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Boating Dealers – Get Connected!

The service man, the front man, the action man, the all you need in 1 man…

Let me introduce you to:

He is here for  YOU:

The uncertain MAN!

The needing advice MAN…?

The wanting to know more MAN!

The ready to buy MAN!

His dealership represents a welcoming world of marine supplies from boats, covers, water toys, skiing gear, fishing extras and servicing.  He aims to connect with you and satisfactorily meet your needs.

Each dealership either specializes in a particular type of marine area or they cater for a range of interests enabling their shops to be interactive show rooms. It is a great experience to walk around viewing the latest boats and marine products on the floor: check out the colours schemes, seating layout and canopies. Then walk through into the accessories department check your ski style: aggressive or safe / choose life jackets to match your boat / demo fish finders and maybe watch the latest fishing gear video.

Boating exhibitions are even better as they get many dealers under 1 roof for a specified time, allowing you to cover as much ground as possible. Here you can do all the homework you need before making a purchasing decision. These are opportunities not to be missed. Each dealership has most of their staff on site giving you the best selection of people to connect and build a friendship with. You need someone to be able to share knowledge, experience and advice, gain support and a contact to voice when you are dissatisfied.

Nowadays people want more than a fake relationship and a quick sale. You need longevity as your boating experience is a lifelong adventure filled with services, upgrades, accessories, repairs and licensing. Some boating dealers provide testing days, where they enable you to take their products out for a spin. This gives you a good feel for how the vessel rides, what it is capable of and see if its meets your expectations. This also extends the relationship being establish from just a store front to a more relax interactive environment where you are able to see the true colours of the people you will be dealing with in the long run.

Manufacturers empower dealers with product knowledge to enable them to be the best source of information and advice for you. Here you have free advice; expertise and experience all at your disposal so why not make the most of what available to you! Technology has been an absolute gold mine of information providing you with virtual tours through the many dealerships but don’t be lazy. There is more to meet the eye in person than on the PC screen. So get out there, get active and start building those connections!

I look forward to hearing what your experiences have been…

Rules on the water – What are you expected to know?

A few basic reminders:


Be aware of restricted areas: boats only/ jet ski’s Only / ski course access areas / fishing only / wildlife sanctuaries / sailing as well as NO wake zones.


Which direction? Most dams and rivers work on the anti-clockwise route but always confirm before you go out onto the water. Also give way to boats already on the water.


Skier in the water waiting to go, tow line dragging or skier off – RED FLAG UP!




Know the riding capacity of your boat and keep within the maximum number. Be aware of your boat’s limits to reduce putting lives at risks and avoiding fines!


Navigation lights – Red / Green bow lights enable you to identify which side of the boat is coming towards you. Just remember “Port is Red but not right“. Port (red)is therefore the left-hand side of the boat leaving starboard (green) being the right-hand side of the boat.

Emergency equipment: Anchor, 3m Anchor chain, 50m Anchor rope, 1.5 kg fire extinguisher, Galvanised bailing bucket, 2 Oars, First aid kit, Capsize rope (1.1/2 length of your boat), Tool kit, Spares, Alternative steering (unless you have a tiller arm motor)


So get smart on the water and be aware of others!

COVER MAINTENANCE…

Ever wondered how to prolong the life of your marine covers? The answer is simple – keep it clean…


Hidden away in garages, under trees our boats and water toys are packed away awaiting the rays of summer. The idle months pass by with little attention to the dust that has settled like a fine film on your cover.  Slowly and surely microscopic organisms which hibernate in the dust feed on the protective coatings. This exposes the underlying backer and weakening the fibres. Discolouration also occurs causing the fabric to crack and flake rendering it useless against the elements.

It is vital to keep your cover clean, even the lightest dust contains little pests with gnashing teeth and acid waste. All your covers need is a little TLC. A regular shake and wash will extend its life giving you the most value out of your cover!

Skipper License and C.O.F

The current law in South Africa requires all marine vessels to be SAMSA registered and to have their certificate of fitness approved. A skipper’s license is an essential item – No license means No boating of any kind.

I’ve seen too many boaters turned away in anger and frustration after not having a skippers license.  As the captain of your boat, you need to be aware of the required safety equipment and procedures when operating your boat ensuring the well-being of your passengers and fellow boaters.

Also remember SABS approved life jackets are required by law on all skiers!

In order to do your C.O.F survey, you need to produce a flotation certificate and skipper’s license. With the certificate in hand, skippers license obtained,  relevant SR numbers and contact details visible  on your boat and trailer – you will be finally legal!

Contact your local boating dealer to register for the skipper’s course and to find out more information.

CHOICES! CHOICES! – How to choose the right boat cover

So you have finally saved up enough to reach for your dream boat…carefully selected the type, colour and extras you desired. You go to choose a boat cover; this seemingly unimportant item, in the overall deal, is really the final touch to the overall package and protection for your investment.


 

What does FAST SAILS have to offer?

 

The type of environment your boat is kept in plays a vital role in the selection of a cover. Here are the descriptions of each cover we offer to assist you in making the right decision:

  • Storage cover / Night Frill – 400grm PVC, fully waterproof, storage only for dust protection.
  • HD cover – 550grm PVC, fully waterproof, storage and towing capabilities, long life span, durable, value for money, well-liked cover
  • Easy Rinse cover – Available on request!
  • Fire Retardant cover  – Life boats, sea safety gear protection
  • Ultra Lite cover – Polyester, UV protected, silicon coating for anti-fungal / mildew, self-repair (nicks / small holes), water-resistant
  • Premier cover – Imported marine canvas: Cleangard treated – rot proof, water resistant, anti staining, maximum water repellency, Sunacryl high colour retention.

We offer you a range of colours within each material product. Certain PVC colours do have a longer life expectancy due to their ability to block the sun’s radiation waves. Our most popular colours are Dove Grey and Dark Blue.

We are able to supply covers in high visibility colours for ski boats, runabouts and jet skis. These colours are also used for ski flags, T-Tops, warning flags, fire hydrant bags and any emergency equipment. When choosing a colour we suggest considering your upholstery, surroundings and overall feel you would like your boat to have. Otherwise a neutral cover is always a winner.

Once decided, you can be assured that our cover protects the pride and joy of a machine which generates fond memories: family fun days, fishing adventures, cruises at sunset and some extreme boating!