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Where to Watch the Fireworks in Fort Lauderdale

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Where to Watch the Fireworks in Fort Lauderdale

Where to watch the fireworks in Fort Lauderdale by Boat Gas up the boat; stock the coolers, and get ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! Happy Independence Day from everyone at the Riverfront Marina. The Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday this year. Take advantage of the numerous celebrations in South Florida that will feature fireworks that you can view from the water. See our list of the top destination in Fort Lauderdale to see the fireworks by boat. Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean. Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard Lauderdale-by-the-Se  Fourth of July Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean near Commercial Pier, Fireworks will be shot off from the beach, just north of El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive. Hollywood Beach Star-spangled Spectacular Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean. Charnow Park, 1500 N. Broadwalk Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m Address: View from the ocean. Deerfield Beach Pier, 149 SE 21st Ave. Deerfield Beach,...

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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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Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale Spring News

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale Spring News

Riverfront Marina Spring News Spring is the best time to be on the ocean in Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale. Scuba Diving Certification Spring can be the best time to get your Open Water Diver Certification in Fort Lauderdale With cool waters, high visibility, Lobster Season in July, and over 75 reefs and wreck to dive along the South Florida 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. Deep Sea Fishing Spring is also a great time to go deep-sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale. 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 Riverfront 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: 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. 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...

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Holiday Hours & Closures

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Holiday Hours & Closures

Riverfront Marina Hours & Holiday Closures Riverfront 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 954-527-1829 or click here. 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...

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Winterfest Boat Parade 2017

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Winterfest Boat Parade 2017

Winterfest Boat Parade 2017 Happy Holidays from everyone at Riverfront Marina! Join us for the Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade taking place along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday, December 9, starting at 6:30 PM, traveling east along the intercostal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. This family-friendly event will showcase boats of all sizes with incredible light displays and music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This year’s boat parade theme is “Broadway”, and the grand marshals will be country music stars Big & Rich. The best way to see the parade is from the Riverwalk in downtown or the Grandstand area inside of the Birch State Park just north of Sunrise Boulevard. Be sure to check the bridge closure schedule to avoid travel delays. Bridge Closure Schedule https://winterfestparade.com/when-are-the-bridges-up Winterfest Boat Parade Info...

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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....

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2017 Lobster Season Guide

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in News, Tips | Comments Off on 2017 Lobster Season Guide

2017 Lobster Season Guide Everything you need to know about the Lobster Season in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Riverfront Marina welcomes the 2017-18 Lobster Season. The Mini Season in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year. For 2017, the Lobster Mini Season will begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 26th and ends at midnight on Thursday. The regular 8-month lobster season will start August 6th and runs through March 31, 2018. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt! 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 Carapace or 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 to avoid fines as 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. FINAL TIPS FOR LOBSTER SEASON Schedule your boat launch in advance Get out on the water early to hit your limit Bring friends for safety Get Scuba Certified Rent a boat trailer and head to the Keys Have...

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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,...

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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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