Tips To Navigate A Palmetto Marina At Night

Tips To Navigate A Palmetto Marina At NightFor some, driving a boat at night causes intense anxiety. Humans are visual. When it’s dark, we get nervous. Who knows what could happen?Yet, nighttime navigators need not fear. With the correct equipment and decent weather, a night cruise in and our of our Palmetto marina can be safe and enjoyable.Slow and Easy The first rule of night boating is to slow down. Even on a moonlit evening, you can’t see nearly as well as during the day. Objects won’t come into view until they are close. If you’re going too fast, you might not be able to avoid a collision. Don’t rush. Take it easy. Navigating around our Palmetto Marina can be tricky, but once you navigate out to the Manatee River.Mood Lighting Onboard lighting is tricky when navigating at night. You need backlighting to see your instruments and electronics, and you need an overhead light to read a chart.But once your...
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Marco Rubio vs. John Kerry’s Yacht

Marco Rubio paid off his student loans, crawled out of debt and bought a "luxury speedboat" that he'd been pining after. Clearly armed with plenty of cash, Rubio made a series of luxurious purchases, ending with a "splurge" on the 24-foot Edgewater 245CC, a great vehicle for boating around the Miami waters.The 24-foot Edgewater 245CC is great for fishing. But it’s not the luxury yacht that the New York Times was hoping they'd find when he announced the purchase.Meanwhile, with summer approaching, John Kerry is preparing his luxurious motorboat for some ocean action. When he departs Nantucket, however, he did it in a real luxury speedboat: a $7 million luxury yacht that was built in New Zealand and which Kerry docks in Rhode Island instead of Massachusetts in order to avoid $500,000 or so in exise taxes.Kerry's boat, "Isabel," which is three times the length of Rubio's, is 76 feet. The Edwardian-style interior is finished in glossy varnished teak. The vessel can accommodate four guests in two VIP main...
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Water And Electricity Don’t Mix On Your Palmetto Boat

 Water And Electricity Don't Mix On Your Palmetto BoatTo start off, the photo above was taken at the Miami Boat Show, on a new powerboat with a robust shore power electrical system.  Here you see all of the power inlets located in an enclosure under a lid that was opened to take the picture. If you look to the far right of the picture, you'll see what looks like a faucet. In reality, it is a faucet! A hose attaches to this faucet, which will probably be the freshwater wash down for this boat.  Sometimes the wash down hose hand tightened  hose fittings have a tendency of loosening up. This causes water to spray out around the fitting since it gets pressurized. This is easy to fix because you can just re-tighten the fitting every now and then. The downfall here is that the wash down fittings are by electrical connections! It doesn't seem like the smartest choice. At the end of the...
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This Super Yacht Has More Than You Can Imagine

This Super Yacht Has More Than You Can ImagineA Florida yacht dealer is planning to build a 656-foot "gigayacht" that would be the world's largest private yacht.It has all the luxuries that the super-wealthy would want, including room for two helicopters, several swimming pools, and a theater with a stage for live entertainment.4Yacht, the company trying to find a buyer, says the price point is around $750 million.Currently, the world's largest superyacht is the 590-foot Azzam, which is reportedly owned by Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, the president of the United Arab Emirates.The Double Century, created by superyacht designer Christopher Seymour, would be about twice the size of an American football field and just as wide. It has nine decks that rise 88 feet above seal level.Worried about getting lost on such a huge vessel? Don’t fret. The yacht comes equipped with a GPS phone app that passengers can download.Can you imagine a yacht this big and luxurious? ...
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Why Charter A Palmetto Yacht?

Why Charter A Palmetto Yacht?So, what’s so great about chartering a Palmetto yacht, instead of just booking a private villa or a luxurious hotel for your next vacation? If you’re new to the world of super yacht charter, you might not be aware of the extensive benefits it offers. Here are the top five reasons why you should embark on this adventure of luxury!Everything is Custom MadeIf you spend your holiday aboard a Palmetto yacht, you can rest assured everything will be perfect! Your time on board will be organized based on your desires and dreams. Your charter agent will help you find the best yacht for your trip, and together with the Captain and the crew, create a fully personalized destination itinerary.Endless Freedom Picture yourself waking up surrounded by beautiful scenery, a cool summer breeze, and freshly squeezed fruit juice.  This fantastic feeling will accompany you throughout your entire vacation. A variety of water toys are available for your...
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What To Do When In Trouble On The Manatee River

What To Do When In Trouble On The Manatee RiverA lot of accidents can occur out on the Manatee River, but fortunately most are more annoying and embarrassing than anything else. When lives are in danger, however, you want every available resource dispatched to your vessel. A Mayday! call will alert that kind of help.A Mayday should be transmitted, if possible, via marine-band VHF-FM radio Channel 16 or 2182 kHz MF/SSB. Emergencies rapidly progress from bad to worse, so try to relay a lot of information quickly. You should repeat the word "Mayday" three times, followed by the name and number of your vessel and its position in the water. Then, relate the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of your position, or state your distance and magnetic or true bearing from the closest navigational landmark.Once you’ve made contact and given your information, Coast Guard Search and Rescue planners will give you an estimate of when rescue units will arrive. If you...
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Top On-Water Inventions From Shark Tank

Top On-Water Inventions From Shark Tank If you haven't heard of Shark Tank, it's a reality show where aspiring entrepreneurs make business presentations to investors on a panel that includes Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greiner. Here are some of the "shark tank" products that would be perfect for a day out on the Manatee River. ZUP Watersports Board The ZUP™ Watersports Board is a board that can be pulled by any boat or watercraft. It let's you stand, kneel, lay, surf, etc! Even though this board hasn't made its debut on Shark Tank, the show has called and asked for a submission video. Tower Inflatable Stand Up PaddleboardMark Cuban got together with this company and it has been successful so far. The Tower Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard is an inflatable paddleboard that can be easily rolled up into a small, convenient bag. Take these inflatable paddleboards anywhere you want with no hassle at all! Oru KayakIn just...
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35 Palmetto Boating Tips and Tricks

35 Palmetto Boating Tips and Tricks No matter what level of a boater you may be, you can always use some additional tips and tricks when out in the ocean. Here are some of our all time favorite Palmetto boating tips and tricks. Wipe morning dew off your boat with distilled water and it will be ­spot-free. For a snazzy shine, remove last season’s wax with a dewaxing solvent before applying new wax. Want a green alternative to bleach? White vinegar kills mold. Need to clean a shore-power cord? Citrus pumice-style hand cleaners work well. For safety, always move an orbital polisher in the direction of its rotation. Oven-cleaner spray will remove paint and adhesive residue from gelcoat without damaging it. Make a splash guard from cardboard when using a drill-operated paint mixer. Scraping paint or caulking? Use a file to soften the ­corners of a putty knife “scraper” so it won’t gouge. Punching holes at “N-S-E-W” around a paint can’s rim allows paint to drain back into the can. A...
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Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament Coming to Bradenton

Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament Coming to BradentonThe yearly Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament, now in its 36th year, is a fantastic tournament. The fishing community comes together each May for this local tradition."The Crosthwait has gone on for so long, with so much competition, because it's an amateur tournament," said Crosthwait board member Joe Kennedy. "It's been a breeding ground for many guides around here who turn it into a career after winning the tournament.”"Generations of people have fished it. Children of parents who fished it for many years are coming back to fish it themselves. You look around here and see all the young kids fishing this tournament. That's the most important thing to me."Kennedy has helped the tournament evolve over his almost three decades of involvement. What started as a small gathering among friends has grown into the event anglers talk about year-round.Behind-the-scenes tournament planning also starts early in the year for the committee volunteers."We start meeting in January...
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Top 10 Palmetto Boating Tips

Top 10 Palmetto Boating Tips Always remember to stay safe and follow these 10 boating safety tips when you're about to head out: Check the Weather Never forget to check the weather before you leave whether it's through the radio, internet or television. Maintain your safety by getting out of the water if you notice rough changing winds, drops in temperature or dark clouds start to form. Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist Don't forget to follow a pre-departure checklist to make sure you don't overlook or forget any Palmetto boating safety rules. Use Common Sense Always use your common sense! This means staying alert, operating at safe speeds all the time and being respectful of buoys that are there to ensure your safety. Designate a Back Up Navigator Make sure that there is a designated person that can serve as back up if the primary navigator gets injured or incapacitated. Make sure this person is familiar with operating the boat and all boating safety rules. Develop a Float Plan A float plan can...
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