‘Tis The Season for Fireworks

‘Tis The Season for Fireworks

Happy 4th of July, boaters! With the long holiday weekend right in front of us, we wanted to give you a heads-up and a roundup of some of the best fireworks displays around the marina, and how to catch them. The Bradenton Marauders’ Independence Day Celebration Sunday, July 3 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Maybe you can’t stay for the holiday itself, or maybe you just want to catch a baseball game while you’re here. On Sunday, the Bradenton Marauders host the Tampa Tarpons for their annual Independence Day game, with all the fun of the regular season plus souvenir T-shirts for the first 1,500 guests through the gate and a post-game fireworks show. Check the Marauders’ website for tickets and availability. Red, White, and Boom at The Bishop Monday, July 4 | 6 - 10 p.m. This year, the Bishop Museum is hosting a family-friendly, all-ages event with some of the best views of the Manatee River you’ll find. You’ll have plenty of room to...
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Being A Good Neighbor, At Sea and Seaside

Being A Good Neighbor, At Sea and Seaside

Whether you’re tagging along for the day, or you’ve owned a boat for years, there are a lot of things to think about when you’re getting ready to get out on the water. What time are you going? Does everyone coming know where to meet? Is everything charged that needs to be? Are there enough life vests? Fishing poles? Sandwiches? With all there is to keep track of, though, there’s one big thing to keep in mind: your fellow boaters. No one likes a nuisance on the water or the docks, and certainly no one likes to be the nuisance. Here are some things to keep in mind to be a good neighbor, whether you’re boating past or tying up next to someone. Be efficient when loading up or docking. You’re probably going to have a bit of gear with you when you’re headed out, but be mindful that you’re not the only person looking forward to the day. Load your things...
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4 (Non-)Essential Accessories for Your Summer on the Water

4 (Non-)Essential Accessories for Your Summer on the Water

Life jackets. Lights. Spare gas. Oars (just in case). You probably already load up your boat with must-haves like these before you step off the dock–but what about the (truly) nonessential accessories that just add that extra something to a day out in a boat? Below, we’ve put together an incomplete list of things you may not need, but just may want, for a day on the water. The Essential Playlist “You can’t please all the people all the time” may be a true statement, but with the right playlist, you can get pretty close. Whether you’re out for a quick ride along the beach or a full day a little farther out, taking time to put together a soundtrack for the day can be just as exciting as making sure your snacks are packed. If you’re looking for a go-to, Spotify has put together an essential Yacht Rock playlist to keep the good times going. The Quint-essential Footwear A boat ride may not be a...
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Around The Marina: 3 Spots for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Around The Marina: 3 Spots for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Whether you’re a year-round local or just in the area for a vacation, you’re bound to wonder at some point, “What’s for dinner?” It’s a good question, but (obviously) grabbing something to eat isn’t just for sunset after a day on the water. Below we’re highlighting three local spots not too far from the marina to keep you covered and full all day long. And who knows? Stay long enough for dessert and you might run into just the person with all the best hidden fishing spots. Breakfast: D’s Breakfast and Burgers 423 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34211 Open for the early birds, D’s is just west of the marina and just a few blocks away from the river. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can stop by for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner, from country-style skillet breakfasts and traditional house-special plates to half-pound burgers, specialty sandwiches, and D’s “mighty melts.” (And don’t worry–D’s also has a few items on the...
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SOUTH FLORIDA BOATING TIPS: 7 SMART TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

SOUTH FLORIDA BOATING TIPS: 7 SMART TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

The food is delicious. A thriving culture. South Florida has everything, from beautiful beaches to some of the world's most famous cruising destinations. If you're planning a vacation, you'll probably spend a lot of time on the water. Now is the time to get ready for the upcoming sailing adventure! Take a look at the seven simple recommendations below for making the most of the South Florida boating scene. 1. Make sure to cover-up Are you planning a trip to South Florida? Even in the dead of winter, when temperatures hover around 70 degrees or higher, you'll want to be warm. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat with you so you can stay comfortable no matter what the day brings. What's the best part? South Florida style is all about embracing the sun and heat, so you'll find plenty of stylish ways to do it. Lightweight, long-sleeved tops and leggings (think breezy linen) are ideal for enjoying warm days while keeping your skin protected...
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Renting Vs. Owning

Renting Vs. Owning

Renting Vs. Owning If boating is a passion of yours, the question may have come up whether you should just rent or actually own a boat. When this question comes up, many don’t know where to begin, but start by asking yourself a few questions: How often do you plan on using the boat? What is your budget? What kind of boat do I need? If you plan on using the boat often and have the appropriate resources and funds available, it might not be a bad idea to consider owning a boat. One of the drawbacks of owning a boat though are the costs. The upfront costs to purchase a boat can be costly, but then there are things to consider such as regular maintenance, registration, title, and insurance, and storage space. Once you determine a budget, you will next need to decide what type of boat fits your needs.  If you’re not sure you are up for the responsibility and tasks of boat ownership,...
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Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

If you’re looking for some of the best waterways to explore in the country, look no further than the sunshine state. Florida features over 1,800 miles of coastline and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Some visitors bring their own boat or opt to rent one, but there are other options for travelers such as taking a cruise or boating tour.  Here are some of the top cruises and tours that you’ll want to check out in sunny Florida: Tarpon Springs Take a boat tour from the Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock where you tour the Anclote River while learning some history about Tarpon Springs. You will also be able to gaze out on the gulf waters and spot dolphins as well as make a stop on the beautiful Anclote Key, a white sand barrier island that is only reachable by boat.  Celebrity Spotting at Miami Beach Many celebrities pay millions of dollars for a home with waterfront views in Miami. If you want to see...
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Boating Tips & Tricks You May Not Know

Boating Tips & Tricks You May Not Know

If you’ve been boating for many years, you probably know your share of tips and tricks to make your boating experience go as smoothly as possible, but who couldn’t use a few more?  Below is a list of boating tips and tricks that you may not know that could result in a much easier and happier boating experience: Morning dew is just distilled water. Try wiping your boat off with it and it will be spot free! If you’re looking for a mirror-like shine, remove the wax from last season with a dewaxing solvent before applying new wax. Instead of using harmful or toxic chemicals like bleach to kill mold, use a green-alternative, white vinegar, using a spray bottle. If you have a scratched windshield or sunglasses, a polish like 3M Finesse or countertop polishes works well.Oven cleaner spray, such as Easy-Off, will remove adhesive residue and paint from gelcoat without damage.To fix any clogged aerosol paint can nozzles, try removing it and soaking it...
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Crucial Equipment Each Boater Should Have

Crucial Equipment Each Boater Should Have

Boating is a joyous activity and sport that can be done in various places and for various reasons. It is a great weekend adventure that promotes relaxation and helps you to unwind after a long week, but a boating trip can go quite wrong if you don’t have the proper equipment.  The following are some essentials that you should have on hand when out on your boat: Navigation Systems Navigation systems are used to help guide the boat from your starting destination point to the desired end point. Since there aren’t any signs on the water that can tell you where you are headed, a navigation system is essential so you don’t get lost. There are many different types of navigation systems and techniques to choose from and one might fit your needs better than another might. It is best to do some research and learn the different functions of each. Gyro Compass A gyro compass helps you navigate the sea and is used to...
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Boating is Good for Your Mental Health

Boating is Good for Your Mental Health

Boating is not only a fun activity or used for means of travel;  it also offers many mental health benefits. Taking a ride or a trip on a boat relaxes your mind and can help by distracting your thoughts, allowing a break from your everyday routine.  Boating positively impacts your state of mind and well-being in more ways than one: Boating is Meditative Spending time on a boat goes a long way in helping to combat the stresses of everyday life. It allows you time to think, recharge, enjoy nature, and focus on the present moment. It provides you with a sense of peace, calm, and awe. Boating Can Reset Your Mind Anyone can become burned out or exhausted from working non-stop or from not having enough time away from the mundane. Being on the water helps you to relax, find happiness, contentment, and healing.  Improves Social Life Boating with friends and/or family offers many benefits to your mental health by improving your social life. Having a...
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