The Checklist!

It happens to all of us… We are finally on the water and enjoying the lake, when suddenly we realize that we have forgotten to bring the snacks for the kids, waters for the coolers, or a first aid kit for any cuts or scrapes. “how could i have forgotten it!, i put it on the counter so that i would see it on my way out!”, says everyone in frustration when the one thing they need at that exact moment has been left behind!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we tend to be on the water a lot and we constantly leave things behind such as paddles, dock lines, towels, or first aid kits.  Some even ask us why we go out of our way to have some of the items in the list of intangibles that we are about to share with you, but the answer is plain and simple. 9 out of 10 times you will never have to use some of these items but on the 10th time if your stuck without it, the day can turn into a bad experience on the lake.

So we have gotten together and come up with a list of items you should always pack before leaving the house and double check that they are with you before putting the boat in the water.

  • Phone: Make sure that it has a full battery. Have one phone on the boat to be used only for emergencies.
  • Paddle: Trust us, if you run out of gas, or your boat doesn’t crank in the water, paddling back with wakeboards and ski’s is not a fun experience. Yes, we have done it.
  • Sunscreen: Its always a good idea to have extra sunscreen on the boat and to put it on multiple times a day. If not, all the alo vera in this world would not be enough for the pain that is sun burns.
  • Towels: When you come out of the water for the last time its always nice to have a dry towel to dry off so that you do not get cold from “air drying”.
  • Change of Clothes: At the end of the day it is always better when you get back in your car wearing dry clothes, avoiding a long ride home in a wet bathing suit or shorts. Along with the dry towel, a change of clothes are the best combination once you have come out of the water.
  • Sunglasses/Hats: Protecting your eyes is one of the most important things that you can do out on the lake. With sunglasses and hats, you do no not only protect your eyes but also avoid migraines or head aches that are caused from a full day out on the sun without eye protection.
  • Dock Lines/Bumpers: If you ever want to tie up to other boats or to a restaurant or marina, if you do not have dock lines you will find yourself sitting next to your boat holding it at all times. If you do not have bumpers, the possibility of your boat getting scratches increases significantly.
  • Water/Snacks: Water could be the most important item on this list. It is a good idea to have plenty of it and have it iced down. If the forecast is warmer than usual, bring more waters to avoid heat exhaustion or dehydration. Snacks are also important since because they will give you the energy and protein that you loose throughout the day.
  • First Aid Kit: Every once in a while an accident will happen that will require someone to clean up a scratch or cut. Lake water can be dirty and contain bacteria so by having a kit on the boat the chances of getting a cut infected decrease since you can clean the wound as soon as you come out of the water.
  • Tools: If you go to Lowes or any store like it you will see a 6 in 1 combination screw driver. This tool is awesome on the boat and will help you with any small fix that you need to do on the water.
  • Cash: Always make sure you have extra cash on you when you go to the lake. In case of an emergency cash is accepted anywhere, and some boat ramps do not take credit cards.

No matter where you are going, if you take everything on the list on the boat with you, you will be sure to have a great stress free and problem free day out on the water.

 

if you have any other items you would like us to add to this post feel free to comment below!!!

The Best and Closest Lakes from Memphis to go boating!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we are often asked, “where is a good place to go boating around here?”  Today we will tell you our favorite locations to take out our boats, and we will tell you some of our pros and cons of each lake. Hopefully they can become your favorite locations to go boating as well. Don’t have a boat? No worries!!! Which ever lake you chose, we have the boat for it!

Pickwick Lake, TN.**: A local favorite, this lake has it all! Its the perfect lake if you want to socialize with other boaters and enjoy its landmarks. Pickwick is a great lake to take the family for the weekend and holidays. Its has great local restaurants and great marinas to store your boat. If your looking for smooth water to wakeboard, ski, or wakesurf, the Tombigbee waterway is the perfect spot to find smooth water at all times. This lake is a great lake to celebrate the fourth of July with your family while watching the firework show over the lake.

Horseshoe Lake, AR.*: Located only 40 minutes from downtown Memphis, this lake is a great lake for a day trip out on the water. Being so close to Memphis, this lake is one of our top choices to take our boats out to film. Due to the shape of the lake, it can have rough waters, and since its a shallow lake (10-25ft), the wake will sometimes not develop completely for surfing and wakeboarding.  Horseshoe is a great lake for those warm sunny days where you decide to go to the lake last minute, but still be able to have a full day on the water.

Tunica Cutoff, MS.*: This hidden gem provides calm buttery water everyday, no matter the time or weather. The Tunica Cutoff is an old river oxbow lake, that not many people know about. Wakeboarding and skiing are awesome here and you will always enjoy the smooth water since not many ski boats are out there. To get to the cutoff, you do have to drive through a trailer park, but for smooth waters, we see it as worth it.

Arkabutla Lake,MS.*: Another Lake that is really close to Memphis, Arkabutla delivers a great “day” get-away lake. This lake is a Corps lake so you do have to wear life jackets at all times. The boat ramps at this lake are awesome, but there is very few docks, making it hard to load and unload passengers. Arkabutla Can get crowded and rough from time to time but in general it is a great lake to go out to for the day.  It’s important that you know the lake as it can be shallow and there are stumps.

Sardis Lake, MS. *: Sardis is a great for for any water activity that you might be into. Sardis is a big lake and welcomes fisherman, waterskiers and wakeboarders year round. The lake was built for flood water control purposes, but not many of the average 5 million people that visit each year know this. the lake has and abundance of bass and is great for watersports and camping. Sardis is located about an hour away from Memphis, making it one of the hot spots for the summer.  Smooth water can be a little bit harder to find.

Pin Oak Lake, TN.**: Pin Oak is part of the Natchez Trace State Park, which provides ample campsites for an amazing weekend outdoor getaway. The lake is small, but it is protected from the wind creating an awesome lake for fishing and water sports. The campgrounds are quiet and private which allow you to really have a peaceful and enjoyable getaway.  This is another of our hidden gems that we love to visit.

Moon Lake, MS.*: Relatively close, Moon Lake provides some beautiful surroundings. you may experience some rough water at Moon Lake, but you will always be able to find smooth water around the bend.  The cypress trees provide a beautiful backdrop to a day on the water.

The Tennessee River, TN.**: Being able to put your boat in the river and ride is one of our favorite things to do. The benefits about riding on the river, is that you don’t get as much choppy water from other boats around you. For water sports the river is always great, if you find your self in choppy waters, then just go around a bend or two and you will find the smooth buttery water again.

Greers Ferry, AR.***: Greers Ferry is a beautiful lake located in Arkansas. It is a bit of a drive to get there, but it is a beautiful lake on which to spend the weekend. During the summer this lake turns into an awesome hot spot for boaters. The clear water and awesome scenery make for a great weekend out on the water.

Smith Lake, AL.***: Another beautiful lake with clear water, Smith lake provides another weekend get-away location that will always put a smile on your family’s face. This lake can get crowded from time to time, but it is still one of the premier lakes in the south. Great for surfing and wakeboarding, take your boat down there for a weekend of progression in your riding.

This summer, make sure to create memories with your family and go visit one of these lakes that are close to our location. A boat is not just an asset, a boat makes memories to last a lifetime with your family. 99.9% of the time that your out on a boat on a nice summer day, your smiling….if you are not, you should be.

Distances:

  • *1.5 hours or less
  • **1.5-2.25 hours
  • ***3+ hours

For Blog ideas or questions feel free to contact us at any time: enrique.martinez@memphisboatcenter.com