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5 Marine Supplies to Outfit Your New Boat With

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

When purchasing your first boat, the boat itself is not all that you’ll need to have a safe and fun time on the water. There are several other marine supplies to outfit your new craft with. Complete your boat with these five supplies.

1. Life Preservers

First and foremost, everyone who goes on the boat should have a life preserver. This doesn’t only mean you need a life jacket for everyone on the boat, but the life jackets themselves need to be properly sized. A child requires a different size than an adult, and even among adults, there are quite a few different sizes.

Some friends who you invite onto your boat may have their own life preservers, but not all will. To make sure one is available for everyone who boards, you should consider getting several extra ones in different sizes. With an array of life jackets to choose from, you’ll be able to bring friends regardless of their size and without a last-minute run to the store for another preserver.

2. Other Safety Equipment

The United States Coast Guard has several other safety equipment requirements for recreational boats. Exactly what equipment a boat should have depends on the size of the boat and how it’s powered. Most boats, though, need the following:

  • One or more fire extinguishers
  • Flares or other visual signaling devices
  • A horn, whistle, bell, or other sound-producing device
  • Navigational lights and anchoring lights

If you’re unfamiliar with how to use any of these items, a boater safety course will cover each one.

3. Marine Radio

A marine radio is an important piece of safety equipment even though the Coast Guard doesn’t require all boats to have it.

Unless you’re only going on small rivers and lakes, your boat may venture into areas where there isn’t cell phone service. Should something happen while you’re out of cell range, a marine radio ensures that you can get in touch with the Coast Guard or other authorities that can provide assistance.

Even if you plan on remaining close to shore and within cell range, a radio is still helpful if you’re on a large lake or the ocean. If you make a navigational mistake or are blown off-course by a sudden storm, you may end up in an area where you didn’t intend to be — and it may be a place that’s far from shore and outside cell range.

4. Depth Finder

Fourth, a depth finder is useful when you’re exploring unfamiliar waters and close to shore. This tool measures the depth of the water directly beneath your boat, telling you whether you’re in safe water or close to running aground.

While charts can also help you estimate water depth, charts don’t provide real-time measurements like a depth finder does. Ocean water levels change with the tide, season, and year. A depth finder will make sure you have accurate data on how much water there is beneath your craft.

As an added bonus, many depth finders also show fish that are below the boat. Knowing how deep fish are swimming has obvious benefits for anglers, and it also gives kids something to watch while boating.

5. Charts

Finally, even though charts don’t provide as up-to-the-minute data as depth finders do, you still need charts for wherever you plan on boating. Charts are the equivalent of roadmaps for boats, showing you general depths, lighthouses, buoys, and land masses. They’re essential when plotting out boating trips, and you’ll need them when identifying where you are on the water.

When you’re purchasing a new boat, let the experienced mariners at Petzold’s Marine Center help you outfit the craft with all the essential marine supplies.

4 Reasons You Should Buy a Boat

Friday, July 13th, 2018

The boating lifestyle is something for the entire family. The great thing about the love of boating is that it can be passed down from generation to generation. More often than not, boaters become boaters because their parents or grandparents were boaters themselves. This tradition continues when they introduce the boating lifestyle to their children.

Whether you have been contemplating buying a boat for some time, recently went out on a friend’s boat and enjoyed it, or attended a local boat show and fell in love with the watercraft, here are four reasons why you should buy a boat and start living on and around the water. 

1. Attend Boating and Fishing Events

National Fishing and Boating Week occurs during the first week of June every year. With your own boat, you can be prepared for this extravaganza next year. During this celebration, you can attend many events, including boat parades and fishing derbies.

Most states will offer free fishing days or weekends. For most of these, you don’t even have to have a fishing license to go fishing, which is great for newbies. Generally, these free fishing days are during the National Fishing and Boating week, but some states hold their free fishing days at other times throughout the year.

For example, Rhode Island offers free freshwater fishing days the first weekend of May, and Connecticut offers a few days spread through the summer.

2. Get Easy Access to Water

Without a boat, you would need to have a waterfront property to have access to water. This can be extremely expensive, as waterfront properties are costlier than non-waterfront homes.

Luckily, buying a boat gives you the advantage of having easy access to various bodies of water, and since 90 percent of Americans live within 60 minutes of a navigable body of water, families have the perfect opportunity to make numerous boating memories.

3. Relieve Stress After a Hard Day or Week

Anytime that you are feeling stressed someone will tell you that you need to get out of the house. Being cooped up inside the house, especially in the dark and without the sun, is depressing. If you have gone outside when you were feeling stressed, you know how beneficial the outdoors can be. So, why not add some fun into the mix?

In fact, one particular survey from 2005 showed that boating was one of the top three stress-relieving activities, with the other two being exercise and weekend road trips. This same survey found that American households enjoyed partaking in a number of boating-related activities, including relaxing with friends and family, fishing, cruising, and waterskiing.

4. Get a Great Deal

If you’ve always wanted a boat but weren’t sure about the cost, now’s the perfect time to buy here in Connecticut. The Connecticut state legislature cut the sales tax on boats, boat trailers, and boat motors by half, effective July 1, 2018.

The sales tax on these items used to be 6.35%, but now those who buy boats will only pay 2.99%. Take a look at the boat you’re interested in, and see if it can now fit into your budget since you won’t have to pay nearly as much sales tax on it. Speak with a local boat specialist for more information on pricing.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of the boating lifestyle, would like to discuss financing options, or aren’t sure the style of boat that would be best suited to you and your family’s individual situation, contact our team at Petzold’s Marine Center for assistance. We’re ready to help you.

Everything You Need to Know About Bowriders

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

If you’re in the market for a boat, you have a lot of choices. Boats not only come in different styles and sizes – you can also choose from different types of boats that are geared for certain water activities. A bowrider is a good choice for recreational boating because it offers a vehicle for several water activities, including water skiing, lounging, and fishing.

Anatomy of a Bowrider

A bowrider starts with the same basics as any boat:

  • Cockpit: Location of the controls
  • Hull: Body of the boat
  • Gunwale: Upper edge of the boat’s side
  • Propeller: Method for propulsion the boat

However, one of the distinctive features of a bowrider is the V-shaped seating in the bow, or front, of the boat, which where it gets its name. This seating replaces an internal cabin. All models also come with front and rear lights, as well as seating. Some of the larger models include swiveling board racks, tow mirrors, a sundeck, and rear seating.

Bowrider vs Deck Boat

A bowrider and deck boat are very similar. The main difference is the shape – a deck boat tends to feature a flatter hull that’s wider in the front and increased lounge seating in the front deck. Both styles come with towing capacity for water sports, as well as the ability to add a tower for towing. Deck boats generally have more seating and storage than a same-sized bowrider.

The different hull and bow shapes result in different handling. Deck boats lift less in the front when accelerating than bowriders. The V-shaped hull of the bowrider results in sharper turns and an increased ability to cut through waves. The wide hull of deck boats tends to make them feel more stable.

Key Considerations for Choosing a Bowrider

Even if you’ve settled on a bowrider over a deck boat, you still have a few considerations to keep in mind. Brainstorm usage, which will help you pick a model. For example, think about how many water sports you’ll realistically be enjoying. If it’s a lot, one of the wakeboard towers makes sense. However, if you’re more of a sunbather, you may prefer a model with a dedicated sundeck.

In that vein, think about capacity considerations. Do you have visions of hosting parties on your boat, or will groups be kept small? Likewise, think about how much gear you’ll want to bring onboard. Ensure the model you’re considering has sufficient stowage.

In that vein, bowriders come with different party accessories. A stereo, lighting, and drinks holders may not seem significant, but they can affect your enjoyment of the boat. You may also consider a cockpit table, swim ladder, and other accessories to increase the fun.

Type of Motor

With bowriders, you can choose from three different types of motors. The classic is the outboard motor, which consists of the engine, gearbox, and propellers. The outboard motor is attached to the outside of the transom. It’s typically on a system that allows you to raise or lower the motor and to pivot it in or out of the water.

A sterndrive motor is a hybrid of inboard and outboard motors. The engine is located inboard. It delivers power to the drive unit, which is installed to the stern below the waterline. The drive unit rotates the propellers. Sterndrive motors are common with bowriders.

A third option is a jet-propelled motor. Jet drives can be either outboard or inboard. The propulsion comes via a water pump. The pump sucks up water and jets it out the back, which provides the propulsion.

A bowrider is a good choice if you want a day boat to host small parties or casual family outings. Visit Petzold’s Marine Center for a wide variety of bowriders and accessories.

Going Fishing? Don’t Forget These Items

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Fishing is an activity enjoyed by many people of all ages. To enjoy the afternoon fishing with friends or family, you need a fair amount of preparation. Equip yourself with these items to make the fishing experience more enjoyable and land the next big fish.

Rod and Reel

Check certain details of the rod and reel to make sure they are ideal for the angler using them. For beginners, a spincasting reel is more manageable because it allows the line to freely cast out by the touch of a button. With these types of reels, beginners can easily maintain the amount of line they want.

When you pick out your rods, consider the size. Rods come in various sizes, and depending on the size of the angler, some sizes work better than others. Come prepared by bringing multiple rods and reels so that an angler has access to the ideal rod for their experience and height.

If you place a hook on your line before you begin to fish, secure the hook to the rod when you move it to prevent any injuries. Don’t ruin the afternoon by hooking someone when carrying the poles to the boat.

Stocked Tackle Box

A properly stocked tackle box is crucial for an afternoon of fishing. Different fish call for different equipment. Also, depending on the depth of the water, you might need a sinker to get the hook deep enough. Tackle boxes should be fully loaded with various sized hooks, spare line, sinkers, bobbers, pliers, scissors,
and lures. Stock your tackle box before you leave.

Accessories for Sun Exposure

Whether it’s in the tackle box or your pocket, carry sunscreen with you to protect against those harmful UV rays. Fishing is a sport that takes time, and you can’t always tell when the sun is a little too toasty. To protect against sunburn and skin damage, put a layer of sunscreen on before you head out for open waters and, when needed, reapply on board.

The water reflects the sunlight as well. Pack a pair of sunglasses so that you don’t strain your eyes and have better vision to find the best fishing spot. A hat is another item of protection against the sun as well as an iconic piece of clothing for anglers. Wear a hat with a wide brim to fish in style and safety.


Fish aren’t the only ones who can have a bite when fishing. Pack a small cooler or bag with something to munch on to keep your stamina up. Along with snacks, bring water to stay hydrated. This way you can spend as much time as possible on the water instead of turning in early because of an empty stomach.

Spacious Boat

Due to all the equipment required for fishing, a boat can quickly feel cramped, especially if you have several people on board. Don’t let an uncomfortable boat ride take away from the enjoyment of fishing. Look for a boat with a spacious design, such as an open bow with leg room to move around.

A boat with a center console creates more space for equipment and passengers. A center console leaves the perimeter of the boat open so an angler can move from one side to the other without barriers in the way. A skipper has a larger field of view with a center console as well. This is important to see other boat traffic when you move into popular fishing spots.

For your next fishing adventure, grab these items to help land fish and enjoy the time. To get a boat for fishing, see different ones available at Petzold’s Marine Center.

Find the Right Type of Boat

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A Guide to Finding the Right Type of Boat for You

To get the most enjoyment from a boat, it’s important to select a boat design that’s well-suited for how you’ll use your boat. Here’s a look at different boat designs and what they’re used for.

Deck Boats Are for Hosting Parties

Deck boats, as might be surmised from their name, have lots of room on their decks. They have many seats and plenty of storage (often beneath the seats), which makes them ideal for hosting on-water parties.

With a deck boat, you’ll have enough room for lots of friends and you’ll be able to store several coolers or snacks onboard. Additionally, these boats are intentionally designed so people can easily move around and mingle.

Deck boats strike a nice balance between pontoon boats and bow riders. Unlike pontoon boats, which are supported by two or three pontoons, deck boats have a classic V-shaped hull that lets them better handle waves. Bow riders also have V-shaped hulls, but they aren’t designed to hold as many people or let people mingle as easily.

Bow Riders Are for Water Sports

Bow riders are so-named because they have an open bow where people can sit. These seats are exhilarating to ride in, as passengers are both close to the water, and feel the bow’s up-and-down movements as the boat goes over waves. Designed to provide a thrilling ride up front, bow riders truly turn boating into a sport.

Many people who own bow riders also use them for water sports, such as tubing, waterskiing and wakeboarding. Most bow riders are already equipped with powerful engines, which are needed to make riding in the bow exciting. Thus, it’s not necessary to invest in a new engine when taking up a water sport. Also, everyone in the boat can watch whoever is being towed.

Bow riders fall in-between deck boats and cuddies. Bow riders usually have deeper V-shaped hulls and slightly higher hulls than deck boats, which let bow riders handle waves more easily than their party-boat counterparts. Bow riders usually aren’t as large as cuddies, though, so they can accelerate faster, which is important when lifting a water skier out of the water.

Cuddies Are for Family Outings

Cuddies are versatile boats that are perfect for families who want to do lots of things on the water.

Cuddies tend to be a little bigger than bow riders, and they have a covered bow (which is the cuddy). At the same time, these boats aren’t as large as yachts. Together, these features offer many advantages that families with growing children appreciate:

  • Their size makes them more seaworthy than bowriders if the weather suddenly turns
  • Their size is still small enough that it’s possible to tube, waterski or wakeboard behind them (even if
    the experience isn’t quite as good as a bowrider)
  • Their size is also small enough that the boats can be towed on vacations
  • Their covered bow gives children a place to take naps

A good all-around boat, a cuddy is the practical choice if you’ll be using your boat many different ways in the coming years as your family grows up.

Yachts Are for Overnight Trips

Yachts are sometimes thought of as massive boats that only the very rich own. In the boating industry, though, boats larger than cuddies are often called yachts.

Yachts have a covered bow that’s large enough to sleep in, and most also come with some kitchen where food can be prepared. They’re also large enough to handle major waves should a storm come up. All of this makes them well-suited for taking on overnight trips.

For help finding a new boat that you’ll love owning, contact us at Petzoild’s Marine Center.

Edgewater’s Exciting New 248 CX & 262 CC

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Edgewater is well-known for building capable, versatile, well-crafted boats. This past year, they continued to build on that reputation with two new, exciting boats: the 248 CX and the 262 CC.

The 248 CX is a versatile dual crossover that is perfect for whatever a boating family might want to use it for, from day trips and socializing to watersports to offshore fishing trips. It is packed with lots of storage, including an in-floor storage/ski locker and starboard side console storage. Its roomy layout offers plenty of comfortable seating, with bow lounge seating with arm rests, a port side ultra lounger, a folding stern seat with a backrest, and drink holders in all seat locations.

This dual crossover is also packed with fishing amenities, making it a popular choice among fishermen. It has a starboard side prep station with a fresh water sink and a 50-quart cooler. The 248 CX also has insulated bow fishbox/coolers with overboard drains and a 28-gallon transom baitwell. And boaters can spend all day out on the water thanks to the spacious walk-in head.

Edgewater’s new 262 Deep V center console also excels in versatility. In fact, Salt Water Sportsman [] described it as “a purposeful midsize center console ready to take on all challenges.”

A smooth, stable ride and exceptional performance makes the 262CC one of the top offshore boats available on the market today. A powerful deep-V hull, unsinkable Single Piece Infusion construction and up to 500 horsepower from twin Yamaha outboards, make this one highly-capable vessel.

Boaters can fish or cruise in comfort with a walk-in console complete with head, sink, shower and extra storage. Guests will enjoy relaxing in the comfortable U-shaped bow lounge. Anglers will love the 262 CC’s offshore fishing capabilities, complete with two insulated 120-quart in-floor fishboxes with pumpout, a 28-gallon transom baitwell, forward lockable rod storage and much more.

To learn more about Edgewater’s new 262 CC and 248 CX, contact us at Petzold’s Marine Center.