Monday, June 24, 2013

What The Tracker Brand Has To Offer

In 1978, Bass Pro Shops' founder Johnny Morris revolutionized the boating industry when he introduced the first fully rigged boat, motor and trailer package on the market. More than 30 years later, that tradition of excellence and innovation is found in every model in the Tracker Marine Group lineup. 
Whether you're searching for your first fishing boat or upgrading the family fun boat, rest assured your boat is crafted to provide you and your family years of quality experiences on the water. Explore what our brands have to offer through the links below.

Click here to learn more about Tracker Boats.

Click here to learn more about Sun Tracker Pontoons.

Click here to learn more about Nitro Bass Boats.

Click here to learn more about Tahoe Boats.

Click here to learn more about Mako Boats.

Now that you've had a chance to see what the Tracker brand has to offer, how can we help you get on the water? Whether you're looking for your next fishing boat, runabout, or pontoon, we can help!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

What Are The Different Types of Personal Flotation Devices?

So you've decided to purchase a new personal flotation device or PFD for short. Now is the confusing part, which PFD is right for you. Well it all depends on the type of activity you plan on wearing it for. There are five categories PFD’s and we have them all listed below so you can decide which type is right for you.

Type I: Offshore Life Jackets are made for rough, open, or remote waters. They are bulky and have the most buoyancy because if you are in need of help and stuck in the above-mentioned type of waters, it may be awhile before rescue can get to you. These come in bright colors and are designed to turn most unconscious people face up in the water.
Type II: Near-Shore Vests are made for calm inland waters. These are bulky but not nearly as much as the Type I life jackets. These are designed to turn some unconscious people face up but not all because of the chance of a fast rescue.
Type III: Flotation Aids are made for most paddlers. They offer more movement and comfort because of the chance of a fast rescue. These life jackets are made so that paddlers can put themselves in a face-up position, but may have to tilt their head back to avoid being face down in the water.
Type IV: Throwable Devices are cushions or ring buoys that are made to be thrown out to someone that’s in trouble. It can also be used as a backup to a PFD. These are not designed for non-swimmers, for use in rough waters, or someone that is unconscious.
Type V: Special-Use Devices are made for specific activities. In order to be acceptable by the USCG, they must always be used for the activity specified on the label.

Monday, June 17, 2013

We're Part of a Network

Do you know we have a network program? We sure do. We're part of Classic City Marinas' Network Program. Our customers are welcome to use the marina facilities of any of our affiliate marinas.

For example, you live in Eatonton, Georgia, have your boat here with us, but you're a HUGE Clemson Tiger fan and want to spend fall weekends in Clemson, SC - guess what? You're more than welcome to reserve a temporary slip (subject to availability of course) at Clemson Marina at no additional cost to you. How about that?

The Classic City Marinas' Network include Clemson Marina, Crooked Creek Marina, Thurmond Marina, Bone Island Grill, and Sinclair Marina (that's us!). With the purchase of a boat, you are automatically given FREE membership in Bone Island Grill (B.I.G.) Royalty for Loyalty program. This includes perks like $25 off your next visit to the B.I.G., free entree during your birthday month, free t-shirt after your tenth visit, plus earn free stuff the more you visit any of our B.I.G. restaurants.

Still have questions, feel free to contact us for more information.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Boating Accidents: An Infographic

If you're a visual person, do we have a great infographic for you.

We just found this from, and while it was posted 3 years ago, a lot of the data is still relevant. Sure, specific numbers change over time, but overall boating safety trends remain the same. Check it out:

                    (Photo Credit: Boat Insurance)

So what do these numbers say? Well, first thing's first: the number of boating accidents generally decreased throughout the 2000's. This is great news! 

But then comes the not-so-great news. Georgia doesn't rate so well on the boating accident death rates, with 7.5-10 deaths per 100,000 registered boats in 2008. In general, 9 out of 10 people who died in a boating accident in 2008 were not wearing a life jacket. Isn't that crazy?! Let's draw a quick conclusion from that: wearing your life jacket can save your life in a boating accident. So wear one.

There is lots of other interesting data on this infographic, but we'd like to next point your attention to causes of boating deaths. The top causes? Alcohol use, weather and hazardous waters, and passenger and skier behavior, respectively. What can we get from this? Well, don't drink and boat. Georgia is more committed to this with their new boating laws, which is great. Take drinking and boating just as seriously as you take drinking and driving. Next, keep an eye on the weather. Watch the skies and listen to weather forecasts. No need to be out on the water when the weather takes a turn for the worse - it's not worth losing your boat or your life. Finally, keep tabs on your passengers. Don't permit dangerous behaviors while they're on your boat or when you're towing them on skis or a tube. Keep all limbs inside the boat while it's moving. Wear life jackets. Generally speaking, be seated while the boat is in motion. Encouraging safe behaviors as the boat captain might just save someone's life.

What do you think about these numbers? Have you experienced or witness any events that lend some truth to this data?