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The Boating Life - May 2013

Fellow Boaters -

Spring has Sprung and I think Summer is right around the corner.  Time to get your boat out, shinned up and ready for the season (if you haven't already).

Speaking of shinning things up and getting ready for the season, I hope you like our new look on the newsletter and our website.

We have a fun newsletter for you this month...
  • Checklist to Start the Boating Season Off Right
  • Fun and Easy Boating Snacks for the Whole Family
  • More Kids on the Water photos from our Hall Marine Family Members
  • And of course, we start with a little boating fun...

Deal Pending

Deposit Pending

2012 Meridian
341 Sedan Bridge

2012 Meridian
391 Sedan Bridge

2013 Sea Ray
New Quiet
Ride Technology Rebates End Soon

2013 Sea Ray
220 SunDeck

2013 Harris
240 Cruiser
Rebate Ends

Pre-Owned & Brokerage
Boats for Sale

2008 Sea Ray
185 Sport

2008 Sea Ray
205 Sport w/
Wake Board Tower
Deposit Pending

2005 Sea Ray
200 Select W/
Wake Board Tower

2006 Sea Ray
380 SunDancer
199,000 or

2004 Sea Ray
280 SunDancer
64,995 or

2010 Sea Ray
185 Sport w/ Trailer

2009 Sea Ray
240 SunDeck

A Little Boating Fun


Skipper's Corner - 7 Tips to Get Your Boat Ready for the 2013 Boating Season

This time of year always brings a smile to my face.  The boats are coming out in full force.  Feeling the warm sun on your face just melts all your worries away.

Another way to avoid those worries is to prep your boat now for a full season of family boating fun.  Here are 7 tips you can use.  (I'd love to hear your Spring Checklist for your boat):

1.  Buff and Wax - Why not start the season off with a fresh coat of wax and remove some of the scuff marks from last season.  It will keep your gel-coat nice and shinny plus make it easier to clean thru the year.

2.  Remove the Unnecessary Weight - Over the years, gear pills up in our boats.  Take some time to remove everything and sort the items that just aren't needed or worn out.  Removing this extra weight will also provide better performance and fuel economy.

3.  Inspect Engine Compartment - The spring is a great time to double check those little things that can become big things if left unattended.  Check the easy things like belts and hoses, hose clamps, wires, etc.  If you notice any leaks or fluid in the bilge or worn areas, have them addressed before they become a lost day of boating... or worse a day of boating turned into a tow into the dock by Sea Tow, Boat US or a friendly boater.

4.  Inspect Canvas and Bimini Tops - Checking seams and water-proofing each season will keep your canvas lasting longer and looking better long term.  Get to that tear or worn section early to avoid having to replace the full canvas.

5.  Inspect All Safety Gear - We know mold and mildew can ruin a life jacket so be sure to inspect all your safety gear to start the season.  That includes the fire extinguisher, horn, VHF radio, flares as well.  And for the fair skinned boaters, throw a new tube of sun screen in as well.

6.  Inspect All Systems (hot water heater) - Our cruiser and Yacht owners have a few other areas to consider when getting ready for the season.  If you're water system was drained, be sure to put in fresh water and inspect the entire system, including the water heater.

It never hurts to exercise the generator, bilge pumps, sump pumps, heat and AC as well to ensure your first night out on the hook goes without a hitch.

7.  Check Registration and Insurance is Up to Date - I know it's a little thing but keeping all your up to date paperwork on the boat can save time and headache during a safety inspection.  As a matter of fact, I prefer to have an inspection done right away for the season to save time in the heart of the season.

8.  Check Your Drain Plug Before Putting in the Water - Most boaters have done it at one time or another so I add it as an extra.  Don't forget your drain plug!

Of course, if there is anything I can do to make this an amazing boating season, give me a call or drop me an email. 

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Fun and Easy Boat Snacks

Fresh Boat Lover's Salsa

  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Shoepeg Corn
  • 2 Cans Rotel Tomatoes (choose your hotness level)
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions (chopped)
  • 1 TBLS Italian Dressing
Mix together in bowl and serve on your boat for a healthy and very fresh snack.

Ye Ole Salty Snack Mix

  • 1 Can Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 Bag Candy Corns

Mix together and enjoy.  Tastes like a salted nut roll candy bar.

Pirate Pinwheels

  • Wheat or White Tortilla Shells
  • Your Favorite Lunch Meat
  • Your Favorite Cheese
  • Your Favorite Cream Cheese Spread
  1. Layout tortilla shells and ad the spread, meat and cheese.
  2. Roll up
  3. Cut into 1/2 to 1" sections

Send some pictures of you and your family enjoying any of the fun treats featured in The Boating Life.  I always love to see my clients enjoying the Boating Lifestyle!

Meet Hall Marine Columbia Team Member -
Johnny Preston
I'd like to introduce you to Johnny Preston.  I believe our longest tenured 'Boat Lover' here at Hall Marine.

Johnny has done it all for us here including Service, Delivery Captain, Transport and All Around Jack of All Trades.

Usually you'll find Johnny behind the wheel of his big Freightliner Truck moving a boat between our 6 locations.  Doing odds or ends around Lake Wylie Marina or other locations.

When not messing around with boats, Johnny is messing around with his bees.  A member of the Charlotte Honey Bee Association, he has been raising bees and producing some delicious honey for many years.

With an estimated 1,000,000 miles of towing boats, almost all of our boats have been behind his truck at one point or another.  Maybe even your boat at one point before delivery.

Check out Johnny's saying on the back of his truck... "Haulin' Boats Cause I Like To!!"

Hall Marine Photo Contest - Kiddos on the Water

If you have any fun pics of your kids boating, doing water sports or just plain having fun, email them to your Boat Specialist. 

Hall Marine Calendar of Events

Hall Marine Charleston Get-a-Way
Friday May 3rd to 5th
Charleston to Beaufort

Columbia In-Water Boat Show
Friday May 3rd to 5th
Lighthouse Marina on Lake Murray

Hall Marine Savannah & Savannah Bend Marina -
Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5th from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Thunderbolt, GA @ Savannah Bend Marina

Charlotte Power Squadron - Boating Safety Course

Saturday, May 11th
Hall Marine Lake Wylie & Lake Wylie Marina

Hall Marine Lake Wylie Get-A-Way - Charleston to Beaufort Get-a-Way
Friday July 12th to Sunday the 14th

Must have Sea Ray to participate
Call or Email your Hall Marine Lake Wylie 'Boat Specialist' for details

Lake Wylie Movie Night
Monthly on Lake Wylie (May to August) Dates TBD

Visit www.LakeWylieMovieNight.Com  for more information

Hall Marine Lake Wylie - Charleston to Beaufort Get-a-Way
July 12th to 14th

Event is Currently Full

Well, that does it for another edition of The Boating Life

Keep sending in those pictures of your Kiddos on the Water, we love seeing them and sharing in the newsletter!  Have a great boating season.  And as always, if there is any way we can be of service, give me a call or drop me an email. 

Jeff Hall
Boat Specialist



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