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Top 8 Benefits of the ELEMENT® – PREFAB Instant Cabin & Marine Canopy

A marine canopy could change your water related activities forever! Imagine being able to take your family out for a weekend jaunt without getting bug-bitten, sunburned, or slapped by waves or wind-driven spray. The Element® – PREFAB Instant Cabin can make every boating excursion more enjoyable, safe, and fun. Upgrade your open bow boat today!

Every year, thousands of families use their sports fishing boats less than they want to due to a variety of…


Added by Emma Northon on April 6, 2017 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Troubleshooting NEMA 2000 Systems in Marine Engines


Added by Capt. John Banister, AMS® on November 16, 2015 at 7:07pm — No Comments


Parker Boatworks Inc. is now open in Fort Lauderdale.  We are a full service center for boats.  Anything from bow to stern, mechanical, electrical, pluming we do it all.  Featuring SeaArc boat line.  For honest reliable work give us a call for any of your boating needs. 954-585-1059

Added by Mike Parker on June 4, 2015 at 9:09am — No Comments

Methods for Determining Moisture in Fiberglass Hulls

I had recently responded to a blog post on Linkedin about the effectiveness and accuracy of moisture meters on fiberglass boat hulls. My post had to be approved by the moderator which was ran by a yacht broker. Which it never was approved or posted, however other posts condemning the use of moisture meters and insinuating in some other posts that marine surveyors make hasty assumptions from moisture meter readings…


Added by Capt. John Banister, AMS® on October 7, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Thermal Imaging and the Benefits to Your Boat or Yacht

What is Thermal Imaging?   

Thermal imaging (also sometimes referred to as thermography, infrared imaging or thermal scanning) is the means by which humans can see the infrared portion of the light spectrum. Every object gives off some amount of thermal radiation so thermal imaging is ideal for observing temperature anomalies that are abnormal in machinery, electrical equipment, and even in solids such as wood, fiberglass,…


Added by Capt. John Banister, AMS® on January 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Port Everglades to Sebastian Inlet via ICW

Does anyone have an estimate how long it would take from Port Everglades to Sebastian Inlet via ICW in 20 foot boat with 150hp outboard?  Thanks.

Added by Andrew Spokas on May 25, 2013 at 6:26pm — No Comments

New Moon Sportfishing's Captain 'Bamboo' Bobby Meekins' Dolphin Crush

Four anglers from Caracus, Venezuela chartered New Moon Sportfishing for a 3/4 day trip.


We went offshore with a nice load of live horse pilchards, trolling out to about 1000 feet of water. After about an hour and a half of some pretty low action, Captain Bobby Meekins spotted a real nice floater which turned out to be a 25 foot long piece of bamboo. Bulls-eye….the crush was on!

We could see the Dolphin everywhere, the ocean water surrounding the…


Added by Captain Jack on September 6, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

4th of July Events by Boat 2012

We have released the 2012 list of places where you can view fireworks from your boat. Thus far, more than 52 locations have been submitted by local Chambers of Commerce as well as Tourism and Visitor bureaus from across the Sunshine State.

Florida is one of the few states that can offer this many elaborate displays over water, allowing spectators to view the celebration from the comfort of their boat and making for the perfect holiday outing.

There are things that should be…


Added by Rusty on June 8, 2012 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Galvanic Corrosion – One Of The Biggest Enemies Of Boats In The Water

Hello, I wanted to write today to talk about galvanic corrosion. For those of you not familar with galvanic corrosion it is an electrochemical reaction when one metal corrodes from another when both are immersed in a electrolyte that is conductive (such as sea water). Dissimilar metals and metal alloys have different electrode potentials when two or more of these metals exist in the same electrolyte. When this happens a galvanic couple is created and depending upon…


Added by Capt. John Banister, AMS® on April 20, 2012 at 7:12pm — No Comments

What to Look For On A Marine Survey

Some things to look for on a marine survey…

A boat survey is necessary for many reasons. Most of the time they are used for pre-purchase and insuring purposes. However when seriously considering the purchase of a new sailing or power vessel (no matter what the size) a survey should be performed on the vessel so you know exactly what you are getting before you purchase the vessel.…


Added by Capt. John Banister, AMS® on March 14, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Boat West Palm, Delray Beach, and Peanut Island Boating

Palm Beach County is known to be the location for some of the best fishing in the world. The warm Gulfstream waters are only about a ten-minute ride by boat. When you boat West Palm and the surrounding areas, be sure to take in the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to keep your eyes on the water – chance are good that you will see lots of marine life, like dolphins, turtles or flying fish.

While in Palm Beach, be sure to visit Peanut Island, one of the area’s…


Added by Rusty on March 1, 2012 at 7:17am — No Comments

Boating in Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay by Boat

Being able to boat Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, or any of the other crystal blue waterways of the greater Miami area will make you realize how close to paradise Florida really is. Boating Miami is like living the ultimate island dream.

Boat owners who live in or visit the Miami area are often amazed at how many different choices are available to them for enjoying a day out on the water. Whether you choose to boat Biscayne Bay, boat Miami Beach, or even make the short…


Added by Rusty on March 1, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments

Boat Show

The 2012 Miami Boat Show was a good boat Show sold a Lot Boats

Added by Jack Brown on February 22, 2012 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Bimini Bahamas

Check out Bimini inThe Bahamas

Added by Bimini Bahamas on February 5, 2012 at 8:47am — No Comments

Do you boat in Ft. Lauderdale? Be sure to pack your bait and tackle when boating

Boat in Ft. Lauderdale and Boating Port Everglades Inlet

If you own a boat in Ft. Lauderdale or the surrounding areas, the perfect way to pass your time while out on the water is to take advantage of the great Florida fishing available in the area. With access to both fresh and salt water fishing spots, you’ll realize the major bonus of having a boat in Fort Lauderdale is that you’ll be able to create your own personal fishing excursion plan.

So what…


Added by on August 13, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Advice for out of towner

I live in Palm Beach County and am embarrassed to say I've never taken my PWC to Broward. Renting a house on a navigable canal end of this month in Oakland Park and have friends coming from out of town. The owner of the home said the two closest boat ramps are Cherry Creek and Colohatchee. Two questions: 1) For those with experience at both, is one better than the other?; 2) Any suggestions on where to head after dropping in? Any sandbars to hang out at, fun spots, etc. Thanks in advance!

Added by Dave Jay on July 12, 2010 at 9:04am — 2 Comments

Plenty of Water Fun and Enjoyment

Towables and Inflatables: Plenty of Water Fun and Enjoyment

It is rare to go to the lake or beach without seeing people laughing and having loads of fun riding on towables being pulled behind the boat. Water sport enthusiasts also enjoy other products that are stationery rather than towed, but either way one thing is for sure: Those folks are having fun!…


Added by Captain Jonas on June 3, 2010 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Play It Safe In the Water

Play It Safe Out In the Water

Enjoying boating and other water sports is a good way to have an exciting summer season. However, failure to follow water safety guidelines can lead to injuries to participants, and damage to equipment. Before you go into the water, you need to know the basic principles for boat and water safety to make sure that you and your family have a great time, and stay safe.…


Added by Captain Jonas on May 17, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments



Added by DAVE LECHTENBERG on May 16, 2010 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

What You Should Know Before Water Sporting In Florida

A number of laws come into play for water sporting in Florida. Like every other state, Florida, too, regulates major water sports like diving, skiing and hunting. It provides for a number of safety regulations that may be useful to you, even crucial, if you plan on any kind of water sports in Florida waters.

For waterskiing, state law has a number of regulations. A skiing vessel needs to have an observer, besides its operator, who can see how the skier is doing, and if…

Added by Captain Jonas on March 9, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

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