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July 3, 2018

2:24 am

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Miami

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

The 6 Best Places to Watch Fourth of July 2018 Fireworks on a boat in Miami

Happy Independence Day from everyone at North Beach Marina! The Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday this year. Take advantage of the independence day celebrations that will feature fantastic fireworks displays you can see by boat. There is nothing more special in our opinion than watching the firework’s from the water with friends and family while seeing the different colors dance off the water. It’s is pure magic. Below we have compiled a list of the top six destinations to watch the fireworks in Miami by boat.

1. Bal Harbour

Fireworks: 9 p.m. fireworks display at the jetty on the beach

Address: located on the north end of Bal Harbour Beach at 101st Street, overlooking Haulover Inlet.

2. North Miami Celebration by the Bay

Fireworks: sundown

Address: 3000 NE 151st St. North Miami Beach, FL 33181

3. Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July Parade

Fireworks: 9 p.m.

Address: view the event from the Atlantic Ocean Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne.

4. Americas Birthday Bash in Bayfront Park

Fireworks: 9 p.m.  

Address: view from Biscayne Bay, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami

5. Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

Fireworks: 9 p.m

Address: North Beach Bandshell on Collins Avenue and 73 Street

6. South Pointe Park

Fireworks: 9 p.m

Address: 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139


June 12, 2018

2:37 am

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

The 2018 Hurricane Season in Miami runs from June 1st through November 30th. Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1st through November 30th. Last year was one of the most destructive seasons on record with six major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma that caused destruction throughout the entire state of Florida. Keeping this in mind, we strongly recommend having a hurricane plan in place for your boat to help prevent damages that can be caused by these storms.

For the 2018 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an average year, with up to 16 named storms, and four major hurricanes. No matter how many storms we see this season; it only takes one to cause significant destruction to your vessel. With the 2018 Hurricane Season officially here, there’s no better time than now to prepare your boat to withstand a major storm.

CREATE A HURRICANE PLAN

The first step to prepare your boat for the hurricane season is to have a plan and know where you will keep it during a significant storm. The safest place to keep your boat during a hurricane is at a dry storage facility like North Beach Marina. Our in-door facility securely holds many vessels all keeping them dry and away from the hurricane force winds. You can also store your boat and trailer on dry land at your home or a boat storage facility like Happy Trailer Storage. We recommend selecting a location with minimal exposure to the wind. You can also reinforce your boat with straps for additional safety measures.

REVIEW YOUR BOAT INSURANCE

It is wise to make sure that you have all of your boat documents up to date and in an easily accessible location. Also, make sure to call your insurance company to make sure the policy is current. To help facilitate a timely insurance claim, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages.

SECURE LOSE ITEMS

You will want to remove everything lose on the boat and remove equipment that could be damaged by a storm. These items include antennas, radios, life jackets, fishing equipment and canvas tops. If you cannot remove the electronic equipment from your boat, you can use shrink-wrap tape to protect it.

FIND A SAFE HARBOR

If you have no choice but to leave your boat in the water during a hurricane, try to find a safe harbor to anchor it. Once you locate a safe place, preferably on a canal with tall pilings that can allow your boat to rise and fall with the storm surge. You should use long ropes with fray protection and can use pilings from other dock slips to create more distance. When your boat is secure in the water, it should look like a spider in the middle of a web. You can also use buoys to protect the vessel from impact against floating debris, the dock, and seawall.

DON’T WAIT

Most importantly, don’t wait until three days before a storm strikes to prepare your boat. Should you need assistance preparing your boat for hurricane season call us at (305) 758-8888.

Ideas for this article were originally published at ConsumersAdvocate.org - Preparing Your Boat for Hurricane Season.

To read more articles about how to protect your boat this hurricane season see the links below: 

Best Boat Insurance:
https://www.consumersadvocate.org/boat-insurance/best-boat-insurance

Common Boat Insurance Claims:
https://www.consumersadvocate.org/boat-insurance/common-boat-insurance-claims

What Does Boat Insurance Cover:
https://www.consumersadvocate.org/boat-insurance/what-does-boat-insurance-cover


April 12, 2018

12:40 am

Northbeach Marina Miami Spring News

Northbeach Marina Miami Spring News

Spring is the best time to be on the ocean in Miami

Springtime in South Florida is an incredible time to be out on the water. After a stormy winter, the wind is calming down, making boating, fishing and diving conditions ideal. The best part spring is the fact that on many days, you can have the water all to yourself. So before you hit the water check out our top three tips for spring in Miami.

Scuba Diving Certification

Spring can be the best time to get your Open Water Diver Certification in Miami. With cool waters, high visibility, Lobster Season in July, and over 75 reefs and wreck to dive along the Miami coastline you will want to take advantage of the incredible beauty that lies in our oceans by receiving your scuba diving certification. Completing the PADI entry-level scuba diving accreditation consists of an eight-hour online class, one day of pool training, and four open water dives. The training is typically done over a three-day period and can be completed over the weekend at most dive shops in the area. We highly recommend contacting Deco Divers.

Deep Sea Fishing

Spring is also a great time to go deep-sea fishing in Miami. There is much fish in season including the Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, and Cobia. According to Paul McCracken at Sea Salt Fish Market in Fort Lauderdale, one of the most delicious fish to catch in the spring is the Florida Dolphin otherwise knows as Mahi-Mahi. This beautiful fish can be found in waters depths over 80 feet and usually near floating debris or the open waters chasing bait. When you are ready to go deep-sea fishing, we highly recommend booking a fishing charter with an experienced captain that can lead you to the right places.

Boat Maintenance

It is essential to perform maintenance on your boat for you to enjoy a problem-free spring boating season. At NorthBeach Marina, we want nothing more than for you to have a safe, headache-free day out on the water.  To ensure your next voyage is nothing less than excellent, see our list below of spring boat maintenance tips. Our boat mechanic recommends having your boat serviced every 12-months or 100 operating hours. Also, if you tend to leave the vessel sitting for long periods of time, you should turn on the engine for 5 minutes, once every two weeks, and remember to never start your boat engine without water flowing through the engine cooling system.

Maintenance Tips:

  1. Engine Tune Up: Spring is the perfect time to schedule maintenance with your mechanic before they get busy in the summer. Take the boat in for a full tune-up. Make sure all the engine filters are changed and fluids are full. Change gear case lubricant, change the oil, replace fuel filter, and make sure your motor is running in good condition. Also, have the mechanic inspect all systems and components, such as lights, pumps, and electronics.
  2. Visual Inspection: Check the boat hull and propellers for damages. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller several times during the season to make sure discarded fishing line hasn’t become wrapped around the propeller shaft. Also, have your dealer inspect the gear case for fishing line because it can cause gear case leaks and that is not a do-it-yourself job. Finally, put a decent amount of waterproof grease on the propeller shaft to prevent corrosion from “freezing” it in place.
  3. Deep cleaning: To ensure a smoother, more efficient ride, make sure to bottom clean your boat. Algae, barnacles, oysters and other sea creatures love to stick to a clean bottom so make sure your boat gets pressure cleaned, scraped, and bottom painted before it stays in the water for extended periods of time. Also, be sure to wash the interior and exterior of the boat thoroughly and apply wax and protective coatings to the vinyl seats.
  4. Trailer Service: Make sure your lights and breaks are working properly, your tires have air and there is no corrosion on the body of your trailer.
  5. Safety Gear: Check to be sure that you have all of the required safety equipment on your boat. Check the expiration dates on flares and extinguishers and make sure you have enough life preservers for the maximum amount of people allowed on your boat.

 

 


March 3, 2018

9:55 pm

MVP Sports Tour Miami

MVP Sports Tour Miami

MVP Sports Tour is the first of its kind, combining the best in camping and summer programs with a passion for sports.

The program includes private tours of the nation’s most iconic sports landmarks, meet and greets with collegiate/professional athletes, and the opportunity to play sports at some of the coolest venues in the country. You will create lifelong friendships with others who share your passion for sports.

The tour departs from Miami, Florida and ends in New York, New York.

Founder and CEO of MVP Sports Tour, Michael Levy, will be leading the tour. Additional staff will be highly qualified and undergo an extensive interview process as well as training. All staff members will be sports enthusiasts and have had previous experience working with teens of this age group. There will be one staff member with medical experience.

Learn more, click here…


February 13, 2018

1:37 am

Miami International Boat Show Guide 2018

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Miami International Boat Show 2018

View our guide to the Miami International Boat Show

The Miami International Boat Show will take place on President’s Day weekend, February 15-19, 2018, at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. This year, Strictly Sail Miami, will join forces with the event to create a massive show that will feature more than 1,300 boats and yachts. In addition to all of the great boats, there will be hundreds of vendors showcasing the latest in boating accessories and technology, and when you get hungry, six food courts that will feature more than 150 food and drink options. If you are a boating enthusiast, this is one event you do not want to miss.

2018 Miami Boat Show Guide:

Date: Thursday through Monday, February 15-19th. 2018

Location: Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway.

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking: Come by land or sea to the show. Water taxies operate from 9 am to 7 pm during the event and you can take the shuttle from Bayfront Park or the American Airlines Arena.

Parking Info

Tickets: Tickets cost $25 per day for adults and admission is free for ages 13 and younger.

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