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The New Peer-To-Peer Platform From St. Augustine

dock-skipper-heroFinding dockage in Florida may be getting much easier, at least that’s the goal of the recent startup Dock Skipper, based out of St. Augustine. Dock Skipper is a new peer-to-peer website platform that connects dock, slip, moorage, or dry storage owners with boaters looking to rent.

“The peer-to-peer sharing industry is growing by leaps and bounds every year with the roads previously paved by the likes of AirBNB; however, there was a big industry missing: boat dockage”, said founder Cabe Nolan.

6 Best Places to Dock in Florida

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 3.41.58 PMBoat enthusiasts are drawn to harbors like moths to a flame, and Florida is the nation’s capital when it comes to excellent docks. Boasting the cool Atlantic Ocean, the warm Caribbean Sea, and every bay, lake, and estuary in between, Florida has an environment perfect for any type of boater.
In fact, plenty of old salts happily label Florida as the boating capital of the world. If you’ve hit a period in your life when your landlocked location isn’t fulfilling your nautical heart, here are six places in Florida beckoning your boat.

Quotes about Boats, Lakes Seas and the Shore

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.53.31 PMHere is a little book that we have fallen in love with over the past few weeks: “Quotes about Boats, Lakes Seas and the Shore” by Sara Booker and Audrey Sheehan (mother and daughter). This book is a must have for any water or boating enthusiast. Within the book you will find beautiful photography, quotes, expressions, poems, and lyrics capturing the wonder of the water. As you turn the pages you will discover a visual journey reminiscing with familiar destinations. You’ll find yourself humming song lyrics and nostalgic throw back sayings and quotes. Whether it s a boat or the beach these pages turn like waves on the water with both patriotism and humor. ORDER HERE
"I am not afraid of the storms for I am learning to sail my ship", Louisa May Alcott

Twitter for @boaters

Twitter for @boaters

The world of social media is hard to escape, and as many of us are starting to give into the pressures of Facebook, we find our lives surrounded by the @ and # of Twitter. The most common things that I hear are: “I don’t understand Twitter”, “Twitter is for kids”, and “Only old people use Facebook”. Well, I’m no kid (but won’t admit I’m old either) and today I celebrate my 3rd #twitterversary. The first two years were mostly about having an account only for the purpose of appearing as if I had embraced the social revolution. Yet the reality was, I had no idea why anyone would want to use it. Then, last year, I decided I would work at it to see what all the hype was about. And now, over the last few months, it has become a part of my daily routine. The biggest advantage I have found is the ability to interact with the marine industry in a way that was impossible before. I can create a tweet and add the @twittername and they will see my comments and ideas. For me, I am into boating, as well as the Florida life-style, and since you’re reading this, you probably are too. So I thought I would give you a jump-start of who to follow if you’re a boater and love the water. 

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The Boatanista

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.26.28 AMLisa Almeida, a co-owner of Freedom Boat Club franchises in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla.,was widely known across north Florida as the Boatanista.
Now she has trademarked the nickname with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“A few years back I was talking with Holly Ackoury from Rooks Ad Agency,” Almeida said in a statement. “And as we were discussing all the events and activities I was working on—all involving boating —she blurted out, ‘You are the Boatanista!’ It stuck.”
As part of the patent process, Almeida went to work on a definition:
boat•an•is•ta   [boat- uh -nee-st uh ] noun — A very nautical person, especially one who works in the boat club industry. A person devoted to boating, particularly when it comes to the social characteristics of the boating experience. Someone who facilitates the boating lifestyle, their motto would be: Inboard, Outboard, On Board, NEVER BORED.
In March, Almeida was named Jacksonville’s “Up and Coming Entrepreneur of the Year”at the Women in Business Awards.
“I am having the time of my life,” Almeida said. “And I love it when people come to one of our events or see my boat out on the water, recognize me and start yelling and hollering for the Boatanista. I can’t believe how well known the name has become. But for me, the Boatanista is more than a nickname. It is a way of life.”

* Lisa is a great friend of Florida By Water and we are extremely proud of her.