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February 17, 2017

4:14 am

2017 Miami Boat Show Guide

2017 Miami Boat Show Guide

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show returns to Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Beach Key over President’s Day Weekend. See boats of all sizes, makes, and models while shopping for the latest in marine accessories, technology, and clothing. The event runs from Thursday, February 16 through – Monday the 20th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and admission is free for ages 15 and younger.

Beat the Crowds

There are several options for getting to this year’s show including the water taxi and shuttles buses. Water taxies operate from 9 am to 7 pm during the event. Downtown lots are located at Marlins Park and American Airlines Arena. Pick-up and drop-off locations are Bayfront Park, American Airlines Arena, the Hyatt Hotel and the W Miami.

Learn more at: http://www.miamiboatshow.com/


November 17, 2016

4:43 am

2016 Winterfest Boat Parade

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2016 Winterfest Boat Parade Guide

The Winterfest Boat Parade Heats Up South Florida

One of our biggest events is coming up in December: The 45th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade. On December 10, 2016, beautifully lit and decorated boats will line up in the Fort Lauderdale New River and parade for 12 miles. Boats of all sizes will adorn their decks with lights and decorations, blast music, entertainment and even some celebrity guests as the holiday season kicks off in true South Florida style.

Winterfest Boat Parade Schedule

During the 2 ½ hour parade, you’ll see this year’s theme unfold: “ Comics and Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away” and you’ll be able to see this year’s Grand Marshall, Pitbull. There are many places to watch the parade and to find out more about it, you can visit the website at https://winterfestparade.com/.

Boat Parade Entry Application

https://winterfestparade.com/parade-application

Virtual Parade Route

http://earthnc.com/winterfest

Bridge Closure Schedule

https://winterfestparade.com/when-are-the-bridges-up

Watch from the Water

We have the perfect place to launch your boat to watch the boat parade in Fort Lauderdale. Our sister company, Riverfront Marina & Pirate Bar is located along the New River at 20 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33315. Contact us to schedule you boat launch at 954-527-1829.

North Beach Miami Boat Parade December 17th

Although not as big and extravagant as Winterfest, North Miami Beach has a twinkling boat parade of its own! The North Beach Boat Parade is set to sail on December 17, 2016, from 86th Street. What started as a small neighborhood parade is quickly expanding into a fun community event that gives our locals something to both enjoy and participate in. For information or to participate in this fun family event, you can visit the website at http://www.northbeachboatparade.com/.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


July 15, 2016

10:17 pm

2016 Hurricane Season Predictions & Boat Preparation Tips

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Is Your Boat Ready for the 2016 Hurricane Season in Miami?

Miami is no stranger to devastating hurricanes. However, Florida has gone a record ten years without a major storm touching land of a category 3 or higher —the last hurricane being Wilma in October 2005. Have we become too complacent with our decade-long good fortune of near misses? Possibly! That’s why we have compiled a list of hurricane preparation tips and resources for you to consider this year that can help mitigate damage to your boat caused by these storms.

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2016 Hurricane Season Predictions

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1st and will run until November 30th, with the peak period between early August through the end of October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said 2016 will be a “near-normal” hurricane season with 10 to 16 storms that could come hurtling toward the US coast this year. “This is a more challenging hurricane season outlook than most because it’s difficult to determine whether there will be reinforcing or competing climate influences on tropical storm development,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “However, a near-normal prediction for this season suggests we could see more hurricane activity than we’ve seen in the last three years, which were below normal.

Hurricane Season Boat Preparation Tips

The first step in preparing for a hurricane is to create a hurricane plan. When formulating a hurricane plan, you must always keep in mind that “life comes before property”. At North Beach Marina, we strongly encourage that you heed all evacuation notices issued by your local county emergency management office regardless of the vulnerability of your boat.

Boat Storage Tips for Hurricane Season:

  • If you have a smaller boat, somewhere under 35’ feet, it is safest for the boat (and for your mental well-being) to get it out of the water completely. Whether the boat is on a trailer, next to your house, or at a dry storage marina, the boats that are stored dry typically see less damage than those left in the water during a hurricane.
  • Leave the cover off of the boat, especially if it is expensive or custom-made. The cover on the boat will collect rainwater and strain the cover, tearing it in the process. If the cover comes loose during a storm, it will fall victim to the wind, and more than likely get ruined. Your boat was made to get wet, so let it, leave it uncovered during a storm.
  • We recommend that you take anything off the boat that’s not supposed to get wet, or that is light enough to fly away in a heavy wind. This includes (but is not limited to) cushions, dock lines, flags, Bimini tops, and GPS/radios. Make sure to secure anything else that cannot be removed from the boat.
  • Seal all openings on the boat to keep it watertight (hatches, cabinets, doors, etc.). To help keep things secure during a storm, use duct tape for an easy remedy.
  • Keep the drain plugs out of your boat is also a good idea. If the boat fills up with water, the added weight can negatively affect the way it sits on your trailer or dry-rack. Marinas typically keep the drain plugs out, however, if your boat is on a trailer, it’s a good practice to keep the drain plug out. Just remember to put the plug back in before using the boat next!

Boat in the Water

If you have no choice but to leave your boat in the water during a hurricane, try to find a safe harbor to anchor. Once you find a safe place, hopefully, off of the deep water, look around. Are there rocks? Are you near a seawall? Is your boat anchored on a sandy bottom or a rocky ledge? What obstacles can the boat come into contact with during violent winds, storm surges, or if the boat breaks loose from its anchor?

If you are docking your boat make sure your dock is in good shape -make any needed improvements to ensure the dock holds up during the storm. As crunch time approaches, double tie or triple tie your boat to the dock.

Final Tips For Hurricane Season

Finally, it is wise to make sure that you have all of your boat documents in an easily accessible location and that the insurance is up to date. Also, to help with insurance claims, keep receipts and take photos or video of your boat.

You can take all the precautions in the world to secure your boat, but Mother Nature sometimes gets the best of us. Make sure you to prepare and stay safe.

Important Hurricane Resources for Boaters:

NOAA - National Hurricane Center

Spaghetti Models – Hurricane Tracking

If you have any questions or need help preparing your boat for this year’s hurricane season contact us at 786-353-0951 or click here.


April 20, 2016

1:27 am

A Guide to Fishing Season in Miami

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Size Does Matter When it Comes to Fishing Season in Miami

The winds are starting to lie down, the sun is just getting fired up, and a wonderful season for fishing in Miami is upon us. With lobster season come and gone and stone crab season coming to its end, there are many other possibilities to go fishing as we head into summer. From the deep sea to Biscayne Bay there are plenty of opportunities to catch your next dinner or bragging rights. It’s all fun and games until you get a fine, so whether you’re hunting for Wahoo or Mahi, grouper or kingfish, we want you to be safe when it comes to size and season regulations. View our guide below to a successful 2016 Fishing Season in South Florida. And remember; to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), size and timing do matter. So pay attention to what’s in season and the size of your catch or get fined.

What’s in Season Now–Grouper, Wahoo, Tuna?

The big question everyone is asking us is when is Grouper Season in South Florida? Offshore, the grouper are biting like crazy…probably because they know that they’re untouchable! Grouper is off limits until May 1st, in which the season will run until December 31. Learn more about Grouper Season in Miami at myfwc.com. Now is the season for Wahoo (although we hear that the moon has a lot to do with the quantity of fish biting this time of year) and for Blackfin Tuna as well. May through July is peak season for Mahi and Amberjack so get out there on the ocean soon before it’s too late.

Fishing the Bay and Flats

If you’re not in the mood to be out in open water, fishing Biscayne Bay and the flats are fantastic options. If you’re fishing bayside, make sure to have some live shrimp and get ready to catch the ravenous speckled trout that are chowing down. April through July is also a very good time to sharpen up on your fly fishing skills in Biscayne Bay. The tarpon are here in abundance, and if you’re looking for the Slam (tarpon, permit, bonefish), it just might happen during these next few months. Have you and someone you know caught the Slam before? Please share your stories in the comments section below. We would love to here your tails.

Fishing Regulations Cheat Sheet

There are many rules and regulations to be aware of when it comes to fishing in Miami and South Florida. Below is a rules and regulations cheat sheet for Saltwater Fishing from mywfc.com. It’s a great document to keep on your boat so you don’t get hit with a fine while trying to have a good time. Also, we recommend laminating the cheat sheet and keeping with your other important documents on the boat.

Download Cheat Sheet

(PDF) click here

What do you think? What are you thoughts about Fishing Season in Miami? What tips would you add? Leave your questions and comments in the box below. Also, if you have a story about catching the Slam, please share!

For more information about Fishing Season contact the marina at 305-758-8888 or click here.


December 1, 2015

5:26 am

Super El Niño Bad Weather Boating Tips

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Bad Weather Boating Tips for a Wet Winter in Miami

As hurricane season winds down, Florida boat owners have another weather phenomenon to worry about this year, “Super El Niño.” This year’s Super El Niño has so far protected us from troubling hurricanes. However, forecasters are predicting a far different story for 2016, making boat safety essential as we welcome the New Year.

In South Florida, El Niño can bring more rain and cooler weather this winter than we’re used to — which can have a big effect on fishing and diving activities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center gives Florida a 70 percent chance of above-normal rainfall, which is consistent with what we’ve been experiencing this fall.

As a result of the increased precipitation and cloud coverage, boaters can experience poor water conditions and low visibility without warning. Furthermore, as a result of the excess rainfall, inshore coastal areas can often experience low salinity levels due to the run-off water, which can have negative impacts on local marine life. On the positive side, the increased rainfall can recharge aquifers and restore lakes water levels.

Review out boating tips below about preparing yourself for bad weather during this Super El Nino year. The following tips were collected from various resources and our friends in the Marine and Boating Industry.

El Nino Boating Tips

1. Monitor the weather channel on your VHF radio.
2. Get a good fix of your position and plot it on your chart to safer waters or shore.
3. Talk to your passengers and make sure when that when bad weather arrives to keep low in the boat, don’t move around excessively and don’t go out on deck unless necessary.
4. Break out your storm gear and put it on before the weather gets poor.
5. Secure all hatches; close all ports and windows.
6. Pump bilges dry and repeat as required.
7. Secure all loose items above decks and below.
8. Ready emergency equipment like hand pumps, bailers, first aid kit, signaling device, and flare gun etc.
9. Make sure the life raft is in good condition and properly equipped with food and water.
10. Turn on navigation lights
11. Keep away from metal objects
12. Keep a lookout for floating debris and other boats.
13. Do not operate the boat from the tower
14. Have semi-annual boat maintenance.

If you have questions about our Niño Boating Tips or want to know about the weather at our Miami Marina give us a call today at 305-758-8888 or click here.