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Though spring may seem slow to arrive, now's the time to start thinking about buying a boat to ensure engines, electronics and trolling motors are rigged and working properly when open water appears. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Now's the time to consider buying a boat

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In another four to six weeks smaller lakes throughout Minnesota will open, so it's time to start thinking boating.

It seems a little odd to purchase a boat right now, considering the lakes are covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow.

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However, now is actually the best time to buy a boat for several reasons.

First off, numerous boat shows provide an easy avenue for viewing multiple boat brands from various dealerships under one roof.

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