Florida boating safety tips: Protecting Manatees Manatees are protected under the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help protect them from harm and harassment from boaters. These large mammals are found in salt, brackish and fresh water and because they are mammals, they need to come to the water’s surface every two to...

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May 2021

Facts About Water Pollution Every Florida Boater Should Know Human beings have a massive responsibility to help keep the world around us free of pollution. As boaters on Florida waterways, we must collectively be accountable for the impact we’re having on our beautiful bodies of water and the surrounding areas. While a small oil leak...

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Apr 2021

When you think about sailing, your mind probably takes you to smooth waters with a light breeze, just enough to peacefully float along on a warm summer day. While that is certainly some of the appeal of sailing, many are surprised by how fast a sailboat can travel with an experienced sailor under the right...

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For many boat owners, one of the biggest perks is getting the opportunity to do more activities and spend more time with the family. On the open water and free from distraction, the family boat is where many families create lasting memories. But before you can enjoy all that comes with that life, you have...

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What is the difference between a boat dock and a boat slip? There is a lot of terminology to learn as a new boat owner, and even the most experienced boaters can mix things up from time to time. Understanding the difference between a boat dock and a boat slip is important when it comes...

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What you need to know about financing a boat in 2021 Much like purchasing a car, many boat shoppers seek financing when it comes time to purchase their boat. A low-interest loan from a reputable lender is a great way to spread out your payments over time so that you aren’t breaking the bank before...

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How much does it cost per year to own a boat in Florida? The feeling you get when you complete the purchase of a boat is pretty special. Not only do you have a new (or new to you) boat to make your own, but you also get to move past the financial stress that...

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As a boat owner and the person navigating your vessel, you might be called a lot of names. Not THOSE kind of names, but rather names like captain, skipper, or just simply, driver. There are a lot of names and nicknames for the person navigating the boat. Those names can vary by boat type, region,...

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Gauging your travel: How far can a boat go on a tank of gas? Whether you’re in the market for a new boat or you’ve had yours for years, knowing how much gas a boat uses is not an exact science. While meticulous mileage logging can help you accurately gauge over time, estimating how far...

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Whether you are buying or selling a used boat, knowing its value on the open market is important to make sure you are getting a good deal or providing a fair price. Even experienced boaters aren’t always able to easily determine the condition, and thus the value, of a used boat. Fortunately, there are resources...

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