Fun Activities To Do In Summer

There is not much you can do in the Spring when it comes to recreation.  But in the summer, everyone is very excited to be near the water or in the water.  Nothing beats the serenity and enjoyment you can get when vacationing at the beach or by the lake.

Since we are living close to the lakes here in Texas, here are few recreation ideas to do:

Boating – Some residents own a boat so whenever possible, they come to the lake for boating leisure.  Some go on a fishing adventure or just swim.

Camping – If you are adventurous, camping by the lake is also a nice outdoor activity.  This can be done with the family, friends, groups, or clubs.  It is always safe to camp with a company.

Picnic – There are picnic areas by the lake that people can take advantage with.  It’s always fun to hold picnics and summer parties at the lake.  Lots of tables and benches with roof are ready to occupy.  There are also trash cans provided so we can keep the picnic area and the lake clean at all times.

Jet Skiing – Those who own jet skis can do jet skiing, too.  It’s great to do in the hot summer sun.

Fishing – Besides boating, fishing is also a fun thing to do at the lake.  My husband and I are planning to go fishing this summer.  Fishing gears can be bought at your favorite sports and outdoors store.

Which Of These Docks Would You Consider To Build?

Boaters have a lot more options when it comes to building a dock, than they did in years past. The old standby, wood, has been joined by aluminum and now even plastics. Each has pros and cons affecting everything from immediate and long term costs, to aesthetic and style needs.

Wood docks are of course the original type that have been available for centuries. Aesthetically speaking, these docks have a rustic charm that can fit almost any setting. Wood is an affordable option that will last many years with proper care. That’s the key, though—proper care. Wood needs to be frequently repaired and treated with preservatives to maintain its usability and safety. Unfortunately some of these preservatives have been found to be problematic to marine life, leeching dangerous chemicals into the water. Wood will also eventually decay, and many docks are left in decay well past the time at which they are no longer safe.

Another option is aluminum. These metal docks are both durable and light, and offer an alternative look to wood. Aluminum must be well-maintained to prevent rust and decay, but the maintenance is generally far less involved than wood docks. Unfortunately for anyone leaning in the direction of aluminum as a choice, these metal docks can be significantly more expensive.

A newer option on the market is plastic docks, made of durable plastics. These modular blocks are designed with tread to prevent slipping, and additionally can be arranged in a wide array of configurations thanks to its modular nature. They’re easy to install and even significantly easier to remove when compared with wood or aluminum. Plastic floating docks can also be purchased in a variety of colors, from muted greys or browns to brighter colors like purple. When chosen with care and installed properly, plastic modular dock solutions can outlast any of the other varieties while remaining safe and attractive for a long time.

So while wood docks may have the charm of being a classic choice, the necessity for long term and proper upkeep can turn people on to the long term pros of metal docks. For others, the better option is definitely plastic docks, which are safe, relatively easy to care for, and easy to install or remove.

3 Things to Know About Bimini Tops for Your Boat

Bimini tops are canvas tops that feature an open-front, and are used to protect the cockpit of your boat. Most Bimini tops are supported by a metal frame and can be collapsed when not in use, and easily raised again, as needed. Unlike dodgers, Bimini’s don’t include protection in the front and back (whereas dodgers do). As such, you’d use a Bimini top to protect yourself from the sun, mostly, or from the rain in a stationary position. It offers you no protection from wind, spray or rain if you’re moving forward at any speed. If you believe that you’re in the market for a Bimini top, then here are the 3 things you should know before making your purchase.

  1. Beware inferior materials. Don’t be fooled by other Bimini tops on the market. There are a great number of Bimini tops out there that are lower priced, yet that likely means that they are inferior in quality. You want to avoid tops with wire hooks or plastic eye straps. Those are key stress points and require high-quality fittings to ensure that your top retains its integrity.
  2. Know how to choose the right top. The Bimini top you choose will depend on the needs of your boat. First you want to determine which portion of your boat you want the top to cover. Then determine where you want your top mounted. Measure the width between these two points. Then, stand inside your boat and measure the height from the mounting points to your desired height. This will help you determine the exact dimensions of your Bimini top.
  3. The fabric. Make sure you purchase a Bimini top that’s made out of durable fabric designed to handle the type of wear and tear it’ll endure on a daily basis. Solution-dyed polyester is a popular choice, as that means the colors of your top are a part of the polyester fiber, rather than a dye. This will help retain the color of your top for years. Also, be sure that the fabric offers exceptional water repellency while still maintaining a level of breathability.

Your boat is an important investment, and as such you want to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. But you also want to protect yourself and your passengers from the discomfort of the sun without being stuck with a bulky top. That’s why so many people look at Bimini tops for the answer. Boatique offers the best in Bimini tops throughout Australia. See their offering online at