The Best Hot Spots For A Bradenton New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Best Hot Spots For A Bradenton New Year's Eve Celebration Every year brings more and more choices to choose where you would like to ring in the big night at any of the local Bradenton New Year's Eve celebrations. If you can't make it out to the Blu Mangrove Grill this New Years Eve, here's a look at some of the local options for ringing in 2015. There's something for everyone! However you choose to celebrate, don't drink and drive. Main Street Live New Year's Eve: Old Main Street, Bradenton If you're looking for the biggest party in Bradenton New Year's Eve, look no further than Old Main Street between Manatee and Third avenues. Live music is provided by Big Daddy and there's a countdown to the ball drop at midnight. It's free and open to the public. Beachhouse New Year's Eve Celebration: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach The annual Beachhouse New Year's Eve fireworks show includes several dining/viewing options. Tables under the...
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Palmetto Yacht Cleaning Tips

Palmetto Yacht Cleaning Tips From time to time, you have to clean your Palmetto Yacht. Not my favorite job, but the yacht looks great afterwards! Although cleaning your boat is pretty simple, you need to have the right technique and the right tools. When I clean the boat, I use the following technique: Always start at the top and work your way down. Then, you begin at the bow and move towards the stern. Next, look at the wind and the sun. If the wind is coming from a certain direction, start cleaning upwind and then further downwind. If the sun is shining strongly, you need to clean quickly. If the water and soap dry up, it's only giving you more work. Always hose down the surface. Rinse it off well afterwards, and mop the surface to avoid water spots. You also need a good set of cleaning products. I’m assuming you have limited space on board. So, it would help to have quality cleaning tools that last long and...
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Five Tips To Prepare Your Palmetto Boat For The Cold Winter Months

Five Tips To Prepare Your Palmetto Boat For The Cold Winter Months Winter can be especially hard on your Palmetto boat. Extended periods of inactivity accelerate wear and tear. If you don’t get your boat ready for storage, neglect from the cold winter months will come back to haunt you in the spring. For that reason, it’s extremely important to get your boat ready for winter. Even if you don’t live in a place where the waters freeze, following these five tips will keep your boat in pristine shape after an extended period of storage. 1. Flush the Cooling System. For inboard and stern drive Palmetto boats with raw water-cooling systems, thoroughly flush the engine with fresh water to remove dirt, salt, and corrosion. In extreme climate areas, you should also run anti-freeze into the cooling system. Outboard motors should be flushed with freshwater, and all water should be drained from the engine. 2. Lubricate the Little Things. Don’t overlook the many small but...
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A Florida Boater Dream Race: Repeat Performance For Scarlet Oyster

There are easier ways to cross the Atlantic than peeling kites every hour, changing course on every lift, and sitting on the weather rail whenever it might make a difference. But if you’re trying to place in the racing class of the ARC 2014 and eager to add to a string of former wins, then these things will improve your chances. At least, this was the opinion of Scarlet Oyster’s owner/skipper Ross Applebey and his crew. Having won the racing division overall in 2011 and their class for the last three years in a row, they were enthusiastic to keep pushing to see if they could add another victory to their existing collection of triumphs. All Florida boaters would be quite proud of this accomplishment alone. Setting goals this high, in what has become an increasingly competitive event, is to raise the bar once again. To attempt it in a 27-year-old cruiser is particularly impressive. But as Applebey and his crew crossed the finish...
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New Yacht for our Palmetto Marina: MJM 50z

At the 2014 Newport International Boat Show, the new MJM 50z was introduced. Hull one, titled Zing, featured the triple 435hp Volvo with IPS600 pod drives. Top speeds measured at 38 knots. Could you envision yourself driving around this  yacht through our Palmetto marina? Due to their low center of gravity, powerboats roll the MJM's less than most without steadying sails. However, the single biggest opportunity for improving comfort on a powerboat is to eliminate rolling. The 50z is the first yacht to offer this leading edge technology as standard equipment. Over 1,500 Seakeeper units are now in use worldwide.  The 50z is built stronger and lighter in the USA of pre-preg epoxy, Kevlar, E-Glass and Corecell to exceed ISO Category A Ocean requirements, the highest rating for seaworthiness issued by IMCI, the International Marine Certification Institute in Brussels. Its low center of gravity and sleek profile make it more safe and fun to drive. Large vessels can be intimidating to operate....
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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,...
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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.  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...
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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 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...
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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...
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