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Tips for Keeping Our Water Blue

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tips for Keeping Our Water Blue

Tips for Keeping Our Water Blue


At AAA Marine Wholesale we believe in boating responsibly and keeping the environment safe for anyone who comes to enjoy it. We adhere to the Boy Scout’s principal of, “Leave it better than you found it” and when it comes to the water there are many things we can all do together to keep the water clean, animals healthy and ensure future generations will be able to savor the open water’s beauty the same way we have. Here is a list of some handy tips to responsible boating:

  1. Regular Engine Maintenance

    1. Keeping your engine in tune will not only reduce your emissions but it could save you money too! Regularly check fuel and oil filter for leaks and replace when necessary. Engine parts designed with performance and efficiency in mind can increase the economy of your vessel while also reducing waste. 

  2. Manage Trash and Waste Water

    1. Never throw away trash on the water. Many animals will often confuse human trash for food and this can lead to the death of animals. Plan ahead when it comes to waste water. Some shore facilities will have pumping stations for waste water. Never dump waste water near shore or in an area without open water i.e. marina, harbor or bay. Hazardous materials like batteries, oil and oil products and antifreeze have designated collection facilities. 

  3. Watch your Greywater

    1. These days there are many green alternatives to soaps that should be used when doing dishes or taking showers that can minimize one’s impact on the environment.

  4. Use Green Bottom Paints

    1. Antifouling paints often contain many heavy metals which can be damaging on a marine ecosystem. There are alternatives which are considered safer but be sure to check the label before purchasing. Also using non-abrasive hull cleaning practices can keep the paint on your boat and out of the ecosystem.

  5. Stay Dry

    1. Whenever possible, save maintenance for the boatyard where they often have methods in place to minimize their impact. Dry storage is also a viable alternative for some which could save you money in the long run. 


AAA Marine Wholesale is committed to making the water safe and clean for the future. We hope you join us in this endeavor. We have many products which can increase the sustainability for your boat’s engine, check them out here


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Before You Leave the Dock

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Before You Leave the Dock

So you finally made it to the weekend and now it's time to cruise with the family. Us at AAA Marine Parts Wholesale are just as excited as you are but before you leave the dock there are a few things you should check in order to keep your boat operating safely and efficiently. 


Life Jackets - Always make sure there are more than enough life jackets onboard. All life jackets should be checked to make sure they fit who every will be out with you. Children often need smaller jackets so make sure if children are accompanying you, you have enough and they fit. In addition, wear them. A life jacket is useless if it's not being worn. Safety is the number one priority. It’s too late when you’re in the water! 


Sound Devices - Most boats have a horn which can be heard from over ½ a mile away but if not make sure you have an air horn on board in case of emergencies. It is also a good idea to attach whistles to life jackets.

 

Lights - Even if you don’t plan to be boating at night, lights are a very important safety feature.  Also check all instrument lighting to assure working order. Flashlights are also a small and easy device to bring aboard that can be very useful. Remember, the USCG or local sheriff is watching you. 


Engine - It is always a good idea to run the engine at the dock for a few minutes to ensure everything is working properly. Check oil and coolant levels. Make sure there are no leaks from the engine or its components. This is a good time to also check the bilges. Ensure they aren’t flooding and there are no fuel or oil leaks which could be ejected with the bilge. Also it is recommended to have tools onboard should maintenance be necessary. 


Fuel - Always make sure you have a sufficient margin of safety to return back to the dock. Have an idea of other fuel docks in the area that are available to use in case one is needed quickly. 


Weather - Always have an idea of the forecast before you leave. On the water, weather can change quickly. We suggest bringing along a radio for weather updates as often times cell phones lose service far away from shore. 


Last but not least is of course to enjoy your time out on the water and stay safe. When properly prepared there is not much better than spending some quality time on your boat with friends and family. We hope you enjoy your time and would love to hear about it. 


If you have any other ideas of topics you’d like us to write about please let us know at info@aaamarine.com


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