Your Guide to Buying an Electric Surfboard

Published April 9th, 2024 by Bernardo

Jet surfing is a whole new way to experience the waves. Nothing compares to the freedom and feeling of weightlessness like riding on an electric jet surfboard. Electric motors have dramatically impacted the boating world—and the same benefits are making a big splash in the world of surfing.

We at Nautical Ventures take our role as the "go-to people for fun on the water" seriously! This means we're always on the lookout for the newest technology-enhanced ways to have serious fun in South Florida. Join us as we compare electric surfboards and hydrofoils, along with the best options on the market. By the end, you'll know exactly how to select the best electric surfboard or hydrofoil for your riding style and comfort level.

Electric Surfboards vs Hydrofoils

How do electric surfboards work? While similar in form to hydrofoils, as both feature fully waterproof batteries, handheld remotes, and an overall surfboard look and feel, they feel very different on the water.

Unlike hydrofoils, an electric surfboard uses an integrated hydraulic motor to directly convert hydraulic pressure and energy into torque at the motor's jet opening (hence, jet surfing). 

Hydrofoil motors instead send their rotational force to a propeller located further under the surfboard on a fin and fixed rudder structure resembling those on boats.

It's a key difference that makes for a very different riding experience in terms of the following:

  • Handling, where a jet surfboard's power source is closer to the rider than on a hydrofoil.
  • Form, as a hydrofoil, uses a deeper lateral fin structure (where the propeller sits), whereas an electric surfboard uses a standard surfboard fin design.
  • Clearance, with electric surfboards capable of approaching closer to shore and skimming over shallower waters.
  • Speed, in which electric surfboards are potentially faster and more powerful—but this isn't always the case in a side-by-side comparison between your different options.
  • Range, where hydrofoils generally have a longer riding time, due mostly to differences in weight, speed, and power consumption rates of their respective motors.

One of the biggest differences riders immediately notice is maneuverability, again due to their very different subsurface components.

Because hydrofoils essentially use a fixed rudder with flat lateral fins at the bottom, skilled riders can actually float higher over the waves with enough practice. This also makes hydrofoils somewhat harder to learn, however (although everyone's mileage may vary). Those who've already acquired some talent for surfing will feel right at home with an electric surfboard once they acclimate to the weight and speed difference.

Top Brands of Electric Surfboards & Hydrofoils

Nautical Ventures is dedicated to supplying only the most reliable boating and water recreation equipment. We've found the following jet surfboards and hydrofoils to offer the utmost reliability and fun in the widest range of water conditions:

  • YuJet Surfer: Featuring a 16-mile range and up to 24 mph, the YuJet is the ultimate solo Sunday cruise at your favorite South Florida waters. Its durable carbon-infused intake and impeller provide endless hours exploring new coastal and inner waterways like never before, with fast and efficient charging.
  • WaveShark: The WaveShark's compact, evenly weighted form and ultra-light carbon body make it incredibly maneuverable. An innovative water cooling system and ceramic motor seal maintain the ideal operating temperature, and aircraft-grade aluminum guarantees long-term anticorrosion and overall product lifespan.
  • Fliteboard: Likened to riding a snowboard, the Fliteboard eFoil is the closest thing you'll feel to flying over the waves. It features a 90-minute riding time per charge, and an advanced battery management system (BMS) and integrated heatsink keep the electronics cool, even in summer.

Innovation and Fun Await at Nautical Ventures

Like any new sport, it's important to control your learning curve. That’s why our experts at Nautical Ventures in Florida can help you fully understand how each model functions. Unlike regular surfing and other waterboard sports, increasing your velocity is as easy as operating an ergonomic variable speed trigger as you gradually improve your balance and increase your tolerance for a thrill!

If you're looking for cutting edge in fast and fun water recreation, contact us—and depend on Nautical Ventures to take care of all your boating and personal watercraft needs.

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Our Favorite Inflatable Docks & Floating Cabanas

Published February 19th, 2024 by Bernardo

One of the best ways to take your water recreation to the next level is to take it with you! 

At Nautical Ventures, we're always finding new ways to share the joy of South Florida water sports and lounging—and it doesn't always require a yacht or other serious watercraft. Of course, an inflatable dock or floating cabana is right at home in a variety of places, as we'll explore below.

Whether you're looking to create a stable surface near shore or to anchor additional rec space to an open-ocean vessel, the portable AquaBana Cabana and NautiBuoy inflatable dock are the perfect way to stay comfortable with your guests and enjoy the water on your terms.

Photo credit Joey Wright

What are Floating Cabanas?

Somewhere between a floating gazebo and an open-air clubhouse, the charming AquaBana floating Cabana redefines all-ages water entertainment. Based on a simple and efficient design, the AquaBana "Bana" provides comfortable seating for approximately 6–8, with an inflatable table and several overhang options with varying degrees of shade. It's also possible to remove the overhang entirely when you aim to soak in as much sun as the water.

The AquaBana also features several convenient internal openings where you can dip your legs into the water and stay as cool as you look. A modular design makes the Bana easy to connect and deploy, including various add-ons that provide a host of customization options.

Photo credit Jim Raycroft

What are Inflatable Docks?

The equally versatile NautiBuoy inflatable docks are as user-friendly as they are elegant. Fill the ballast bags at each corner and inflate the raft-like structures in about 1–3 minutes. That's all it takes to form a stable surface on your water body of choice—fit for lounging in the sun as your worries drift away.

A non-skid surface won't let you down, and a series of multiplatform mounts allow you to secure a variety of accessories. The ballast designs are the result of meticulous testing, and they can hold the inflatable dock stable even under choppy conditions.
Thanks to NautiBuoy's drop-stitch core and double-layer material, it has the strength and durability needed for heavy long-term use. You can also connect a series of inflatable docks to form a veritable boardwalk on demand!
It's also easy to deflate when the day spent lounging on your comfortable insta-platform draws to a close. Dump each ballast, release the air toggles, and stow the lightweight inflatable dock until the next excuse for a water-side get-together arises.

Should I Buy a Floating Cabana or an Inflatable Dock?

That's a hard choice, and it depends on your lifestyle. The floating cabana is more conducive to keeping the gang afloat wherever the waves take you. At the same time, an inflatable dock is more suited for anchoring a boat or a structure along the shoreline.

Floating cabanas are also unique in that they keep guests close together in true meet-and-greet fashion. They're excellent for spending quality time and conversing with your confidants over a drink or a game of cards. Of course, inflatable docks support an equally robust social life, and their open format makes it easier to play, dive, and dry off on an inflatable lounge chair.

The choice, of course, is all yours! We recommend reflecting on whether your social routine typically involves meet and greets—in which case, go with the floating cabana. If, instead, you prefer setting up camp with little more than a towel or lounge chair, with good company or a good book, an inflatable dock might be more suitable.

Floating Cabanas and Inflatable Docks Available in Florida

Both the NautiBuoy inflatable dock and the AquaBana Cabanas will serve you and your water-recreation needs in fine form. They're both easy to pack and deploy, and either are a surefire way to enhance your boat, beach, or pool-side escapades.

The crew at Nautical Ventures has gotten their fill of fun in the sun with inflatable docks and floating cabanas alike. We think it's easier to decide which option is best suited to your lifestyle by checking them out up close and personal. That's why we emphasize a try-before-you-buy approach at all our showrooms throughout South Florida.

Contact us with any questions about our NautiBuoy and AquaBana products—and don't hesitate to visit one of our Florida locations in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Stuart or the Panhandle. Your social life and water recreation will never be the same.

Understanding Boat Trade in Values

Published February 19th, 2024 by Bernardo

Getting the highest boat trade-in value can make all the difference to getting the boat of your dreams sooner rather than later. That's because an experienced boat broker is usually more eager to keep your business instead than those seeking a one-time transaction.

Nautical Ventures has become the most trustworthy boat broker in Florida because we extend the courtesy and transparency new and lifelong customers deserve. Read on to learn how to get maximum boat trade-in value in and around Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Stuart.

Private Sellers vs. Using a Boat Broker in Florida

Selling a boat on the open market may seem like a good idea until you add up the unforeseen costs and uncertainties involved. If you plan on converting the profits to a new boat, it's usually better to use your boat's value for maximum negotiating leverage with a reputable boat broker.

They're more likely to have earned a community-wide reputation for fair and honest business based on accurate fair-market values. The most reputable boat broker in Florida will even help you learn how to accurately assess your boat's value—because they know long-term success depends on happy customers.

What Affects the Value of My Boat?

Boat trade-in value is affected by several factors. Comprehensive evaluations usually allot for significantly higher trade-in value, especially if the boat broker has their own inventory they're motivated to sell.

Still, you'll want to know how to double-check the boat's value for maximum buying confidence—and it's a skill that comes in handy when on the other side of the negotiating table. Begin with the most important considerations first, which will include the following for almost any boat:

  • Type and size of boat
  • Overall condition (including the hull, mechanical, passenger area, etc.)
  • The boat's age and mileage
  • Depreciation rates
  • Any lingering service needs
  • Added features or upgrades
  • Possible dealer fees for registration and other paperwork

An alternative is hiring an accredited marine surveyor. Although they perform reliable work, be aware it will cut into your profits to the tune of $16–18 per foot of boat length.

The fastest way to get a solid trade-in estimate is to ask for a complimentary evaluation from an experienced and passionate boat broker. 

In Florida, Nautical Ventures takes every consideration to heart during our quick and accurate assessments.

Boat Valuation Guides

With all this in mind, there are several boat valuation guides. 

At Nautical Ventures, we rely on a combination of guides to assess boat trade-in value, including NADA, BOS, ABOS, and Kelly Blue Book's pricing guide for watercraft. In some cases, private listings might temporarily affect trade-in value because they affect the local boating market differently than wider regional markets.

Location & Other Considerations

The location also matters because the local climate and the type of nearby waters affect a boat's immediate usability and value. For example, Caribbean island hopping requires something much more rugged and sizable than lagoon fishing. Take note of which boating activities are popular wherever you seek out a boat broker in Florida.

Further, boats are considered a luxury commodity, and their value is more likely to fluctuate with the overall state of the economy. The best time to sell or trade a boat is generally when other luxury commodities are performing well.

Finding a Trusted and Reliable Boat Broker in Florida

In South Florida, there are hundreds of boat trades every day. Why expect anything less than top value from your boat—especially if you're looking to upgrade to something new?

Even though the Florida boating market is competitive, it carries a number of advantages for those who can most accurately assess boat trade-in value. 

Contact us at Nautical Ventures to learn how we've become the most trusted boat broker in Florida. We offer lightning-fast and accurate trade-in assessments based on the most robust boat market data in the industry.

Why You'll Love the Veer Electric Boat

Published February 2nd, 2024 by Bernardo

The all-new Veer V13, featuring the Avator electric outboard (both unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electrics Show), is here. 

Designed to attract new audiences to boating due to its low sale price, it's also helping bring the latest advances in electric vehicle technology to the boating industry.

As we've learned firsthand at our South Florida locations at Nautical Ventures, the new Veer boat takes style, ease, and versatility to a whole new level—and the best part? You'll be out on the open water in record time (and at a head-turning price).

Why We Love Veer Boats

It's hard not to love the V13's sleek, commanding form, built from the same lightweight and durable material (rotomolded polyethylene) that's served the kayak industry so well. It also makes the new electric-option Veer boat much lower maintenance than fiberglass hulls.

With a starting price of $11,995, this is a great option for people looking to buy an affordable fishing boat.

The Mercury Avator's high-performance outboard electric is fast and quiet, with incredibly low draft and emission-free operation. Shoppers can also choose the Mercury 9.9hp 4-stroke engine, which is nearly as smooth and subtle as its electric counterpart. It's also very fuel efficient and burns clean—so as far as super-versatile, eco-friendly boating options, you can't go wrong either way.

Each motor has readily available speed and a high power-to-weight ratio for instant water adventures fit for newcomers and boating enthusiasts alike. The incredibly agile Veer boat is also safe, featuring a self-bailing function that drains water by gravity alone and without a pump.
In fact, due to its affordability and appeal to a younger, non-traditional demographic, it was awarded the prestigious '2023 Boat of the Year Award' by Boating Magazine.



Veer Boat Specifications

The V13 is so low-maintenance and easy to haul that you'll enjoy more time on the water and less time keeping it all going. That's largely thanks to its incredibly efficient, flatbed-capable design, measuring in at:

  • Draft: 6'3" (resting)
  • Beam: 4'
  • Length: 13'
  • Weight: 382 lb. (dry), 835 lb. (w/ motor)
  • Power: 9.9hp max.

With its dense, rotomolded plastic construction, the skiff-like Veer boats through some of the shallowest waters with minimal risk of damage. Its hull is all the stronger for the fact that it's forgiving, reducing the chance of cracks (and long-term maintenance costs).

True to form, Nautical Ventures is bringing the long-awaited Veer boating sensation to customers with no shortage of customization options. That includes one of several electric outboards (7.5e, 20e, and 35e) unless you opt for the 9.9hp 4-stroke engine.

Two can sit comfortably, surrounded by a deck-like surface, and there's a removable standing bar for easy-grip stability in the center. A two-piece 10-ft. anchor pole makes shallow water anchoring fast and easy, and there's an efficient series of integrated compartments for gear.

Nighttime boaters will want to outfit their rig with a high-powered spotlight, and color options include a crisp light gray or an ever-playful aqua-seafoam green. The Veer V13 also comes with a corrosion-resistant trailer and a protective canvas cover.

Go Green with Veer

As a 2023 Innovation Award-winning boating company—courtesy of the National Marine Manufacturers Association—Veer Boats has left an indelible impact on the future of boating in just a short time. By bringing more electric options to sports boating and carving out a more affordable price point, they're breaking several barriers in one.

Going electric gives you the greatest lifetime value from your boat, and Veer boats particularly take the cost-efficiency of boating to a whole new level, with incredibly high value-for-cost.

Veer Boats in Florida

We're as pleased as ever to bring the newest marine sports technology to boating enthusiasts with the all-new Veer V13. 

Nautical Ventures is proud to be a trusted dealer and expert in Veer boats, serving the Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, and Stuart areas.

To explore the groundbreaking new addition to the world's growing fleet of quality electric boats, contact us to book a private showing or visit one of our many convenient South Florida showroom locations

A Must-Attend Event for Boat Enthusiasts: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with Nautical Ventures

Published October 5th, 2023 by Bernardo

Calling all boaters and water sports enthusiasts! Get ready for the most extensive exhibition in South Florida, with Nautical Ventures leading the way.

If you're eager to see the latest and greatest in the boating world, you will want to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With a wide array of exhibitions, Nautical Ventures is your trusted source for on-the-water fun. As one of the largest exhibitors this year, you can expect an impressive display of luxury yachts, water toys, and everything in between.

Let's dive into what makes this year's show and the Orange Nation displays so unique.

What is The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show? 

Are you a boating enthusiast or looking to explore the world of luxury yachts? The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is just around the corner, and this year, Nautical Ventures promises to be the biggest exhibitor yet.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (also known as FLIBS) is an annual event that attracts boating enthusiasts worldwide. It is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and produced by Informa Markets. The show is known as the largest in-water boat show in the world. 

With its beautiful waterfront location and wide range of exhibitors, it has become the premier boat show in the United States. Experience the largest in-water presence of boats and marine exhibits. The five-day event presents a significant number of world and U.S. debuts, surpassing any other boat show in the country.

Ticket sales are now live for the 63rd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which will occur from October 26-30 just steps away from the sands of sunny South Florida.

Who Is Nautical Ventures?

Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore in Florida provides high-quality water sports products and support with a knowledgeable and attentive staff. You're guaranteed to experience expert advice and quality brands under one roof.

We offer a diverse range of water sports products that are unique compared to other retailers. Our selection includes boats, tenders, kayaks, sup's, submersibles, dive products, yacht toys, and land toys, all of which incorporate the latest advancements in water sports innovation.

This year's 2023 FLIBS showcasing by Nautical Ventures will be like nothing before. From our 'Around The World' in-water display at Bahia Mar Yachting Center to our infamous 40,000-gallon 'AquaZone' demonstration pool inside the Convention Center, the thrills of Orange Nation are set to impress. 

What's New in October 2023 at FLIBS from Nautical Ventures?

Nautical Ventures takes pride in displaying the most sought-after boat brands from around the world. This includes debuting new models from European markets, like the stunning Phantom 65 from Fairline Yachts. Not only will Nautical Ventures debut new Yachts, but we will be the only dealer at FLIBS displaying sailboats–Like the Catamaran Excess 11 by Beneteau Group. These luxurious vessels are just a few of the many impressive European boats Nautical Ventures will showcase in the 'Around The World' water exhibition at Bahia Mar

Why Attend The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show This Year With Nautical Ventures? 

You don't want to miss this event if you're a boater! Come and experience the finest craftsmanship, cutting-edge features, and breathtaking designs these boats, yachts, and watercraft offer, as well as various marine items and accessories.

There will be no shortcomings in demonstrations, hands-on testing, and one-stop learning from the Orange team. You'll even have a chance to partake in contests and win prizes! Just look for the Nautical Ventures logo and orange shirts throughout the show and experience the magic for yourself. Mark your calendars for October 25th through the 29th, and join us at FLIBS. Don't miss out on this opportunity to find your dream vessel–See you there!


What Are the Different Types of Boat Engines?

Published August 29th, 2023 by Bernardo

When purchasing a boat, you might wonder about the different engines available. Terms like inboard, outboard, and jet drive can initially seem new and overwhelming. Fortunately, we're here to help with your questions.

The boating experts at Nautical Ventures outline the different types of boat engines. Consulting with our experts during your purchase can provide valuable insights to help you make an informed decision.

Outboard Engine

Outboard boat engines are undeniably the most popular and quite valuable in the US. They are not only light and powerful but also extremely quiet. One reason for their popularity is that they include a fully self-contained propulsion system from the engine to the transmission to the shaft and propeller.

Compared to other options, the outboard engine type is designed to pivot and turn, providing excellent maneuverability. The entire motor is designed to swivel to ensure easy steering whenever the turning propeller pushes the stern. For example, our Yamaha series of outboards has received high customer praise lately.

Outboards are well-suited for fishing, water sports, and docking in tight spaces.

We also carry other popular brands, such as Suzuki, Mercury, and Cox, to name a few.

Outboard engines are typically mounted on the transom of the board, meaning their weight is distributed more evenly, leading to better stability and handling. Additionally, this type of boat engine can tilt up, allowing boats to navigate in shallow waters without damaging the propeller or the engine itself.

If you want a powerful engine but wish to maintain sustainability when out boating, ask about our Cox Marine diesel engine. With a V8 engine, this diesel-powered outboard engine combines high-performance propulsion systems and top-of-the-line technologies to maintain horsepower and reduce marine emissions.

Jet Drive

As the name suggests, a jet drive engine relies on water to propel and steer the board. The water enters an intake on the bottom of the boat for the jet drive unit to accelerate it at the transom and thrust the boat forward. To steer the boat in the desired direction, it changes the direction of the water stream as it leaves the jet unit. If this sounds appealing, Yamaha has their own line of jet drives available.

Stern Drive

Similar to an outboard engine, the stern drive leverages a four-stroke automotive engine inside the boat hull to power the vessel. The engine turns toward the steering wheel, guiding the boat in the intended direction. Due to combining features of inboard and outboard motors, stern drives are more complex in terms of maintenance.

Inboard Engine

Inboard engines, while less popular than outboards, are four-stroke automotive engines located inside the hull of a boat. Unlike outboards, the inboard engine can't also steer the boat. Rudders are hidden behind the propeller and controlled with the steering wheel aid with the actual steering of the boat. Due to their location on the vessel, inward engines tend to be prone to uneven weight distribution. This can affect the boat's stability and maneuverability, especially in rough waters.

Experience Unmatched Power and Performance with Nautical Ventures Engines

When buying a boat, picking the right engine to meet your vessel's needs is vital. To maximize efficiency and enhance safety and durability, it is crucial that you choose the ideal type of engine based on the size and intended usage of your vessel.

At Nautical Ventures, we aim to connect boating enthusiasts with tailored vessels that meet their needs. When you are ready to buy a boat, our experienced boat engine experts can guide you through the entire process and help you find the right type of boat motor that suits your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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What is a Seabob Underwater Jet Ski?

Published August 29th, 2023 by Bernardo

A sea vacation provides endless opportunities for thrilling water sports and activities. If you are looking for an exciting sea adventure, aside from the usual snorkeling, scuba diving, or paddle boarding, it is time to explore the underwater world at greater depths. This is where the SEABOB underwater Jet Ski comes in. This luxury vessel is one of the most innovative and fun nautical toys, sure to take your vacation a notch higher.

The watercraft experts at Nautical Ventures take a look at the incredible ability of the SEABOB, including how they work and their benefits. We always strive to offer the best in watercraft technology to match your needs.

What's a SEABOB Underwater Jet Ski?

A SEABOB is a high-end watercraft that can be used on top and below the water. Halfway between a jet ski and an underwater scooter, this motorized device can be the ultimate diving companion, providing a more incredible experience at greater depths without the exertion typical of other diving activities. It is available in bright colors, including white, yellow, and red.

How Do SEABOBs Work?

The SEABOB F5 Underwater Jetski has a powerful drive designed to reach fascinating speeds of 8-14mph. Despite its immense power, the SEABOB moves quietly underwater while offering greater maneuverability. Remember, when using the device, your body position will be the same as swimming, except the Jet Ski will make all the effort.
It features two handles and a central console for steering and controlling speeds. You can hit a maximum of 131 feet under when diving with the SEABOB. The safety on the device enables turning off the engine if it detects you've gone past that diving depth.

Benefits of Using a SEABOB Underwater Jet Ski

Several benefits come with using a SEABOB. These include:


  • Ease of use: SEABOBS are designed to be user-friendly, making them accessible to both beginners and experienced water enthusiasts. The intuitive controls and simple handling allow users to learn how to maneuver underwater quickly.
  • Greater exploration: Using a SEABOB allows you to explore underwater environments uniquely and excitingly. You can glide through coral reefs, swim alongside marine life, and discover underwater landscapes that might otherwise be challenging to access.
  • Effortless underwater adventures: SEABOBS provides propulsion, which means you can cover more distance underwater without expending as much energy as traditional snorkeling or swimming. This is especially beneficial for longer underwater excursions.
  • Diving assistance: If you want to reach greater depths and tackle rough currents safely, the SEABOB can be a helpful tool to explore deeper underwater areas without the usual associated risks.
  • Enhances photography: Modern SEABOB models have mounts for action cameras, allowing you to capture exceptional underwater photos and videos. The quiet operation of the SEABOB minimizes disturbance to underwater creatures, making it easier to observe their natural behavior.


Dive into a World of Adventure with SEABOB Underwater Jet Skis

When it comes to personal watercraft and underwater jet skis, nothing beats the experience that the SEABOB offers. Often described as the Ferraris of the marine world, these vessels deliver optimal performance and versatility to allow you to explore the waters effortlessly and safely. They are available in myriads of models tailored to the specific needs of various users.

At Nautical Ventures, we endeavor to connect you with customized watercraft with all the necessary features to meet your exploration needs. When you are ready to buy a SEABOB, our experienced experts can help you find the ideal model that suits your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


Best Starter Boats for Beginners

Published August 8th, 2023 by Bernardo

Dipping your toes into the boating world can feel a bit like being a kid in a candy store - so many shiny things and thrilling options! It's not just about the boat. It's about the adventures that await, the fish that are begging to be caught, the cool wake spray on a hot summer day.

But with so many choices, how do you know which boat is the right one for you? Don't worry - we're here to guide you through the process and help you find your dream boat.

What Should I Look For in My First Boat?

When it comes to selecting your first boat, several key aspects are worth considering to ensure your choice aligns with your needs, expectations, and skill level:

  • Size: A boat's size affects its stability, speed, and capacity. Smaller boats may be easier to handle for beginners.
  • Functionality: Your boat's features should align with your intended use, be it fishing, water sports, or cruising.
  • Stability: A stable boat will handle better and provide a safer experience, which is particularly crucial for beginners.
  • Ease of Handling: As a novice, you'll want a boat that responds well and is straightforward to operate.
  • Comfort: Features like comfortable seating and a user-friendly layout will make your time on the water more enjoyable.
  • Storage: Ample storage space is crucial for stowing gear, particularly for fishing or overnight trips.
  • Power: The engine's power should match your boating activities – enough thrust for water sports but not overly powerful for calm cruising.
  • Navigation Equipment: Beginner-friendly navigation tools can aid in safe and successful voyages.

Discover the Best Boats for Beginners

Eager to start your boating journey but unsure of the ideal vessel? Whether your heart is set on fishing, water skiing, cruising, or socializing on the water, there's a perfect boat waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

Best Fishing Boats for Beginners

When embarking on your angling journey, the Sailfish Boats are a brilliant place to start. These vessels prioritize stability, durability, and manageability - vital for any fishing novice.

With comfortable seating, generous storage space, fishing rod holders, and intuitive navigation equipment, Sailfish boats ensure you're well-equipped for a successful fishing expedition. Safety, always a top priority, is inherent in every Sailfish design.

Best Ski & Wake Boats for Beginners

Thrill-seekers meet your match: Crownline Boats. These ski/wake boats are designed with beginners in mind. They feature hull designs that produce smooth, manageable wakes, towers for effective towing, adjustable wake plates, and easy-to-use control systems.

With Crownline's customizable ballast systems, you can shape the perfect wake for your water-skiing or wakeboarding adventures.

Best Cabin Cruisers for Beginners

If overnight cruising is on your wishlist, Axopar Boats present the ideal beginner's choice. These cabin cruisers offer well-planned cabin space, comfortable sleeping arrangements, cooking and bathroom facilities, and impressive storage.

Dependable engines ensure reliable performance, while the range of amenities cater to your cruising needs. Axopar's focus on functionality and comfort makes them a favorite among new boating enthusiasts.

Best Pontoon Boats for Beginners

For those who envision serene days on the water with friends and family, Starcraft Boats' pontoon models are the perfect choice. These beginner-friendly boats prioritize stability, spacious decks, comfortable seating options, and ample storage.

Key features such as bimini tops for sun protection and dependable engines for smooth cruising enhance your on-water experience. Starcraft's attention to detail and user-friendly design make them a fantastic option for beginners.

New Boat Financing in Florida

Jumping into boat ownership is a breeze with our financing options. With a minimum down payment and approved credit, you can arrange credit financing with us and get out on the water just a few hours after picking out your boat.

Browse the Best Selection of New & Used Boats in Florida!

Embark on your boating journey with confidence, knowing you've chosen a vessel suited to your skill level and preferred activities. At Nautical Ventures, we're dedicated to helping you find your perfect match.

Browse our extensive selection of the best new and used boats for beginners, request a quote, and make your boating dreams a reality today!


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Boats for Water Skiing and Tubing

Published August 8th, 2023 by Bernardo

In the wide world of watersports, finding the perfect boat that meets your water skiing and tubing needs can feel like a daunting task. Whether you're carving a wake or bouncing on the waves in a tube, the right boat is crucial to your enjoyment.

At Nautical Ventures, we've curated a list of the best boats for water skiing and tubing available in 2023. Uncover your ideal match and embark on unforgettable watersport adventures.

Best Ski Boats for 2023

Step into the future of water sports with our top picks for 2023's best ski boats. Expertly crafted for thrilling water skiing and wakeboarding experiences, these vessels promise power, performance, and pleasure. Let's dive in and explore these magnificent models.

Best Water-Skiing Boats

If you're a water-skiing enthusiast, you understand that not all boats are created equal. When you're looking for the perfect ski boat, most experts agree that must-have features include a slalom ski pylon, adjustable wake plate, wakeboard tower, comfortable seating, and enough power to create consistent, smooth wakes.

Here's a look at the best water-skiing boats for 2023:

Starcraft Deckboat

An impressive fusion of comfort and performance, this model offers robust engines that generate smooth wakes for water skiing, along with comfortable seating and ample storage for all your gear.

Crownline Bow Rider and Surf Boats

Crownline is renowned for its perfect blend of style, power, and function. Their Bow Rider and Surf boats deliver exceptional skiing experiences with powerful engines, adjustable wake plates, and the bonus of expansive seating areas.

Best Wakeboarding Boats

When it comes to wakeboarding, the right boat can significantly enhance your experience. Features such as ballast systems, wake-shaping technology, high-performance engines, surf systems, tower speakers, and spacious seating are what buyers often look for.

Axopar Jobe Revolve

This boat is designed for adrenaline-pumping action. It comes equipped with innovative surf systems, wake-shaping technology, and high-performance engines. Its stylish design and spacious seating make it a favorite among wakeboarding enthusiasts.

Axopar 25 Cross Top and Axopar 22 T-Top

Axopar's range is lauded for its exceptional performance, design, and versatility. Both the 25 Cross Top and the 22 T-Top models are built with state-of-the-art features, including powerful engines, surf systems, and wake-shaping technology, providing an unmatched wakeboarding experience.

Best Tow Boats for Tubing

A memorable tubing experience demands a boat equipped with powerful engines, spacious seating, a stable hull design, and adequate towing capabilities. The following boats are ideally suited to provide a thrilling tubing experience:

Starcraft Pontoons

These pontoon boats provide robust towing capabilities coupled with powerful engines. Their spacious seating and durable upholstery ensure comfort, while their generous storage spaces accommodate tubes and other equipment.

Sunchaser Pontoons

Known for their spacious design and high-performance engines, Sunchaser pontoons are an excellent choice for tubing. They offer an ideal balance between speed, stability, and comfort.

Ski & Wake Boat Financing in Florida

At Nautical Ventures, we understand that investing in a boat is a significant decision. That's why we offer competitive financing options to help make your dream of owning a ski or wake boat a reality.

Browse the Best Selection of Ski & Wake Boats in Florida!

Are you ready to hit the waves with the best ski and wake boats of 2023? Dive into our impressive inventory featuring top ski boat brands and the best boats for tubing. Whether you are a seasoned water sports enthusiast or embarking on your first adventure, Nautical Ventures has the perfect boat to meet your water skiing or tubing needs.

Contact us for more information, or browse our inventory of new and used boats for sale today!


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Best Pontoon Boats for Sale

Published June 29th, 2023 by Bernardo

Are you preparing to navigate the diverse waters of the pontoon boat market? Your journey starts here. Nautical Ventures has crafted this informative guide to help you sail smoothly toward your perfect pontoon boat purchase in 2023.

Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring you find the perfect pontoon boat, balancing superior quality with cost-effectiveness. After all, our mission is to help you embark on your boating adventure with confidence and excitement.

Best Pontoon Boats for 2023

Each year, the pontoon boat industry introduces new designs and features, offering an even wider range of choices to boat lovers. We've selected some of the best, most stylish, and top-performing pontoons to watch for in 2023.

Starcraft Marine

An industry pioneer, Starcraft Marine has been crafting innovative pontoon boats for over a century. Known for their commitment to quality and design, their models cater to a wide array of boating enthusiasts.

  • Starcraft EX Series: These boats prioritize versatility and comfort. With adaptable floor plans and plush seating, every trip is a pleasure. Stereo systems and bimini tops add to the ambiance, while optional fishing features transform these boats into an angler's paradise.
  • Starcraft SLS Series: Designed for sociable boaters, the SLS series offers ample space for gatherings and luxurious seating for optimal relaxation. These models are performance-oriented, with watersports and entertainment options that keep every outing exciting.
  • Starcraft LX Series: For those who value comfort and convenience, the LX series offers plush seating, abundant storage, and a multitude of customization options. These features make every voyage seamless and memorable.
  • Starcraft EXS Series: Specifically engineered for the avid fisherman, the EXS series offers features like livewells, rod holders, and casting platforms. These boats create the ideal setting for a fruitful day of fishing.


Renowned for their craftsmanship, Sunchaser offers a varied portfolio of pontoon boats, making waves with their innovative designs.
Sunchaser Classic Series: These models offer diversity in size and layout, ensuring a perfect fit for any boating activity, be it cruising, fishing, or watersports.

  • Sunchaser Geneva Series: The Geneva series merges style and comfort, featuring premium seating and state-of-the-art stereo systems. Optional watersports towers add an extra thrill for adventure seekers.
  • Sunchaser Oasis Series: Designed for laid-back boating, the Oasis series provides a spacious platform for relaxation and socializing. Its flexible seating options make it the ultimate party boat.
  • Sunchaser Vista Series: A perfect blend of luxury and performance, the Vista series boasts high-end finishes, plush seating, and features that enhance maneuverability and speed.

Pontoon Boat Financing in Florida

At Nautical Ventures, we believe that financing should never be a barrier to your boating dreams. Our competitive financing options make boat ownership more accessible than ever.

Browse the Best Selection of New & Used Pontoon Boats in Florida!

Your search for the perfect pontoon boat ends at Nautical Ventures. Our expansive inventory includes the best pontoon boat brands, whether you're seeking a brand-new model or a high-quality used boat. We are here to help you find a boat that aligns with your needs and budget.

Are you ready to turn your dream pontoon boat into a reality? Request a quote now, or visit our Pontoon Boat section for more options. At Nautical Ventures, we strive to provide a comprehensive, stress-free boat shopping experience. Embark on your boating adventure in 2023 with us by your side!


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First-time Boat Buyers Guide: How to Buy a Boat

Published June 5th, 2023 by Bernardo

Buying a boat can be an exciting yet daunting process, with many factors to consider, such as the type of boat, financing options, and possible trade-in options. At Nautical Ventures, we're passionate about helping our customers make informed decisions and find the perfect boat for their needs. Keep reading as we share our expertise and insights to guide you through the process of buying a boat so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.

How to Buy a Boat: A Guide for First-time Boat Buyers 

Before diving into a boat purchase, it's essential to have a clear understanding of your boating needs and lifestyle. Consider where you plan to do your boating, whether it's inland, coastal, offshore, or island hopping. Also, think about how you'll use your boat for family trips, fishing, diving, or skiing. By identifying your needs, you can choose a boat that best fits your lifestyle and offers the features and benefits that matter most to you. With this in mind, let's explore some essential boat-buying tips to help you make the right decision.

Identify What Type of Boat Is Best for Your Needs

Identifying the correct type of boat for your needs is critical when purchasing. For instance, if you plan to use your boat for fishing, you may want to consider a center console or a sport fisher. If you're looking for family fun, a bowrider or pontoon may be a better choice; a cruiser or a yacht may be more suitable for overnight trips. 

By understanding what you want to use your boat for, you can choose a type of boat that matches your hobbies, lifestyle, and budget. Our knowledgeable associates can help you determine the best boat for your needs.

Should You Consider New or Used Boats?

One of the key decisions when buying a boat is whether to go for a new or used vessel. New boats offer the latest features, warranties, and customization options but also can have a higher price tag. Pre-owned boats can be more affordable but may require more maintenance and repairs. It's important to weigh the pros and cons of both options and consider your budget and long-term goals before making a decision.

Browse Listings, Work with a Broker, or Attend a Boat Show

Once you've identified the type of boat that suits your needs and budget, it's time to start your search. There are several ways to browse boat listings, including online showrooms, boat brokers, and attending boat shows. Working with a broker can provide access to a broader selection of boats while attending boat shows allows you to see multiple models in one place. By exploring various options, you can better understand different boats and their features, which can help you make an informed decision.

Narrow-down Your Options

After browsing various options, it's time to narrow down your choices and make a decision. This is where working with the associates at Nautical Ventures can be helpful. Our sales associates can help you evaluate all the factors important to you, such as price, condition, features, and financing options, to make the right choice for the perfect boat to suit your needs.

Secure Funds or Boat Financing

Once you've found the perfect boat, securing funds or financing is the next step. Nautical Ventures offers various financing options to help make your dream of owning a boat a reality. Our financing team can guide you through the process and help you find the best boat loan available. In many cases, a boat is more affordable than people think. Buying a boat can be more like buying a house than a car with the financing options available at Nautical Ventures.

Close the Deal and Hit the Water

Once you've had a successful test run and are ready to finalize your boat purchase, the last step is closing the deal. This involves signing the necessary paperwork, completing the payment and insurance process, and arranging for the delivery or pickup of the boat. Nautical Ventures can help you navigate this process and ensure everything goes smoothly without any complications.


What if I Already Own a Boat? Can I Trade it in?

If you already own a boat and are considering buying a newer one or something with different features, you have options. You can trade, sell, or put a boat on consignment at any of Nautical Ventures’ South Florida dealership locations. Each option has its pros and cons, and our experts can guide you through the process to help you make the best decision.

Browse the Best Selection of New & Used Boats in Florida

While buying a boat is an exciting and fulfilling experience, it does, however, require thoughtful consideration and research to make the right choice. Whether you're a first-time boat buyer or a seasoned boater, the experts at Nautical Ventures can help you find the perfect boat to suit your needs. From sales to financing to boat trade-ins, Nautical Ventures offers a comprehensive range of services to make your boat-buying experience easy and stress-free. 

Contact us today or visit one of our showrooms to learn more about our boats for sale in South Florida.



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Fishing Boat Buyers Guide

Published April 27th, 2023 by Bernardo

Protect your valuable boat with these tips for storing a boat correctly! Learn mistakes to avoid and what you'll need to store it safely.

How to Store a Boat

Published April 27th, 2023 by Bernardo

Protect your valuable boat with these tips for storing a boat correctly! Learn mistakes to avoid and what you'll need to store it safely.

Shopping Guide to the Best Outboard Boat Engines

Published April 27th, 2023 by Bernardo

Looking for the best outboard boat engines? Discover our top picks and find reliable power for your vessel in one convenient spot!

Hurricane Ian stirs up good fishing

Published October 13th, 2022 by Bernardo

Southeast Florida was spared the damage and destruction of Hurricane Ian, but the blustery winds and resulting rough seas from the storm’s feeder bands kept people from fishing offshore. As the wind and waves subside, anglers should enjoy the best fishing of the fall.

Fish shallow in the Florida Keys

Published September 23rd, 2022 by Bernardo

Anglers who think they need to run far offshore to catch dolphin, also known as mahi-mahi, in the Florida Keys can save on gas money and time while catching plenty of fish in shallow water.

Snook season opens Sept. 1

Published September 23rd, 2022 by Bernardo

Snook are Florida’s most popular inshore fish because they fight hard, they hit a variety of lures and baits and they are delicious. And now is the best time to catch a keeper snook because the season opens on September 1 and the fish are off South Florida beaches, in local inlets and around bridges and spillways in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Divers enjoy successful lobster miniseason

Published August 3rd, 2022 by Bernardo

The annual two-day lobster miniseason featured challenging conditions, but plenty of lobsters.

Get ready for lobster miniseason

Published July 1st, 2022 by Bernardo

The annual two-day season will be here before you know it, so divers need to prepare now

Summer Slam delay pays off

Published June 27th, 2022 by Bernardo

Postponing the offshore kayak tournament by one day because of foul weather results in perfect conditions and big fish

Legendary Miami Beach charter captain finally catches a barrel fish

Published May 19th, 2022 by Bernardo

In more than 60 years of fishing in South Florida, Capt. Bouncer Smith had caught just about everything in the ocean except a barrel fish.

The legendary Miami Beach charter captain, who has caught everything from snook and tarpon to sailfish and swordfish, finally checked that off his bucket list.

Record-setting Exotic Bass Roundup

Published May 10th, 2022 by Bernardo

Freshwater kayak anglers catch lots of clown knifefish and peacock bass on Lake Ida

Red-hot Everglades freshwater fishing

Published May 2nd, 2022 by Bernardo

The canals are filled with hungry largemouth bass, peacock bass and exotic panfish

Kayak anglers to target peacock bass and clown knifefish on Lake Ida

Published April 18th, 2022 by Bernardo

Freshwater kayak fishermen will have their shot at a big payday by competing in the second annual Exotic Bass Roundup April 23 out of Lake Ida Park in Delray Beach. The angler catching the heaviest total weight of one peacock bass and one clown knifefish wins $2,500 courtesy of Nautical Ventures Marine.

Florida’s lobster season closes March 31 and the seasons for grouper and hogfish don’t open until May 1, so what’s an underwater hunter to do in April?

Published March 30th, 2022 by Bernardo

Florida’s lobster season closes March 31 and the seasons for grouper and hogfish don’t open until May 1, so what’s an underwater hunter to do in April?

Going Big with The Axopar 45

Published March 11th, 2022 by Bernardo

Axopar’s largest boat to date, the 45, will offer 5 different configurations

to accommodate a variety of boating lifestyles.

How to get the most out of your boat

Published March 8th, 2022 by Bernardo

How to get the most out of your boat

Tarpon time in the Florida Keys

Published March 8th, 2022 by Bernardo

The big fish are showing up from Key Largo to Key West

Sailfish Smackdown Tournament Results

Published February 28th, 2022 by Bernardo

With winds gusting to 40 or more miles per hour, Joe Hector of Extreme Kayak Fishing wisely decided to postpone his Sailfish Smackdown tournament by a day. And he and his anglers were rewarded with much better, safer fishing conditions.

It’s a great time to catch Spanish mackerel

Published February 28th, 2022 by Bernardo

There are no guarantees in fishing, but catching Spanish mackerel in South Florida during the winter is as close as an angler can get to a sure thing.

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