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Recently Buy a Boat? What You Need to Know Before Launching

Monday, October 30th, 2017

If you’ve recently purchased a boat, congratulations! Whether you love fishing, sailing or enjoying a leisurely boat ride while you relax with your loved ones, you’re about to take your leisure time to a whole new level of outdoor enjoyment. This is especially true if you live in the Portland, Connecticut, area, where beautiful boating areas abound.

Before you launch your boat for the first time, though, you need to make sure you’re completely prepared for whatever comes your way. You also need to act in ways that keep you, your family members, other boaters and the environment safe while you enjoy your boat. (more…)

Petzolds Open House Coming Up

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Just like the arrival of robins and sap oozing from maple trees, Petzold’s Marine Center’s annual Open House and Boat Show has become a sure sign of spring. Boaters who are itching for the warmer days of boating season to arrive will be happy to know that the popular annual Petzold’s event is right around the corner.

This year’s annual Petzold’s Open House and Boat Show in Portland, Connecticut, is coming up on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.

On display at the show will be more than 70 new and pre-owned boats, including new boats from Sabre, Regal, Back Cove and EdgeWater. There will also be door prizes, vendors and refreshments. Also during the show, attendees will find extra savings in the area’s largest discount marine store.

The event’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

37 Indian Hill Ave Portland CT 06480

To learn more about the Petzold’s Marine Center Open House and Boat Show, contact us at info@petzolds.com, or by calling 860-342-1196.

A Boater’s Guide to Essex, Connecticut

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Essex, Connecticut is quintessential New England. It is steeped in history, with beautiful streets lined with Colonial and Federal architecture. It is home to interesting shops, restaurants, and art galleries. And it is ideal for boaters, from the area’s great fishing, to the scenic cruising opportunities along the Connecticut River, to the plenty of slips and facilities in town ready to welcome visitors. 

You’ll find Essex on the western shore of the Connecticut River, 5 nautical miles north of Long Island Sound. Follow channel markers up the river to G C “26,” and be sure to observe the no-wake zones along the way. Also, pay close attention to channel markers off Hayden’s Point, as rocks extend underwater right to the edge of the channel.

Essex has no shortage of boating facilities, so boaters will have plenty of options to choose from when looking for slips and moorings. Among them is Essex Boat Works (www.essexboatworks.com; 860 767-8276; VHF 9 & 68). Boaters can also find slips and moorings at the Essex Yacht Club (www.essexyc.com; 860-767-8121; VHF 68).

The scenic Connecticut River is ideal for cruising and is teeming with wildlife. Thousands of birdwatchers flock to the area each year for a chance to glimpse bald eagles, ospreys and the fall migration of tree swallows. The river also has many small creeks and coves worth exploring by small boat. If you need to rent a kayak, check out Action Sports (www.actionsportsct.com) in Old Saybrook.

On land, Essex has many attractions. You’ll enjoy walking the scenic streets, enjoying the architecture, visiting the many shops and art galleries, and dining at the area’s many fine restaurants. While in town, be sure to visit the Connecticut River Museum (www.ctrivermuseum.org), which explores the history of the river with exhibits, educational programs and special events. The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat tours (www.essexsteamtrain.com) – featuring a 65-foot replica paddlewheeler – are a favorite among kids. Another great way to see the area is aboard the 54-foot boat Riverquest (www.ctriverexpeditions.org), which offers scenic cruises along the river.

For more information on Essex, Connecticut, visit www.essexct.com.

Tips on Buying a Boat

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Owning a boat can change your life. As a boat owner, you can enjoy long days spent fishing, weekends spent waterskiing or wakeboarding, and evenings spent on the water socializing with friends.

Buying your first boat can be an intimidating process. But it doesn’t need to be so long as you’re well-prepared and know what to focus on. Here are a few things to consider when buying your first boat.

How will you use your boat?
With so many styles of boats available, you should consider how you will use your boat and then pick out a vessel to match your needs. Do you plan to use it for fishing, cruising or for watersports with the family? Such considerations will help determine the size, layout and amenities you need.

Where will you keep your boat?
One of the biggest considerations for new boaters is where they will keep their vessel. Will you keep your boat in a slip at a marina or on a mooring? Or are you planning to keep it at home and trailer it? You also need to consider if come winter you’ll store it on your property or if you’ll pay for storage at a facility.

What certification do you need?
Most states require boaters to have some type of boating education certification, so check on what your state requires. If you plan to boat in neighboring states, check if they accept your state’s certification or if you need one specific to that state.

Handling the walk-through and sea trial.
A boat for sale might look nice, but give it a thorough inspection to be sure it’s in a good shape. Inspect everything on it, from the deck and fittings to the engine and machinery. If you’re satisfied, try it out to see how it handles. Consider how fast it goes and how responsive it is. If you’re still interested, and the boat is in the water, have it hauled out to give it a more thorough inspection and make sure there are no problems below the waterline.

Closing the deal.
Don’t end up paying more than you should. Try not to be emotional when negotiating the price. Determine the boat’s value to you and try to stay close to it. Also, if you’re buying a used boat from a boatyard, check that there are no outstanding bills or liens on the boat.

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 [http://www.saltwatersportsman.com/edgewater-262-cc] 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.