Holiday Weekend Getaway
May 9, 2016 3:20 PM | Tagged as Central Illinois, Lake Springfield, Lake Springfield Marina, Memorial Day Weekend, Trailering

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner! To me, Memorial Day is always the official beginning of summer. I always try to spend Memorial Day in the sun somehow, but my favorite way is definitely on a boat. There are many different lakes around Central Illinois. Why not trailer your boat someplace new for the weekend? Of course, we would love for you to try our lake, we will even rent you a slip for the weekend so you can make the most of your time on the water. Do some research ahead of time, check out the local marinas/restaurants on the water. If you will have to stay overnight, look into hotels close to the lake.

If you are going to trailer your boat, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Many of you may only trailer your boat at the beginning and end of each season. Here is a checklist of items to double check before trailering your boat:

• Ensure tires are properly inflated (also check for cracking or dry rot)
• Check brake lights and turn signals to make sure they are functioning properly
• Make sure to use a safety chain to connect the trailer to the towing vehicle
• Secure everything in the boat so nothing flies out while you are on the road
• Check winch cables and clips to make sure they are rust free
• Make sure the boat is secured to the trailer and make sure tie-downs are snug
• If you have an outboard, tilt it up to protect the engine from impact damage. A transom saver will provide added support to help protect the engine/transom
• Double check to make sure you have all safety equipment/necessary documentation before leaving home

Keep all of these items in mind when you are packing up for a weekend trip to another body of water. If you don’t have a boat, renting is always an option. We still have several boats available for Memorial Day Weekend. Spending time on the water with friends and family is sure to create great memories for all. We can’t wait to see you soon! Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Safe Boat Launching
April 6, 2016 2:07 PM | Tagged as Lake Springfield Marina, Launch ramp, Safety

   It’s getting to be that time of year again, soon every Saturday and Sunday will be spent on the water.  The lake will become busy and the ramps will become especially crowded.  Let’s go over boat launching safety and etiquette to refresh everyone’s memory.

   I know launching your boat can be the most stressful time of the day for most boaters.  The launches are busy; there are lines to get your boat in the water as well as lines to get your boat out of the water.  Make the most of this time and prepare your boat and trailer for the water.  Load the boat with all the coolers, towels, personal items, and equipment you will need for the day. Make sure the lower unit is raised to avoid scraping on the ramp.  Install the drain plug.  Release the securing straps.  Disconnect the trailer lights, and rig a line to avoid drifting after the boat is launched.  This is also a great time to check the battery to make sure it is charged.  Taking the time to prepare will make for a speedy launch and make room for other boaters.  Ramp etiquette is very important and will keep you in good standing with the other boaters around.

   Right before launching your boat, check the ramp conditions to find where the slippery area begins.  Roll down all the windows of the vehicle and have everyone, including pets, get out.  This is a safety precaution, in case something should go wrong, you will be able to escape the vehicle.  Also, make sure mobile devices are secured in a safe place and not stored in your pockets.  Nothing ruins your day like losing a phone to the water.  If you are new to boating you may want to practice backing your trailer up in your driveway or an empty parking lot before the big day (the first busy Saturday in the summer).  A helpful tip for maneuvering a trailer is to push the bottom of your car’s steering wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go.  While backing down the ramp, make sure to keep a tire stop handy in case you should need it.  Once the boat is floating, leave the engine of your vehicle running and don’t forget to set the parking brake.  Release the winch line and reverse the boat slowly off the trailer.

   As ramp etiquette goes, move the boat to a less crowded area to pick up your passengers.  Quickly get the vehicle out of the way of the ramp and to a designated trailer parking area.  I cannot say it enough, do not linger in the ramp area.  This will anger your fellow boaters.  If you follow these tips, you will be sure to have a safe summer of boat launching.  We look forward to seeing you all very soon at Lake Springfield Marina.     

Springfield Boat Show
February 15, 2012 11:00 AM | Tagged as Boat show, Boating, Lake Springfield Marina

Many boat shows around the country have already begun but the Lake Springfield Marina is gearing up to attend The Boat Show in Springfield, Illinois from February 24-26. About 9 dealers from all over Central Illinois will be attending this year. The show is located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the Orr building. Hours are: 5 P.M.-9P.M. Friday, 10 A.M.-7 P.M. Saturday, and 10A.M.-5 P.M. Sunday. The Lake Springfield Marina will have both new and used boats and PWC’s at the boat show this year. One boat we are very excited about this year is Starcraft’s brand new SCX line of boats. We will have a 22’ SCX I/O at the show this year complete with a sports graphics package which makes this boat a must see! Another must see is Yamaha’s 242 Limited S. This stunning boat comes with a forward swept tower which makes water-skiing or wakeboarding an ease. Another thing to think about when it comes to the Yamaha sport boats is their relatively low cost compared to other industry boat manufacturers. Let’s compare the Yamaha SX240 and the Four Winns Bowrider H240….while these boats match up almost identically when it comes to features…The SX240 has an MSRP of $44,999 compared to the Four Winns Bowrider which has an MSRP of $71,293. That’s a difference of price of over $25,000 in favor of Yamaha. So if you’re in the market for a 24’ sport boat Yamaha is one of the great options the Lake Springfield Marina will have at The Boat show in Springfield, IL Feb 24-26!

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