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Dec 2020

How far must boats stay away from swimmers in Florida? As a boat owner, safety should be your top priority every time you take your boat out on the water. That means safety for you, your passengers, other boats, and those enjoying the water in other ways. That includes swimmers, which are often the hardest...

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Like any state, Florida requires boaters to have a certain amount of safety equipment on board their vessels to ensure the safety of passengers and other boaters. Of course, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to boating safety equipment requirements, so Florida has segmented its requirements by boat size. There are four classes...

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boat depreciation

We’re not here to make claims that there is a single “best” time of year to buy a boat, because every situation is different. Plus, here in Florida, the pre-owned boat market is always booming. However, we often find that sellers are more motivated in the fall for a number of reasons. We’ll go through...

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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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06

Nov 2020

We have a large sand problem that has been festering inside Johns Pass for nearly my entire lifetime. This issue is now coming to a head as it continues to grow and worsen. That issue is sand encroaching into Johns pass forming a large beach along the North West side of the pass. This new beach...

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Do out-of-state boaters need a license to drive a boat in Florida? With more than 900,000 boat owners in the state, Florida is often considered the boating capital of the US. Whether you’re visiting Florida for vacation or moving here permanently, there’s a good chance you’ll be doing some activities that involve some sort of...

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Identifying common wildlife in Florida waterways Taking in all that Mother Nature has to offer is one of the best aspects of boating. While the serenity and beauty of the water make for a great day, you’ll be sure to meet plenty of wildlife to keep you company as well. While we can’t cover every...

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22

Sep 2020

Preparation is key to keeping your boat safe in a hurricane When it comes to hurricane season, planning to protect your biggest assets is vital. Preparing in advance ensures you have a plan for your home, vehicles, boats and other large investments before a hurricane reaches the Gulf. While a pending hurricane can be a...

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27

Aug 2020

Understanding the key differences between aluminum and fiberglass boats Choosing the right boat for you means considering factors like cost, maintenance requirements, boating activities, location, trailering, passenger space and so much more. Fortunately, when you go into the boat buying process, you probably have a lot of those things decided. What you may not have...

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