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Beginner’s Guide to Boating

Boating is one of the funnest forms of entertainment that accompanies waterfront recreations. However, getting into boating can be overwhelming, and many people don’t know where to start. Today we will be looking at the process required to start boating, and provide information that will be handy for new boat owners.

Dock Inspections

Before purchasing a boat, you should always inspect your dock to make sure it is properly maintained and can handle the task of docking a boat. Begin by inspecting your frame for any damage. Broken bolts, rusted frames, and missing floats are common maintenance problems that arise over the years of owning a dock. After inspecting the frame, inspect the decking on your dock to ensure it is still in good condition. If any repairs are needed, contact our dock experts at Deaton’s Waterfront Services for a free inspection and consultation.

Boat Lifts

There are many ways to dock your boat. You could install a bumper on your dock and tie it up to a couple of cleats, or purchase a boat lift to keep your boat suspended from the water. There are two different types of boat lifts: floating or stationary. Depending on your body of water, choose which lift best fits your needs. Make sure you know the weight and specifications of your boat, as they will be needed to choose the right lift for you. Adding a canopy or cover over your boat lift ensure that your boat will not get wet or damaged during a storm. Contact Deaton’s Waterfront Services for a free consultation about boat lifts, or stop in at our showroom to see our lifts in person.


Deaton’s Waterfront Services aims to provide all the necessary equipment to safely store your boat to prevent any damages. We provide many services on the waterfront including docks, lifts, seawalls, and more! For more information, please contact Deaton’s Waterfront Services, or give us a call at (317)747-4933.