As South Florida’s latest brush with the tropics shows, it pays to be prepared for whatever the weather may bring! Fortunately, it is never too late in the season to put together a preparedness plan for your boat. Read on as we share a few helpful tips to keep in mind, this summer and for future hurricane seasons, too. Take a look.

Plan ahead

Hurricane season is already underway, but you can still put together a storm safety plan for your boat in the event of the unexpected! Everyone’s plan will look a little different, but here are some key considerations to keep in mind…

  • Where will you store your boat? Will that plan change if you decide to leave town/ have to evacuate?
  • What does your boat insurance cover? Are there any potential blind spots?
  • If your boat is already stored at a local marina or even your own backyard dock, will you move it before a storm to a safer location?
  • How much will emergency storage measures cost?

Store smart

Speaking of storage…

The experts recommend storing your boat on dry land, if at all possible, to prevent potential damage caused by the movement of water during a hurricane. This may mean a dedicated storage facility, your garage (if there is enough room and clearance), or perhaps your driveway with a protective cover.

Storing your boat at the marina? Fortunately, there are still ways to make your in-water storage a little safer! Be choosy about your marina, and opt for one with floating docks and tall pilings, as opposed to short ones, to help account for sudden storm surge changes. It can also be helpful to ask your potential marina about their hurricane preparation plan, so you know exactly what to expect for your boat.

Remove loose items from your boat

Wherever you store your boat during a storm, be sure to remove loose items and accessories from on board before securing your ride. This will keep your gear safe during the storm, so you don’t need to restock later on, and will also prevent your gear from turning into flying debris during windy weather.

Stay safe during the storm

If the storm is here and you worry that your boat is not as protected as it should be, it is essential to stay safe at home and resist the temptation to go safeguard your boat (or even just check on it). One of the leading causes of hurricane-related casualties is, unfortunately, boat owners trying to protect their boat from the wind and storm surge once a hurricane has already arrived—and while we understand that you care about your boat, it can eventually be replaced if lost to a storm. But you can’t. Assure yourself total peace of mind by taking all the necessary precautions well before a storm is right around the corner.

As South Florida boaters, we know that it’s best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best when it comes to summer storms! We hope that these tips help you secure your boat against tropical weather, this summer and beyond. Don’t yet have a boat of your own? We here at South Florida Yachts are here to help, with beautiful, family-friendly boats for sale In West Palm Beach and the surrounding area! Call or visit us today to learn more.

Bringing home a new boat is one of life’s most exciting moments! Whether you’re searching for your first family-friendly cruiser, or are considering a new ride in the near future, here are a few must-have features to look for in your next boat. Take a look.

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Built-in storage

Think about all the items that go into every great boat trip—from the essentials, like life jackets, sunscreen and first aid kits, to accessories for your favorite wake sport, to snorkel gear, spare towels, snacks for the whole crowd…

It’s a lot! And when you’re bringing the whole family on board, it can be hard to get around on deck if lots of bags, coolers and other container are scattered all around. Fortunately, when shopping with South Florida Yachts, it’s easy to find effortless built-in storage options on your next boat! From hidden floor hatches, to built-in bow storage and, of course, somewhere to stow away your fresh catch, we know that these features make all the difference.

For the angler who loves built-in storage, one model worth checking out is the 2019 Robalo R247 Dual Console! Boasting more on-board storage than any dual console in this size rang, the R247 features convenient options everywhere you look: below the seats, in the starboard console, the bow or right below your feet!

Little luxuries

Here at South Florida Yachts, we believe that every boater deserves to enjoy a luxurious experience on board! Whether you’re considering a stylish yacht or beautiful family fishing boat, there are plenty of ways to find a ride with luxurious features built-in. Some of our favorites to look for include…

  • Comfortable, convenient privacy head compartment
  • Freshwater cockpit shower (perfect after long, sunny days on—or in—the water)
  • Wet bar for effortless entertaining
  • And more!

Spacious seating

Today’s boater wants options—a versatile ride that is perfectly sized for solo fishing or a smaller crew, while also being able to host the whole family with ease! Here at South Florida Yachts, our variety of Robalos and other premium rides feature flexible seating options at every turn—from bows with comfort-minded filler cushions, to hideaway seating that turns from comfortable chair to casting deck in seconds.

As you search for Palm Beach boats for sale, let South Florida Yachts help you find the ideal ride! With a wide selection of Robalos and other prestigious brands to choose from, we’ve got something for every kind of cruiser. Just call or visit us today to get started.