Wash Your Boat! The Effects of Saltwater

Salt is abrasive and harsh and, like a cancer, saltwater can wreak havoc on a boat’s hull, engine and all of its mechanical components. Salt will stick to metal surfaces promoting rust and corrosion, dull the shine on your fiberglass or wooden boat and even eat into paint to make easy work out of depreciating your boat. Any seaman worth …

Hard Top vs. Soft Top

Both are good options, but there are several differences in a hard top and a soft top on a boat. Some are true benefits or detriments and some are solely dependent upon your personal preference. Let’s take a look… First, it is important to note that a hard top is hard to top when you boat year-round in an environment …

Boat Safety Equipment Checklist

There are a number of things you need to keep on board your boat and inspect regularly to ensure the safety of your passengers. The U.S. Coast Guard requires the following: You will need a wearable, personal flotation device for each person on board, including anyone you are towing while waterskiing or tubing, etc.; and children under 12 are required …

Take Your Friends or Family Out on the Water with Our Boat Rentals

Why buy a boat when you can enjoy one for pennies on the dollar, hassle-free when you rent it at Gerry’s Marina? It’s a lot like, “Why buy the cow when the milk is free?” Maybe not exactly… The true takeaway here is that when you rent a boat from a reputable marina like Gerry’s in New Smyrna Beach, you …

River vs. Ocean Boating

Boating can offer worlds of fun, but there’s a question you need to ask yourself…”Do I want to boat in the ocean or on the river?” Both certainly have their own sets of perks! Take ocean boating, for example, a glorious setting where there are no lines except fishing lines and weed lines. It’s the “big” water…a place where you …

What Boat Is Good for You?

No matter who you are, if you live in Florida along the water, it’s very likely that you like to boat or fish. Most of us do, but what particular boat is right for you? Are you that guy who wakes up with tiny elbows or feet in his ribs…that guy who lives for the day that his four-year-old actually …

You Can Practice Safe Social Distancing While Boating

When you are waterskiing, is there anyone within six feet of you? Nope.  As you glide over wake upon wake in an inner-tube until your face splits into a Cheshire cat-like grin, is there anyone within six feet of you? Nope. When you crank up the engines and get up on a plane, is anyone within six feet of you? …

Many Turn to Boating for Their Preferred Activity During Covid

This Covid crisis has turned our lives upside down, but one thing you can count on is that it can’t touch the hours and days of fun we can have while boating. Boating is one activity – often the most preferred one during this debacle – that we can still enjoy in a variety of ways. Been housebound too long? …

We Offer Boat Storage

  For your boat, first and foremost, you want to store it in a marina that is reputable. Nothing less will do. Gerry’s Marina was voted Central Florida’s Best Boat Dealer by Daytona Beach News Journal readers. As a family owned business, Gerry’s Marina’s reputation is paramount to us. Our business thrives because we continually strive to provide exceptional, friendly …

Boating without the Commitment

Maybe you don’t have the scratch right now to buy the boat you want or maybe you just don’t want the hassle. Let’s face it, boats are great fun, but just their normal upkeep alone can be a great deal of work. Buying a boat is a big commitment. Ever hear someone say that the best boat is your friend’s …

The Perfect Recipe for Summertime Fun!

Boating can be different things to different people. It can be a refuge from day-to-day drudgery and stressors; it can be the best way to reach your favorite fishing hole or spend quality time with your family; and boating can be the perfect catalyst for summertime fun! So, here it is…that recipe you’ve been looking for…the one that stirs up …

Boats Are Perfect for Social Distancing

Having trouble finding fun things to do while social distancing? Try it on your boat! Social distancing is a whole lot better if you’re doing it on a boat. So here’s the deal. Take your family out just like you’ve always done. You’re stuck with (I mean, you’re lucky to be with) each other anyway. Why not crank the fun …

Why Fresh Fish Caught Right off the Boat Is a Satisfying Dish

There is nothing fresher than serving up fish caught the same day right off your boat, and nothing more satisfying than harvesting your own delicious dinner. Now let’s talk about specifics! Mahi has become spectacularly famous worldwide as a popular sportfish as well as a very tasty treat. Mahi are aggressive eaters that jump and shine bright with blue and …

Learn How You Can Get Involved to Protect Wildlife

If you haven’t already, you’ll find that New Smyrna Beach residents take our wildlife conservation and protecting our coastal oasis very seriously. For nature enthusiasts who also value the protection and security of our local eco-systems, there are a host of New Smyrna Beach parks and preserves that act as refuge centers where animals are rehabilitated, offer educational programs and …

Make a Spectacular Dish with Our Local Red Snapper

One of the things we can be grateful for in Florida is the delicious fresh fish at our fingertips. So, fish it up and then dish it up…and do it well! You would be doing all of the Floridians out there a disservice if your fish recipes were subpar – or is that sub-gar? Just kidding! But seriously folks, if …

We Also Offer Boat Storage in New Smyrna Beach

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping for boat storage:  Convenience – You want to make certain that the place you store your boat is convenient to you, so that you can winterize and work on it at will or hop on and take off whenever you please…all without a long or inconvenient drive. …

The “Reel” Deal

Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach is the “reel” deal when it comes to boat sales and storage in Central Florida. Gerry’s Marina, providing well-seasoned, friendly service for over 23 years, has been voted “Best Boat Dealer” by Daytona News Journal readers and is a certified Yamaha Five Star Dealer. Not many boat dealers and/or marinas can claim all that, …

Aquatic Life in New Smyrna Beach Rivers

With its temperate climate and lush foliage, Florida is heavily populated with all types of flora and fauna. Here, in New Smyrna Beach, where we are virtually surrounded by water, aquatic life flourishes as well. For example, the Indian River Lagoon aquatic estuary alone boasts over 4,300 species of plants and animals! Okay, so let’s start from the bottom and …

NSB Boasts Best Boating

Can you picture yourself taking a leisurely cruise down the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway on a day where only gentle breezes blow and the sun glistens like magic on the water? Maybe you prefer to get up before the sun and share a thermos of coffee with your bros on the tranquil ride out to your favorite fishing hot spot. No …

What Is Disappearing Island

Dip your toes in the water and park your butt in the sand…’cause here comes a very cool, one-of-a-kind piece of land! During low tide every day, as the water recedes, an island appears between the area where Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach nearly meet. That island was dubbed Disappearing Island; and it is where the magic happens! Although …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

High-Tech Gadgets for Boaters

We all (well, most of us anyway) like cool, high-tech gadgets, but what about nifty advancements for boaters and some Premium Tennis Racquets for those tennis aficionados? Well, hold on to your captain’s hat because there some very interesting gadgets out there for both boaters and tennis players! The Seakeeper 2 offers gyroscopic stabilization, which – in regular human speak …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Biggest Events This Year in New Smyrna Beach

NEW Smyrna Beach is aptly named because, aside from its quaint seaside charm, it offers some uber-cool NEW (and annual) events! January was simply bursting with talented artists and culinary delights, as the New Smyrna Beach Festival of the Arts showcased the creations of over 200 amazing artists and then the area’s best chowder chefs lined both sides of Flagler …