It’s no secret that owning a boat can be costly. One mistake often made is that people assume they can simply buy the boat and have their fun, then they feel blindsided by all of the extra costs. While some costs can’t really be avoided, it is good to be aware of a few simple tips to help reduce the overall annual cost of owning a boat. Take it from William Gholson, a long-time boat supply salesman, who knows all too well that many repairs come from not taking the initial time to take care of your boat.
First of all, wash it. You wash your car, clean your house, scrub your body, so wash your boat when you pull it out of the water. Getting all that grime off it can do wonders for your boat. Saltwater is especially corrosive, so spray that outboard off each time you get out.
Second, make sure lines are securely fastened when docking and storing your boat. If docked, throw a few buoys off the side to prevent damage from the dock. Check lines and covers to be sure there is no excess wear.
Lastly, invest in quality products. The upfront cost may be a bit higher, but some things shouldn’t be cheap. Pre-owned boats will always require more maintenance, but when maintained properly, they can be just fine.
There is plenty of good advice and great products out there for preventative maintenance. As long as you invest a little time and aren’t afraid to spend a little more up front, you’ll be on the right track. There will always be issues with a boat, but hopefully you can avoid a few trips to William Gholson’s Marine Supply!
William T. Gholson is a man’s man. He owns and works on his boat; he sells boating equipment; he loves NASCAR; his buddies can’t wait for their next fishing weekend. His hands are leathery and calloused, his skin beaten by the sun. But don’t be fooled – he is also very much his woman’s man.
Gholson met his wife of over 30 years on a ghost tour in San Antonio. They both have a deep love of history and their city, so what they consider a romantic night out might not be the same for everyone. They enjoy getting around to the historic missions (of course, the Alamo) even though they have seen them many times over the years. They also frequent the Steves Homestead and the Liberty Bar for historic locations to stay for the night or just a meal. This couple drinks in the rich history of San Antonio as others might the romantic scenes and dining along River Walk.
For those that are more into hiking than history, there are plenty of scenic areas to explore, getting closer to nature and one another. One popular place is the Lost Maples State Natural Area with thousands of acres of beauty to take in.
Of course there is a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment, a bit more of a city-centered evening and night life to fuel a romantic getaway. No matter what your tastes as a couple, take it from William Gholson that there is always a way for a little romance with the one you love, and it is important to take the time for it.