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How To Navigate Shallow Waters in Eugene, OR

Boating in shallow water can be dangerous, especially if the water depth quickly changes. Honda Marine wants to help you be prepared for navigating shallow waters.  



Know Your Boat’s Draft

The draft measures how much a boat is under water, starting from the lowest part of the boat. A boat can ride higher or lower in the water depending on how much weight is carried on a boat. The draft information is usually found in the owner’s manual.



Check the Tides

Always check the tide schedule so you don’t get stranded in a sandbar or shallow waters, until the tide comes back. 



Use A Depth Finder

Use a depth finder to find the bottom surface of the water. By knowing the bottom depth, you’ll know where the dangerously shallow water is, so you don’t ground your boat. Also have charts on your boat, in case you need them. 



Monitor the Color of the Water  

Monitor the water for major changes in the color. Brown water usually means shallow water over reef or rocks. Shallow water on some islands, like the Bahamas, has light turquoise water. 



Keep It Slow

If you think you’re approaching shallow waters, run slowly and stay off plane. 



Honda True 6 Warranty

Honda Marine Jet Drive outboards are perfect for running in shallow waters. The Honda Marine Jet Drive outboard is fully covered by the Honda True 5 Non-Declining Warranty plus a 1 year Extended Warranty Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty, through October 31, 2019. 


Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for Honda Marine Jet Outboards, accessories and servicing.

   

   

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How to Host a Fun Boat Party Eugene, OR

If you need an excuse to throw a party on a boat, we’ve got some tips for planning a party that will be instagram worthy. 


Choose A Theme

When choosing a theme, make sure it is playful and lends itself to a memorable hashtag. Dance to latin music in Havana Nights. Or choose a destination for a Nautical, But Nice theme. Planning a party that departs during the sunset? Deck the boat out with shining stars for an Under the Stars party theme. 


Send Invitations

Decide who will be on the guest list, so you can plan a budget, food and beverages and decorations. If you send the invitations through evite.com or by a text message, include the RSVP date, so you’ll have a head count for the food and drinks. 


Plan the Menu

Decide if the food will be cold subs or grilled seafood, hot dogs or hamburgers, if there’s a kitchen on the boat. Being out in the sun encourages hunger and dehydration. There should be plenty of cool food, like cold fruit and popsicles, as well as cold bottled water, in a large cooler.


Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard. Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.


Safety First 

Make sure there is a life jacket for each guest. This is not an option. It’s a law. Attach a Personal Locator Beacon with a clip, onto a life jacket. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Make sure that there are life jackets for all dogs who are on your boat. Rough water, bad weather or fatigue can potentially be dangerous for dogs, when they are swimming. Make sure there is a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries and sunscreen on the boat. Remember to have a designated, sober boat driver and enjoy the party.


Check the Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


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Top Five Fishing Tips in Eugene, OR

A day of fishing with friends is usually a fun way to reconnect and enjoy the summer. We’ve created a list of fishing tips to make the most out of your fishing adventure. 



Boating Safety

All boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on a boat, by law. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Try on the life jacket before buying it. Make sure it is the right fit for your height and weight and that it has a snug fit. Attach a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with a clip, onto a life jacket. Make sure there is a first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries and sunscreen on the boat. A VHF radio, fire extinguisher and a whistle can also be used, in an emergency. Did you know that the U.S. Coast Guard has a Boating Safety Mobile App? Features of the app include: state boating information, file a float plan, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, the latest safety regulations, request emergency assistance and much more.



Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard. Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Clemens Marina, Eugene, OR - (541) 688-5483 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.



Choose the Right Bait

For lake fishing, use crickets, worms, minnows and leeches for bait. For saltwater fishing, use shrimp, shellfish, cut bait and bait fish. For artificial lures, use fishing jigs. Identifying the target species will help you narrow down the right bait to use. 



Cast Where the Fish Are

Cast your bait deeper until you discover where the fish are. If varying the lure and depth doesn’t work, then consider changing locations.



Check the Temperature

The hotter the temperature is outside, the deeper you’ll need to fish. Fish like cool temperatures and like to be in deeper, cooler water, as the temperature outside rises. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


Finally, a pair of polarized sunglasses will not only block the UV rays and the sun’s glare on the water, but they will help you to see a little better into the water, to locate fish.

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Why A Four Stroke Outboard Is Best from Clemens Marina in Eugene, OR

Boating is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you prefer boating on the lake, bay or ocean, a great day on the water begins with Honda. Honda Marine is celebrating their 55th anniversary of the 4-stroke outboard this year! Why are 4-stroke outboard motors the best? 


• It saves money with a lower operating cost. Four-stroke outboards are approximately 50%

more fuel-efficient than most 2-stroke outboards. No 2-stroke oil is needed, reducing your costs even further.


• Better 4-stroke technology means longer life for the outboard. Four strokes bathe every internal component in oil for consistent lubrication. This design also helps cool engine components, which improves durability. Two-stroke engines rely on gas or air to carry a thin oil film to critical components.


• Four-stroke outboards are approximately 90% cleaner than typical 2-strokes. The 4-stroke motors do not release oil directly into the water. Bonus: Honda outboards have ultra-low emissions. 


• Four-stroke outboards are up to 50% quieter than 2-strokes. The 4-stroke outboards have less smoke and smell which provides a more pleasant operating experience. There is no 2-stroke stink to ruin your day on the water.   

   

Honda continually incorporates technology from our highly advanced automotive and racing heritage. Many Honda outboards also include exclusive technological features found in Honda’s most popular cars including the Honda Accord, Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V and Ridgeline. All Honda outboards are backed by the only 5 year manufacturer’s warranty in the marine industry. 


Make your next boating excursion the best it can be, with Honda Marine. Clemens Marina, in Eugene, OR is here to answer your questions about Honda outboards and the Power of Boating Celebration. This is the perfect time to give your boat a new Honda 4-stroke outboard! 


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Honda and Clemens Marina Raise the Bar with VTEC® Technology

When it’s time for a new boat or repowering your current one, consider a Honda outboard marine engine with VTEC® technology. Honda engines offer advanced technology and exclusive features that can’t be found anywhere else. We have raised the bar with the Honda Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) by giving a broader, flatter torque curve and smooth power delivery throughout the engine’s operating range. 


How does VTEC® work? VTEC® varies the lift and duration of the intake valves to deliver optimal performance at both low and high rpm, resulting in peak performance at all speeds. VTEC® uses two cam lobe profiles to operate the intake valves. The low-lift, short duration cam lobes provide strong torque at low rpm. At higher rpm, a synchronizing piston engages the third rocker arm on a high-lift cam. All three rocker arms are locked together. The intake valves are open for a longer period of time to produce more power. This results in a superior combination of power, torque and efficiency.  

Check out all our VTEC models at Clemens Marina, to see how this exclusive Honda technology can benefit you!

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Ten Boating Safety Tips in Eugene, OR

Safety should always be a top priority on boating excursions. Learn about a boating safety mobile app, a free online boating safety course and more boating safety tips.


1.  Wear Life Jackets

All boats must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on a boat, by law. Some states require children to wear a life jacket at all times. Try on the life jacket before buying it. Make sure it is the right fit for your height and weight and that it has a snug fit. Auto and manual inflatable life jackets require maintenance. Make sure that there are life jackets for all dogs who are on your boat. Rough water, bad weather or fatigue can potentially be dangerous for dogs, when they are swimming.

  

2.  Be Prepared For An Emergency

• Everyone on the boat should wear a life jacket

• Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with a clip, that can be clipped onto a life jacket

• First aid kit

• Very High Frequency (VHF) radio with a hail or public address function

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• A mirror that can be used to signal help

• Fire extinguisher. Make sure that everyone on your boat knows where it is and how to use it

• A waterproof whistle can be used to call for help

• Ropes can be used to pull someone, who has fallen overboard or for securing your boat to a dock


3. Take A Boating Safety Course

There are several online boating safety courses available, including a few free courses. Check out the BoatUS Foundation for a free online boating safety course developed for each state.


4. Download USCG Boating Safety Mobile App

The U.S. Coast Guard has a Boating Safety Mobile App with information that is most frequently requested by boaters. Features of the app include: state boating information, file a float plan, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, the latest safety regulations, request emergency assistance and much more.


5. Get Your Boat Checked

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary performs a vessel safety check. A Vessel Safety Check is done at your boat and usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your boat. Some boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check annually. Fifteen minutes could save your life and the lives of your family. 


6. Check Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast or shorecast for storms, lightning and high winds. The marine forecast includes wind direction and speed, wave height, precipitation predictions and storm warnings. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides marine weather forecasts through the National Weather Service. The forecast is updated at least four times a day. 


7. Check For Dangerous Fumes

After refueling your boat, open all the hatches and smell for fumes. If detected, do not start the engine. Carbon monoxide could unexpectedly knock anyone on the boat, unconscious. Make sure there’s a carbon monoxide monitor in every confined space on your boat. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless poisonous gas which is emitted by all combustion engines and onboard motor generators.


8. Follow Navigation Rules

The Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions for boaters to take, to avoid a collision. The Navigation Rules are available in any boating supply store. It is mandatory that a copy of the Navigation Rules be kept aboard all vessels over 39.4 feet (12 meters) in length.


9. File A Float Plan

It’s very important to file a float plan with a friend or relative, for every boating excursion. The Float Plan should have detailed information about where you’re boating and the time you will return.


10. Schedule Maintenance For Your Honda Outboard

Our dealers and staff go through training and receive updates to tune-up their knowledge of the entire Honda outboard line. Contact {{Dealer Name}} to schedule maintenance for your Honda outboard.


Refer to the Honda owner’s manual for additional maintenance information. Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for servicing and Honda Marine Accessories.



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Get Peace of Mind With Honda Outboards in Eugene, OR

One of the best things about owning a boat is exploring new places with family and friends. While you’re exploring a lake, ocean or inlet, Honda Marine outboards deliver optimum performance and peace of mind. Honda marine outboards are backed by the industry’s best warranty: Honda True 5 Warranty. Honda is the only one to offer a non-declining 5-year warranty:


Five Year Warranty – No Strings Attached

All new Honda Marine outboard motors purchased for recreational use from an authorized Honda Marine dealer will be warranted against defects in material or workmanship for five years from date of purchase. No catches. No strings attached. 


Genuine Factory Direct Warranty

The True 5 Warranty is offered and fully backed by Honda Marine for the life of the warranty. It’s not a third party “extended service” contract, like most of our competitors offer. There’s a big difference: the third party warranty companies are often more concerned with limiting claim payouts than with satisfying your service needs. 


Non-Declining

True 5 coverage is the same on the last day of coverage as it is on the first. This is not like “pro-rated” warranties that offer decreasing coverage as the warranty approaches its end date. With Honda’s True 5 Warranty, your motor is covered from top to bottom – from the first day to the last day of your warranty.


Fully Transferable

Are you going to sell your boat? No problem. The original engine warranty still applies, even if it changes owners.


Nationwide Service

Honda Marine has a network of over 1,000 dealers throughout the U.S. who are highly trained and equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment. It’s all a part of Honda’s commitment to keeping you on the water and out of the service shop. Isn’t that what it’s all about?


For more details on Honda’s Marine warranties, visit https://marine.honda.com/support/warranty


When selecting outboard marine power, you can trust Honda’s attention to detail and leadership in design will deliver innovation, reliability, power and performance. 


Contact Clemens Marina, 309 River Ave Eugene, OR 97404-2509, (541) 688-5483 for Honda Marine outboards, accessories, parts and maintenance.

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The Power of Boating Celebration in Eugene, OR

There’s nothing more fun than boating in pristine blue water, with friends and family. Spend some time fishing, swimming, water skiing or simply enjoying the sun!  And whether you are looking to get a new boat, or repower, now is the perfect time to get a Honda outboard!


Get Instant Savings with the purchase of any new 40hp-250hp Honda Marine Outboard, through June 3, 2019.


That’s right – you’ll get up to $700 off the cost of any new Honda Marine outboard. With savings like that, what are you waiting for?

Stop by Clemens Marina for all the information. We are here to answer your questions about Honda outboards and the Power of Boating Celebration.

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Why Buy A Honda Marine Outboard From Clemens Marina

Clemens Marina is proud to offer Honda Marine outboards. Whether you need to repower your boat or you’re looking for a new boat motor package, we are here to help. Why buy from us?


·      We are Honda experts and can help you find the right outboard for your boat. What is the horsepower rating and what is going to work best for your needs? At Clemens Marina, we sell a wide range of outboard motors from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, making them ideal for boats of all sizes.  Our sales team knows exactly how to fit your boat with the right sized motor to get you going.   

·      Customer service responsiveness and knowledge. Clemens Marina is dedicated to give you the best customer support and experience.  When you walk in the door, you’ll know your satisfaction is our top priority.

·      Service Experts here for you. Our technicians have completed hours of Honda Marine training and are true experts. Whether you need basic maintenance or a more complex repair, you will get quality service at a fair price.

·      Many Parts in stock. Need parts support? Clemens Marina can help! We carry most common parts in stock, or we can get them for you quickly. And at Clemens Marina you can feel confident you’ll always be getting genuine Honda parts – not some cheap aftermarket knock off.

·       Warranty support. Clemens Marina is an authorized Honda Marine dealer, so we are able to perform warranty repairs in the unlikely event of an issue.


Clemens Marina is proud to be your local Honda Marine experts here in Eugene, OR. We hope you’ll stop in and see us soon!

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