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.
On Thursday West Palm Beach is opening the Palm Beach Boat Show in Florida, which will be showing over $1.2 billion worth of boats and yachts. All this week crews have been setting up boats, docks, booths and tents downtown on Flagler Drive for the boat show – Which will be here from March 21 through March 24.
This is the 28th year of the Palm Beach Boat Show which is located in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Lake Worth Lagoon.
What to Expect at the Palm Beach Boat Show
At the West Palm Beach International Boat Show you’ll be able to see equipment and goods ranging from inflatable boats to super yachts, and the accessories that go with them. Included in the displays are a large variety of power boats, bow riders, and personal watercraft.
The boat show brings with it a large impact on the Florida economy. Boating business booms and the taxes bring a strong economic growth. Last year’s boat show generated $2.8 million and State exise and sales taxes.
Time and Tickets
The show hours are 12 PM – 7 PM on Thursday, 10 AM- 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, ad 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 15, and are free for children under 6 years old. You can also save $2 by purchasing tickets online at ShowManagement.com.
After the show the attendees are invited to submit their favorite Instagram photos taken during the show by tagging them with #PalmBeachBoatShow for a chance to win a one year subscription to any of the following publications:
- Power & Motoryacht
- Soundings Trade Only
- Yachts International
These photos will be uploaded to the Palm Beach International Boat Show Facebook page, and the top 5 with the most likes will have a chance to pick one of the magazines above for the free one year subscription.
The photos can also be uploaded directly to the Palm Beach International Boat Show facebook page for entry.
The 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.):
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.
Winter 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
- Read your boats owner’s manual, and if there are de-winterizing instructions follow those instead of any general guides.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
At the 2013 Miami Boat Show we’re looking forward to getting a look at the new Quadski that was released in mid-November 2012. The Quadski is an ATV that has an addition that others don’t, the ability to ride on water. With one push of a button, and a few seconds for transition, this ATV goes from powering through trails to making waves like a jet ski.
Make sure you come and check it out this year at the Miami Boat Show!
First in the World
Named “The World’s First High-Speed Amphibian (HSA)” the Quadski is built with a durable light-weight composite hull, and it utilizes patented water-jet technology and combines with the power of a BMW Motorrad engine and transmission for an extreme ride.
The Quadski comes with a 15-gallon tank and is available in five colors – red, blue, yellow, silver, and black – and is also on sale at dealerships in Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, and in some Midwestern and southeastern states.
See the Quadski at the Miami Boat Show
Come to the 2013 Miami Boat Show and see the GIBBS Quadski on display at the National Marin Super Yacht Toy Store and get a closer look. Along with the Quadski, you can expect to see nearly 3,000 boats being showcased by over 2,000 companies, a wide range of marine engines, and boatloads of gear and accessories.
The Quadski converts from land to water at the push of a button, which activates the unique retractable suspension system that offers outstanding ride and handling on land, and reacts in just seconds after entering the water. The engine is a four-cylinder, electronic fuel-injected, water-cooled engine that is considered the lightest in its segment.
This HSA is over 10.5 feet long, is 5.2 feet wide, and 4.3 feet high with a wheelbase of 5.8 feet to meet applicable state and federal safety regulations.
About Gibbs Sports Amphibians
Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Inc. (BIGGS) put millions of dollars and years of work into developing the Quadski, and are manufacturing it in a 54,000-square-foot plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. GIBBS development of the Quadski has made them a pioneer in the development of HSA technology that will lead the way to a new way to have fun with ATVs.
GIBBS other division Gibbs Amphitrucks Inc. put out similar products, but designed for military or first responders instead of for sporting.
More information about GIBBS and its HSA technology can be found at www.gibbssports.com.
See the Quadski in Action
All 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
The 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 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.
As the world’s largest mega yacht, the Eclipse includes two helicopter pads, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, 24 guest cabins, and a disco hall. The security system is fitted with an intruder detection system and a German-built missile defense system. Also equipped is an anti-paparazzi laser system, which although it does not fire lasers at the paparazzi it does blind their cameras. This system is not always online, but is activated when a possible paparazzi is nearby.
Mega Yacht Protection
The mega yacht Eclipse has even more protection than mentioned previously. The master suite and bridge are both fitted with armor plating and with bulletproof windows to offer superior protection for its passengers. This, along with the intruder detection system and the missile defense system, makes the mega yacht Eclipse not only a wonder to look at but also a safe house on the water!
As you can see in the videos, this is a beautiful and exceptionally large mega yacht. Eclipse was launched in June of 2009 and arrived the following September in Denmark for testing. In December 2010 this mega yacht was delivered to its owner, Roman Abramovich, after all testing was completed. Starting February 2011 Eclipse was made available as a charter yacht through SuperYachtsMonaco, a yacht broker based out of Monaco.
You can also see that the paparazzi shield system is not always on, as the videos were possible to take. The system is enabled manually and will continue to function until disabled, which would be when the threat of paparazzi is gone.
Come and check out the upcoming Miami International Boat Show this February and see many mega yachts visiting us just for this show! Get your tickets now and join us at the show from February 14-18 and enjoy the yachts with us!
Hurricane Sandy did some real damage. All along the East-Coast there are boats waiting for repairs to get done so that they can be ready for spring sailing. There are so many repairs needing to be done, and the cold weather is hindering certain ones. This is going to cause a major backlog on boat repairs, and could upset some customers who want to be boating in the spring.
So Many Repairs, So Little Time
Gelcoat and fiberglass repairs are impeded by the cold weather and are going to have to wait for better conditions. With many service and repair yards still out of commission after Hurricane Sandy the few that are up have their hands full. This, plus the cold weather, may make some very unhappy boaters.
Repair yards are telling boaters that if they have minor scratches to be repaired that they should wait until later to focus on it, rather than end up backlogged behind a line of other boats getting hulls, and other serious damage repaired. Customers are being given a list of choices and are being told what is absolutely necessary, and what is not, for getting their boats in working order.
An estimated 65,000 boats were damaged or destroyed, and although business for repair shops is at a high the repairs will take time. So remember that if your boat is usable and won’t take on new damage by being used, then wait for the bulk of major repairs to be done before scheduling to have your coat refinished so that you don’t end up waiting for weeks, or longer, to have it done.
With so many destroyed boats, and damaged marine facilities, the facilities have had to move some of the boats out of their docks and in to storage areas. Doing this can cause a lapse in your policy because storing your ship in an unspecified location is not covered.
Maritime Program Group has stepped in to help, and has agreed to provide an extension of coverage under the NAS’ Marina Operators Legal Liability section for policy holders. You still need to coordinate with your insurance company, but this is a huge help to boat owners all along the East-Coast. It is strongly recommended for the insured to enter in to a storage agreement with a marina that has had to store their boat at another location, and for you to contact your insurance provider immediately.
Boaters everywhere know about the Rolex Volcano race, and photographers everywhere come to take pictures of it. If you weren’t there for the 2012 race you really missed out, because it was an awesome 6 day event from May 19th – May 26th.
With a score of ships from around the world coming to the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club, there was more than enough to see. The second event of the campaign was a bumpy ride for the sailors and an exciting show for onlookers. With wind making it over 25 knots and storms nearly attacking ships, the event was not an easy one.
The Fastest Yacht
The first boat to complete the 300-nauticle mile course was the super yacht Nilaya. The Nilaya arrived at 20:05.06 CEST – one day, two hours, and six seconds after the race started. According to the crew of the super yacht they had a difficult start. The size of the yacht can be a hindrance if wind speed isn’t at necessary levels, and the start of the race was not as windy as they had hoped for.
The Nilaya was also the winner of last year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, but although finishing first in the second leg, was not named the overall winner. The yacht Jethou, hitting 26-knots at one point, finished the first leg quickly enough that the combined time still places the yacht as the overall winner.
The Volcanoes Two Legs
The race had two legs; the first started in Gaeta, Italy and had them round Ponza to shoot towards Capri and was about 300-nautical miles. The second leg started at the Island of Stromboli Island, where the fleet headed to Vulcano Island, and then raced for Alicudi. The second leg was roughly 241-nautical miles and put the race total at around 641-nautical miles.
The Image of the Year
The image of the year is chosen from twenty-four of the best yacht racing photographs, and has been taken from submissions by at least forty-six different photographers. Delegates then view the choices left and narrow it down to five best images. From there an independent Jury chooses the winner from that five. This year’s Jury is comprised of Christian Février, Shirley Robertson, Ben Ainslie, Antonio Palma, and Will Morris.
This year’s winner is Kurt Arrigo, who’s submission is from the Volcano Race and was taken during an opportune time where the sun had come out just long enough for the golden shot.