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From the Boathouse: This year in L.A., it's twice the show

February 06, 2013|By Mike Whitehouse

Ahoy!

The Los Angeles Boat Show is underway through the weekend, and now in two locations for you to select your new or brokerage yacht.

Once again, the show is back to its usual spot at the Los Angeles Convention Center. However, you can now view boats at the in-water location at Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey. This new venue will provide the opportunity for brokerage boats and yachts that are too big or expensive to trailer to the convention center.

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The boat show will have hundreds of boats for your family to set aboard, ranging from family day cruisers to lavish million-dollar yachts. Additionally, vendors will be displaying the newest marine accessories and gear. This family fun event has scheduled educational seminars, so preview the list of opportunities.

The show was formerly produced by the Southern California Marine Assn. that was merged into the National Marine Manufacturers Assn.. The association produces boat shows across the nation and is a leading advocacy group for recreational boaters and marine manufacturers. You can find out show information, times, and ticket prices at http://www.losangelesboatshow.com.

Tip of the week is from Erik Lind and Gordon White, co-owners of Left Coast Diesel in the San Francisco Bay Area, whom I interviewed on my radio show last weekend. They are tow vehicle experts and diesel specialists who mentioned that now is the time to have your tow vehicle serviced to get your truck ready for this summer. Additionally, Lind mentioned some very specific items that need to be inspected and serviced before you tow your boat again.

You should start where the rubber meets the road, so be certain that your tires are properly inflated and there is sufficient tread. Tow vehicles must have the correct load rating for the tires. Most pickups should have a "D" load rating, and 3/4-ton and bigger pickups usually come with "E" load ratings to handle bigger tow loads.

Another important system for towing is the cooling system or you will overheat your vehicle's engine. It is recommended that you change the coolant every two to five years, but you need to consult the owner's manual. If you suspect any issues with the cooling system, then you should have a professional inspect the thermostat, water pump and fan clutch.

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