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How to avoid back pain when Boating or Sailing

Uncategorised 14th September 2017

Boating and Sailing are both equally rewarding and demanding sports, requiring a lot of experience, expertise, and knowledge of the ocean. What can often be unspoken about or not taken too seriously is injuries that can occur while doing either activity, like back pain. There are a couple of easy habits to get into to avoid a build up of back pain that could leave you uncomfortable for weeks, months or even years. When taking part in such grueling sports, it’s wise to remember some simple ways to prevent chronic injuries such as back pain.

The first natural habit to take on if you’re going to be involved in either boating or sailing regularly is doing some consistent core exercises. Your core strength is inherent to the state of your back. Your spine and back are only as sturdy as their foundations, found in the center of your abdomen. By maintaining a healthy regime either before or after you go out on the boat of working out your core muscles and keeping them nice and tight, you will lower your risk of suffering from chronic back pain. You will also have the strength to move around the boat much more limberly with added flexibility as the muscles in your stomach can take the brunt of the pressure you apply when pulling at the sails or rigging the mast.

The second simple way to avoid back pain when you’re boating or sailing is making sure you maintain excellent posture. If you’re somebody that goes out on the vessel to escape the office, then you might be someone who also struggles to sit upright at their desk. The spine is designed to sit right in the middle of your pelvis and stand up straight, and office jobs can often make this hard to achieve. You use your back a lot when boating or sailing, and it is under immense pressure. If you don’t have good posture and your spine isn’t straight, the pressure will be more likely to damage it and weaken it over time until you’ve developed chronic pain in your spine. By simply forgetting to maintain a safe, healthy posture, it can be surprisingly easy for sailors to put too much pressure on their lumbar spine and develop consistent pain as a result.

Being the proud owner of a boat comes with its mantle, and often the rules are too technical for the layman in us. It takes commitment and practice to learn how to boat or sail correctly, and a deep-set respect of the ocean around you to anticipate how unpredictable it can be at times.

Instilling healthy habits like core exercises, correct posture, and educating yourself through books can also help you prevent the unpredictable, like developing chronic back pain as a result of too much time out at sea. Keep up with these simple tricks, and you’ll be smooth sailing in no time.

How much should I sell my boat for

Uncategorised 25th April 2016

Pricing your boat too low and you’re giving money away, too high and you can’t get rid of it.

Here’s some top tips for pricing your boat right;

  1. Check out your local newspaper classifieds for boats that are identical to yours for sale, but remember that those are simply asking prices.
  2. Find out from local dealers to see what similar models they have available.
  3. You’ll probably find many identical boats offered on the Internet and there are a number of sites, including boatsforsaluk.co.uk.
  4. If you’re a member of BoatUS, they’ll provide you with a free estimate of the value of your used boat based primarily on the purchase histories of similar vessels.
  5. You can ask your bank or insurance agent for a marine “blue book,”. There are several available each varies in pricing and methodology (NADA and ABOS are the most used)*
  6. When comparing boats remember that small variations in engines or equipment can make big differences in price. Be mindful for variations for salt or freshwater use and see if the listing includes extra equipment that can raise the value.
  7. When comparing boat prices be sure you use the right year for your boat, check the VIN number stamped in the hull. A boat sold late in 1993, for example, is probably a 1994 model even though it shows 1993 on your registration papers.

*When using any blue book, be sure you understand how to use it and be brutally honest about the condition of your boat. Take blue book values with a grain of salt and don’t base your selling price only on these guides. If possible, get a copy of the blue book page with your boat on it to show to prospective buyers.

8 boat selling tips for making a great first impression

Uncategorised 25th April 2016

  1. Check to make sure the engine runs smoothly and the battery isn’t dead.
  2. Try to convince the buyer to limit ride-along friends and family to as few as possible to show off the space better.
  3. Apply a fresh coat of paint to make the boat look sharper. Look out for areas where the paint may have worn-off
  4. To attain a smoother ride and faster top-end speed remove the canvas, empty stowage areas, stow excess gear ashore and keep light on the fuel and water.
  5. If your boat condition rates “average” or “good” focus solely on the more glaring blemishes. Compound-out rust stains bleeding from fittings, re-tape shredded boot stripe, de-grease the engine, clean the bilge, surreptitiously place air fresheners if the cabin is musty and if you have clear curtains, replace or remove any that are scratched or clouded by age.
  6. An extra furniture and surface polish and shine an hour before arrival can make a good first impression
  7. Have all the documents prepared all title, registration, extended warranty and, if available, service records on hand
  8. Know your bottom–line price well in advance of meeting the first buyer and be prepared for negotiation

Remember: Do not sign the boat over until you know you can spend the buyer’s money

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    Check to make sure the engine runs smoothly and the battery isn’t dead. Try to convince the buyer to limit ride-along friends and family to as few as possible to show off the space better. Apply a fresh coat of paint to make the boat look sharper. Look out for areas where the paint may have worn-off To […]

  • How much should I sell my boat for

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    Pricing your boat too low and you’re giving money away, too high and you can’t get rid of it. Here’s some top tips for pricing your boat right; Check out your local newspaper classifieds for boats that are identical to yours for sale, but remember that those are simply asking prices. Find out from local dealers to see what similar […]

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    Boating and Sailing are both equally rewarding and demanding sports, requiring a lot of experience, expertise, and knowledge of the ocean. What can often be unspoken about or not taken too seriously is injuries that can occur while doing either activity, like back pain. There are a couple of easy habits to get into to […]

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