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Old 07-21-2018, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hello! My husband and I are brand new to the boating world. We are motorcyclists turn boaters. We just bought a 1997 Maxum 2400. It is so exciting. I could use all the tips!

What is something you wish you know when you got your first boat?

What would you say is the number 1 most important thing when owning a boat and operating?

Any advice is welcome here!
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:23 PM   #2
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Make sure the plug is in prior to launch
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:44 PM   #3
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Any thoughts on using fuel stabilizers?
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:52 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard

New to boating take a safe boating class.

Donít approach anything faster than you would want to hit it.

Take a day in the middle of the week and find a cove to practice making forward and reverse right and left hand circles to get the feel for how the boat handles.

Are you trailering or keeping it in the water?

I have the same model and year.
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Welcome aboard.
If you know somebody with previous experience with boating, invite for a trip and let them drive an explain how things going on with boating. You can take nots so you can remember...
Good luck.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:02 PM   #6
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We got to drive it a little when we took it out to make sure everything was in working order. We plan to take it out during the week when it is not so busy ti get a feel for getting in and out if our slip. We are not trailoring, itll be kept at our marina in a water slip. They gave us an open spot that doesnt have anyone directly next to us yet just to be safe haha. I learned to ride a motorcycle in 30 minutes. I understand boating is different because you're driving from the back. I get the whole pivoting thing. Just intimidated a bit! Haha
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The big differences with boats are no brakes, wind and current will move the boat side ways at slow speeds. The pivot point is about 1/3 forward from the stern.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:06 PM   #9
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Here is my experience as a recent novice as well:

Practice docking a fair bit before you go out (and have to come back in) with strong wind.

As Mike said, this was the most important for me: "Don’t approach anything faster than you would want to hit it."

If the boat turns over but won't start, check the run switch - my worst newbie "OMG! What is wrong!" moment so far.

Wear a lifejacket - at least until you are comfortable on the boat.

Take your pre-trip preparations slow and one step at a time. It's really embarrassing, and potentially dangerous, when you drive off with your electrical cable or a mooring line dangling off the side of the boat because you were so eager to get out there you forgot a step.

Check your fluids every time until you are comfortable they aren't going anywhere on their own.

Be observant of what other folks in the marina do. I have a really tight slip and a sailboat with an outboard that sticks waaaaaay out next to me, so was really nervous about backing out and turning without hitting it. One day I noticed the fellow across the way walk his boat out to the end of the finger, give it a little shove to turn it, casually hop up on the bow and drive smoothly away. Cheating? Maybe. But I leave the marina with a whole lot less stress now.
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Old 07-25-2018, 09:40 PM   #10
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Thankfully they put us in a slip that's got a few open slips on either side so we aren't directly next to anyone for now. My OCD will save us from forgetting to unhook or hook anything I'm sure haha. Also being a mom I havhave already stocked my boat with all things necessary for a day out. We have had such horrible westher since we got the boat we haven't had a chance to even take it out yet but tomorrow we will have the grandparents keep the kids for a few hours so we can go practice getting in and out of the slip and docking at the pump station and all that and become more comfortable with it all. I'm excited to FINALLY get out in it!
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