Useful Apps and Numbers

useful apps

We live in a digital age that is full of exciting new technology and opportunities. From the small mobile device in our hand that can contact someone living across the globe to the new driverless technology that is sending vehicles running safely down the highway, you never know what the new big advancement in technology is going to bring you. While it might not seem like this new technology would have too much effect on enjoying a day out on the water, it can improve the experience in a number of ways. Long gone are the days of passing the time by mopping the decks and sitting in a crow’s nest while the sun bared down on you. Now with a simple handheld device, you can be entertained for hours. Below are a few apps and other digital assets that no sea captain should be without.

Internet Radio: Pandora, Spotify, iHeartradio, they all do the same thing. They play all kinds of music, music stations, and even talk shows. All you have to do is download the app, pick a station, and your vessel will have plenty of music to enjoy. Bring some speakers to turn it from a pleasure cruise to a party on the water.

Weather Apps: In places like Florida, the weather can change several times in a single hour. It’s not uncommon to see bright sunny skies turn to pouring rain only to return to sunny skies again. You can keep on top of these changes with weather apps. Set up notifications so you can get a heads up when the unpleasant weather is on the way.

GPS Apps: A GPS isn’t just for long car rides, they have GPS systems designed just for boats. Find a reliable GPS boating app and never get lost on the water again. Some might be a little heavy on data usage, so make sure to check with this and see if your plan can handle it.

Emergency Services: We should always be prepared for the unexpected, especially on a boat. When on a boat you can’t just run to the nearest safe spot. Make sure you have the right phone numbers for the right emergencies. Coast guard, law enforcement, anything that could go wrong make sure you have a phone number to cover it.

Of course, in some more remote areas, it could be difficult to get decent reception. Don’t panic, just make sure you have the right phone numbers, and bring some friends to keep you company and keep you entertained. First, though, you need to get the right vessel. We would recommend a saltwater pontoon boat from Fiesta, built tough to handle a variety of situations and environments.

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Hurricanes and Boats

hurricanes and boats

Everyone loves to head toward the water for a day out on a boat. Set out from the dock, make a run around the lake and bring it back to port. What happens when a hurricane comes sweeping through, however, and your boat is still at the dock? Will it be safe there or will you find your boat is somewhere down the coast or in a few different pieces? There are a few things you need to look at before deciding to leave your boat at the dock or take it in land. A boat can be an expensive investment, so don’t just leave things to chance. Make the right decision.

The first thing that you should look at is the strength of the hurricane. If it is a category 4 or 5 you should grab it and run if possible. Category 4 hurricanes are devastating forces of nature that leave destruction in their wake and a Category 5 is even worse than that. If you can not grab your boat and run, sadly you have to leave it behind and mostly hope for the best. If it is a category 3, which many tend to be when they start coming over land, you can choose to run or board up and stay. The boat, however, is still a question that needs to be answered. So we move onto the next thing to consider.

We have to look at the dock itself and see how secure it is. A few points you need to check are:

How are boats secured: Do boats have a way to be secured properly to the dock? Is there are strong winds and waves, is the boat going to stay attached or be tossed around?

How strong is the dock: Would the dock survive the hurricane? If the dock looks like it wouldn’t survive the storm, chances are your boat won’t either.

How crowded is the dock: Your boat and the dock are going to be moving during the storm. When winds are whipping around them at 90 mph, things tend to move. If boats are close together that can tend to bump and grind, causing damage.

What is near the dock: Are there things near the dock that look like they could fly around and hit your boat? Check for potential debris around the dock.

Protect your investment from the elements, and invest in something that can withstand the elements. A Fiesta pontoon boat is designed to be durable and resistant to many of the elements like saltwater that can damage normal pontoon boats. To get started on your Fiesta pontoon boat, contact us today.

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