Storing Your Boat

New boat owners and seasoned boat owners have something in common: they need to think through where and how to store their boats. Boat storage is very important when it comes to getting the most out of your new or used boat. You’ve spent money, time, and energy on buying your boat; why not store it so that it can last even longer?

The same goes for taking precautionary steps to protect your boat. What kinds of products can you put on your boat to make sure it stays in tip-top shape? Do you always need to cover it after you take it out for a spin?

In this article, keep reading to learn more about:

  1. Storing your boat during the winter
  2. Protecting your boat from UV damage
  3. Other ways to protect your boat

Storing Your Boat During The Winter

When the leaves start falling, it’s a smart idea to start thinking about where and how you will store your boat for the cold winter months. If you’re planning to store your boat outside, there are some things you should know. A couple of options include:

1. Parking your boat on your property

If you have room on your property and your homeowner’s association allows, some owners choose to store their boats at home on a trailer. It makes it easy to work on your boat, and you don’t have to drive to a storage facility to pick it up.

It’s not for everyone and not best for every type of boat, though. Unless you have a small boat or a large piece of property and space from neighbors, you’ll probably want more room.

Pros

  • You don’t have to pay storage fees.
  • Getting to your boat is easy, and you can hitch up quickly.
  • You can keep an eye on your boat yourself.

Cons

  • Neighbors and homeowners associations may not allow this option.
  • Your boat is still outside and exposed to more elements than indoor storage.
  • If you live in a high-traffic area, your boat could be at risk of burglary.

2. Outdoor boat storage at a self-storage facility

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where winter never gets too harsh, you may want to opt for an outdoor self-storage facility to store your boat. They’re usually the most cost-effective option and still offer better security than storing your boat on your property.

Pros

  • These facilities are the most cost-effective, especially for larger boats that would otherwise have high slip fees.
  • Security systems and guards help dissuade people from messing with your boat

Cons

  • Even with a good cover, your boat will still be exposed to the elements to some degree.
  • These facilities can sometimes have rodent problems, and curious raccoons and mice can make themselves at home in your boat during the offseason.

3. Covered boat storage at a self-storage facility

A step above completely exposed storage facilities, covered storage lots are still accessible and allow you to keep your boat more protected from the elements. These facilities can usually accommodate boats of all sizes and are also a good choice if you have limited space on your property.

While they’re still technically outdoors, these types of storage offer structural shelter from sun and rain and are a good in-between option for those looking for a little more protection.

Pros

  • More protection from outdoor conditions than only your boat’s cover.
  • Most facilities have a surveillance system, and your boat won’t be exposed to as much foot traffic as in a neighborhood.
  • These types of facilities can be less expensive than entirely indoor boat storage options.

Cons

  • Without full indoor storage, your boat is still somewhat exposed to outdoor conditions.
  • These types of facilities are not everywhere, and there may not be one close enough to where you like to boat to be worth the other benefits.

Protecting Your Boat from UV Damage

Just like you should protect your skin from powerful UV rays, you should think about protecting your boat from UV damage as well. Constant exposure from the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to different parts of your boat, resulting in avoidable repairs and costs.

One of the costliest ways UV light damages your boat is by deteriorating the boat’s gel coat. The gel coat is a layer of resin that acts as the outer skin to your boat’s hull or deck and is often pigmented to give your boat its color. Its main purpose is to protect the fiberglass layers underneath from any water or moisture. Even the best gel coats will require maintenance since they are the first layer of defense from the elements. UV rays will break down the pigment in gel coats and cause your boat’s color to fade to a dull shade of its former self. They can also cause the outer surface to turn chalky and deteriorate your gel coat over time. The best way to maintain and protect your gel coat is by regularly cleaning and waxing your boat.

Sunlight and UV rays are also very damaging to your boat’s interior. The most common form of interior damage is discoloration. Nothing is sadder than seeing your once vibrant upholstery now look dull, faded, or cracked. The light from the sun causes chemical reactions to the pigments in vinyl and fabrics, causing them to fade. Depending on what fabric is used for your upholstery (vinyl, leather, suede, etc.), the rate of fading will differ, but they all will eventually lose their vibrance after prolonged exposure to the sun. The best way to protect your interior is to use a boat cover when your boat is not in use.

Owning a boat is a big investment, so it is important to take care of it as best as you can. Even though being out on the water on a sunny day can be a great joy, those sunny days can add up and become an invisible threat if proper maintenance is not performed. Regularly cleaning, waxing, and covering your boat will allow it to look as good on its fifth year as it did on its first. The time and energy you put into taking care of your investment will save you from having to burn cash on reupholstering or applying a new layer of gel coat to your boat.

The intense heat can lead to cracked and chipped paint, warped floorboards and railings, and melted plastics. On top of the heat, the summer sees a lot of storms, especially in this part of North Carolina; severe rain can also damage your boat’s surface. 

Other Ways to Protect Your Boat

There are a few ways to make sure your boat is in pristine condition this season.

  1. Full scale clean: Make sure you deep clean your boat at least once a season to get rid of any large particulates and other debris that can cause the surface to chip.
  2. Protectant: This will protect the boat’s material and gel coat. It will prevent them from fading or oxidizing under the torturous heat of the sun. You should always use a heavy-duty product such as a polymer. You will need to reapply the protectant each time you take your boat out on the water.
  3. Rinse after Every Outing: If you’re out in the ocean, make sure to rinse your boat out with freshwater. This gets rid of any abrasive salts and stops the spread of invasive species. 
  4. Cover! Cover! Cover!: You should always cover your boat when you are not using it. Leaving it exposed to the weather elements is a bad idea. The heat from the sun will increase the oxidation process. And harsh weather like hail can damage glass and plastic. 

So whether you’re out on the lake or taking your boat for a spin on the great sea, make sure you take protective measures for your boat. A damaged boat can lead to serious consequences. 

At Greenville Marine & Sports Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 50 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.

Your Guide to Bows | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Picking up a new hobby? Archery might be the one for you! We can help you with all your bow and arrow needs. 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.

There are four main types of bows for archers. They vary in size and skill level. 

Recurve 

Crafted for both the beginner and the expert, the recurve bow is the most commonly used bow. Both limbs curve away from the archer, which can lead to confusion while stringing the bow. The bend in the limbs provides more energy to be released into a shot than other straight-limbed bows, which means it’s capable of a lot of power.

Recurve bows are often made from several layers of fiberglass, carbon, or wood, with a wood or composite riser. For this reason, as with all bows, dry firing (firing without an arrow) can be extremely dangerous. Any bow can experience damage from dry firing, and that damage can hurt you in the process. Avoid it at all costs.

On the plus side, a recurve is the perfect bow to both learn and advance with. Recurves are currently the only bow allowed in the Olympic Games, so if sport shooting is your goal, then a recurve is what you need.

Crossbow

The crossbow has taken the traditional style of archery, turned it on its side, and added a trigger release mechanism.

The simple point-and-shoot method can be applied with crossbows much easier than with other bow types. Because the crossbow takes on this style of shooting, it’s easy to use for people who want to get into bowhunting but don’t have much time to practice.

Crossbows have much shorter limbs and a nearly nonexistent riser, as the grip is elsewhere on the bow. The shorter bow requires a much higher draw weight, so a crank mechanism is used to pull back the bowstring. Once the arrow is nocked, it’s simple to aim and pull the trigger.

Longbow

The longbow excels in its simplicity. Essentially, it’s a long wooden pole with a string on both ends. Due to the lack of technological advancements, the longbow is the most difficult of these four types to handle and shoot accurately. As the bow gets longer, the draw weight also increases. These bows required incredibly strong archers in warfare and provided deadly power. The longbow is most often used for target shooting. But skilled hunters still take longbows and recurves into the field. And they can take down any type of game with them.

Compound

The compound bow is probably archery’s greatest technological advancements. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the compound bow was born.

Applying a system of pulleys, cams, and cables to the bow allows the archer to hold heavy draw weights with little effort. This means that once you get past the strain of the initial draw, you can hold your bow steady and take more time to aim effectively.

While you can find a much more traditional wooden look with recurves and longbows, the compound bow is almost exclusively made from composite materials. Wood often changes in flex and strength when the weather changes. On the opposite end, these composite materials are durable, long lasting, and strong.

At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we’re here for all your archery needs. So come on down and chat with one of our experts! Contact us today at http://greenvillemarine.com/contact-us/

How to Load a Boat onto a Trailer | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

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.

  1. 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.
  2. When you see your tow vehicle backing down the ramp, get the boat in position.
  3. The driver should put the vehicle in park and set the parking brake.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Now, you can idle the boat over the bunks, aligning the bow peak with the trailer bow stop.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

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.

First-Time Boat Owner? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

For over 49 years, Greenville Marine & Sport 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.

If you’ve recently become a first-time boat owner, congratulations! There’s a lot to consider and learn when you buy your first boat. We’re here to help you out with a few tips. In brief, here’s a checklist from DiscoverBoating.com:

  1. Secure boat insurance.
  2. Learn how to trailer your boat.
  3. Learn how to launch and retrieve your boat.
  4. Determine where you will store your boat.
  5. Understand basic maintenance requirements.
  6. Stock your boat with the proper equipment.
  7. Follow a pre-departure checklist.
  8. Master basic on-the-water operating skills.
  9. Always practice safe and responsible boating.
  10. Enjoy your new boat!

Now, a bit more about a couple of these tips:

Do you really need to insure your boat?

You need to insure your boat, both for liability and for damage to the boat, and in that regard boat insurance is similar to the policy that covers your automobile.

It’s important to understand that there are some types of coverage that are specific to boats.

  • For example, a policy with specific fuel-spill liability protects you from clean-up claims or third-party damage caused by the accidental discharge of oil or fuel, if your boat were to leak fuel or sink in a marina.
  • If you have an accident while towing, your boat policy may pay to repair or replace the trailer as well as the boat.
  • If your trailer causes injuries to people or damage to property, your auto policy should cover the liability.

Check both policies to make sure you are covered. Other factors to consider are special requirements for boats in hurricane zones, boats leaving U.S. waters, and boats traveling far from shore.

Where are you going to store your new boat?

You might store your new boat on its trailer, but where will you park it? Not all communities permit boats to be parked-long-term in a residential driveway. Will your boat trailer fit in your garage? Maybe you need a trailer with a swing-away tongue. There are many other boat-storage options, from a dry stack valet service to mooring in a marina.

Pro Tip: If your boat will be stored outside, invest in a good cover. Keep the boat protected from UV rays and weathering, and it’ll look much better a few years down the road.

If you haven’t bought your first boat yet because you’re waiting to find the perfect boat, let us help! 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!

Happy New Year! | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Happy New Year from all of us at Greenville Marine & Sports Center! We wanted to remind you of what we do here. We are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer; we’ve been proudly serving Pitt and Beaufort counties and Eastern North Carolina for almost 50 years. We deal brands , G3 Boats, Cypress Cay Pontoons, May-Craft, Nautic Star, Robalo, Tidewater, and Phoenix Bass Boats. We also sell Yamaha and Mercury engines. Our experienced sales and service staff would love to help you with a new or used boat purchase! Now’s a GREAT time to buy a boat!

Stop by and visit our great outdoor shop, which is stocked with tackle, rods and reels, clothing, sunglasses, guns, hunting supplies, archery, and even an archery range. Come check us out! 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. 

We have stayed open through the pandemic, and we hope that you will support our business. We want to get you ready for a great summer full of boating, fishing, archery, sun, and fun. Check out our boat inventory and also our outdoor shop. We’re sure to have what you’re looking for! 

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 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday. We can’t wait to see you. Happy New Year from Greenville Marine & Sport Center! 

Why You Should Buy a Boat During Winter | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

You read that right: you should buy a boat this winter! Many folks considering buying a boat may not think that winter is the best time to buy a boat, and really, any time you want to buy a boat is the right time. But while summer is the most popular time to buy a boat, there may be a better time: winter.

Boats are more expensive during summer.

Why would you want to buy a boat and then wait several months to be able to use it? The answer is simple: it’ll save you money. Higher demand means prices go up, so consider buying your boat during the off-season.

You get a better selection.

Going back to supply and demand, if demand is higher for boats in the summer, then there will be more competition over the same boats. But during winter, you’ll have a better pick of boats on the market, and you’re more likely to get exactly the boat you’ve been wanting.

You can get exactly the specifications you’ve been dreaming of.

Buying a new boat comes with a whole host of specifications for you to choose from. From the color of the upholstery to the electronics, to the type of engine these boats are often built to order. And the waiting lists can be several months long. Place your order in spring and summer and you may very well miss the entire season waiting impatiently for your boat to arrive. Plan ahead, however, and get your order in during winter and you can wait slightly more patiently for your perfect customized boat to be delivered right in time for the boating season to kick off.

You can spend the whole winter getting your boat ready.

This is especially relevant for used boats which may need a little work or maintenance. Buying in the winter months means you have plenty of time to get it shipshape and ready for a long season of cruising. You’ll find at this time that there is less pressure on shipyards and, with a few months until you want to start using your boat, you can enjoy a leisurely maintenance or refit schedule. It will also allow you to spread the costs over several months. Buy in the summer and you’ll be chomping at the bit to get going and want all your work done as quickly as possible.

Plus, don’t forget that boating in winter is delightful. Buy that boat ASAP and get out there!

Greenville Marine & Sport Center

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. 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. 

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!

What Type of Boat is Best for Me? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

At Greenville Marine & Sport Center, we are your local boat, motor, and trailer dealer. For over 49 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.

If you’re looking to buy a boat, you’re probably already thinking of which type of boat is the right boat for you. This can be a hard decision, especially given the numerous choices of boats available out there. DiscoverBoating.com has a great Boat Finder, where you can help narrow down some choices of the kind of boat you want.

If you think you might want a recreational boat, it’s a good idea to become familiar with different types of boats (if you haven’t already). From Discover Boating, here are the most popular types of boats:

All-Purpose Fishing Boats – If you like to cast for everything from bass to trout, you need a fishing boat with maximum versatility.

Aluminum Fishing Boats – Light, easy to transport, and rugged, aluminum fishing boats are incredibly popular among a wide range of anglers.

Bass Boats – These highly-specialized fishing machines are the ultimate when targeting bass in the plans.

Bay Boats/Flats Boats – Light tackle and fly anglers honing their skills will be attracted to these types of boats.

Bowriders – Joy-rides with the family, watersports, and trips to the beach are all in store when you have a bowrider.

Cabin Cruisers – When you want to cruise in luxury, a cabin cruiser fits the bill.

Center Consoles – Saltwater anglers in particular love the fishing flexibility a center console provides.

Cuddy Cabins – Cuddy cabin boats let you enjoy the open air and sunshine, while still providing some shelter when you need it.

Deck Boats – Maximizing interior volume and seating is what these boats are all about, so you can invite a big crew aboard.

Dinghies – Whether you need transportation from the dock to a mooring or a mini-boat to gunkhole around in, a dinghy will do the job.

Fish-and-Ski – You’re an angler who also enjoys water skiing and wakeboarding? Then this might be the right pick for you.

High Performance Boats – If you feel the need for speed, a high performance boat can’t be beat.

Inflatables – Whether you have a specific need for an inflatable boat or you just want a watercraft you can deflate and stow under the couch, there are plenty of inflatables to choose from.

Jet Boats – Sporty and no propeller—what’s not to like?

Motor Yachts/Power Cruisers – When you want a boat that puts you squarely in the lap of luxury, a motor yacht/cruiser is the way to go.

Multi-Hull Powerboats – Some boaters believe that two hulls are better than one, and multi-hull powerboats are their top pick.

Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) – Get a personal watercraft, and you’d better get ready for a serious adrenaline rush.

Pontoon Boats – Modern pontoon boats are a whole lot more than mere party barges.

Sailboats – Become one with the watery world and harness the wind, with a new sailboat.

Ski Boats/Wake Boats – If watersports are your thing, a ski, wake, or surf boat will get the party started.

Sportfishing Yachts – Few fishing challenges are as intense as hunting for big-game sportfish, and few boats are as ideal for tackling that challenge as sportfishing yachts.

Trawlers – When you believe half the adventure is in getting there, a trawler will be perfect for the voyage.

Walkarounds – Fishing, weekending, and cruising can all be in the mix, if you own a walkaround 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!

Want a New Boat for Christmas? | Boat Dealers | Greenville NC | Rocky Mount NC

Do you want a new boat for Christmas? Now is a great time to buy a boat – whether it’s a new boat or a new-to-you boat. If this is your first time buying a boat, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’d love to help you find the perfect boat. 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!

The first step in buying a boat is perhaps the most important: figure out exactly what type of boat will best fit your needs. What kind of activities do you plan to do on the water? Do you see yourself fishing mostly? Cruising with family and friends? Pulling kids on a tube? These needs are crucial in the boat-buying process.

The first step in the boat-buying process is also the most important—determining exactly what type of boat will best fit the needs and wants of both yourself and those you plan to bring along for the ride. Those needs and wants are typically determined by what type of activities you want to pursue on the water. You may also be interested in learning more upfront about the overall costs of boat ownership.

After you choose the right boat type for your needs, you’ll need to decide if you’d like to buy a new or used boat. This decision will mostly depend on your budget and the kind of maintenance you plan to do on your boat.

The next step is to ensure the boat you’re buying is a certified boat. Then, you’ll want to figure out exactly what you can afford; this boat loan calculator can help. Many people end up financing their boat; you should also think about boat financing and how to get a boat loan.

Next up: shop for your boat—figure out where and when to buy. Learn more about boat values and pricing, including how to negotiate your purchase. Then, once you’ve found the boat of your dreams: if applicable, conduct a sea trial and a marine survey.

And finally! Close the deal—find out more about boat registrationinsurance and taxes.

We would be so happy to help you find the boat of your dreams, and we have plenty of boats in our inventory that we think you’d love. Contact us to get this process started! We know you won’t regret it.

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!