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Hurricane Season Tips Boat Owners Must See

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Hurricane Season Tips Boat Owners Must See

Hurricane Season Boat Preparation Tips 2017 With the start of hurricane season in Fort Lauderdale on June 1st, there is no better time than now to prepare your boat to weather the storm. Hurricane Season in Fort Lauderdale officially started June first and runs through November 30th. Last year was the most active season since 2012, with four major hurricanes including Hurricane Mathew that caused destruction along the Northeast coast of Florida.  For the 2017 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict an active year, with up nine hurricanes. No matter how many storms we see this season; it only takes one to cause major destruction to your vessel. We are especially reminded of this as we mark the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24th.  With the 2017 Hurricane Season here, there’s no better time than now to prepare your boat to make sure it is ready to withstand a major storm. 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. REVIEW BOAT INSURANCE 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, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages.  Dry Boat Storage Tips REMOVE BOAT FROM THE WATER 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. REMOVE COVER If you leave the boat outside during a storm it is best to 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. REMOVE NONWATERPROOF ITEMS 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 OPENINGS 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. REMOVE DRAIN PLUGS If you are storing your boat on dry land, remove the drain plugs out of your boat can be 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...

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Special Rates Available for Boat Storage

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Special Rates Available for Boat Storage

Summer Boat Storage Special 2017 Special summer rates available for new customers on covered boat storage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida For a limited time only and while space is available, new customers can receive special summer rates on covered boat storage at our marina in Fort Lauderdale along the New River. Just-in-time for the 2017 Hurricane Season (June 1 – November 30), we offer clean, safe, and affordable boat storage for vessels of all sizes. Contact us today for rates....

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New River Train Bridge Closing for Repairs

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in News | Comments Off on New River Train Bridge Closing for Repairs

The New River Train Bridge will close temporarily February 11-23 Affecting All Boat Travel The train bridge located a few feet from our docks along the Fort Lauderdale New River will temporally close at approximately 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 affecting all boat travel. The schedule close is needed for enhancements to accommodate the new, All Aboard Florida train that can take passengers from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando in 3 hours. With the bridge closed for almost two weeks, there will be no access for our customers and all other boaters to make it through the New River from either side of the bridge. Please share the news with your friend’s and fellow boaters. Should you have any questions on how this can affect you, please contact our Marina at 954-527-1829. With the bridge closure causing many issues for the entire boating community in Fort Lauderdale, we have some recommendations that can help you get through this downtime. Take the West Route To avoid becoming stuck on either side of the train bridge, we recommend using the west route leaving our marina along the south fork of the New River and up through the Dania Canal, which lets you out in Harbor Town, just south of the Port. It’s a slow ride, up to 3 hours to access the intercostal, due to the zero wake zones. Although it’s a longer trip, the sites of the lush mangroves and winding canal are beautiful. It’s a perfect way to enjoy some sun while knocking back a few cold ones with friends. When you exit the river, you will be let out near Jimbo’s Sand Bar, a local favorite in Hollywood and highly recommended by our staff. Attend the 2017 Miami Boat Show The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show has moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Beach Key. The event takes place over President’s Day Weekend, Thursday, February 16 through- Monday the 20th. Admission is $25 for adults and kids 15, and younger are free. Learn more at: http://www.miamiboatshow.com/ Rent a Boat Trailer & Head South Our sister company Happy Trailer Rentals offers low-cost boat trailer’s for rent in Fort Lauderdale making it easy to transport your boat to the Keys for the weekend without the burden of owning a trailer. They have an extensive inventory of Jet Ski and fishing boat trailers for rent by the day or week- at the best prices in town. Learn more at: http://www.happytrailerrentals.com Perform Boat Maintenance & Repairs If you choose not to take your boat out during this time, we strongly recommend using the down time to perform routine maintenance and inspections. From a simple oil change to hull cleaning, we can help ensure your boat is performing at it’s best in 2017. To schedule your boat maintenance, contact Bud at Boat Tech 954-527-1829....

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2016 Hurricane Season Forecast & Boat Preparation Tips

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in News | Comments Off on 2016 Hurricane Season Forecast & Boat Preparation Tips

Is Your Boat Ready for the 2016 Hurricane Season in Ft. Lauderdale? Fort Lauderdale is no stranger to devastating hurricanes. However, we have 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. 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”. Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale strongly encourages 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...

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A Guide To Fishing Season in Fort Lauderdale

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in News, Tips | Comments Off on A Guide To Fishing Season in Fort Lauderdale

Size Does Matter When it Comes to Fishing Season in Fort Lauderdale The winds are starting to lie down, the sun is just getting fired up, and a wonderful season for fishing in Fort Lauderdale 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 the inlets 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 Fort Lauderdale? 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 at myfwc.com. Now is the season for Wahoo  and for Blackfin Tuna as well. May through July is peak season for Mahi and Amberjack so get out there on the ocean. Fishing Regulations Cheat Sheet There are many rules and regulations to be aware of when it comes to fishing in 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. Download Cheat Sheet (PDF) click here What do you think? What are you thoughts about Fishing Season in Ft. Lauderdale? 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 954-527-1829 or click...

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Super El Niño Bad Weather Boating Tips

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Super El Niño Bad Weather Boating Tips

Bad Weather Boating Tips for a Wet Winter in Ft. Lauderdale As hurricane season winds down in Fort Lauderdale, 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 menacing hurricanes. However, experts are predicting a much different story for 2016, making boat safety and maintenance essential as we welcome in the New Year. In Miami, 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 on-par with what we’ve been experiencing this fall. As a result of the increased storms, boaters can experience poor water conditions and low visibility without warning. 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...

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