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Purchasing a New Boat vs. a Pre-owned Boat

In the market for a boat, but not sure whether you should buy new or used? There are great arguments for each, and Gerry’s Marina can help you make the right decision for you. Gerry’s Marina, meeting Central Florida’s boating needs for over 23 years, is THE place to go for an enormous selection of new and preowned boats to …

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What Fish You Can Expect to Catch in Florida Waters

With deep water just off the coast and hundreds of miles of river that is home to a thriving ecosystem, Florida is a fisherman’s dream come true. Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway encompasses some of the state’s most productive waterways. Abundant with mangroves and weed lines, it attracts bait species such as menhaden, shrimp and crabs…and great fishing opportunities for jack crevalle, …

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Sport Fishing in New Smyrna Beach

Ever taste fresh Mahi that was cooked on a cedar plank? You don’t even have to do much to it to make it a mouthwatering morsel. Maybe you like to catch fish more than you like to eat them. Either way, if you are in New Smyrna Beach, you are in luck. Sport fishing is one of the favorite pastimes …

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Florida Corals and How to Protect Them

Think of coral reefs as the rain forests of the sea. They support an extensive biodiversity of fish, invertebrates and sea mammals – an estimated 25% of all marine life! Home to over 1 million diverse aquatic species, coral reefs produce food and billions of dollars in tourism. They hold potential treatments for many of our worst diseases; and they …

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What You Will See While Snorkeling in Florida

Sparkling, crystal clear water, picturesque bottom structure reminiscent of the finest roman architecture and thousands of species of sea creatures make Florida one of the absolute best choices for snorkeling. Florida’s waters are simply teaming with marine life. It’s a virtual symphony of color and movement. If you are wondering what you will see while snorkeling in Florida…let’s put it …

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What to Pack if You Plan to Sleep on Your Boat

Ah, the wonders of boat sleepovers, but don’t be mistaken…there can be perils too. We are land creatures, so when on the sea, we are out of our natural element. Everything can go very smoothly as long as we play it safe. To best enjoy overnighting on your boat, just remember – “safety first”. Make certain that you are docking …

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St. Johns: A Brief History

At 310 miles long, the St. Johns River is Florida’s longest river and one of the few that flows north. The fishing options here are diverse, and the moving water resulting from seasonal rainfall stimulates feeding. Stretching half the length of this beautiful state, it is one of Florida’s greatest locales for bass fishing. Year after year, the St. Johns …

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Blue Springs: A History

Framed by picturesque oak trees and discharging an historical average of 165 million gallons of water each day, Blue Springs is the largest spring on the St. John’s River. The spring run flows approximately 1,050 feet through hardwood and palm forest to the St. John. Timucuan Indians made the Blue Springs area their home until the mid-1800s when they were …

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Abandoned Towns along Florida Waterways

Florida’s subtropical beauty and allure have inspired and demolished dreams for centuries. In fact, Florida has earned the title of the state with the most ghost towns east of the Mississippi…upwards of 240. Let’s give you just a little taste, shall we? Perky Ghost Town, R.C. Perky’s ill-fated 1920s investment in a bankrupt sponge farm, is located on Sugarloaf Key. …

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Boating Laws and Manatees

In Florida, approximately 25 to 30 percent of manatee deaths are attributed to watercraft. These gentle giants, which are at risk of becoming extinct, are protected by rules established by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. When coming into contact with manatees while boating, the best policy is to look, but don’t touch. Interaction with manatees can be considered harassment, which …

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Buying a Pre-Owned Boat and How It Can Save You Money

Want to hear some arguments for buying a pre-owned boat? No problem! Just like with buying a car, a new boat diminishes in value the minute it leaves the dealership. Additionally, today’s boats are built from fiberglass and aluminum – materials that stand up to the elements a lot longer than they used to. And, in Florida, there are a …

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Gerry’s Marina Has a Service Department You Can Trust

Boating is a lot of things, but predictable isn’t always one of them. Sometimes you need a little help, a quick fix or just a question answered. Gerry’s Marina can help keep your boat owning experience on an even keel. Think of it this way, we are a family owned business, so once you buy a boat from us, you …

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There Is So Much to Do in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach, known for its small town charm and beachside appeal, hosts some truly remarkable events… The Annual Festival of the Arts, with fabulous art displays by over 230 talented artists, live music, a student art exhibit, a creative education tent, food court and more, is held every January. Get your groove on for the New Smyrna Beach Blues …

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Florida’s Best Spots for River Fishing

Whether you are freshwater or saltwater fishing, Florida is one of the world’s top fishing destinations. Florida offers some of the largest rivers and lakes in our country, and a whole pile of trophy fish just waiting to be caught. Here are just a few of Florida’s best spots for river fishing: Indian River Lagoon is actually three lagoons stretching …

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Daytona Beach Events

Daytona Beach is world famous for its beautiful beaches and its action-packed events! If you are a race fan, you probably think of the Daytona International Speedway as the Taj Mahal of racing venues. If you aren’t necessarily a NASCAR enthusiast and you visit the recently renovated home to the Daytona 500, you just may become one! Aside from hosting …

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Basic Boating Terminology

What’s in a name? A lot if you are a boater. The language used by boaters can sometimes seem foreign. Let’s see what we can do about that. Here are some of the main terms you may need to know if you are boating: Aft or Abaft – toward the back of boat Stern – the back of the boat …

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If it has to do with boats, Gerry’s Marina either has it or does it!

Load up that cooler with mile-high sandwiches, refreshing beverages…and lots of bait! It’s time to hook that monster catch. Or maybe just head out for some clamming or crabbing. That is great family fun! Take a relaxing cruise to your favorite restaurant, or break out those inflatable tubes and water skis! It’s definitely time for some boating fun! Gerry’s Marina …

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Boating Tips

Safety first! The most important tips for boating are safety tips. First of all, since the major cause of drowning is not wearing a life jacket, it is a REALLY good idea to wear one when you are boating. Also, if you are going to spend time around the water, it is best if you know how to swim. Always …

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Buying a Used Boat in Florida

Purchasing a used boat anywhere is a big deal. There’s a lot to consider. In Florida, where boats are everywhere and the options are endless, it is an even bigger deal. Gerry’s Marina, can help you navigate those troubled waters. We have been meeting Central Florida’s boating needs for over 23 years, and we are THE place to go for …

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A Boatload of Florida Boating Events!

Florida is well known for being a boating and fishing oasis, so it is no wonder that it is host to so many terrific boating events throughout the year. The Florida Sportsman Fishing Expo was held in February in Fort Myers this year. There are also a slew of annual boat shows. Some of the biggest and best include the …

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Boating in Florida

From new or pre-owned sport fishers, to center consoles, pontoons, whalers and jet skis, Florida is one of the best places in the world to own a boat. It is a virtual boating and fishing paradise. You can take a nice easy cruise down the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, tube down peaceful rivers, pull up to one of our many islands …

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Now Is the Best Time to Buy a Boat

Late fall and winter are the best time of year to buy a boat – a time when sellers lower their prices to move inventory…a real buyers’ market. There are a few things you want to make sure of when you are purchasing your boat. First and foremost, you should buy your boat from a reputable dealer, such as Gerry’s …

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The Best Party Boats

Are you ready to party? Then you need to check out the pontoon boats at Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach. Pontoons are the best party boats around! First of all, they are roomy – so roomy that they can hold 10-15 people, so they are excellent for a party full of friends. Roomy boats are also more comfortable; they …

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2017 Events for New Smyrna Beach

Everyone loves a good outing – from a party to a parade. In New Smyrna Beach, we are particularly fond of great events, and what better place to hold them than our charming, beachside town? After spectacular fireworks in honor of the New Year, New Smyrna Beach will host the 41st Annual Festival of the Arts January 27th through the …

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Gerry’s Thanks New Smyrna Beach Boat Parade Participants

Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 Christmas Boat Parade. It was a dazzling spectacle full of sparkling lights and Christmas magic. New Smyrna Beach boaters definitely pulled out all the stops. Following our traditional parade through the Waterfront Loop along Canal Street’s Historic District – as soon as night began …

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Boats and Motors – Size Matters!

It all comes down to the age old adage, “Size matters,” but, when it comes to boats and motors, does the person with the biggest toys win? Not necessarily. The winner is the one who gets the right size boat and motor for their particular desires. It’s important to make certain the size of the boat and motor you choose …

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Understanding Fresh Water vs. Salt Water in Our Area

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River (which is part of a 3,000 mile Intracoastal water system), New Smyrna Beach is a fisherman’s dream. While the angling options are endless both inshore and off, the lines between fresh water and salt water can become a little blurred here. On the northern end, you’ll find Ponce Inlet – providing deep …

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New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade

The holidays are coming, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a parade…and when it comes to Christmas parades, New Smyrna Beach pulls out all the stops. Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacular sights and sounds of the holiday season! The theme of this year’s annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will be themed “Candy Canes …

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Daytona Beach Events

The holidays are almost here, and Daytona Beach is full of cheer! How could it not be? With 23 miles of gorgeous, white sand beaches and a “Fun Coast” moniker, Daytona is the place to be during the holidays and all year round! Are you an auto enthusiast? Visit Daytona International Speedway, the World Center of Racing any time from …

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It’s Fall and the Water is Beautiful

Fall is a beautiful time of year, especially in New Smyrna Beach. The summer heat has all but melted away, and the cool gentle breezes of the new season have blown our way. The water is warm, and the sun is prevalent. As boaters glide through the inlet or pass through the Intracoastal in the early morning hours, the sun …

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New Smyrna Beach Events

Aside from being a quaint, beachside town with historic charm and home to some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, New Smyrna Beach is full of engaging events. There are so many, it’s hard to name them all, so let’s focus on the rest of 2016, shall we? The entire family can compete for prizes or simply appreciate sand sculpture at …

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Daytona Beach Events presented by Gerry’s Marina

Some of the best fishing Florida has to offer aside, Daytona Beach is absolutely full of engaging events. There’s certainly something for everyone in Daytona Beach! Daytona Beach is even known as the Festival Capital of Florida! Fun-filled festivals, including the Celtic Festival, the Festa Italiana and the Greek Festival, run throughout the year, but let’s just fill you in …

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Pre-Owned Pontoons to Make You Swoon

Pontoons are extraordinary boats for so many reasons. It is easy to fish on a pontoon boat because they are so roomy…and because it’s roomy, you can fish from anywhere in the boat, and you can stow a ton of gear. They are built with a flat hull, so they are steadier and more stable than traditional fishing boats, and …

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Native Fish to Florida

There is simply no place like Florida when it comes to fishing. Its waterways are as diverse as its fish species, and the fish are as plentiful as the fishing hot spots. It’s even known as “The Bass Capital of the World”! Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway encompasses some of the state’s most productive waterways. Abundant with mangroves and weed lines, it …

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A New Boat for Dad

There is something very special about a dad. Dads are superheroes; they always lead you in the right direction; and they are always there when you need them. That being said, they deserve the best. If I were to ask my dad to make a wish for the best gift ever, the thing in the world he would want most …

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A Perfect Summer Day Fishing on the St. Johns

When I think of the perfect day, my mind conjures up an image of the pristine riverbanks of the St. Johns River. I am in my boat, slowly trolling toward a flawless fishing hole…the edges of submerged vegetation along the edges or any sharp bends or drop-offs. It’s slightly overcast, so that my bait is cast in the best possible …

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Gerry’s Marina…for the Best Selection of Pre-Owned Boats

Thinking it’s high time to net a big catch? Want to take a relaxing evening cruise by boat to your favorite seaside restaurant? Maybe you just want to spend an enjoyable day on the water with your family? There is a way to boat to your heart’s content without breaking the bank – Gerry’s Marina! Gerry’s Marina, meeting Central Florida’s …

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New Smyrna Beach Boat Safety with Gerry’s Marina

Boat Safely Boating is a terrific pastime, especially in Florida where it’s almost always boating season! However, here are a few safety tips you should keep in mind, to make certain your time on the water is as enjoyable and safe as possible. Before leaving, you should share your plan (including your destination and estimated time of arrival back at …

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Things to do in New Smyrna Beach

There’s Plenty to Do in New Smyrna Beach! It is summertime, and New Smyrna Beach is the place to be! New Smyrna Beach is a charming seaside town straddled by both the ocean and river. Aside from the obvious array of fishing and boating opportunities, New Smyrna Beach offers a host of cool summertime events! In July alone, there is …

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New Smyrna Beach Summer Fun on the Water

Time for Summer Fun on the Water in New Smyrna Beach Summer is here. It’s time to hit the water, and we can help. Gerry’s Marina has served Central Florida’s boating, marina and storage needs for 30 years. We are the place to go if you want a huge selection of new and preowned boats to fit any need and …

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Fishing and Central Florida

Central Florida’s History Is Rich with Fish! Central Florida, with over 7,000 miles of freshwater shoreline, has long been known as a sportsman’s paradise. Because of all of its remarkable fishing hotspots, the area became increasingly popular to fishing enthusiasts as early as the first half of the 20th Century – when access to this area became a little easier …

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Check out some of Daytona’s May events…

Daytona Beach…So Many Fun Things to Do in May and June! Get in gear for the Spirit of the Automobile May 21st. This free event includes live performances by the Navy Band and showcases an unbelievable array of muscle cars, sports cars and exotics…even motorcycles, RVs and racecars! Luke Bryant, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock and Willie Nelson …

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Bennington, the World’s Most Popular Pontoons

Bennington, the World’s Most Popular Pontoons, Available at Gerry’s Marina! Gerry’s Marina is a dealer for Bennington, the bestselling pontoon boat manufacturer in the world. Bennington pontoons offer a luxury ride in head turning style and rock steady construction that exceeds industry standards. Enjoy custom platforms from 23 to 30 feet, a vast selection of design enhancements, optional equipment and …

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Why Are Pontoon Boats So Popular?

Why Are Pontoon Boats So Popular? Pontoon boats have always been popular, especially in Florida, where the fishing season is gloriously long. There are so many reasons people have always loved pontoons… Pontoons are easy to fish from because they are so roomy and you can move around the boat to fish from different locations. The fact that there is …