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Our New Favorite Clothing Collection

JB Day3 1015-6251When attending Surf Expo last month, Florida by Water was fortunate enough to visit the Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. (JBCC) booth where we met Randy Ramsey, the company’s president. Randy has been a leader in the boating industry for the past 30 years, and was officially unveiling his new company’s line of coastal-inspired clothing for men and women.

Those familiar with boating and, in particular, custom sport fishing boats, will recognize the Jarrett Bay name as one of the most prestigious companies in the industry. The new clothing collection stood out as an authentic and well-designed addition to the resort wear typically found at the show. In addition to the usual t-shirts and shorts found at Surf Expo, Jarrett Bay featured cardigans, maxi dresses, rompers, long- and short-sleeve woven shirts and pullovers. Check out these photos to get a sense of their style.

Why did Randy choose to expand Jarrett Bay into a line of clothing? We asked, and Randy pointed out that even though Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. is brand new, Jarrett Bay has actually been in the apparel business since 1986. Originally, just t-shirts with images of the Jarrett Bay custom boats were sold at the Jarrett Bay store in Beaufort, NC. But Jarrett Bay fans clamored for more apparel and so, Randy and his team formed JBCC to create a clothing line that represented the coastal lifestyle while upholding the quality and craftsmanship of the Jarrett Bay name.

Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. can be found at http://shop.jarrettbay.com and, over the next four weeks, Florida by Water will be holding a weekly giveaway of a Jarrett Bay Clothing Co. item via our Facebook page.

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Hobie for Boaters

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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.