Boating resources

Before you hit the water, check out these boating tips.

Boating resources & tips

The essential toolkit for your boat
It's always best to expect the unexpected while boating. Keeping a stocked toolkit on board may mean the difference between a nice day on the lake and a day you wish you would have stayed home!
Ethanol and your marine engine
With so many options and opinions out there, it's hard to know which type of gas is best for your boat's engine. Let us help you sort it all out.
What to pack in your grab bag
Emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. Keeping these safety devices on-hand at all times will help to keep you safe during unexpected circumstances.
The top fishing destinations in the US
Fishing is a relaxing pastime, but where are the best spots to go in hopes of catching "the big one?" Markel Boat Insurance looked at fisherman reports and put together a list of some of the best places to fish in the country.
Choosing the right portable fire extinguisher for your boat
When you are on your boat on the open water, one of the last things you want to think about is a fire on board. But if a fire did start, would you have the right fire extinguisher on board? Would you know how to use it? Markel offers tips for choosing the right portable fire extinguisher for your powerboat.
Boating apps
There are hundreds of mobile apps for boaters, but which ones are the most useful? Markel boat insurance explores a few useful boating apps to help you as you plan your summer fun.
Boating resources 101
If you are new to boating, it can be overwhelming all of the things you need to remember before you leave the dock. We are here to help, and have compiled a short list of topics and websites to help you before the next time you hit the water.
Preventing boat theft
Nothing can ruin your day faster than having your boat taken from you. Do you know where your boat is at this exact moment? Are you sure you took out the key? Did you remember to turn on your boat alarm? Here are some tips on keeping your boat safe during boating season.
Boat towing safety tips
Trailering a boat is not as easy as it looks. Markel offers a few tips to help ensure you are staying safe on the road while towing your boat.
Buying in the off season
While the summer boating season may be over, the fall and winter seasons are two of the best seasons to purchase that boat you've always wanted.
Finding the right boat
All it takes is one boat ride for you to want a boat of your own. It won't take long from there to decide on what your dream boat would be. But, before you start picturing yourself out on the water, it's important to make sure the boat you think you want is actually the right boat for you.
Keeping kids safe on your boat
Boating with your family can be a fun family activity if the proper safety precautions are taken ahead of time. Here are some tips to keep in mind while boating with your family to help keep your children as safe as possible.
Life jacket safety tips
Even the greatest swimmer can be at risk of drowning during a boating accident. Wearing a life jacket greatly increases your chances of survival in a boating accident - make sure everyone on board your boat is safe with these life jacket safety tips.
Preparing your boat for a hurricane
To some, June 1st means that summer has unofficially begun; to others it means the official start of hurricane season. And if you’re a boat owner who resides on the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts, it also means you must have a plan to prepare your boat before a named storm makes landfall.
Getting your boat ready for Spring
After another long winter it is finally time to get your boat ready for some summer fun! Check out these pointers to help ensure smooth sailing all summer long.
What to look for in a life jacket
With the wide variety of life jackets available today, selecting one that not only fits correctly, but also keeps you safe, can be a daunting task. Markel boat insurance offers tips to keep in mind when selecting your next life jacket.