• Broward: 954-926-5250
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  • Sarasota: 941-355-5500

AXOPAR 22 SPYDER, COMING SOON TO NAUTICAL VENTURES MARINE CENTER!

Published September 9th, 2020 by Bernardo

Introducing Axopra’s winning formula of innovations - all fused into a 22 footer!

 

Here is an exclusive sneak preview of the forthcoming Axopar 22 Spyder.

Boating and COVID-19 – Social Distancing on the Water

Published August 21st, 2020 by Bernardo

Due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic the past few months, a growing sense of uncertainty has been created about what life may look like and how to adapt to 'the new normal'. Amid ever-changing state orders, social-distancing guidelines, it is clear that there will be lasting impacts to the way we previously carried out our daily lives.

This new reality also applies to how we vacation, relax and blow off steam as summer enters full swing. Thankfully, our natural resources are wide open for the recreational activities that have long been a hallmark of the season, and this year, a growing number of people are turning to a longstanding American pastime — recreational boating.

As first-time boat buyers are on the rise, as Americans are recognizing that boating is one of the safest and most accessible atmospheres to enjoy quality time with their loved ones and improve their mental health outlook during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owning a boat gives people a unique way to get away from it all. That comes in handy now as we’re all trying to maintain social distancing because of COVID-19. Politicians from every state in the United States have acknowledged that boating is a safe social distancing activity, but there are still some precautions to keep in mind. All of the usual guidelines are still relevant on the water, so here are a few things to consider before you plan your next outing and the boating industry’s way forward.

How to Social Distancing While Boating

In May, the recreational boating industry saw an unprecedented increase in PWC sales, which were up 75 percent compared to May 2019.

Shipments of PWCs, outboard engines, wake sport boats, and jet boats increased by a range of 19 to 160 percent compared to April.

As the boating and water sports industry continues to grow on high-demand, manufacturing activity is slowly starting to pick back up and saw impressive gains in May following two months of shutdowns.

Therefore, if you are planning to go out on the water, one of the most important things to consider is how you’re going to limit exposure to other people around. Inviting a lot of guests onto your boat will put you near others and potentially spread disease, so limit your group to people who already live with you. If you live alone or still want to see others, here’s a more visual depiction on how to practice social distancing while boating.

Thankfully, in areas where short-distance travel hasn’t been entirely eliminated we can still do all aquatic activities from the safely on our boats.  With that being said, we don’t recommend rafting with other boats or going to a beach where you’ll be close to many people. Your boat is one of the best places to get away from it all, and now is the perfect time to take advantage of that. When you limit your stops and other interactions, you’re doing your part to keep everyone safe.

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For example, you may want to pack plenty of gear and supplies at home, so you don’t have to stop on the way to your boat. Sometimes, some degree of contact may be unavoidable.

However in instances such as when you’re fueling the boat or loading it at the marina, you can still do your best to maintain a safe distance and follow other guidelines. You may want to bring some hand sanitizer so you can disinfect yourself after stopping at the marina, fuel station, or loading ramp.

How to Disinfect a Boat

Like many solid surfaces, the parts of your boat could temporarily house the COVID-19 virus. As long as you keep boating between you and your family, your boat in and of itself shouldn’t be any problem. But, what if you want to be extra cautious and disinfect your boat?

It is a good idea to take extra precautions when cleaning your boat, especially if you ever share it with others. Disinfect the boat with disinfectants that have been approved by the CDC recommendations. That means disinfecting surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectants, however, you should remember that some of the approved disinfectants (like bleach or acids) can harm some of the surfaces of a boat. The canvass and vinyls are particularly subject to damage or discoloration, if disinfecting chemicals are left on their surfaces.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to wash the boat down after disinfecting. So, after disinfecting be sure to give your boat a thorough wash-down. The most important thing overall is simply to maintain a clean boat, to keep things ship-shape.

How to Have Fun Boating During COVID-19

Being extra careful doesn’t mean you can’t still have a ton of fun on the water. Boats make it easy to keep your distance from others while still enjoying yourself. There are even a few ways you can use your boat to improve your social life without putting yourself and others at an increased risk of catching the virus. Here are three of our favorite things to do without getting exposed to others.

1 – Go Fishing

  • Fishing is one of our favorite ways to connect with nature while on a boat. Head out to the water with your family or even by yourself to enjoy some quiet time and look for your next big catch.

  • You can also practice kayak fishing, all from the safety of your own kayak. At Nautical Ventures we offer you the largest selection of new and used kayaks under one roof in South Florida. Visit us at our Dania Beach and North Palm Beach Marine Superstores located right on the water for your paddling convenience and for you to even try our products before purchase.

2 – Spend Time With Your Family

  • Relax and unwind by making time for activities on the water. Spending too much time in the house can be overwhelming, but a day on your boat provides a welcomed change of pace. If your boat has a cabin with room to sleep, you may want to plan a safe vacation by spending a night or two aboard.

  • There’s no evidence we’re aware of that COVID-19 can be contracted through the water. Still, please respect any restrictions about waters being closed for swimming and other activities. As long as you can do that, get active by going swimming or participating in water sports.

  • If enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, and other marine sports, you'll love Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore. Our "Superstore" is part of our name for a reason! We offer from boats, tenders, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, inflatables, submersibles, and toys for many other extreme water sports. Our store is a one-stop shop with everything you need to start or continue your aquatic adventures. You can visit us in one of our locations at Dania Beach and North Palm Beach.

 

3 – Meet Friends From a Distance

  • If you have friends in the area, plan to meet up with them for a cruise in your boats. You can even set anchor and have a conversation. Just try to keep six feet apart as you would on land, which means it’s best not to raft the boats.

Buy a Boat in South Florida

In conclusion, we boaters love getting out on the water, and part of that love comes from bonding with family, and spending quality time with a loved one, or just enjoying the solitude.

A boater who knows the rules of the water is more confident and ultimately creates a safer, more enjoyable boating experience for everyone. So check on the regulations affecting your locality. Be careful to maintain social distancing practices. And then cast off those lines and feel the wind in your hair—because boating is still the hands-down best way to enjoy living on planet Earth.

In addition, if you don’t have a boat yet, now might be the time to change that. Visit us at any of our 5 Nautical Ventures Marine Center locations at Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, North Palm Beach, Tampa Beach or Sarasota. We look forward to welcoming you!

You can also visit our website www.nauticalventures.com for more information.

Introducing Sailfish Boats at Nautical Ventures

Published August 12th, 2020 by Bernardo

For more than 30 years, Sailfish Boats has thoughtfully designed, expertly engineered and masterfully crafted our premium lineup of fishing boats. Our boats have always been designed by anglers for anglers – equipped with more standard features to withstand the rigors of inshore and offshore environments. Today’s Sailfish acknowledges that anglers demand more from their boating investment by offering the premium family, entertainment and comfort features to complement the brand’s strong fishing heritage.

Boat Clubs vs. Boat Ownership

Published July 28th, 2020 by Bernardo

There’s nothing quite like being out on the open water off the beautiful coastline, enjoying the wind in your hair and good company while seated in a luxurious boat with all the bells and whistles you could possibly need for a full day of fun and relaxation. However, before you can head out on the open water, you’ll need to contend with some big decisions regarding how you’re going to obtain a boat for the day.

Typically, there are two options: joining a boat club in the area or purchasing a boat of your very own. Each of these methods has its own pros and cons you’ll need to consider before deciding which route is the best for you.

Owning a Boat

Having a boat of your own is often seen as an expensive luxury. However, having full ownership of your watercraft comes with a wide range of benefits that you simply can’t obtain by just joining a boating club.

Choosing a boat that’s right for your budget immediately removes the biggest perceived pitfall (the price) of purchasing a boat outright, leaving behind a wide range of benefits to enjoy, including:

  • Escaping everyday stresses whenever you want
  • The ability to customize your boat to fit your style and needs
  • Using any numbers of harbors or docks
  • A mental health boost
  • Easy spur-of-the-moment outings with family and friends.

For many people, buying a boat is the best way to ensure all of the bases are covered in terms of preferences and lifestyle needs because you can find the perfect base and then modify it as needed to achieve the desired end result. This and the unlimited availability of your boat are the two biggest benefits that give purchasing a boat a bit of a boost over joining a boat club.

However, there are a few downsides to consider when it comes to owning a boat. Chiefly, these issues involve cost, not just of the boat itself but of the general upkeep of the boat in the years to come. Even smaller boats can be quite expensive. Beyond the initial cost of your purchase, you’ll also need to consider insurance costs, storage and harbor fees, maintenance, and service fees. Finding a good harbor can also be a challenge in some of the more popular Gulf areas. Despite the financial challenges, many find the benefits of owning a boat too far outweigh the potential downsides. The trick is, of course, finding the right boat.

Joining a Boat Club

If you feel that owning a boat might not be the right option for you, your other leading option is to join a boat club in your chosen area. This is an excellent option for those who may not have room in their budget for a new boat but who still want to enjoy the benefits of spending time out on the waves. Considering owning a yacht is one of the most expensive asset purchases you can make, this is precisely the reason most people choose to join a club over buying. Joining a boat club also comes with a wide range of benefits on its own, including:

  • A wider selection of boats (some of which might be out of your budget)
  • Instructional training from experienced professionals
  • Predictable, stable costs
  • Less responsibility for insurance, service, and maintenance

Furthermore, when you choose to join a boat club, most clubs will allow you to use different boats for each outing, allowing you to switch boats for each special occasion you have planned. Just like owning a boat, though, joining a club isn’t without its drawbacks that must be considered before making the decision to join up.

First, just because you have access to the dozens of different boats the club owns, that doesn’t mean you’ll always get your first pick. You’ll need to reserve your boat upfront, and many clubs run on a first-come, first-serve basis. Secondly, clubs may not have all the bells and whistles you want on your boat, and you won’t have the option of customizing the craft since you don’t own it. Finally, you won’t be able to use a club boat anytime you get the urge to get out on the water. You’ll need to operate within the club’s specified hours at the risk of being charged with hefty fees.

Which is Better?

Upon assessing the pros and cons of both buying a boat and joining a boat club, it’s easy to see why both are popular options for those living on or visiting the coast. When all the details are considered, is one method really better than the other? Generally, owning a boat, or in any of the state’s other sunny destinations is the best solution. Owning a boat allows you to fully embrace the freedom of the open water by giving you the opportunity to head out at any moment, build the perfect boat and spend as much time on your adventure as you’d like. Boating is about experiencing the open water, and owning your own boat gives you the freedom to do so without limits.

While many consider this the ideal option, joining a boat club may still be a great option for many. Exploring your options and determining what your budget is should always be your top priority before making any big purchase, especially when it comes to boats and boating accessories.

Find Your Dream Boat

If you’re looking for the perfect boat that fits your lifestyle, budget, and personality perfectly, contact Nautical Ventures Marine Center. We carry a huge range of boats and boating accessories to ensure we always have exactly what you’re looking for. From luxurious boats to certified, experienced mechanics, we have your back not only throughout the selection process but also afterward, when your new boat needs repairs or maintenance. We’re dedicated to getting you the perfect boat, and

How To Keep Your Boat Running and Looking Like New

Published July 28th, 2020 by Bernardo

Routine boat care sets your boat apart. Whether you’re docking in a crowded port or setting sail out on your own, find out how routine boat maintenance can help keep your boat running and looking like new. Brush up on your motor maintenance and brightwork tasks with our help at Nautical Ventures for unforgettable boating, fishing, or kayaking experiences.

Keep It Covered

A boat cover is your first line of defense out on the water in Florida. Direct UV exposure can quickly wear away at protective layers on your boat. Fiberglass, wood, upholstery, and other materials can all become worn-out in the sunlight.

Thankfully, there are plenty of covers available for all types of boats. When shopping for a new boat, look for covers that protect all the different components. Captain’s chairs and other fixed vinyl cushions should be covered with canvas or other durable material to avoid water and sun damage. Look for custom covers that fit your seats to ensure complete protection.

Cover other exterior areas with covers. Clear PVC and marine canvas covers protect cockpits, consoles, and other areas that shouldn’t be exposed to constant sun and spray. These covers need their own cleaning and maintenance, but it’s much easier to wipe down a canvas cover than to restore a soaked cockpit.

Focus on Brightwork

If you’re lucky enough to have a boat with wood trim or other features, take care of them to ensure they shine. Wood requires cleaning at least once a season. The most common wood used for boat grab handles, rails, and the decking is teak.

Teak is a naturally weather-resistant material that doesn’t require any sealer or coating. Exposed teak will naturally turn a silvery gray, which gives it a distinctly nautical look. Grab a mild cleaner and wipe it down once a season to clean away any black mildew that may ruin this look.

Sealers, oils, and varnishes keep teak looking robust and rich for years. Carefully apply varnish or other sealers following all the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on your latitude, you may need to reapply sealers every few years.

Cleaning sealed or natural teak requires only a mild cleaner and a soft-bristle brush. Scrub against the grain to avoid ridges and damaged pulpwood. A little elbow grease and the right care products maintain an iconic wood look for your favorite boat.

Care for Upholstery

Use care when scrubbing your upholstery and vinyl materials. Bleach and ammonia can easily damage these materials in a single season. Find a mild cleaning agent and a sponge and get to work a few times each season.

A little mildew is expected on your upholstery, but you don’t have to live with mildew stains on your boat. Look for boat detailing services near you or prepare to scrub your upholstery with a stain removal solution. At Nautical Ventures, we offer comprehensive boat detailing services to prevent these annoying stains from putting a damper on your day out on the water.

Don’t Forget Gelcoating

There’s nothing like a gel coat maintenance to make your boat shine. Whether you’re preparing to sell your yacht or you’re gearing up for a full weekend of fishing on your favorite vessel, brighten up your gel coat and clean your fiberglass with waxes, polishes, and other cleaning products.

Gelcoat cleaning requires both waxing and polishing. A wax protects this tough material from the sun, while a polish brings back that new-boat sparkle. Oxidation can cause gel coat to look hazy and chalky, but a good polish restores its vibrant, clear look. Plan on applying wax twice a season as preventative maintenance and you’ll avoid another major round of cleaning, waxing, and polishing.

During the height of your boating season, a quick scrub can help clear away any residue that is attached to your boat’s hull. Use cleaning agents sparingly, as harsh cleaners can scrub away the gel coat that’s protecting your fiberglass hull. 

Maintain Your Battery and Engine

Now that you’ve polished your boat to a stunning shine, it’s time to make sure it stays running while you explore the stunning Florida coast. Your fishing boat, yacht, tender or other vessel isn’t meant to be docked, but to enjoy the wind and the waves out at sea, on the lake or down a river. Maintaining your battery and engine are critical steps to ensuring your boat continues to cruise on.

Here are some common battery and engine problems that many boat owners face:

  • Improper fuel use
  • Fuel deposits
  • Dead batteries
  • Battery corrosion
  • Failure to winterize the engine

First-time boat owners looking for a new boat may not realize the amount of engine and battery maintenance required. This can quickly damage even a brand-new engine or battery. Use fuel that is designed for marine engines. Ideally, you should only use Rec 90 fuel available at marinas and some gas stations. This non-ethanol fuel remains stable in your fuel tank over long periods of inactivity. If you do use an ethanol blend, make sure it contains no more than 10%. Ethanol blends break down faster and collect water in your fuel tank. Consider having a water-separator installed in your boat. Also, add a good quality fuel stabilizer to your tank every time you fill up.

Use only marine batteries in your boat. Even the smoothest ride is likely to bump and vibrate more than a car. Marine batteries are designed to be more durable than automotive batteries and can withstand this pounding.

If you live in Northern climates the end of the seasons you need quality winterization services. Ask a local service center to flush the cooling system and perform other services to prevent winter-weather-related damage.

Schedule a Boat Tune-Up in Florida

Better boat care starts at Nautical Ventures. Schedule service in Broward, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, or Sarasota today to maintain your boat for longer. Don’t let a little mildew, separating fuel or a dead battery keep you from making memories out on the open water.

How European Brands are Shaping the American Boating Scene

Published July 2nd, 2020 by Bernardo

Many of our customers like to buy boats made in America, but recently we’ve seen that many boating enthusiasts have developed a special appreciation for European boats. When considering whether a European boat is right for you and your family, it’s important to know what makes some of these vessels different from American boats. For starters, there’s a big difference in how many Europeans use their boats compared to Americans.

In Europe, many people use their vessels as day boats, while Americans are more likely to use them as weekenders. In practice, though, most average Americans don’t spend very many nights aboard their boats. Europeans are much more likely to enjoy an overnight trip on their boat, even if they hadn’t necessarily planned to make it a multiple-day trip. The way these boats are enjoyed has led to some difference in design when it comes to European boats.

New European boat designs are dayboats with a good deal more overnight amenities than were available in the past. Some Americans who have thought about how much they really live aboard their boats realize that these amenities are enough. With that in mind, we encourage boat owners to think about how many overnight features they really need. Do you need a vessel with massive sleeping quarters, or can a slightly smaller boat be more than enough to handle the job? We like to use the analogy of deciding between a heavy-duty truck compared to a sleeker SUV.

European Boat Design

Throughout the history of European boating, it seems that skills related to boat craftsmanship are passed down from generation to generation. This creates a vast pool of knowledge that can be leveraged by carpenters, electricians, welders, masons, plumbers, and more. Furthermore, Europeans place a lot of value on these professional trades, encouraging some of the best and brightest minds to go into boatmaking.

Even so, many of these professionals and in Europe don’t demand the high labor rate that their American counterparts do. For this reason, European boats often come to the United States at very attractive prices. Even after shipping, customs, taxes, rate exchanges, and more, you can get a great deal. You might be surprised how far your dollar goes when it comes to getting the type of fit, finish, and construction that is the pride of European culture.

European Boats Efficiency

These boats are known for their efficient design. Fuel, electricity, and other resources are more expensive in much of Europe than in the United States, so these boats are designed to preserve them. Not only are the boats designed and built more efficiently, but they’re also likely to have lower operating costs.

One example here is how Axopar, a globally renowned Finnish brand of premium range, multi award-winning motorboats, lowered the gunnel height to use less materials and lower the center of gravity. These boats run efficiently and are comfortable in rough seas. Axopar lowered part of the helm deck in a corresponding move so passengers can still feel safe and secure, even at high speeds.

Style and Design

The long boating history in Europe informs the style and design of these boats. Expect to find a good mix of classic and innovative designs. This is appealing to many of our customers who want something with an original look that will turn heads out on the water. While these boats are beautiful, the aesthetics are still informed by what performs the best.

 

Functionality

As you might have guessed based on how efficient European boats are, form generally follows function. Some boatmakers occasionally make the mistake of coming up with a beautiful design, then trying to cram features and functions into that design. When you buy a premium imported boat, you can count on its designers to put performance and durability first and foremost.

European Naval Architecture

Europe is home to many marine institutes that have a history of making successful innovations for the industry, especially in the Netherlands. Due to geographic proximity and a culture that encourages businesses to share knowledge openly, many of these innovations find their way to smaller boatmakers. One great example is Axopar. Their AXE bow was originally designed for and used on a 200-foot ship. Applying innovations like this to recreational boats makes them state of the art.

Electronics

The use of cutting edge technology in European boats doesn’t end at hull design and overall architecture. These boats are also loaded with some of the best technology available in new boats. Anything produced in Europe to be sold in the United States will be prepared to work well with the types of electrical supplies you’re used to in America. Our team confirms that all imported boats are ready for operation in South Florida.

Status and Resale Value

Last, but certainly not least, resale value is often higher if you choose the right European boat brand. Owning an imported boat is regarded as prestigious by many people, and lower inventory levels can preserve the value of your boat. Popular boats like the Beneteau-Antares 27 don’t depreciate as quickly and can fetch you a high price or trade-in value.

Best European Boats

As European boats continue to shape the industry in the United States, some brands are leading the way. Our commitment to offering vessels from the best boat brands on the market drives us to identify the best options and connect our customers with them. Here at Nautical Ventures Marine Center, we offer the following European fiberglass boats:

  • Axopar
  • Beneteau-Antares
  • Beneteau Flyer
  • De Antonio Yachts

Buy European Boats in South Florida

Whether you prefer boats made in America or European boats, you can find the best options here at Nautical Ventures Marine Center. With locations in Broward, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach, and Sarasota, we’re working hard to maintain our reputation as the most reliable boat vendor in Florida. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to every type of boat we sell, so start a dialogue today to explore our new boats for sale.

The Future of Electric Boats

Published June 3rd, 2020 by Bernardo

Motorboats are fun, but some might say the nautical industry has been too traditional by failing to provide more options for electric boats. Electric cars are becoming more and more popular every year, so where are all of the electric motors for boats? As people become more concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency, expect electric motors to play a bigger part in the boating industry in the near future.

Boat Consignment at Nautical Ventures: What to Expect

Published April 29th, 2020 by Bernardo

There comes a time when you as a boat owner want to either sell your boat, or upgrade for a better one. When that happens, you are left wondering and asking – what is the best way to sell your boat or where can you trade-in your boat with better options? This is where Nautical Ventures comes in.

Are We All In The Same Boat?

Published March 27th, 2020 by Bernardo

There are many ways in which people are dealing with the corona virus. For some, social distancing means getting on the water.  If your happy place is on the water, then Nautical Ventures has your prescription for a fun day out.

Buying a Boat During These Current Times

Published March 27th, 2020 by Bernardo

There are many ways in which people are dealing with the corona virus. For some, social distancing means getting on the water.  If your happy place is on the water, then Nautical Ventures has your prescription for a fun day out.

Favorable Financing, Low Interest Rates, and More

Published March 27th, 2020 by Bernardo

There are many ways in which people are dealing with the corona virus. For some, social distancing means getting on the water.  If your happy place is on the water, then Nautical Ventures has your prescription for a fun day out.

A Boat Is One of the Best Places to Get Away from it All

Published March 27th, 2020 by Bernardo

There are many ways in which people are dealing with the corona virus. For some, social distancing means getting on the water.  If your happy place is on the water, then Nautical Ventures has your prescription for a fun day out.

Boating Safety for Adults and Kids

Published February 25th, 2020 by Bernardo

Whether you’re planning a day with your adult friends or spending time on the water as a family, it’s important to stay safe. The experience will be much more enjoyable for everyone when safety is a focus, as you will be able to relax instead of worrying about danger on the water. Luckily, it isn’t difficult to take control of the situation while you’re boating with either kids or adults as long as you have a thorough safety plan before you board the boat. Keep these boat safety plans in mind next time you’re headed to the water for some quality time.

 

Learning to Swim

 

This is especially important for kids, but it applies to some adults as well. Not everyone has had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in pools, lakes, or oceans, so it’s important to know whether or not all of your passengers are good swimmers. If you have kids, it’s a great idea to enroll them in swimming lessons if you’re not comfortable teaching them to swim by yourself. Competent swimmers are at a much lower risk of injuries in the water.

Even if people are strong swimmers, it’s important to keep a watchful eye out and take notice if someone starts to get into trouble. People often start to have trouble swimming when they get tired or when the weather conditions don’t cooperate. It’s also worth mentioning that even good swimming skills don’t replace the need for life jackets and other safety devices.

 

Wear Life Jackets

 

Depending on where you’re taking your boat, you may encounter different laws related to the use of life jackets. Here in Florida, for example, all of the following laws apply:
    • Your vessel must carry one personal flotation device (PFD) that has been approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) per each person on board.
    • The PFDs must legibly show the USCG approval number and must be in good working condition. The PFD must be appropriate for the chest size and bodyweight of the person wearing it.
    • All children who are under six years of age must wear a Type I, II, or III USCG-approved PFD at all times if the vessel is less than 26 feet in length.
    • Inflatable PFDs are not appropriate for skiing. Each person who is on a personal watercraft or is being towed behind a vessel must wear a USCG-approved PFD.
    • Vessels of 16 feet of length or longer must have one Type IV USCG-approved PFD readily available.

We recommend wearing life jackets even when you’re not required to by law because a life jacket will help you stay afloat in the event that you become injured in an accident. Test your life jackets regularly to make sure they still work well and replace them if they start to get waterlogged. Make sure all life jackets are easy to access.

 

Watching Kids on the Water

 

Keep an eye on kids and make sure they’re practicing good safety on the water. Unattended children may get restless, swim too far away, or swim to a moving boat in an unsafe manner. If you’re with babies or small children, do not keep them strapped into any device that won’t float. We normally recommend that all babies on board are held by an adult while the boat is in motion. Keeping an eye on all of your passengers can help you avoid bad situations.

 

Use Sun Protection

 

If you’re on the water, you’re probably also in the sun. Here in Florida where we’re relatively close to the equator, the sun can start to damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Be mindful of how much time you spend in the sun, and monitor your children’s exposure as well. Covering the skin with hats and long sleeves can help, and it’s always a good idea to have sunscreen and sunglasses available when you’re on the boat. Freshen up your sunscreen every couple of hours, and do it even more frequently if you’ve been sweating or swimming.

 

Learn to Operate a Boat Safely

 

One of the best ways to stay safe while boating is to make sure you know what you’re doing. Don’t drive your boat too close to the shore, other vessels, or any other type of obstacle. It’s also important to handle your boat carefully and at responsible speeds. Make sure your passengers know to keep their hands inside the boat and to remain seated while the boat is moving, especially at high speeds. 

When you buy a boat for the first time, you may want to take boating lessons unless you already have significant experience. A more experienced boater will be able to tell you tips and tricks that you might not have thought about on your own. Take special care when you’re leaving and returning to the dock. If you have someone to help you with the lines, they should know what’s expected of them and be comfortable with the task.

 

Lead By Example

 

One of the best ways to ensure that your passengers practice proper boat safety is to set a positive example. Children and adults will both take queues from your behavior, which makes it important to demonstrate responsible actions. If you’re out with children, it may help to explain to them why you do things the way you do. When you’re on the water with friends, don’t overindulge in alcohol even if others are enjoying cocktails.

 

Buy a Boat in Florida

 

You can find everything you need for a fun family outing on the water by visiting us at Nautical Ventures Marine Center. We have new boats, used boats for sale, and a wide variety of different toys for your time on the water. You can also count on us to provide you with safety gear like life jackets and other floatation devices. Visit us today, or contact us online to learn more.

 

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What Tax Breaks Are Available to Boat Owners?

Published February 25th, 2020 by Bernardo

The idea of having your own boat is appealing for many reasons, and a variety of available tax breaks makes it even better. A boat is generally considered to be an “entertainment facility” in the eyes of the IRS, and expenses that arise from that enjoyment of a boat are not deductible on taxes. Such expenses might include things like depreciation and operating costs such as rent, utilities, maintenance, and protection. That said, there are still multiple tax breaks boat owners might be eligible for depending on how the boat is used.

 

Boats for Business

 

If you use the boat in relation to your business, you may be able to deduct some of the costs associated with your outing. Travel and entertainment deductions are limited to 50% of that cost. Those costs may include things like fuel, food drinks, or transient mooring. It’s important to document the outing and expenses thoroughly, taking note of information like the date, location, and reason for the outing as well as the names and occupations of everyone who joins you.

You should be able to demonstrate that you were using the boat to entertain clients. Furthermore, you need to have a reasonable expectation that you will achieve revenue as a result of your outing on the boat, and you must discuss business during the outing. You may also be able to claim a home office deduction if you work from your boat, though that normally doesn’t apply. If you have questions about whether or not your boating-related expenses may qualify you for a tax deduction, it is wise to talk to an accountant for guidance.

 

Boats as Business

 

If your boat is an especially integral part of your business, you may be eligible for greater deductions. For example, you may be able to write off some of your costs if you charter your boat and act as the captain. In this scenario, you must have a U.S. Coast Guard license to take six paying passengers on your boat. You may also have to insure your boat for commercial use, and you’ll have to be able to demonstrate that you’re attempting to make a profit. That is, you will not be eligible for tax deductions if you’re simply chartering your boat as a hobby.

Charter ownership allows boat and yacht owners to deduct things like boat depreciation, fuel costs, maintenance fees, mooring costs, and some equipment. If you treat your boat or yacht as a charter, you’ll need to keep detailed records of all income and expenses, just as you would with other business assets. You cannot write off expenses when you use the boat for pleasure, even if you use it as a charter at other times. The IRS may start to pay special attention to your listed deductions if you regularly fail to report making a profit over the course of a year.

 

Boats for Transportation

 

If you regularly use your boat for business-related transportation, you may be eligible for a deduction. To qualify, you’d have to be using your boat for business transportation at least 50% of the time. This would allow you to deduct things like insurance, repairs, dock fees, crew salaries, storage, fuel costs, and depreciation. If you use the boat for client entertainment though, you will likely nullify any ability to claim it as a listed property for transportation deductions. 

 

Donating Your Boat

 

In some cases, boat owners elect to donate their boat to a non-profit organization instead of selling it. Donating a boat might make you eligible for a donation of the fair market value of the vessel. To determine the fair market value, you’ll have to have an appraisal in the form of a survey. You can write off the fair market value of the boat if the charity ends up using the vessel in conjunction with their work. If the non-profit sells your donated boat, you’ll be able to claim a deduction for the amount the boat sold for instead of the appraised value. 

One of the nice things about donating a boat to a non-profit instead of selling it is that the process is often fast and easy. Many charities that accept donations of boats are prepared to take care of the paperwork for you. They’ll give you tax forms for accounting purposes, which can make things easier when it comes time to do your taxes. You may also be able to donate your boat more quickly than you could find a buyer.

 

Boat as a Home 

 

Declaring your boat as a second home is one of the ways you can get the biggest tax deduction for boat owners, especially when it comes to recreational boating. Your boat will have to have a kitchen or other cooking capabilities, a place to sleep, and a toilet (even if the toilet is portable). If you already have a second home, you won’t be able to get a deduction for your boat because the IRS doesn’t give deductions for third homes.

If you rent your boat out to others throughout the year, you’ll have to stay on the boat 10% as many days as it’s rented, or at least 14 nights per year. If your boat qualifies as a second home, you can get a 1098 form from the lender to help you report the interest as a tax deduction.

 

Nautical Ventures Marine Center in Florida

 

Here at Nautical Ventures Marine Center, we have everything you need for your boating journey. We can help you buy, care for, or sell a boat thanks to our large selection and extensive list of services. Florida residents can count on us for engines, tenders, and a wide variety of different toys to enjoy on the water. Visit us in Broward, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach, or Sarasota. Alternatively, we invite you to reach out to us online if you have any questions. Call (954) 926-5250. 

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Health Benefits of Owning a Boat

Published February 7th, 2020 by Bernardo

If you’re on the fence about owning a boat (or maybe if you’re trying to get approval from your significant other), the health benefits may be enough to help you to make a decision. We’re certainly not saying you need any special reason to enjoy your passions in life, but it doesn’t hurt to have them. Beyond the sheer pleasure of boat ownership, there are several ways in which owning a boat can improve your health both mentally and physically.

 

Physical Health and Owning a Boat

Sedentary, indoor lifestyles are becoming more and more of the norm and that isn’t always good for us. Human beings are made for the great outdoors, and it’s important that we get to enjoy them. In fact, a lot of people say that they start to notice differences after they buy a boat. By engaging in a boating lifestyle, you naturally find yourself doing things that are good for your body.

 

Soak up the Sun

Being in the sun certainly has its benefits. Of course, it’s still important to wear sun protection and avoid overdoing it, but a healthy amount of sun on your skin is good for you. We can get Vitamin D from natural light, and a little bit of fresh air never hurt anyone either. Next time everyone in your home or office is coming down with something, ditch the germs and smell some saltwater instead.

 

Stay Fit

Boating is an active hobby. Instead of sitting in front of a screen, you’ll be moving around a lot more. Even if you’re only going down to the dock, taking a quick cruise, or caring for your boat, you’ll be getting some physical activity. That’s not to mention all the other things you can enjoy, like skiing, swimming, or reeling in a humongous fish.

 

Boat Ownership and Mental Health

Health doesn’t stop at the physical. Spending too much time cooped up inside can start to wear on some people mentally. It’s important to do activities you enjoy, and that’s especially true if you can find constructive hobbies like boating.

Learn more about your brain on a boat here.

 

Disconnect to Decompress

Overexposure to technology has bothered so many people that there’s even a word for it now: technostress. Sometimes it seems like we can’t take any time alone with our thoughts because of a constant stream of texts, emails, calls, and notifications. Time spent on the water gives you a good reason to turn off your phone and deal with everything when you’re back ashore.

 

Explore Your Interests

Finding and enjoying the things that make you passionate is a critical part of enjoying life. Painters paint, writers write, and boaters boat. Whether you like quiet cruises, fishing, or snorkeling, you’ll be able to do them more when you buy a boat.

 

Strengthen Relationships

As social beings, we have a mental need to connect with our friends and loved ones. What better place to do that than on your new boat? Host a group on your boat for some quality time, and enjoy all the benefits of strong social ties. An abundance of healthy relationships has even been linked to reduced stress and a longer life.

 

Boats for Sale in Florida

If you came here looking for another reason to buy a boat, there you have it– your health may depend on it! When you do decide to buy a new boat, we’re ready to help. Our team at Nautical Ventures will help you navigate the diverse selection of vessels to find one that offers what you’re looking for. Connect with us today to learn more.

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De Antonio Yachts – D46 Open

Published January 17th, 2020 by Bernardo

Setting the nautical trend of the future, De Antonio Yachts D46 Open is an intelligently designed boat that appeals to even the most sophisticated and discerning individual. Every detail has been carefully thought-out with balanced lines and finishes of the highest quality. Hidden outboard engines enhance the boat’s performance, and the innovative design hides them so you can benefit from a larger and much quieter stern platform. With generous and comfortable deck space and three different layout configurations for the interior, the boat is also given a unique style and personality.

Miami International Boat Show in February

Published December 26th, 2019 by Bernardo

For boating enthusiasts, it’s hard to think of any place to live that would be better than Florida. Excellent access to the ocean provides plenty of opportunities to go out for a fishing trip, a romantic dinner cruise, or some water sports. Depending on which style of boating is most appealing to you, you can choose from a wide range of vessels to get one that fits your needs. If you’re not sure where to start just yet, you’ll be able to get plenty of ideas from events like the Miami International Boat Show coming up in February.

 

Boat Shows in Florida

Florida is known for having some of the best boat shows in the world, and the Miami International Boat Show is certainly one of the biggest draws. The 2020 Miami International Boat Show has been scheduled for February 13-17 at Miami Marine Stadium. You can buy your tickets now to reserve a spot for a memorable and exciting day, and we recommend planning your visit in advance to ensure that you’re prepared by the time the big day comes around. This is a very popular event, but the organizers do an excellent job getting everything ready for it. There are plenty of options for parking, transportation, and everything else you’ll need to have a good time and stay focused on all of the great boats.

 

Best Boats for Sale

Boat shows like this one are good for people from all sorts of different lifestyles. If you’re looking for your new boat, this is an excellent place to see what’s out there and get connected with the best boat vendors in South Florida and from all over the world. If you just want to see what kind of progress the biggest innovators in the boating industry are making, this is one place where you can be sure it will be on full display. Or maybe you’re only interested in spending a unique day with your family or friends– this promises to be an unforgettable experience. Below are two boats we’re especially excited to see this year.

 

De Antonio Yachts

With unique features such as hidden outboard engines, these boats are making their U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show this year. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, De Antonio Yachts will be available to see in-water at Ramp 5, Slips 625-631. The four models available to see from these award-winning boats will be:

De Antonio D28

De Antonio D34

De Antonio D42

De Antonio D46

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these boats before the show, feel free to reach out to Nautical Ventures Marine Center. As an exclusive dealer, we can walk you through all of the available configurations as well as make professional recommendations and answer any questions you may have.

 

Axopar Boats

Axopar is a brand that continues to pleasantly surprise the world with their carefully crafted and powerful boats and the unveiling of the Revolution 37 model at the Miami International Boat Show this year. Displayed in Tent B, Booth 235, this will be the first time this incredible model will be available in the United States. The Revolution 37 is so ground-breaking, it might be unlike anything else you’ve ever seen before. Your Miami International Boat Show visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Axopar Revolution 37.

 

Check Out the Boats at Nautical Ventures Marine Center in Florida

If you can’t wait for the Miami International Boat Show to see more of the best boats in the business, we’re here to help. Nautical Ventures Marine Center has relationships with some of the most innovative boat manufacturers around the world, and can connect you with a wide variety of premium options. By the time you visit another boat show, you’ll be able to say, “I like mine better.” Contact us today to learn more!

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Fast Girls: The Women of Speed Boat Racing

Published December 26th, 2019 by Bernardo

Social progress in recent years has changed the boating world and extreme sports at the same time, which means there are more women in powerboat racing now more than ever. Women have been winning national and international titles for powerboat racing, showing that they have no problem keeping up with the boys. One place where brave, bold, and fast women have made an especially impressive impact is at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Powerboat races in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, which leads the nation for the inclusion of women in a racing venue. Below are just a few of the women you can expect to see there.

 

Carolyn Dorris

While recent progress is noticeable, it’s not exactly new for women to participate in speed boat racing. Carolyn is class A. She’s been racing in Shootout races since 1997 after growing up in the boating community in California. She’s not just one of the most experienced– she’s also one of the best in the business. She’s won multiple championships with the help of her instincts and quick decision making.

Read more about the Dorris family here.

 

Lee Ann Peluso

Lee Ann Peluso is a prime example of toughness in addition to racing skills. She was able to escape an accident where her boat spun out and flipped, then she got back to racing within weeks. Things that scare most people excite Lee Ann Peluso, which is an excellent quality for a powerboat racer to possess.

Read more about Lee Ann Peluso here.

 

Maddie Janssen

Maddie’s dad, Michael “Doc” Janssen did the racing world a favor when he introduced his daughter to his need for speed. This brainiac has an education in molecular biology– and her intelligence is on full display on the water. When asked how she converts intimidating horsepower into championship-level speed, she’s responded by saying she knows how to handle powerful boats “like a girl.” She’s achieved speeds of roughly 150mph in her vessel, Saratoga Stampede, which has been good enough to win her multiple world championships.

Read more about Maddie Janssen here.

 

Tristan Collins

Tristan Collins grew up around racing, so she’s never thought of herself as a “woman of speed boat racing” as much as a regular racer. She makes a terrific point there because her skills and achievements are impressive enough to make her a formidable competitor in both sprints and endurance races. She deserves all the respect in the world for her quick thinking, reaction speed, and endurance.

Read more about Tristan Collins here.

 

Carrie Sixkiller-Jones

Carrie Sixkiller-Jones has an excellent record when it comes to winning races. She says that she wants her success to be an inspiration for other women who are interested in racing. Quite frankly, she’s even more than an inspiration for women– she’s an inspiration for everyone. Her skill, courage, and dedication to her craft are something we could all aspire to, and it’s easy to see how she was able to achieve such a terrific career.

Read more about Carrie Sixkiller-Jones here.

 

How Fast Do Speed Boats Go?

The women on this list have achieved speeds far in excess of 100 mph, and the world record for water speed is actually 317 mph. (It’s worth mentioning that trying to break that record has proven to be exceedingly dangerous.) The top speed you’ll be able to achieve will depend on your boat, but speeds closer to 70 mph are more attainable.

 

Speed Boats for Sale

Feeling the need for speed? Inspired to start boating like a girl? Our staff will help you get into a new boat that can accelerate your life. Contact us to learn about some of our favorite speed boats.

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Best Boats by Brand

Published December 26th, 2019 by Bernardo

It can be hard to choose from all the available boats that are for sale. A good place to start is by narrowing down your search to include only the best brands on the market. Explore the following brands to treat yourself to the highest levels of quality and reliability.

 

Canadian Electric Boat Company

The Canadian Electric Boat Company provides boats that deliver tranquil experiences with their electric performance and classic designs. Enjoy the technology and premium features of these boats with family and friends.

Learn more about the Canadian Electric Boat Company here.

 

Beneteau Antares and Flyer

Beneteau makes two of the best boats for sale right now: the Antares and the Flyer. The Beneteau Antares can handle it all from long fishing trips to watersports outings, and the roomy interior will keep you comfortable for the ride. The Flyer is a high-tech model with multiple models and deck plans, which allows you to maximize your fun with a customizable design.

Learn more about Beneteau boats here.

 

De Antonio Yachts

De Antonio Yachts have a reputation for leading the way when it comes to new ideas and developments in the boating world. Function, comfort, and aesthetic appeal combine to meet all the needs of a discerning boat owner. Since these vessels are extremely adaptable, it’s relatively easy to make them meet your needs for space both on the deck and in the interior.

Learn more about De Antonio Yachts here.

 

Crownline

Crownline boats make a name for themselves due to their exciting and progressive designs. This boatmaker sets itself apart from the crowd with innovative boats that are classy, sophisticated, and sporty all at once. This is an excellent place to turn when you want a boat that will deliver the highest levels of both luxury and performance.

Learn more about Crownline boats here.

 

Finseeker

As the name implies, these boats are carefully crafted to deliver excellent performance for the discerning fishing enthusiast. Soon after you buy a new Finseeker, you’ll also realize that they’re also extremely capable boats for every day cruises with family or friends. Comfort, safety, and fishability combine to make these boats one of the best in the business, especially if you’re happiest with a rod in your hand.

Learn more about Finseeker boats here.

 

Axopar

Axopar boats get their name because of their axe-bow design that cuts through water to deliver an exceptionally smooth ride. This European boatmaker is known for sleek designs in addition to efficiency, so you can count on plenty of comfort and style to go with the performance. There are a variety of available layouts and arrangements, which allows you to tailor your new boat to have all the amenities required to keep you and your guests comfortable.

Learn more about Axopar boats here.

 

Boat Selections From Nautical Ventures

Here at Nautical Ventures Marine Center, we have a massive selection of boats for sale from all the best brands. We’ve been serving the South Florida boating community for more than 30 years from our multiple locations, which makes it as convenient as possible for our customers to find the best boats near where they live.

Our experienced team understands that you’re not just buying a boat– you’re buying an experience. For that reason, you can always count on us to go above and beyond to find a watercraft that will match your specific lifestyle and needs. Contact us today to learn more, or visit us in person to see the best boats for sale in South Florida.

 

What Do Women REALLY Want?

Published December 23rd, 2019 by Bernardo

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: “if I buy this new boat, my wife is going to kill me.” We might be too polite to say it, but we can’t help but think that situations like that are the result of operator error– it isn’t the boat’s fault. If your partner (or anyone else in your life) has a problem with your passion for boating, it’s likely that they just don’t understand why it means so much to you. There’s a simple remedy for that. Show — don’t tell — that special person what makes boating such a pleasant way to spend time.

 

Best Boats for Romantic Dinner Cruises

 

If your enthusiasm for boating is perceived as anything other than romantic, consider using your boat differently. There are a lot of boats for sale in South Florida that are perfect for a slow cruise through the open water. Better still, many of these options include kitchens, comfortable dining spaces, and beautifully-appointed interiors. If someone asks you why you spend so much time on the boat, just offer to take them with you next time. Teach them how to sail, or bring a nice meal with you. You won’t regret it.

 

Best Boats for Exciting Times on the Water

 

Maybe a slow, relaxing cruise isn’t right for you and your partner. If that’s the case, you may be looking for something that’s a little bit more exhilarating. Find a boat that’s built for speed, then go out and get a great adrenaline rush together. When you look into fast boats for sale in Florida, you’ll be exposed to options that offer high speeds, tight handling, and flexible capabilities that are designed to enable water sports or other fun. If a sports car is impressive, just imagine what a sporty boat can do for your image.

 

Best Fishing Boats

 

This one seems to be a real sticking point for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a stereotype that women don’t enjoy fishing, but we’ve found that to be completely untrue in many different situations. Here’s a radical idea: you can introduce the special woman in your life to the joys of fishing in the same way as you would for one of your buddies. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity for the two of you to spend some quality time together, enjoying some peace and quiet. Fishing is one of the best ways to feel connected with nature.

 

Used Fishing Boats for Sale Near Me

 

Sometimes the price of a new boat is what causes tension in a relationship, and understandably so. Buying a new boat is a significant financial commitment, and it’s hard to justify something like that when not everyone is on board. If it’s the cost of your boating hobby that causes problems in your family, you may be able to find a middle ground by exploring used boats with less intimidating price tags. Used boats are also great for introducing people to boating– you won’t have to be quite as nervous when you let them captain your vessel.

 

Boats for Sale in Florida

 

Here at Nautical Ventures, every member of our staff has one thing in common: we are absolutely all about boating! We all love it for our own reasons, which makes our staff uniquely qualified to help you spread the joy to other people in your life. Come talk to us about boating activities, adventures and fun - and the vessels that will get you there.

 

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What Type of Boat Owner Are You?

Published December 3rd, 2019 by Bernardo

There are many reasons to buy a new boat. Some people want to maximize their enjoyment from the time they spend fishing, while others are just looking for something that can help them enjoy a fun day on the water with their families. For some people, though, boats are a great way to attract attention. The kind of boat you need for that purpose will depend upon the kind of attention you want to attract, but here are five of the best places to start your search.

Paddleboard, Pontoon and Kayak Rentals in Riviera Beach

Published November 27th, 2019 by Bernardo

RIVIERA BEACH

Upon discovering our rental kiosk at the Riviera Beach marina, you will have a new reason to love Nautical Ventures. We do more than sell new and used boats – as we also have the best stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals in South Florida. Adventure is in our DNA when the company was founded and by providing half-day and full-day kayak, SUP and pontoon rentals – you can also experience great adventures by exploring Peanut Island. Widely known for being one of the best snorkeling destinations in the U.S., it’s also rich with history and was home to the secret bomb shelter for JFK and his family. 

Nautical Ventures makes the rental process easy, and you can be on a SUP or kayak exploring everything this beautiful destination has to offer in no time. Find our kiosk at 200 E 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 and call 561-881-7218 to make your reservation. 

Paddleboard, Pontoon and Kayak Rentals in Riviera Beach

 

Riviera Beach is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who loves being out on the water – and our kiosk is nestled right in the middle of all the fun. Our mission it to help those in the area get the most from their time here, and that means providing you with the best experience and being a leader in local rentals (or what we like to call, “Nautical Adventures”).

We are here to help you get on the water.

To understand our commitment to quality, consider a rental from a half or full-day basis:

Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP) – If you want to get a unique experience of the Riviera Beach area and explore Peanut Island while simultaneously working out, there is no better way to do it than on one of our stand-up paddleboards. You can also rent our Hobie Mirage pedal board if you are looking for something a bit easier.

Kayaks for Rent – Our kayak offerings are flexible enough to fit your needs, whether you want to sneak up on fish or head out for a relaxing day of paddling, or pedaling. There are always plenty of options to choose from.

Pontoon Rentals – Looking for something for a group, our Pontoon rentals are a great option if you are a family or a group of friends looking to catch some sun on the water.

Peanut Island Rentals Near Me

To find the best paddleboard and kayak rentals that Riviera Beach has to offer, visit the Nautical

Ventures rental kiosk. We offer a great selection, unbeatable quality, and fair prices on all the

rentals you want to try. Right at 13th and Broadway, our location has easy access to the water

near the Port of Palm Beach. Get a great look at Peanut Island Park, snap some pictures at

Manatee Lagoon, or head through the Palm Beach Inlet as make your way toward open water.

We make it easy to choose your adventure, so contact us or visit in person to get started.

FinSeeker 220 CC and Finseeker 230 CC Now Available at Nautical Ventures

Published November 27th, 2019 by Bernardo

Crownline Boats have always had a considerable reputation for being an exciting and progressive boat. With their design philosophy and a varied collection of sporty to sophisticated boats, they always take the boating experience to the next level. Since Nautical Ventures became a Crownline dealer, we are happy to introduce you to two of the models we are carrying in our dealerships: FinSeeker 220 and FinSeeker 230. Both boats are premium center console fishing boats with stainless steel throughout and built-in tow rails, YETI coolers, 12” Touchscreen dashes and more – ensuring that the comfort and safety for you and your family is not compromised with fishability.

Crownline Boats

Published November 27th, 2019 by Bernardo

With a long list of engine choices and standard features, the 290 XSS is in the new line of Crownline’s pointed nose outboard models with a length of 28’ 10”. The all-new hull and deck design is engineered for comfort and convenience with you in mind. Some features that are included are a battery charger, an electric fold down arch, a Garmin 7” touchscreen dash, an electric flush head and the optional cockpit galley that gives a versatile “on water” kitchen area for long days on the water.

Holidays on the Water

Published November 27th, 2019 by Bernardo

Here at Nautical Ventures, we love the holiday season, especially when it involves boating. Luckily for us, we live in Florida, so just about every day of the year involves boating in some capacity. Incorporate your favorite hobby into this holiday season by making your vessel festive. Once you decorate your boat, you can share the holiday spirit by participating in events with other boaters.

 

Put Christmas Lights on Your Boat

People all over the country deck the halls for the holiday season. Here in South Florida, we prefer to deck the deck. Add some festive decorations to your boat, and make it extra cozy by putting some blankets and pillows on board. Once you’ve gathered everything you need for a relaxing holiday cruise, string some lights on your boat to turn it into a moving holiday decoration.

 

Where are the Holiday Boating Activities in Southern Florida?

One of the great things about this state is that so many holiday activities in Florida involve boating in some way. Several Florida boat parades are coming up during the 2019 holiday season, so you can find one just about anywhere. Here are just a few of the notable ones:

 

Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade

Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the biggest and most famous holiday boating events in the state. December 14th, 2019, is the date for the 48th annual holiday boat parade in this part of Florida, and it’s scheduled for a Saturday to ensure a huge turnout. It starts in the downtown area, then covers about 12 miles over 2½ hours. From smaller private boats to massive luxury yachts, you’ll see some of the finest vessels in this area showing off their holiday cheer.

 

Tampa Bay Holiday Light Boat Parade

The Riverwalk Boat Parade in Tampa Bay is exactly one week after the event in Fort Lauderdale this year. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 21st, and will cover the water near Harbour Island, Davis Island, and the Channelside District. People from all of the surrounding areas flock to the pier to admire all of the lights out on the water. Before and after the parade, people normally like to gather at the Channelside Bay Plaza or go out in downtown Tampa.

 

Palm Beach Boat Parade

If you can’t wait until later in December to start celebrating the holidays on your boat, you might want to catch the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 7th. This year will be the 25th annual version of the parade, and you can also participate in the 20th annual toy drive that’s associated with this event. The toy drive portion of the evening benefits Little Smiles and Toys for Tots, so you can feel good about your charitable donation as you cruise from Palm Beach to Jupiter.

 

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade

The Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights takes place the same day as the event in Fort Lauderdale. On the evening of Saturday, December 14th, the SNN 6 local news staff will cover this event, and boats can be judged for a contest by passing on the marina side of Bayfront Park.

 

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

This parade is on the 21st of December from 4-10 pm at Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy. Kids of all ages get a last chance to put an idea in Santa’s ear for stocking stuffers since he’ll be visiting along with the boat parade! There will also be food and Christmas music for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Does Santa Know You’re Looking for a New Boat?

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get a shiny new toy for yourself, the holiday season is it. Come to Nautical Ventures to get a new boat before the holiday season rolls around, and you’ll be able to show off your new vessel in any of Florida’s boat parades. Contact us today to start getting ready.

 

For a complete list of all the boating parades and family activities over the holidays, check out the 2019 Holiday Boat Calendar here.

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Boat Buyer’s Guide

Published November 26th, 2019 by Bernardo

Buying a boat is an important decision, and it’s also one of the most exciting purchases you’ll ever make in your life. If you’re a first-time boat buyer, or even if you’ve done it before, it’s nice to have all the information you possibly can. Knowing what to expect and planning the entire process can ensure that you end up with exactly the right boat for your lifestyle. Prepare to take to the open waters with this boat buying guide.

 

Which Type of Boat Should I Buy?

 

Most people go into the process already having some general idea of the type of boat they like. Still, it’s important to rank your priorities so you can make sure you’re getting the right vessel to suit your needs. Think about things like the following:

  • Capacity – Will you primarily be using the boat by yourself or with a few friends, or do you intend to host larger gatherings?
  • Towing and Storage – Where will you keep your boat, and how will you transport it?
  • Normal Use – If you plan to take your boat out to sea, you’ll likely need a larger vessel with a deeper hull. Smaller vessels make more sense for sticking near the shore or exploring shallow waters.

 

Should I Buy a New or Used Boat?

 

Once you know which type of boat you want, you have to decide between buying new or used. Newer boats are easier to customize, haven’t been misused by a previous owner, and normally come with a warranty. Pre-owned boats are less expensive, which allows you to get more bang for your buck. They’ve also been tested out by someone else, which means that minor issues may have already been addressed.

We know this can be a difficult decision to make, that’s why our experienced sales team is here to assist you. We will give you our honest opinion on what type of boat would be a good fit for you, depending on what kind of lifestyle you want, and your specific needs. We live the Nautical Ventures lifestyle, and we want you to be a part of it.

 

How Do I Finance a Boat?

 

Financing a boat can be intimidating, but it will be much easier when you know what to look for. Consider your lending options like banks, credit unions, and marine lending experts. Keep in mind that your boat financing options may be different for new and used boats, too. Finally, carefully look over the terms to make sure you understand what you’re committing to. Choose between a secured or unsecured loan, and make sure the monthly payments won’t put an unnecessary financial burden on you.

At Nautical Ventures, we want to make the process of buying a boat as easy as possible for you. We offer financing through our partnered banks, so you can rely on our experienced team to give you the best deal on your boat. We give you personalized service, which means that we focus on your specific situation, that way we can make sure we offer you the deal that you are looking for.

 

How Do I Take Care of Boat Insurance, Registration, and Taxes?

 

Even after you secure a loan (if necessary), there’s a little bit more paperwork to deal with before you’re ready to go for the first cruise in your new boat. It’s a good idea to get insurance to protect your investment, and you’ll also have to register the boat. Finally, you’ll have to make sure you have enough money left over to pay taxes on your new boat. Make sure you work with trustworthy boat experts who can help you capitalize on any and all possible deductions.

 

After the Purchase – How Do I Care for My Boat?

 

Once you’ve purchased your boat, protect the value of your investment by keeping it in great condition. Taking good care of your boat helps the resale value stays high, and it will also ensure that your boat continues to run as well as possible.

Some boat vendors in South Florida even offer services to help care for your boat. At Nautical Ventures Marine Center, we offer a hurricane protection plan all year long, in addition to the dry or wet slips. That way, you can make sure you are taking care of your investment.

 

Where Can I Buy a Boat?

 

Now that you’ve done your preparation, buying a boat is still a big decision. Here at Nautical Ventures, we pride ourselves on being the most reliable boat vendor in South Florida. 

Our team will help you navigate the entire process to make sure you end up in a vessel that makes you happy. Contact us today to learn more.

We have several locations to help with all your boating questions and needs. Call one of our boating experts today! 

DANIA BEACH: 954-926-5250
 
FORT LAUDERDALE: 954-962-8702
 
PALM BEACH: 561-612-7076
 
TAMPA BAY: 727-939-8900
 
SARASOTA: 941-355-5500

How to Get Your Wife to Let You Buy a Boat

Published November 25th, 2019 by Bernardo

For some people, finances are far from the biggest obstacle that prevents them from buying the boat of their dreams. Often, people are met with resistance from inside their own families. This isn’t about bashing family members who don’t understand why boats are such a worthy investment (yet). On the contrary, we’d like to share some of the most useful tips that help family members see the light and agree to buy a new boat with shared finances.

 

1 – Show, Don’t Tell

When did you first realize how much you’d love to have a boat? It probably wasn’t because someone told you that going out on the water is a nice way to spend the afternoon. An appreciation for the open water normally comes from experiences that you remember and cherish. Share those experiences with your spouse and family, and they’ll quickly realize what they’re missing.

To start, just rent a boat for a day. Bring a lunch, perhaps a cooler of drinks, and some nice music. Consider activities like water sports, fishing, or swimming. Take care of the planning all by yourself and make sure everyone has a blast. This will make it much easier for you to sell the idea that doing this more often could be fun for everyone involved.

 

2 – Find the Right Time

Relationships are all about the give and take. If you’re already in the dog house, it’s probably not a great idea to ask for a big favor (like the permission to buy a new boat). On the contrary, most aspiring boat owners can improve their chances of a successful conversation by starting the conversation at the right time. If you’ve just made sacrifices to ensure that everyone else in the family gets what they want, they’ll be more likely to return the favor.

 

3 – Don’t Make It All About Yourself

Maybe you want a boat so you can take solo fishing trips on Saturday mornings, but that isn’t exactly a big draw to anyone else. Instead, think about how the boat can enhance the lives of everyone involved. Maybe you can take your in-laws out for a dinner cruise when they visit or use your boat as a new venue for hosting friends and family. Think about what your family wants and how a new boat can help them enjoy life more.

 

4 – Explain the Boat Buying Guide

One of the biggest objections some people have is financing a boat. The idea of taking on a new boat loan is daunting, but it’s surprisingly easy when you trust the right lender. Talk to a local expert in South Florida boat sales, and they’ll connect you with all the best financing options. When you find the best possible value for your budget, it’s easy to see how each and every monthly payment is completely worth it.

 

Boats for Sale

Here at Nautical Ventures, we’re all boat enthusiasts. New or used, from kayaks to luxury yachts, we love to board any vessel that will enable a day on the water. When you shop with us, you can take advantage of years of experience that will help you (and the rest of your family) feel confident that you’re making the right decision. Stop by one of our locations in South Florida to see your options for yourself, or contact us today to learn more.

We look forward to making this experience one you’ll remember fondly for the rest of your life.

 

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How to Finance a Boat

Published November 18th, 2019 by Bernardo

It’s hard to attach a dollar amount to the feeling you get during your first time out in your new boat. Ultimately, though, we have to do exactly that. If you’re not paying in cash, you’ll have to find the right boat loan before you can go anchors aweigh. Know your options and understand the terms to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal before signing on the dotted line. 

 

Boat Loan Terms

 

Boat financing normally comes in the form of a personal loan. You can expect to make payments in fixed monthly installments until your debt is eliminated, and you own your boat free and clear. Boat loan terms can be as short as two years or as long as 15 years in some cases, and the average length is somewhere toward the middle of those two extremes. The term loan is a function of the total amount of your loan divided by the monthly payment you can afford.

 

Secured Vs. Unsecured Loans

 

Some boat owners choose to secure a loan against the purchased boat. In other words, the lender can claim your vessel if you default on your payments. Some take that risk in an effort to get larger loans and lower interest rates, especially if they don’t qualify for an unsecured loan. Buyers with high credit scores may qualify for an unsecured loan. There’s no collateral required for unsecured loans, but missing payments can lead to credit score woes and wage garnishment.

 

Used Boat Financing

 

The most common lenders offer to finance for used boats in addition to new boats. Terms and interest rates may change depending on whether the boat is new or used, so it’s important to make sure you get the appropriate loan for your specific boat.

 

Where to Get a Boat Loan

 

At Nautical Ventures, we offer to finance through our partnered banks. We make it easier by letting you know the best option for you based on your specific situation to make sure you walk out with the best deal. You have a lot of financing options, so work with someone you trust to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your boat loan. 
Some people look to online lenders or person to person loans, but most boat owners get their financing from one of these three options:

    1. Banks – You may even be able to get a loan through your current bank, but these lenders frequently insist upon secured loans.
    2. Credit Unions – Buyers with imperfect credit may be able to get lower interest rates here than they could through banks.
    3. Marine Lenders – Some buyers go through a boat loan specialist to broker an attractive marine financing deal.

 

Choosing the Best Boat Loan

 

Interest rates and payments are among the top considerations for some people. Understandably, buying a boat is a big financial decision– maybe that’s why some people say the best two days in a boat owner’s life are the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it. Make the most of those two days and each day in between by preparing for the additional costs of owning a vote. A manageable loan can help you reserve money for regular maintenance, aftermarket upgrades, and repairs that will maximize the resale value of your boat.

 

Finance a Boat South Florida

 

Here at Nautical Ventures, we pride ourselves on serving people throughout their entire journey of owning a boat. We’ll connect you with the best boat financing specialists in South Florida, then help you protect the value of your investment. Insurance and warranty services, storage, and marine detailing go a long way toward making each boat loan payment worth every penny. Contact us, and our team will happily answer all of your questions about buying a boat.

 

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with Nautical Ventures

Published October 24th, 2019 by Bernardo

 

With 6 miles of floating docks, more than 1,500 boats on display, 3 million sq. ft. of exhibition space and more than 110,000 visitors from around the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world and often referred to as the “Yachting Capital of the World”. Every year, Nautical Ventures exhibits a vast array of innovative and award-winning boats, yacht tenders and toys that gain the attention of many yacht enthusiasts and industry insiders that travel to South Florida. This year, the show is in it’s 60th year and will be held from October 30 to November 3, 2019. 

Here are some of the boats that Nautical Ventures will be showcasing this year:

Axopar BRABUS Shadow 500

With a top speed of 50+ knots, 500 HP and a fuel capacity of 280 liters, the BRABUS Shadow 500 is the ultimate luxury sports boat without compromising on style and safety. Often referred to as the “thrill-seeker” with ultimate performance, the BRABUS Shadow 500 is the best of both worlds. With the same level of attention to detail as the limited-edition Black Ops, the Shadow 500 comes in three color options: Platinum Grey, White Grey or Glacier Blue. To complete the look, you can choose between the BRABUS Red or BRABUS Cappuccino interior colors with either a full Open aft deck, a Day Cruiser Aft-Cabin or a Wet Bar package which includes an electric grill, wash-hand basin and top-loading fridge. This luxury boat is definitely something to look forward to see at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

 

Beneteau Flyer 32

Powered by two 350 HP engines, the Flyer 32 lifts off on plane in a mere few seconds to more than 40 knots – making it a true powerboat with a dayboat concept. Stylish, yet sporty – the Flyer 32 offers ample room with four large living areas, a 4-person driving station, a large sunbathing area for up to 3 people to enjoy lazing in the sun and cabin space to hide away from it. The sunbathing area can also be protected with a simple install of a T-top or Bimini top. 

 

Beneteau Antares 27

With an expansive social area inside the boat, the Antares 27 is a perfect weekend boat to create special family moments. Some standout features include a three-leaf sliding door, a side door and an optional opening roof. The large cabin also seats four people facing each other, which makes for great conversations and social interaction. With two 200 HP engines, the Antares 27 has some of the most innovative technological developments with elegant looks, without compromising on comfort and safety.

 

Be sure to get your tickets and we will see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Axopar BRABUS Shadow 500 OPS – Special Order, Limited Edition, only 28 made worldwide

Published October 11th, 2019 by Bernardo

With only 28 models available worldwide, the BRABUS Shadow 500 Limited Edition Black Ops redefines modern day boating with its hand-painted Gunmetal-Grey color scheme and luxury amenities. Fairing, painting and polishing the limited-edition Black Ops model to the desired high-end quality can take up to six weeks to get the required yacht-grade finish.

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