Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale Spring News

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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:

  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.