Although the new year has already kicked in, it’s still not too late to add some resolutions to your list for the months ahead. Along with all the fitness, finance, and family goals that you may plan to be working on, here are a few ideas that can inspire you to enjoy your boating life a little more as well.

Take Better Care of Your Boat

With your boat out of winter storage, it’s time to give it a little extra attention to make sure it will give you a great year ahead. Pick a weekend and spend it all on giving your boat’s interior and exterior a good scrub and wash. You can also make it a point to schedule regular maintenance and service checkups through the year ahead so that it remains in pristine condition. 

Spend More Time on Your Boat

Whether you are an experienced angler or a recreational boater, this year make it a point to take regular time out to spend on your boat, enjoying some sunshine in the open waters. Not only is being outdoors on your boat good for your physical health, but it is also very beneficial for your mental health. Just a few hours on your boat can leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed – so why not make more of an effort to take out the time for it this year? 

Learn a New Fishing Technique

Even if you’ve been fishing for several years, there is always so much more to learn. As angling techniques and equipment keep evolving, you should too! Staying in your comfort zone might be keeping you from learning new skills that could enhance your boating life. This year, whether you opt to take a new boating class or spend time practicing a new fishing technique – make sure to learn something new!

Share Your Love for the Nautical Life

If being on your boat is something you absolutely love to do, why not introduce this passion to a friend or family member as well? Although being out on your boat might be the only way you get to take out some time for yourself, this year why not try taking along someone on your excursions every now and then. Who knows, you may end up finding your new fishing buddy or sparking a love for the nautical life in a child or younger family member!

Upgrade Your Gear and Gadgets 

Have a little extra money saved up to spend on your marine adventures? How about investing in some new gear, gadgets, or electronics for your boat this year. Whether it’s something simple like new life jackets or more technical such as navigational devices – allow yourself to splurge a little on your boat to make your time out on it, even more thrilling and enjoyable. 

And if you decide this is the year you want to upgrade your boat, our expert crew at South Florida Yachts can show you the leading boats in Palm Beach and help you decide what’s right for you. 

Although winter continues to flourish in several parts of the country, in other areas where the cold weather seems a memory of the past, anglers are already kicking off their first excursions of the year. Water temperatures in Florida especially seem to be warming up and offshore fishing prospects are looking good. If you are ready to tackle the open waters, here are some tips to help you make the most of the fishing season ahead. 

Start Out Simple

If you don’t have a lot of experience with offshore fishing, it’s best to start your first few trips of the year fairly simple. You may want to have several rods and rigs in the water simultaneously so that you can maximize your time and enjoy the thrill. This can, however, backfire and end up leaving you with a tangled mess that may just end up ruining your trip altogether. Keep it simple with your technique and equipment. Enjoy yourself instead of trying to challenge yourself. 

Scope Out the Right Places

Having an experienced fishing buddy come along with you is always helpful when you are scoping out the right spots to start off with but sometimes, you’ll find yourself navigating on your own. A navigational GPS and fish finder is a great tool to have onboard so that you don’t waste too much time lingering in places where there is nothing around to be caught. A fish finder can help you see what’s going on below while a navigational GPS can be used to plug in coordinates for fishing locations.

Check the Weather Before Heading Out

It might seem like something really basic but knowing what sort of weather you are going to be heading out in is always a smart idea. Not only can unfavorable weather ruin your fishing prospects, but it can also be quite dangerous for anyone out at sea at the time. Always have your extra gear, navigational devices, and first aid kit onboard when offshore fishing. Also get in the habit of checking the tide schedules each time you are planning a trip in the open waters. 

Get Familiar with What You’ll Be Fishing

When you go offshore fishing, having knowledge about the different type of species you might encounter is a great advantage to have. Knowing what type of fish you will be coming across, and which you are going to be chasing after will help you determine what kind of tackle and bait to bring along. 

Have Your Knots Ready

When you’re fishing offshore, you are going to come across some strong fighters that may challenge your knot-tying skills. Make sure you use a fishing line knot that is strong and can remain intact under tough circumstances. Weak knots can ruin your success in the open water so keep them tight and spend a little time practicing them beforehand if need be.

If you are looking for offshore fishing boats or require specialized service and information on one, call us at South Florida Yachts and someone from our expert team will happily help!