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Boating Videos

Boating Videos from Rhynard’s Pontoons include: Avalon and Paddle King. Your portal to summer fun on the water! We are ready to help you explore – call us at (616) 754-7634 

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How to Videos

Rhynard’s Pontoons How To Videos to help you enjoy your boating experience.  Click on the upper left corner of the video player to see the entire playlist.

Fun Videos

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Helpful Boating Quotes

Always overdress, you can always take clothing off and weather conditions on the water are usually different than on land.

-Dennis Rosen
(50 year boater, 40 year sailor of small boats)

Go slow, particularly when docking, and you’ll look like a pro. Slow is pro!

-Ted Sensenbrenner
(30 years near shore fisherman and off – shore sailor)

Be sure to bring lots of snacks and water. Everyone is happier (especially kids) when they are well fed and extra water aboard is never a bad idea.

-Susan Shingledecker
(30 years experience on small and large sailboats, cruising and racing, kayaks, SUPS and powerboats too!)

Before heading out on the water place things like cell phones, keys, wallets, etc in a waterproof bag or zip lock.

-Sonja Lowe
(Boating on “other people’s boats” for 20 years. Current boat – 14-ft canoe)

Make sure another person on your vessel knows how to drive or how to hail for help in case of an emergency.

-Heather Sheward
(Been on boats since I was 5 days old and never stopped. Also Manager of our VHF operations.)

When it’s time for repairs on your boat, use marine grade parts – they’ll last longer and in some places, like the engine, they’re necessary to prevent a dangerous condition.

-Charles Fort
(Liveaboard sailor – powerboating, sailing, and kayaking since 1968.)

Leave a “Float Plan” with someone on-shore, and go over details of the boat and what to expect on the trip with your guests. It will make for a more enjoyable trip.

-Chris Edmonston
(Classroom instructor for CG Auxiliary, and on-water Master Instructor for National Safe Boating Council)

Check the weather early and often and don’t be afraid to cancel/change your plans. Staying ashore wishing you had gone is far better than going and wishing you hadn’t.”

-Peter Minners
(35 year boater currently owns 2 boats, occasional charter and former racing sailor)

Boating Tips

Boating Tips are set to be helpful and to keep you safe.

Here are some helpful boating tips to keep you, your friends, your family and others safe while you are on the water. No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures.  Contact Rhynards Pontoon with any questions.  Source Discover Boating

Be Weather-Wise

Follow and set your own Pre-Departure Checklist

Use Common Sense

  • operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas)
  • staying alert at all times
  • steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn.
  • be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

Designate an Assistant Skipper

  • Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety.

Develop a Float Plan

  • Inform a family member or staff at your local marina on your plans for the day. It is always a good idea to let someone else know your float plan.

A float plan can include the following information:

  • name, address, and phone number of trip leader
  • name and phone number of all passengers
  • boat type and registration information
  • trip itinerary
  • types of communication and signal equipment onboard, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

  • Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!

Avoid Alcohol

  • Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. Being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.

Learn to Swim

  • If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities.

Take a Boating Course

  • Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course.

Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard.

Contact Rhynards Pontoons

Any questions on boating tips? Call us at (616) 754-7634

Should I buy a new or used boat?

Should I buy a new or used boat is a question many people have. At Rhynard’s Pontoons we recommend shopping for new boats first.  Why? You can view all available models and options before looking at what is available used. 

NEW LOVE FOR PRE-LOVED

Used, pre-loved, brokerage, second hand… these are all terms for a boat that is not new.

So what are the pros of buying a used boat?

  • The boat is usually immediately available.
  • Depending on make, model and market, used boat depreciation would be somewhere between three and four per cent after the first year or two for around the next 10 years or so.
  • There’s nothing worse than buying someone else’s problems

If you’re in the market for a project then there are plenty of them out there – you can while your weekends away to your heart’s content, ‘doing up’ the boat that will become your pride and joy – can’t do that with a new one (ruins the warranty!).

 You should keep in mind any warranty information before choosing between new and used.  Often, there are new boats available that are just as affordable as used.  Our Eagle models are a good example.  If you are interested in a used boat, be sure to give us a call (616) 754-7634.  We are here to help.