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A Brief History of the St. Johns River

Before the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans called the area surrounding the St. Johns River home for thousands of years. Much later, this magnificent, 310-mile-long river was one of the earliest routes used by the Europeans during their explorations. In 1562, the French Huguenots established a colony at the mouth of the St John; and not long after, Spanish soldiers …

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10 Simple Fishing Tips

Sometimes it seems like fishing is rocket science. The bugs are biting, but the fish just won’t – no matter what you do! Ah, but it’s simple really…you just have to be smarter than the fish…or at least think like them! Let’s start with an easy one. Make sure you NEVER get sunscreen on your hook, line or lure. If …

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2020 JBT 180CC INSHORE

2020 JBT 180CC INSHORE WITH THE FOLLOWING: —  Yamaha VF90 Four Stroke w/ 4 blade polish sst prop —  Continental Aluminum Trailer —  2 aerated baitwells —  Lockable Rod Boxes —  Recessed SST Cleats —  Live Well Lights —  Courtesy Lights —  Yamaha Digital Display —  Yamaha Binnacle Control Box —  Hydraulic Steering —  Jack Plate w/ blinker style switch …

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SALE PENDING 2013 Hurricane 188GS

2013 Hurricane 188GS with the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke with 354hrs on engine —  Hydraulic Steering —  Bimini Top —  Power Pole —  On Board Battery Charger —  Ski Tow Bar —  Aluminum Trailer —  Ski Locker —  Courtesy Lights —  Bow and Stern Boarding Ladders —  Full Gauge Package w/ hour meter —  SST Cleats —  Self …

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2020 Sportsman 207 Masters

2020 Sportsman 207 Master w/ the following: —  Yamaha F150 Four Stroke —  Tandem Axle Aluminum welded trailer with torsion axle, welded, aluminum wheels, L.E.D. lights and guide on poles —  Sport Package includes:  JL Audio Stereo System, Fresh Water Wash Down, Raw Water Wash Down, Underwater lights, compass —  Removable Bow Backrest w/ bottom cushion —  Dual Batteries w/ …

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2012 Savannah Skiff 18

2012 Savannah Skiff 18′ with the following: —  Yamaha F90 Four Stroke w/ 223hrs on engine —  2019 Karavan Aluminum Trailer —  Bimini Top —  Aerated Bait well —  Bow Jump Seat —  Pre wired for trolling motor —  Bow Fishing seat —  Leaning post with Rod holders —  Underwater lights —  Cooler seat w/ cushions —  Dual Batteries w/ …

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Boating Activities in New Smyrna Beach

Looking for something to do in New Smyrna Beach? Well, aside from all the amazing events throughout the year, boating activities are a no brainer here because New Smyrna Beach is virtually surrounded by water. And, trust me; there are tons of them too! Ok, hold on to the rail and brace yourself. Here we go… Just imagine…wouldn’t it be …

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2020 Cape Craft 180CC

2020 Cape Craft 180CC with the following: —  Yamaha F90 Four Storke —  Aluminum Drive on trailer w/ torsion axle —  Bimini Top —  2 aerated Bait wells —  Yamaha Tach and fuel gauge —  Anchor Locker —  Pre wired for  trolling motor —  Courtesy Lights —  SST Steering Wheel —  Console Rod Holders —  Bow Cushions —  Rear center …

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2020 Cape Craft 190 Bay

2020 Cape Craft with the following options: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke —  Aluminum Drive on Trailer w/ torsion axles —  Bimini Top —  Yamaha Tach and Yamaha Fuel Gauge —  2 aerated bait wells —  Self Bailing Deck —  Bow Cushion Package —  Rear Center Jump Seat —  SST Steering Wheel —  Automatic and Manual Bilge Pump —  Built …

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2017 BEAVERTAIL 18’6 MOSQUITO

2017 BEAVERTAIL 18’6″ MOSQUITO W/ THE FOLLOWING: —  Yamaha F70LA w/ warranty until 7/27/2022 —  Aluminum Trailer —  12v Saltwater Series Ipilot trolling motor —  ON board Battery Charger —  Push Pole Holders —  Poling Platform —  Trim Tabs —  Jack Plate —  4 blade SST Prop —  Hydraulic Steering —  Rear Bench Cushion w/ flip up backrest —  Micro …

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2020 Bennington 20SLV

2020 Bennington 2020SLV w/ the following: —  Yamaha t50 Four Stroke —  Recliner G Series Helm Chair Upgrade —  Portable Cup Holders —  Woven Vinyl Silver Flooring —  Saltwater Anode Package —  25″ Pontoon Upgrade —  Yamaha Aluminum Prop —  Yamaha pre rig —  10′ Bimini Top —  Changing Station —  Full Boat Cover —  Removable Table —  SST Cleats …

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2020 Bennington 21SSBXP

2020 Bennington 21SBXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor size if wanted) —  S.P.S. Triple Pontoon Performance Package —  15′ Curved Bimini Top Double —  Pop Up Changing Room —  Pillowtop Diamond Press Upholstery upgrade —  RGB Controller SXP —  Illuminated Kicker Speakers —  RGB Toe Kick Lighting —  Seagrass Beige Full Vinyl Flooring —  …

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2020 Sportsman 232 Open

2020 Sportsman 232 Open with the following options” —  Yamaha VF250 —  Tandem Axle Aluminum Trailer w/ torsion axles, aluminum wheels, and disc brakes —  Platinum Package which includes:  FIBERGLASS HARD -TOP W/ L.E.D. LIGHTING, FRESH WATER WASH DOWN W/ 15 GALLON TANK, HELM PAD, LIGHT HULL COLOR, MATCHING HARD-TOP UNDERSIDE COLOR, PORTA POTTI, POWDER COATING, UNDERWATER LIGHTS —  Ice …

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Boating Laws in Florida: Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission proceeds from permits and licenses are used to help improve Florida’s fisheries and your overall fishing experience.  Both saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses are required, and can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, at county tax collectors’ offices, through licensed agents or by calling 888-FISH FLORIDA.  Florida residents who are exempt include: Those under 16 …

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2020 Sportsman 214 Tournament

2020 Sportsman 214 Tournament w/ the following: —  YAMAHA VF150 —  TANDEM AXLE CUSTOM ALUMINUM TRAILER W/ ALUMINUM WHEELS, WELDED, TORSION AXLE —  SEA STAR JACK PLATE —  TRIM TABS —  RAW WATER WASH DOWN —  UNDER LEANING POST TACKLE STORAGE —  JL AUDIO STEREO SYSTEM W/ 4 SPEAKERS —  JET BLACK HULL (SIDE ONLY) —  BLACK POWDER COATING —  …

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2020 Bennington 22SSXAPG

2020 Bennington 22SSXAPG, we have two in stock?  The other one is still under shrink wrap and it is Ocean Blue w/ a White accent.  They both come with the following options: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor size if wanted) —  Premium SX Upholstery —  Double Bimini Top —  S.P.S. Triple Pontoon Performance package —  Marideck Vinyl …

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2020 Bennington 21SSBXP

2020 Bennington 21SSBXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke  (Can upgrade motor size if wanted) —  Blackout LUXE (SX/G) —  15′ Double Bimini Top Curved —  Extended Aft deck w/ curved ladder —  Pillowtop Diamond Pressed Upholstery Upgrade (SXP Cruise) —  RGB Controller —  RGB Toe Lighting —  RGB Kicker Speakers —  Seagrass Beige Full Flooring —  SPS …

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2011 Bennington 22SL

2011 Bennington 22SL w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke w/ 393hrs (motor just a a complete service) —  10′ Bimini Top —  Full Gauge Package w/ hour meter —  Garmin Depth Sounder —  Rear Boarding ladder —  Battery Switch —  Removable Table —  25″ Diameter Pontoons —  Docking lights —  AM/FM Stereo w/ 4 speakers —  Under Seat …

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2020 Bennington 22SXCCT

2020 Bennington 22SXCCT w/ the following: —  YAMAHA F150 FOUR STROKE —  HYDRAULIC STEERING —  POLISH SST PROP —  T-TOP W/ ROCKET LAUNCHERS —  3 AERATED BAIT WELLS —  LEANING POST W/ BACKREST —  REAR CASTING PLATFROM THAT CONVERT INTO LOUNGE AREA —  S.P.S. TRIPLE PONTOON PACKAGE —  2 X 12′ GARMIN FISH FINDERS / DEPTH SOUNDERS / G.P.S. IN …

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Boating Laws in Florida: The Basics

Boating Laws in Florida: The Basics A violation of the Federal Navigation Rules is also a violation of Florida law. So just to be safe, here are the basics of Florida Boating Law… Anyone born after January 1, 1998, must pass an approved boater safety course and carry that card plus a photo ID when operating a boat. If not, …

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2020 Cape Craft 160CC

2020 Cape Craft 160CC with the following: —  Yamaha T50 Four Stroke —  Magic Tilt Aluminum drive on trailer w/ torsion axle —  Bimini Top —  Courtesy Lights —  Yamaha Binnacle Control box —  Yamaha Tach —  Yamaha Key/Kill Switch —  18 Gallon Fuel Tank —  Self Bailing Deck —  Console Rod Holders —  Aerated Bait well —  Navigation Lights …

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2018 SWEETWATER 2186

2018 Sweetwater with the following: —  Yamaha F90 Four Stroke w/ only 32hrs and warranty until 6/2021 —  Drive on Trailer —  Bimini Top —  Rear Boarding ladder —  Garmin Depth Sounder —  24v Power Drive Minkota trolling motor with quick release —  Vinyl Floor —  Docking Lights —  Full Gauge Package w/ hour meter —  Cup Holders —  Rail …

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ON ORDER 2020 Bennington 20SSRX

2020 Bennington 20SSRX with the following options: —  Yamaha F90 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor size if wanted) —  Kicker Speaker upgrade —  SPS Performance Package 20′ S with Transom Fuel —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Rub Rail Protectors —  Yamaha Salt Water Series w/ sealed lifting strakes —  Shark Hide Protectant —  Woven Vinyl Silver Floor —  Rear …

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2020 Bennington 20SSXP

2020 Bennington 20SSXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F90 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor size if wanted) —  Kicker Speaker Upgrade —  SPS Performance Package 20′ S —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Rub Rail Protectors —  Yamaha Saltwater Anode ESP/SPS Package —  Privacy Enclosure w/ frame and Curtain —  Rear Boarding ladder —  Huge Aerated Bait well —  Table …

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2020 Sportsman 247 Masters

2020 Sportsman 247 Masters w/ the following: —  Yamaha VF250 —  Magic Tilt Tandem axle aluminum welded trailer w/ aluminum wheels, disc brakes, and torsion axle —  Powder Coating —  Sea Star Jack plate w/ blinker style switch —  Removable bow backrest w/ bottom cushion —  Recessed Trim Tabs —  Dual Batteries w/ Switch —  Polish SST Prop —  3 …

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2020 Sportsman 247 Master

2020 Sportsman 247 Masters w/ the following: —  Yamaha VF250 —  Magic Tilt Tandem axle aluminum welded trailer w/ aluminum wheels, disc brakes, and torsion axle —  Powder Coating —  Sea Star Jack plate w/ blinker style switch —  Removable bow backrest w/ bottom cushion —  Recessed Trim Tabs —  Dual Batteries w/ Switch —  Polish SST Prop —  3 …

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2020 Bennington 20SBXP

2020 Bennington 20SBXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F90 Four Stroke (Can Upgrade motor size if wanted) —  S.P.S. Performance Package w/ transom fuel tank —  Kicker Speaker Upgrade —  Yamaha Salt Water Anode ESP/SPS Package —  Rub Rail Protectors —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Privacy Option —  Shark Hide 3 Tubes —  Woven Vinyl Silver —  10″ Bimini …

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2020 Sportsman 227 Masters

2020 Sportsman 227 Masters w/ the following: —  Yamaha F200XB —  Platinum Package: COMPASS, FIBERGLASS HARD TOP W/ L.E.D LIGHTING, FRESH WATER WASH DOWN W/ 13 GALLON TANK, HELM PAD, JL AUDIO MM50 STEREO W/ M3-650X SPEAKERS, LIGHT HULL COLOR,  MATCHING HARD-TOP UNDERSIDE, POWER COATING, RAW WATER WASH DOWN, TRIM TABS W/ L.E.D INDICATOR, UNDER GUNWALE REEL PADS, WUNDERWATER LIGHTS. …

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2020 Bennington 21SLXP

2020 Bennington 21SLXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor size if interested) —  Blackout Package —  Double Bimini Tops —  Extended aft deck —  Vinyl Teak Flooring —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Rub Rail Protectors —  S.P.S. Triple pontoon performance package —  SST Docking Lights —  Kicker Speaker Upgrade —  Privacy Enclosure w/ frame …

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What’s New for Bennington in 2019

The family-run Bennington business was first created in 1997 with a mission for high quality products and service. Today, generations later with the same admirable mission, Bennington offers 220 boat models with options to make any boater beam. For instance, the 2019 S Series Bennington pontoon models range from 16- to 25-foot with a variety of floorplans and favorite features …

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High-Tech Gadgets for Boaters

We all (well, most of us anyway) like cool, high-tech gadgets, but what about nifty advancements specifically for boaters? Well, hold on to your captain’s hat because there some very interesting gadgets out there for techy boaters! The Seakeeper 2 offers gyroscopic stabilization, which – in regular human speak – means that it can stop your boat from rocking and …

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Need a Fishing Guide? There Are Lots Around!

There’s something fishy going on in New Smyrna Beach…in a good way. Under blissful blue skies and at the edge of pristine beaches, New Smyrna Beach – which is nearly surrounded by water – is a fisherman’s paradise.  New Smyrna Beach is basically a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and more wrecks and artificial reefs here …

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2020 Sportsman 207 Masters

2020 Sportsman 207 Masters with the following: —  Yamaha F150 Four Stroke —  Removable bow backrest w/ bottom cushion —  Tandem Axle Aluminum Trailer w/ aluminum wheels —  Sport Package: FRESH WATER WASH DOWN, RAW WATER WASH DOWN, JL AUDIO STEREO SYSTEM, UNDER WATER LIGHTS, COMPASS —  3 aerated Bait wells —  Dual Batteries w/ Switch —  Polish sst prop …

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All the Great Uses for a Pontoon Boat

Central Florida offers one of the world’s best places to enjoy the water – from the ocean, to the gorgeous Intracoastal Waterway, to peaceful rivers and lagoons…and pontoon boats are one of the best ways to traverse which ever you choose! The spacious design of pontoon boats makes them perfect for fishing because you can fish from anywhere in the …

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ON ORDER 2020 Bennington 22SSRXP

2020 Bennington 22SSRXP w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade motor if wanted) —  S.P.S. Triple Pontoon Performance Package —  Sealed Lifting Strakes —  Bimini Top 10′ Double —  Extended AFT Deck —  Premium SX Upholstery —  Illuminated Kicker Speakers —  RGB Toe Kick Lighting —  RGB Lighted Switch Panel —  Sea Grass Vinyl Flooring —  Dual …

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2020 Bennington 21SFXAPG

2020 Bennington 21SFXAPG w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade size of motor if desired) —  S.P.S Triple Pontoon Package —  Sealed Lifting Strakes —  Simtex Upholstery Upgrade —  2 Upgraded Bow G Series reclining fish seats —  Kicker Speaker Upgrade —  Saltwater Anode SPS Performance Package —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Rub Rail Protectors —  …

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2020 Bennington 21SFXAPG

2020 Bennington 21SFXAPG w/ the following: —  Yamaha F115 Four Stroke (Can upgrade size of motor if desired) —  S.P.S Triple Pontoon Package —  Sealed Lifting Strakes —  Simtex Upholstery Upgrade —  2 Upgraded Bow G Series reclining fish seats —  Kicker Speaker Upgrade —  Saltwater Anode SPS Performance Package —  Heavy Duty Rub Rail —  Rub Rail Protectors —  …

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2020 Sportsman 227 Masters

2020 Sportsman 227 Masters with the following: —  Yamaha F200XB —  Tandem Axle Aluminum Welded Trailer w/ brakes, and torsion axle —  Removable Bow Backrest w/ bottom cushion —  Garmin VHF Radio w/ Antenna —  Platinum Package:  FIBERGLASS HARDTOP, COMPASS, FRESH WATER WASH DOWN, HELM PAD, JL AUDIO MM50 STEREO W/ M3-650X SPEAKERS, LIGHT HULL COLOR, POWDER COATING, RAW WATER …

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Where to Find Tide Times for Our Area

As all successful fishermen know, being well informed about the tides for where you are about to fish is imperative for a bountiful day of fishing. Luckily, there are plenty of places that you can access valuable fishing information – such as tide times – for New Smyrna Beach… Just go online and type in tides4fishing.com/us/florida-east-coast/new-smyrna-beach to access tide tables, …

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Daytona 500 2020

The Daytona 500, which has justly earned the moniker of “The Great American Race,” is held annually at Daytona International Speedway, a location that is just as earnestly referred to as “The World Center of Racing.” This year, in 2020, the 62nd Annual Daytona 500 is scheduled to be held February 16th. Everyone should experience the majesty of the Daytona …

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2020 Sportsman 212 Open

2020 Sportsman 212 Open with the following: —  Yamaha F200 Four Stroke —  Polish SSST Prop —  Hydraulic Steering —  Tandem axle aluminum welded trailer w/ brakes —  Platinum Package w/ ISEN GLASS, MISTERS, SPRAY SHIELD, TRIM TABS, FRESH WATER WASH DWON, RAW WATER WASH DOWN, HARD TOP, POWDER COATING, UNDERWATER LIGHTS, COMPASS, HELM PAD, JL AUDIO STEREO SYSTEM —  …

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ON ORDER 2020 Bennington188SLV

2020 Bennington 188SLV w/ the followingL —  Yamaha T50 Four Stroke —  Yamaha Binnacle Controls —  Yamaha Prop —  Portable Cup Holder —  Sea Grass Vinyl Flooring —  Salt Water Anode Package —  Shark Hide Pontoon —  10′ Bimini Top —  Full Boat Cover —  Rear Boarding ladder —  Built in fuel Tank —  Under Seat Storage —  Am/FM Bluetooth …

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2020 Bennington 20SFV

2020 Bennington 20SFV with the following: —  Yamaha T50 Four Stroke —  Portable Cup Holder —  Recliner G Series Helm Chair —  Marideck Vinyl Flooring —  25″ Pontoons —  Changing Room —  Shark Hide Pontoon Protectant —  Rear Boarding ladder —  Full Boat Cover —  10′ Bimini Top —  Removable Table —  Am/FM Bluetooth stereo —  Under Seat Storage —  …

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Sea Turtles in New Smyrna Beach

Everyone knows the outcome of the iconic tortoise and hair race, but today our sea turtles in New Smyrna Beach need a little help. There are three species of sea turtles found in New Smyrna Beach – the loggerhead and green turtle (which are threatened) and the leatherback (which is endangered). Loggerheads, sporting large, log-like heads, are the most common …

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Boat Safety 101

Practicing boating safety can greatly reduce damage and injury and definitely increase your fun quotient, so… Be prepared. Check the local weather before your departure; keep an eye out for sudden changes in wind, temperature and clouds; and bring a radio for updates. Bring a throwable device and at least one life jacket on board for each passenger – a …

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Learn About New Smyrna Beach Tides

So many things can determine the success of a fishing trip, but none are more important than the tide. Knowing how to determine the tides can help you become a better fisherman. Rising and falling tides get bait fish moving and larger game fish follow. Fish also use tides to carry them to and from their feeding grounds, so the …