Six Upgrades Any Bradenton Boat Owner Can Use

Are you thinking about making a few upgrades to your boat? The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are a Bradenton boat owner occupying one of our slips, you may want to ask Santa for a few new items to take your vessel to the next level. For less than $500, the below improvements that can make your boat less prone to problems, safer, or more energy efficient. Power or sail, you can improve your boat with these upgrades.

1. Marinco GalvanAlert

What is a Marinco GalvanAlert and why do you need one? If your boat spends its life on a mooring, you don’t have to worry about this one. If your boat is stationed at a dock, however, GalvanAlert could save you several thousand dollars in corrosion-related damage.

Whenever you’re plugged in at a dock, you’re electrically connected to your dock neighbors. Electrical leakage current can easily travel from one boat to another through the dock’s wiring. Furthermore, electrical reverse polarity creates a shock hazard on your Bradenton boat.

The GalvanAlert can warn you of these potential hazards with its four LED warning lights. It will flash a signal before any damage is done, so you can unplug your boat and fix the problem at hand.

2. Blue Sea System’s VSM Monitor

System monitors are nothing new, but the Blue Sea VSM monitor is extra special. The VSM unit will monitor bilge pump activity, including run time duration, number of cycles, and volume. Also, its precision battery monitoring will greatly enhance your on-board experience.

The VSM expands on the Peukert’s equation to give you more precise analysis, based on the varying charge and discharge rates for normal marine batteries. The refined algorithm also enables the VSM to adjust for changes that naturally occur as a battery ages.

The VSM keeps track of 22 different vital measurements and provides 15 programmable alarm settings. The unit has ignition protection, and is also waterproof. Sensors for the various functions are available as needed and range from about $15 to about $100.

3. Anchoring System

When was the last time you fully inspected your boat’s anchoring system? Are the chain and rode in good condition? Is the rode attached to your boat, or is the bitter end lying in the bottom of your anchor locker?

Most boaters today either try to rent a mooring or slide up to a transient dock when cruising. The anchor rode doesn’t see much sunlight, unless the chips are down and you really need it.

It’s time to pull that stronghold to the ocean floor out of its locker and inspect it. Replace any and all worn parts. While you’re at it, add some length indicators to your rode. For well under $500, you can spend a Saturday morning replacing any components in your anchor system.

4. Rusty Stainless Steel

Rust that emerges from stainless steel fasteners and fittings are a clue that it’s time for some TLC. In most cases, you need to do more than hose down your boat with your favorite rust remover. Everyone wants to show off their boat while renting a slip in our Palmetto Marina, and rust will not help that shine.

If you see rust, it means the fitting is suffering from crevice corrosion. You’ll need to remove and inspect the part. Prices will vary depending upon which fitting needs to be replaced. To make sure this doesn’t happen again in the near future, make sure the bolt or fastener is completely sealed.

5. LED Lighting

LED lighting has come of age. Manufacturers have mostly figured out ways to overcome prevalent issues such as voltage sensitivity and chromaticity. Since you already have your boat, you can’t take complete advantage of LED lighting’s very low electrical current draw by using small wires. But you can take advantage of the huge reduction in power usage by installing LED light bulbs.

Prices will vary anywhere from $7 to $40 depending upon how sophisticated the light array is. These bulbs are available from a variety of vendors. Who wouldn’t like their boat to display in bright colors at night in our Bradenton Marina?

6. Jabsco Oil Changer

Changing the oil on your boat’s engine can be a messy operation. The Jabsco oil changer is extremely helpful. The changer lays flat, giving it a nice, stable footing. It comes with a dip-stick catheter so you can suck the oil out of your engine into the unit’s 31/2 gallon reservoir. The pump runs just by clipping the two leads directly to you engine battery. This device will make your boating life much easier.

And all of these items can take your Bradenton boat to the next level for well under $500. A nice holiday gift indeed if you ask us!

Ocean Paradise Wins Rina Green Plus Prize For Being Eco-Friendly

The new 55-meter Italian mega-yacht, Ocean Paradise, recently won the Rina Green Plus prize for being the most eco-friendly yacht in the world. The boat was presented in a world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show as the year’s leading example of yacht constructors’ efforts to reduce the carbon footprints of their vessels. 07_OP_at-anchor_2

The Rina Green Plus prize is awarded based on criteria set out by Rina, a marine services company, in its Green Plus certification label, which encourages all manufacturers to produce more eco-friendly vessels.

There are several innovative green technologies aboard the magnificent Ocean Paradise. It contains a system that reabsorbs greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit their dispersion in the marine environment. The hull of the yacht boasts a brand new coating, reducing resistance in the water and thus enhancing full efficiency. The vessel is also lit with next-generation LED lights, also an optimal choice for energy efficiency.

The stunning mega-yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. Spacious and bright, with smooth leather, glossy wood and bright glass finishes, the Ocean Paradise comes with extravagant touches like the private balcony in the Master Cabin. Her extensive panoramic sundeck features a luxurious jacuzzi, indoor/outdoor gym, dance floor, and exterior TV. The mega-yacht is also equipped with several water toys, such as jet skis, Sea Bobs, paddleboards, and kayaks.

What do you think about this “mega-yacht”? Do you think you would like to see it over here in our Bradenton marina next to your boat on a daily basis?

Top Luxurious Yachts For Your Next Vacation

Are you in the midst of planning your next big vacation? Do you feel like you’ve seen and done it all? If you’re tired of spending time in the same old cities and countries you’ve been visiting for years, consider booking your next holiday on a luxurious mega-yacht. If money is no object, your options are limitless.


Yacht AmaryllisYacht Amaryllis

Floating regally at 258ft, Amaryllis was built in 2011 by Abeking and Rasmussen. This beautiful yacht includes a master suite, one VIP stateroom, four double cabins, and one twin cabin. Beautifully decorated with tasteful pieces of art and furnished with bespoke pieces from Silverlining, this extravagant mega-yacht is a spectacle to behold. The sundeck features a 20ft swimming pool, while the back-end of the yacht offers a top-of-the-line gym with incredible views of the ocean. Unfortunately, this splendid luxury comes with a hefty price tag. At over one million dollars per week, this mega-yacht may exceed even the wealthiest family’s budget. This may just take up about all of our slips available at our Bradenton Marina!


Yacht EcstaseaYacht Ecstasea

At nearly 300ft in length, Ecstasea is the largest mega-yacht on this list. Originally built in 2004 for billionaire Roman Abramovich, Ecstasea is now privately owned by philanthropist Sonja Zuckerman. The gorgeous mega-yacht is available for hire on the French Riviera, costing around $750,000 per week. Ecstasea hosts an elegant and comfortable atmosphere, offering beautiful furnishings, timeless styling, and lavish seating throughout the vessel. Ecstasea’s speed and ultra-modern stabilization system are what truly set it apart from other yachts. With a cruising speed of 14 knots, a maximum speed of 33 knots, and anchor stabilizers that increase onboard comfort, Ecstasea provides a silky smooth cruising experience.


Yacht ImagineAmels-212-luxury-motor-yacht-Imagine

This magnificent mega-yacht features 215ft of fine art, handcrafted interiors, expansive decks, and luxuriant mini-suites. Exceptional indoor accommodations, such as two VIP balconies and a glass elevator, combined with outdoor water toys, such as wave-runners and a water slide, make this yacht the perfect fusion of indoor luxury and outdoor fun. In addition, Imagine offers four decks towering above the water, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, and a gym for those who find it hard to stay away from a strenuous workout. At $465,000 per week, this is the least

Now this is definitely what luxury looks like on the water. Which of these three yachts would you like to take around our Bradenton Marina? Leave a comment below and let us know!

A Different Way To Cool Your Boats Battery System

A Different Way To Cool Your Boats Battery System

With this years Cruising World Magazine’s Boat of the Year contest recently we can really sit back and appreciate all the technological advancements from this last year. Specifically we saw not one,  but three unique approaches to set up and using.


Whether it’s an AGM battery or an lithium ion, one thing is the same between the two; their re-charge acceptance rates are substantially better than with the traditional flooded electrolyte battery systems. What this means to the not terribly tech-savvy of us out there is that your boats alternator can end up working very much harder than it really needs to just to keep up. Which means your alternator will be getting really, really hot!


This heat is one of the leading factors that will cause electrical failure in your devices. Replacing a modern, high output alternator is quite the expense too, upwards of $1000! Not exactly what I’d love to be spending money on.


There are several ways to avoid this issue. A temperature sensor can be mounted on the alternator that is in tune with the system voltage regulator and will turn off your alternator when it gets too hot. Also, using a more effective cooling system than basic engine room ventilation could have a huge effect on keeping electrical issues to a minimum. The blue duct work in the above picture is actually a directional vent vane, very similar to that of what you’d see in your car dashboard which is aimed right at the alternator above it.


There are plenty of cool and innovative ways out there to keep you sailing smoothly! We love reading up about all of these at Riviera Dunes Marina and want to see what you have done to your boat in person. Be sure to stop by the premier Bradenton Marina soon to show us just what you have completed on your new vessel!


Upcoming Blu Mangrove Grill Specials

Looking at stopping by our world renowned Palmetto Marina? Wondering just what else there is to do in our beautiful city? Once you arrive at Riviera Dunes Marina, you won’t have to look any further than inside our building. The Blu Mangrove Grill features fine dining options that will work with just about any yachtsman. Even if you are looking to dine on a budget, the weekly specials are those that you will want to enjoy again and again. Here is a list of what you can enjoy from our Palmetto Marina Restaurant:


.75 cent Wings All Day. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

$15 All you can eat Fish & Chips. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

All you can eat Lobster $40, available while supplies last. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

$15 BBQ Rib Dinner. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

$20 Smoked Prime Rib Dinner. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

$50 All You Can Eat King Crab Legs. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

$5 Pulled Pork Sandwiches All Day. Happy Hour 11-7pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-7pm.

SUNDAYS 10am-1pm
Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar

Free Draft Beer with any Pirates Game Ticket
Limit one per person


Once you dock your boat on our floating dock marina, come on over and enjoy the tastiest grill you will have ever ate from. For more information on the Blu Mangrove Grill, be sure to check out there website right here!