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    Weather Safety Tips for Your Next Boat Trip

    Last updated 3 years ago

    As a new boat owner, there are a lot of things you have to learn in order to get the most out of the boating experience. While some of these things can help you have more fun and maximize your time spent on the water, others may actually save your life. For instance, knowing how to respond to the sudden emergence of dark clouds and gusty winds can help you avoid becoming stranded in the open ocean. To make sure that you are as safe and comfortable as possible in your new boat, keep these weather safety tips in mind for your next boat trip.

    Check the Weather Reports
    Several days before your boat trip, start listening for the National Weather Service extended five-day weather outlook on NOAA Weather Radio. Even if the forecast is favorable, bring along a VHF transceiver to listen for NOAA Weather Radio updates. The weather out at sea can change very quickly, so stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for breaking weather reports in your area.

    Watch for Signs of Approaching Storms
    As you are enjoying your boating trip, make sure to keep an eye on the horizon for signs of an approaching storm. Look for dark, threatening clouds or a steady increase in wind or wave height. Lightning flashes in the distance are also a sign of an approaching storm. If you believe a storm is headed your way, head for shore as quickly as possible.

    Prepare to Ride Out the Squall
    If a squall or thunderstorm descends on you before you can reach shore, put on your personal flotation device (and make sure that all of your passengers do as well) and prepare for rough seas. Stay below deck if possible and keep away from objects or furniture that aren’t secured or grounded.

    Serving the people of Yarmouth, ME with quality boat sales, service, and dry/wet dock storage, Yarmouth Boat Yard is your full-service marina in Maine. Whether you need a boat slip or are interested in storing your boat in our massive indoor storage facility, contact us at (877) 401-3461 to learn about our marina services.

    U.S. Power Squadron Boating Safety Course

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Now accepting reservations.

    Date: Saturday, January 25th
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Cost: $50 (includes book)
    Location: 154 Portland Road (Rte 302), Bridgton, ME
    Contact: Will Monson (617)429-8428 or email

    Valid in 50 states, this certification will educate you on laws, safety, navigation and may even save you some money. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.

    Couples can share a book and receive two certifications for just $50.

    A Brief Overview of the Types of Boat Insurance

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A new boat represents a significant investment in your future. To protect your investment, purchase separate boat insurance rather than adding your boat to your homeowner’s policy. In general, there are two basic types of boat insurance: “agreed value” and “actual cash value.” The biggest difference between these two types of boat insurance is how the depreciation is handled. An “agreed value” policy covers the boat based on its value when the policy was written, which means that there is no depreciation for a total loss of the boat. “Actual cash value” policies, on the other hand, factor in depreciation and only pay up to the actual cash value of the boat at the time it is declared a total or partial loss.

    If you are looking for a new boat in Maine, Yarmouth Boat Yard can help. We offer our clients a unique, turn-key experience when it comes to new and used ocean-going boat sales. Our marina also offers 150 boat slips and easy access to Casco Bay. You can browse our inventory of new and used boats online. If you have questions about our boat yard or marina, call us at (877) 401-3461. 

    All We Want for Christmas is a Review!

    Last updated 3 years ago

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    Exploring the Importance of Marine Weather Forecasts

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The sudden emergence of a squall or thunderstorm can catch even the most experienced boaters off guard. To reduce your chances of getting caught in a life-threatening storm, make sure to stay up to date with marine weather forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). In this video from the National Weather Service, you will learn about marine weather forecasts and how they can potentially save your life.


    Boating conditions off the coast of Maine can be treacherous this time of year. Fortunately, Yarmouth Boat Yard has 150 boat slips and a 6,500 square foot indoor heated storage and service center. If you are looking for a place to dock your boat for winter, look no further than Yarmouth Boat Yard. For additional information about our slips and storage facilities, contact us online or call the marina at (877) 401-3461. 

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