• Broward: 954-926-5250
  • Palm beach: 561-612-7076
  • Tampa Bay: 727-939-8900
  • Sarasota: 941-355-5500

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.

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Matt A. Claiborne

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.

What Type of Boat is Right for You?

Published July 22nd, 2019 by Bernardo

Finding the right kind of boat for your family is an important task. With the many different types available at Nautical Ventures, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down your search. From elaborate cruisers to environment-conscious electric boats, there is a boat designed to accommodate all kinds of favorite water activities.

The Top 5 Places to Boat in Florida

Published May 22nd, 2019 by Bernardo

Florida is a world-class vacation destination. You can find everything from famous family-friendly theme parks to deep sea fishing and relaxing beaches. However, did you know that the state is also one of the premier destinations in the United States for boating? Within the borders of the Sunshine State, you'll find some of the finest marinas, diving areas, supply stores, restaurants, and hotels you'll ever experience. Snorkeling in the reefs, sailing, and fishing for fresh and saltwater game are just a few of the activities available to you in the boating lifestyle of the state.

Check out the five destinations below that are favored by locals and tourists alike, and  experience some of the best boating that Florida has to offer. Whether you're looking for a big party or a quiet, secluded cruise, you'll find it in Florida.

 

Anna Maria Island, Florida

Located south of Clearwater, Anna Maria Island is a good choice if you want a small town feel. Despite the seven miles of white sand beaches and blue water, tourists don't overwhelm the little town. Drift along, enjoying the Gulf Coast and let your worries float away when you have nowhere to be and no need to watch the clock.

 

Miami, Florida 

You may think of Miami as a hot party spot, but it's also a wonderful place for boating. You'll find nine marinas in the city, including the Miami Beach Marina, which has an impressive capacity and a reputation for excellent service. Fishing enthusiasts can search for marlin and amberjack, while scuba divers and snorkelers can explore the coral reefs. This is also a convenient place from which to launch if you're headed out to the Bahamas.

 

Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg, Florida 

If you prefer calmer waters of the bays and rivers, the Tampa/St. Petersburg area may be for you. History buffs can spend hours exploring the army fort from the 19th century at Egmont Key. For an added bonus, cruise out past the white sand beaches and take advantage of the docks at Caladesi Island state park. The restaurants and other amenities in this area cater to boaters as well, so you'll find capable service staff who can help you with whatever you need.

 

Pensacola Bay, Florida

For those who prefer the snap of the sails to the roar of an engine, sailing a boat in Florida on the Pensacola Bay area holds the promise of adventure. If you're new to sailing, you can even get lessons from the sailing academy here. Rent a kayak and paddle your way through all that Mother Nature has to show you, or if speed is more your style, try out a jet ski or motor boat. When it's time to take a break from the water, you'll find amazing food and golfing ashore.

 

The Florida Keys

Spanning 160 miles and 800 islands, the Florida Keys are a mecca for boaters. The weather is pleasant year-round, thanks to a warm climate. If you don't have your own watercraft, you can rent one, along with all the equipment you need from one of many rental businesses. Almost 300 square miles of ocean awaits you, filled with fish, beaches, and some of the most beautiful sunsets that Florida has to offer.

 

Plan Your Florida Boat Trip

 

No matter where you plan to start your adventure in Florida, remember that anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, must pass an approved boater safety course to operate a boat with ten horsepower or more. You'll want to take care of that before you hit the water. If you're from outside Florida and you completed your course in another state, bring proof of that with you. You may also need a fishing license if you plan to do that in Florida waters. Once you have those things taken care of, pack your fishing and scuba gear, and head to Nautical Ventures to find your dream craft today!

Kayak Fishing vs. Boat Fishing

Published May 22nd, 2019 by Bernardo

For some, fishing is the ideal sport for both adventure and relaxation. Regardless of how you choose to spend your fishing time, being out on the water can be a rewarding experience. Some individuals enjoy the adventure and physicality of kayak fishing, while others prefer the comfort and space of boat fishing. Inexperienced fishermen can give it a try and learn from an expert by taking an excursion with a professional or renting a boat or kayak.

 

There are some key differences between kayak fishing and boat fishing, so it is important to learn more about the two to better determine which one is a better fit for you. Or, you may find that you enjoy both.

 

Space and Comfort

It's no secret that fishing from a boat will provide you with things that a kayak may not. For example, when fishing from a boat, you have:

  • ● More room to move around
  • ● You can pack more gear, more bait, and more food. Therefore, there is no worry about leaving heavier or burdensome items behind. 
  • ● The ability to upgrade to plush seating and lounging areas for a more comfortable trip
  • ● Room to bring multiple people with you without any additional effort

In contrast, kayak fishing involves the challenge of packing efficiently for the trip since every item you add will add weight and reduce the available space for your personal movement. Some fishermen love this challenge and enjoy the idea of being minimalistic and efficient as a form of sport, especially since kayaks allow access to areas boats cannot easily travel to. Kayak fishing is also a rapidly growing sport with tournaments held all around Florida each year. Many people are able to catch fish that some are not able to do on a boat.

Access to Fishing Locations

Depending on the type of fishing experience you want to accomplish, kayaks and boats give you different types of access and adventure. One significant difference of kayak fishing is a kayak's ability to maneuver into shallow water and inlets, allowing one to explore more remote destinations. Smaller inlet fishing can be a truly enjoyable experience due to less fishing traffic. You can also launch a kayak from nearly any shoreline access location, whereas a boat requires a proper ramp to ensure safety. A boat however can also allow access to your favorite fishing location in a short amount of time in comparison to a kayak, since it can quickly cover a large expanse of water. 

The good news is that at Nautical Ventures, you don’t have to choose one or the other. Our store has a variety of boats, kayaks and even SUPs that you can choose from. Many times, boat owners buy both and have a kayak or SUP onboard. This makes it so that you don't have to commit to one spot for your excursion because you can easily move to another location where the fish are biting.

Cost

Another factor to consider when deciding between a boat and a kayak is the overall cost. The cost to purchase and maintain a boat will, in general, be more than a kayak. For some individuals, the benefits to boat ownership outweigh the costs, since a boating lifestyle is one that many aspire to create. When factoring in the total cost of boat ownership, a variety of considerations should be examined.

 

  • Type of boat. A simple aluminum fishing boat will be less of an investment than a bass boat with many upgrades and advanced technology. 
  • Hauling. In addition to the purchase of a boat, you have the added cost of the trailer as well as a vehicle that is strong enough to haul it. 
  • Gas. A kayak requires no gas other than what you pay to gas up your vehicle, whereas filling a boat with gas is a significant cost on its own. 

Kayaks, although a less expensive option, still can in many cases reach 5-digit numbers. Depending on the type of fishing you do, and the amount of gear and electronics you want installed, the outfitting of a kayak can get expensive. This has been a very popular activity amongst the anglers in tournament fishing because they customize their kayaks to best fit their needs while they are out in rough waters. 

Get Ready to Start Fishing

 

Whether you are a beginner or advanced fisherman, you can start living your dream of owning your own fishing vehicle. Whether you are looking for a new fishing boat or are searching for a kayak for sale, check out the online inventory available from Nautical Ventures and schedule your boat or kayak service should you want to customize it. 

 

 

 

What Is a Good Affordable Boat for First Time Boaters?

Published May 9th, 2019 by Bernardo

If you are new to boating, finding a boat that makes sense can be overwhelming. With so many boats out there, it’s hard to know what is the best choice – as well as if you can even afford one. Many first-time boat buyers have a misconception that boating is not affordable, however, with the Nautical Ventures financing option, buying a boat can be just like buying a car and in many cases, just as affordable.

Why Outdoor Enthusiasts Choose Nautical Ventures

Published March 19th, 2019 by Bernardo

Outdoor recreation, such as boating and fishing, generates an economic impact of $23.3 billion annually in the state of Florida. Based on the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2018 Boating Economic Impact Study, there are 918,255 registered boats in Florida and 141.6 million Americans go boating each year.

Glastron: An American Icon of the Boating Industry

Published March 15th, 2019 by Bernardo

With a rich history and unparalleled design, it’s no secret why people all around the world love Glastron. What other boat on the market has such an appealing American story and innovative design without compromising on safety? The Glaston “sweep spear” alone is the most well-known icon in the boating industry and is the equivalent to the Nike “swoosh.” For over 50 years, Glaston has been making milestones

What Makes Blackfins Great Fishing Boats

Published February 27th, 2019 by Bernardo

Fishing has been practiced throughout the world for tens of thousands of years. Though it was once used primarily for survival and basic provision, fishing has since become a beloved pastime enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. Today, fishing is a sport, an art, a hobby, and a resource. Fishing offers the opportunity for peaceful time to yourself or a unique bonding experience with someone you care about.

Top 5 Axopar Boats for 2019

Published February 18th, 2019 by Bernardo

Axopar is a high-end boat brand that has been making waves in the marine industry since 2014. These vessels are top-of-the-line and have won countless international awards for their innovation, superior craftsmanship, and high-quality design. If you are ready to buy the boat you have always dreamed of, read more about the top five Axopar boats in 2019.

Deck Boats vs. Pontoons: How They Compare

Published February 18th, 2019 by Bernardo

A deck boat is similar to a luxury speedboat. They are sleek, aerodynamic, and have a V-shaped hull making it look as though it is rising out of the water. Deck boats can hold more people than a traditional speedboat, making them great for a day out on the water with a group of 8-12.

History of the Hovercraft

Published January 21st, 2019 by Bernardo

Hovercrafts were once a concept used in futuristic stories. However, they have now evolved to become a piece of technology commonly used in today’s society. Though hovercrafts are no longer a part of the future predictions, their mechanisms operate as high tech as expected.

Why You Should Take a Second Look at Mercury Outboard Motors

Published January 21st, 2019 by Bernardo

Mercury makes some of the best outboard motors for boat owners in Florida. The brand is renowned for providing efficient, reliable power that rejuvenates any vessel. The brand produces a wide variety of options to fit any type of boat and your specific desires for engine strength, among other qualities.

The Key Advantages of Glastron Boats Available at Nautical Ventures

Published November 14th, 2018 by Bernardo

Glastron boat specs are impressive, but they hardly do justice to the look and feel you get from Glastron boats. These vessels are great for fishing, watersports, or just cruising around. Style, comfort, and performance combine to create a boat with a long list of benefits.

Boat Accessories for the Holidays

Published November 7th, 2018 by Bernardo

When you’re looking for gift ideas for the special man in your life, look no further than then the best boat accessories for sale. It’s always easy to find new gifts for boaters if you know where to look. To help you with your search, check out our list of holiday gift ideas for him.

The Best Outboard Motors Reviews

Published October 31st, 2018 by Bernardo

The best outboard motor manufacturers in the world are constantly innovating to create the best products available while staying compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is great news for boaters, who can harness powerful performance while also limiting their environmental impact. There are tons of great options when you shop from reliable manufacturers, and we’ve highlighted five of the best to help point you in the right direction.

Top Selling Economy Kayak, The Hobie Compass, Goes Tandem

Published September 25th, 2018 by Bernardo

Top selling Hobie Kayak the Compass is now offered as a tandem, doubling your fun on the water. Hobie Cat Company, known worldwide for their kayaks and personal watercraft, has just launched their newest kayak, the Compass DUO. Hobie designed the Compass Duo by pulling shape and stylings from two of their best-selling kayaks, the Revolution, a quick efficient watercraft, and the Pro-Angler, a wide, stable fishing kayak. The designers pulled the bow of the Revolution along with the hull and stern of the Pro Angler series giving this kayak the best of Hobie’s kayaks at a low price point, just under $3,000.

Demo Days: The Story Behind Nautical Ventures Fan Favorite Boat, Kayak & SUP Sale

Published October 15th, 2018 by Bernardo

Researching specs for the perfect boat, kayak or paddleboard is important, but it does not take the place of firsthand experience. Zipping across the waves with the wind in your hair tells you tons about the type of watercraft you want.

Inboard Versus Outboard Motors: Which Option Is Best for You?

Published October 11th, 2018 by Bernardo

Choosing a motor for your boat is a big deal because it becomes the heart and soul of every trip to the lake or ocean that you make. Here is what you need to know to make the right choice between Mercury outboard and inboard motors:

7 Must-Have Boating Accessories for Your Next Nautical Adventure

Published October 1st, 2018 by Bernardo

Time on the water is almost always enjoyable, and it’s even better when you have all the right accessories. Options range from functional gear to fun toys.

5 Tips on Purchasing an Outboard Motor

Published September 24th, 2018 by Bernardo

The difference between outboard and inboard motors is where they’re contained on the boat. Inboard motors are inside the hull and are common on large ships. Outboard engines go directly on the back of the boat to offer propulsion and are the most common solution for small watercraft. Over the course of our long experience with new and used boat sales, service, parts, and rentals, we’ve identified five key tips for anyone who’s searching for a new boat engine.

Your Guide to the 9th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival, and Florida Fall Boat Show

Published September 17th, 2018 by Bernardo

The month of September will be a great time to visit the South Florida Fairgrounds thanks to three great attractions. The Florida Fall Boat Show coincides with the ninth annual Florida Marie Flea Market and Seafood Festival.

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