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How To Navigate Shallow Waters in La Porte, IN

Boating in shallow water can be dangerous, especially if the water depth quickly changes. Honda Marine wants to help you be prepared for navigating shallow waters.  



Know Your Boat’s Draft

The draft measures how much a boat is under water, starting from the lowest part of the boat. A boat can ride higher or lower in the water depending on how much weight is carried on a boat. The draft information is usually found in the owner’s manual.



Check the Tides

Always check the tide schedule so you don’t get stranded in a sandbar or shallow waters, until the tide comes back. 



Use A Depth Finder

Use a depth finder to find the bottom surface of the water. By knowing the bottom depth, you’ll know where the dangerously shallow water is, so you don’t ground your boat. Also have charts on your boat, in case you need them. 



Monitor the Color of the Water  

Monitor the water for major changes in the color. Brown water usually means shallow water over reef or rocks. Shallow water on some islands, like the Bahamas, has light turquoise water. 



Keep It Slow

If you think you’re approaching shallow waters, run slowly and stay off plane. 



Honda True 6 Warranty

Honda Marine Jet Drive outboards are perfect for running in shallow waters. The Honda Marine Jet Drive outboard is fully covered by the Honda True 5 Non-Declining Warranty plus a 1 year Extended Warranty Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty, through October 31, 2019. 


Contact Fays Marina, 909 Pine Lake Ave La Porte, IN 46350-2324, (866) 456-5218 for Honda Marine Jet Outboards, accessories and servicing.

   

   

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How to Host a Fun Boat Party La Porte, IN

If you need an excuse to throw a party on a boat, we’ve got some tips for planning a party that will be instagram worthy. 


Choose A Theme

When choosing a theme, make sure it is playful and lends itself to a memorable hashtag. Dance to latin music in Havana Nights. Or choose a destination for a Nautical, But Nice theme. Planning a party that departs during the sunset? Deck the boat out with shining stars for an Under the Stars party theme. 


Send Invitations

Decide who will be on the guest list, so you can plan a budget, food and beverages and decorations. If you send the invitations through evite.com or by a text message, include the RSVP date, so you’ll have a head count for the food and drinks. 


Plan the Menu

Decide if the food will be cold subs or grilled seafood, hot dogs or hamburgers, if there’s a kitchen on the boat. Being out in the sun encourages hunger and dehydration. There should be plenty of cool food, like cold fruit and popsicles, as well as cold bottled water, in a large cooler.


Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard. Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Fays Marina, 909 Pine Lake Ave La Porte, IN 46350-2324, (866) 456-5218 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.


Safety First 

Make sure there is a life jacket for each guest. This is not an option. It’s a law. Attach a Personal Locator Beacon with a clip, onto a life jacket. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Make sure that there are life jackets for all dogs who are on your boat. Rough water, bad weather or fatigue can potentially be dangerous for dogs, when they are swimming. Make sure there is a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries and sunscreen on the boat. Remember to have a designated, sober boat driver and enjoy the party.


Check the Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


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Top Five Fishing Tips in La Porte, IN

A day of fishing with friends is usually a fun way to reconnect and enjoy the summer. We’ve created a list of fishing tips to make the most out of your fishing adventure. 



Boating Safety

All boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on a boat, by law. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Try on the life jacket before buying it. Make sure it is the right fit for your height and weight and that it has a snug fit. Attach a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with a clip, onto a life jacket. Make sure there is a first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries and sunscreen on the boat. A VHF radio, fire extinguisher and a whistle can also be used, in an emergency. Did you know that the U.S. Coast Guard has a Boating Safety Mobile App? Features of the app include: state boating information, file a float plan, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, the latest safety regulations, request emergency assistance and much more.



Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard. Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Fays Marina, La Porte, IN - (866) 456-5218 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.



Choose the Right Bait

For lake fishing, use crickets, worms, minnows and leeches for bait. For saltwater fishing, use shrimp, shellfish, cut bait and bait fish. For artificial lures, use fishing jigs. Identifying the target species will help you narrow down the right bait to use. 



Cast Where the Fish Are

Cast your bait deeper until you discover where the fish are. If varying the lure and depth doesn’t work, then consider changing locations.



Check the Temperature

The hotter the temperature is outside, the deeper you’ll need to fish. Fish like cool temperatures and like to be in deeper, cooler water, as the temperature outside rises. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


Finally, a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only block the UV rays and the sun’s glare on the water, but they will help you to see a little better into the water, to locate fish.

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Honda and Fays Marina Raise the Bar with VTEC® Technology

When it’s time for a new boat or repowering your current one, consider a Honda outboard marine engine with VTEC® technology. Honda engines offer advanced technology and exclusive features that can’t be found anywhere else. We have raised the bar with the Honda Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) by giving a broader, flatter torque curve and smooth power delivery throughout the engine’s operating range. 


How does VTEC® work? VTEC® varies the lift and duration of the intake valves to deliver optimal performance at both low and high rpm, resulting in peak performance at all speeds. VTEC® uses two cam lobe profiles to operate the intake valves. The low-lift, short duration cam lobes provide strong torque at low rpm. At higher rpm, a synchronizing piston engages the third rocker arm on a high-lift cam. All three rocker arms are locked together. The intake valves are open for a longer period of time to produce more power. This results in a superior combination of power, torque and efficiency.  

Check out all our VTEC models at Fays Marina, to see how this exclusive Honda technology can benefit you!

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Why Buy A Honda Marine Outboard From Fays Marina

Fays Marina is proud to offer Honda Marine outboards. Whether you need to repower your boat or you’re looking for a new boat motor package, we are here to help. Why buy from us?


·      We are Honda experts and can help you find the right outboard for your boat. What is the horsepower rating and what is going to work best for your needs? At Fays Marina, we sell a wide range of outboard motors from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, making them ideal for boats of all sizes.  Our sales team knows exactly how to fit your boat with the right sized motor to get you going.   

·      Customer service responsiveness and knowledge. Fays Marina is dedicated to give you the best customer support and experience.  When you walk in the door, you’ll know your satisfaction is our top priority.

·      Service Experts here for you. Our technicians have completed hours of Honda Marine training and are true experts. Whether you need basic maintenance or a more complex repair, you will get quality service at a fair price.

·      Many Parts in stock. Need parts support? Fays Marina can help! We carry most common parts in stock, or we can get them for you quickly. And at Fays Marina you can feel confident you’ll always be getting genuine Honda parts – not some cheap aftermarket knock off.

·       Warranty support. Fays Marina is an authorized Honda Marine dealer, so we are able to perform warranty repairs in the unlikely event of an issue.


Fays Marina is proud to be your local Honda Marine experts here in La Porte, IN. We hope you’ll stop in and see us soon!

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The Power of Boating Celebration in La Porte, IN

There’s nothing more fun than boating in pristine blue water, with friends and family. Spend some time fishing, swimming, water skiing or simply enjoying the sun!  And whether you are looking to get a new boat, or repower, now is the perfect time to get a Honda outboard!


Get Instant Savings with the purchase of any new 40hp-250hp Honda Marine Outboard, through June 3, 2019.


That’s right – you’ll get up to $700 off the cost of any new Honda Marine outboard. With savings like that, what are you waiting for?

Stop by Fays Marina for all the information. We are here to answer your questions about Honda outboards and the Power of Boating Celebration.

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