Winterize Your Fishing Tackle

November 24th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine

Taking out your gear for that first fishing trip of the year is immensely exciting.
Putting your fishing gear away at the end of the season . . . well, it stinks.
With such a joyless activity, it might be tempting to just toss your gear in a heap into your garage or basement and leave it until spring. But if you don’t properly put your fishing gear away for the winter, you’re likely to have big problems come spring.
To properly prepare your fishing gear for winter, start by removing the old line from your reel, even if you think you could get another season or two out of it. All that salt on your line can corrode the reel spool, so you’re better off removing it. On spinning reels, check the spool lip for any rough edges. Take your reel apart to thoroughly clean and oil it. It’s also smart to send it to a repair shop to have a professional clean and go over it.
Next, inspect your rod for any cracks or rough spots that could cut your line. A Q-Tip or pantyhose are great tools for finding any sharp nicks. Check the guide feet for corrosion. Apply a light oil [not sure if he means “light (as in not heavy) oil” or a light coat of oil] to the reel seat and any metal parts. Also, a light coat of wax will help protect your rod’s finish.
Finally, sort through your fishing tackle. Remove and replace any rusty or corroded hooks. Sharpen any dulled hooks, repair damaged plugs, clip off any remaining line and clean your tackle boxes.
Taking a little time to make sure your fishing gear is properly stored this winter will ensure that the moment you go to use it in the spring is every bit as wonderful as you envision it.

Exploring Portland, Maine

November 19th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


Ask anyone who’s been there, and you’ll find Portland, Maine, is on everyone’s short list of favorite small cities. And for good reason.

Ideally located on the southern Maine coast, Portland has a long maritime history. Today, the historic charms of its waterfront and the Old Port’s brick buildings and cobblestone streets blend seamlessly with the modern delights of 5-star restaurants, craft breweries, art galleries and interesting shops. Together, it all makes Portland a wonderful city in which to spend a day . . . and preferably more.

For boaters, navigating to Portland is easy to navigate to, thanks to it being a major shipping port. The harbor is dredged to 35 feet, so even if you’re lucky enough to have a mega-yacht, you’ll have no problems. DiMillo’s Old Port Marina; 207-773-7632; VHF 9 or 71 is the only major marina that offers transient dockage in downtown Portland. It has fuel, electric service, pump out, WiFi and water. It’s also home to a popular restaurant. More dockage is available north of downtown Portland at the Maine Yacht Center; 207-842-9000, which also has WiFi, electric, gas and diesel, pump out and more. You can find more marinas in nearby South Portland. You can also find good anchorage beyond the Casco Bay Bridge inside the Fore River. But stay out of the channel. To contact the harbormaster, CLICK HERE or call 207-772-8121.

Once on land, you’ll enjoy exploring the streets of Portland. Strolling through the Old Port, with its buildings and walkways from another century, you’ll feel like you’re in a novel by Dickens or Melville. But the area’s shops and restaurants will appeal to your modern tastes. You’ll weave in and out of stores selling everything from creative sculptures and high-class home furnishings to marine salvage and lobster-themed T-shirts and trinkets.

Along the way, make sure to take a Portland Lighthouse Tour; 207-774-0808. This narrated 90-minute scenic cruise will take you through the harbor and inner islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats and seals. Also, be sure to visit the Portland Museum of Art; 207) 775-6148), which is home to more than 17,000 fine and decorative works of art.

When visiting Portland, make sure to bring your appetite because the city is a food-lover’s paradise. You can’t swing a stick (or a lobster) in the city without hitting a high-caliber, interesting eatery. Among the best is dimple’s; 207-772-2216), which boasts spectacular views of the harbor to go along with its great menu. Offerings at the Portland Lobster Company; 207-775-2112 include lobster, steamers and fish and chips. Twenty Milk Street; 800-727-3436) features upscale dining at the Portland Regency Hotel. And Sapparo; 207-772-1233 offers sushi and sashimi near the harbor.

For more information on visiting Portland, CLICK HERE


5 Tips for Winterizing Your Boat

November 11th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


All good things come to an end. And, here in New England, that includes the boating season. But while the end of the season is always a sad affair, you can take steps now to ensure your boat is ready to go as soon as spring has sprung. Here are five tips to make that happen.

  1. Protect your hoses and plumbing. Any plumbing on your boat can be damaged during the winter if water in your hoses and lines freeze and expand. After you pump out your head at an approved facility and flush it with water, make sure to add antifreeze through the intake lines, discharge hose, macerator and y-valve. Also, drain your fresh water tanks and hot water heater, and pump non-toxic antifreeze into your tanks and plumbing.
  2. Take care of your engine. Make sure all your belts and hoses are in good condition and don’t need to be replaced. Then fill your fuel tank just short of capacity, leaving a little bit of room for the fuel to expand. Add some gasoline stabilizer, then change your oil, fill your engine block with antifreeze and remove your battery to store it in a dry place.
  3. Inspect your propeller. Check that your boat’s propeller is in good shape. Look for any wear or dented blades, and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
  4. Clean out your boat. Remove and wash any items such as cushions, pots and pans and linens. Remove your fire extinguishers, inspecting that they are still in good working order. Then give your boat a good scrubbing, wiping down the cabinets, cleaning carpets and more.
  5. Be sure to use a cover. You should always cover your boat in the winter, even if you’re storing it in a heated, indoor facility. Covering your boat will help keep dirt, dust, grime and little creatures from getting on or in your boat.



Introducing the Tiara 39 Coupe

November 3rd, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


The Right Way to Sell Your Boat

October 30th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine

2008 Tiara Sovran


Let’s face it: Selling your boat can be a real headache. With so many details that you can overlook or not understand about the process, selling your boat on your own presents many of the same pitfalls as selling your house on your own. How do you know if you’re getting the best value for your boat? How do you know the best way to market it? Or the best avenues to use for selling it? And what about all the paperwork? That’s why it’s best to leave the boat-selling process to the professionals.

Here at Oyster Harbors Marine, we’re proud of our brokerage crew, made up of some of the most experienced, creative and—most of all—effective brokers in the industry.

Such experienced professionals are like guardian angels for boat sellers, protecting you from pitfalls you might overlook, effectively marketing and maximizing the value of your boat, and generally easing the burden of selling your vessel.

Boaters often don’t understand the costs associated with selling their boat, and they are often so familiar with their own boat that it’s hard for them to see how a buyer would view it. Our skilled brokers can easily explain the boat-selling process. They bring a buyer’s-eye-view to your boat and can help you present it so that the all-important first impression is a home run. And, backed by Oyster Harbors’ skilled technicians, our team can suggest and carry out improvements to your boat that will increase its value.

Our brokers create dynamic marketing plans that give your boat much greater exposure than it would receive on just an online want ads site. We take an innovative, multi-faceted approach, casting a wide net using social media, print and online advertising, newsletters, e-blasts and much more.

Negotiations between a buyer and seller can be a delicate, uncomfortable process, but one that is made much easier when it is managed by a broker. And, once an agreement is reached, a broker can look out for and avoid any problems that could arise and jeopardize the sale.

If you’re thinking of selling your boat and want to learn more about your brokerage process, check out our brokerage page HERE. You can also contact us on our website , or give us a call at 508-428-2017.


Five Great New England Fishing Lures

October 22nd, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine



When it comes to fishing lures, anglers have an ocean of possibilities to choose from. But here in New England, a select few lures have proven to be consistently effective for hunting New England inshore game fish and have become favorites among local fishermen. Here are five of them:

Danny Plug – This traditional wooden lure is great to use when striped bass are feeding on big baits such as herring and squid near rocky shorelines. Its wide profile makes it easy for fish to see, and reeling it in slowly makes it wiggle like a wounded baitfish.

Cordell Pencil Popper – Featuring a hard plastic body and two sets of trebles, the Cordell Pencil Popper attracts everything from stripers to tuna with its wobbling surface action and the sound of its internal rattles. A great topwater plug for rocky shorelines, it’s exceptionally effective on large bass and bluefish in the spring.

Diamond Jig – This basic but effective lure imitates a variety of baitfish, such as squid and herring. Its wobbling action and flat, reflective sides easily capture the attention of predators. It comes in different sizes, and the fishing is as basic as the design itself: You can cast and retrieve them parallel to the surface if that’s where the fish are feeding, or drop them to the bottom and jig them vertically.

Slug Go – This versatile, soft plastic lure attracts almost any species of game fish in the Northeast, including sea bass, tuna, scup and stripers. False albacore seem to love its action and sleek profile. It comes in several different sizes to match nearly any type of baitfish, such as large herring and sand eels.

Santini Tube – This lure has proven especially effective for stripers and bluefish. Its success is most likely due to the way it moves like an eel. Your best bet is to troll it low and slow around rocks and ledges. And always use a live seaworm on the hook.

Tips for Storing Your Trailer

October 22nd, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine



It’s likely that you take great care in preparing and storing your boat for its winter slumber. But if you’re like many boaters, storing your vessel is only half the battle. Your boat’s trailer is an essential part of your boating experience, and properly storing it is also important. Here are a few tips on how not only to protect your trailer during the winter, but also make sure it is ready to go come spring.

  1. Start by thoroughly washing and detailing your trailer. Get rid of all those little pieces of dirt and gunk that built up over the season. Pay attention to those hard-to-see places where dirt builds up, especially the undercarriage. After you’ve washed your trailer, make sure it is completely dry before storing it to keep mold from forming.
  2. Look for any rust spots on the trailer frame. Sand off any that you find, then prime and coat with galvanic paint.
  3. You’ll want to grease the winch gears, jack stand, coupler-latch assembly and brake actuator rollers. Also apply grease or metal-protection spray to the light harness and bunk rollers.
  4. Pay attention to small odds and ends. Check for and tighten any loose bolts. Also, top off the brake-actuator reservoir with brake fluid.
  5. Jack up the trailer to take the weight off the tires and prevent dry rot and flat spots. If you leave the tires on, stabilize the trailer with blocks. Also, reduce the air in the tires and cover them (don’t forget the spare, too) with tire covers to prevent sun damage. You can also remove the tires and store them inside on a flat surface.

Better Boating Thanks to Better Electronics

October 14th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine

55 Viking Console


What would make your boating experience better? Calm seas? Sunny skies? Good company?
How about cutting-edge electronics at your fingertips?
Portside Radio Box OpenHaving good electronics can improve your ease and ability to navigate. It can also make spending time on your boat more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. And the right electronics can be installed to seamlessly blend in with your boat, so they are both convenient and attractive.
If you’re thinking about adding to or improving the electronic equipment on your boat, come talk to us at Oyster Harbors Marine in Osterville. We have the most innovative electronics products in the industry, and our highly trained technicians can handle any project.
In fact, we recently installed new electronics aboard two Viking yachts here at the yard. On a Viking 66, we installed new 19-inch touch monitors, so the captain will have a wealth of valuable navigational information quite literally at his fingertips. We also installed a new 25kW, 6-foot radar, plus KVH satellite TV, phone and a DVR (so boaters won’t have to miss their favorite shows). A new starboard cockpit monitor provides the captain easy access to information even when he’s away from the helm. STBD Radio Box Half OpenAnd an overhead dropdown box and port and starboard radio boxes can hide their electronics when they’re not in use, blending into the boat and giving the helm an uncluttered, attractive look. We also installed new electronics aboard a Viking 55, including new touch monitors and attractive helm radio boxes.

If you’re thinking about adding to or upgrading the electronics on your boat, come to Oyster Harbors Marine. We’re happy to provide demonstrations and talk with you about your needs and how to fulfill them. For information, email or call 508-428-2017.

Legacy Yachts at Oyster Harbor Marine

October 7th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine

Why Wait? Buy Now!

October 2nd, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine