What Not to Do When Boating | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

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.

How Are Boats Built? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Who is Greenville Marine & Sport Center? We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 49 years. Check out the brands we deal, and let us know if we can special order anything for you. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase!

Have you ever wondered how a boat is built? Unlike the way that antique and classic powerboats were built, modern fiberglass boats are built using high-tech methods. From Boats.com, here’s a little bit about how new boats are made:

Prior to the development of fiberglass construction techniques, boats were built of wood, steel, and other materials, by assembling pieces and parts into a structure which was then sheathed with a hull. With fiberglass boat building, however, the major components of the boat – the hull, deck, liner, and large parts like consoles—are molded from fiberglass. Usually, this means starting with a female mold. The mold is first sprayed with gelcoat, then fiberglass cloth is applied, and then resin is used to saturate or “wet out” the fiberglass. When the resin cures, you have a hull or a boat part (for an explanation of the different boat parts, see our Beginner’s Guide to Boat Terminology).

Structural reinforcements like stringers and bulkheads can be molded separately and then fiberglassed to the part, or may in some cases be laid up at the same time. While the hull is still open and exposed, items that will be located below deck level like fuel and water tanks or inboard engines can be mounted. This is also when plumbing and wiring may be run. Then the major components are assembled. For most modern powerboats, that means the deck and/or liner is lifted, often with a crane, and lowered into the hull.

Many boats are designed with a “shoe-box” joint where the hull and deck have mating flanges, or overlap one another. Often mechanical fasteners such as screws or through-bolts are used to secure the parts together, in addition to the use of a chemical bonding agent and sealant like methyl methacrylate or 3M 5200, which also makes the joint water-tight. Additionally, some build fiberglass around the perimeter of the hull to deck joint.

With the major parts of the boat assembled, interior fittings like seats and steering wheels can then be added. Finally, the details and finishing touches can be taken care of.

Visit the article “Boat Building: Basic Construction of Resin, Fiberglass, and Cores” to learn more.

When you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory at Greenville Marine 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. Come on in! 

How to Sell Your Boat | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

If you think it’s time to sell your boat, we can help. We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you – just bring in your boat clean and with clear titles, and we’ll list your boat on our website and handle the paperwork for you. 

Greenville Marine is 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 see you!

Selling your boat is a big decision, and we know you may have hesitations about letting a boat dealer sell your boat for you. Here are some basic steps to follow when selling your boat:

  1. Determine if you are going to sell the boat yourself, or just work with a dealer.
  2. Make sure the boat looks and runs as good as possible.
  3. Research the price of similar boats taking make, model, size, and age into consideration.
  4. Decide on an asking price.
  5. Advertise your boat for sale.
  6. Show the boat and seal the deal.

If you understand how to sell your boat, but you really don’t want to invest all the necessary time and effort, you can always enlist the help of a professional dealer. Or, you could simply trade in your boat if you’re buying a new one from a dealer who accepts trades. Both options are easier than selling a boat yourself.

The amount of prep work you do to your boat will have a dramatic impact on how much someone’s willing to pay for it. Remember, no one “needs” to buy a boat and it’s usually an emotional purchase. So you’re hoping for someone to fall in love with the boat at first sight.

That means cleaning the boat inside and out, and washing and waxing every inch of it. Even clean out those areas that are out of sight and out of mind, like storage compartments under seats or the inside of a fishbox. If someone looks inside as they inspect the boat, you want them to see a neat, clean interior. Also, remove any extra gear that amounts to clutter. This will help the boat’s deck, cabin, and/or storage compartments seem larger at first glance.

Naturally, a potential buyer will also be interested in a boat that functions properly. Fix any broken or malfunctioning equipment or you can’t expect to get top dollar.

If you don’t have the time or energy to sell your boat on your own, we would love to take it off your hands for you. Greenville Marine & Sport Center is your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer, and we’ve been serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for 48 years. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you any way we can! 

How to Prepare Your Boat for Hurricane Season | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Unfortunately, hurricane season is upon us, and if you live in an area that will be affected by big storms, you’ll need to be prepared. This includes preparing your boat so that it will be safe regardless of the weather. At Greenville Marine, we sell amazing new and used boats, but we also want to help you get prepared for bad weather. Here are some best practices for preparing your boat for a hurricane:

  • Strap down your boats ashore. Boats left on shore tend to suffer less damage than boats left at docks during severe weather, but keep in mind that boats can still receive damage on shore too. If you use jackstands normally to support the hulls of your boat on land, they can be rocked back and forth from the wind, and this can cause damage over time. For even more peace of mind, store your boats on shore on high ground. This will limit the chance of your boat being underwater, even if it’s on land.
  • Store your boats at marinas with floating docks and tall pilings. These allow boats to rise and fall with surge without stretching and stressing lines. Sometimes boats on floating docks receive no damage at all from hurricanes, while boats on fixed docks nearby are badly damaged.
  • Make plans before a hurricane warning is posted. Don’t wait and risk the damage to your boat, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Review your dock contract for language that may require you to take certain steps or to leave the marina when a hurricane may happen. Ask the staff at your marina what their plans are for severe weather.

We want you all to stay safe, and if there’s anything we can do to ensure your boat’s safety, please let us know. On another note, if you’re looking to buy a new or used boat, look no further! Check out our boat inventory at Greenville Marine 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 see you!

Our Boat Inventory | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

It’s starting to feel more and more like summer with each day, and we’re ready to get you out on the water! At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 46 years, 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.

In case you didn’t know, we’re also home to the awesome outdoor shop, in which we sell tackle, rods and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery, and we even have an archery range. Buy local – you won’t be disappointed! 

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. 

In case you’re in the market for a new boat, we wanted to tell you about some of the boats we have in our inventory right now. If you’re interested in one, come by quick, because you never know who else is ready to buy your boat. Currently, we have several new Avid boats, a Bayliner, several Cypress Cay pontoons, a handful of G3s, a few May-Crafts, some Nautic Star boats, a Phoenix Bass boat, a few Robalo boats, several Tidewater boats, and many more.

We also have several used/consignment boats and trailers that are waiting for a new home. What are you waiting for? If you’ve been thinking about buying a boat, now’s the perfect time. Buy soon so that you can get full use out of your new boat this summer!

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!