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The Ins and Outs of San Diego Boating

The days are getting longer and warmer, and boaters all over the city are gearing up to take to the San Diego Bay. If you’re a first-time boat owner, ready to take your new-to-you used San Diego boat out on the water, read up on the rules and regulations of boating on the Bay to ensure a safe and fun day in the sun. Speed Limits In areas that don’t have a designated speed limit, boaters are expected to navigate the waters at a “safe and prudent” speed. Determining a safe speed should include factors like visibility, vessel density, winds…

Where to Dock’n’Dine in San Diego

With spring and summer right around the corner, as a first-time San Diego used boat owner, you are sure to be out on the water all day enjoying your new purchase and the beautiful San Diego weather. When you’re ready for a break, you can dock and dine at these six San Diego restaurants conveniently located right on the water. 1. Anthony’s Fish Grotto Located on Harbor Drive, it’s a San Diego landmark. Dock your boat at this famous restaurant built right over the bay. Anthony’s offers two slips of 60 lineal feet for boaters dining there. 2. Marina Kitchen…

A Guide to the San Diego Boating Market

Thanks to fantastic weather year-round, San Diego is home to a vibrant boating market. In the sunny city, boat enthusiasts will find a large range of boating facilities, marina slips, and top-quality boat brokers. However, if you’re new to boating, it can be a little tricky to navigate the scene. Where to buy a used boat in San Diego For the new comer, knowing where to buy a used boat in San Diego is the first step. Turning to a reputable boat brokerage, like Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. will ensure you get a great used boat at a great deal….

Preventing and Managing Boat Launch Failure

Launching a boat can be a scary experience for the first timer. Without proper training and the guidance of an expert, your boat could easily fail to launch, causing it to sink or you to get injured. Here are a few tips from the San Diego boat experts at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. to help you have a safe and successful first launch. Practice Launching Your Boat It might sound cliché, but practice makes perfect. There are several public boat launching areas in San Diego, and their large parking spaces provide adequate space for launch practice. However, any large and…

All About Boat Surveys

If you are thinking about buying a used boat in San Diego, one crucial thing you need done before closing the purchase is a boat survey. A thorough boat survey will help protect you from purchasing a possible money pit or boat ill-equipped for use. What is a Boat Survey A boat survey, also called a marine survey, is a detailed inspection of the craft usually done prior to purchase. A licensed surveyor will assess the condition and seaworthiness of the boat to ensure safety both financially and physically. The surveyor will check the engine, all electrical systems, navigation equipment,…

Finding The Perfect Boat In San Diego

In the Market for a Motor Yacht? Need help Finding the Boat that Meets your Needs? Finding your dream yacht requires careful research and a knowledgeable and experienced San Diego yacht broker. Brokers ensure that the proper steps are followed from pre purchase inspections to finding boat insurance in San Diego, and you will receive one-to-one service that will meet your individual needs. Here are a few other tips for finding the best motor yacht for you! Determine Budget Yachts cost more than the purchase price. The typical costs associated with ownership include: maintenance, ownership, dockage fees, fuel, insurance, taxes…

Knots Every Boater Should Know How to Tie

Knot tying is an intrinsic part of boating and sailing, and imperative for staying safe when docked or on the water. Whether you’re a regular weekend boater or still just looking at used yachts in San Diego, here are 5 knots every sailor should know how to tie. Cleat Hitch The cleat hitch knot is most commonly used to secure a line to a boat or to tie a boat to the dock. It looks deceptively simple, and the number of turns recommended will vary by source due to the rope used, but when it doubt, add more. Bowline The…

5 Affordable Boat Upgrades

Owning a boat is not unlike owning a house, and over time boat owners find themselves wanting to make upgrades whether for added value or pure enjoyment. If you are a boater on a budget or looking to spruce up the used yacht in San Diego you just purchased, here are five affordable upgrades any boat owner can make. 1. Attach a swimming platform. Many people like to anchor their boat offshore, hang out in the sun, and do a little swimming. That last activity is made monumentally easier with a swimming platform. Not only does it give you and…

How to Assess a Boat Before You Buy

You have decided to buy a used boat in San Diego, congratulations! However, it’s important to be confident in the design, quality and feel of the boat on the water before you make such a large investment. Here are a few things that any prospective boat buyer in San Diego should keep in mind. High-Quality Finishes Make sure all fittings and hardware use high-quality stainless steel in their construction. Other items should use solid, durable materials that are also aesthetically pleasing. Handrails Windshields Struts that keep hatch lids open Effectual nonskid surfaces on deck By purchasing a boat, whether a…

Choosing the Right Marine Sealant

Choosing the proper sealant compound for a boat or marine dock is very important. Some sealants are extremely weather-resistant but do not form a watertight bond, while others are excellent for bonding two different materials but may become weakened when a cleaning solution is used on one or the other. The most versatile sealants are sold under a variety of brand names, but boat owners should become familiar with the generic or chemical name of each type. Ballast Point Yachts, Inc., a leading San Diego yacht brokerage, runs through the three most common types of marine sealants. 1. Polysulfide Sealants…