, and start slowly...working up to a manageable speed. Check tubes for age and weight capacities, and always know local speed limits and regulations for tow sports. Never abruptly change your course when other boats are present, and always slow down when your riders are crossing the wake.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT How To Be A Good Marina Neighbor (Suitable For Sharing) http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/how-to-be-a-good-marina-neighbor-suitable-for-sharing <p>Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That&rsquo;s right&hellip;it&rsquo;s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">you</span>&nbsp;knew that already. It&rsquo;s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Marina_At_Night_2.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s easy to rush at the end of the day. You&rsquo;re tired, it&rsquo;s getting dark and cocktail hour is rapidly approaching. <br />But when you&rsquo;re pulling into the marina, take care to slow down. No wake speed is top speed. Creeping along is better. You have more time to react, you won&rsquo;t create a disturbing wake, and you will give others a chance to help guide you in.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">STERN IN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Yes, it takes a little more time to back into your slip, but not only is it much easier to get on and off your boat aft, <br />but you provide a clearer walking path along the docks. This is especially important for boats with large bows or pulpits.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">DECLUTTER</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coil your dock lines, organize your shore power cords, stow watersports gear and life jackets, and put away your cleaning supplies. It&rsquo;s getting dark, remember? It&rsquo;s hard to see those hazards, and tripping on a hose on a splintery wooden dock while wearing flip-flops is not a fun way to end a fun day on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SHUT IT DOWN&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Going up to the marina restaurant for a catfish dinner? Shut down your gear. That means turning off your lights, your marine radio, CD player, television and everything else that can annoy your neighbors while you&rsquo;re gone. A shrieking radio or television can quickly put the damper on a relaxing evening. Plus, you'd hate to come back to a dead battery.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GO WITH THE FLOW&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You had a big day. You&rsquo;re probably worn out and tired. Others probably are too. Some marinas seem to have a bigger nightlife than a daylife, but many wind down after hours. Don&rsquo;t be too rowdy if everyone&rsquo;s turning in early. On the other hand, don&rsquo;t be too whiny if there&rsquo;s a party a couple of boats over.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BE EFFICIENT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need gas? Get it and move along. Need to pack or unpack the boat? Use the designated areas. Don&rsquo;t dawdle around fuel docks or launch ramps. Boaters are generally patient people, but this can be a big source of irritation, especially among the &ldquo;regulars.&rdquo; Do some advance planning and think about your strategy for dealing with fuel and launching/retrieving efficiently.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KNOW THE RULES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most marinas have established policies to help ensure a peaceful community. Some rules are common to all marinas and some are &ldquo;house&rdquo; rules that deal with special situations that have come up before in that location. Many times you can get the &ldquo;lay of the land&rdquo; by having a quick, friendly conversation with the marina manager or your neighboring boaters. One of the most important things to remember is to respect the marina&rsquo;s &ldquo;quiet hours.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Photo Contest Winner Announced! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/photo-contest-winner-announced <p>Congrats to the Thomas Family from Oklahoma on winning the most recent Rinker Boats Photo Contest! Their photo "Sunday Funday Cruise" was shot aboard their Rinker Captiva 212. Stay tuned for information on the next contest coming up in September!<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/1371578308_IMAG2468.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="319" /></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Guide To Viewing Fireworks From Your Boat http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/guide-to-viewing-fireworks-from-your-boat <p>About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let&rsquo;s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Fireworks_From_The_Water.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="373" />Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready for an on-the-water fireworks display, but the extra effort is worth it to ensure that your crew will have a fun, safe and memorable night. The two biggest challenges? Well, it will be dark, of course, and more than likely, you won&rsquo;t be the only one out there with this great idea. As long as you keep those two things in mind and follow these tips, things should go smoothly.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SAFETY CHECK</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well before you get underway, take time to check that all running and anchor lights are working properly. And make sure you have all of your safety equipment including a whistle (or other approved noise-making advice) and a life jacket for everyone on board. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll have more passengers than usual for a special trip like this, so a life-jacket count is important. Remember that boating law enforcement authorities will be out in force.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">PROTECT YOUR EARS &amp; PETS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Make sure you have ear protection for children or hearing-sensitive adults. The sound of exploding fireworks is greatly amplified across open water. And while they may love being part of the action on most boat trips,&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">please leave your pets at home</span>. The disorienting lights and loud sounds can cause anxiety in even the calmest animal. And there are already enough distractions for the captain and crew.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GET THERE EARLY</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Find a good spot well before the show starts. Whether you&rsquo;re beaching, rafting with other boats, or dropping anchor in open water, you will not regret getting there a little early and staking your claim (well outside the restricted area around the launching platform) while there&rsquo;s still some daylight. This will help ensure that you&rsquo;ve chosen a spot well out of the main channel where all the latecomers will be rushing in to find any remaining anchorages.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">JUST SAY NO&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the safety of your passengers and other boaters, keep libations off limits for the captain and vital crew. You will have plenty of things to keep track of before, during and after the show. Keep your wits about you and don&rsquo;t &ldquo;be that guy.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">LIGHTS OUT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t add to the show. That means turning off all non-required lights onboard and never launch your own fireworks from the boat. No spotlights, no flashlights, no sparklers. It just detracts from the viewing experience for your boat and everyone around you. And keep your radio off or turned down. There will be plenty of ambient noise and sounds to keep you occupied.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TAKE IT EASY</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, after the show, don&rsquo;t be in a hurry to leave. Most accidents happen when there&rsquo;s a mad dash back to the dock. Often it's the ones in a hurry have not heeded the advice to stay away from the holiday &ldquo;spirits.&rdquo; You&rsquo;ve already taken the time to get set up and properly anchored. Enjoy the mass exodus and a sky full of stars while the crowds file out of the area.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enjoying a fireworks show from the water is one of the great delights for any boating family. It&rsquo;s an experience you won&rsquo;t forget. And with a few precautions and a little planning, you can make it a memorable experience you can enjoy safely.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Master The Raft-Up With These Simple Tips http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/master-the-raft-up-with-these-simple-tips <p>At one time or another, you&rsquo;ve probably seen a group of boats banded together in a floating, fun-loving, makeshift community.&nbsp; And when you see everyone swimming, grilling, laughing, dancing and generally having a great time, you might just ask yourself: How can I join the party?</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hurricane_Raft_Up.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Raft-ups are great way to enjoy spending time with friends, family and, occasionally, complete strangers. As with any worthwhile endeavor, however, there are both time-honored traditions and unwritten rules one must abide in the quest of boating fun. And once you master a few easy techniques, you&rsquo;ll be a raft-up master in no time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Gear Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;ve probably already got the necessary gear on board. If you don&rsquo;t, a quick stop at any marine retailer can help you fill in the gaps. Before you pull up to a raft-up, make sure you have at least two fenders, four bow lines, two spring lines, a good anchor appropriate for your body of water (sand, mud, rocks, etc.), and anchor line equal to about 10 times the length of your boat. One optional piece of equipment is a boat hook, which really helps with close-quarter pulling and pushing to keep your hands safely inside the boat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Step Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well, it never seems to work out this way, but in an ideal world, you want the biggest boat to set a good, strong anchor, then have all the other, presumably smaller, boats start tying up from either side outward. About every third boat then will set anchor and ease into the raft-up. If you&rsquo;ve got a raft-up veteran directing the show, things will move quickly and efficiently. If not, don&rsquo;t worry&hellip;figuring out each individual raft-up layout is half the fun.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Heads Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Assuming you&rsquo;ve been invited, pull up within hailing distance and get your host or other appointed dignitary on the VHF radio or cell phone. If technology fails you, which it has been known to do, look for the wildly waving arms of a friendly guide telling you what side you&rsquo;ll be hooking up to.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Set Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Spring into action by getting your fenders out on both sides of your boat, securing your bow and stern lines to the cleats, and getting your spring lines out and available. Make sure everyone on your boat has a job. You need your lines manned, but don&rsquo;t toss them to the other boat until you&rsquo;re almost in place. Those well-meaning souls can tug you out of position in a hurry. Trim up your engine and trim tabs to make it easier to glide into place.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pull Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You want momentum, but not speed. Bump the throttle as needed to keep your forward motion, but careful not to create a wake and slosh the raft-up. You should be approaching the line astern, and if things are going as planned, everyone&rsquo;s bow should be into the wind. Be on the lookout for any swimmers, your first priority is safety for everyone inside and outside your boat. If you&rsquo;ve got kids or other guests that aren&rsquo;t helping with the raft-up approach, they need to be seated and quiet. Pull up easy and stop at idle next to the boat you&rsquo;ll tie off with, but don&rsquo;t turn off your engine until you&rsquo;re securely attached.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lines Out</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Toss bow and stern lines to the adjacent boat and adjust forward and aft so your stern lines up with the other boat. This makes it easier to step from one boat to the other. Use spring lines between boats to make sure you don&rsquo;t shift forward and aft. Now you can shut down the engine and allow passengers to move. Make sure children are wearing life jackets at all times.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Party On</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now for the social aspect of rafting. You should have brought enough food, beverages and appetizers for your boat and extras to share with the other members of the raft-up. Be considerate about your music volume, splashing, language and anything else that may rankle your new neighbors. Be willing and able to lend a hand as new boats arrive or leave.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Take Off</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just like with jumper cables, your departure should operate in reverse order of your arrival. Help the folks on the end if needed and be patient for your turn. If you&rsquo;re one of the first boats out, take off slowly with no wake so you don&rsquo;t disturb the other rafters. If you (or another boat) need to leave from a spot in the middle of the line, tie two long bow lines to boats on either side of you, and a long stern line to one of the boats. Take off your spring lines, then the bow lines, then the stern lines and back up and out. Toss the stern line from one remaining boat to the other, pull them together, and secure lines between them.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Summer Kickoff Photo Contest http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-summer-kickoff-photo-contest <p class="MsoNormal">Summer is finally here! And to celebrate the chance to get back out on the water, we just launched the Rinker Boats Summer Kickoff Photo Contest! Through July 7, just <a href="http://www.tabsite.com/wall_post.php?id=10495">click here</a> to upload your favorite pics taken onboard or near your Rinker Express Cruiser or Rinker Captiva Sport Boat or Rinker MTX.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker.png" alt="" width="360" height="265" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One winner will receive a $50 gift card and a full summer of bragging rights! It&rsquo;s never been easier to participate because now all entries and voting will be done via Facebook. We invite you to enter up to 10 photos and vote up to once each day for your favorites. There are also some great options for you to share your photos with your friends and encourage them to vote for you and the other best entries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once the contest period is over, we&rsquo;ll give the Top 3 to our illustrious panel of judges who will determine the final winner based on four key criteria: 1) Creativity 2) Inspiring to other boaters 3) How well photo depicts boat brand 4) Quality of photo.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We want this to be a fun contest and to challenge everyone to take some great photos of their friends and family out on the water. Of course, there is no purchase or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win this contest. Just read up on all the Official Rules to make sure your entry is eligible for the prize.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s get this party started!</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT What To Do When You Run Aground http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/what-to-do-when-you-run-aground <p>It&rsquo;s not if&hellip;it&rsquo;s when. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you&rsquo;re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn&rsquo;t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Run_Aground.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EVALUATE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We&rsquo;re power boaters, and the first thing we&rsquo;re going to want to do is power up and through the problem. Wrong. That is a recipe for making things worse and digging yourself in even deeper.&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">The first course of action is to have everyone on board put on a life jacket if they haven&rsquo;t already</span>. Then, evaluate your situation. And to do that safely, go ahead and put the boat in idle. Obviously if your prop is striking something, you want to shut the motor off. But idle may be enough to see what&rsquo;s going on and still give you the ability to maneuver quickly if there&rsquo;s a ripping current, outgoing tide or heavy boat traffic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EXAMINE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rocky shoal, marshy muck or sandbar? This is going to determine your next move. If you throw the boat into reverse and try to blast your way off this darned impediment backwards, you run the risk of filling your water intake with all sorts of engine-fouling badness. Plus, that metal propeller is no match for submerged boulders. If you&rsquo;re in a tidal basin or on a managed lake with water-level fluctuations, or a river that you&rsquo;ve run safely all summer, remember it may now be littered with unseen obstacles. Make sure you take a minute to make sure you know what you&rsquo;re dealing with.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>HARD OR EASY?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Are you aground hard or easy? That is, deep into the mess or just barely into the mess? This has a lot to do with your speed at impact and what it is you&rsquo;re on. Time to do a visual inspection of the hull. Lean over the sides or, if it&rsquo;s safe to do so, hop in wearing a life jacket and paddle over. If you&rsquo;ve got a damaged or punctured hull, the safest thing to do is anchor and call for assistance. The last thing you want is to work your boat free, only to find that you&rsquo;re taking on water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>FIND DEEP WATER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Best-case scenario is that you&rsquo;re on easy and the current, tide or another boat&rsquo;s wake may help set you free. Anchors should be set upwind. Use a tube or life jacket to help swim it into position if it&rsquo;s safe to do so. Make sure you know where the deeper water is, so you can move in that direction.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>REDUCE DRAFT<br /><br /></strong>If you&rsquo;re on hard, though, it may be necessary to get busy. In that case, reduce draft as much as possible by offloading weight. Start with any water you may be holding. That&rsquo;s the really heavy stuff. Or reposition your passengers as needed. Other items that may make sense to offload, such as full propane tanks, can be loaded onto a tube or dingy and tethered alongside. If the tide is running out, consider that you may need to support or cushion the hull as the boat loses float.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>NEVER DO THIS</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a last resort, before getting professional help from a tow service or local boating law enforcement, you may be tempted to try getting help from another recreational boater.&nbsp;<strong>Don&rsquo;t do it</strong>. Most pleasure crafts don&rsquo;t have deck hardware strong enough for such feats. And even if the cleats hold, the lines you have aboard will likely break under the stress, creating a dangerous situation for everyone aboard both boats.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Tips For Boating After The Sun Goes Down http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/tips-for-boating-after-the-sun-goes-down <p class="MsoNormal">Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-05-30_at_3.56.15_PM.png" alt="" width="360" height="244" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TOP IT OFF</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KEEP YOUR WITS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT All-New Rinker Owner's Club Forum http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/all-new-rinker-owner-s-club-forum <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Attention Rinker Boat Owners!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We invite you to join other owners and the Rinker Customer Support Team to help get your questions answered promptly so you can spend more time on the water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_OC_Screen_Shot.png" alt="" width="425" height="363" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The new Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum (<a href="http://www.rinkerboats.com/owners-club-forum">click here to join</a>) makes it simple to get answers to your questions, but also to help other owners by using your boating experience. And, you can get dependable advice from our network of experts, all in one easy-to-use website.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you already have previously registered with our former Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum, the account should transition automatically the next time you log in. If you&rsquo;re new to the forums, we&rsquo;ve made registration as simple as possible, with only an email, username and password required to get you going.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you have any questions or comments, simply leave a comment in the General Boating Questions category.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We look forward to sharing some incredible new features with you as we continue to upgrade and improve your Rinker Owner's Club&nbsp;<span>Forum</span>&nbsp;experience!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>See you on the water!</span></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> 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Steve</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The ABCs Of Using Your VHF Marine Radio http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/the-abcs-of-using-your-vhf-marine-radio <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/-1.jpg" alt="" width="361" height="274" /></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">For now just understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable for you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). &nbsp;When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. Certain frequencies, such as channels 9 and 16, are monitored by the Coast Guard (or other boating law enforcement agency) and, when used properly, a marine radio can be an effective way to communicate with other vessels, along with harbormasters and marinas, for various reasons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>And it&rsquo;s important to know and respect the appropriate etiquette for using a VHF radio to make sure your messages are clearly understood and a proper response can be put into effect. Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</p> <p><strong>Know Where It Is</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;Although recreational power boats under 65 feet in length are not required to have a marine radio on board, it&rsquo;s really a good idea to have one whenever you go out. Fixed-mount radios are just that, fixed to the helm like your CD player. Handhelds can be stowed out of the way, but always know where it is. Emergencies can happen quickly, whether it&rsquo;s aboard your boat or on another vessel.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monitor Channel 16</strong></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">When your radio is on but not transmitting, keep it on Channel 16. You are required to come to the aid of other vessels and Channel 16 is used for hailing other boaters. You can switch to another agreed-upon channel after contact is made. This channel is also used for weather alerts and reports of hazards to navigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Radio Checks</strong></p> <p>Rather than use "blind" radio checks, the current preferred methods for determining if your radio is working properly are to call another boat directly (by name) or contact a known shore station (marina, fueling station, etc.). Another idea is to tune to a weather frequency. Chances are&nbsp;that if you can hear the weather broadcast, your radio is working, and the antenna is likely sound.</p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t use bad language or broadcast anything besides clear, easy-to-understand requests or instructions. For that reason, make sure you supervise use by children and anyone not familiar with the rules.</p> <p><strong>Speak, Release, Wait</strong></p> <p>VHF radios work like walkie-talkies, not telephones. For that reason, only one person can talk at a time. You press the button, send your message (boat name, radio channel, location, and &ldquo;over&rdquo;), release the button and wait for a response. Remember that others may be trying to use the channel as well, so make sure you listen first and make sure they are finished before starting your transmission.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hooked On Phonetics</strong></p> <p>Because of the technology and the less-than-perfect conditions in which VHF radios are often used, remember that it&rsquo;s often hard to understand numbers and certain letters. When stating numbers, say each number individually. If you&rsquo;re at channel marker 316, say &ldquo;three-one-six&rdquo; instead of &ldquo;three-sixteen.&rdquo; Also, there&rsquo;s a reason the phonetic alphabet has been around a long time. It works. Study up! Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu</p> <p><strong>Mayday Is The Last Resort</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever say &ldquo;mayday&rdquo; unless you have a real emergency that threatens someone&rsquo;s life or puts property in immediate danger. Other boaters and the Coast Guard will converge on a mayday distress call, and you will not be popular if a child or crew member is goofing around with the radio. Mayday is a 911 call on the water. Make sure everyone on board knows the rules. If you do have a legitimate mayday call, say it three times, followed by your location and your situation.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Quick View: Rinker 290 Express Cruiser http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/quick-view-rinker-290-express-cruiser <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_290_EC_COLLAGE.png" alt="" width="576" height="576" /></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Putting Kids At Ease On The Water http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/putting-kids-at-ease-on-the-water <p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the skipper of your boat, you&rsquo;re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you&rsquo;ve got children on deck, it&rsquo;s easy to come across as intimidating when you&rsquo;re really just trying to make sure they&rsquo;re not in harm's way. If that&rsquo;s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kids_At_Dock.png" alt="" width="360" height="258" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it&rsquo;s a tough leap for them to go from the shore to the ship. The best way to ease those concerns? Just like with anything else they may be apprehensive about, the key is to get them involved in every part of the day&mdash;from the planning to hands-on crew responsibilities. Let them help you and learn from you, and you will likely have a crewmember for life.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Whether it&rsquo;s your own children (and their friends), grandkids, nieces and nephews, or neighbors, remember that any tasks you assign will need to be appropriate to their age. Expecting too much too fast will tend to have the opposite result. And be prepared to add new responsibilities when they&rsquo;ve honed their skills. Being able to contribute as a member of the crew will build confidence and teamwork while making them more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Pre-Launch Checklist</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get the kids involved in creating a pre-launch checklist. If they have a hand in putting it together, they will be especially vigilant about checking for the appropriate number of life jackets, checking the battery charge, and always verifying a properly secured drain plug. This perfect for anything you tend to overlook every trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Everything In Its Place</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Teach children the right way to tend the fenders and dock lines and how to stow them the proper way. Make sure they see you communicating with the dock hands at a marina or gas pump station so they understand how the system works. Once they master the hand signals and nuanced gestures, they will get in the proper position to help before you have to say a word.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Talk The Talk</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Make sure the kids are familiar with the basic boating terminology. You wouldn&rsquo;t take them to a foreign country without coaching them on basic communication skills, would you? Take the time to clarify fore and aft, port and starboard, lee and windward, etc. It will help them feel like they&rsquo;re one of the &ldquo;insiders,&rdquo; especially if they can help educate others on the next trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Teachable Moments</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Always look for an opportunity to reinforce the &ldquo;why.&rdquo; Children are learners. And, you may have noticed they don&rsquo;t respond well to &ldquo;because I said so.&rdquo; Why not explain how the safety equipment works? Or show them how the trim affects the ride of the boat. They thrive on &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; knowledge.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Mind Their Manners</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Show older kids how to operate the VHF radio to communicate with other vessels, the dock master or the local boating law enforcement. It&rsquo;s important they know the proper etiquette, plus they will love the chance to communicate with others via an &ldquo;official&rdquo; microphone.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Keep A Record</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Kids will love their own &ldquo;log book,&rdquo; to keep an unofficial record of their adventures on the water. Encourage them to record destinations, time of departure, passengers, and to draw pictures to remember their trips. Later, they can add photos from the day to remind them of the highlights.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the captain of your boat, it&rsquo;s only natural for you to want to handle all (or nearly all) the duties yourself. But remember that children thrive when given a task to complete that helps make the outing a success. As long as you clearly explain what needs to happen, and resist the urge to constantly &ldquo;advise&rdquo; the kids, you&rsquo;ll have a dedicated crew for life.</span></span></p> </p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood) http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/understanding-boating-superstitions-knock-on-wood <p> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. You&rsquo;ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> </p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Unwritten Rules of Boating Etiquette http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/the-unwritten-rules-of-boating-etiquette <p> <p>Even if you&rsquo;re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the &ldquo;Rules of the Road.&rdquo; Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it&rsquo;s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We&rsquo;ll just call it basic boating etiquette.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Baby_Waving_On_Boat.png" alt="" width="360" height="237" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just as there are social norms you&rsquo;re expected to know on land, you&rsquo;ve got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you&rsquo;re going to be spending any time at all on the water. While you are definitely the master of your own nautical domain aboard your boat, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As stated above, there are basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat, and you shouldn&rsquo;t leave the dock until you&rsquo;ve spent some time getting to know what you&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don&rsquo;t have brakes. The following pointers are really more to fill in the gray areas of boat operation that you&rsquo;ll come across at one time or another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Watch Your Wake</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. You&rsquo;re cruising across a channel and you avoid striking a cruiser by swinging into a shallow anchorage while traveling at a pretty good speed. That&rsquo;s great, but look at how much wake you&rsquo;ve churned up for the other boaters on the hook. If you&rsquo;ve caused boats to bang into each other or knocked someone&rsquo;s grill off their deck or otherwise harmed their property, you&rsquo;re the one on the hook for the damages. Big wakes in crowded spaces is bad news.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Go Easy</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you. This is boating, not&nbsp;<em>The Fast &amp; The Furious</em><span style="font-style: normal;">. Tight channels, marina entrances, etc. should be single file. But if there&rsquo;s room to pass and another vessel is coming alongside you, ease off the throttle and avoid a drag race. The faster your speed, the faster they&rsquo;ll have to go to get around you. For safety and the serenity of everyone around you, just slow down and let them go around.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Anchor In Order</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first one in blazes the trail. If you&rsquo;re entering an anchorage, mimic the other boats in how you tie off, how you anchor, how much line to use and how much distance you allow between the other boats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Respect Your Neighbors</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have a loud boat (kids, music, barking dogs, smoky grills), make sure you leave plenty of space. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away. Downwind is your friend. You never know who&rsquo;s got an early getaway and is turning in early. Just like on terra firma, respecting your neighbors is the first step toward everyone &ldquo;getting along.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Efficient</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re launching or retrieving your boat at a ramp, do it efficiently. Load your boat in the parking lot. Pull your boat over to a temporary dock to bring passengers aboard. Don&rsquo;t drain, don&rsquo;t clean, and don&rsquo;t waste time. Everyone wants to be either on the water or off the water, just like you. Think in advance about how you can cut down your ramp time. Delegate responsibilities and practice them before you get to the ramp.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fuel And Go</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As long as we&rsquo;re on this subject, the same rules go for fuel docks. Get your fuel, pay your bill and move out of the way. If you need to buy groceries or a lake chart or bait, relocate your boat to the temporary docks. Again, fueling is a necessary part of your boating experience, but be considerate of other boaters who would also rather be out on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lend A Hand</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is one of the unwritten laws that can say more about you as a boater than almost anything else. You should be willing to assist other vessels as they arrive and depart. While this courtesy shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily extend to the entire marina, you should be alert to help out you folks in the adjoining slips. They toss you a line and you hold it or help guide them in. Then you hand them back the line and they tie off. It just takes a minute, and you&rsquo;ve shown everyone what a standup boater you are.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Marinas have enough hazards as it is without having to step over draining coolers, half-deflated tubes and sloppy dock lines. Buckets, shoes, carts and other items need to be stowed properly. And if you&rsquo;ve used a piece of equipment intended for common use, put it back where you found it.</p> </p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Construction Pt 2 — Superior Cabinetry http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-construction-pt-2-superior-cabinetry <p>Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with the incredible process and attention to detail found in Rinker's legendary cabinet construction.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KnuDuCebKCw" height="315" width="560"></iframe><a href="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_340_EC_07.jpg">http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_340_EC_07.jpg</a><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_340_EC_07.jpg" alt="" width="720" height="493" /></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Construction Pt 4 — Quality Control http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-construction-pt-4-quality-control <p>Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with the multi-step Quality Control process that every boat goes through.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OiP9-W0vWWg" frameborder="0"></iframe><a href="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg">http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg</a><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="264" /></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Construction Pt 1 — Precision Wood Cuts & Assembly http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-construction-pt-1-precision-wood-cuts-assembly <p>Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with precision wood cuts and assembly</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AbD0d8fERpY" height="315" width="560"></iframe><a href="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg">http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg</a><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="204" /></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Construction Pt 3 — Carpeting, Electrical & Deck Assembly http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-construction-pt-3-carpeting-electrical-deck-assembly <p>Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quality and detail that goes into every Rinker Express Cruiser, Rinker Captiva, and Rinker MTX! This episode deals with carpeting, electrical and deck assembly.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i2p7f4Zpmno" height="315" width="560"></iframe><a href="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg">http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg<br /></a><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="276" /></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Rinker Express Cruiser Brand Video http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/2013-rinker-express-cruiser-brand-video <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_310_Running.png" alt="" width="360" height="299" />When it comes to outstanding performance, first-class accommodations and undisputed value, your search for the perfect Express Cruiser will always end with Rinker. In fact, you could say that Rinkers offer the most appealing contradictions on the water &mdash; performance and luxury; seductive and sensible, comfortable and functional &mdash; you get the idea. Blending timeless style with smart, modern design, you simply will not find a better cruiser under 40 feet, whether you're enamored by the big-water beauty of the 400 Express Cruiser, the spacious-yet-trailerable 260 Express Cruiser or the latest addition to the fleet &mdash; the spectacular 290 Express Cruiser.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NK4rEXQ5MTM" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Rinker Captiva + MTX Brand Video http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/2013-rinker-captiva-+-mtx-brand-video <p>From the classic-yet-modern Captiva bowriders and cuddies to the innovative MTX Series, Rinker Sport Boats range from 18 feet all the way up to nearly 31 feet and really do offer something for everyone.</p> <p>Whether you're a day boater looking for a stylish-yet-practical bowrider, you prefer the versatility of a fish and ski, or you dream about overnighting on a cuddy, every Rinker Captiva will inspire you to new adventures on the water. You can also take your Rinker up a notch by adding the R Series watersports package (featuring custom folding tower, watersports mirror and dazzling graphics) or the Rinker Luxury Sport (RLS) Package with exclusive colors and flooring options and duo-tone upholstery.</p> <p>And if you're looking for wild watersports action and a smart alternative to expensive inboards, the MTX Series is made for you. Easily recognized by its distinctive "pickle fork" bow design, the 200 and 220 MTX models are the way to go if you like the idea of venturing outside the mainstream. With head-turning graphics, clever seating options, and watersports-inspired features like wake towers and pumped-up stereo systems, the MTX and MTX Extreme models are all about attitude.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GEWXveWBAWA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT 2013 Rinker Boats Full Line Brand Video http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/2013-rinker-boats-full-line-brand-video <p>When you're looking at family sport boats and express cruisers, sooner or later it all comes down to one word: Value. As in best-boat-for-the-money value. Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats give you the cutting-edge designs, incredible standard features, head-turning style and superior performance you want, all at a price that makes sense for your family. You see, while our boats have evolved over the years, one thing hasn't changed &mdash; we still believe in giving you the best value on the water.</p> <p>As the oldest American boat brand in continuous production, the Rinker Boat Company has quite a story to tell. From our humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker's workshop on the White River in Indiana to today when we're exporting boats to more than 40 countries, we are proud to remain true to our Midwestern heritage. And we are thankful for all of our Rinker owners throughout the years who have chosen to share some of their family's most treasured memories with us.&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to comfort, performance and versatility, the Rinker Boats lineup offers a wide variety of models, no matter how you enjoy spending your time on the water. From the Captiva 186 and 196 Sport Boats to the exhilarating MTX Performance Series to our unmatched Express Cruisers, every Rinker is built by skilled American craftsmen using the same high-quality materials you'll find in the other top brands &mdash; at a fraction of the price. So, what's the catch? That's the good news...there is no catch. That's the Rinker promise.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MzjQlvW8Vh0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT The ABCs of Launch & Retrieve http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/the-abcs-of-launch-retrieve <p> <p>With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Launch_Ramp2.png" alt="" width="288" height="373" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Before You Hit The Road</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Practice In Peace</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Load Before Launching</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Play Nice</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use Your Crew</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Put your hands at the&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">bottom</span>&nbsp;of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">trailer</span>&nbsp;to go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat&nbsp;<em>almost</em><span style="font-style: normal;">&nbsp;as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.&nbsp;</span></p> </p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Docking Anxiety? These Tips Will Ease Your Trip To The Slip http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/docking-anxiety-these-tips-will-ease-your-trip-to-the-slip <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/%7Enauticgl/content/blogartwork/Empty_Dock.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="216" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Practice</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. It sounds a little obvious, but the folks that are really good at docking a boat have done it hundreds of times. Pick a time when nobody&rsquo;s around (except a trusted dockhand) and take a run at it. Shoot too far? Cut the wheel sooner. Come in too fast? Uh&hellip;slow down. You&rsquo;ll get it quicker than you think. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Use what you&rsquo;ve got</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Windy day? Let it push you where you want to be. Strong, ripping current? You won&rsquo;t be the only one with docking problems. Plenty of room? Ahhhh&hellip;.take a big, easy angle and work your way in slowly. Always cut a good tight corner on the side of the boat closest to the dock and turn the wheel with authority. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Don&rsquo;t lose your momentum</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Most docking efforts go awry when you try to pull back too early. If you drop your momentum, you wind up over-compensating and making things worse. Pick a target speed that&rsquo;s a little slower than you think it should be and stick to it. You can always pull out and start over, but don&rsquo;t panic and drop the throttle before you get the position you need.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Understand your prop</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. You may not know it, but your propeller is your friend. But like any friend, you&rsquo;ve got to spend some time getting to know it&hellip;understanding how it ticks, so to speak. First &mdash; and this is where your practice comes in &mdash; you should know that your prop-driven boat will tend to &ldquo;walk.&rdquo; That means it will want to thrust toward one side more than the other. And it&rsquo;s not uncommon for that to happen more in reverse than forward gear. If you&rsquo;ve ever been backing up and felt like you were moving sideways instead of backwards, you know the drill. As long as you respect that phenomenon (it&rsquo;s different for nearly all boats) then you can compensate and be that much closer to a stress-free trip to the slip.</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Basic Boating Behavior For Beginners http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/basic-boating-behavior-for-beginners <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Okay new boaters&hellip;why do you think they call it the &ldquo;Rules of the Road&rdquo; if you&rsquo;re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it&rsquo;s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you&rsquo;re likely already familiar with&hellip;driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it&rsquo;s important that you take some time to understand the differences.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="264" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident that can happen on the water&hellip;a collision with another boat. Just as you instinctively know that the first person to arrive at a four-way stop in a car will be the first one to proceed, there are boating equivalents that need to be followed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest difference, of course, is that automobiles have one key safety feature that&rsquo;s missing from boats. On a boat, you don&rsquo;t have brakes. When one vessel is bigger or under power (as opposed to under sail), or is on a course that will intersect with another vessel, you have to know who goes where and who does what to keep everyone on both boats safe. Nobody wants to have an accident so just as we all learned in driver&rsquo;s education, it pays to practice a little defensive boating.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic rules you should know if you&rsquo;ll be piloting a boat. Remember, the more traffic and the tighter the channel, the more alert you should be at the helm. As important as these rules are, however, let common sense be your guide. If the captain of the other boat is not paying attention or is otherwise impaired, do what you have to do to avoid a collision. In other words, use these rules as a guide right up until your real-life scenario dictates otherwise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">1.<span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</span><strong>Know the order.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">There&rsquo;s a pecking order for boats regarding their right-of-way and yielding obligations. Generally speaking, you can go by the rule of thumb that the bigger the engine and the more maneuverability a boat has, the more it has to give way to smaller, less maneuverable vessels. That being said, here is the basic order:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boats being passed by another vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boats being towed by another vessel or otherwise restricted.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sail boats or any other non-powered vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Power boats that are not restricted in their ability to maneuver.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">e)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sea planes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Meeting situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When coming up (head to head) with another boat, you should generally pass port to port. That&rsquo;s your left to the other vessel&rsquo;s left. This typically gives you more visibility and maneuverability to avoid a collision. The boat with the right of way (see above) is required to maintain its course and its speed until the boats pass each other.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Overtaking situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When one boat is passing another, there are requirements for both vessels. Remember that the boat being passed always has the right of way (see above). The boat that is being passed also must hold it course and speed if possible until the overtaking vessel has safely passed.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Crossing situations.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">For the most part, a boat approaching from your right has the right-of-way. However, vessels restricted in maneuverability have the right-of-way over sailing vessels, and sailing vessels have the right-of-way over power vessels that are not restricted in maneuverability.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. Signaling your intentions.&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">Even with these widely accepted and well-followed basic rules of the road, there are still sometimes when a little boat-to-boat communication will come in handy. Using the horn or whistle on your boat, here are the most common ways to signal another boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One whistle blast: Pass port to port.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two whistle blasts: Pass starboard to starboard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three whistle blasts: My engines are in reverse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Five or more rapid whistle blasts: Danger!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, there are some things you need to understand to be safe out on the water. That&rsquo;s true of just about any new activity you dive into. But with a little common sense and practice, all this will become instinctive and second nature, just like when you get behind the wheel of a car.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Could Your Boat Pass A Vessel Safety Check? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/could-your-boat-pass-a-vessel-safety-check <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it&rsquo;s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you&rsquo;ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina.<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/VSC-030-1.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="386" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic items that are sure to be checked. But remember that your local laws may vary, so when you make sure these are taken care of, it&rsquo;s a good idea to check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uscgboating.org/">www.uscgboating.org</a>&nbsp;and click on the &ldquo;Regulations&rdquo; tab.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are your boat's registration numbers permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat? They must be plain, vertical, block characters, not less than three inches high, and in a color that contrasts with the background. A space or hyphen must separate the letters from the numbers. Follow your state&rsquo;s policies regarding placement of tax sticker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have your state registration papers on board and easily accessible?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Life Jackets</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every passenger on board, and are they in good condition and of an appropriate size? Children must have life jackets that are designed for their age and weight and they must be worn any time you&rsquo;re underway. Do you know the life jacket age requirements for children in your state? Are your adult life jackets "readily accessible." Do you know that life jackets can&rsquo;t be stored in unopened plastic packaging? If your boat is more than 16 feet, do you have at least one Type 1V (throwable) personal flotation device? Is it &ldquo;immediately available?&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Signaling Devices</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; If your boat is over 16 feet and used on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have EITHER a minimum of three day and three night pyrotechnic signaling devices, one day non-pyrotechnic device (such as a flag) and one night non-pyrotechnic device (such as an auto SOS light) OR an acceptable combination of those devices? If your boat is less than 16 feet on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you carrying a sound-producing device, such as a whistle, horn or siren, capable of a four-second blast audible for at least a half mile? If your boat is longer than 39.4 feet, do you also have a bell?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Fire Extinguishers</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have permanently mounted, properly serviced and accessible fire extinguishers if you have any of the following: Inboard engine; Closed compartments that store portable fuel tanks; Double-bottom hulls not completely sealed or not completely filled with flotation materials; Closed living space; Closed storage compartments that contain flammable materials; or permanently installed fuel tanks?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>Navigation Lights</strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you able to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and in conditions of reduced visibility? Boats 16 feet or more in length must have properly installed, working navigation lights and an all-around anchor light capable of being lit independently from the red/green/white "running" lights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 236 BR http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-236-br <p>Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families. While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you'll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation. Plenty of seating and storage up in the bow (even an optional bow filler cushion to create an oversized sunpad), great watersports details such as a removable transom cushion providing access to the huge integrated swim platform, upgraded Sony marine sound system, custom-painted EZ Loader trailer, and an in-floor gear locker that will hold everything you need for a day on the water. And when you factor in smart optional equipment such as a bow scuff plate, docking lights, LED swim light, and a transom remote for the stereo system, you can really create a boat that will be everything you need for years to come. By maximizing deck space through the integration of some clever design features, the Rinker Captiva 236 BR looks, feels, and handles like a much bigger boat. And that translates into more boat for your money...a classic example of Rinker value.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MTEtQ3uRqr0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 186 OB Fish & Ski http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-186-ob-fish-ski <p>With the wildly successful introduction last year of the first Rinker outboards in more than 20 years, came a wave of requests for a true fishing package. In response, Rinker has introduced the Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski to satisfy the needs of family boaters who need the comfort and watersports performance of a Rinker bowrider while providing fishing versatility for anglers. With classic Rinker styling, the 186 F&amp;S (also available as an I/O) announces its fishing DNA from a distance with a standard bow-mounted Minn Kota trolling motor, and when you get up close, you'll notice a single pedestal seat receiver in the bow, and two at the stern. Conversion from sport boat to fishing machine is a snap. Simply remove and stow bow cushions, place bow deck insert in place and relocate one of the two cockpit bucket seats. To fish from the rear deck, the other cockpit seat quickly mounts atop an included pedestal mount. Just below the rear bench seat is a large, aerated livewell/baitwell with easy access, and on the sides of the in-floor locker you'll find plenty of dedicated rod storage to keep your equipment safe and always within reach. Like all Rinker sport boats, storage abounds whether the boat is set up for an afternoon of skiing and tubing or as a fishing boat. Other trademark standard features such as removable snap-in carpet, a convenient walk-through transom, and a standard custom EZ Loader trailer tie the package together. If you're looking for the perfect combination of family sport boat and tough fishing machine, check out the all-new Rinker Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DQKRlifNKd0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker MTX 220 Extreme http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-mtx-220-extreme <p>With the head-turning WOW factor of top inboard wakeboard boats at a fraction of the price, the all-new Rinker MTX 220 Extreme is primed to bring a fresh new attitude to a lake near you. From its five exciting color choices (carried through the upholstery, along with spectacular quilted Silvertex accents), aggressive standard wake tower with speakers, and upgraded stereo system with separate power amp, the Extreme is the latest bar-raising addition to the MTX family. The watersports pedigree doesn't end with there, however. Consider the removable walk-through transom cushion, which practically beckons you to the huge two-tier swim platform. When you can sit down comfortably on the upper platform to put on and remove your watersports gear, and the lower platform down at water level completely covers the outdrive, you really start to see where beautiful design and smart functionality come together. Add in optional equipment like LED swim lights, transom stereo remote, and a custom cover, and you can really take this boat to the next level. If you're in the market for a family sport boat that's loaded with comfort, style and attitude, check out the all-new Rinker MTX 220 Extreme.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C99q59yHPgk" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 186 OB http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-186-ob <p>With the perfect blend of versatility, performance and fun, the all-new Rinker Captiva 186 OB sportboat package includes boat, outboard motor, plus a matching trailer!<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/odu9kvc1CHw" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 246 BR http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-246-br <p>Whether you're ready to kick back or make waves, the Rinker Captiva 246 BR is up to the task with a huge swim platform, sunpad and enclosed head, as well as racing-inspired bolster seats in the helm.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0mOktlTPlpA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 276 BR http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-276-br <p>Whether you're cruising across the lake for a dockside lunch or taking it easy in this spacious and comfortable yacht-certified open-bow boat, the Rinker Captiva 276 BR is made for getting away from it all.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/caQoaYaLH3I" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 196 BR http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-196-br <p>Built to maximize both your fun on the water and your boating value, the all-new Rinker Captiva 196 BR is a sleek and sexy sport boat that's packed with features including 4.3- and 5.0-liter sterndrive options.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3KNXCjMhZyA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker MTX 220 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-mtx-220 <p>With its stylish and practical forked bow design, the 220 MTX incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FWt93d4XaIc" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Season Rolls On! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-season-rolls-on <p>You can find Rinker Captiva Sport Boats &amp; Express Cruisers at these boat shows this week! <a href="http://www.gulfcoastyachtandboatshow.com/">Gulf Coast Yacht &amp; Boat Super Show</a> (<a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.traversecityboatshow.com/">Traverse City Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.longlakemarina.net/">Long Lake Marina</a>); <a href="http://blakesmarine.com/">Lake Region Boat &amp; RV Show</a> (<a href="http://204.232.205.47/%7Enauticgl/blakesmarine.com">Blakes Marine</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="204" /></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Get Your Boat Ready For Spring Launch! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/get-your-boat-ready-for-spring-launch <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what&rsquo;s the best way to make sure you&rsquo;ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and &ldquo;uneventful&rdquo; first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Spring_Launch.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="460" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Keep it legal.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;In the weeks leading up to launch, make sure your boat registration is up to date (including hull identification decals), along with current fishing licenses for all your mates, and any required parking permits for your launch ramp. If you&rsquo;re angling for a new wet slip at your marina, get started early to lock in a good deal and the best location.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Take inventory.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Take the boat cover off and give your boat a good airing-out. This will give you access to all the things you forgot you stored aboard in the off-season. Make sure you have life jackets (PFDs) for your crew. Remember those kids probably grew over the past months, so check to make sure they don&rsquo;t need a bigger size jacket. Also, check the jackets carefully for wear. A proper-fitting PFD in good condition is the best way to keep everyone safe out on the water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Examine carefully.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;If you gave the boat a proper winter lay up, either at your local dealer or as a do-it-yourself project, your first cold start should be fairly easy. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s something you should take lightly, and the longer it&rsquo;s been sitting, the more important it is to do it right. Since you probably removed your battery during the off-season, make sure it&rsquo;s properly charged and connected. Check your fluid levels, make sure your belts are in good condition and tight, and check your throttle linkages.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Get fired up.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Next, cover your cold-water intakes with &ldquo;muffs&rdquo; or &ldquo;flushers&rdquo; and connect to your garden hose (outboard or sterndrive&hellip;don&rsquo;t skip this step or you&rsquo;ll ruin your impeller!). Also, remember to lower your outdrive to the lowest position possible before turning the key. If it&rsquo;s tilted up (like you would normally have it on your trailer), you risk engine damage because the oil can&rsquo;t circulate properly. After starting, let the motor warm up for several minutes while you check for leaks, and give the entire boat a careful walk-around, looking for anything usual. Turn the engine off and wait several minutes before repeating the previous steps.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Get ready to roll.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Before you hook up to your tow vehicle, check the condition and air pressure on your trailer tires. If it hasn&rsquo;t been moved in months, make sure they haven&rsquo;t developed &ldquo;flat spots,&rdquo; which can affect the way it handles on the road. Check your bow and stern straps (and bow cable) for wear. Unscrew your drain plug and screw it back in to make sure it&rsquo;s properly seated.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Take a brake.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;After hooking up, have someone step on the brake pedal while you make sure the trailer brake lights are working. While still in your driveway, make sure your brakes feel (and sound) secure.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Pre-launch prep.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;After arriving at the launch ramp parking area, pull off to the side and disconnect your brake lights (hot light bulbs and plastic do not play well with cold water). Remove and store your boat cover and stern straps. Recheck your drain plug and turn your blower on.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Down the ramp.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Back your trailer down the ramp until your outdrive contacts water. Lower your drive and fire up your engine. Unhook your bow strap and safety cable, then back the boat off the trailer and tie up at the courtesy dock for passenger loading, or to pull up and park your tow vehicle if you&rsquo;re by yourself.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re a veteran boater or this will be your first exciting season, following these steps (every time you launch) will help ensure you get the most out of your time on the water. Oh, and you might want to check that drain plug again!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Getting Spring Fever Yet? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/getting-spring-fever-yet <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_260_EC_Running_2.png" alt="" width="216" height="107" /></p> <p>Look for Rinker Boats at these events this week!&nbsp;<a href="http://springboatingexpo.com/">Novi (Michigan) Spring Boating Expo</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/sales.html">Hideaway Yacht Center</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iowashows.com/Shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=4">Eastern Iowa Sportshow</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com">Midwest Boat Repair</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theboatshowatdowdiamond.com/">Dow Diamond Boat Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.strykermarine.com">Stryker's Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danforthsinc.com/">Danforth's Open House</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.danforthsinc.com/">Danforth's Marine</a>); <a href="http://eng.mosboatshow.ru/boat/">Moscow International Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.gartmarine.ru">Gart Marine Group</a>).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Shows Far & Wide This Week! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-shows-far-wide-this-week <p>Here's where Rinker Boats will be this week: <a href="http://www.boatshowdubai.com/">Dubai International Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.aquamarineboatsandyachts.com">Aquamarine Boats &amp; Yachts</a>); <a href="http://www.hiswarai.nl/Pages/default.aspx">Amsterdam International Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.kuysten-watersport.nl/">Kuysten Watersports</a>); <a href="http://www.fargosportshow.com">Fargo Sportsman Show</a> (<a href="fundealer.com">McLaughlin's Boat &amp; RV</a>); <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/KX-Sport-RV.../151184321608953">KX Sport &amp; RV Show</a> (<a href="http://www.moritzmarine.com">Moritz Sport and Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.americasbestshows.com/?f=boat">Augusta (Maine) Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.hamlinsmarina.com">Hamlin's Marina</a>); <a href="http://www.gulfcoastshows.com/show-info-biloxi-boat-rv-show">Biloxi Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a>).</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_236_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="238" /></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Captiva 276 BR (w/RLS Package) http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-captiva-276-br-w-rls-package <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gwiKfk01_yk" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Season Marches On! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-season-marches-on <p>Here's where you'll find Rinker Boats this week: <a href="http://www.buffaloboating.com/events">Buffalo Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.limelakemarinerv.com">Lime Lake Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.theportlandboatshow.com">Portland (Maine) Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.hamlinsmarina.com">Hamlin's Marine</a><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Fishing_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="276" />).</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Is Coming To Town! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-is-coming-to-town <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Lifestyle_Beach.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="204" /><br />Rinker Boats will criss-cross the country this week, appearing at these boat shows: <a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.tedsaquamarine.com">Ted's Aqua Marine</a>); <a href="http://detroitboatshow.net/">Detroit Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.krupas.com">Krupa's Boat Mart</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com">Hideaway Yacht Center</a>); <a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com">New England Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.meredithmarina.com">Meredith Marine</a>); <a href="omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com">Omaha Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> (<a href="http://www.beaverlakemarina.com">Beaver Lake Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.appletonboatshow.com">Appleton Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.hornford.com">Horn Ford &amp; Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca">Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen's Show</a> (<a href="http://www.lenscove.com">Len's Cove Marina</a>); <a href="http://www.boatshow.dk">Fredericia Denmark</a> (<a href="http://www.baadhuset.dk">Baadhuset</a>); <a href="http://www.gulfcoastshows.com/show-info-mobile-boat-show">Mobile Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.facebook.com/.../Grand-Forks-Mens-Show.../16809824">Grand Forks Men's Show</a> (<a href="blakesmarine.com">Blakes Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.theboatshowinspringfield.com">Springfield Boat Show</a> (<a href="http://www.clintonmarine.com">Clinton Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.teamvictorylane.com">Victory Lane Ford)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Big Week For Boat Shows! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/big-week-for-boat-shows <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboarding_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="281" /><br />Checking the schedule, this is another big week for boat shows...c'mon down if you're looking for some fun! Here are the shows we know about...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ifbso.com/index.php/boat-show-details/events/eurasia-boat-show-2013">Istanbul, Turkey</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.bluesyachting.com">Blues Yachting</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://cnyboatshow.com/html/A_bs_home.html">Syracuse, NY</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.rccongelboats.com">RC Congel</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bismarcksportshow.com/">Bismarck, ND</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.moritzmarine.com">Moritz Sport &amp; Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsevents.com/boat-shows.cfm">Richmond, VA</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.jamesrivermarine.com">James River Marine</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ocboatshow.com/">Ocean City, MD</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.northbaymarina.net">North Bay</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://detroitboatshow.net/">Detroit, MI</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.krupas.com">Krupa's Boat Mart</a>);&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com/">Boston, MA</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.meredithmarina.com">Meredith Marine</a>); <a href="http://www.miamiboatshow.com">Miami, FL</a> (<a href="http://www.daveymarine.com">Davey Marine</a>).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Heading To A Boat Show? Remember These 3 Key Tips http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/heading-to-a-boat-show-remember-these-3-key-tips <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Boat_Show_Customers_SM.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="267" />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show.&nbsp;<br /><br />To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Finding The Right Dealer Is Key To A Great Boating Experience http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/finding-the-right-dealer-is-key-to-a-great-boating-experience <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Show_Customer_wDealer.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="296" /></p> <p>Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them?&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay.&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water.&nbsp;<br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT No Rain, No Ice, No Snow At The Boat Show! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/no-rain-no-ice-no-snow-at-the-boat-show <p>And the lucky winners this week are...<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXf7jfdkkOk&amp;feature=youtu.be">Rochester</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.ballantynerv.com/">Ballantyne RV &amp; Marine</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/">Louisville</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com">Arnold's Boats &amp; Motors</a>,&nbsp;<a href="fentressmarineinc.com">Fentress Marine</a>),<a href="cincinnatiboatshow.com">Cincinnati</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.hernmarine.com">Hern Marine</a>),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com">San Antonio (</a><a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ Marineland</a><a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com">),</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghboatshow.com/">Pittsburgh</a>&nbsp;(<a href="http://www.fullperformancemarine.com">Full Performance Marine</a>), &amp; Dusseldorf, Germany (<a href="http://www.uninautic.ch">Chantier Naval Uninautic</a>, <a href="http://www.kuysten-watersport.nl">Kuysten Watersport</a>)!&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_216_BR_lifestyle.png" alt="" width="144" height="76" /></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Check Out This Week's Boat Shows! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/check-out-this-week-s-boat-shows <p>Boat shows this week featuring Rinker Boats include...Toronto (<a href="http://www.bay-marine.com">Bay Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.centralmarine.ca">Central Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.fenelonmarina.com">Fenelon Falls Marina</a>), Cleveland (<a href="http://www.happydaysboating.com">Happy Days Boating Center</a>), Des Moines IA (<a href="http://www.ammarineinc.com">American Marine</a>), Cedar Falls (<a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com/">Midwest Boat Sales &amp; Repair</a>), Cinncinati (<a href="http://www.hernmarine.com">Hern Marine</a>), &amp; Dusseldorf, Germany (<a href="http://www.uninautic.ch">Chantier Naval Uninautic </a>&amp; <a href="http://www.kuysten-watersport.nl">Kuysten Sportboat</a>).</p> <p>Now get out there and have some fun!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="264" /></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Huge Week For Boat Shows! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/huge-week-for-boat-shows <p> <p>If you live in Toronto (<a href="http://www.fenelonmarina.com">Fenelon Falls Marina</a>, <a href="http://www.centralmarine.ca">Central Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.bay-marine.com">Bay Marine</a>), Denver (<a href="http://www.islandlakemarine.com">Island Lake Marine</a>), Atlanta (<a href="http://www.baymarineboats.com">Bay Marine</a>), Chicago (<a href="http://www.basasmarine.com">Basa's Marine</a>), Columbus (<a href="http://www.buckeyelakemarina.com">Buckeye Lake Marine</a>), Houston (<a href="http://www.rinkersboatworld.com">Rinker's Boat World</a>), Belton TX (<a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com">Lake LBJ Marineland</a>)...you're in luck.</p> <p>There's a boat show this weekend! Come check out what's new with Rinker Boats...you know you love that new boat smell!</p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Winter Boat Show Season Begins! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/winter-boat-show-season-begins <p>Hello and welcome to another season of Winter Boat Shows! If you're in <a href="http://houstonboatshows.com/">Houston</a> or <a href="http://www.ohiorvandboatshow.com/Home.html">Columbus</a> this weekend, please stop by and say hello to our partners at <a href="http://www.rinkersboatworld.com">Rinker's Boat World</a> and <a href="http://www.buckeyelakemarina.com">Buckeye Lake Marine</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="276" /></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Dealers Earn Top Industry Awards http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-dealers-earn-top-industry-awards <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:TargetScreenSize>544x376</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> 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partners named to Boating Industry&rsquo;s Top 100 program this year, including Dealer of the Year <a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a> &mdash; with multiple locations on Florida&rsquo;s Gulf Coast carrying Hurricane Deck Boats, Rinker Sport Boats and Express Cruisers, and Godfrey Pontoons.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_Shot_2012-12-13_at_10.11.44_AM.png" alt="" width="521" height="339" /></p> <p class="Body1">&ldquo;As we continue to expand our dealer network, we&rsquo;ve been fortunate to partner with some of the strongest marine retailers in the world,&rdquo; said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group&rsquo;s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. &ldquo;These awards are a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of these business owners and their teams.&rdquo;</p> <p class="Body1">The 14 Nautic Global Group dealers represented on this year&rsquo;s Top 100 list include: <a href="http://www.atwoodlakeboats.com">Atwood Lake Boats</a>, <a href="http://www.bmcboats.com">BMC Boats</a>, <a href="http://www.coloradoboatcenter.com/">Colorado Boat Center</a>, <a href="http://www.daveymarine.com">Davey Marine Center</a>, <a href="deepcreekmarina.com">Deep Creek Marina</a>, <a href="http://www.gordonbay.com">Gordon Bay Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.thegreatoutdoorsmarine.com">The Great Outdoors Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.legendarymarine.com">Legendary Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.lynnhavenmarine.com">Lynnhaven Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.maplecitymarine.com">Maple City Marine</a>, <a href="omahamarinecenter.com">Omaha Marine Center</a>, <a href="http://www.russellmarine.net">Russell Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.skiandsports.net">Ski &amp; Sports</a>, and <a href="http://www.woodardmarine.com">Woodward Marine</a>.</p> <p class="Body1">Other Nautic Global Group retailers receiving key awards at the 2012 Marine Dealers Conference &amp; Expo event include:</p> <p class="Body1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>The Great Outdoors Marine: 5-Star Dealer Certification (Best Practices)</span></p> <p class="Body1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span>&middot;<span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>BMC Boats: Best in Class (Marketing)<br /><br /></span>&ldquo;One thing all these dealers have in common is their superior customer service,&rdquo; said Sexton. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s a commitment to their local boating communities that translates into success. These companies demonstrate how positive experiences at the dealership can help grow boating while growing sales.&rdquo;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Best Time To Buy? December...BEFORE Boat Shows http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/best-time-to-buy-december-before-boat-shows <p>We all know that the Winter Boat Show season is a great time to get a deal on a new boat, right? But it might surprise you to know that December might actually be the best time of the entire year to make a deal. Think about it...when are dealers receiving truckloads of inventory? Right before boat shows! High inventory levels, winter moving in fast, AND the holidays around the corner...that's a win-win. Just check out these boats leaving the factory and heading to a dealer near you. Thinking about a new boat? Think December!<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Pontoon_Shrink_Wrap.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="771" /></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rows_of_Boats_Sunrise.JPG" alt="" width="576" height="430" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Creates New High-Level Customer Service Role http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-creates-new-high-level-customer-service-role <p>In response to increasing boat sales and a rapidly expanding worldwide dealer network, Nautic Global Group has named Natalie Thomas to the newly created position of Director of Customer Service.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Natalie_Thomas_SM.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="263" />Thomas, who has extensive customer service process experience with Harmon Automotive, NIBCO and Delta Faucet Company, will design, implement and oversee customer service initiatives across many areas including parts, sales coordination, warranty and process improvement.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are seeing a tremendous increase in business, and that presents all kinds of new challenges," said Jim Orbik, Chief Operating Officer for Nautic Global Group. "In an effort to stay ahead of these challenges and continue to deliver the high level of service expected by our dealer partners, we have created this new position. Natalie will bring a fresh new vision and an incredible amount of energy to this important role."&nbsp;</p> <p>While individual departments have previously been responsible for integrating customer service programs, Thomas will now oversee all initiatives to ensure consistency and proper accountability. She will be located in the company's Elkhart, Indiana, corporate offices, and will report directly to Orbik.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's refreshing to see a company as committed to delivering superior customer service as Nautic Global Group," Thomas said. "I'm excited and honored to be here, and I am ready to hit the ground running to help raise the bar for both our dealers and consumers."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Photo Contest Winner! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-photo-contest-winner <p>Congratulations to Richard Bruner for his winning entry in the latest Rinker Owner's Club Photo Contest! He wins a $50 Visa Gift Card for his shot "Sunset Over The Bow." Have you got a great shot you'd like to share? Just click <a href="http://www.rinkerownersclub.com/Home.aspx">here</a> to enter!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/BRUNER_RICHARD.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="324" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Introducing the Rinker Captiva 236 BR! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/introducing-the-rinker-captiva-236-br <p>Bringing together the classic styling of Rinker and some sexy new innovative features, the all-new Rinker Captiva 236 BR is in a class of its own. From the sharp-looking complementary hull colors that carry through the upholstery accents and canvas, and even concealed cooler access, the 236 is a perfect fit for many boating families.</p> <p class="FreeForm"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_236_Running_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="238" /></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>While it has exceptional performance and top-end speeds, the 236 is also very quick to plane, meaning you&rsquo;ll enjoy economical watersports and cruising operation. Plenty of seating and storage up in the bow (even an optional bow filler cushion to create an oversized sunpad), great watersports details such as a removable transom cushion providing access to the huge integrated swim platform, upgraded Sony marine sound system, custom-painted EZ Loader trailer, and an in-floor gear locker that will hold everything you need for a day on the water. </span></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>And when you factor in smart optional equipment such as a bow scuff plate, docking lights, LED swim light, and a transom remote for the stereo system, you can really create a boat that will be everything you need for years to come. By maximizing deck space through the integration of some clever design features, the Rinker Captiva 236 BR looks, feels, and handles like a much bigger boat. And that translates into more boat for your money...a classic example of Rinker value.</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Introducing the Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/introducing-the-rinker-captiva-220-mtx-extreme <p>With the head-turning WOW factor of top inboard wakeboard boats at a fraction of the price, the all-new Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme is primed to bring a fresh new attitude to a lake near you.</p> <p class="FreeForm"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_220_MTX_Extreme_Wakeboard_Prep_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="276" /></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>From its five exciting color choices (carried through the upholstery, along with spectacular quilted Silvertex accents), aggressive standard wake tower with speakers, and upgraded stereo system with separate power amp, the Extreme is the latest bar-raising addition to the MTX family. The watersports pedigree doesn&rsquo;t end with there, however. Consider the removable walk-through transom cushion, which practically beckons you to the huge two-tier swim platform. When you can sit down comfortably on the upper platform to put on and remove your watersports gear, and the lower platform down at water level completely covers the outdrive, you really start to see&nbsp;where beautiful design and smart functionality come together. You've even got two clever racing "rumble seats" for relaxing in between runs.<br /></span></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>Add in optional equipment like LED swim lights, transom stereo remote, and a custom cover, and you can really take this boat to the next level. If you&rsquo;re in the market for a family sport boat that&rsquo;s loaded with comfort, style and attitude, check out the all-new Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme.&nbsp;</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Introducing the Rinker Captiva 186 Fish & Ski! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/introducing-the-rinker-captiva-186-fish-ski <p>With the wildly successful introduction last year of the first Rinker outboards in more than 20 years, came a wave of requests for a true fishing package.&nbsp;In response, Rinker has introduced the Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski to satisfy the needs of family boaters who need the comfort and watersports performance of a Rinker bowrider while providing fishing versatility for anglers.</p> <p class="FreeForm"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_186_OB_FS_Fishing_LO-RES.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="276" /></p> <p class="FreeForm"><span>With classic Rinker styling, the 186 F&amp;S (also available as an I/O) announces its fishing DNA from a distance with a standard bow-mounted Minn Kota trolling motor, and when you get up close, you&rsquo;ll notice a single pedestal seat receiver in the bow, and two at the stern.&nbsp;</span>Conversion from sport boat to fishing machine is a snap. Simply remove and stow bow cushions, place bow deck insert in place and relocate one of the two cockpit bucket seats. To fish from the rear deck, the other cockpit seat quickly mounts atop an included pedestal mount. Just below the rear bench seat is a large, aerated livewell/baitwell with easy access, and on the sides of the in-floor locker you&rsquo;ll find plenty of dedicated rod storage to keep your equipment safe and always within reach.</p> <p class="FreeForm">Like all Rinker sport boats, storage abounds whether the boat is set up for an afternoon of skiing and tubing or as a fishing boat. Other trademark standard features such as removable snap-in carpet, a convenient walk-through transom, and a standard custom EZ Loader trailer tie the package together. If you&rsquo;re looking for the perfect combination of family sport boat and tough fishing machine, check out the all-new Rinker Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski.</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Boats Featured At Boat Show In Turkey http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-boats-featured-at-boat-show-in-turkey <p>Many thanks to our friends at Blues Yachting for hosting Rinker Boats at the&nbsp;<span>Bodrum Yacht Show in Turkey from August 29 through September 2!</span></p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-09-04_at_2.32.29_PM.png" alt="" width="720" height="539" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-09-04_at_2.32.52_PM.png" alt="" width="719" height="535" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-09-04_at_2.33.07_PM.png" alt="" width="716" height="536" /></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Nautic Global Group Introduces Eight All-New Boats http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/nautic-global-group-introduces-eight-all-new-boats <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nautic Global Group introduced new models for each of its primary boat lines at its annual international dealer conference. The new boats were developed based on ongoing requests from consumers for models with specific features.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/NauticLogo_SMALL.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="159" /></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">"It's important that we continue to set the bar higher and keep working to develop innovative products to inspire our dealers and our boat-buying consumers," said Doug Sexton, Nautic Global Group Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "By adding new offerings to each one of our boat lines, we are demonstrating a commitment to maintain our leadership role in the industry.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nautic Global Group manufactures Rinker Express Cruisers and Captiva Sport Boats, Hurricane Deck Boats, Polar Kraft Aluminum Fishing Boats and Parti Kraft Pontoons, as well as Godfrey Pontoon Boats including Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater. </span></p> <p class="p1">New models announced at the conference were the Rinker Captiva 186 Fish &amp; Ski, Rinker Captiva 220 MTX Extreme, Rinker Captiva 236 BR, Hurricane SunDeck 2220 DC (available as outboard or I/O), Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB, Aqua Patio 250 Express, Aqua Patio 240 OB Elite, and Polar Kraft Kodiak Sport 170 Fish &amp; Ski. The company also made significant improvements to the entire Sweetwater Pontoon Boat series.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;These new boats fit perfectly with our existing brand lineup, and they truly represent our forward-thinking design,&rdquo; Sexton said. &ldquo;Nothing is off the table as far as we&rsquo;re concerned when it comes to developing exciting new products. Whether it&rsquo;s creating a full-featured fishing boat using our wildly popular Rinker Captiva 186 or completely re-imagining the future of pontoons with the incredible Aqua Patio 250 Express, our goal is to lead through innovation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT True American Hero http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/true-american-hero <p>What an incredible honor to be joined by American hero and football legend, Rocky Bleier for our annual dealer conference! Mr. Bleier won a college football national championship in 1966 while attending the University of Notre Dame and went on to join the Pittsburgh Steelers before being drafted into the U.S. Army and being sent to Vietnam following his rookie season. After being seriously wounded in the leg while on a mission, doctors gave him no chance of ever being able to play again in the National Football League. However, hard work and determination enabled him to beat the odds, and he went on to make the team and eventually win four Super Bowls with the Steelers. His message of overcoming adversity through perseverance and dedication was absolutely exhilarating!</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rocky2.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="445" /></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT New Rinker Sneak Peak...Top Secret! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/new-rinker-sneak-peak-top-secret <p>Well...it appears that the new Rinker that will be unveiled July 31 also comes in an inboard version. Remember, you didn't see these here...shhhhhhhh!<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186_IO_FS_7.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="450" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186_IO_FS_6.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Shhhh...More Spy Pics Of New Rinker http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/shhhh-more-spy-pics-of-new-rinker <p style="text-align: left;">Snuck into the factory and quickly snapped these spy pics of the new Rinker. It will be unveiled on July 31!<img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186_OB_FS_edit.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="450" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/186_OB_FS_2_edit_.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Discount on Rinker Gear! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/discount-on-rinker-gear <p>Lots of new merchandise to choose from at www.rinkergear.com!<br /><a href="http://www.rinkergear.com"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Gear_15_Off2.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="467" /></a></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sneak Peek At New Rinker http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/sneak-peek-at-new-rinker <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VW1Bpt9cniA" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Rockets Red Glare! A Guide To Enjoying Fireworks On The Water http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rockets-red-glare-a-guide-to-enjoying-fireworks-on-the-water <p>About the only way to make a Fourth of July fireworks display even more spectacular is to watch it from your boat. Not only do you get to enjoy the relatively cooler temperatures as the evening sets in, you essentially get double the show because of the reflections off the surface of the water. If this is your first time to venture out on the water at night, let&rsquo;s just say it will be tough to spend an Independence Day on terra firma ever again.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Fireworks_From_The_Water.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="373" /></span>Sure, it takes a little planning to get ready for an on-the-water fireworks display, but the extra effort is worth it to ensure that your crew will have a fun, safe and memorable night. The two biggest challenges? Well, it will be dark, of course, and more than likely, you won&rsquo;t be the only one out there with this great idea. As long as you keep those two things in mind and follow these tips, things should go smoothly.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SAFETY CHECK</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Well before you get underway, take time to check that all running and anchor lights are working properly. And make sure you have all of your safety equipment including a whistle (or other approved noise-making advice) and a life jacket for everyone on board. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll have more passengers than usual for a special trip like this, so a life-jacket count is important. Remember that water-enforcement authorities will be out in force.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>EAR PROTECTION</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Make sure you have ear protection for children or hearing-sensitive adults. The sound of exploding fireworks is greatly amplified across open water. And while they may love being part of the action on most boat trips, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">please leave your pets at home</span>. The disorienting lights and loud sounds can cause anxiety in even the calmest animal. And there are already enough distractions for the captain and crew.<br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">GET THERE EARLY</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Find a good spot well before the show starts. Whether you&rsquo;re beaching, rafting with other boats, or dropping anchor in open water, you will not regret getting there a little early and staking your claim (well outside the restricted area around the launching platform) while there&rsquo;s still some daylight. This will help ensure that you&rsquo;ve chosen a spot well out of the main channel where all the latecomers will be rushing in to find any remaining anchorages.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>JUST SAY NO</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the safety of your passengers and other boaters, keep libations off limits for the captain and vital crew. You will have plenty of things to keep track of before, during and after the show. Keep your wits about you and don&rsquo;t &ldquo;be that guy.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>LIGHTS OUT</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Don&rsquo;t add to the show. That means turning off all non-required lights onboard and never launch your own fireworks from the boat. No spotlights, no flashlights, no sparklers. It just detracts from the viewing experience for your boat and everyone around you. And keep your radio off or turned down. There will be plenty of ambient noise and sounds to keep you occupied.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>TAKE IT EASY</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Finally, after the show, don&rsquo;t be in a hurry to leave. Most accidents happen when there&rsquo;s a mad dash back to the dock. Often the ones in a hurry have not heeded the advice to stay away from the holiday &ldquo;spirits.&rdquo; You&rsquo;ve already taken the time to get set up and properly anchored. Enjoy the mass exodus and a sky full of stars while the crowds file out of the area. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enjoying a fireworks show from the water is one of the great delights for any boating family. It&rsquo;s an experience you won&rsquo;t forget. And with a few precautions and a little planning, you can make it a memorable experience you can enjoy safely.</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT 7 Golden Rules For Being A Good Marina Neighbor http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/7-golden-rules-for-being-a-good-marina-neighbor <p>Being a good marina neighbor basically comes down to doing for them what you would have them do for you. That&rsquo;s right&hellip;it&rsquo;s the Golden Rule. Be gracious, be helpful, be generous, and be considerate. But <span style="text-decoration: underline;">you</span> knew that already. It&rsquo;s the others who might need a helping hand, right? Here are some pointers to help guide you in building a great relationship with the folks in your surrounding marina slips and in the process set a good example for everyone else.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Marina_At_Night_2.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s easy to rush at the end of the day. You&rsquo;re tired, it&rsquo;s getting dark and cocktail hour is rapidly approaching. But when you&rsquo;re pulling into the marina, take care to slow down. No wake speed is top speed. Creeping along is better. You have more time to react, you won&rsquo;t create a disturbing wake, and you will give others a chance to help guide you in.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">STERN IN</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->&nbsp;Yes, it takes a little more time to back into your slip, but not only is it much easier to get on and off your boat aft, but you provide a clearer walking path along the docks. This is especially important for boats with large bows or pulpits.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">DECLUTTER</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coil your dock lines, organize your shore power cords, stow watersports gear and life jackets, and put away your cleaning supplies. It&rsquo;s getting dark, remember? It&rsquo;s hard to see those hazards, and tripping on a hose on a splintery wooden dock while wearing flip-flops is not a fun way to end a fun day on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SHUT IT DOWN&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Going up to the marina restaurant for a catfish dinner? Shut down your gear. That means turning off your lights, your marine radio, CD player, television and everything else that can annoy your neighbors while you&rsquo;re gone. A shrieking radio or television can quickly put the damper on a relaxing evening.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">GO WITH THE FLOW&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You had a big day. You&rsquo;re probably worn out and tired. Others probably are too. Some marinas seem to have a bigger nightlife than a daylife, but many wind down after hours. Don&rsquo;t be too rowdy if everyone&rsquo;s turning in early. Don&rsquo;t be too whiny if there&rsquo;s a party a couple of boats over.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BE EFFICIENT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need gas? Get it and move along. Need to pack or unpack the boat? Use the designated areas. Don&rsquo;t dawdle around fuel docks or launch ramps. Boaters are generally patient people, but this can be a big source of irritation, especially among the &ldquo;regulars.&rdquo; Do some advance planning and think about your strategy for dealing with fuel and launching/retrieving efficiently.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KNOW THE RULES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most marinas have established policies to help ensure a peaceful community. Some rules are common to all marinas and some are &ldquo;house&rdquo; rules that deal with special situations that have come up before in that location. Many times you can get the &ldquo;lay of the land&rdquo; by having a quick, friendly conversation with the marina manager or your neighboring boaters. One of the most important things to remember is to respect the marina&rsquo;s &ldquo;quiet hours.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Stuck In The Muck? Here’s What To Do When You Run Aground http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/stuck-in-the-muck-here-s-what-to-do-when-you-run-aground <p>It&rsquo;s not if&hellip;it&rsquo;s when. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how alert you are, no matter what your chart plotter/sonar/depth gauge says, one of these days, you&rsquo;re going to come to an abrupt stop against your will. And if it hasn&rsquo;t happened yet, you just wait. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be the end of your boating day. And if you follow these steps, you can limit the damage done and the time it takes to free your vessel from its embarrassing perch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Run_Aground.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EVALUATE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We&rsquo;re power boaters, and the first thing we&rsquo;re going to want to do is power up and through the problem. Wrong. That is a recipe for making things worse and digging yourself in even deeper. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The first course of action is to have everyone on board put on a life jacket if they haven&rsquo;t already</span>. Then, evaluate your situation. And to do that safely, go ahead and put the boat in idle. Obviously if your prop is striking something, you want to shut the motor off. But idle may be enough to see what&rsquo;s going on and still give you the ability to maneuver quickly if there&rsquo;s a ripping current, outgoing tide or heavy boat traffic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>EXAMINE</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rocky shoal, marshy muck or sandbar? This is going to determine your next move. If you throw the boat into reverse and try to blast your way off this darned impediment backwards, you run the risk of filling your water intake with all sorts of engine-fouling badness. Plus, that metal propeller is no match for submerged boulders. If you&rsquo;re in a tidal basin or on a managed lake with water-level fluctuations, or a river that you&rsquo;ve run safely all summer, remember it may now be littered with unseen obstacles. Make sure you take a minute to make sure you know what you&rsquo;re dealing with.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>HARD OR EASY?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Are you aground hard or easy? That is, deep into the mess or just barely into the mess? This has a lot to do with your speed at impact and what it is you&rsquo;re on. Time to do a visual inspection of the hull. Lean over the sides or, if it&rsquo;s safe to do so, hop in wearing a life jacket and paddle over. If you&rsquo;ve got a damaged or punctured hull, the safest thing to do is anchor and call for assistance. The last thing you want is to work your boat free, only to find that you&rsquo;re taking on water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>FIND DEEP WATER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Best-case scenario is that you&rsquo;re on easy and the current, tide or another boat&rsquo;s wake may help set you free. Anchors should be set upwind. Use a tube or life jacket to help swim it into position if it&rsquo;s safe to do so. Make sure you know where the deeper water is, so you can move in that direction.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>REDUCE DRAFT<br /><br /></strong>If you&rsquo;re on hard, though, it may be necessary to get busy. In that case, reduce draft as much as possible by offloading weight. Start with any water you may be holding. That&rsquo;s the really heavy stuff. Or reposition your passengers as needed. Other items that may make sense to offload, such as full propane tanks, can be loaded onto a tube or dingy and tethered alongside. If the tide is running out, consider that you may need to support or cushion the hull as the boat loses float.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>NEVER DO THIS</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a last resort, before getting professional help from a tow service or local boating law enforcement, you may be tempted to try getting help from another recreational boater. <strong>Don&rsquo;t do it</strong>. Most pleasure crafts don&rsquo;t have deck hardware strong enough for such feats. And even if the cleats hold, the lines you have aboard will likely break under the stress, creating a dangerous situation for everyone aboard both boats.&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Join The Party! A Guide To Boat Raft-Ups http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/join-the-party-a-guide-to-boat-raft-ups <p>At one time or another, you&rsquo;ve probably seen a group of boats banded together in a floating, fun-loving, makeshift community.&nbsp; And when you see everyone swimming, grilling, laughing, dancing and generally having a great time, you might just ask yourself: How can I join the party?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Raft_Up.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="269" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Raft-ups are great way to enjoy spending time with friends, family and, occasionally, complete strangers. As with any worthwhile endeavor, however, there are both time-honored traditions and unwritten rules one must abide in the quest of boating fun. And once you master a few easy techniques, you&rsquo;ll be a raft-up master in no time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Gear Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;ve probably already got the necessary gear on board. If you don&rsquo;t, a quick stop at any marine retailer can help you fill in the gaps. Before you pull up to a raft-up, make sure you have at least two fenders, four bow lines, two spring lines, a good anchor appropriate for your body of water (sand, mud, rocks, etc.), and anchor line equal to about 10 times the length of your boat. One optional piece of equipment is a boat hook, which really helps with close-quarter pulling and pushing to keep your hands safely inside the boat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Step Up </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well, it never seems to work out this way, but in an ideal world, you want the biggest boat to set a good, strong anchor, then have all the other, presumably smaller, boats start tying up from either side outward. About every third boat then will set anchor and ease into the raft-up. If you&rsquo;ve got a raft-up veteran directing the show, things will move quickly and efficiently. If not, don&rsquo;t worry&hellip;figuring out each individual raft-up layout is half the fun.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Heads Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Assuming you&rsquo;ve been invited, pull up within hailing distance and get your host or other appointed dignitary on the VHF radio or cell phone. If technology fails you, which it has been known to do, look for the wildly waving arms of a friendly guide telling you what side you&rsquo;ll be hooking up to.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Set Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Spring into action by getting your fenders out on both sides of your boat, securing your bow and stern lines to the cleats, and getting your spring lines out and available. Make sure everyone on your boat has a job. You need your lines manned, but don&rsquo;t toss them to the other boat until you&rsquo;re almost in place. Those well-meaning souls can tug you out of position in a hurry. Trim up your engine and trim tabs to make it easier to glide into place.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pull Up</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You want momentum, but not speed. Bump the throttle as needed to keep your forward motion, but careful not to create a wake and slosh the raft-up. You should be approaching the line astern, and if things are going as planned, everyone&rsquo;s bow should be into the wind. Be on the lookout for any swimmers, your first priority is safety for everyone inside and outside your boat. If you&rsquo;ve got kids or other guests that aren&rsquo;t helping with the raft-up approach, they need to be seated and quiet. Pull up easy and stop at idle next to the boat you&rsquo;ll tie off with, but don&rsquo;t turn off your engine until you&rsquo;re securely attached.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lines Out</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Toss bow and stern lines to the adjacent boat and adjust forward and aft so your stern lines up with the other boat. This makes it easier to step from one boat to the other. Use spring lines between boats to make sure you don&rsquo;t shift forward and aft. Now you can shut down the engine and allow passengers to move. Make sure children are wearing life jackets at all times.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Party On</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now for the social aspect of rafting. You should have brought enough food, beverages and appetizers for your boat and extras to share with the other members of the raft-up. Be considerate about your music volume, splashing, language and anything else that may rankle your new neighbors. Be willing and able to lend a hand as new boats arrive or leave.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Take Off</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just like with jumper cables, your departure should operate in reverse order of your arrival. Help the folks on the end if needed and be patient for your turn. If you&rsquo;re one of the first boats out, take off slowly with no wake so you don&rsquo;t disturb the other rafters. If you (or another boat) need to leave from a spot in the middle of the line, tie two long bow lines to boats on either side of you, and a long stern line to one of the boats. Take off your spring lines, then the bow lines, then the stern lines and back up and out. Toss the stern line from one remaining boat to the other, pull them together, and secure lines between them.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Out After Dark? A Guide To Boating At Night http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/out-after-dark-a-guide-to-boating-at-night <p class="MsoNormal">Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Screen_shot_2012-05-30_at_3.56.15_PM.png" alt="" width="360" height="244" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">SLOW DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you&rsquo;ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don&rsquo;t. You&rsquo;ll need to be on the lookout for the running lights of other vessels, aids to navigation in the water, and 100 others things that inevitably pop up out of nowhere at night. Since your reaction time will be slower, and your eyes will be working overtime to distinguish all kinds of different shapes, ease up on the throttle. By the way, that creature you see in the water is more than likely not a mermaid: If you&rsquo;re cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down South&hellip;it&rsquo;s probably a manatee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SEE &amp; BE SEEN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You may be tempted to shut off your running lights sometimes&hellip;especially if you&rsquo;re drifting (or at anchor). This is a big mistake if you&rsquo;re anywhere near the channel. Many times you will justify going incognito because there&rsquo;s a decent moon, and once your eyes adjust, you can see just fine. But it&rsquo;s critically important that you leave your lights on when you&rsquo;re out on the water. They are not for you, after all. They&rsquo;re for the other boaters to be able to spot you from a distance. The more reaction time, the better.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">NO SUDDEN MOVES</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even with the required running lights, your eyes can still play tricks on you. Boats running in your line of sight can confuse your senses at times and convince you that you&rsquo;re seeing something you&rsquo;re not. For that reason, always try to maintain a fairly consistent track at night. Doing donuts, figure eights, and zigzagging across the water is asking for trouble. Plus, any passengers onboard may not be ready for abrupt maneuvers and could be tossed overboard. Since they will they be tougher to spot in dark water, you risk striking them with the boat or propeller.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">CRANK IT DOWN</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Music and boating go together like peanut butter and jelly during the day. But after hours, it&rsquo;s more like peanut butter and anchovies. In other words, it&rsquo;s really bad form to blast your tunes above background level. Sound carries extremely well over water, and even a moderate volume can be an annoyance to folks who have already packed it in for the night. Keep your tunes at a level where you can have a normal conversation. You can cut loose again the next day when you break out the watersports gear.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TOP IT OFF</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is a real bummer to run out of gas any time and any place. But when you&rsquo;re out on the water at night, it&rsquo;s an entirely new level of trouble. Being in a position where you can&rsquo;t avoid other objects and get yourself home is bad enough, but it is a long, difficult process for someone else to have to find your position in the dark, down some off-the-beaten-path canal. Make sure you top the tank off before the sun goes down, while the fuel stations are still open and easy to see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">SWIM...DON&rsquo;T DIVE</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is something really thrilling about sliding into the water at night. Note the word &ldquo;sliding.&rdquo; Diving into dark water at night is a really bad idea. Because no matter what that depth finder says, you never know what submerged tree, Pinto fender or ridiculously tall rock lurks beneath the surface. And since you&rsquo;re going into the water at night, don&rsquo;t take a chance that your head will be the first hard object that makes contact. Whatever you do, just go gentle into that good night (swim).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">KEEP YOUR WITS<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You already know that your reaction time will be diminished because of the darkness. You&rsquo;ll add to those effects exponentially with every cocktail. And if that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, reduced inhibitions will increase the hey-watch-this instinct that can turn a fun cruise under the stars into an evening that is best avoided. Stay off the booze. It&rsquo;s your responsibility as captain.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Victor Hotel Foxtrot! Know How & When To Use Your Marine Radio http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/victor-hotel-foxtrot-know-how-when-to-use-your-marine-radio <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/-1.jpg" alt="" width="361" height="274" /></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">For now just understand that if there&rsquo;s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable for you (and your guests) in an emergency, it&rsquo;s your VHF marine radio (either handheld or fixed-mount). &nbsp;When you&rsquo;re out of cell phone service coverage (or the battery&rsquo;s dead or you left it on your charger at home), your VHF radio can summon the help you need in the case of an accident. Certain frequencies, such as channels 9 and 16, are monitored by the Coast Guard (or other boating law enforcement agency) and, when used properly, a marine radio can be an effective way to communicate with other vessels, along with harbormasters and marinas, for various reasons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>And it&rsquo;s important to know and respect the appropriate etiquette for using a VHF radio to make sure your messages are clearly understood and a proper response can be put into effect. Here are some key points to remember when using your marine radio.</p> <p><strong>Know Where It Is</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;Although recreational power boats under 65 feet in length are not required to have a marine radio on board, it&rsquo;s really a good idea to have one whenever you go out. Fixed-mount radios are just that, fixed to the helm like your CD player. Handhelds can be stowed out of the way, but always know where it is. Emergencies can happen quickly, whether it&rsquo;s aboard your boat or on another vessel.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monitor Channel 16</strong></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);">When your radio is on but not transmitting, keep it on Channel 16. You are required to come to the aid of other vessels and Channel 16 is used for hailing other boaters. You can switch to another agreed-upon channel after contact is made. This channel is also used for weather alerts and reports of hazards to navigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Radio Checks</strong></p> <p>Rather than use "blind" radio checks, the current preferred methods for determining if your radio is working properly are to call another boat directly (by name) or contact a known shore station (marina, fueling station, etc.). Another idea is to tune to a weather frequency. Chances are<span>&nbsp;that if you can hear the weather broadcast, your radio is working, and the antenna is likely sound.</span></p> <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(26, 26, 26, 0.296875); -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(175, 192, 227, 0.230469); -webkit-composition-frame-color: rgba(77, 128, 180, 0.230469);"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t use bad language or broadcast anything besides clear, easy-to-understand requests or instructions. For that reason, make sure you supervise use by children and anyone not familiar with the rules.</p> <p><strong>Speak, Release, Wait</strong></p> <p>VHF radios work like walkie-talkies, not telephones. For that reason, only one person can talk at a time. You press the button, send your message (boat name, radio channel, location, and &ldquo;over&rdquo;), release the button and wait for a response. Remember that others may be trying to use the channel as well, so make sure you listen first and make sure they are finished before starting your transmission.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hooked On Phonetics</strong></p> <p>Because of the technology and the less-than-perfect conditions in which VHF radios are often used, remember that it&rsquo;s often hard to understand numbers and certain letters. When stating numbers, say each number individually. If you&rsquo;re at channel marker 316, say &ldquo;three-one-six&rdquo; instead of &ldquo;three-sixteen.&rdquo; Also, there&rsquo;s a reason the phonetic alphabet has been around a long time. It works. Study up! Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu</p> <p><strong>Mayday Is The Last Resort</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t ever say &ldquo;mayday&rdquo; unless you have a real emergency that threatens someone&rsquo;s life or puts property in immediate danger. Other boaters and the Coast Guard will converge on a mayday distress call, and you will not be popular if a child or crew member is goofing around with the radio. Mayday is a 911 call on the water. Make sure everyone on board knows the rules. If you do have a legitimate mayday call, say it three times, followed by your location and your situation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Can’t We All Just Get Along? Basic Boating Etiquette http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/can-t-we-all-just-get-along-basic-boating-etiquette <p>Even if you&rsquo;re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the &ldquo;Rules of the Road.&rdquo; Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it&rsquo;s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We&rsquo;ll just call it basic boating etiquette.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Baby_Waving_On_Boat.png" alt="" width="360" height="237" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just as there are social norms you&rsquo;re expected to know on land, you&rsquo;ve got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you&rsquo;re going to be spending any time at all on the water. While you are definitely the master of your own nautical domain aboard your boat, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As stated above, there are basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat, and you shouldn&rsquo;t leave the dock until you&rsquo;ve spent some time getting to know what you&rsquo;re doing. It&rsquo;s the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don&rsquo;t have brakes. The following pointers are really more to fill in the gray areas of boat operation that you&rsquo;ll come across at one time or another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Watch Your Wake</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. You&rsquo;re cruising across a channel and you avoid striking a cruiser by swinging into a shallow anchorage while traveling at a pretty good speed. That&rsquo;s great, but look at how much wake you&rsquo;ve churned up for the other boaters on the hook. If you&rsquo;ve caused boats to bang into each other or knocked someone&rsquo;s grill off their deck or otherwise harmed their property, you&rsquo;re the one on the hook for the damages. Big wakes in crowded spaces is bad news.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Go Easy </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Slow down if another boat is trying to overtake you. This is boating, not <em>The Fast &amp; The Furious</em><span style="font-style: normal;">. Tight channels, marina entrances, etc. should be single file. But if there&rsquo;s room to pass and another vessel is coming alongside you, ease off the throttle and avoid a drag race. The faster your speed, the faster they&rsquo;ll have to go to get around you. For safety and the serenity of everyone around you, just slow down and let them go around. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Anchor In Order</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first one in blazes the trail. If you&rsquo;re entering an anchorage, mimic the other boats in how you tie off, how you anchor, how much line to use and how much distance you allow between the other boats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Respect Your Neighbors </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you have a loud boat (kids, music, barking dogs, smoky grills), make sure you leave plenty of space. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away. Downwind is your friend. You never know who&rsquo;s got an early getaway and is turning in early. Just like on terra firma, respecting your neighbors is the first step toward everyone &ldquo;getting along.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Efficient</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re launching or retrieving your boat at a ramp, do it efficiently. Load your boat in the parking lot. Pull your boat over to a temporary dock to bring passengers aboard. Don&rsquo;t drain, don&rsquo;t clean, and don&rsquo;t waste time. Everyone wants to be either on the water or off the water, just like you. Think in advance about how you can cut down your ramp time. Delegate responsibilities and practice them before you get to the ramp.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fuel And Go</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As long as we&rsquo;re on this subject, the same rules go for fuel docks. Get your fuel, pay your bill and move out of the way. If you need to buy groceries or a lake chart or bait, relocate your boat to the temporary docks. Again, fueling is a necessary part of your boating experience, but be considerate of other boaters who would also rather be out on the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Lend A Hand</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is one of the unwritten laws that can say more about you as a boater than almost anything else. You should be willing to assist other vessels as they arrive and depart. While this courtesy shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily extend to the entire marina, you should be alert to help out you folks in the adjoining slips. They toss you a line and you hold it or help guide them in. Then you hand them back the line and they tie off. It just takes a minute, and you&rsquo;ve shown everyone what a standup boater you are.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep It Clean</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Marinas have enough hazards as it is without having to step over draining coolers, half-deflated tubes and sloppy dock lines. Buckets, shoes, carts and other items need to be stowed properly. And if you&rsquo;ve used a piece of equipment intended for common use, put it back where you found it.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT GPS Has Changed How We Navigate…Here’s How It Works http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/gps-has-changed-how-we-navigate-here-s-how-it-works <p>By now, you&rsquo;ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you&rsquo;ve got a smartphone, you&rsquo;ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_360_EC.png" alt="" width="216" height="97" />From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal &ldquo;landmark&rdquo; navigation, through the complicated process of &ldquo;dead reckoning&rdquo; using a compass, ship&rsquo;s speed and the hope you&rsquo;ll get close, it wasn&rsquo;t until we looked to the sky that our position was something more than a guess. While celestial navigation wasn&rsquo;t exactly foolproof (not much help during the day or on cloudy evenings), a clear night sky and a sextant were definitely a huge step forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The technology we know today as GPS began as land-based radio signaling (some are still used today) and position was calculated by determining how far the boat is away from a known source signal. Now, of course, we use primarily satellite-based, high-frequency signaling and new receivers that are easy-to-use and extremely accurate. <span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So now, no matter where you are in the world (assuming you can get a signal) your course and position data is right in front of you and usually right on the money. This makes it easy and convenient to calculate your proximity to land, other vessels and approaching weather. For recreational boaters, this has provided a new level of comfort and security when underway.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s amazing, really. There are satellites orbiting the Earth, constantly transmitting signals that contain position and time information. All your GPS has to do is grab a few of those signals and make an quick calculation to determine the differences between those signals (the same way old-school mariners &ldquo;triangulate&rdquo; their position using a known fixed point like a lighthouse) and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a spot on the map you can trust. And because the information is continuously updated, you can see an accurate heading, along with your speed and, sometimes most importantly, where you&rsquo;ve been.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, all GPS systems work a little differently, and all have their own bells and whistles, but they all essentially work the same way and provide the same basic information. Generally, you&rsquo;ll have some sort of graphic display to see your location, and many, especially a GPS that&rsquo;s designed for boaters, will offer a charting feature to put your location in context with your surroundings. They come in different shapes and sizes from handheld to fixed-mount but, again, the basic functionality is the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One feature you want to make sure you master before hitting the water is the Waypoint function. This can be as basic as marking your point of departure (usually &ldquo;Home&rdquo;) and giving your self a virtual crumb trail back to port. Or you can program in a few stops you want to make during the day, which helps you determine when you&rsquo;ll arrive at, say, a dockside restaurant for lunch. Fisherman can also mark their favorite &ldquo;honey holes&rdquo; so they&rsquo;re easy to find the next time out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While GPS systems won&rsquo;t completely eliminate the need for more traditional charts (they&rsquo;re not much good if your electrical system fails), they have made it easier for boaters to get more adventurous and confident out on the water.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Hey…What Does This Button Do? The ABCs of Trim Tabs http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/hey-what-does-this-button-do-the-abcs-of-trim-tabs <p class="MsoNormal">There&rsquo;s probably no more misunderstood accessory on your boat than the trim tab. New boaters, especially, are reluctant to start flipping switches they don&rsquo;t completely recognize for fear of some imagined catastrophic result. Or, they the press the button, nothing appears to happen, and the switch is ignored from that point forward.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_310_Running.png" alt="" width="360" height="299" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see trim tabs are one of those features on a boat that you never really knew you needed. That is until you climbed aboard your buddy&rsquo;s boat and felt the instantly smoother ride, the crisp handling and the near elimination of bow rise when the trim tabs were properly engaged. Wow, what a difference!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, fear the switch no longer. Here are some tips for using trim tabs to help improve your ride. And, if you&rsquo;re already a trim tab master, you may want to share this to help the uninitiated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>What Are The Benefits of Trim Tabs? </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trim tabs allow you to adjust the ride of your boat, independent of the motor&rsquo;s outdrive. This means they effectively help keep the bow down, permitting you to have superior on-plane performance at slower speeds. They can also provide much greater visibility for the captain by keeping the bow down at reduced speeds. Ride comfort is also improved because of the ability to adjust both forward and aft as well as side to side to handle any water condition.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>How Do Trim Tabs Work?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trim tabs are installed low and wide on the transom, next to the hull bottom (planing surface). They work by altering the path of water passing under them while the boat is underway. When adjusted downward, they provide lift, thereby raising the stern and lowering the bow. Remember that the faster the boat speed, the greater the effect of trim tab adjustment. In other words, you need more adjustment at slower speeds to get your desired result. One thing trim tabs can&rsquo;t do very well, however, is help to keep the bow up, which can be needed when there&rsquo;s a big, following sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>How Do I Operate My Trim Tabs? </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Generally you&rsquo;ll have a pair of rocker- or toggle-style switches mounted within easy reach of the helm. When making adjustments while underway, use short &ldquo;bursts&rdquo; of just a second or two. By keeping the adjustments short, you will have time to feel what affect it had on your boat&rsquo;s ride. There will be a delay after you make the correction, so give it a few seconds to see how it feels. The switches can be operated independently so you can apply more trim to one side than the other. This can really be a big help in confused seas. You work the switches the same way a pilot guides an airplane. Push forward/up to ease the bow down, and push backward/down to get the bow up.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>A Word About Power Trim </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even if your boat has a button called &ldquo;power trim,&rdquo; don&rsquo;t mistake that for trim tabs. Power trim refers to the remote adjustments you can make on your outdrive to provide fore and aft trim adjustments (bow up or bow down). Trim tabs can help correct side-to-side adjustments (heeling or leaning) and are more efficient at encouraging your bow to trim down, such as when taking off before you reach plane. The best bet is to use both power trim and trim tabs to dial in your maximum performance for your given conditions.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Freedom, Fellowship And Free Stuff? Join The Club! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/freedom-fellowship-and-free-stuff-join-the-club <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As a Rinker owner, you are invited to join a great community that will not only help you share your experiences with other owners, but will give you exclusive access to special contests, incredible discounts and even the chance to earn free Rinker gear, cash rebates and fuel cards. Yes, fuel cards.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/main_logo.png" alt="" width="224" height="212" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>When you sign up for your complimentary membership in the Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club <a href="http://www.rinkerownersclub.com">here</a>, you are immediately linked to a terrific network of fellow owners who also enjoy living their life to the fullest aboard a Rinker. Whether you&rsquo;re looking for answers to common questions or you want to share boat-handling tips you&rsquo;ve learned along with way, the Owner&rsquo;s Club Forum will soon become your favorite stop on the web.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Another fun reason to join is the quarterly Special Moment Photo Contest, which encourages friendly competition among your fellow owners while everyone attempts to capture the best image of their family and friends aboard their Rinker. Entries are pouring in for the next contest, so don&rsquo;t miss your chance to claim the top prize of a $50 Visa gift card!</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;re thinking about moving into a new boat, you owe it to yourself to join the Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club to take advantage of a generous trade-in allowance that&rsquo;s only available to club members. Cash rebates of up to $1,500 are yours for the taking...what have you got to lose? Two key things to remember: You must be a club member BEFORE your new boat purchase; and your new boat must be warranty registered through your local dealer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chances are, you&rsquo;re spending at least part of your boating season out on the water with friends. And when non-boaters (or former boaters) get a taste of the lifestyle that you and your family enjoy so much, it&rsquo;s not uncommon for them to want to join the party. As a member of the Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club, you will be eligible for the Refer-A-Friend program, which provides incentives to you for steering them toward a new Rinker purchase. Simply, if your friend buys a new Rinker within six months of your referral, you will receive special gifts such as fuel cards and gift cards to purchase Rinker Merchandise, valued at up to $900, depending on the model purchased!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In addition to these awesome benefits, you will also be the first to receive valuable information on local getaways, raft-ups, parties and cruises, as well as any pending warranty issues that will help you maximize your time on the water. Regular updates via the Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club e-newsletter will help you keep up with all the latest news. And discounts from club sponsors will help you save money every day on everything from boat insurance to boat care products.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>So whether you have enjoyed several Rinkers over the years or you&rsquo;re new to our family, our mission is to help you take your ownership experience to a whole new level. If you&rsquo;re not already a member, please take a minute to join the Rinker Owner&rsquo;s Club today!</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Wake Up! An Up-Close Look At Boat Watersports http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/wake-up-an-up-close-look-at-boat-watersports <p>As much as we all enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, part of the fun of boating is the opportunity to not only get out on the water, but also to get wet once in a while. And if you&rsquo;ve got younger passengers, your boat will likely be decked out with a hefty collection of different equipment&hellip;some familiar and some not so familiar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most popular watersports today. Please remember to ALWAYS wear a life jacket when participating in any of these activities.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Shoe_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="430" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tubing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nothing puts a smile on the face of a kid like the freedom found clinging tightly to an inflatable tube as it skitters across the water. Although they come in a huge variety of styles, the basic idea is pretty simple. A bladder made of flexible PVC is inflated with air, and the tube is attached to a nylon towrope, which is then attached to a boat. The rider (or riders) then sits or kneels inside the tube or holds on to handles attached to the surface of the tube. One of the appealing things about tubing is that the boat driver has plenty of control over the experience the riders will have. Slower speeds and a straight track will be great for even the most timid children, while higher speeds and sharper turns add more thrill to the ride. For the best (and safest) ride, always make sure the tube is properly inflated.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeboarding involves riding a fiberglass board over the surface of the water with your feet tightly anchored to the surface with a binding. You hold the handle of a ski rope (usually attached to a wake tower &ldquo;pull point&rdquo; that&rsquo;s about 7 feet from the water&rsquo;s surface) and criss-cross the wake wave at around 18-24 miles per hour. Enthusiasts can launch themselves into the air or perform a number of exciting tricks. Beginners who try these maneuvers will quickly learn what the term &ldquo;face plant&rdquo; means.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wakeskating</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wakeskating is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from wood or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, (similar to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable wipeouts. Riders usually wear grip shoes while riding behind the boat at 16&ndash;20 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider and their proficiency in the sport.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Maddie_Tube.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="242" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Kneeboarding</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s gone by a number of different names over its 40-year history (Knee Ski, Glide Slide and Hydroslide were pioneering styles), but no matter what you call it, kneeboarding is a blast. As the name suggests, you kneel down on a surf-style board, while holding on to a towrope handle and the boat pulls you along at about 15-20 miles per hour. Starts are pretty easy, and once you reach plane, you can pull a strap securely across your knees to hold you on the board. As with tubing, the driver has a great deal of control over the rider&rsquo;s experience, adjusting speeds as needed as directed by a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; on the boat who keeps their eye on the rider at all times. More advanced riders can perform tricks such as the Side Slide, Back Roll and Surface 360.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Nick_Waterski.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="289" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Waterskiing</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Waterskiing is the oldest and most familiar mainstream watersport. A skier slips his feet into rubber bindings, and is pulled up and out of the water while holding the handle of a towrope attached to a boat. With the skis under water pointing toward the boat, the skier signals the driver to accelerate, while a &ldquo;spotter&rdquo; monitors the progress and lets the driver know when to speed up, slow down or come around to pick up a downed skier. More advanced skiers sometimes &ldquo;drop&rdquo; one ski and ride with both feet on a single (or slalom) ski. Invented in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, the sport has evolved from two boards and a clothesline to modern fiberglass skis to suit any skill level.</p> <p><strong>Safety First</strong></p> <p>Watersports are a great way to enjoy your boat, but safety should always come first. Remember to check the towrope at the boat connection point (ski-tow eye, wakeboard tower, or ski pylon) and the tube itself. Replace the rope at the first sign of fraying because it could breakk under strain. Also, take up rope slack slowly to prevent knots and to avoid jerking the rider. Know the abilities of your riders, and start slowly...working up to a manageable speed. Check tubes for age and weight capacities, and always know local speed limits and regulations for tow sports. Never abruptly change your course when other boats are present, and always slow down when your riders are crossing the wake.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Making Kids Comfortable On The Water http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/making-kids-comfortable-on-the-water <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the skipper of your boat, you&rsquo;re responsible for the safety of everyone on board. And, if you&rsquo;ve got children on deck, it&rsquo;s easy to come across as intimidating when you&rsquo;re really just trying to make sure they&rsquo;re not in harm's way. If that&rsquo;s the case, consider using these tips to encourage their love of the water and make sure they want to be out on the boat as much as you do.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Kids_At_Dock.png" alt="" width="360" height="258" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">While most kids are naturally drawn to the water, sometimes it&rsquo;s a tough leap for them to go from the shore to the ship. The best way to ease those concerns? Just like with anything else they may be apprehensive about, the key is to get them involved in every part of the day&mdash;from the planning to hands-on crew responsibilities. Let them help you and learn from you, and you will likely have a crewmember for life.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Whether it&rsquo;s your own children (and their friends), grandkids, nieces and nephews, or neighbors, remember that any tasks you assign will need to be appropriate to their age. Expecting too much too fast will tend to have the opposite result. And be prepared to add new responsibilities when they&rsquo;ve honed their skills. Being able to contribute as a member of the crew will build confidence and teamwork while making them more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Pre-Launch Checklist</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get the kids involved in creating a pre-launch checklist. If they have a hand in putting it together, they will be especially vigilant about checking for the appropriate number of life jackets, checking the battery charge, and always verifying a properly secured drain plug. This perfect for anything you tend to overlook every trip. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Everything In Its Place</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Teach children the right way to tend the fenders and dock lines and how to stow them the proper way. Make sure they see you communicating with the dock hands at a marina or gas pump station so they understand how the system works. Once they master the hand signals and nuanced gestures, they will get in the proper position to help before you have to say a word.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Talk The Talk </strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Make sure the kids are familiar with the basic boating terminology. You wouldn&rsquo;t take them to a foreign country without coaching them on basic communication skills, would you? Take the time to clarify fore and aft, port and starboard, lee and windward, etc. It will help them feel like they&rsquo;re one of the &ldquo;insiders,&rdquo; especially if they can help educate others on the next trip.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Teachable Moments</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Always look for an opportunity to reinforce the &ldquo;why.&rdquo; Children are learners. And, you may have noticed they don&rsquo;t respond well to &ldquo;because I said so.&rdquo; Why not explain how the safety equipment works? Or show them how the trim affects the ride of the boat. They thrive on &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; knowledge. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Mind Their Manners</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Show older kids how to operate the VHF radio to communicate with other vessels, the dock master or the local boating law enforcement. It&rsquo;s important they know the proper etiquette, plus they will love the chance to communicate with others via an &ldquo;official&rdquo; microphone. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Keep A Record</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Kids will love their own &ldquo;log book,&rdquo; to keep an unofficial record of their adventures on the water. Encourage them to record destinations, time of departure, passengers, and to draw pictures to remember their trips. Later, they can add photos from the day to remind them of the highlights. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">As the captain of your boat, it&rsquo;s only natural for you to want to handle all (or nearly all) the duties yourself. But remember that children thrive when given a task to complete that helps make the outing a success. As long as you clearly explain what needs to happen, and resist the urge to constantly &ldquo;advise&rdquo; the kids, you&rsquo;ll have a dedicated crew for life.</span></span></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Understanding Boating Superstitions (Knock On Wood) http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/understanding-boating-superstitions-knock-on-wood <p>Let&rsquo;s face it&hellip;boaters are a superstitious bunch. You&rsquo;ve got to believe that storied history goes all the way back to the days of the earliest ocean-going vessels, when everything from bad weather to scurvy were connected to various perceived transgressions by crewmembers and (more likely) unknowing passengers. String enough of those coincidences together, and the word spreads quickly that something as innocent as bringing a banana onboard can wreak havoc on a voyage that would otherwise be smooth sailing.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/No_Bananas.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="240" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you view boating superstitions as solemn, don&rsquo;t-ever-mess-them laws, or if you get a chuckle out of the seemingly outrageous notions that have sprung up over the years, they are part of nautical folklore. And, being notoriously nostalgic, those of us with a love for boating and the water tend to embrace even the nuttier superstitions&mdash;even if it&rsquo;s done with a sly wink of the eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let&rsquo;s take a closer look at some of the most-popular, boat-related myths that still rule the seas even today.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">BANANAS ON BOARD</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you head down to any of Florida&rsquo;s coastal fishing villages in search of a fishing charter, there&rsquo;s one thing you need to remember. Leave the bananas at home. That&rsquo;s real bananas, banana nut muffins and even Banana Boat sunscreen. You&rsquo;re even asking for trouble if you show up in Fruit of the Loom underwear. And even if, for some reason, you feel like ignoring the no-bananas rule that exists aboard nearly all fishing charters&mdash;let&rsquo;s say you smuggle aboard a banana smoothie&mdash;don&rsquo;t plan on coming home with many trophy fish. Of course, there&rsquo;s nothing but anecdotal evidence to prove this is true, but you&rsquo;ll hear those anecdotes walking every dock from Pensacola to Islamorada.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Looking past the obvious things like cartoon injuries caused by slipping on a discarded peel, the more likely source of the banana superstition is that ocean-going vessels would stop at tropical islands for provisions during their months-long excursions. In addition to fresh water and other necessities, they would frequently take on crates of bananas. Good source of potassium aside, these crates nearly always came with the added bonus of deadly spiders, snakes and other critters that don&rsquo;t mix well in the close-confines of a boat. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RENAMING YOUR BOAT</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As if you didn&rsquo;t have enough to think about when considering a name for your boat, you will probably get an earful from some wise mystic of the sea (the guy in the marina slip next to yours) about the hazards of changing the name of a boat that&rsquo;s been previously named. Fortunately, since it&rsquo;s a long shot that you and the prior owner BOTH dreamed of owning a boat called &ldquo;My Pretty Petunia,&rdquo; there are certain ceremonial steps you can take to avoid offending the sea gods. Not surprisingly, the ceremony revolves around high-quality domestic sparkling wine (only use the French stuff if you&rsquo;re anxious to help THEIR economy rebound). Get rid of all evidence of the boat&rsquo;s previous name. Just draw a line through the name on all logbooks and maintenance records. Make sure all traces of the name are gone from the transom. Notify your local boating law enforcement of the name change as required, and apply your new carefully chosen new name to the boat. Invite your family and friends, and distribute plastic glasses (bare feet and broken glass do not mix). Unless you&rsquo;re renaming a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, best to just pour a generous portion of bubbly over the bow instead of smashing the bottle Queen Elizabeth-style. When everyone&rsquo;s glasses are full, say something like: &ldquo;For thousands of years, we have gone to sea, and we have called our vessels by name. For all that have gone before us, we humbly raise a glass in their honor and ask for blessings in the name of YOUR BOAT NAME.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;re into flowery (and overly long) ceremonies, a quick Internet search will reveal plenty</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>History:</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> This business about it being bad luck to rename a boat actually has a pretty reasonable explanation. Back in the day, when sailing vessels would travel to far-flung ports-of-call, boats and crews would carry a certain reputation. Good reputations meant easy, uncontested passage into friendly harbors. Changing a boat&rsquo;s name could easily raise suspicions simply because it wasn&rsquo;t recognized. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">OTHER COMMON BOATING-RELATED SUPERSTITIONS</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever known anyone who threw salt over their left shoulder? That&rsquo;s an old pirate trick to &ldquo;keep the devil at bay.&rdquo; The bay, of course, is literally where they wanted the devil to stay as they headed out to sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Have you ever &ldquo;knocked on wood&rdquo; to prevent bad luck? That came from sailors thumping the hulls of their wooden ships to check for rotten areas. This is also the origin of the phrases &ldquo;ship shape&rdquo; and &ldquo;touch wood.&rdquo; It all comes down to having a boat that will hold together during a voyage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; As perhaps the easiest superstition to understand, the form of a naked woman on the bow was said to calm the seas and guide the vessel to safety. If you&rsquo;ve been out at sea for months on end with a ship full of hygienically challenged men, surely any naked woman aboard would seem like good luck.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Dramatic bodily embellishments such as tattoos, brands and piercings have long been thought to ward off evil spirits. The wilder the design, the better it allegedly worked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; It&rsquo;s a no-no to whistle anywhere aboard a boat, for fear that you will summon bad weather. This is where the phrase &ldquo;whistling up a storm&rdquo; comes from.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Going The Distance? Prepare A Float Plan http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/going-the-distance-prepare-a-float-plan <p>A float plan is kind of like jumper cables. You won&rsquo;t need it at all until you <em>really</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> need it. Then, you will look like the smartest boater on the water. Until then, however, you should get into the habit of using a float plan, if not every time you&rsquo;re on your boat, at least every time you plan on venturing beyond your well-populated comfort zone.</span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Float_Plan_Paper.jpg" alt="" width="147" height="136" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, what is a float plan? Simply put, it&rsquo;s a way to let someone know where you&rsquo;re going and when you&rsquo;re likely to return and/or check in. Float plans can cover a few hours, a few days or even months for extended voyages, such as The Big Loop. The idea is that, in the case of an emergency, someone will know where to come look for you or, if needed, help the authorities narrow down the search area.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way for a float plan to help (again, when you <em>really</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> need it) is to be short, to the point, and in writing. That way, there&rsquo;s less room for misunderstanding if your plan is needed. Here are some tips for creating an effective float plan.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Put It In Writing </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Telling someone over the phone leaves too much to chance. Your plan should be in writing (either on paper, email or even a text). Give (or send) the plan to a family member or friend. It will help if they live in the area you&rsquo;ll be boating. If you don&rsquo;t have family or friends close by, you can leave your written plan or with a marina neighbor or dockmaster.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>There&rsquo;s An App For That</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re under a certain age (or readily embrace outdated forms of communication like &ldquo;paper&rdquo;), there are a few great float plan apps that are convenient and easy to use. The benefit is that you can store your boat/contact information and just change the trip data as needed. Plus, if your phone has a GPS function, you may be able to automatically &ldquo;check in&rdquo; when you reach certain coordinates. Every time you shove off, the app will email your plan to one or more friends and family members. Just type in &ldquo;float plan&rdquo; from your smart phone, and check out the different options.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Weather_Buoy_Fishing.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="211" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Be Specific</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The plan should include a description of the general area where you&rsquo;ll be boating, any stops you plan on making, when you&rsquo;ll be returning and a list of anyone who is going with you. Make sure you include your boat&rsquo;s brand, model, year, boat name (if you have one), hull identification numbers, and anything else that could help someone spot you on the water. Dark hull? Wake tower? Flag or burgee? Racing graphics?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Launch Details</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re trailering, include the name and location of your boat launch ramp, along with your tow vehicle make, model, and tag number. If you&rsquo;re leaving from a marina, include the marina&rsquo;s contact information.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Map It Out</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re making a fishing run out to a weather buoy, you can get the exact coordinates from the National Data Buoy Center website (<a href="http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/">www.ndbc.noaa.gov</a>) and include those in your plan. It is not uncommon for boaters to use a sea mark like a buoy when making a run. The idea is to make it easy to find you if you run into any problems.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Remember To Check In</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is the easiest way to make sure you get help if you need it. If you are consistently late checking in as your plan describes, you run the risk of delaying help when you have a legitimate emergency. A quick call that you&rsquo;ve make it to your destination or check-in spot will let everyone know that you&rsquo;re okay and help send up a red flag the one time you don&rsquo;t call. If you&rsquo;re running late and the authorities have been alerted, make sure someone calls to let them know you&rsquo;re okay. This helps them close the case and prioritize the other calls they&rsquo;re working on.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Easy Tips For Launch Ramp Success http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/easy-tips-for-launch-ramp-success <p>With the exception of docking, the one part of trailer boating that strikes the most fear in the hearts of new boaters has got to the launch ramp. Sure, it can be stressful the first few times, but here&rsquo;s the good news: As long as you follow these easy tips, launching and retrieving your boat will become second-nature in no time.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Launch_Ramp2.png" alt="" width="288" height="373" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Before You Hit The Road</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Don&rsquo;t even leave your driveway unless you check a few things first. Make sure your trailer tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you pulled out the drain plug for the ride home, now would be a great time to put it back in. Check the charge on your battery&hellip;it seems like someone always leaves the radio on with the volume turned all the way down! Think about the sequence you&rsquo;ll want to detach the boat from the trailer, leaving (of course) the bow hook on until the boat is in the water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Practice In Peace </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The best way to reduce stress before your moment in the spotlight is to trailer over to the ramp one early morning or evening during the middle of the week. You&rsquo;ll have the place to yourself, and you can take your time backing down, correcting and dialing in your entry strategy. Take a few passes. If someone shows up, pull up and out of the way, and resume your practice run in peace. And if you have any questions about what you&rsquo;re doing, now would be the time to ask a fellow boater.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Load Before Launching</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You might be surprised by how many folks wait until they are at the end of the ramp to load up their coolers, floats, pets, and whatever else they&rsquo;ve lugged to the lake on this beautiful Saturday. The better move is to go ahead and park (hey, that shady spot looks good) and take your time transferring your gear from the SUV to the boat. This might even give the kids time to inflate their tube, the dog to do his business and Mom time to feed the baby. That way everyone&rsquo;s good to go and focused on the task at hand.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Play Nice</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Everyone&rsquo;s anxious to be out on the water enjoying their boat. It&rsquo;s probably hot outside. There may be people who haven&rsquo;t read this article and are struggling with, ummmm, &ldquo;efficiency of motion.&rdquo; Put a smile on your face. Give a nod or a wave to the other &ldquo;good guys&rdquo; and maybe even lend a hand to help move things along.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use Your Crew</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Think ahead about what ramp line feels more comfortable for you. Some folks like the left side, some folks like the right. Give everyone on your crew a job. Your buddy can be your guide on the ramp. Your kids can relay messages and let you know if you&rsquo;re getting too close to the curb. Everyone can help undo the straps. Mom can pull the tow vehicle up and park while you pull the boat over to the temporary dock for passenger loading.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Best Launch Ramp Tip EVER</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Put your hands at the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">bottom</span> of the steering wheel while backing the trailer up&hellip;then turn the wheel in the direction you want the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">trailer</span> to go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Trailering your boat can be the perfect solution for you and your boating lifestyle. By taking a few minutes to master the &ldquo;unwritten rules,&rdquo; you can make launching and retrieving your boat <em>almost</em><span style="font-style: normal;"> as enjoyable as a day on the water. Almost.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Need A Boat Name? Puns Still Seas The Day http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/need-a-boat-name-puns-still-seas-the-day <p>Boy, things are really cranking back in the Rinker plant. This is the time of year when all those winter boat show orders are getting built, shipped and delivered. And when your new boat arrives, remember it comes with an enormous responsibility &mdash; you will need to choose a boat name!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/2011_Top_Boat_Names.png" alt="" width="213" height="272" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Okay, maybe it&rsquo;s not SUCH a big burden, but lots of folks feel pressure to come up with the latest, greatest boat- or water-related turn of phrase to dazzle the rest of the marina with their cleverness. It&rsquo;s for those people, we&rsquo;ve come up with a few pointers to help you narrow down the choices.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As you can see by this list of last year&rsquo;s top boat names (compiled by our friends at Boat U.S.) the most popular ideas are puns of one kind or another. In fact, one could argue that the boat name is the last acceptable bastion of the cheesy pun. That&rsquo;s something us boaters take pride in, after all. And whether it&rsquo;s your personal style or not, you&rsquo;ve got to admit that a funny boat pun will put a smile on your face.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, in the spirit of the adventurous boaters who came before us, let&rsquo;s turn the wheel toward well-charted territory and see if we can navigate the confused seas before us. According to our extensive research (really just <a href="http://www.boatus.com/boatgraphics/names_top10.asp">one page</a> that has all the annual top 10 boat names since 1991), there are a handful of categories that can help you narrow down your search.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Partying</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One name, above all others, has dominated the last decade of boat names: Aquaholic. While booze and boat operation do NOT mix, apparently booze puns and boat names blend just fine. Some of the other classics along these lines include On The Rocks, Happy Hours (or the variation Happy Ours), Southern Comfort, Shaken Not Stirred, Beeracuda, and Comfortably Numb. Be aware that any of these could lead to more than your fair share of visits from local boating law enforcement!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Attitude</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Getting sassy on the high seas is a well-established method of boat naming. Just ask the folks aboard Mojo, Damifino, Life Is Good, Sea Ya, Miss Behavin&rsquo;, Nauti Buoy, Blew ByYou, Footloose, Liquid Asset, What&rsquo;s Up Dock, Bow Down, and Trim This.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Language</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Meaning something to the effect of &ldquo;let&rsquo;s go&rdquo; in Italian, the name Andiamo was pretty hot back in 2010. Also making the non-English greatest hits are Ohana, a Hawaiian term which emphasizes the importance of family ties; Carpe Diem (plus its Anglicized pun, Seas The Day); and another Italian phrase La Belle Vita, which can be used to mean &ldquo;the beautiful life&rdquo; or, more ironically, &ldquo;someone who only thinks about having fun.&rdquo; Of course, you have to give careful consideration to this last phrase because rumor has it that Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan now has it tattooed somewhere on her person. Clearly, Ms. Lohan leans toward the latter definition.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Relaxation/Therapy<br /> </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the best things about boating, of course, is the ability to get away from it and just unplug from &ldquo;real&rdquo; life (or Reel Life or Reel Time). And along those lines, there is a legacy of boat names that attempt to capture that feeling. Out on the water, you see lots of names like Solitude, Escape, AWOL, Freedom, Island Time, Diversion, No Worries, Mental Floss, Lazy Daze, Summer Wind, Amazing Grace, Liberty, Wanderlust, Dream Weaver, and Therapy (or the like-minded pun Hydrotherapy). Of course, if things have gone too far, you can always choose a classic like Luna Sea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Pop Culture</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Lots of good material to be found here. Movies, TV shows, music&hellip;you name it. Literally. Just think about these classic pop-culture references such as Licensed to Chill (with grateful nods to both James Bond and The Beastie Boys), Captain Hook, Hakuna Matata, Black Pearl, and Serenity Now (with a humble nod to Frank Costanza).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Mythology</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Top names here include Pegasus (a flying horse sired by king of the sea Poseidon), Boreas (Greek god of the North Wind), Notus (South Wind), Eurus (East Wind), and Zephyr (West Wind). Another popular choice is Odyssey. Hey, thanks Homer!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Money</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">These days, it seems like there are fewer and fewer money references on the back of the boat, but in certain circumstances, it may be the right move. For instance, if you&rsquo;re buying your boat on the winnings from your recent Mega-Millions quick pick, Whole Lotto Fun, would have to make your short list. And if your not-so-lucky poker buddies lost enough to you for a decent down payment, it may be tough to resist Dough Buoy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Water</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s hard to resist the urge to sing the praises of the open water when naming your boat. So it's okay if you&rsquo;re leaning toward Splish Splash, Fantasea, Seaduction, Sea Breeze, Tide Runner, and Sea Spirit. And, have mercy, you just know there is one boater/American Idol fan out there somewhere who&rsquo;s at the helm of Ryan Sea Quest. Clear skies, friend. Clear skies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Family</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just to get serious for a minute. Is there anything more important than your family? Of course not. You can&rsquo;t ever go wrong with a tribute to your lovely wife or your wonderful kids. You will be spending the best quality time with your family aboard your boat, after all. Why not celebrate your time on the water by naming your boat after the most important people in your life?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There you go. You&rsquo;ve got a good start on your boat-naming quest. Remember, this should be FUN. When it becomes work, you&rsquo;ve gone too far.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fiberglass=Happiness http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/fiberglass-happiness <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Morale_Chart.jpg" alt="" width="216" height="323" />In addition to fiberglass, gelcoat, and upholstery, there's something else we measure every day at the Rinker boat plant. It's morale. Because happy workers are motivated workers and motivated workers build the best boats in the industry. Look closely at this chart. You can see that right now, during our busiest time of year, morale is right at 100%. You'd think that having a full pipeline of orders that need to be shipped out might affect morale in less-than-positive way. But it doesn't. These are hard-working Americans that take pride in what they do. The busier, the better. Because they know where these boats are going. They know the boat they're working on is meant to be somewhere else. It's meant to be on the water. After all, is a boat really a boat unless it's on the water? And to take it a step further, can a boat truly reach its full potential unless a family like yours is laughing and splashing and making memories you will talk about for generations? Around here, we build every boat with that in mind. You could say that, for us, boat building is not so much a job as it is a calling. You see, our destiny is to create these amazing boats so you can create amazing memories. Why is morale so high around here? The way we see it, every boat that rolls out of the building is heading to its happy place. And since most of us are boaters, just like you, we understand what that means. For you AND the boat. Does fiberglass equal happiness? Around here, you better believe it.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Before You Hit The Water…Do You Know The Rules? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/before-you-hit-the-water-do-you-know-the-rules <p>Okay new boaters&hellip;why do you think they call it the &ldquo;Rules of the Road&rdquo; if you&rsquo;re on the water? Well, despite the confusing name, it&rsquo;s all about relating your boat-operating experience to something you&rsquo;re likely already familiar with&hellip;driving a car. But, although they may have some things in common, it&rsquo;s important that you take some time to understand the differences.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_276_BR.png" alt="" width="216" height="107" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You see, these rules are all about avoiding the single biggest critical incident that can happen on the water&hellip;a collision with another boat. Just as you instinctively know that the first person to arrive at a four-way stop in a car will be the first one to proceed, there are boating equivalents that need to be followed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest difference, of course, is that automobiles have one key safety feature that&rsquo;s missing from boats. On a boat, you don&rsquo;t have brakes. When one vessel is bigger or under power (as opposed to under sail), or is on a course that will intersect with another vessel, you have to know who goes where and who does what to keep everyone on both boats safe. Nobody wants to have an accident so just as we all learned in driver&rsquo;s education, it pays to practice a little defensive boating.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic rules you should know if you&rsquo;ll be piloting a boat. Remember, the more traffic and the tighter the channel, the more alert you should be at the helm. As important as these rules are, however, let common sense be your guide. If the captain of the other boat is not paying attention or is otherwise impaired, do what you have to do to avoid a collision. In other words, use these rules as a guide right up until your real-life scenario dictates otherwise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> </span><strong>Know the order. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">There&rsquo;s a pecking order for boats regarding their right-of-way and yielding obligations. Generally speaking, you can go by the rule of thumb that the bigger the engine and the more maneuverability a boat has, the more it has to give way to smaller, less maneuverable vessels. That being said, here is the basic order:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Boats being passed by another vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Boats being towed by another vessel or otherwise restricted.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Sail boats or any other non-powered vessel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Power boats that are not restricted in their ability to maneuver.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">e)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Sea planes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Meeting situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When coming up (head to head) with another boat, you should generally pass port to port. That&rsquo;s your left to the other vessel&rsquo;s left. This typically gives you more visibility and maneuverability to avoid a collision. The boat with the right of way (see above) is required to maintain its course and its speed until the boats pass each other.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Overtaking situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When one boat is passing another, there are requirements for both vessels. Remember that the boat being passed always has the right of way (see above). The boat that is being passed also must hold it course and speed if possible until the overtaking vessel has safely passed. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Crossing situations. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">For the most part, a boat approaching from your right has the right-of-way. However, vessels restricted in maneuverability have the right-of-way over sailing vessels, and sailing vessels have the right-of-way over power vessels that are not restricted in maneuverability.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. Signaling your intentions. </strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">Even with these widely accepted and well-followed basic rules of the road, there are still sometimes when a little boat-to-boat communication will come in handy. Using the horn or whistle on your boat, here are the most common ways to signal another boat.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">a)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>One whistle blast: Pass port to port.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">b)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Two whistle blasts: Pass starboard to starboard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">c)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Three whistle blasts: My engines are in reverse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 58.5pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">d)<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Five or more rapid whistle blasts: Danger!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, there are some things you need to understand to be safe out on the water. That&rsquo;s true of just about any new activity you dive into. But with a little common sense and practice, all this will become instinctive and second nature, just like when you get behind the wheel of a car.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Need To See A Shrink? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/need-to-see-a-shrink <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Shrinkwrap.png" alt="" width="432" height="322" /></p> <p>Here's what happens to new boats before they're loaded on the truck for delivery. Yep, it IS pretty cool. Of course, this takes place in the quality control center after SEVEN different inspectors sign off on the boat. That's every single boat that leaves the plant. The shrink wrap, of course, keeps the gel coat from getting scratched and keeps the boat clean for the duration of the trip, and during the time before you fall in love with it and strike a great deal with your local dealer. Think about the best things you've ever gotten in your life. They probably came wrapped. And if it's wrapped, you know it's special. It's probably something that will change your life. It's your new boat.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT It's Great Upstate This Weekend! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/it-s-great-upstate-this-weekend <p><a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Great_Upstate_Boat_Show.png" alt="" width="293" height="141" /></a>If you've got boating fever in upstate New York this weekend, you're in luck! The <a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/">2012 Gr</a><a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/">eat Upstate Boat Show</a> is being held at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, and our friends from <a href="http://www.saratogaboatworks.com">Saratoga Boat Works</a> and <a href="http://www.ezmarineandstorage.com/">EZ Marine &amp; Storage</a> are ready to a show you a good time. Please stop by and say hello! There will be activities for the whole family, and you can register to win prize&nbsp; throughout the weekend. Click <a href="http://www.greatupstateboatshow.com/gubs_2012_coupon.html">here</a> for a coupon for discounted tickets.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Love Boating But Hate Docking? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/love-boating-but-hate-docking <p>You can ask any group of new boaters what they like least about boating, and nine out of 10 will say docking. That&rsquo;s everyone from twin-screw cruiser pilots all the way down to the tiller-handled outboard jon boat fisherman. Your heart starts pounding, your palms start sweating, and you are desperately trying to remember all the &ldquo;advice&rdquo; you&rsquo;ve ever been given about how to do it properly.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Empty_Dock.jpg" alt="" width="288" height="216" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Nope. There are a few things to remember, sure, but the main thing is to take it slow (or as slow as the prevailing current and boat traffic allows) and keep your cool. Many good and experienced boaters take more than one shot to back their boat into a slip. You shouldn&rsquo;t feel too much pressure to get it perfect every time. Life&rsquo;s too short, and that sort of self-imposed anxiety flies in the face of everything that boating should be about. So there you go. Read these tips, and remember to take your time. You&rsquo;ll be fine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Practice</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. It sounds a little obvious, but the folks that are really good at docking a boat have done it hundreds of times. Pick a time when nobody&rsquo;s around (except a trusted dockhand) and take a run at it. Shoot too far? Cut the wheel sooner. Come in too fast? Uh&hellip;slow down. You&rsquo;ll get it quicker than you think. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Use what you&rsquo;ve got</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Windy day? Let it push you where you want to be. Strong, ripping current? You won&rsquo;t be the only one with docking problems. Plenty of room? Ahhhh&hellip;.take a big, easy angle and work your way in slowly. Always cut a good tight corner on the side of the boat closest to the dock and turn the wheel with authority. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Don&rsquo;t lose your momentum</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. Most docking efforts go awry when you try to pull back too early. If you drop your momentum, you wind up over-compensating and making things worse. Pick a target speed that&rsquo;s a little slower than you think it should be and stick to it. You can always pull out and start over, but don&rsquo;t panic and drop the throttle before you get the position you need.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Understand your prop</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">. You may not know it, but your propeller is your friend. But like any friend, you&rsquo;ve got to spend some until getting to know it&hellip;understanding how it ticks, so to speak. First, and this is where your practice comes in, you should know that your prop-driven boat will tend to &ldquo;walk.&rdquo; That means it will want to thrust toward one side more than the other. And it&rsquo;s not uncommon for that to happen more in reverse than forward gear. If you&rsquo;ve ever been backing up and felt like you were moving sideways instead of backwards, you know the drill. As long as you respect that phenomenon (it&rsquo;s different for nearly all boats) then you can compensate and be that much closer to a stress-free trip to the slip.</span></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 246 Bowrider http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-246-bowrider <p>Whether you're ready to kick back or make waves, the Rinker Captiva 246 Bowrider is up to the task with a huge swim platform, sunpad and enclosed head, as well as racing-inspired bolster seats in the helm. Captain Steve walks us through this great sport boat!</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0mOktlTPlpA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Staying On The Cutting Edge... http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/staying-on-the-cutting-edge <p style="text-align: left;">We're always working on new ideas to keep every Rinker on the cutting edge of style. So cutting edge, in fact, that we had to tell the design department that we weren't taking pictures. Remember...you saw nothing...</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/MTX_Board_2.JPG" alt="" width="432" height="282" /><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Captiva_Renderings_2.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="447" /></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Rinker Hits Houston & Moscow http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/rinker-hits-houston-moscow <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gartmarine.ru/"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Gart_Marine.png" alt="" width="288" height="185" /></a>These two cities probably don't come up together in casual conversation that often,but you can find Rinker Boats proudly displayed in Moscow, Russia, and Houston, Texas, this weekend!</p> <p><a href="http://www.rinkersboatworld.com/"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinkers_Boat_World.png" alt="" width="288" height="175" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://eng.mosboatshow.ru/boat/">Moscow Boat Show</a> &mdash; March 20-25 &mdash; <a href="http://www.gartmarine.ru/">Gart Marine</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.southwestinternationalboatshow.com/">Southwest International In-Water Boat Show</a> &mdash; March 22-25 &mdash; <a href="http://www.rinkersboatworld.com/">Rinker's Boat World</a></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Flying Rinker? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/flying-rinker <p>There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that this is part of next year's Rinker lineup. Unless there's a HUGE public demand, of course! Amphibious airplane...now that's cool.<img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Jet.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="324" /></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 220 MTX http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-220-mtx <div id="watch-description-text"> <p id="eow-description">With its stylish and practical forked bow design, the Rinker Captiva 220 MTX incorporates both beautiful form and unforgettable function. Captain Steve walks us through this great boat to point out all the incredible features.</p> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FWt93d4XaIc" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is Your Boat Ready For A Safety Check? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/is-your-boat-ready-for-a-safety-check <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re out enjoying a great day on the water when all of the sudden you get approached by the local boating law enforcement. Whether it&rsquo;s a DNR agent, a sheriff marine patrol or the U.S. Coast Guard, they will know exactly what to look for to see if you pass a basic vessel safety check. Do you know, without a doubt, that you&rsquo;ve got everything covered? If not, the time to make sure is now, before you ever leave your driveway or marina.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Boat_Inspection.png" alt="" width="432" height="280" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are some of the basic items that are sure to be checked. But remember that your local laws may vary, so when you make sure these are taken care of, it&rsquo;s a good idea to check out <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org/">www.uscgboating.org</a> and click on the &ldquo;Regulations&rdquo; tab.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are your boat's registration numbers permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat? They must be plain, vertical, block characters, not less than three inches high, and in a color that contrasts with the background. A space or hyphen must separate the letters from the numbers. Follow your state&rsquo;s policies regarding placement of tax sticker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have your state registration papers on board and easily accessible?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Life Jackets</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every passenger on board, and are they in good condition and of an appropriate size? Children must have life jackets that are designed for their age and weight and they must be worn any time you&rsquo;re underway. Do you know the life jacket age requirements for children in your state? Are your adult life jackets "readily accessible." Do you know that life jackets can&rsquo;t be stored in unopened plastic packaging? If your boat is more than 16 feet, do you have at least one Type 1V (throwable) personal flotation device? Is it &ldquo;immediately available?&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Signaling Devices</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; If your boat is over 16 feet and used on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have EITHER a minimum of three day and three night pyrotechnic signaling devices, one day non-pyrotechnic device (such as a flag) and one night non-pyrotechnic device (such as an auto SOS light) OR an acceptable combination of those devices? If your boat is less than 16 feet on coastal waters or the Great Lakes, do you have night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you carrying a sound-producing device, such as a whistle, horn or siren, capable of a four-second blast audible for at least a half mile? If your boat is longer than 39.4 feet, do you also have a bell?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Fire Extinguishers</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Do you have permanently mounted, properly serviced and accessible fire extinguishers if you have any of the following: Inboard engine; Closed compartments that store portable fuel tanks; Double-bottom hulls not completely sealed or not completely filled with flotation materials; Closed living space; Closed storage compartments that contain flammable materials; or permanently installed fuel tanks?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Navigation Lights</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Are you able to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and in conditions of reduced visibility? Boats 16 feet or more in length must have properly installed, working navigation lights and an all-around anchor light capable of being lit independently from the red/green/white "running" lights.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is Your Boat Ready For The Water? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/is-your-boat-ready-for-the-water <p>You&rsquo;ve spent all winter dreaming about getting your boat back in the water. But are you really ready? Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting misplaced, out-of-date or run down during those months of inactivity. So what&rsquo;s the best way to make sure you&rsquo;ve got everything properly squared away for a fun and &ldquo;uneventful&rdquo; first launch? Just follow this handy pre-launch checklist!</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Lifestyle_with_Mom__Kid.png" alt="" width="288" height="224" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Keep it legal.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> In the weeks leading up to launch, make sure your boat registration is up to date (including hull identification decals), along with current fishing licenses for all your mates, and any required parking permits for your launch ramp. If you&rsquo;re angling for a new wet slip at your marina, get started early to lock in a good deal and the best location.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Take inventory.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Take the boat cover off and give your boat a good airing-out. This will give you access to all the things you forgot you stored aboard in the off-season. Make sure you have life jackets (PFDs) for your crew. Remember those kids probably grew over the past months, so check to make sure they don&rsquo;t need a bigger size jacket. Also, check the jackets carefully for wear. A proper-fitting PFD in good condition is the best way to keep everyone safe out on the water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Examine carefully.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> If you gave the boat a proper winter lay up, either at your local dealer or as a do-it-yourself project, your first cold start should be fairly easy. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s something you should take lightly, and the longer it&rsquo;s been sitting, the more important it is to do it right. Since you probably removed your battery during the off-season, make sure it&rsquo;s properly charged and connected. Check your fluid levels, make sure your belts are in good condition and tight, and check your throttle linkages. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Get fired up.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Next, cover your cold-water intakes with &ldquo;muffs&rdquo; or &ldquo;flushers&rdquo; and connect to your garden hose (outboard or sterndrive&hellip;don&rsquo;t skip this step or you&rsquo;ll ruin your impeller!). Also, remember to lower your outdrive to the lowest position possible before turning the key. If it&rsquo;s tilted up (like you would normally have it on your trailer), you risk engine damage because the oil can&rsquo;t circulate properly. After starting, let the motor warm up for several minutes while you check for leaks, and give the entire boat a careful walk-around, looking for anything usual. Turn the engine off and wait several minutes before repeating the previous steps.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Get ready to roll.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Before you hook up to your tow vehicle, check the condition and air pressure on your trailer tires. If it hasn&rsquo;t been moved in months, make sure they haven&rsquo;t developed &ldquo;flat spots,&rdquo; which can affect the way it handles on the road. Check your bow and stern straps (and bow cable) for wear. Unscrew your drain plug and screw it back in to make sure it&rsquo;s properly seated. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Take a brake.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> After hooking up, have someone step on the brake pedal while you make sure the trailer brake lights are working. While still in your driveway, make sure your brakes feel (and sound) secure.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; <strong>Pre-launch prep.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> After arriving at the launch ramp parking area, pull off to the side and disconnect your brake lights (hot light bulbs and plastic do not play well with cold water). Remove and store your boat cover and stern straps. Recheck your drain plug and turn your blower on.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull;&nbsp;<strong>Down the ramp.</strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> Back your trailer down the ramp until your outdrive contacts water. Lower your drive and fire up your engine. Unhook your bow strap and safety cable, then back the boat off the trailer and tie up at the courtesy dock for passenger loading, or to pull up and park your tow vehicle if you&rsquo;re by yourself. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether you&rsquo;re a veteran boater or this will be your first exciting season, following these steps (every time you launch) will help ensure you get the most out of your time on the water. Oh, and you might want to check that drain plug again!</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Splash Down! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/splash-down <p>Spring has sprung in southeast Michigan...Rinker's newest dealer in the Detroit area, Hideaway Yacht Sales just splashed their first boat of the year! Many more to come...check out their information online for a huge selection of Rinker Express Cruisers and Sportboats <a href="http://www.watersedgeboats.com/">here</a><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hideaway_First_Launch_Photo.JPG" alt="" width="432" height="322" />...</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Boat Show Fever Continues! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/boat-show-fever-continues <p>It's not too late to catch a boat show this season...go have some fun and get a great deal. The time is right to get your boat delivered in time to enjoy a looooooong summer on the water.</p> <p>This week, you can find Rinker at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.springboatingexpo.net/">Spring Boating Expo</a>, Novi, Michigan &mdash; March 15-18 &mdash; <a href="http://www.yachtworld.com/watersedgeboats/watersedgeboats_16.html">Hideaway Yacht Sales</a>, <a href="http://www.freeway-sports.com">Freeway Sports Center</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.krupas.com">Krupa's Boat Mart</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.edmontonboatandsportshow.ca/">Edmonton Boat &amp; Sportsman Show</a>, Edmunton, Alberta &mdash; March 15-18 &mdash; <a href="http://www.freespiritmarine.com">Free Spirit Marine</a></p> <p><a href="http://capefearwildlifeexpo.com/">Cape Fear Wildlife Expo</a>, Wilmington, North Carolina &mdash; March 16-18 &mdash; Captain's Venture</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Krupas_Rinker.png" alt="" width="576" height="115" /></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT And the winner is... http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/and-the-winner-is <p>Congratulations to Craig Almquist for winning the most recent Rinker Owner's Photo Contest! Craig won a $50 Visa Gift Card just for taking a great shot of his boat in action. To enter the next round, just upload your best pic <a href="http://www.rinkerownersclub.com/Contest/Photo/PhotoSubmit.aspx">here</a>...</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Q1_Contest_Winner.png" alt="" width="576" height="424" /></p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 3.2.12 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week-3-2-12 <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_290_EC_INT_SM_blog.png" alt="" width="216" height="144" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.kamloopsboatshow.com/">Kamloops Boat Show</a> &mdash; Mar. 2-4 &mdash; <a href="http://www.lrboatworld.com/">Little River Boat World</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.phillyboatshow.com/">Greater Philadelphia Boat Show</a> &mdash; Mar. 2-4 &mdash; <a href="http://www.dmarine.net/">Dinbokowitz Marine</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.duckysboats.com/">Ducky&rsquo;s Boats</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 216 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-216 <p>With a fresh new design from the hull up, the Rinker Captiva 216 is a beautiful combination of form and function. <img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_216_BR_lifestyle.png" alt="" width="144" height="76" />Featuring a surprisingly wide bow area, this boat sports the two things you can never get enough of: seating and storage Please join Captain Steve for a tour of this new bowrider that signals a new wave of Rinker designs.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o2eHAVyLAdE" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Who Will Win The Rinker Photo Contest? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/who-will-win-the-rinker-photo-contest <p>Will you help us pick the winners for the March 2012 Rinker Photo Contest? To vote click <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.261901240550887.58960.104592012948478&amp;type=1">here</a> and &ldquo;LIKE&rdquo; or comment on any photo in the March 2012 Contest Entries Album on the Rinker Facebook Page. Voting ends March 5th. The photo will be featured in the exclusive Rinker Insider Newsletter. Good luck to all the finalists and thanks to you for being a judge this quarter!</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.24.12 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week-2-24-12 <p><a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-26 &mdash; <a href="http://tedsaquamarine.com/">Ted&rsquo;s Aqua Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_196_BR_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="125" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.buffaloboating.com/">Buffalo Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 22-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.limelakemarinerv.com/">Lime Lake Marine &amp; RV</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.ottawaboatandsportshow.ca/">Ottawa Boat &amp; Sportsman Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 23-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.lenscove.com/">Len&rsquo;s Cove Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.omahaboatshow.com/">Omaha Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 23-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.beaverlakemarina.com/">Beaver Lake Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.jerseyboatexpo.com/">New Jersey Boat Sale &amp; Expo</a>&mdash; <a>New Jersey Outboards</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.yachtworld.com/greencovemarina/greencovemarina_0.html">Green Cove Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?AR+hot-springs+annual-hot-springs-boat-tackle-rv-show&amp;TravelTo=AR0402006&amp;VE=Y&amp;EventCategory=&amp;Event_ID=AR0402006e003">Hot Springs Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 24-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.traderbills.com/">Trader Bill&rsquo;s</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.sextonmarine.com/">Kingsport Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 24-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.sextonmarine.com/">Sexton Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.bristolboatdoctors.com/">Bristol Boat Doctors</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.boatcottagefishingshow.com/">London Boat, Fishing &amp; Leisure Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 24-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.maplecitymarine.com/">Maple City Marine</a><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.appletonboatshow.com/">Appleton Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 24-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.hornford.com/">Horn Ford &amp; Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.emmetcounty.org/index.php?catid=10&amp;month=2&amp;year=2012&amp;eventid=911">Petoskey Boat, Camp &amp; Fishing Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 25-26 &mdash; <a href="http://www.longlakemarina.net/">Long Lake Marina</a></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 196 OB http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-196-ob <div id="watch-description-text"> <p id="eow-description">Captain Steve walks through the all-new Rinker Captiva 196 outboard, which offers the best value in its class with generous upgraded standard features like GX48 easy-care vinyl, stainless steel hardware, tons of storage, and even full-close walk-through door to keep the chill out on cool mornings.</p> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CPhq5XcJVKE" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Time To Gear Up Rinker Style? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/time-to-gear-up-rinker-style <p>Did you know there&rsquo;s an online store that&rsquo;s dedicated to making sure you&rsquo;re decked out in the latest Rinker Boats apparel and accessories? It&rsquo;s fast and easy, and we&rsquo;re adding new items to the spring collection every day for men, women and children. <img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Burgee.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />You&rsquo;ll find everything from t-shirts and hats to jackets and koozies. <img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Jacket.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />There are even great boat gift ideas like Rinker burgee flags, oversized beach towels and dock lines. Many items can even be custom embroidered with your choice of four different type styles. That&rsquo;s perfect for personalizing items with the names of crew or even your boat name. And if you&rsquo;re looking for a great deal, check out the clearance page where last-season&rsquo;s awesome visor or polo shirt can be yours at a huge discount! To see what all the fuss is about, zip on over to <a href="http://www.rinkergear.com/">www.rinkergear.com</a> and check out the great selection.</p> <p>&nbsp;<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker 260 Express Cruiser http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-260-express-cruiser <p>Captain Steve walks through the Rinker 260 Express Cruiser, giving us a closer look at this roomy, yet trailerable boat that has the perfect combination of performance and home-away-from-home luxuries. Note some of the cle<img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_260_EC_Running_2.png" alt="" width="216" height="107" />ver design details that make the most of seating, storage and style!</p> <p>As with all Rinker models, you will find that the Rinker 260 is designed for maximum value. This boat is absolutely packed with high-quality standard features, and it would be an excellent choice for anyone looking to move up to a cruiser from a large bowrider or cuddy.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-2qcTaPjbx0" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.16.12 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week-2-16-12 <p><a href="http://www.boatmichigan.org/content.aspx?page=DetroitBoatShow">Detroit Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 10-19 &ndash; <a href="http://www.krupas.com/">Krupa&rsquo;s Boat Mart</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/">Hideaway Yachts</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">More than 100 of Michigan's best boat dealers and marine businesses will be under one roof for nine days of great prices, selection and services. This is your chance to see new 2012 products, and get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_Captiva_196_BR_Running.png" alt="" width="216" height="125" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com/">New England Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 11-19 &ndash; <a href="http://www.meredithmarina.com/">Meredith Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The New England Boat Show attracting thousands of visitors from the New England seaboard. The show fills 300,000 square feet with hundreds of the newest boats from the region&rsquo;s top dealers, along with a wide selection of marine accessories and special features &ndash; creating a marine marketplace and boater&rsquo;s paradise like no other!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.showspan.com/GRB/Home.aspx">Grand Rapids Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 15-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.hallssportcenter.com/">Hall&rsquo;s Sport Center</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A West Michigan tradition!<span>&nbsp; </span>In our 67th year, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is launching into an era where we will be showing our broadest array of powerboats ever...especially for the Great Lakes!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.cnyboatshow.com/html/bs_home.html">Central New York Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 15-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.rccongelboats.com/">RC Congel</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The CNY Boat Show and Sale will showcase more than 500 all-new models of power and sail boats, including cruisers, sport boats, pontoon boats, and personal watercraft, along with a few luxury motor yachts on display.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.miamiboatshow.com/">Miami International Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 16-20 &mdash; <a href="http://www.daveymarine.com/">Davey Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">See what&rsquo;s new at the Greatest Boat Show in the World! Florida's largest annual event spans three locations&mdash;the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and Miamarina At Bayside&mdash;and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showID=74&amp;showtypeid=1&amp;src=279&amp;sfid=77">Kansas Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 16-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.shadycreek.com/">Shady Creek Sales</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For years, The Kansas Sports, Boat &amp; Travel Show has been one of the most popular shows in the Heartland. Whether you enjoy the water, the adventure of riding an ATV, hunting, fishing, camping, or the freedom of traveling in an RV, you&rsquo;ll love this year&rsquo;s show!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://showtimeproduction.net/boatshow/">Rockford Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.starvedrockmarina.com/">Starved Rock Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">After 40 years, the Rockford Boat, Vacation &amp; Fishing Expo has become a tradition for Northern Illinois consumers looking for the perfect boat, vacation and fishing equipment.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/">Indianapolis Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-26 &mdash; <a href="http://tedsaquamarine.com/">Ted&rsquo;s Aqua Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Find your adventure at the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show with over 650,000 square-feet of pure, outdoor goodness in six super-sized buildings.<span>&nbsp; </span>Acres of boats, RV&rsquo;s, fishing tackle and hunting gear!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.boatshowandsale.com/">Hamilton Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-20 &mdash; <a href="http://www.maplecitymarine.com/">Maple City Marine</a>, <a href="http://www.riversidemarina.ca/index.htm">Riverside Marina</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.dundasmarine.ca/">Dundas Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Show goers will see hundreds of exhibits of new boats for sale and boating accessories and services at the Careport Centre<span>&nbsp; </span>with three acres of show space. Take advantage of the exclusive show deals or if you are new to boating, start your research at the show - bring your questions for our boat dealers and product specialists.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.ocboatshow.com/">Ocean City Boat Show</a> &mdash; Feb. 17-19 &mdash; <a href="http://www.northbaymarina.net/">North Bay Marina</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The top indoor boat show on the Eastern shore with 350 boats from more than 50 dealers!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/247049088696946/">Arkansas Marine Expo</a> &mdash; Feb. 20-22 &mdash; <a href="http://www.traderbills.com/">Trader Bill&rsquo;s</a></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Express Cruisers 101: How To Shop For Your First Weekender http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/express-cruisers-101-how-to-shop-for-your-first-weekender <p>If your boating experience has consisted only of day trips, you&rsquo;re missing out on a whole new side of the boating lifestyle that extends your time with friends and family past sunset, entrances you with the peace and serenity of a quiet cove, and lets you enjoy the best night&rsquo;s sleep you&rsquo;ve gotten in years.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_290_EC_EXT_SM_blog.png" alt="" width="216" height="144" /></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Is it time for you to step up to an Express Cruiser? Let&rsquo;s take a look at some things you should consider before making that decision.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><strong>What is an Express Cruiser?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Generally, an Express Cruiser ranges in size from about 23 feet to 45 feet. It has a cabin with one or more sleeping areas called berths, a full toilet/shower enclosure called a head, and a food preparation area called a galley. The main difference between an Express Cruiser and a traditional Cabin Cruiser (other than the size range) is that there is generally an open area behind the helm with exterior seating and other amenities.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><strong>What type of boating can you do on an Express Cruiser?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">One of the great things about the Express Cruiser design is that you&rsquo;ll have a tremendous amount of versatility. Of course, they are built for comfort while you&rsquo;re cruising and entertaining, but you can also enjoy watersports and fishing. The option of spending one or more nights aboard is one of the key factors that &ldquo;seals the deal&rdquo; for many buyers.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_290_EC_INT_SM_blog.png" alt="" width="216" height="144" /></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><strong>What&rsquo;s the difference between an Express Cruiser and a Cuddy Cabin? </strong></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Where Express Cruisers are built with extensive comfort features to make longer trips more enjoyable, Cuddy Cabin boats (often shortened to &ldquo;Cuddies&rdquo;) are generally smaller and offer somewhat more basic accommodations. Cuddy berths, for instance, are often used for napping, storage or to get out of bad weather.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><strong>Can I trailer an Express Cruiser? </strong></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Absolutely! Smaller-sized Express Cruisers (under 30 feet) can often be trailered. There are a few things to consider, however. First, is your tow vehicle and hitch system rated for the full weight of the boat, trailer and fuel? Also, is the width of the boat or beam, under 9 feet? Remember that local regulations may vary, so check with your dealer on this question.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/RNK_290_EC_Galley_blog.png" alt="" width="216" height="98" /></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><strong>What are some of the features I should look for in an Express Cruiser? </strong></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Well, handy is in the eyes of the beholder, so why not pull a list of standard features first? Some brands try to stay at a competitive price point by offering a stripped-down model, while others like Rinker Express Cruisers are packed with high-quality extras. When you&rsquo;re able to get to the point where you&rsquo;re comparing apples to apples, that&rsquo;s when the real value comes through. But since we&rsquo;re talking about the advantages of overnighting or &ldquo;weekending&rdquo; on an Express Cruiser, why not single out standard features or options that will help you enjoy your extended stay even more? Items on that list would include a motorized windlass for easy raising and lowering of your anchor, a pressurized fresh water system (who wouldn&rsquo;t like a nice power shower after a day on the lake?), a full-featured galley with plenty of space and upgraded appliances, and top-of-the-line berth mattresses and bedding.</p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;">Those are just some of the things to think about when considering an Express Cruiser for your boating lifestyle. Other great sources of information and inspiration include other owners and knowledgeable dealers.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT South Beach in February? Miami Boat Show Time! http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/south-beach-in-february-miami-boat-show-time <p>If it's the week of Valentine's Day, it must be time for the Miami International Boat Show! And while the who's who of the boating industry will converge on South Beach this week, we want you to know that the show's all about YOU. This is a great chance to stop by and say hello to Nautic Global Group team members. Some of the best ideas we get come from the folks who use our products every day.</p> <p><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Show_Floor_Map.png" alt="" width="597" height="475" /></p> <p>So, if you're coming to the show, please come and see us. We'd love to be able to shake your hand and thank you in person for your support of Rinker Sportboats and Express Cruisers, Hurricane Deck Boats, and Godfrey Pontoons, including Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater.</p> <p>It's loyal fans like you who keep us striving to innovate and build boats that are the highest quality and offer the best value you'll find anywhere. Thank you, and we hope to see you on Miami Beach!</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? 2.9.12 http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week-2-9-12 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman"; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:TimesNewRomanPSMT; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:"Times New Roman"; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:""; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/">St. Louis Boat, Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 8-12 &ndash; <a href="http://midmoyacht.com/">Mid Missouri Yachts</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Whether you&rsquo;re an avid outdoorsman or are just looking for a way to escape winter for the day, this is YOUR show! The annual five-day event turns America&rsquo;s Center &amp; Edward Jones Dome into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun&mdash; the best place to see and buy everything you need for your outdoor adventures! See nearly one thousand boats&mdash;from fishing to cruising to family fun there are boats for every activity, lifestyle and budget.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_276_BR.png" alt="" width="216" height="107" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://columbussportshow.com/">Columbus Sport, Vacation &amp; Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.buckeyelakemarina.com/">Buckeye Lake Marina</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: black;">The one-and-only Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel will make her Columbus debut at the show. For more than 30 years, trainer Lou Ann Best and the Florida gray squirrel have traveled around the globe to teach people about boating safety. Twiggy will perform in her own heated pool multiple times each day.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://expoidaho.com/ns/calendar/ViewEvent.asp?EventId=63">Treasure Valley Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-12 &ndash; <a href="http://allanmarsh.com/">Allan Marsh RV &amp; Boat Center</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Attention western Idaho&hellip;your boat show is coming to Expo Idaho in Ada County this week! Allan Marsh RV &amp; Boat Center has YOUR Rinker&hellip;please stop by and say hello.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.fortwayneboatshow.com/">Fort Wayne Boat Show &amp; Sale</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-13 &ndash; <a href="http://www.pcmarine.com/">Pine Crest Marina</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">This will be our 31st Fort Wayne Boat Show and Sale. You&rsquo;ll find over 50 Exhibitors including 20 marine dealers from Indiana and Michigan all in one place. Incredible prices, low financing and special incentives on boats, personal watercraft, accessories, piers and much more!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.salondubateau.com/EN/">Montreal Boat &amp; Water Sports Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 9-13 &ndash; <a href="http://www.marinaportlewis.com/">Marina Port Lewis</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.drummondvillemarine.com/">Drummondville Marine</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The 13th edition of the Boat and Water Sports Show will be held as usual at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. The event organizers say the show will feature a variety of boats, marine accessories and services, and conferences. This event is the largest event of its kind in Quebec with over 400 models of boats, nearly 250 exhibitors and an estimated 30,000 visitors.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.vaboatshow.com/">Mid Atlantic Sports &amp; Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 10-12 &ndash; <a href="http://www.centervillemarina.com/">Centerville Waterway</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.lynnhavenmarine.com/">Lynnhaven Marina</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Whether you want to see the latest and greatest 2012 models or want a great deal on an unused 2011, you don't want to miss the boat show with all the big dealers and all the boats under one roof. Don't miss it!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.boatmichigan.org/content.aspx?page=DetroitBoatShow">Detroit Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 10-19 &ndash; <a href="http://www.krupas.com/">Krupa&rsquo;s Boat Mart</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.hideawayyachtsales.com/">Hideaway Yachts</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">More than 100 of Michigan's best boat dealers and marine businesses will be under one roof for nine days of great prices, selection and services. This is your chance to see new 2012 products, and get great prices on new non-current boats, motors, trailers and accessories.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.iowashows.com/Shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=3">Cedar Rapids Sportshow</a> &mdash; Feb. 10-12 &mdash; <a href="http://www.midwestboatrepair.com/">Midwest Boat Sales</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">See a huge display of 2012 boats including sportboats, fishing boats, family runabouts, ski boats, pontoons, and performance boats.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.newenglandboatshow.com/">New England Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 11-19 &ndash; <a href="http://www.meredithmarina.com/">Meredith Marina</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The New England Boat Show attracting thousands of visitors from the New England seaboard. The show fills 300,000 square feet with hundreds of the newest boats from the region&rsquo;s top dealers, along with a wide selection of marine accessories and special features &ndash; creating a marine marketplace and boater&rsquo;s paradise like no other!</span></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sterndrives Versus Jet Boats: What's The Right Choice For Your Family? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/sterndrives-versus-jet-boats-what-s-the-right-choice-for-your-family <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">You may have seen some of the new jet-drive boats that have come into the boating marketplace in the past few years. They are kind of like an overgrown personal watercraft (PWC), and they can be fun to drive. But are they the right fit for you and your family? Let&rsquo;s compare jet-drive boats to traditional sterndrive propulsion. The answers may surprise you. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Hurricane_IO.png" alt="" width="216" height="104" /></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Steering</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">This is probably the most important factor to consider when comparing a jet boat to a sterndrive. If you&rsquo;ve ever ridden a PWC, then you may remember that you didn&rsquo;t have total control at all speeds. Jet drives lose the ability to steer when you back off the throttle. Of course that&rsquo;s most noticeable when you are heading toward a hazard and the natural inclination is to slow down. Just like with a PWC, you have to remember to &ldquo;power out&rdquo; or apply more throttle to make a sharp turn. While that may be part of the fun on a 10-foot PWC, a 21-footer with a boat full of friends and family is another story. Sterndrives, on the other hand, allow you to steer with confidence at all speeds. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Noise</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">You never hear anyone complaining about the quiet, efficient operation of a sterndrive. Everyone on board is able to have a conversation at just about any speed. And that adds to the enjoyment of the day. Jet boats, however, can be up to three times louder under normal conditions. Again, think about the PWCs zipping around your lake and the amount of noise they can generate compared to traditional boats. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_IO.png" alt="" width="216" height="124" /></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Ride Quality</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">This really isn&rsquo;t much of a contest. Simply put, the traditional Deep-V hull shape of a sterndrive is made to cut through choppy water. It&rsquo;s a more comfortable ride, and it&rsquo;s much easier to handle. Jet boats are okay when the conditions are flat-glass perfect, but how often does that happen? When the going gets rough out on the water, so does the ride of a jet boat. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Shallow Water</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">The familiar and dependable operation of a sterndrive is perfect for &ldquo;skinny&rdquo; water. The outdrive is easy to trim up in shallow conditions and you still have excellent control and thrust. Jet drives are a different story. Because the boat&rsquo;s propulsion relies on pulling in water and shooting it back out, it&rsquo;s very common to suck up all kinds of debris into the intake. Rocks, sand, weeds and other foreign matter can put you out of commission in a hurry, stranding you out on the water, and possibly causing expensive damage.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Tow Sports</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">One of the great joys out on the water is the fun of board sports such as wakeboarding. But those sports depend on a crisp well-defined wake behind the boat for the best results. Jet drives, though, tend to produce a small wake that&rsquo;s full of &ldquo;wash&rdquo; and not that great for launching out of the water for more complex maneuvers. The sharp wakes created by a sterndrive boat, however, are perfect for even the most advanced tricks.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Durability</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">Sterndrives have been around for many years and their durability and reliability is well known. Since the current selection of jet boats has really only been around for a short time, the jury&rsquo;s still out on how they will hold up over time. One thing to consider, however, is that jet systems are constantly pulling in raw water for propulsion. That&rsquo;s more water contact with the internal systems, which could lead to corrosion problems down the line. And if there&rsquo;s one thing you don&rsquo;t want to have to deal with, it&rsquo;s the prospect of solving rust issues inside your engine.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: "><strong>Speed</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">Here&rsquo;s one area where sterndrives and jet drives are pretty evenly matched. A 21-foot jet boat with two four-stroke engines (two x 200 horsepower) will top out at about 50 mph, while a 21-foot sterndrive with a V6 220 horsepower will be nearly the same speed at roughly 48 mph. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoteLevel1" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: 0in;"><span style="font-family: ">No matter what you&rsquo;ve heard, the fact is that jet drives just come up short when compared to the dependable, safe, proven performance of a sterndrive.</span></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Closer Look: Rinker Captiva 226 BR http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/a-closer-look-rinker-captiva-226-br <p>Captain Steve walks through the Rinker Captiva 226 BR from bow to stern, giving us a closer look at this sportboat that's built for watersports with the R Series package. From the oversized, full-beam swim platform with cushioned "rumble" seat and integrated swim ladder to the huge sunpad and roomy bow seating area, the Rinker Captiva 226 BR is built for serious family fun!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XtiPRH_BN74" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week <p><a href="http://www.acboatshow.com/">Atlantic City Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 1-5 &ndash; <a href="http://www.stoneharboryachts.com/Site/Rinker/rinkerpage.html">Stone Harbor Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">See what&rsquo;s new, NOW! Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it&mdash;see and shop hundreds of new boats and an unbeatable assortment of marine gear at the Atlantic City Convention Center. From luxury motor and sailing yachts to sport fishers, performance boats, and personal watercraft, there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/blogartwork/Rinker_360_EC.png" alt="" width="216" height="97" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.rochesterboatshow.com/">Rochester Boat Show</a> &ndash; Feb. 2-5 &ndash; <a href="http://www.ballantynerv.com/">Ballantyne RV &amp; Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most people don&rsquo;t realize just how affordable owning a boat really is. For instance, the average boat payment ranges between $8 and $10 dollars per $1,000. That means a $20,000 boat loan would normally cost less than $200 per month! No matter how you try&hellip;you'll likely never take your family vacation for a week in Orlando for as little as $2,400 &mdash; much less bring along your friends and relatives!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.spokaneboatshow.com/">Spokane National Boat Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 28-Feb. 4 &ndash; <a href="http://www.specialtyrecreation.com/">Specialty Recreation &amp; Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We have really had a lot of changes in the Boat show for this year. This year will again be an eight-day show from Saturday Jan. 28th through February 4. With the closing of the Northwest game fishing show downtown we are very lucky to have quite a few of the fishing guides and seminars coming to join us at the Spokane Boat Show. There will be seminars almost every hour of the eight days of the show.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://tulsaboatshow.com/">Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 30-Feb. 5 &ndash; <a href="http://www.grandlakeboatsales.com/">Grand Lake Boat Sales</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Check out the 2012 Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show!<span>&nbsp; </span>See the latest boat and RV models and accessories. Door prizes will be given away every day of the show. Contests, family fun and the cast of the hit television show Swamp People!<span>&nbsp; </span></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Did You Know That Rinker Is America’s Oldest Boat Brand? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/did-you-know-that-rinker-is-america-s-oldest-boat-brand <p>As the oldest American boat brand in continuous production, the Rinker Boat Company has quite a story to tell. From our humble beginnings out of Lossie Rinker&rsquo;s workshop on the White River in Indiana to today when we&rsquo;re exporting boats to more than 40 countries, we build with pride, craftsmanship and the desire to be the best value in the industry.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_History_1.png" alt="" width="216" height="136" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the request of many of our loyal customers and dealers across the country and around the globe, here&rsquo;s a look back at some of the Rinker Boat Company milestones through the years. We are proud to remain true to our Midwestern heritage, and we are thankful for all of our Rinker owners throughout the years who have chosen to share some of their family&rsquo;s most treasured memories with us.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&bull; In the 1930s, dairy farmer Lossie &ldquo;L.E.&rdquo; Rinker starts building fishing &shy;&mdash; and, later, racing boats &mdash;out of his workshop on the White River in Indiana. His sons, Jan and John, soon joined their father to build and race their own boats. After serving their country during the Korean War, the boys returned to Indiana to resume their boat-building careers, eventually founding the company Rinkerbuilt in Syracuse, Indiana. Rinkers are still built in Syracuse today.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&bull; In 1945, the company&rsquo;s first racing brand called <em>Famous Craft </em></span><span>is born.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_3.1.png" alt="" width="216" height="87" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&bull; In 1958, Rinkerbuilt introduces fiberglass in the manufacturing process &ndash; long before most competitors &mdash; along with innovations such as multiple gelcoat colors and back-to-back seating.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->&nbsp;</span>&bull; A classic 1968 Rinkerbuilt brochure of the ROAMER 16. Also in 1968, Rinkerbuilt goes international, shipping 14 boats to Sweden.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Throughout the 1970s, Rinkerbuilt rolls out new runabout designs. The signature 20-degree Deep-V runabout hulls grow to 20 feet.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>&bull; The most popular of all 1970-era designs is the 15- &amp; 17-foot tri-hull. Every fiberglass manufacturer had a tri-hull, and Rinkerbuilt was one of the first! The boats were offered with both outboard and the new automotive-inspired inboard/o</span>utboard.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_History_4.png" alt="" width="216" height="114" /></p> <p>&nbsp;&bull; The 1980s bring a new name (&ldquo;built&rdquo; is dropped as the suffix), new logo, and new designs, as the now-40-year old company continues to grow. The first Rinker Fiesta Vee 255 Cruiser is introduced in 1988, which establishes Rinker as a cruiser builder.</p> <p>&nbsp;&bull; Rinker turns 50 years old in 1995, and the Rinker Fiesta Vee line includes some of the most popular express cruisers in the world. The Rinker Captiva line is expanded and some models, such as the Captiva 232 and 236 become popular &ldquo;go-fast&rdquo; boats with big-block motors and exhilarating performance.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; Nautic Global Group becomes the parent company of Rinker in 2005, providing the capital, purchasing power and manufacturing efficiencies to take the company into the future. An entirely new generation of cruisers is introduced, and Rinker becomes the first sterndrive boat builder to offer a wake tower and watersports packages on its sportboats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker_History_6.png" alt="" width="216" height="198" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&bull; In 2012, Rinker continues to roll out the next generation of Captiva Sportboats and Express Cruisers. Beginning with the Captiva 216 bowrider in 2011 and now with the incredible all-new Rinker 290 Express Cruiser, you see more innovative designs and a renewed focus on offering the unquestioned best-value and highest quality in the industry.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Throughout the years, Rinker has always had focused on performance, rugged construction, and giving you the best value on the water. Here&rsquo;s to another 67 years of pursuing our dream of helping you enjoy the precious time you have with your family on the water. From our family to yours&hellip;thank you.</p> <!--EndFragment--> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Where In The World Is Rinker This Week? http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/where-in-the-world-is-rinker-this-week <p><a href="http://www.hartproductions.com/travel-sport-and-boat-show/">Cincinnati Travel, Sports &amp; Boat Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 25-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.hernmarine.com/">Hern Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The 54th Annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports &amp; Boat Show will feature 250,000 square feet of boats and 400 companies representing boats, marine services, travel destinations, and outdoors fun all indoors on one huge exhibit floor. This is the best time to buy, book, plan or as a last resort, just plain dream about.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Rinker.png" alt="" width="653" height="405" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/">Louisville Boat RV &amp; Sportshow</a> &ndash; Jan. 25-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.arnoldsboats.com/">Arnold&rsquo;s Boats &amp; Motors</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Celebrating its 54th year as the mid-South&rsquo;s premier outdoors show, this annual 5-day event turns the Kentucky Exposition Center into a one-stop marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts! Whether you love boating, fishing, hunting, camping or RVing, there&rsquo;s no better place to shop, compare and save!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.sanantonioboatshow.com/">San Antonio Boat &amp; RV Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 26-29 &ndash; <a href="http://www.lakelbjmarineland.com/">Lake LBJ Marineland</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are gearing up for another year filled with something for everyone. From travel trailers and fifth wheels, truck campers to bay boats, center console fishing boats, and world-class wakeboard boats, the 2012 show is a must-see.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.thecharlestonboatshow.com/">Charleston Boat Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 27-28&ndash; <a href="http://seelsoutboard.com/">Seel&rsquo;s Outboard</a>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest boat show and sale in the Lowcountry returns to the Charleston Area Convention Center, with hundreds of boats from the areas top retailers on display. Now in its 32nd year, the Charleston Boat Show is the place to find the latest and best in marine equipment, supplies and accessories.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.spokaneboatshow.com/">Spokane National Boat Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 28-Feb. 4 &ndash; <a href="http://www.specialtyrecreation.com/">Specialty Recreation &amp; Marine</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We have really had a lot of changes in the Boat show for this year. This year will again be an eight-day show from Saturday Jan. 28th through February 4. With the closing of the Northwest game fishing show downtown we are very lucky to have quite a few of the fishing guides and seminars coming to join us at the Spokane Boat Show. There will be seminars almost every hour of the eight days of the show.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://tulsaboatshow.com/">Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show</a> &ndash; Jan. 30-Feb. 5 &ndash; <a href="http://www.grandlakeboatsales.com/">Grand Lake Boat Sales</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Check out the 2012 Tulsa Boat Sport &amp; Travel Show!<span>&nbsp; </span>See the latest boat and RV models and accessories. Door prizes will be given away every day of the show. Contests, family fun and the cast of the hit television show Swamp People!<span>&nbsp; </span></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Shop With Confidence With These 5 (Not So) Secret Boat Show Tips http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/shop-with-confidence-with-these-5-not-so-secret-boat-show-tips <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new boat, the boat show can be a great place to work a deal. Of course, it can also be a dizzying and confusing experience if you&rsquo;re not prepared. The good news is that with a little research and some easy planning, you can head through the front door with confidence.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Shop_with_Confidence.jpg" alt="" width="306" height="204" /></p> <p><br />1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Start early. That&rsquo;s all part of the fun, isn&rsquo;t it? The anticipation. The build-up. The excitement. Make that a key part of your experience. The more time you spend thinking about how you&rsquo;ll use your boat, the more time you spend comparing features, and the more time you arm yourself with research, the more confident and focused you will be on the boat show floor. <br /><br />2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ask around. To say that boaters like to talk about their boat&nbsp; is the understatement of all time. If you got into boating, like most people, through family or friends, start there. Ask about the amenities they use on their boat and the ones they could live without. You&rsquo;ll find all kinds of information about gas mileage, top speed and other &ldquo;specs.&rdquo; Once you get past all that, however, it comes down to how happy other folks seem with their purchase. <br /><br />3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Make a list. It can be something as simple as a sticky note or as detailed as a notebook. You&rsquo;ll soon discover that list is getting pretty long. Enclosed head, swim platform, space for a cooler, full galley, oversized sunpad, top-of the-line stereo, etc. Now, once you have your list together, start organizing into &ldquo;must-haves,&rdquo; &ldquo;would-be-nice,&rdquo; and &ldquo;don&rsquo;t really need.&rdquo; This will help you really wind up happy with your boat, rather than jumping at a &ldquo;good deal&rdquo; in the heat of the moment. <br /><br />4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Go ahead and climb aboard. You&rsquo;d be surprised at how many folks are too intimidated to really give a boat a thorough inspection at a boat show. You should feel welcome to spend some time acquainting yourself with the boat you&rsquo;re about to buy. Sit in all the seats, not just the helm. Is the backrest at a comfortable angle? Open the cabinet doors. Do they open and close securely. Does the boat feel solid? <br /><br />5)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remember there are no dumb questions. Repeat, there are no dumb questions. If you&rsquo;ve gone through these first four steps and you&rsquo;re still confused about something, just ask! The dealership has an entire team of people at the show. A reputable dealer will want you to be just as confident about your purchase as you walk out the door as you were when you walked in.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT How To Find The Right Boat Dealer For You http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/how-to-find-the-right-boat-dealer-for-you <p>While there are some similarities between a car dealership and a boat dealership, you may be surprised at how much they don&rsquo;t have in common.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://204.232.205.47/~nauticgl/content/Boat_Show_Customers_SM.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="267" />Sure, they both have showrooms, shiny new vehicles and salespeople. But with few exceptions, a car purchase comes down to function and price. And even if you wind up getting your automobile serviced at the dealership, it tends to be a fairly anonymous event. Buying a boat, however, could easily be characterized as starting a relationship. And because of that, it&rsquo;s worth putting a little time into finding the &ldquo;right one.&rdquo; <br /><br />Here are some pointers for narrowing down your choices and settling down with a boat dealer who will be by your side for the long haul.<br /><br />&bull; Do you feel comfortable? If you&rsquo;re feeling pressured or stressed or tense in the showroom or at the boat show booth, you may want to keep looking. Anxious excitement is part of the boat-buying experience and should be enjoyed. Those other things, well, who needs them? <br /><br />&bull; Do their customers rave about them? Good dealers would love for you to meet and talk to their customers. Nobody does a better job of selling a dealership than satisfied customers. Remember, this is a relationship that will last for years. Longtime customers are a sure sign that the dealership appreciates their patronage and support.<br /><br />&bull; Do they have a busy service department? This one may seem a little counter-intuitive because you want to be first in line. But think about it. Who has more experience solving common issues? Who has a well-staffed, well-trained crew? Who can offer great rates because they are doing volume business? More than likely it&rsquo;s the busy service bay. <br /><br />&bull; Do they host events on the water or showroom? Many times a dealer will gather customers of a certain brand for an afternoon of socializing with other owners. Sometimes there&rsquo;s a parking lot cookout with face-painting for the kids. Other times, they turn their showroom into a movie theater in the middle of winter. There is just something wonderful about mingling with others that share your love for the water. <br /><br />The point is that your boat-owning experience can be and should be just as exciting, fun and rewarding as your boat-buying experience. Good boat dealers get that. More importantly, good boat dealers go out of their way to make sure that you get that!</p> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Top 3 Things To Remember At The Boat Show http://wwwrinkerboats.com/blog/post/top-3-things-to-remember-at-the-boat-show <p>All throughout the spring, summer and fall months, most of us are out on the water. If the weather&rsquo;s nice, we&rsquo;re boating. Every weekend, for sure, and maybe even a quite a few &ldquo;personal&rdquo; days when the opportunity arises. But when the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn from boating to boat shows. <br /><br />Whether you&rsquo;re looking for your first boat or you&rsquo;re in the market to upgrade, winter boat shows help us keep the fire burning until our glorious spring launch finally rolls around. In addition to the fun atmosphere, gleaming gel coat and new gadgets you just can&rsquo;t live without, there&rsquo;s something else that should be drawing you right through the front door. The deals!<br /><br />Think about it. Since the boating season is over in most parts of the country, and boats have been serviced and stored during the fall, your local dealer will be wheeling and dealing with all kinds of special offers and manufacturers&rsquo; incentives. If you&rsquo;re looking for a boat, you owe it to yourself to attend a boat show. <br /><br />To help you navigate the aisles like a pro, here are the Top 3 things to think about as the boat show rolls through your community:<br /><br />1) Do your homework and narrow down your search before you get there. It adds to the experience if you walk in with a good idea about the type of boat that best fits your lifestyle. Do you need seating and storage for lots of family and friends? Are you more into performance and styling? Do your kids spend most of their time tubing, skiing or wakeboarding? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Have you always dreamed of anchoring and overnighting in a serene cove? There will be lots of terrific distractions&hellip;be prepared!<br /><br />2) Get to know your dealer. Nearly as important as the type of boat you buy is the feeling you get from your dealer. They will be instrumental in helping you get a great deal. They will be delivering your boat. They will be there for routine service, storage and anything else you need after your purchase. Talk to the salesperson at the booth. Ask to speak to the owner of the dealership. Chances are, they are one of your neighbors. A good dealer knows that your relationship begins with the sale, not ends with the sale.<br /><br />3) Shop for value, not just price. This is a simple idea, but it&rsquo;s harder than it sounds. Cheaper does not mean value. There are price wars at just about every boat show between competing lines. Ask about quality construction. Ask about resale value. Ask about financing offers. The cream rises to the top, as they say. You will pat yourself on the back a year or two (or 10) down the line when you make quality a priority over price alone.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:00:00 GMT