SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR SHIP's STORE SALE!
See information on our store's 50% OFF sale at the beginning of this update...
 

NEW IN FEBRUARY 2014

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Fishermen's Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL  33950

 1 800 639-0020
 www.fishville.com


BOAT SHOWS

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW OPENS  FEBRUARY 13

The annual Miami International Boat Show is set for February 13 - 17 at three locations: Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina (Powerboats)  and at Miamarina Bayside (Sailboats). Visit www.miamiboatshow.com for more, including shuttles and ... probably just about everything else you'll need to know!

THE 5th ANNUAL PALM BEACH MARINE FLEA MARKET AND OUTDOOR BOAT SHOW - FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2
This winter's Marine Festival features a Boat Show, Marine Flea Market, Boat and Vehicle Auction and more. The 5th Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Outdoor Boat Show will be held February 28 – March 2, 2014 from 9AM to 6PM at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach.
 
While boats are the main attraction, this show offers marine accessories and a wide range of other types of marine products, hardware, electronics, nautical hardware, clothing, shoes, and nautical gifts. Show-goers will find bargains and quality and a wide variety of fishing equipment and supplies.
 
The March 2 auction of boats and vehicles is one of the top highlights scheduled. Internet and live bidding during the boat auction will be provided. Over 100 boat repossessions, short sales, dealer trades, and private liquidations will be up for sale. The auction boat preview is all day Friday and Saturday February 28 to March 2 and the sale starts at 11AM Sunday, March 2. As many as 10,000 boat enthusiasts have attended past editions of the three-day event. To pre register to sell or buy a boat go to http://www.jaysugarman.com or call 954-464-3434.
 
There is plenty of free parking; admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 will be admitted free. Visit the website for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions: http://www.flnauticalfleamarket.com or contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389 or e-mail: info@flnauticalfleamarket.com.

DANIA MARINE FLEA MARKET MARCH 13 IN NEW LOCATION
The Dania Marine Flea Market is set for March 13 through 16 at Mardi Gras Casino -  the new location is at US 1 and Pembroke Road in Hallandale Beach. ("Old-timers"  know it as the Hollywood Dog Track.)
Potential vendors needing more information can visit www.daniamarinefleamarket.com, contact Al Behrendt Enterprises at 954 920 7877 or email dmfm@albehrendt.com. The relocation to Mardi Gras provides a wide choice of sales spaces in various configurations ... and for both vendor and visitor, there's acres of free, paved parking.

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL OPENS MARCH 20
The 29th Palm Beach International Boat Show is set for March 20-23 on the West Palm Beach downtown waterfront.
Besides all kinds of boats, the show will feature educational activities and special events such as swimwear fashion shows, International Game Fish Association School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future, a non-profit organization.
Parking is available within walking distance, and the Palm Beach show also offers free tie-up at the Come-by-Boat docks south of the in-water displays.
The show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc., managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Lincoln; Budweiser; Gosling’s Rum; Yachts International Magazine; the Palm Beach Post; Palm Harbor Marina; BoatQuest.com; Smallwoods Yachtwear; IGFA School of Sportfishing; Hook The Future; and Geico.


PDQ 32 POWER CAT
JOINS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS’ CHARTER FLEET


Cape Coral, Florida –January 29, 2014—Southwest Florida Yachts has added the PDQ 32 Power Cat Authenticity to its power and sail charter fleet for cruising the southwest Florida gulf coast, including the scenic Pine Island-Sanibel-Captiva area.

“With a draft of just 28-inches, Authenticity is perfect for exploring the many anchorages that allow cruisers to fully enjoy the splendor of our coast,” said Barb Hansen of Southwest Florida Yachts. In addition to power and sail charters, the company offers sail and power classes, as well as brokerage services.  Southwest Florida Yachts recently added a Yacht Watch service offering management and maintenance for yachts moored at its headquarters, Tarpon Point Marina.

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The 32-foot Authenticity  has a large main salon, two queen-sized cabins and head plus a stereo with CD player and DVD-player equipped color television.  Power comes via twin, 75-hp Yanmar diesels and Authenticity also has a diesel-powered generator, refrigerator and icemaker, air conditioning and heat. Navigational aids include a Raytheon GPS and radar.

Weekly charter rates for Authenticity are $4499 during the winter season and $3601 during the summer.  Hansen noted winter charters of three days or longer through April 30 earn one free cruising day as part of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2014.  Three day or longer summer charters earn two free days of cruising.

Southwest Florida is continually ranked as one of the world’s best cruising and sailing areas.  Visitors cite the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva as the best islands to visit for their ambiance, beaches, friendliness, restaurants and scenery.

More information about Southwest Florida Yachts and Florida Sailing & Cruising School is available at www.swfyachts.com and www.flsailandcruiseschool.com.  Telephone: 800/262-7939 or 239-656-1339 and email: info@swfyachts.com.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER - GUIDED BOAT EXCURSIONS

Wabasso Island, FL – Exploring the Indian River Lagoon, Pelican Island, and the St. Sebastian River aboard the Environmental Learning Center’s pontoon boat, also known as a “floating classroom,” is an up close and personal way of learning about and appreciating one of the most diverse environments in North America.
Excursions sail from the ELC on Wabasso Island into the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Separate morning and afternoon trips give participants the opportunity to see the bird species that nest, rest, and feed on Pelican Island at close range. The onboard guide identifies the species encountered, discusses the ecology of the Lagoon, and how it might be preserved. Brown and white pelicans, egret, ibis, kingfishers, and herons are often on the island or nearby. Migrating birds gather on the mangrove islands, and manatees and dolphins may be seen throughout the trip. The fee for this excursion is $25 per adult and $10 per child ($2 less for members and their children).
The St. Sebastian River boat excursion explores the south prong of the Sebastian River. This aquatic preserve is part of the Indian River Lagoon watershed. The trip is guided by an ELC Naturalist who will point out the natural wonders of the area. Lucky boaters may spot alligators, wading birds, eagles, ospreys, and manatees. The fee for this adventure is $28 per adult and $14 per child ($2 less for members and their children).

The schedule of the various boating excursions is available on the ELC’s web site, www.DiscoverELC.org. Reservations, may be made by calling the ELC at (772) 589-5050.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge; address is 255 Live Oak Drive. The  campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and a visitor center.

Find ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures at   www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free, and ELC members receive free admission year-around. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

Fishermen’s Village (still featured on our monthly web site update's "Back Page") is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL.  1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


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