Should I Ship My Boat?

Should I Ship My Boat?

Owning a boat is a dream for many people. The thought of shipping a boat can make any boat owner nervous. Many companies may even leave boat owners adrift to their own devices. That is why Ship Your Boat provides a comprehensive and professional boat shipping service that will fit the needs of any boat owner. Ship Your Boat can transport any size vessel from small boats to large yachts with locations throughout Florida. It is critical to consider all of the choices available when shipping a boat.

  • Preparing A Boat For Shipment
  • How A Boat Is Shipped
  • Finding The Best Method Of Shipment

Preparing A Boat For Shipment

Reviewing the necessary details for the boat shipping process will save owners time and money in the long-run. Thoroughly checking a boat before transport will guarantee there are no unexpected issues or fees. Be sure to drain the appropriate amount of fuel and liquids from the proper systems ahead of time. Remove any personal items, equipment, or perishable items. Disconnecting the battery and removing any cables is strongly recommended. Confirm that the exterior of the boat is clean to avoid any potential issues. Checking for any bottom growth before traveling into other states will avoid any impounding and fees. You will need to ensure all doors or windows are secured. All safety equipment must remain on board and be checked before shipment as well.

How A Boat Is Shipped

Shipping a boat is a convenient process for the right company involved. Overland transport is one of the most common ways that involves shipping a boat on land via semi-trucks. The costs associated with shipping overland will vary based on the size of the boat. Oversea transportation is another option. It typically is used for international shipping purposes and involves loading a boat on to a large ship for transport. A yacht transport ship can carry larger boats into international or domestic waters as well. Another variant of this service provides a captain and crew for safe passage to different harbors.

Finding The Best Method Of Shipment

Having a budget in mind when selecting a shipping method is key. Calculating the size of the boat will narrow down all of the available options. Transportation requirements for boat size and capacity will typically vary by state. Certain states may require that boats are transported only during certain hours of the day. Delayed transport times may occur if time restrictions are applicable. Certified escorts and permits also may be required for any oversized boats. Shipping a boat overseas could be the best option but prove to be more costly than anticipated. Hiring a crew to assist in the transportation process is another option. Crew members will personally ensure that the boat arrives safely at the harbor.

Boat owners want to have peace of mind during the boat shipping process. Cast away the stress by using a licensed and insured service that will sail through the boat shipping process. Ship Your Boat can ship any boat anywhere- no matter what size. Transporting a boat has never been easier thanks to Ship Your Boat’s locations in Florida. Contact the qualified professional staff members available 24 hours a day toll-free at (888) 532-8805.

How NOT to do boat shipping!

How NOT to do boat shipping!

Everything looks perfectly normal until suddenly a snap, crash, and splash. This poor boat is now back in the water, upside down. I sure hope that this shipper is fully insured and properly licensed like what we use here at Ship Your Boat Now! When boat shipping goes wrong you need to know you’re covered. Make sure you and your boat are protected.

Florida Boating Restrictions in Everglades Park

Florida Boating Restrictions in Everglades Park

Florida Boating in Everglades National ParkThe Everglades National Park has put restrictions on boaters’ by closing one third of the park to traditional boating. After examining damage and threats it was realized that to repair the damage restrictions must be put on boating in the area.

Boating Restrictions in the Park

Some of the restrictions include minimized combustion engine boating and limiting access by boat to areas in the park. There are several meetings that the public can attend to have their input heard, reviewed, and analyzed for the plans to the park.

Florida Sportsman featured: Everglades Park to Close One Third of Florida Bay to Traditional Boating

 

From Press Release/Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft General Management Plan / East Everglades Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP). The Draft GMP was released today for public review and public comment is requested by Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Superintendent Dan Kimball said, “The park has been working hard to complete the draft plan, and we’re pleased to have reached this important milestone. We now look forward to presenting the results of this collaborative effort, hearing directly again from the public and many stakeholder groups, and working together to shape the long-term vision for the park.”

The Draft GMP is available for review and comment at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EVER (then go to the “Open for Comment” link). A limited number of paper copies and compact disks (CDs) of the plan are also available upon request by contacting Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700.

Seven (7) public meetings will be held the evenings of March 19 – 21 and April 8 – 11, 2013 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the April 8 meeting will also be webcast through the link above). The meetings will be organized in three parts:

• Open House – opportunities for the public to review Draft GMP materials, meet with National Park Service (NPS) staff, and provide comments
• NPS Presentation – overview of key features of the Draft GMP
• Formal Comment/East Everglades Wilderness Hearing – comment session that allows the public to comment on the Draft GMP and the East Everglades Wilderness Study (session will be transcribed)

The Draft GMP provides broad guidance and describes desired conditions to be achieved and maintained regarding natural and cultural resource protection, appropriate types and levels of visitor activities, and facility improvements and development. Also included is a wilderness study for the East Everglades Addition (an area added to the park in 1989, after the park’s original 1978 wilderness designation). The Draft GMP presents and evaluates the NPS Preferred Alternative and three other alternatives. Superintendent Kimball believes that the Preferred Alternative would most effectively achieve the park’s long-term goals and be compatible with Everglades ecosystem restoration efforts.

Superintendent Kimball added, “We have carefully considered public input received during many rounds of public and stakeholder meetings, the park’s mission and legal responsibilities, and current and future restoration projects, in crafting the Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative is also identified as the environmentally preferred alternative.”

Among other features, the Preferred Alternative includes important proposals for two areas of the park that have been of particular interest to the public and park managers: Florida Bay and the East Everglades Addition.

In Florida Bay, extremely shallow areas would be managed as pole and troll (non-combustion engine use) zones, while still providing traditional access and use through the channels and deeper basins.

Superintendent Kimball supports this proactive measure, stating, “Careful examination of damage and threats to natural and submerged wilderness features, and patterns of visitor use, pointed to the need for a new strategy. The Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone pilot project, with overwhelming public support, showed me that new approaches to park management are possible. The Snake Bight project demonstrated that resource protection and enhanced visitor opportunities, designed in close consultation with the public, can work. Our approach in the Draft GMP is the same; it’s a multi-faceted program (mandatory boater education, improvements to navigation and enforcement, and strategic zoning) and builds on work by the state of Florida in its 1995 statewide report for protecting vital seagrass resources. I’m confident that over time, we can effectively implement these strategies and see benefits to resources and visitor experience in the park.”

In the East Everglades Addition, for the first time since passage of the 1989 Expansion Act, a framework would be established for managing commercial and private airboating, and backcountry uses.

Superintendent Kimball says, “The Preferred Alternative outlines a zoning strategy that would lead to implementing a limited number of airboat tour concession contracts between NPS and four eligible companies identified in the 1989 Expansion Act, and identifying areas for eligible individual airboaters, and backcountry recreational users. The Preferred Alternative also proposes 80,100 acres of wilderness and 9,900 acres of potential wilderness in the 109,600-acre Addition.”

The Draft GMP also highlights a new, smarter approach to sustainable development in coastal areas like Flamingo and Everglades City, where consideration of sea level rise, storm surge and fiscal realities have led to innovative investment strategies for both the NPS and its partners, such as park concessioners.

To guide complex efforts like Florida Bay and East Everglades Addition management, a stakeholder-based advisory committee would be established. This committee would help park managers in GMP implementation by working with park managers to assess projects, and inform monitoring and adaptive management activities to meet resource protection and visitor use goals.

After the public review and comment period ends on May 12, public input will be reviewed and analyzed, and adjustments to the plan will be made. The Final GMP and Record of Decision will be issued in 2014.

Schedule of Public Meetings (all 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.):
Date Location
March 19, 2013 Homestead, Florida
John D. Campbell Agricultural Center, 18710 SW 288th Street
March 20, 2013 Islamorada, Florida
Coral Shores High School, 89901 Old Highway
March 21, 2013 Everglades City, Florida
Everglades City School, 415 School Drive
April 8, 2013 Dania Beach, Florida
International Game Fish Association – Fishing Hall of Fame, 300 Gulfstream Way
Live webcast will be available: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EVER

April 9, 2013 Naples, Florida
Edison State College, Collier Campus – Building J, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway
April 10, 2013 Key Largo, Florida
Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway
April 11, 2013 Miami, Florida
Florida International University – Stadium Club, 11200 SW 8th Street

High Hopes for Repair

The park hopes to repair damage done over years of boating and other activities in the Everglades. The Superintendent believes that the preferred alternative will be the best choice for the environment of the Everglades Park, and has faith in the chosen method.

De-Winterizing Your Boat

De-Winterizing Your Boat

De-Winterizing Your BoatWinter is over and it’s time to take your boat out on the water! Don’t forget to make sure your boat is ready for the season before you take it out though. It’s also time to learn about de-winterizing your boat to make sure you have a safe and worry free time on the water.

Is it Important to De-Winterize Your Boat?

Absolutely! De-winterizing your boat is the first step you should take before boating after winter. If you don’t de-winterize you could end up damaging your boat or embarrassing yourself by not even being able to start it!

To avoid those situations we’ve compiled this guide to help you on your way to safe, fun, and smooth sailing.

Instructions on De-Winterizing

  1. Read your boats owner’s manual, and if there are de-winterizing instructions follow those instead of any general guides.
  2. If you didn’t change your boats oil before storing it then now is the time to do it. Don’t forget to change the oil filter too. Do this for the engine and transmission.
  3. You may need to replace hoses after storing your boat for so long. Make sure that the fuel line is attached and free of cracks or breaks, and is not brittle.
  4. Next you need to flush the cooling system and replace the old antifreeze with equal parts of water and coolant. Check the hoses for cracks, breaks, or brittleness and replace as needed.
  5. Locate and remove your distributor cap, then clean out any corrosion that has occurred. Make sure that you restore all of the connections when you put the distributor cap back on.
  6. Replace your spark plugs with new ones and then lubricate the engine with an appropriate product. Refer to your owner’s manual on how to space the spark plugs at the correct gap distance if you are not sure.
  7. Check your starter cable for frays or wear. Make sure there are no knots. If the cord has any problems it is essential to replace it.
  8. When you get your boat in the water, align the engine and shaft. Start the engine and inspect the exhaust to ensure there is a cooling water flow. Check the temperature of that water.
  9. The final step is to do a trial run. Check that the engine is running smoothly and the transmission is running evenly. Then check that the forward, reverse, and neutral shifts are performed easily.

Tips & Warnings

If your engine smokes during its first run, don’t panic! It is likely that the fluids just need to run through it for a few minutes after sitting all winter.

Make sure to winterize your boat at the end of the season to keep your boat running properly for longer!

Houseboats – Live It Up On The Water!

Houseboats – Live It Up On The Water!

HouseboatsAll over the world people are moving off land and into the water. Houseboats are becoming bigger and better every year, and life on them is becoming more comparable to living on land thanks to technologies’ leaps forward.

Staying Connected

Just a few years ago if you wanted internet without the wires you were stuck with two options, get satellite or get over it. Now, with worldwide 3G and 4G data connections and how common mobile phones are moving into a houseboat is an easy transition with multiple options.

If you decide that it’s time for your life to move to sea you won’t have any worries about how to transition, and more and more new houseboats are coming standard with features you need for a move like that. Now that it’s so easy to keep connected after leaving land to live on a houseboat you won’t have to worry about losing contact with family and friends, or with playing your favorite online game either!

Extreme Houseboats

These days having a custom houseboat isn’t difficult, and with so many options you can have almost anything you want. There are houseboats that look like houses, like submarines, like domes, and so much more! You can have your own sea mansion to float around in, and have it as roomy as a land house!

With houseboats like the Jelly-Fish 45 and the Trilobis 65 out there, it seems like there is hardly anything that can’t be built for the sea just as well, or even better, than on land!

If you don’t want a houseboat mansion you can do what some others have been doing. Build a raft base, or have one built, and put a camper or trailer on it! This makes for an easy move back and forth from land to sea any time you want!

So if you want to travel the world on your cozy houseboat and then just roll off the raft and cruise around without having to make any real adjustments, then this is perfect for you. It also helps with keeping with a tight budget!

Live Free

With so many options out there for moving your life to the water, you can live as free as you want and nearly anywhere you want. Now you can move off land and travel the seas and still live in the comfort of a house that is still on land.

Check out these 17 Extreme Houseboats and House Boat Designs: From Luxury Habitats to Humble Floating Homes for ideas on living the sea life in style!

 

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Miami Boat Show and the Poker Run

Miami Boat Show and the Poker Run

Miami Boat ShowThe Miami Boat Show, also known as the Miami International Boat Show, is coming back to Miami this February and it’s bringing many features with it. Along with the show you also get Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, Discover Boating puts you At the Helm, Big Game Room, Customs and Border Protection, Meet the crew of OCEARCH, Welcome to the Water Center, and the Miami Boat Show Poker Run!

Miami Boat Show Features

Discover Boating

Discover Boating puts you At the Helm is giving hands on exercises for boating to help teach and improve your boating skills for only $15 per session at their 60-minute Power Boating Clinic. A 3-hour in-depth session for only $125 per seminar per person is also available – requires advanced registration.

The Big Game Room

The big game room is here celebrating its 10th year and is returning with all of your favorite events. Come and check out the Bait Rigging Station and improve your technique. You also get to see the latest products for the fishing world and the best destinations for sport fishing around the world.

Customs and Border Protection

Officers will be at the show to enroll eligible participants in the CBP(Customs and Border Protection) Local Boater Option. U.S. citizens and Green Card holders will be able to participate in this free service that allows you to report the arrival of your private vessel, make customs declarations, and be cleared for Immigration purposes by telephone. This eliminates the need to report to a port of entry in person. You must have the appropriate documentation (passport and Government issued ID’s) to register. All family members must be present to register.

Meet Chris Fischer, Captain Jody Whitworth and Captain Brett McBride

The OCEARCH crew will be here discussing how they catch, tag, and study great white sharks! Just head to the Big Game Room to find them and hear them speak on Thursday, February 14th at 4:15pm and at Convention Center Drive on Saturday, February 16th at 5:00pm.

The Water Center

Learn how to make the most out of your time on the water with this getting started seminar. Get straightforward answers from these experts to help get you started in the boating world. You also get hands-on demos to help you learn! Find out how affordable boating is compared to vacation trips to amusement parks or ball games!

Miami Boat Show Poker Run

From February 21-24 enjoy this year’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run, four days of fun for sport cruising and high-performance boaters. Make sure to register for the event and be included in the fun! Make sure to check that you meet the following requirements so that you aren’t excluded!
1. Be an active member with Florida Powerboat Club. Download the registration form here.

2. Have a fully insured, 25-80 foot boat with proof of insurance. Insurance must be submitted in the form of a declaration page (Accurately detailed engine data, and horsepower and performance specs must also be included).

3. All captains and co-drivers must attend the safety meeting prior to departing at the Biscayne Marriott Miami. Captains must sign a waiver for compliance with the Poker Runs guidelines that include agreeing to no consumption of alcohol or medications that diminish operation skills prior to or during the event.

4. All occupants must also sign the waiver prior to departure.

5. All occupants must wear USCG approved floatation devices during the event. Exceptions may be made for Lifeline or other specialty safety products that carry an official USCG approval.

6. All vessels included in the Poker Run must be in compliance with USCG safety standards.