While this year’s Most Mileage Contest is in full swing, last year’s winner Chris stopped by our showroom recently to check out the latest Waverunners and redeem his prize for being crowned 2013’s Most Mileage Contest winner. Chris had bought his 2013 Yamaha FX HO in August of last year and in one short month put over 51 hours on his new ride, earning him the winning title and the $150 prize. This year he plans on bringing his brand new 2014 Yamaha Waverunner down to Key West to enjoy a change of scenery and possibly earn some more bragging rights.

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If you think you can out-ride Chris this year submit before and after photos of your odometer at the start and end of your riding season by September 1 to our Facebook, Twitter @Appolsons, or via email to office@appolson.com. Whoever puts the most miles or hours on their vehicle will win a $150 gift certificate that can be used on any product or service in our store! Read up on full details on the 2014 Most Mileage Contest here.

Boating Etiquette 101

This week we’re introducing a new installment on our blog: Watercraft Etiquette 101! These are quick tips, stories, and courtesies that novice riders, and maybe even those with more experience, should know so that everyone can get out and enjoy their watercrafts together on the open sea.

Last weekend on our first Jetski Demo Ride of the season a customer of ours, first-time jetskiier Katy, did something that most  jetskiiers have probably done once or twice before. She had just finished riding and decided to park her jetskis at a dock while her and her family went to get some ice cream. As a first-timer she was unaware that parking jetskis is not the same as parking a regular boat. We kindly explained to her that if she had left her jetskis parked at the boat dock, boaters anxious to get out on the water wouldn’t have been able to launch and then gave her an anchor and showed her how to properly park her jetskis in the water.

The moral of this week’s Watercraft 101 is make sure you’re aware of the rules for launching and parking jetskis! It’s easy to forget that jetskis do not follow the same docking rules as boats, and when you want to get ice cream you have to park your jetski in the right place.

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Buffalo Boat Show 2014

Here’s a sneak peek of some new YAMAHA WAVERUNNERS we’re showcasing at the WNY Boat Show!

Stop by and see us inside the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse February 26-March 2 to learn about our exclusive 5-Point Advantage and how you can lease a 2014 WaveRunner through Yamaha’s buy-back program.

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Fun in the sun!

Check out these photos submitted by one of our younger customers of him and his cousins taking on their new Yamaha WaveRunners. Great to see kids out there enjoying the warm weather with a weekend on the waves!

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Our hats are off to them (literally) as they set out to go ride

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Never underestimate the importance of balance and control when your brother leaves you on the water managing two boats at once!

Join Us for a Ride Around Buffalo’s Waterfront and Beyond

Join us for a group ride starting at Gallagher Beach on Saturday, July 13th at 11am. We’ll take you on the Buffalo waterfront to Niagara River and around Grand Island, stopping for lunch along the way. We’ll be back at the launch at 3pm after a full day of sun and waves.

Meet at Gallagher Beach ready to be launched by 11am. Be sure to bring your license, registration, and all safety equipment. The ride will guided by experienced Appolson’s riders. Sign up at appolson.com/p/Jetski-Ride-Club, in our showroom or by calling 649-1090.

See you there!

Come Demo Ride the Newest WaveRunners!

Join us at Gallagher Beach on June 29th at 12pm to take the newest WaveRunner models for a demo ride. We’ll have the best of the Yamaha line in the water and ready to ride with all the best technology in all different models and styles.

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Prepare For Your Experience

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When using your “toys” make sure you are prepared in advance so when the time comes to enjoy them you truly can!

So, for you PWC owners make sure you have your whistle, license, flag, lanyard and fire extinguisher ready for a safety check on the water.

ATV/UTV owners its a good idea to have a tow strap and a tire patch kit handy is needed on the trails or while working.

Scooter owners make sure you have a map with you, because you never know where the road may lead.

Last but not least you snowmobilers…………………just pray for snow.

To top off your experience, relive it! Stop in and pick up a GoPro POV waterproof camera system to relive all the fun you just had!

Service Tip #3

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This weeks service tip is for our PWC friends

When running your machine on a flush kit at home, it is imperative that the machine is running prior to you turning on the water.

The reason for this is that if the water is turned on first the cooling water will fill the exhaust waterbox, and with no exhaust pressure removing the water from the box, it will back fill the exhaust and in turn fill the engine with water.

If your in question about what a flush kit is, check out our photo and stop in the showroom to pick one up!