We are closed July 2nd,3rd,and 4th. We will reopen on the 5th. Enjoy your time off with your friends and family. Happy Independence Weekend!
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It is boating season. We have a good supply of deck boats and skiffs to go riding in the river or go to Shackleford Banks. The water is warm and the skies are blue. Call us . We would love to get you on the water in a new boat! 252-758-5938.
We will be closed on Memorial Day. We will be enjoying time with our families as we remember the reason for the day we have off. We will reopen Tuesday at 8:30. Remember to honor our military and their families.
The perfect ending for a day on the water starts with a stress-free retrieval of your boat—which includes successfully loading it back on its trailer for a safe trip home. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions for navigating that process.
- Start by idling up to the launch-ramp dock, and putting your vehicle driver and crew ashore. While they walk up to the parking lot and prepare to back down the ramp, you can idle and wait out of the way.
- When you see your tow vehicle backing down the ramp, get the boat in position.
- The driver should put the vehicle in park and set the parking brake.
- Your driver can now be ready to hop on the trailer tongue or step into the water to help secure the boat on the trailer.
- The trailer should be backed into the water as straight as possible, and at a depth that allows the boat to float over the rear two-thirds of the trailer bunks.
- Now, you can idle the boat over the bunks, aligning the bow peak with the trailer bow stop.
- If the ramp is shallow you may need to trim your outboard motor or sterndrive up a bit so the prop doesn’t hit bottom.
- When the boat bumps the bow stop on the winch post, or gets close, your helper can clip the winch strap to the bow eye, and use the winch to pull the boat up snug to the winch post, and then secure the safety chain.
- If the boat ends up a little crooked on the trailer, try backing down the ramp just a little to allow the boat to float and center itself. Now tilt the motor or drive up, and the vehicle driver can slowly pull the boat and trailer up the ramp.
- Just as when launching, you’ll want to pull your rig out of the way of ramp activity to unload gear and prepare the trailer and boat for the highway.
We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For many decades, Greenville Marine & Sports Center has been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines—both new and used. Our awesome sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat!
If you’re looking to buy a boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know how we can help you. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!
On April 23rd at Greenville Marine , there will be a family boating course. It will be from 9am to 3pm on Saturday the 23rd. It will be $50.00 for the first participant and following family members will be free. Many topics on boating will be covered that day. Call Ann at 252-758-5938 to sign up. Thanks!
We will be closed Saturday the 16th, 17th, and Monday the 18th for Easter Break. We will reopen on Tuesday the 19th. We appreciate your business. Take time to honor the Risen Savior Jesus Christ this weekend.
John 3:16, Matthew 28: 5-6.
Even though it’s cold this week in North Carolina, it has started to feel like spring recently! And you know what that means: it’s time to get out on the water! Whether your boat has been sitting out in the weather all winter (we hope not), or stored somewhere safe, you’ll need to de-winterize your boat for the spring time before you start it up and hit the water. Keep reading to find out everything you’ll need to do once you take off your boat’s winter coat in order to get out on the water!
De-Winterizing Your Boat for Spring
The major systems that need de-winterizing include:
- Plumbing Systems
- Batteries and Electrical Systems
In addition to de-winterizing systems, other spring commissioning tasks may include:
- Removing a Winter Cover
- Cleaning and Waxing
- Painting the Bottom
- Taking Care of Teak
Spring Commissioning for Plumbing Systems
Boats that have freshwater systems, heads with holding tanks, sinks, and showers, should have been treated with antifreeze in the fall. This means that now you’ll need to flush these hoses and lines with freshwater, until you’re absolutely sure all the antifreeze has been washed away.
- Fill all the tanks up.
- Open all the faucets and showers.
- Let them run until you stop seeing any discoloration from the pink, non-toxic, propylene glycol antifreeze.
- Then let them run for a minute or two more, just to be sure the lines are completely flushed out.
Spring Commissioning for Batteries & Electrical Systems
In most cases, the only thing you’ll need to do to get your boat’s marine battery ready for the new season is make sure it’s in place, hooked up properly, and fully charged. Many people remove the batteries from the boat and put them on a maintenance-charger over the winter, so in this case they’ll need to be put back into the boat with the leads properly connected. Even if your batteries stayed aboard, however, don’t neglect to hook up a charger before you try launching the boat—the number-one problem boaters report encountering on a spring shake-down cruise is a low or dead battery.
Come see us!
At Greenville Marine & Sports Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For many decades, we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat.
If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! We’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your future boating life. Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.
We are located at 3600 Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, NC. To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our outdoor shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to work with you!
We do boat registrations on the side that sells the boats, motors and trailers. It is the building on the left when you turn onto Marine Drive. We have 3 ladies that can help you. We also do fishing and hunting licenses.. Go to the tackle,archery,and hunting building for that service. Jamison and Wesley can help you update your licenses.. That building is on the right side when you turn onto Marine Drive. As always, thank you for your business.
If you’re a new boat owner, there are some important things you should avoid doing out in the water. Everyone has to start somewhere – we all did – but you’ll be a better boat owner if you’re prepared.
For over 49 years, Greenville Marine & Sports Center has been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina. We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. We offer many brands of boats and engines, and our experienced sales and service staff is excited to help you buy a new or used boat. If you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory and let us know what catches your eye.
Even if you don’t own a boat yet, let us help however we can! To contact our boat shop, please call (252) 758-5938. To contact our tackle,gun and archery shop, please call (252) 758-5945. Come by and see us!
Keep reading to learn about 10 common mistakes when it comes to boating.
1. Failing to Check the Marine Weather Forecast
Tuning in to marine weather prior to each and every trip is a must, unless you want to be surprised by gusty winds, rough seas, and sudden storms. And remember, this means marine weather, not those regular land-based forecasts which regularly post lower wind speeds and no sea conditions.
2. Running Aground
Running a ground is a lot more common than you might think, and can have varying degrees of severity depending on where you do your boating. On a soft mud or sand bottom it’s usually no big deal, but in a rocky harbor, hitting bottom can do some serious damage. You cannot see what is in dark water. Use the local marker buoys.
The solution? Always be aware of where you are and what the local underwater hazards may be. And when in doubt, slowing down is a good idea.
3. Forgetting to Keep Up with Regular Maintenance
Making this mistake can have very serious consequences, especially when it comes to your boat’s propulsion systems. Be sure to peruse these Boat Maintenance pages, create a schedule, and stick to it.
4. Hitting the Dock
There’s an old saying among boaters, and it has a lot of value when it comes to making this mistake: never approach a dock faster than you’re willing to hit it. Even when you’re doing everything right, a sudden power loss or mechanical problem can strike. The net result? Boat, meet dock. Dock, meet boat. Crunch!
5. Running Out of Gas
As you might guess, this is one of the most common mistakes people make. Remember that fuel consumption and your boat’s range can be changed by factors like sea conditions and load. Making matters worse, fuel gauge readings can change as fuel sloshes in the tank, and the fuel gauges on boats are often not as reliable as those found in automobiles in the first place.
As a result, smart boaters will stick with the following formula: use one third fuel capacity going out, use one third coming back, and save one third in reserve.
6. Forgetting to Put in the Drain Plug
This is another mistake that’s all too familiar to many of us, especially trailer-boaters, who commonly remove the plug between uses. No wonder it earns a mention in our article How to Launch a Boat, which we hope all trailer-boaters read through, in any case.
7. Overloading the Boat
This miscalculation can be downright dangerous, so always keep track of the weight of both people and gear when you’re loading up the boat. Check the boat’s capacity plate to make sure you’re in the safe zone, if you haven’t already memorized your boat’s maximum capacity.
8. Getting Lost
Although this happens less and less on the water these days thanks to modern marine electronics and navigation instruments it does still happen. And any electrical systems can have gremlins, so you need to always be aware of your location and how to get home regardless of what electronics you have aboard.
9. Putting Out Insufficient Anchor Line
Anchoring a boat seems like a simple task: just drop down the anchor, cleat off the line, and the boat will stay put… right? Not necessarily.
Even in calm seas if you don’t let out enough line to match three times the depth, the anchor may well pull free. And in a breeze, a “scope” (length of anchor line) of 5:1 or 7:1 as compared to water depth is considered minimal. When it’s rough out, 10:1 may be necessary.
10. Running the Engine Dry
The vast majority of marine engines (excluding air-cooled and electric engines) require a supply of water for cooling purposes. But not only does the water cool the engine, it also lubricates the water pump impeller commonly found in most marine propulsion systems. Run a boat motor while it’s on dry land without a sufficient water supply, and it will overheat, the impeller will be damaged, or both.