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Boating Information

So, you have a new boat!

iStock 000018868219 SmallWe are excited about your new boat and we want to ensure that the time you spend on the water with your family and friends is as relaxing and pleasurable as possible. Over the years we have discovered eight things that every boater should do.

Discover New Places. Florida has over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways. As a boater you will quickly discover the natural beauty that our state has to offer. A few local places to put on your trip list are Fort George Island, Silver Glenn Springs, Black Creek, St Augustine, and Fernandina. Please visit http://floridabywater.com for more information on destinations.

Create a Boat Bag. A boat bag contains essential items you will always need while boating. This will ensure sure you have the items you need every time you take your boat out. Things you will want to include are sunscreen, a flashlight, bug spray, spare sunglasses, extra drain plug, extra bottle of water, aspirin, wet wipes, a towel, and ponchos. Other items can be included to fit your personal needs.

Purchase a Boat US or Sea Tow Membership. There is nothing worse than being stranded on the water. Almost all boats have had a break down or run aground at least once. Without a membership you can expect to pay around $700.00 for a tow back to shore. However, a towing membership is less than a $150.00 a year. This is money well spent. Neither your dealership nor the boat manufacturer’s warranty provides towing service.  

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.