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Guide to buying a boat

February 28th, 2015 by ironcooker

Guide to buying a boat

By: Patrick Altoft

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuying a second-hand boat has its pitfalls. To help you protect your legal rights and be aware of some of the common issues Noble Marine have produced this guide to buying a boat.
Please note that we have only addressed the legal aspects of the subject and advise that you should also satisfy yourself that the boat is seaworthy before you consider buying.

Looking for a boat?
The Noble Marine boats for sale database has over 3000 boats for sale. Each boat has a desciption and photos of the boat so you can look around before you contact the seller.

Wondering what boat to buy?
In addition to this boat and dinghy buyers guide you may wish to make use of our dinghy database or interactive boat finder where you can compare statistics of over 300 classes and view suggestions on similar classes to the type you are interested in.

Unlike a car there isn’t a legal registration document tracking the ownership, in fact unless you want to take your boat abroad, you are not required to register your boat at all and many people don’t, so checking that the person selling the boat actually owns the boat and that there are no outstanding loans secured on the boat can be difficult.

Before you consider buying a boat you should visit to see if the boat for sale, or a similar one, has been reported stolen. If a boat is not listed on the site it doesn’t mean that it is not stolen.

If you buy privately, you won’t be protected legally if the craft has a hidden history or faults. It’s up to you to ask the right questions and to satisfy yourself that the boat is in good condition before you buy.

Buying a used boat is essentially a case of ‘Buyer Beware’. The onus is on you to make sure the craft is sound, it’s a good idea to get an qualified marine surveyor or boat builder to give the craft a thorough inspection.

When viewing a boat you should satisfy yourself that the vendor is knowledgeable about the boat and has a legitimate reason for the sale. Ask yourself whether the price is similar to other boats on the market – if a deal looks too good to be true it probably is. You should always arrange to view the boat at the seller’s home address and never in a car park or other public location.

It is important to check whether the boat has been involved in any accidents or has any large repairs carried out. Most repairs will be guaranteed for 12 months so it is worth finding out the date of the repair and the repairers details in case of any future problems.

Once you are satisfied that the seller is genuine and have agreed an acceptable price you will need to arrange to make payment for the boat. This is usually carried out by bankers draft or a cash payment can be made. Occasionally the seller may be happy to accept another method of payment but you should be willing to use whichever method they suggest.

The only legal terms that cover a private sale contract are:

  • the seller must have the right to sell the craft
  • the craft should not be misrepresented
  • it should match its description

When the sale is complete you should always draw up a buyers contract so that each party can sign and keep a copy. This will act as your purchase receipt and will prove that you are the new owner of the boat. img_4438f-port-hadlock-wa-nwswbb-tlc-fsb-sea-trials-off-port-hadlock

Noble Marine have prepared a sample buyers contract for use in private boat sales. It is always important to keep the purchase receipt and the previous owners details – you may need to prove ownership or contact the previous seller in the future.

If the vessel was home built or if you are considering buying outside the EEA, you will also need to be aware of the Recreational Craft Directive requirements.

The VAT status of a second hand yacht is also important, as your vessel needs to have VAT paid status to be allowed free transit throughout the EU.

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Author Bio
Patrick Altoft is an insurance expert with Noble Marine – a specialist insurance broker providing boat insurance for most types of pleasure craft. Policies and claims are dealt with in-house, by knowledgeable staff, giving unequalled levels of service.

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Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

April 23rd, 2014 by ironcooker

Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing
Salmon are one of the most delicious and widely used fish.  It makes appearances in a lot of cuisines– from Japanese to Nordic, and even Polynesian.  You can pickle them, smoke them, bake them, and even make salmon jerky!  And while it’s a tasty and healthful ingredient to have in your kitchen, it’s also great sport to venture off and fish for your own salmon.  And whether you’re making a special fishing trip to Alaska or make it part of a camping trip, here’s what you need to know to go fly fishing for salmon.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold: The Importance of Temperature

The Importance of TemperatureThe right water temperature is the key to success if you want to bag your own salmon. Invest in a quality thermometer, and keep an eye on how the water temperature changes throughout the day. If you can remember to take a reading at the same time each day, your readings will be consistent.  If you get a little sloppy about it, you’ll find some crazy jumps as the water temperature spikes or drops while it’s warmed by the sun or cooling off after noon.

Put the thermometer at least six inches below the surface of the lake or river, but don’t go much deeper than three feet.  If you can, try to take a reading at the same level each time, since temperature changes with depth as well as with the time of day.  Record your findings in a notebook, and get updates often.

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon Fishing

Cool Waters Mean Better Salmon FishingExperienced fly fishermen know that salmon prefer cloudy weather. Less sunlight means that the water is cooler, and there’s more oxygen in cool water. And with more oxygen, salmon can be a lot more active.  But abundance doesn’t mean an easy catch: the energized salmon are sure to put up a fight to get away from the lure!

If you can find a midway point where the salmon will be present without wanting to put up much of a fight, you’ll be more likely to bring home a fish!

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing Equipment

Taking Stock Of Your Fishing EquipmentThe temperature of the water comes into play again, dictating what kind of rod, reel, and line you can use.  And of course, that also plays into which types of lures or baits will work.  Having access to those temperature readings really helps!  With that said, many fishermen have success with a lure or dry fly, in either a classic or contemporary pattern.  Check out what other fishers are using in your area when you’re looking into local regulations and licensing.

There’s definitely a lot of science and strategy involved in fly fishing for salmon. Knowing what types of rod, reels, lines, baits, and lures to use is a good start, but knowing about the regions climate, water temperatures, and oxygen levels can go a long way.

Do you have any tips on rods, reels, lures, or flies?  Have you made any catches because you were savvy to the water’s attributes?  And what are your favorite fly fishing spots (we’re all friends here, you can tell us!)?  Give us your feedback and tips in the comments section below!

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Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo

May 12th, 2013 by ironcooker

Northern Michigan's Outdoor Sports Expositions


Sportsman Exposition Hours:

Friday, May 17th from 12pm- 8pm

Saturday, May 18th from 9am – 8pm

Sunday, May 19th from 11am – 4pm
Come see Bay Blue Kennel’s Tera Lanczak — Famous Trainer of Retrievers


Patrick Flanigan — World’s Greatest Shotgun Shooting Showman
Sunday, May 19th at 1pm

The wildest, most explosive, action-packed and entertaining live show in the history of shooting is coming to Cheboygan. Join us as world-record-holding Xtreme shot gunner Patrick Flanigan thrills audiences at the Northern Michigan Outdoor Sports Exposition on Sunday May 19, 2013


Mike Avery of Outdoor Sports Magazine — Radio


For years, Mike Avery has hosted the acclaimed Outdoor Magazine radio and TV show. He has hunting and fishing fans across Michigan and the nation. His travels and adventures have taken everywhere in Michigan that outdoor sports enthusiast love and he’s done just about every kind of hunting and fishing that Michigan has to offer.

Visit Iron Cooker At Northern Michigan outdoor expo

we are offering great deals on camping cookware, meat grinders, camping pie irons & many other items.
If you are looking for a new smoker this year order yours from us at the show and recieve free shipping to your house to save you hauling it

While many smokers have just enough power to dry jerky, the Smoke Vault 18-inch and 24-inch creates a wide range of usable heat that can be used for smoking ribs, fish and turkeys as well as baking pies and breads. It is roomy enough for Dutch ovens or your favorite cookware. The convenient snap ignition is coupled with a finesse style propane gas valve that translates into 20,000 maximum BTU’s of usable heat. Two standard smoking racks. One jerky smoking rack. Water pan. Cast iron wood chip plate.

There will be many other events for you at this show with a TROUT POND




Stop by and tell us what you think of the show. and look for our specials

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Bluegill Fishing

December 31st, 2012 by ironcooker

Bluegill Fishing Techniques

A well written post of bluegill fishing has been published by Joe Schwartz, Fisheries Supervisor, Iowa DNR.

Bluegill fishing lakeIn his post, he outlines easily understood methods for bluegill fishing.  As a bluegill fisherman myself,  I can tell others how or what I have done to be successful but his advice is from documented information from polls that prove success.

He states that bluegill are one of the most common game fish found in Iowa. I think we can all agree that this is the same in almost all the states that we live in. I know, growing up in Michigan, that we would find them in almost every lake. Bluegill can be found in large natural lakes, small ponds, and even in rivers. Catching bluegill is easy. Finding a spot that produces large fish and provides a constant catch is more difficult. You will need to do a lot of research, as he points out in this article

Details have been divided into categories that you will want to pay close attention to if you want to refine your skills or just want to read a good article on your favorite sport. Here are a few of those categories.

I.      Location
Finding that right fishing lake, stream, pond, or river that produces the large, constant catches you are looking for.

III. Spring and Early Summer Fishing
Details on water temperature telling when and how to locate spawning fish and what attracts fish to those areas.

IV. Late Summer Fishing
Details on where the fish go in late July and how the fish head to deeper water.

V.  Fall Fishing
Tells where to locate fish again with details of structure.

VI.  Winter Fishing
Speaks of how the fish head to deeper water when ice forms on the lakes.


This fine article also makes mention of the general guidelines you can follow that will have you catching more fish. It also mentions the tackle you will want in your box when you head out fishing for bluegill, whether on the lake or the ice. Be sure to check it out before you plan your next bluegill fishing trip.

Another article you might want to check out can be found at

Of course, the best part of bluegill fishing that we haven’t mentioned yet is eating them!  Fond memories of my grandparents along a shoreline with the day’s catch in a large cast iron skillet over an open Cooking Bluegills flame are some of the best memories I have.

I do hope you will read these articles and enjoy them as much as we have. Please comment and let us know what you think of them when you do.

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Caramel Pecan Braid

October 7th, 2012 by ironcooker

Caramel Pecan Braid Recipe 

Show off your dutch oven cooking skills with this caramel pecan braid recipe at your next camping trip
pecan braidIf your planning a hunting or fishing trip to your favorite secluded place or have a need to just try out a new outdoor
cooking recipe you will want to try out this caramel pecan braid recipe.preseasoned cast iron dutch oven

(12-Inch Dutch Oven)
1 cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115°)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
About 4 cups all-purpose flour
Pecan halves for decoration

Browned Butter Glaze

Scald milk. While milk is cooling, dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.
Stir in milk, sugar, margarine, salt, eggs, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat for 10
minutes; scrap bowl frequently. Stir in remaining flour; continue stirring,
scraping dough from side of bowl, until soft, sticky dough forms. Cover and let
rise in warm place until double, about 1 hour.
Stir down dough by beating about 25 strokes. Turn dough onto well-floured
surface, roll or pat into rectangle, 18 x 12 inches. Spread Caramel Filling evenly
over dough. Cut dough into 3 strips, 18 x 4 inches each. Roll each strip into
rope; pinch edges and ends to seal. Place ropes diagonally and close together.
Braid ropes gently and loosely. Pinch ends to fasten; tuck under securely. Place
in Dutch oven in a ring. Cover and let rise until 1-1/2 times original size, about
30 minutes.
Place 16 coals on top of Dutch oven and 8 coals on the bottom, (approximately
350 degrees). Bake until braid is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped,
25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the oven and lid often to insure even browning. Cool
slightly; spread with Browned Butter Glaze. Place pecan halves on bread to make
a decorative pattern.

Caramel Filling
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

Browned Butter Glaze
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 3 tablespoons milk
Heat margarine in small Dutch oven over medium heat until delicate brown. Stir
in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth
and of the desired consistency.
Use any excess glaze as a spread by mixing with honey, cinnamon, and butter or
Yield: 1 loaf


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Back Country Fishing

September 29th, 2012 by ironcooker

Colorado Trails & Back Country Fishing

By: Gordon Hollingshead
The three boys laughed and raced along pushing their bikes up the steep little mountain road of western Colorado early the morning of that perfect, hot summer day in August. Fishing poles over their shoulders, Gordon, Mike Colorado Backcountry: Fly Fishing and Steve headed up the mountain toward the old coal mine. The played out coal mine marked the upper end of the road known as the “Coal Road” by the local folks of this small town of Paonia, Colorado. In these boys book though, it represented the kick off point for adventure and another of the better fishing trips that any kid could ever hope for. The boys left their bikes behind near the mine, and set out cross country, following game and cow trails through the stands of oak and sage brush and cedar trees. Cutting across the larger meadows near the top of the ridge they finally hit an overgrown old logging road that led up over the ridge to the east of the mine and headed down into the next canyon. That next canyon held a genuine Colorado jewel, claiming the title Terror Creek. Truly a wonder to those three boys that had slogged for hours up over the hot dusty mountain ridge. Terror Creek offered some of the finest fishing I’ve ever known, the stuff that fishing legends were made of. Letting out a whoop at the first sight of the creek far below in the bottom of the canyon, the boys broke into a run. Parting from the overgrown road they chased each other down the steep incline, again following game trails that led them through the canyon’s pine forests and thick brush. Finally breaking out of the brush they found themselves on the narrow rocky banks of the raging mountain stream as it cascaded from one boulder to the next. Behind and around each of those boulders – a deep pool of cold Colorado mountain spring water was teeming with wild trout. Those were unbelievable days fishing that wild, raging Terror Creek, so near to Paonia, Colorado, yet so far away and remote that it required hours of trudging over that dry dusty mountain ridge. To their delight the entire day was spent baiting and re-baiting the hook, adding yet another sizeable catch to the fishing bags. On a nearly legendary scale, virtually every cast into a deep, swirling pool yielded another strike by a trout bent on seizing a tasty morsel for it’s dining pleasure. There are few pleasures like hitting a backcountry mountain creek where the trout are not wary of constant fishermen. Of course there was then the long trudge back home from that backcountry fishing adventure. Fortunately, once the mountain ridge was topped for the return journey the route back was a downhill run, and the boys had their bikes to hasten their return. And oh, the wondrous fish feast that followed in the days after each journey over to Terror Creek. Treasures like Terror Creek were discovered in all directions as we rattled around on our bikes in that little mountain valley of Paonia in western Colorado, exploring every Fishing Colorado Backcountry, Small Mountain Streamcanyon, creek and pond. Of course, the fishing has changed in the years since those childhood memories took form, as the local population and the visitors to the area have grown. Ah, the area though, in the shadow of Mount Lamborn, with a backdrop of Mount Gunnison up Minnesota Creek – we could have sworn we lived in a little corner of Shangri-la.  There are still so many directions to explore back into the canyons and forests around the Paonia, Colorado area to find some solitude, good fishing, and a deep drink of the most spectacular mountain back country in the lower 48 states. If you ever get a chance to slip back into that quiet little neighborhood, don’t pass it up. Head off up the North Fork of the Gunnison, explore the shops and gentle neighborhoods of Paonia, and then head on up the canyon to Paonia Dam, Kebler Pass, Muddy Creek, the Ragged Mountains – bring your fishing pole and savor all the wonders found there. As you make your Colorado plans, check out the Colorado trail and National Forest information we’ve set up to help Colorado explorers. We can sure set you up in some perfect “base camp” accommodations in style nearby in Delta, over in Montrose or down in Grand Junction.

Author Bio
As owner and web designer of the Montana Recreation Connection – Colorado Wilderness Tours
(, Gordon Hollingshead has
successfully provided an online travel directory for people planning their vacations and travels to the western states. That exciting effort is evolving into a western and Pacific northwest travel directory providing trails and recreation information and nearby accommodations throughout the western United States. For more inside information about prime recreation opportunities and motel and lodging accommodations contact Gordon at

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Guide to buying a boat

Saturday February 28th, 2015 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 1 Comment »

Three Things You Need To Know About Salmon Fishing

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 in Hunting & Fishing Life | No Comments »

Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo

Sunday May 12th, 2013 in Iron Cooker Updates | 1 Comment »

Bluegill Fishing

Monday December 31st, 2012 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 2 Comments »

Caramel Pecan Braid

Sunday October 7th, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 8 Comments »

Back Country Fishing

Saturday September 29th, 2012 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 12 Comments »

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