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For those of us who spend most of the day on or around the water, a great pair of sunglasses is not just a fashionable accessory, but a necessity. Not only are we often in direct sunlight, but we're also susceptible to the sunlight that bounces off highly reflective surfaces like water, sand, and pavement, can be an especially dangerous source of UV radiation. That UV radiation increases your odds of getting cataracts, which cloud the eye’s lens and lead to diminished eyesight. It has also been linked to macular degeneration, a treatable, but incurable disease of the macula, a part of the retina that is essential for sharp vision.

A Nautical Look at the Surf Expo


DSC 8064Twice a year, Florida By Water heads to Orlando to check out the latest in fashion, swimwear, gadgets, and anything else that we think you, the boater, might enjoy. The Surf Expo features approximately 2,600 booths, all chock full of apparel and hard goods, as well as a full lineup of special events. This year we spent countless hours searching for products we think you'll be interested in. Here are our top 5 picks. 

The Importance of Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 5.56.32 AMHurricanes are a destructive force of natural that have the potential to demolish everything in their path. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th and can expect eight to 11 tropical storms where five to seven have the potential to develop into hurricanes. This is bad news for boaters who don’t want to see their boats destroyed. Every boat owner should have a hurricane preparedness plan .

Observe your marina’s guidelines before any threat of a hurricane

When it comes to keeping your boat safe during stormy weather, the key is to plan ahead. Various plans in case of hurricanes are often found in the contracts. At numerous marinas, there are rules in the contract that require boat owners to take specific steps or can even require the evacuation of the marina during times where hurricanes are threatening it and the boats-at-hand. No one wants to get stuck-in-a-rut finding out too late that they were supposed to make preparations or evacuate the marina for a hurricane -- talk about frustration.

Paddle vs. Prop

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When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2015 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report. But as these human-powered watercraft become more common in crowded harbors, busy waterfronts and other navigable waterways, sharing the water with both recreational boats and commercial vessels requires paddlers to up their safety game. With many of its half-million members owning both boats and paddlecraft, BoatUS offers its unique look at the issue with three easy to remember safety rules for stand up paddlers.

Choosing the Right Rub Rail

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 12.20.55 PMMIAMI (August 4, 2015) – Taco Marine announces the most comprehensive and time saving rub rail replacement guide in the industry. This rub rail selection guide includes a new reference feature that helps speed up the process of selecting the proper rub rail for the most popular boats in the marketplace.

Boaters need to have the most accurate method to determine which rub rail is best for their boat, so the new Taco Marine rub rail replacement guide includes more boat builders than ever before. Now rub rail replacement decisions are easily made with references to specific boat builders and multiple rub rail profile versions of each. This feature now provides a better method for matching a boat’s existing rub rail – boaters can also make choices for the rub rail’s profile, color, and type of material that best fits their boat.

Included in the rub rail replacement guide is additional handy information on how to estimate the length of the rub rail material needed, required tools, installation tips and references on where to buy Taco Marine rub rail.