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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…

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…

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…

Great Gadgets for Every Boater

If you have a boating enthusiast in your life but aren’t quite sure what kind of gifts to get him or her, look no further. Here is a glimpse at five of the best gadgets and gizmos any boater will enjoy, furnished by the boating pros at Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. in San Diego, CA. Hybrid Flashlights There can never be too many flashlights on-board a boat, but lugging around packs of batteries can be cumbersome. Hybrid flashlights utilize small solar panels, magnets, or a retractable hand crank to provide hours of light. Depending on the flashlight, battery life is…

Life on the Water: Tips for Living on Your Boat

Buying and living on a used yacht in San Diego is a choice a surprising number of people make. Whether it’s to save money, try something different, or for the sheer excitement of living on a boat, it can be a rewarding life choice if done right. If you are considering making the move to a boat, here are a few tips to make your long-term living situation more comfortable. Find a Spot at a Marina It’s smart to either rent or buy a boat slip at a San Diego Marina to dock your yacht for three main reasons. First,…

Top 4 Upgrades for Your Boat or Yacht

When you buy a used San Diego boat or yacht, you may want to make a few modifications to make it more your own. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy and affordable upgrades that new boat owners can consider. Not only will these upgrades reflect your own boating personality and style, certain changes can enhance your experience on the water. LED Lighting With newer LED lights, you can enjoy a lot of light with just a fraction of the power that it used to take. These range in price from $8-40 depending on your needs, and they take just minutes…

Everything You Need to Know about Boat Fenders

If you are a boat owner, you’ve like heard of boat fenders. But on the off chance that you haven’t, boat fenders are bumpers that are used for taking the hit when you dock your boat or raft up against another boat. They are one of the simplest ways to protect your fiberglass, aluminum or wooden boat from the wear and tear of docks and pilings, preventing overall damage via their high energy absorption at the point of impact. If you just bought your first boat or are thinking about buying a used boat in San Diego, here are a…

Fueling Your Boat Right Helps Save Money

Boating is not just an activity, it’s a lifestyle that many people enjoy. However, the costs of spending a weekend on the water can quickly become expensive with one major cost being fuel. Although how much you spend on fuel is dependent on factors such as the boating activity, the duration of the outing and the size of the boat and its engine, there are a few simple fueling guidelines that when followed, can help you cut costs when boating. If you have recently purchased a used boat or yacht in San Diego, it’s easy to think that you can…