How To Social Distance While Boating

How To Social Distance While Boating

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate unfamiliar territory. Many boaters are uncertain if it’s safe to go boating, who they can go boating with, and where they can go once they leave the marina. It might seem perfectly fine to venture into open waters, but it’s more important than ever to limit unnecessary risk to other boaters, first responders, and law enforcement. Here are some helpful tips for social distancing safely on the water. Make sure you’re knowledgeable about state and local guidelines. Information changes rapidly in the midst of COVID-19, so it’s important to be aware and alert.Stay in your local area. Traveling is not advised or even permitted in most states.The only people on your boat should be members of your immediate household. This means no friends, colleagues, or adult children that live on their own. If they don’t live in your household and they aren’t quarantining with you, you need to stay six feet away from them.If you encounter...
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Sarasota County Boat Ramps Still Open To The Public

Sarasota County Boat Ramps Still Open To The Public

Sarasota County has been less strict than other Florida counties as far as their boat ramp restrictions. While various cities across Florida have closed public boat ramps to enforce social distancing, Sarasota County’s boat ramps remain open. During a normal spring season, it would be difficult to find parking at Snook Haven Park. But now, parking spots remain vacant as people get on their boats and venture onto the Myakka River.  As COVID-19 continues to spread, it’s more important than ever for people to get out of their homes, exercise, and engage in physical activity that relieves stress. Because of this, it's great that some hiking trails, boating ramps, and kayak launch pads are still available for use. However, it’s still extremely important to continue social distancing.  Despite Sarasota County’s boat ramps being open, the city of Sarasota has closed its boat ramps. Stay tuned for further updates! ...
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8 Essential Items For a Boat Day

8 Essential Items For a Boat Day

Summer isn’t here quite yet, but warmer days definitely are! Boating is a great way to get some fresh air outdoors while social distancing. Here are eight essential items to pack for your next day on the boat. 1. SnacksFuel up with your favorite snacks like fruit, granola, pretzels and hummus, cashews, and protein bars. Boating can be tiring, especially when you spend all day in the sun. For this reason, snacks are vital.  2. CoolerYou need plenty of water to accompany your snacks and keep you hydrated. Store your beverages in a cooler. If you want to go the extra mile, store your sunscreen in the cooler, too! It will feel extra refreshing when you apply sunscreen after spending time in the hot sun. 3. TowelsYou can never pack too many towels. Bring a few extras so you can sit on the beach, dry off after you swim, and clean off your kids before get into...
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CLOSED: Public Boat Ramps in Manatee County

CLOSED: Public Boat Ramps in Manatee County

Since COVID-19 is now spreading around the country, public boat ramps in Manatee County are now closed. These closures went into effect on Thursday, March 26th. Commercial fishermen with a Florida Saltwater Products License and a U.S. Coast Guard Six-Pack Captain’s License can still access the Coquina South Boat Ramp in Bradenton and the Riverside Boat Ramp in Palmetto. However, charter fisherman are currently restricted from using public boat ramps in Manatee County. The Coquina South Boat Ramp in Bradenton is open daily from 7am to 7pm. The Riverside Boat Ramp in Palmetto is open daily from 7am to 3pm. The Riverside Boat Ramp consists of two ramps located side by side. One side is blocked by large concrete blocks. After 3pm, a large city vehicle is parked to block the other side for the rest of the day. Law enforcement officials are stationed at both ramps to check licenses, names, and vessel numbers.  The public boat ramp closing does not restrict...
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Practice Social Distancing With Kayaking

Practice Social Distancing With Kayaking

Social distancing is becoming the norm for all of us as COVID-19 spreads. So, how do you continue to get out on the water while also keeping yourself and others safe? Kayaking is a great option! Here are a few ways to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you while kayaking during these uncertain times. Explore new locations…Now is the perfect time to explore isolated, less-popular areas. Stay away from dense, crowded regions of the water. The 6ft rule still applies, even on the water, so if you stumble upon a group of people, turn around and head in the opposite direction.  If you want to kayak with friends…You can still go kayaking with friends and family, as long as you keep a safe distance from each other and avoid crowds. This is a great way to connect while staying healthy. Here are a few tips for group kayaking. Keep the group small. Stick to 2 or 3 people, max....
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Spring Cleaning Your Boat: 5 Essentials

Spring Cleaning Your Boat: 5 Essentials

Spring is blooming, and you’re probably excited to get back on the water! Before boating season begins, take some time out of your week to deep clean your beloved boat. Here are five cleaning tips that will save you a lot of time and money and help you keep your boat in great shape. 1. Clean the exterior. Grab a hose, and get to it! For this first step, you should have a pressure washer to cut through all the algae and scum that accumulates on the hull of your boat. Afterwards, grab a boat brush and dip it into a marine-friendly wash mixture. Use a high-quality soap that won’t ruin your paint, and rinse the exterior thoroughly when you’re done.  2. Wax. If you don’t wax your boat after you wash it, your paint job will suffer. Ideally, you should wax your boat once a year. We know it’s a big job, but it’s important. There are plenty of boat services out there...
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6 Tips For Bringing Your Dog On Your Boat

6 Tips For Bringing Your Dog On Your Boat

Dogs and cats aren’t just pets. They’re family. It’s only natural that we want to take them with us wherever we go. If you’re considering taking your dog on a boat ride, there are some precautions and preparations you’ll want to consider. Here are six tips to make the process easier. Buy your dog a lifejacket.Animals need lifejackets, too! Even dogs who are strong swimmers can end up drowning in rough currents. Your dog’s lifejacket should be snug and comfortable. Fortunately, they come in many sizes. Introduce them to the dock and your boat.Before you embark on your boat ride, introduce your dog to the dock and your boat. Teach her how and where to get on and off. If you have a smaller dog, keep a fishing net on board so you can quickly sweep them out of the water, in an emergency. Start the boat’s engine while she’s on board to get her accustomed to the...
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How to Choose The Best Anchor For Your Boat

How to Choose The Best Anchor For Your Boat

If you have a boat, an anchor is essential. It allows you to park your watercraft and keeps you safe during dangerous weather. Your anchor needs to be heavy enough to keep your boat secure once it’s been dropped into the water. However, there are a lot of other things to keep in mind when you’re anchor shopping.  1. Fluke AnchorsThese anchors have a shank and multiple flukes. These flukes catch in the sandy ocean or muddy river bottom as the boat floats forward and provides resistance. Flukes are great at holding larger boats without being overwhelmingly heavy. 2. Plow AnchorsThese anchors have a metal wedge (that looks like a hook) and a shank. These are great for catching hard surfaces, such as rocky areas. Plow anchors are extremely heavy, which is necessary for hooking tough ground.  3. Claw AnchorsThese anchors look similar to plow anchors but they have multiple claws instead of a single plow. This design is great for rocky...
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5 Romantic Restaurants in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice

5 Romantic Restaurants in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy a romantic evening on the town. If you’re trying to plan a sensual night out with your loved one, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five romantic restaurants that are sure to impress.  1. Beach BistroThis gorgeous Anna Maria Island restaurant is right on the beach, with stunning views of the Gulf Coast. They use only the best ingredients and serve delicacies such as lobstercargots, scallop pan roast, and steak tartare. Visit at sunset for an incredible experience. beachbistro.com 2. IndigenousSteve Phelps, the award-winning chef and owner of this restaurant, works magic with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The menu at Indigenous changes throughout the year based on ingredient availability, and they focus largely on sustainable seafood. indigenoussarasota.com 3. Duval’s Fresh. Local. SeafoodThis restaurant does, indeed, serve fresh, local seafood! They also pride themselves on their superb service, fine wine, and creative cocktails. Duval’s is truly a staple in Sarasota’s seafood cuisine. If...
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Boating For Beginners: 6 Basic Tips

Boating For Beginners: 6 Basic Tips

Boating is very much a specialty hobby that requires knowledge, certifications, and experience.  But the only way to get experience is to take the plunge and get out there! If you’re a rookie boater, here are six tips to help you navigate your first boating season.  Don’t ever forget to check the weather.You can never check the weather too many times! Check a few hours before you leave, right before you leave, and while you’re out on the water. Remember that storms can sneak up on you out of the blue. If you’re a new boater, you don’t want to get stuck in dangerous weather.Layer, layer, layer.It might be warm at the marina, but if the breeze picks up on the water, it could get cold. Bring long sleeve shirts, a waterproof jacket, and more. Better to be overprepared and have whatever you need on hand than to get stuck in cold weather. Drive slow when docking. The last thing you want...
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