Boat Sales – Know The Basics

Having the know-how about Boat Sales is nearly as important as knowing how to buy one. You would obviously want to get the best possible price for your boat without scaring your potential clients away. Here are a few tips to help you with your boat sale experience. Remember to tell you potential buyers a fair amount of what you honestly think of the boat. It will almost always be a waste of time to try and hide any of its drawbacks. The buyers who are looking for second hand boats usually will know a fair deal about what a boat should be, and if they don’t they will probably be accompanied by a friend or relative who can advise them regarding the same. When they see you are being honest about whatever may be wrong with your boat, chances are they will appreciate the gesture of honesty and go ahead and try and make the deal with you – as long as the boat is still in decent shape of course.

Boat Sales

First, fair pricing of the boat needs to be done by getting an estimate of its worth. You can consult a professional and put an official value on the boat by having it appraised or follow value estimated in the marine blue booklet and estimate based on accessories and depreciation value of the boat.

It is a pretty serious affair to establish the current value of a boat. You could make a start by getting to know the present going price and deducting depreciation value. Next, add value of accessories along with their condition. This should help you ascertain a fair price both for you as well as the potential clients.

Knowing when it is time to sell your boat

Apart from price setting, you should know when to sell your boat. Take for example making an effort to sell a boat in the winter months will not fetch you potential buyers and may leave you disappointed. However, when you make an attempt to do so at the beginning of boating season may you will probably have buyers flocking to your product and for good prices to match. This lessens the effort you need to take. Therefore, take advantage of the due season to sell your boat.

A little on how one can sell a boat

Knowing how to sell a boat basically means you have it all planned out to the very last detail. All paperwork should be ready and available because misplacement of documents could delay your sale or help lose your potential buyer. The boat should also look its best on display. When you take care of these little things all else should comfortably slip right in to place.

Facts About Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

A Cozy Backyard

Welcome to my Outdoor Fireplace/Fire Pit article. I am in the process of coming up with a design for my backyard patio, and I want it to include an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. I’ve looked at many different models on the internet, and I’ve included some information and links that I have found. These pertain to three types of outdoor products: fireplace, chiminea, and fire pit.

Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Three Types of Outdoor Products

1. Fireplace – these can include large, built-in structures all the way down to small metal ones.

2. Chiminea – these free-standing products come in a variety of materials, including cast iron, clay, and copper.

3. Fire Pits – often portable, fire pits are usually made out of copper or steel.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Product

There are a number of factors to consider when you shop for an outdoor fireplace/pit. Size is one of the most important. If you have a small patio, then a large fireplace would probably take up the entire space. Also, if you want something that you can take camping or to the beach then a fire pit would work well. Style is another thing to consider. There are many styles to choose from within each product type. Fireplaces can range from a small, metal structure to the large masonry built-in types. Which brings me to another factor: price. The large built-in fireplaces will cost the most, with fire pits being the most affordable.

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Materials

Here is some information on four types of outdoor fireplace/fire pit building material: copper, cast aluminum, cast iron, and clay.

• Copper is good for long-term use. The product should be crafted from 100% pure copper; otherwise the flames can burn through. Copper tends to develop a patina over time.

• Casted aluminum is weatherproof and rustproof, and will not rust or stain a deck or patio. While it is very durable, it is quite portable. Cast aluminum required little maintenance.

• Cast iron is durable and heavy. If you want a product that will be kept in just one location, a cast iron fireplace or chiminea would be a good choice. However, cast iron will rust if not properly maintained. Cast iron can stain decks or patios.

• Clay has a natural look, and is a choice when shopping for chimineas. Clay chimineas will not last as long as aluminum or cast iron.

These are some facts about Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits.

What to Watch for When Starting Hiking?

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Hiking is known to be one of the best ways one can spend his time nowadays. It serves as a relaxation activity that relieves stress and also as a great form of cardio. You can hike alone, with friends or go on organized hiking excursions with others. While said excursions and hiking with friends are a great way to socialize as well as to get some exercise, hiking is often done solo. Who could argue that it is a unique experience when you explore mountains or forests alone, hearing nothing but the sound of your boots and the nature surrounding you. No matter how you decide to approach this excellent activity, though, it is always vise to take some precautions prior to going hiking, especially if you are new to it, meaning you are a beginner hiker. In this case, it is good to follow some simple pointers that make hiking more enjoyable and safe – prevention is better than curative

 

First and the Most Important Thing for Starting Hiking

First, you should make sure your body is up to the hiking challenge. Should you have injuries or health conditions, consult your doctor prior to going hiking. Choose the destinations of your trips so that they correlate with what you are able to handle. Beginners should ask experienced hikers for advice about good hiking destinations in order to choose ones that are suitable for their level. When attempting to hike somewhere you have never been, both a book guide and a compass could come in handy. By using said helpers, beginners are less likely to get lost and if they do, they can navigate their way back home. When going hiking, you should also bring your mobile phone, so that you can call for help in case of emergency. Some people like to bring multipurpose knives along (Swiss army knife), as they can be used for self defense, harvesting fruit and materials from the wild in case of emergency, etc. Bring something to snack along the way – this never hurts as hiking is hardly enjoyable on an empty stomach. In addition to food, also bring plenty of water, because your body can dehydrate very quickly when hiking.

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How to choose your clothes

Regarding your clothing – make sure you are dressed accordingly to weather conditions of your hiking destination. also take your best lightweight sleeping bag. Colder climates require warm clothes (and also warm fluid to drink), whilst hot weather conditions require you to be dressed ”light”, even though it does not hurt to be carrying some extra clothes in case of sudden weather changes. It makes sense to watch weather forecast the day before you go hiking – this way you can decide better, what king of clothing you will be wearing on your hiking trip and what additional equipment, if any, you will also be bringing along. Regardless of the weather, you should use heavy hiking boots, because they are more robust than other footwear. The inside of the shoe should be soft and the shoe itself must be comfortable to wear – this is of great importance because you do not wish your boots to cause you any trouble, while hiking.

Things to know

Reorganize and manipulate your daily schedule, so that the hiking trips you take are not surrounded by tasks. This way you won’t have to rush your trips and you will be able to relax better, thus making the most of hiking. If you are in need for some company while hiking, make sure you invite people that are on the same level as you, when it comes to sport endurance. You do not wish to have to constantly wait for others, nor do you want to keep seeing your pals somewhere in the distance ahead of you.

Above all, enjoy the hike. Should you plan it correctly, it will be a fascinating experience and the perfect activity for all the free days to come.

Do you Starting Hiking?

How to Play in the Snow

You don’t have to be that old to know how to play in the snow. Little ones learn from an early age that the cold, wet and white stuff that falls from the sky is fun. As time goes by we may forget just how fun playing in the snow can be.

Here’s a little reminder of some of the simple yet festive things you can do when Jack Frost does his magic and sends some fluffy snow your way.

One of the simplest ways to play with snow is to stick your tongue out and try to catch snowflakes on it. What a joy the first snowfall of the year brings with the cold crisp nip in the air and the tingly taste of the cool snow as it melts on your tongue and tickles your nose.

How to Play in the Snow
If you want to get your whole body in on the fun you can lie down in the snow and brush your arms up and down above your head while your feet and legs swoosh the snow out and in to form angel patterns on the ground. Making snow angels is a favorite way to play in the snow.

Another great way to enjoy playing in the snow is to build a snowman. Start with a snowball and start rolling. The more snow you have the bigger you can make your snowman. It’s lots of fun to dress him up and even make him a lady friend and family.

Throwing snowballs and building a snow fort or igloo was a must when you had a blizzard and were off from school with your friends. Oh the delight you felt as a kid hearing that it was a Snow Day! You couldn’t get your hat and gloves and boots on fast enough to get out there and frolic in the snow. Relive that feeling with some little ones in your life now.

If you have a good hill nearby sledding is a great way to enjoy a snowy day or evening. Whether it’s a toboggan, sled or saucer, sliding downhill with the wind in your face is exhilarating winter fun.

When you’ve had your fill of the cold you can go inside and have a steamy mug of hot cocoa and warm up by the fire and after your toes thaw you might even go outside and do it all over again.

Winter outdoor activities are always a fun and enjoyment!

How to Build a Snowman

How to Make a Snow Fort

How to Sled Safely

Sledding can be lots of fun and you want to be safe too. Here are some great tips for sledding safety like wearing a helmet, sledding away from trees and traffic and other hazards like thin ice. Also you will want everyone to sled on hills that match their skill and speed level. Be sure to dress warmly so that you avoid frostbite.

I grew up in Michigan so snow is second nature to me. My kids, however, were born in Arizona. When we moved to New York this year and had our first snowfall, they were blown away! They resisted putting on the snowpants and complained all the way outside …. then they got it! Two hours later … I had to drag them in! Hope you love this How to Play in the Snow post . Please share your snowing experiences with us .

All About Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter can be fun too!

Outdoor fun does not have to stop when the weather gets cold and the snows starts falling. On the contrary, Outdoor Winter Activities can be some of the best times spent outdoors..

Keep in mind, there really are no age limit restriction on who can enjoy the great snowy outdoors. But there are some precautions you will want to take no matter what activity you plan on participating in. And please remember if you have young children around, make sure they are warm and comfortable.

Outdoor Fun in the Winter

Let the playing begin!

Outdoor Winter Activities

There are many things you can do to enjoy outdoors in the winter. Activities that are for all ages. Do you remember when you was a kid and the how you couldn’t wait for that first big snowstorm? Hoping that school would be canceled so you could play outside with your friends!

Just because you are now older, doesn’t mean you can’t still play in the snow. No, you can’t skip work. But what about after hours and week-ends? Maybe even during the Holiday.
Below are a wide variety of Outdoor Winter Activities you can enjoy.

Snow Men, Snow Forts and Snow Sculptures

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“Let’s Build a Snow fort!! ” Yells one child while another child hollers, “And have a snowball fight!”

These are sounds you often here and know instantly that winter is upon us. There is something about sticky snow that just brings forth the imagination of children. (and sometimes Adults. lol)
The ability to create something without having an adult tell them to stop is probably one of the driving forces.
The only real tools required are their hands and an imagination. (And sticky snow)

With that said, there are things that can make building a snow fort, snowmen and snow sculptures a lot easier.

Sliding

One of the most popular winter time activities involve a hill, snow and something plastic to sit on. Yup, I’m talking about Sliding.
Sliding has been around for ages and the “sleds” kids and adults use have changed a lot over the years.

All you need to use to participate in sliding is something that will slid along the snow while you are sitting on it. A sheet of plastic under the right snow conditions will work as a slide. Some people have even used old inner tubes and used those. (inflated of course)

Stores have replicated and improved on both of those ideas, The plastic is now thicker and harder. The inflatable sled was inspired from the old vehicle inner tubes.

Downhill Skiing

Two feet, Two long thin boards and a snowy hill!

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A favorite past time during the winter months is Down hill skiing.
There are many ski resorts located within driving distance where ever the winters bring snow.
They have lifts that will carry you to the top of the mountain, where you then proceed to basically, “slide” down the mountain while STANDING up!
Two long pieces of slippery boards are attached to you feet. (One board per foot)

Does it sound like fun to you?
If so, may I suggest you practice on the “bunny” slope first until you you can do the bunny slope without falling down.

Cross country Skiing

Cross country skiing is a lot like down hill skiing, minus the down hill. LOL Actually, the equipment might look the same at a glance, but cross country skis are different then down hill skis.
Cross country skiing is a great way to work both your upper body and your lower body at the same time. The scissor like movement that cross country skiing requires is a great way to keep the weight off while you are waiting for warmer weather.

Snowboarding

winter fun activities

You think down hill skiing is bad? Try strapping both feet to one wide board and throwing yourself down a mountain. Sounds crazy don’t it?
Would you believe that not only are there people that have done it, but they do it again and again.

I guess you can say it has become an official sport, considering it is now part of the Winter Olympics. To think what probably started out as a dare, is now a reason to find someone on the front of the Wheaties Box. lol

Snow shoeing

Intimating a snowshoe rabbit

Have you ever wanted to walk that summer hiking path in the winter, but the snow was waist deep? Well, with a proper pair of Snow shoes you can.
The sport of snow shoeing didn’t start out as a hobby or way of getting exercise. It was actually a necessary means of transportation across deep amounts of snow.

Ice Skating

Standing on 2 blades cutting into the ice

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Another great out door winter activity is Ice skating. When done right, ice skating gives out the ability to move across iced over bodies of water without slipping and falling down. It is also the basic function required in sports like Ice Hockey, and Speed skating.

From the small frozen over fishing hole to the ice rink down the street, Ice skating is enjoyed by all ages.

Ice Fishing

Cutting holes in a perfectly good frozen lake or pond

ice fishing

Another fun winter activity is Ice Fishing, fishing isn’t just for summer ya know. Actually, some of the fish are best caught and eaten during the winter when the water is cold. The trick is, fish sometimes don’t bite as aggressively in cold water.
Now, since the water is frozen over, you can not fish the same way you do when there is no ice. Luckily, there are specially designed fishing equipment just for ice fishing.

Ice fishing does take more energy then summer time fishing, since you can not just bait your hook and cast away. Nope, you first have to cut a hole in the ice. (how else did you think you was going to get your hook in the water?)

Snowmobiling

Gas powered winter transportation

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Now let us not forget one of the most popular outdoor winter sports of all time, Snowmobiling! Snowmobiles have been around for along time. They help use accomplish many things quicker and easier then without them. Here are just a few examples of what I mean:

Ice fishing, the activity mentioned a little earlier. What if where you wanted to fish was on the other side of the lake from the parking area? How long do you think it would take walking across the lake? Do you think it would be quicker jumping on a snow mobile and going across? Of course it would.

Snowmobiling also allows you to get out into areas of woods where you normally wouldn’t have access or time to. Plus don’t forget about all the fun they are!

Winter Camping

Anyone can camp in the summer

Outdoor camping is not just for warm weather anymore. With the era of Extreme sports and activities where people try to see how far they can push their bodies, come Winter Camping.

It would be understandable to learn how to “camp” over night in sub zero weather in snowy terrain in case you were in a survival situation. But there are people that actually set out into the harsh snowy weather with camping as the main target.

So remember if you do want to try Winter Camping, make sure you go prepared. A good quality tent and equipment, but most importantly warm clothing that is made for the cold environment.

Winter Clothing

No, Winter clothing is not a winter sport or activity. But it is a necessity, unless you want to be terribly uncomfortable or possibly freeze to death.

You want to make sure you do more then just grab a coat,some gloves and a pair of boots. You want to make sure you get clothing that is made with the sole purpose of protecting you from cold weather.

Final Verdicts

Did you enjoy reading my posy about Outdoor Winter Activities?
Let me know what your favorite out door winter time fun is.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how old you are, making a snowman can is FUN Period!