Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boat Unloading Failure

There's a right and a wrong way to unload your boat in the water. This would be the wrong way to do it.
Why they were in the boat to begin with is beyond me. But I bet that's the cause of the failuer.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Tropical Storm FAY: Prepare for it.

Well one of the hazards of living in florida is that you get tropical storms and hurricanes a few times a year. While potentially dangerous, if you prepare properly, tropical storms and hurricane damage can be lessened.

Here's a list of things you should prepare:

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices— foods for infants or the elderly— snack foods— non-electric can opener— cooking tools / fuel— paper plates / plastic utensils Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items— proper identification / immunization records / medications— ample supply of food and water— a carrier or cage— muzzle and leash
In addition to this list of things you should prepare. You might want to do these things around your home:
  • Trim trees away from power, phone and cable tv lines. Remove dead branches from trees, these can break off easily and become a projectile.
  • Pick up any loose items that might be laying around your yard. Even a stick can can break a window when a 40 mph wind gust turns it into a flying projectile.
  • Put away and secure patio furniture, garbage cans and other items so that it doesn't become a flying projectile.
  • Clean out your rain gutters and or drains to prevent flooding.
  • Put up your shutters or plywood to protect windows.

These are just a few tips. You can do a search on google for hurricane safety to find websites with more information.

You can get hurricane info from the National Hurricane Center.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

No Doc Boat Loans

I was on the Hulltruth forum and someone was asking about a no doc boat loan. So not knowing what one was myself I decided to look into what a no doc boat loan was what were some of the requirements.

Q: What is a no doc boat loan?
A: In a no doc boat loan lenders don't verify things like Assets, income or employment. Normally they verify just the collateral and your credit history.
You would use this if you had income or assets that were difficult to verify. If you are self-employed this might be the best way to go

Now of course in this situation you will need excellent credit. A score of 720+ will help in this situation. A well rounded credit history. This means lenders will want to see that you've had different types of credit or loans not just a bunch of visas in your wallet. Plus they'll want to see things like a on time payment history with no late pays. Low credit card balances on all your revolving credit accounts. How long you've had the your credit lines. And avoid credit binging, where you open too many accounts at once. Try to not open more than 1 line of credit every 6 months.

Most lenders have other requirements. Loan sizes of up to 100k or 250k depending on the lender. And you will have to provide a down payment of roughly 20%.

So in the end a no doc loan might be easier for you in terms of not having deal with the hassle of documents. However the requirements are strict and this type of loan may not be suitable or attainable for everyone. In the end it all comes down to your credit.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Autotether Wireless Lanyard.

I came across this website today. The Autotether Wireless Lanyard alarm and kill switch. The site claims that the Autotether helps to protect you, family and pet in case someone falls overboard.

According to the Autotether website.

Don’t become a statistic! In 2006, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,967 boating
accidents resulting in 710 fatalities. Boat safer, boat smarter with an
The Autotether is an interesting idea. It sounds an alarm if someone falls overboard. Of course they have to be wearing a wireless device on them for it to work. And the device is a bit pricey at $235 a pop for the base system that includes the kill switch and operator sensor. And another $69 dollars per passenger or operator sensor. Though I guess that price really shouldn't matter when you can potentially keep your passengers safe.

Installation of the device is fairly simple. You clip the device to the kill switch. And attach a sensor to yourself. If the boats operator falls overboard then the alarm sounds and the boats engine will be shutoff. If a passenger falls overboard the alarm will sound and everyone can start looking for their buddy in the water. As an added bonus each sensor has a alarm button that you can push to sound the alarm in case of a potential hazzard. Plus the install of the killswitch is not permanent. You can take this puppy with you to any other boat you are on.

Like any other activity boating can be dangerous. However if you prepare yourself you can be safe or minimize any dangers. This device can hopefully prevent an accident occuring if you go overboard. It's a bit pricey but I'd say worth the cost if you do have an accident.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Top Boat Sites: Our top 100 boating sites website

I had to make a change to Top Boat Sites today to help curb spam on the site. So I decided to write about the site and give an general explanation of what a Top Site is.

Top Boat Sites is a top 100 site. Top Sites are websites that have links to other websites. Usually the sites are related by content. This Top Sites theme is Boating. The links to the different sites are displayed on the page ranked by unique incomming clicks. The more unique inbound clicks the higher the site is ranked on the page. Next to the In bound clicks is how many outbound clicks the site has had. Also displayed is a banner going to the site. I've added a neat feature to Top Boat Sites, at least I think, the ability for a site to display their Top Boat Sites rank on their site. Here's what it looks like.

Top 100 Sites

Hopefully this site will rank better in the long run. :)

So to sum up. Top Sites usually are great generators of traffic for both the site itself and the other sites that are listed on the Top Site. Top Sites also help with search engine ranking and ranking of the Top Site itself. More incomming links gives the Top Site a better Page Rank. And since the Top Site links to the other sites. It helps to improve those sites Page Rank also.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What can you make a vid of on a boat?


Well I was looking around on Yahoo Answers yesterday and found someone asking the question.
"I'm going on a cruize with my friend, and we don't know what to make a vid of!"

And I answered them with the following.
one of the cool things about boating is that anything can happen at any
time. this however presents a challenge to taping video because:

1. You won't necessarily know when to have the camera on
2. You might not have enough space on your video tape.
3. Your battery might run out of power.

A few months ago I went out on my friends dads boat. And we saw a sea
turtle. I wanted to take a picture of the turtle but didn't have my camera out
to take a pic of it in time.

So a few rules to follow:
1. Action can happen at any time. Have your camera ready to tape.
2. Get extra batteries or if the boat has a power hookup. Get a power
3. Bring extra storage or video tape.
4. Tape your friends and or family when they are doing something. You never
know when you might catch a classic moment.

I guess to sum up. Just have the video cam on you. make sure you have
enough power for a few hours of taping. And bring enough video tape or video
storage for a few hours of video.You will never know when or where something
interesting will happen that's worth you taping. So just be ready.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Writing effective articles

Today at work our boss asked me to write some guidelines on how to post articles for everyone who works here at eBoat Loans. What follows is the email I sent out.

A few tips on writing articles.
Your title should be "Keyword Rich." The first 3-4 words of your TITLE determines the success of the article in terms of how much traffic your article will generate...so choose the first 3-4 words wisely.
Example of a Bad Keyword TITLE:
Top 9 Ways to Acquire Fractional Jet Ownership
Example of a Good Keyword TITLE:
Fractional Jet Ownership - 9 Strategies to Help You Acquire Your Private Jet

Standard articles have anywhere from 200 words to no more than 5,000 words. The article should have a keyword density of about 2 to 8 percent. That’s roughly using the keyword once or twice per paragraph.

Your article should be informative/opinionated and concise. You don’t want to bore the reader. If you want you can put most of your information in the first paragraph and then expound upon that information in the following paragraphs. Most article writers have learned that if you put the meat of the article in the first paragraph readers are more apt to read the rest of the article.

If your grammar is not the best, you can always write your article in word first and then copy and paste it into your blog.

It’s ok to use quotes from other articles and or pictures and youtube video in your blog post. You can comment on the article and or pictures or youtube video.
For example you can do your post on your customer’s new boat he or she sent you pictures of and how he or she likes it. Maybe even ask the customer to send you some video of their new boat and upload it to youtube.
Basically try to make your post fun and interesting to people.
People that surf the net are out there to either be entertained or to look up the answer to a question they have. If your posts fall into that category they will be popular.

If your blog has a tags feature, use it. Tags are basically keywords that are apart from the article but still on the page and they help with search engine rankings.
My suggestion is to write the article first and then use the google keyword tool and then edit the article and input the tags.

Follow the link, click on the website content radio button. And put the direct link to your single article not the blog homepage. Click the Get keyword ideas button.
After you do that google will generate some keywords for you. Use the keywords that best fit your article. Use maybe 10-20 at most.

The links below are good ones on writing articles.