How to Decide on the Right Boat | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

Greenville Marine & Sport Center in Greenville NC knows that with Summer just around the edge that many of us are going to be hitting the water soon. Buying a boat is one way you can hit the water in style, however, this can be a hard decision to make. We’ve compiled a list of things that you must consider before you buy a new boat.

1. Is it Affordable?

Too many buy the boat of their dreams without thinking about the true cost and responsibility that comes with owning a boat. There is the cost of the boat itself, the monthly maintenance cost, and the annual cost. Boats are also extremely inefficient when it comes to gas or diesel because the boat uses more energy pushing through water. When thinking about the expenses, the general rule is you should expect to pay between 10-15% of the replacement value per year.

2. What Will The Boat be Used For?

Boats are used for many different ways. The best thing to do will be to consult your salesperson. Some people use boats for fishing, sailing, cruising, water sports, etc. The list is endless. Be sure to think of all the people in your family and what their desires are for trips on the water. This will help you decide what type of boat is the best for you.

3. Where Will it Be Used?

This really comes down to whether you boat will be used for salt water or for freshwater. You need to determine how big your trips are, how many people would be going, what activities will you be doing, etc. Again it’s best to consult your salesperson on the places you’ll want to take your boat. You should also learn what are in the boat’s capabilities.

4. New or Used?

This plays a lot in to deciding whether or not the particular boat is affordable. Though older boats will be more affordable, you also have to be aware of the cost it will take to maintain an older boat. You should buy a new boat if you can afford to have someone fix it, or you have the time and knowledge to fix it yourself.

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If you have any more questions about your boat or any outdoor needs, feel free to contact us today!

5 Fishing Hacks | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

Greenville Marine & Sport Center in Greenville, NC has picked up a couple of fishing tricks over the years. We made a list to make fishing more effective and fun! Here are some tips to try out!

1. Mark Up Your Soft Baits

Add some realistic patterns to your soft-plastic baits with some permanent markers.  This gives them a unique fish-attracting appearance.

2. Cut Down on Tangles

The  wind knot can be prevented and greatly reduced if you flip over the bail manually on your rotating reel after you cast. This will prevent the line from twisting as it moves its way from the bail to the line roller, which is what it does when if the bail snaps shut by itself by turning the reel handle.

3. Dress-Up The Jigs

Diamond jigs are a classic striped bass, bluefish and cod lure that can be dressed with a bare hook, a colored tube, or a feathered Siwash hook. The faster you can switch out these different dressed hooks to find the color and style that the fish are responding to, the faster you will be into fish. To do this, replace the split ring on the bottom of your diamond jig with a sturdy lure clip and swap out hook styles.

4. Stay on Top

If when you’re fishing a topwater lure and the stripers keep messing up on the plug or tail-slapping, try stopping and count slowly to five. Lures that are bobbing on the surface seem like a stunned baitfish, which are seen as easy pickings to the fish, and this will often draws more of an aggressive strike.

5. Cripple Your Baitfish

Frisky bait can be tough for predators to chase down. To slow it down, try clipping the tail fin with a pair of small scissors down the middle of the tail.

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If you have any more questions about your boat or any of our top fishing supplies, feel free to contact us today!

How to Store Your Gun Safely | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

Greenville Marine & Sport Center in Greenville, NC believes that safety and proper knowledge when it comes to Guns and Ammo is extremely important. If you are a parent, a newbie, or just want to refresh the fundamentals of gun safety, here is a list of ways to properly implement gun safety in your home.

Know How to Use Gun

Learn how it works, how to safely open and close the action, how to add or remove ammunition.

Store Gun in a Safe Place

There are a lot of things to consider when storing your gun, especially around children. You can find gun storage devices, locking devices, and mechanical locking devices for your gun. Make sure you adhere to the other rules to insure safety in case this step fails for whatever reason.

Keep Gun Unloaded

That is until you are ready to use it. If you need to open the action, inspect chambers, etc, and you don’t know how to use it just leave it alone until you can get help from a professional.

Keep Finger Off Trigger

Place your finger along the frame and out of the the trigger guard until you actually need to use it.

Clean it Regularly

You should clean your gun every time you use it to maintain your gun’s value and extend its life. It also insures that your gun operates correctly.

Make Sure This Gun is Safe

If the Gun hasn’t been properly cleaned and maintained, it can influence the safety of your gun. If you’re unsure about the functionality of the gun, take it to your local gunsmith to look at it. They are the most knowledgable, and you can rest easy knowing that a professional has given it the O.K.

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We have an experienced sales and service staff who would love to help you. We have been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 44 years. Our Outdoor Shop is stocked with tackle, rod and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery and an archery range to serve you better. Contact us today!

How to Maintain Your Boat | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

Greenville Marine & Sport Center in Greenville NC knows that with Summer just around the edge that many of us are going to be hitting the water soon. For those of you who own a boat, we wanna give you 3 routine maintenance tips that will definitely pay off in the long run.

1. Check the Propeller

You should inspect your propeller if you have an outboard or stern drive boat before you plan your trip. Get a deep well socket to take off the propeller several times during the boating season to make sure nothing, such as fishing line, has gotten in it. If you think there is fishing line in it, you may want to take it in to your dealer to inspect it as it may be to tricky to do on your own.

Other things to check for are dents, nicks, or really anything that could have harmed it. Having a properly functioning propeller is crucial for your boat. A damaged propeller could make your boat burn too much fuel, can vibrate and cause damage to the bearings and seals.

2. Get an Oil Change

Boats need oil changes too. The amount of times you need to get it changed really depends on the model, but you typically need to change it ever 100 hours of operation or once a year. Y0u can either do it yourself, or take it to your local dealer. If you decide to change it yourself, you should be able to check your owner manual for proper procedures you should take. Also be sure that you use marine grade oil as boats work very differently than car engines.

3. Wash Your Boat

It seems like the simplest item on the list, but it is the most important, especially if you take  your boat out in to salt water. Be sure to rinse it after every outing in salt water. Salt can corrode metal, fasteners, and hardware if it’s left on for too long. You can ideally use any soap designed for boats, but car wash soap will do the trick as well.

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If you have any more questions about your boat or any outdoor needs, feel free to contact us today!

3 Firearm Safety Tips | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

At Greenville Marine, we not only sell boats, motors, and trailers, but we are also retailers of Guns & Ammo in Greenville, NC. Because of that, we are very passionate about gun safety. With that in mind, here are 3 firearm safety tips to follow.

1. Only Store It Unloaded

As a rule of thumb, firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, like when you’re removing it from or returning it to storage, remember that it should be pointed in a safe direction and make absolutely sure that it’s unloaded. A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if there was an accidental discharge, it wouldn’t cause injury

2. Keep Yourself Educated

As a gun owner, it’s absolutely paramount that you know how your firearm operates. Do this by reading the manual on your firearm to know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm. The manual and other learning materials should also be able to tell you how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and the magazine.

Most importantly, make sure the young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines with firearms. Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety.

3. Lock It Up

Of course, with all of this, make sure everything to do with your guns & ammo in Greenville, NC is locked up. Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when you’re not using them, in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission. For another measure, store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.

Another great idea is to use a gun locking device to make the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and does not substitute for secure storage.

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We have been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 44 years. We are your guns & ammo, local boat, motor, and trailer dealer for Bayliner, G3 Boats, Cypress Cay Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Tidewater and Phoenix Bass Boats in Greenville, NC. We sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. We have an experienced sales and service staff who would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase.

If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.

3 Safe Boating Tips | Guns & Ammo Greenville NC

As your local your guns & ammo,, motor, and trailer dealer in Greenville, NC, we get a lot of questions about boat safety, and for good reason. No matter how much experience you have on the water, it’s a great idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. With that in mind, here are 3 safe boating tips to remember.

1. Be Aware of the Weather

You should always check local weather conditions before departure and keep track of it how you can. TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information and it’s also a good idea to download a dedicated weather app. In addition, if you notice the clouds darkening, winds that are volatile and rough, or sudden temperature drops, be safe by getting off the water and to a safe place.

2. Assign an Assistant Skipper

You don’t want to be the only person on board that knows how to deal with a crisis situation. Make sure that there is more than one person on board is familiar with your boat’s handling, operations, and general safety. If the you’re injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can get everyone else back to shore safely.

3. Get a Vessel Safety Check

It’s a great idea to take advantage of a free vessel safety check provided by the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to make sure there is the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. You can even get some helpful boating safety tips and recommendations.

Want More Help?

We have been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 44 years. We are your guns & ammo, local boat, motor, and trailer dealer for Bayliner, G3 Boats, Cypress Cay Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Tidewater and Phoenix Bass Boats in Greenville, NC. We sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. We have an experienced sales and service staff who would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase.

If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.

Ready for a 3 Day Getaway? | Guns & Ammo | Greenville NC

Ready for a 3 Day Getaway? | Guns & Ammo | Greenville NC

Have you heard the exciting news? Today marks the beginning of “The Eastern North Carolina Boat Sale.” This will be an event where only our state’s finest boat dealers gather together to host the latest and greatest boat sale in all of NC. Mark your calendars for Feb 24-26, 2017, because it will be a 3 day, all day event starring vendors like us, Greenville Marine & Sport Center.

This is your chance to feed into your desire to set out and enjoy North Carolina’s various lakes and beaches. Wondering if our guns and ammo Greenville, NC professionals will be there? You bet! In addition to hunting supplies, we carry boats and boating supplies for customers of Greenville, NC. We even carry bows, arrows, and other archery equipment.

Afterall, Greenville Marine & Sport Center is a proud supporter of the outdoors. Moreover, we can help you prepare for your Spring flings with our extensive product line of boats and everything else you need to make your Spring adventures of 2017 a success. Have you ever tried to go on a trip only to realize you didn’t pack everything single thing you needed?

Our shop helps you avoid this scenario, especially if you are going hunting, fishing, or out for an archery adventure. So, how do you know when it is time to get out and enjoy North Carolina’s fine, blue scenery?

  • You will feel it. Something about the crisper air and warm temperatures will tell you that it is time to invest in hunting supplies, boating supplies, or archery supplies and get out there.
  • You will reach for your guns and ammo to go hunting, or for any excuse to load up your boat and get on the waters of our state for a fishing trip.

As you likely know, some people love the outdoors and some people don’t. We are the kind of friendly, experienced guns and ammo Greenville, NC pros that adore it.

After all, North Carolina is home to a beautiful outdoor landscape and when it gets warmer in 2017, the Greenville, NC Convention Center will become just the place to be to get your next adventure started. For three days starting today, kick back, relax, and enjoy a premier event of countless boaters. Spring and Summer is just around the corner, and this is your last chance to attend a big event that is all about it! Now is the time to buy.

Prep for Your 3 Day Getaway with Greenville Marine & Sport Center Today!

Your Ultimate Boat Buying Guide | Guns & Ammo | Greenville NC

With Spring and Summer 2017 on the horizon, you might feel tempted to buy a boat, but where do you begin? In addition to attending this year’s three day Eastern North Carolina Boat Sale in Greenville, NC – you can also rely on our experts to point you in the right direction. After all, a boat is a major investment to add to your home. Therefore, you might have a few questions and our guns and ammo Greenville, NC and boating professionals have your answers.

Should You Get a New or Used Boat?

We actually suggest both, but it is going to depend on your needs. No matter your choice, you can rely on our motor and boat brands. We carry:

  •   Yamaha
  •   G3 Boats
  •   Cypress Cay Pontoons
  •   May Craft
  •   Tide Water Boats
  •   Nautic Star
  •   And More!

No matter what brand of boat you are wanting for your water-time, we have a wide selection of options for choosing the perfect ride for yourself and your family.Plus, we have all the equipment you would need while you are other including boating supplies, hunting supplies, and also archery supplies.

Do You Have Reason to Get a New Boat?

Aside from the fact that it will be getting warm soon, how do you know that you want to invest in a boat. To this, we say, who does not want something as new and exciting as a boat. When you buy new, you know the boat is yours – and only yours. That is, it is yours to name and yours to take to the horizon. So get out there and go.

How Do You Make a Choice?

Our experienced and trained professionals at Greenville Sport & Marine Center understand your choice, whatever it ends up being. If you need more info on our product selection, drop on by the Eastern North Carolina Boat Sale at the Greenville Convention Center, or stop by our outdoor shop and we will take it from there.