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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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Exploring the Intracoastal Down to Cape Canaveral

The Intracoastal Waterway is 3,000 miles of inland waterway comprised of natural inlets, artificial canals, saltwater rivers, bays and sounds. Offering spectacular scenery rich with wildlife and much calmer waters than the open sea, it’s a remarkable route for pleasure boating. Who wouldn’t want to cruise along the beautiful waterways along our coast? A trip from the New Smyrna Beach …

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New concept boats include everything from tiny skiffs, all the way up to superyachts! Here is just a small sampling of some of the coolest new concept boats… The XFish, designed to meet the ever-growing demands of kayak fisherman, is part fishing skiff and part stand-up paddleboat. This skinny, 12-foot concept boat gets added stability from its catamaran-like hull and …

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St. Johns River Is Ideal for Nature Sightseeing

What better place to take your own nature tour than along Florida’s longest river – the St. John’s River? At 310 miles long, the St. John’s River is one of the few in Florida that flows north. Stretching half the length of this beautiful state, the St. John’s River is home to manatee, the gentle giants of the sea; gators, …

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The Virtues of Wiping Down Your Boat Interior and Seats after Use

As that old saying goes, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” and that certainly holds true for your boat. In fact, certain boat maintenance and upkeep even helps increase the longevity of your vessel! We all want our boats to last as long as possible, and in the best shape possible; and wiping down your boat seats and interior can make …

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Gerry’s Marina Provides Financing for up to 20 Years

Want to buy a great boat, but just can’t seem to get the cash together right now? That may no longer be a problem. Did you know that Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach provides financing for up to 12 years on certain boats? That’s right! You can purchase a 2019 Stumpnocker 174 Skiff Tiller and amortize payments over the …

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Three Perks of Buying a Boat from Gerry’s Marina

Ever hear the saying, “Good things come in threes”? Well, it’s true, especially when you’re talking about the three fantastic perks that come along with purchasing a boat from Gerry’s Marina. The first terrific perk you get to enjoy when you buy your boat at Gerry’s Marina is FREE THREE MONTHS STORAGE for your boat. With this freebie, you also …

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How to Properly Read a Compass While Boating

It is imperative to learn how to read a compass for marine navigation because a compass is the most crucial navigational tool aboard a boat. A compass can help point you in the right direction even if you have no reference on the horizon or in the sky (such as the sun or stars). A GPS is awesome because it …

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Why Jon Boats Are Better for Exploring Smaller Channels in New Smyrna Beach

Jon boats are small, light boats that generally have a flat hull. This unique design makes Jon boats extremely versatile. They can be easily navigated through narrow and shallow waterways, through which larger boats and boats with more of a V-shaped hull may not fit. This makes them an excellent vessel for exploring the smaller channels in New Smyrna Beach, …

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The History of Gerry’s Marina in New Smyrna Beach

Over 30 years ago, Gerry’s Marina began a journey that would be filled with top-quality boat sales and service, superior marina services, and unparalleled customer service. Established with the intention of educating and helping boaters by providing an ideal atmosphere for purchasing, servicing and/or storing their boats, Gerry’s Marina first opened up shop for pontoon sales at 179 N Causeway …

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What Is Tubing with a Boat and How Can the Whole Family Enjoy It?

Tubing behind a motorboat can be a boatload of fun for the entire family, it can add another level of pleasure to your boating experience, and it is very simple. There is no learning curve for riders; there is no fancy technique required; and (ok, now don’t laugh or shout out any names) there isn’t really any coordination required. Just …

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Big Daytona Beach Events in 2019

The biggest classic car show in the country, NASCAR’s most prestigious race, one of country music’s best festivals, motorcycle rallies, free concerts, art exhibitions and so much more…Daytona Beach is not just a pretty face! It’s located smack dab in the middle of Florida’s “Fun Coast” region, so put your groove on and get ready to rock some spectacular events …

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New Smyrna Beach Big Events in 2018

New Smyrna Beach has a charming, small-town appeal with a big appetite for incredible events… We ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. Then, choice chowder chefs line both sides of Flagler Avenue to compete in a culinary cook-off during NSB’s January Chowder Festival. The Annual Festival of the Arts – with fabulous art displays by over …

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Know Your Boat Before Taking Her Out for a Spin

A boat owner is responsible for the safety of his passengers, as well as others within the waterway, so knowing your way around your boat before you ever leave the dock is imperative. It’s vital to safe boating, fishing and towing. Overloading your boat with too many passengers or too much gear can lead to capsizing or swamping a boat. …

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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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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 …