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    How to Select a Personal Flotation Device

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are an important part of enjoying time spent on the water. Also called life jackets or life vests, PFDs provide flotation in the event that you are thrown or fall overboard. When choosing an adult PFD, chest size determines the size you should wear. Your PFD should fit snugly without hindering normal movements. To test the fit, put on the PFD and adjust the straps. Have another adult pull up on the shoulder padding; if the PFD lifts above your nose and mouth when pulled, it is too large. Adult PFDs are available in unisex and women’s styles for additional comfort. When choosing a child’s PFD, your child’s weight will determine the size required. Small children should wear a PFD that includes a padded head support, grab handle behind the neck, and strap that fits between the legs.

    The Boat Locker is committed to helping you enjoy your new boat safely. Click through our website to check out our current inventory of new and used boats and boating equipment to find the fit that is right for you. Call us at (615) 800-6361for more information or directions to our Heritage showroom.

    Exploring the Health Benefits of Paddleboarding

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Stand up paddleboarding is a popular and fun full-body workout that uses a single paddle to propel a rider and his board through the water. This unique and enjoyable sport originated in the Hawaiian Islands and has since become a popular activity to enjoy while boating on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Stand up paddleboarding appeals to beginners and advanced athletes alike with its versatility, accessibility, and completely customizable experience.

    Improved Health
    Continuous paddleboarding provides a great aerobic workout. Aerobic activity helps to burn calories and excess fat, prompting weight loss so you can achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Studies have shown that aerobic activity also benefits the immune system, strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, and increases the amount of good cholesterol in the body. Paddleboarding is a great low-impact aerobic activity that you can enjoy at any age and regardless of your current fitness level.

    Improved Strength
    In addition to offering aerobic benefits, paddleboarding is also an excellent strength-building activity. You can tailor your workout to your fitness level by paddling in the surf, against the wind, or on calmer water. Paddleboarding is a full-body activity that engages the muscles of the legs and core to maintain balance on the board even as you work the muscles in your arms to provide propulsion. The improved balance and strength you’ll achieve through paddleboarding activities will protect your joints and prevent falls during other workouts and even throughout daily life.

    Are you in Nashville, TN, and looking for a way to get out on the water? The Boat Locker offers new and used outboard motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, and more near J. Percy Priest Lake. Visit our showroom and new service department today to purchase the boat of your dreams. If you purchase a new 2014 model, we’ll even include three years of free maintenance! Click through our website or give us a call at (615) 800-6361 for more details.

    Which Paddleboard Is Right for You?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Stand up paddleboarding originated as a Hawaiian sport that delivers a maximum of fun with a minimum of gear. All you require to take part in this sport is a paddleboard, a paddle, and a personal flotation device.

    This video will help you choose right paddleboard for your needs. You will learn about the three major types of paddleboards and which boards are best for inexperienced or advanced paddleboarders. Volume and width are also important factors to consider when choosing a board suited to your size, weight, and skill.

    Are you ready to hit the water? Visit The Boat Locker near J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville to check out our wide selection of boats, kayaks, and other water sports equipment. You can find out more about the products and brands we offer on the web or by calling (615) 800-6361.

    An Overview of Kayak Safety Tips

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Kayaking is a fun way to get out on the water and work your upper body muscles. The two-sided paddle makes kayaking a very efficient way to slide through the water, and the sport is popular among people of all ages. Like all watersports, however, kayaking involves its fair share of risks. Still, you should have a safe, fun time on your next kayaking trip as long as you keep the following safety tips in mind.

    Wear Your Life Jacket Properly
    A good life jacket is the most important piece of safety equipment when you’re kayaking or engaging in any other kind of watersport. However, a life jacket won’t save you if you don’t wear it properly. In addition to fastening all the snaps, zippers, or buttons, you should make sure the straps are property tightened. If you can pull your shoulder straps up with your thumbs, your life jacket isn’t tight enough.  

    Keep Your Kayak Pointed Downstream
    If you’re kayaking on a river with rapids, be sure to keep your kayak pointed downstream. If you go over a rapid sideways, you have a greater chance of capsizing and hitting your head on a rock. If you’re planning on kayaking in a lake or on the ocean, you should familiarize yourself with the “hip flick” method of righting yourself once you have tipped over.   

    Practice Good Water Etiquette
    Practicing good water etiquette isn’t only polite—it’s safe. Be sure to respect anglers, property owners, and other kayakers when you’re on the water. It’s also important for you to know your limitations and avoid rapids that may be too much for you. Keep a lookout for hazards while you’re kayaking, and research conditions before you go kayaking in a particular area.

    If you’re in the market for a kayak, trust the experts at The Boat Locker. In addition to kayaks, we have sailboats, outboard motors, and boating accessories from the top brands in the industry. Call our Nashville-area office at (615) 800-6361 or visit our website for more information.

    Getting Your Boat Serviced at The Boat Locker

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you’ve been on a boat, you know how much fun it is. Riding the waves can be even more fun if your boat is in optimum condition. If your boat shows any signs of dysfunction, don’t hesitate to bring it to The Boat Locker of the Nashville area. Our skilled technicians can give your boat the service and parts it needs to perform well on the water.  

    We pride ourselves on our prompt, effective, and affordable repair and maintenance services. We perform all kinds of service tasks—from major part replacements to routine oil changes. If we don’t have the necessary boat parts in stock, we’ll be happy to order them for you. We also provide excellent winterization services for inboard and outboard motors.

    If your boat isn’t running as well as it could be, come by The Boat Locker, located in the Nashville area. We’ve been providing expert repair services and selling new and used boats since the mid-70s. Call (615) 800-6361 to speak with a friendly representative.

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