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Top Lobster Catching Gear

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Tips | Comments Off on Top Lobster Catching Gear

Top Florida Lobster Catching Gear  See our list of the top lobstering equipment for the Florida Spinney Lobster Season The 2018 Florida Lobster Season started off with much success for local divers in Fort Lauderdale with plenty of lobster for everyone. Personally, we limited out in the first few hours of mini-season opening and most recently scored 11 bugs off the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea using the air hookah system. With the first few dives under our belt for the season, we noticed some of our gear breaking down and in need of replacement. Now that it’s time to purchase new lobstering equipment we want to share with you our list of top lobster catching gear for 2018. Low Volume Dive Mask Omer Alien Spear-Fishing Mask – $60.00 Automatic Subframe Scuba Mask – $114.95 Dive Fins Cressi Pro Light Fits -$51.95 Cressi Gara Modular Full Heal – $149.95 Kevlar Dive Gloves Akona Bug Hunter 1mm – $20.95 Evo 3mm Dive Glove – $34.99 Lobster Bag Lobster Inn -$47.99 Deluxe One Hand – $73.99 Lobster Snare Economy Lobster Snare – $24.99 Equalizer Lobster Snare – $64.99 Lobster Tickle Stick Aluminum Curved Tick Stick – $4.99 Pro Teaser 2 Telescopic Lobster Tickle Stick – $29.99 Lobster Net Tear Drop Net https – $14.99 Lobster Net and Snare Combo Snet – $39.99  Lobster Guage Yellow Plastic – $1.00 Aluminum – $2.99 Lobster Deveiner Tool D Vein https – $14.99 Third Lung Brownie – $1,993.00 Airline...

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7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in News, Tips | Comments Off on 7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season Riverfront Marina welcomes the 2018-19 Lobster Season in Fort Lauderdale The Lobster Mini Season in Fort Lauderdale will begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 25th and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 26th. The regular 8-month lobster season will start on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2019. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt! SAFETY FIRST There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during the lobster mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. Also, as tempting, as is it may seem to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, do not. You can get stuck or injured by an unknown creature lurking below. KNOW YOUR LIMITS During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of twelve lobsters per person per day in Broward and Miami Dade Counties except for Biscayne National Park. In the primary season, one can take a maximum of 6 lobsters per person per day. See the official Lobster Season rules SIZE MATTERS It is important to remember the body of the lobster excluding the tail should be larger than 3″, measured in the water.  One should carry a measuring device at all times. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water. BUY A “LICENSE” OR GET FINED You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in Lobster Season. To acquire these items, one can easily pick them up from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. PURCHASE THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT There is nothing more frustrating then malfunctioning equipment during a dive. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to have your gear tested and prepped before you head out. SCHEDULE YOU BOAT LAUNCH IN ADVANCE The Lobster mini-season is one of the busiest days of the year at our Marina. Be sure to schedule your boat launches in advance to avoid longer than usual wait times. Call us at 954-527-1829. HAVE FUN To kick off the 2018 Lobster Season, the town of Lauderdale-by-the Sea will host its annual BugFest-By-The-Sea celebration and dive festival. The party starts July 24th and includes a mini-season kickoff party, a John Chatterton Wreck Diving Workshop, and Diveheart benefit concert on July 28th. Learn...

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How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in News, Tips | Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane The 2018 Hurricane Season in Fort Lauderdale 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 (954)...

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Winter Shark Diving In The Bahamas

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Diving, Tips | Comments Off on Winter Shark Diving In The Bahamas

Winter Shark Diving in the Bahamas Looking for an adventure this winter? Take the short ferry ride over to 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 Fort Lauderdale’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 from Fort Lauderdale and the quick ferry trip to enjoy shark diving and exploring while your boat hibernates this winter....

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2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Tips

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in News, Tips | Comments Off on 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Tips

58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Tips A Strong Economy and Great Weather Conditions Look to Make the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show One of the Busiest in Recent Years. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat starts on Wednesday, November 1st and ends on Sunday, November 5th, 2017. Coming into its 58th year, the Sun-Sentinel reports this year should be one of the best in recent years and should have an economic impact as high as the SuperBowl due to a healthy economy and beautiful weather conditions. This year’s show will feature more than 1,600 boats and 1,400 exhibitors from around the world. Guests visiting can see everything from fishing boats and superyachts to electronics and marine accessories. Before you head out to the show, be sure to check out our tips below. Boat Show Tips Parking is expensive. Take alternative transportation like the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi from the Riverfront Marina or UBER to the Las Olas bridge and walk to the event. Protect your body: Wsunblocklock, comfortable shoes, and light clothing. Bring cash for food, drinks, and sweet deals on vendor products. Walk around the docks and ask to tour boats. If you are looking to purchase a boat, secure a bank loan before attending and have 15%-20% for a down payment. Make a plan on what you want to see, as the event space is massive. No animals allowed, except for service animals, and Party Animals! Make new friends. There are many industry experts and characters of all types to meet. Purchase tickets online and use a discount voucher from Bennett Auto Supply. Have Fun! Important Boat Show Links Purchase Tickets Discount Ticket Voucher Fort Lauderdale Water...

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Boat Safety Tips for Labor Day

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Boat Safety Tips for Labor Day

10 Boat Safety Tips to Help You Keep Safe on the Water this Labor Day Weekend Happy Labor Day from everyone at Riverfront Marina! Established by the Labor Movement in 1894, Labor Day is one of the most time-honored traditions in America celebrating the contributions we’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. As boaters and party-goers from around the world flock to Fort Lauderdale for the last major holiday before the fall, we would like to remind you of a few safety tips as you plan to head out on the water for Labor Day Weekend in Miami, Florida. Top 10 Boating Tips for Labor Day 1. Don’t Drink and Operate a Boat: In 2016, alcohol use was the top reason why fatal boating accidents occur in America according to the US Coast Guard’s annual report. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. 2. Always Have Life Jackets: Everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket while the boat is in operation. 80% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 83% were not wearing a life jacket. Make sure that you have an appropriately sized life jacket for every person on board. 3. Communicate Emergency Plan: Communicate your plan with the people on your boat and at least one person on shore in case something should go wrong. Also, it is recommended to inform the persons on shore when you will be departing and arriving back at the dock and to call to confirm your safe voyage. 4. Don’t Break the Rules: Boater education courses can help you understand laws, navigation rules, emergency situations, and other useful tips. The top five contributing factors in boating accidents include operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure. 5. Use the Kill-Switch: Many accidents involve boaters who fall overboard without having been clipped to the engine kill switch. This important piece of equipment can help protect you by stopping the engines should you get ejected overboard. 6. Follow the Weather: Check weather conditions often and be aware of storm warnings before you head out on the water. In Miami, the weather can change drastically within minutes.  Be prepared for sun or storm. 7. Wear Sunscreen: The Florida Sun is brutal. Be sure to bring a minimum of a 50 proof sunscreen and apply every few hours to avoid sunburn. It is also recommended to wear a hat, sunglasses, and cover up when in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If you should get burned, Tylenol and Aloe Vera gel can help alleviate the pain. 8. Drink Water: Sun poisoning is not something we made up to scare the snowbirds. Make sure to drink plenty of water and to stay shaded to avoid becoming dehydrated when on the water for extended periods of time.  Especially when indulging in alcohol, do not forget to hydrate! 9. Avoid the Propellers. Many accidents involve non-boaters near the engine propellers. Be sure the area is clear when starting and stopping the boat engines. There were 171 accidents in 2016 which a propeller struck at least one person. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 24 deaths and 175 injuries. 10. Be Courteous: Realize that you are sharing the water with other people so please make sure to be courteous to other boats. Wave, keep your music at a low roar when anchored/beached next to someone, and make sure to leave with everything you came with (take your garbage with...

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