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At Family Boating and Marine Center, our pledge is to offer you the highest quality marine products and services at prices that you can afford. Our mission is to make your boating experiences magnificent and memorable. We’re glad that you’re here, and we promise to do our best to serve you both on land and on the water!

Captain's Log is a monthly installment of information on all things nautical. With a full roster of certified Captains on the Family Boating and Marine Centers' Team, we are happy to share their vast knowledge and combined experience.

August 2016:

Wash Your Boat Before You Launch!

Just this morning as I was washing a boat before my client arrived, it came to me that this was the best possible way to become familiar with this vessel while insuring the boat was ready for the water.

I carefully cleaned the Helm Console looking over all Navigation instruments, Engine Monitor Gauges & Control Panel.There is no need to blast the helm with water.Next the T Top was cleaned, all rod holders inspected & powder coating washed.I Cleaned inside of console compartment looking over back of dash inspecting the electrical systems & fuse panels.

Working Aft I cleaned the leaning post then aft lockers.With the aft lockers open, I inspected the battery compartment, looking over all Electrical Switches & Breakers, as well as all baitwell pumps & thru hull hardware. Washing the hull I was able to inspect for any scratches or imperfections.I finished the cleaning at the stern by washing the engine Swim Platform & ladder

After a solid hour’s work, the boat was scrubbed & ready. During the process of cleaning, I had gained volumes of knowledge on all the features & condition of this boat.This just made me think that a solid hour spent washing your personal boat before you launch will ensure your carefree boating experience while on the water.

Yes the simple task of washing your boat gives you the upper hand in ensuring the sea worthiness of your boat.A thorough cleaning provides the inside picture of how water ready your vessel is & informs you on possible maintenance issues that need to be addressed for hassle free operation of your boat.With the routine washing of your boat, you will truly know her “inside & out”.

Now get out there and wash your Boat!

Capt. Bill

Family Boating - South Tampa
M-F8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sat9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Family Boating - Northwest Tampa
M-F8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sat9:00 a.m.Noon