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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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January 26, 2018

3:28 am

Diving with Sharks in the Bahamas

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Winter Shark Diving in the Bahamas

Looking for an adventure this winter? Take the short ferry ride over to Bimini in the Bahamas and experience shark diving at its finest


Written by: Carli Shekels
Photo by: Paula Herman

Winter in South Florida brings high winds, cold water, and isn’t quite the perfect time for boating but there are undoubtedly other ways to play during this season! If you’re a diver and are looking for something fun during Miami’s winter months, consider taking the FRS Caribbean Ferry over to Bimini in the Bahamas to dive with Hammerhead sharks! Bimini Undersea Dive Shop offers a unique trip that’s very close to home. After a 2-hour ferry ride, the shop will escort you to the dive boat where you will suit up, travel to the dive site, and wait for the Hammerheads to arrive. Once the first Hammerhead appears, you can jump in and watch the feeding. Typical dives can last well over an hour, and even though it’s a bit chilly (especially for us South Floridians!), the beauty and excitement of seeing these fantastic creatures can keep you warm.

I had the privilege of diving last weekend, and the experience was truly incredible. The dive staff was very accommodating, professional and promoted safety, which is something that I always appreciate. The feeder was a pro, and he made sure to put the safety of the divers first. The water was full of large, hungry Nurse sharks when we jumped in and eventually; the Hammerheads came to have a mid-afternoon snack. They ranged from 10’-12’ and we got to see a “baby” 10’ Tiger Shark cruise by, as well. The water was cold; however, with a 3mm wetsuit, a hood, and gloves, it was bearable for the 75-minute dive. Other divers (maybe with warmer blood!) stayed down longer before heading back to the boat. Once back at shore, we had just enough time to change and have some conch salad before heading to the ferry to return home. It’s a full day of adventure but well worth it if you are interested in seeing some impressive sharks!

Take advantage of our proximity to the Bahamas, and the quick ferry trip to enjoy shark diving and exploring while your boat hibernates this winter. 

 


December 14, 2017

11:25 pm

Marina Holiday Operating Hours

North Beach Marina Hours & Holiday Closures

Northbeach Marina would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. Please make a note that we will have special marina operating hours during the holidays. Be sure to review the details below so that you are not inconvenienced. If you have any questions, please call us at 305-758-8888 or email northbeachmarina@aol.com.

Christmas: Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Closed at 2:30 PM
  • No Night Launches

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Closed/ No Access

New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • Closed at 2:30 PM
  • Order New Year’s Eve Night launches by 2:00 PM

New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Closed/ No Access