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

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 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.



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 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.

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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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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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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