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  1. How to Choose the Best Marine Speakers for Your Boat

    How to Choose the Best Marine Speakers for Your Boat

    Silence may be golden, but when it comes to water sports, fun-loving captains like to amp up the good tunes. Whether your riders are pulling off basic ollies or advanced whirlybirds, their tricks will be even cooler with the soundtrack of mean guitar riffs and a thumping bass line emanating from your boat.

    Getting the best tunes on the water poses some special challenges, though. Your sound system not only needs to be tough enough to stand up to Mother Nature, but powerful enough to overpower the noise of the boat motor. Because of the distance between riders and the boat, your sound system will need to really pump out the volume.

    If you're wondering how to choose the best marine speakers for your boat, you've come to the right place. Here at Bakes, we've been working on, selling and riding behind performance boats for decades, so we know how important a premium audio experience is on the water.

    Just

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  2. Boating Accessory Must-Haves for Summer 2022

    Boating Accessory Must-Haves for Summer 2022

    Boaters don't fret about the dog days of summer. They know the heat will make playing on and in the water even more enjoyable. If you are looking to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of your boat this summer, consider these must-have boating accessories from Bakes Marine.

    Safety comes first for you and your crew. You'll want to make sure that you have properly fitting life vests and a first aid kit on board, as well as an air horn or whistle to signal trouble or to ward off other boats.

    You'll want to provide protection for your beloved boat, too. Fenders will prevent damage from rubbing against docks and other boats. Having some tools on deck can help if there's a need to make minor repairs on the water, while a waterproof flashlight will come in handy for emergencies or routine chores in low light. Keep a fire extinguisher or two on board in

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  3. Boat Safety: 10 Things You Need on a Boat

    Boat Safety: 10 Things You Need on a Boat

    Some folks out there think boating safety kills the joy of boating, but the opposite is true. The safer you make your boat, the more fun everyone can unleash on the water. Here at Bakes Marine, we're all about maximizing both safety and fun, which is why we've pulled together a list of the 10 things you need on a boat. This boating equipment list is not exhaustive, but it is a good start.

    1. Life vests, also known as personal flotation devices or PFDs, are a must. These vests can help prevent drowning, which is why many states legally require that passengers wear a PFD at all times. Make sure not only that you have enough life jackets on board, but that you have sizes that will fit all your passengers. Investing in comfortable life jackets will help ensure everyone wears them.
    2. Flotation devices like life rings or cushions can be thrown to those in distress in the water to help them stay afloat until they
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  4. Wakeboarding Tips for Beginners

    Wakeboarding Tips for Beginners

    The thrill and excitement of wakeboarding has attracted legions of enthusiasts and it's no wonder why. If you're interested in diving into this fast-growing water sport, make sure to check out these wakeboarding tips from Bakes Marine, the boating pros.

    When it comes to wakeboarding equipment, beginners should invest in the best they can afford, particularly when it comes to boards and bindings. Many top brands, like Ronix, offer packages so that you can get everything you need with the confidence that it will perform well. High-quality gear can help you have an amazing experience on the water that will keep you coming back for more.

    Safety is a crucial consideration. Every wakeboarder should have and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved

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  5. Vinyl Pinking and Discoloration When It is Hot!

    Vinyl Pinking and Discoloration When It is Hot!

    Seats turning brown, vinyl pinking or vinyl discoloration has become a very common issue across the marine industry. The phenomenon perplexes many boat owners fearing they ruined their boat upholstery when in fact sometimes all it takes is 30-6o minutes in direct sunlight to make it disappear. The reaction to creating the stains only happens when the boat is exposed to a humid and hot environment at the same time. Boaters struggle with his issue since boats are always wet from normal use then they cover the boat up to protect it from the elements creating the perfect greenhouse environment for pinking to do its thing when things heat up. Marine Fabricator released a great article to explain the science behind vinyl discoloration to help boaters understand more how it happens and how to prevent it. 

    To sum it up, this is no new phenomenon to

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  6. Boat exposed to irregular freezing temperatures, Get it checked out early!

    Cracked engine block from freeze damage

    Over this past 2020-2021 winter, many boaters may have experienced deep freezes in areas that normally do not experience these conditions. The extreme cold weather along with power outages may have caused catastrophic damage. To make sure your boat is up and running for this season, we would strongly suggest any boat exposed to freeze damage be fully inspected as soon as possible. It may be necessary to run the engine longer than typical to go through temperature cycles before damage is fully recognized. Sometimes the damage may have occurred, but symptoms may not be present at first. Multiple operating cycles may be necessary to fully inspect for damage.  Ensure that you inspect the engine oil, oil cooler, transmission cooler, and fluid. Be sure to also check the v-drive fluid. Inspect engines with freshwater systems as well. If the antifreeze protection level was not maintained, the damage could be done to this system as well. Be sure to relay this information to any customer who

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  7. Electrical Troubleshooting 101

    Axis Battery system check with digital volt meter

    Electrical Troubleshooting 101

    Troubleshooting electrical problems in your boat can be a frustrating task, but it does not have to be if you keep a few simple rules in mind: Every circuit needs a power source; most electrical devices require a minimum voltage to function correctly, and all circuits require continuity. Consequently, most electrical problems are caused by low voltage (or no voltage), excessive resistance, or a loss of continuity. 

    1. What is the battery voltage?
    Check battery voltage directly at the battery terminals. A fully charged battery should show around 12.5-12.7 volts. Perform a load test with a battery load tester to make sure there is not a bad or week cell in the battery.

    2. Have you loosened, wiggled, and re-tightened the battery cables at the battery and engine?
    Even though a battery cable connection may seem tight or clean, corrosion or even paint can cause a bad connection and can cause a

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  8. Inboard Winter Storage Do's and Don'ts

    Inboard Winter Storage Do's and Don'ts

    Inboard Winter Storage Do’s and Don’ts

    There are two important reasons to winterize your boat, preparing for long periods of inactivity and being proactive in protecting your investment from damage. Winterizing is preventive maintenance that is necessary for your boat’s survival not only in the winter months but in the summer months as well. Below are some helpful tips to protecting your valuable recreational asset during the off-season.

    Give It a Full Tank of Fuel or Empty it
    In the perfect world, you want no fuel in the tank but that is difficult to achieve sometimes. Bakes recommends adding a fuel stabilizer and fill your boat's fuel tank with premium, prior to stowing it away for the winter. Failing to do so will allow moisture

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  9. Indmar Products In Stock

    Indmar service products in stock at Bakes Marine

    Genuine Indmar service products are crafted with the same world-class standards and developed through the same performance and durability testing as your Indmar Marine Engine.  Protect and optimize the performance of your Indmar with service products that were engineered specifically for it.

    Unlike some oils and chemicals that are based on automotive products, genuine Indmar oils, filters, lubricants, and vital fluids are inboard-specific products designed to meet the unique needs of towboats and watersports enthusiasts. They were established to meet the higher demands of inboard marine engines.

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