Back-to-school season is here, and fall will follow before you know it! Of course, here in South Florida, warm weather and sunny skies allow the cruising fun to continue all year long. Read on as we share a few fun ways to celebrate the season from your very own boat.

Learn about local history…

This year, you can step—or, rather, cruise—into living history with your family! Supplement your child’s studies by exploring some of South Florida’s beautiful waterfront history. From the Jupiter Inlet Light, which once served as a Navy Radio Detection Finding Station during World War II, to the Miami Marine Stadium, which has hosted high-profile visitors like Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, President Nixon and more, there is no shortage of history to be discovered from the comfort of your very own boat!

… and nature, too

An on-the-water adventure is a great opportunity to learn about science and nature, too! Your curious child will enjoy discovering the physics behind your boat cutting through the water and the wake it leaves behind, or the way weather develops on the water and leads to one-of-a-kind displays of rain, wind and lightning over the horizon (hopefully long after you’ve returned to shore, of course).

Study in a splashing new environment

We’ve all been there—when it’s a tough set of homework problems or complicated work project, sometimes it helps to get out of your current environment to get the creative juices flowing! Find inspiration on the open water, where your child can catch up on reading as you idle or simply take a much-need break when it matters most. In fact, studies show that exposure to fresh air, natural light and outdoor views can help improve productivity and overall wellbeing—so what better reason to take a breather on the water?

Make the most of downtime

During a busy school year, in which you’re shuffling from school to work to extracurriculars and beyond, spare time feels extra special! Make the most of it by enjoying fun, just-because boat trips with the family. After all, who says Tuesday afternoon can’t be the perfect time for an after-school adventure? Or that Sunday dinner has to happen on land? Write your own rules and enjoy family fun on the water all school year long.

We hope that these ideas help you enjoy back-to-school season to the fullest!

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As we head into fall boating season, you may be looking for ways to continue a safe, socially distant routine on the water! Though many of South Florida’s beaches and waterways are often abuzz with fellow boaters, there are still plenty of ways to keep your distance on the water for a fun, safe trip. Take a look below for some helpful tips.

Keep your distance from popular boating and raft-up spots…

As recently reported in the Sun-Sentinel, certain spots such as Lake Boca—a beautiful lagoon just north of the Boca Raton Inlet—are seeing large crowds rafting up, creating an on-the-water scene that is not conducive to social distancing guidelines. While it’s no surprise that destinations like Lake Boca are so popular among boaters, it is important to avoid large gatherings just like you would on land (though spending a day on the water with members of your household is absolutely okay!).

… and find fun, serene alternatives!

Now is a great time to seek out those hidden gems you’ve heard about—the out-of-the-way fishing holes, the quieter beaches just a few miles upshore, the sandbars so small and personal they feel like your own private island escape. South Florida is home to some seriously beautiful waterfront hubs, of course, but for every bustling hot spot there is a quieter alternative right around the corner. (Compare the lively scene at South Beach, for example, to the more serene shores and stomping grounds of Key Biscayne.)

Put technology on your side

One great way to check on the crowds (or, hopefully, lack thereof) at your cruising or beach destination of choice is to head online! In addition to checking on social media, you can use live beach and sandbar cams to monitor crowds throughout the day to identify what spots you may want to visit or avoid.

Mask up when needed

Even while keeping your distance, there are several places where you might come close to your fellow boaters back on land—at the dock or marina, for example, or the fuel station or even grocery store as you pick up some pre-trip snacks. As always, mask up for your safety and peace of mind (and that of your neighbors!) and enjoy the trip ahead.

Get an early start

Finally, for a better shot at avoiding large crowds, get an early start to your day! You can have fun fishing, cruising and enjoying the scenic surroundings all before lunch rolls around—plus, knowing Florida’s weather, early excursions typically offer the best chance at seeing clear skies.

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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.

(Tip: Wondering where to start your search for boats for sale in West Palm Beach? With our Inventory Blowout Sale happening now, it’s never been a better time to shop with South Florida Yachts!)

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.

This year, hop aboard and discover a new Fourth of July tradition! South Florida boaters can conveniently cruise past a beautiful slice of American history, located just around the bend at the Jupiter Inlet Light.

Read on as we explore this one-of-a-kind local landmark, and the surprising role it played in defending the United States during World War II. Take a look and cruise along with us!

The perfect location

The beautiful Jupiter Inlet Light was first constructed in 1860, after delays caused by the Third Seminole War—but its unique location, where the Indian River meets Jupiter Inlet, has been known as a strategic meeting spot for thousands of years by those who first called the area “home.” The U.S. Army surveyors who chose the location observed the strategic setting and chose it for their own benefit, a prediction that would prove especially wise over the course of the next century.

An essential Navy asset

During World War II, the Jupiter Inlet Light served as a strategic component in the United States’ Navy defenses. Because ships carrying essential fuel and war supplies would pass by the Jupiter area after departing from Texas and the Gulf, they were often targeted by German U-Boats obscured in the offshore waters—fortunately, the location of the Jupiter Inlet Light was perfectly positioned to help defend these ships from enemy attacks.

Under the nickname of “Station J,” the Light served as the Navy’s Radio Detection Finding Station and would intercept information from the German U-Boats before they could attack, allowing the United States to counter with their own defense and regain security in this region of the Atlantic. Who knew our quiet slice of South Florida played such an essential role in safeguarding the United States during some of its largest war efforts?

Cruising Jupiter Inlet today

Though it no longer serves a military role, the Jupiter Inlet Light and surrounding area are still a marine mainstay for those who cruise the area—a beautiful landmark whose red color, and surrounding bright blue H2O, feel especially worthy of a Fourth of July visit! Though the Light is closed this Fourth of July weekend, you can still cruise along its gorgeous shores and remember its important role in history as you go—plus, you can even experience the view from atop the Light online!

And of course, the fun extends far beyond the Light as well. Venture out through Jupiter Inlet and discover a world-class fishing scene where mangrove snappers, pompano and other favorite catches abound; even further, find a challenge in popular species like sailfish and mahi-mahi, too. The bottom line? You can’t go wrong with a Fourth of July weekend cruise along Jupiter’s lush shores, especially perfect for those craving a safe, socially distanced adventure out on the water.

Wherever you cruise this Fourth of July weekend, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the ride to the fullest!

Summer is here in South Florida—and if you don’t have a boat yet, you’re likely dreaming about one! The dream might just be closer than you think. Read on to discover three key questions to ask before buying your new boat, then be sure to participate in South Florida Yachts’ Summer Inventory Blowout to find your perfect ride.

What are my favorite on-the-water activities?

When you’re thinking about your dream boat, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the abundance of on-the-water activities you hope to enjoy. What does that ideal first day on the water look like? Are you fishing with friends, or wakeboarding off a quiet channel? Or perhaps enjoying a mix of relaxed cruising and fast-paced runs up the coast? Once you have the answer to this question, your South Florida Yachts sales team can help you find the perfect build for your unique goals, whether that’s a center console, dual console, bay boat or something else.

(Tip: Here at South Florida Yachts, we believe that every boat you own has the potential to be a “dream boat!” From streamlined bay boats to beautiful yachts, our boats offer endless cruising fun for wherever you are on your boat ownership journey.)

Who will be cruising with me?

Trouble deciding on the ideal size for your boat? Think about how many people you’d like to cruise with (or, if you already have a boat, whether your current space is too crowded or just right); this will help you find a boat that’s spacious and comfortable, without being overly large for your cruising needs.

How often do I plan to boat?

The frequency of your on-the-water adventures is another helpful figure that will help you, and our team, find a boat that meets your needs on a practical level—for example, will you want to park your boat in your garage or driveway? Do you want to spend as much time on your boat as possible? Or do you perhaps plan to leave your boat at the marina and take it out for trips only during certain times of year? Every boater is different, but knowing your on-the-water routine can help us choose a boat that satisfies your maintenance and convenience needs.

And of course, be sure to consider your ideal boat ownership experience—not just life on the water, but life in between outings, too. Do you have the resources for regular maintenance, or are you looking for a boat that is easy to maintain and ready to go whenever you are? These questions can help you better chart out the logistics of boat ownership so you know exactly what to expect with each and every option. We’re here to help with that step!

We hope that today’s guide helps you choose a boat that suits, your family and your on-the-water style! Browse our inventory or stop by to see our beautiful boats in person today. We look forward to working with you.

The first week of June is National Fishing and Boating Week! Of course, we celebrate fishing, boating and on-the-water fun all year long here at South Florida Yachts. But this week, as we look ahead toward summer, it’s an especially great time to reflect on our favorite cruising adventures—and start planning our next ones, too.

Just read on for a few fun ways to celebrate.

Go offshore fishing

As we still practice safe social distancing—even on the water—there’s never been a better time to go offshore fishing! The appeal of the wide-open blue escape is as alluring as ever, and as we head into summer, there’s ample time to try out a new technique or finally the land “the big one.” (Tip: South Florida Yachts has the vessels needed to tackle your offshore escape with ease! Even sleek, streamlined bay boats like the Robalo Caymans excel on open-water adventures.)

Have an on-the-water staycation

Even if you plan on sticking close to home this summer, you can still enjoy the thrill of a staycation with all the trimmings of your favorite tropical escape! Curate an island-inspired playlist, throw on your favorite floral button-up shirt and take your family out for some splashing fun. Whether you’re exploring the flats of Biscayne Bay or the waters of Stuart, famous for their sailfish, there’s a wide variety of fishing hotspots lining South Florida’s shores. These local gems will help you get to know your aquatic backyard in an all-new light.

Cook your catch

To keep the staycation vibes going, why not bring home a delicious dinner after your day of fishing fun? Tropical catches like mahi-mahi, snapper and more can all be found in abundance in South Florida’s waters and make for excellent grilling fare. Dine al fresco and pair with citrusy sides for the ultimate meal your family is sure to love.

Show someone the ropes

There’s nothing like the thrill of sharing your fishing or boating knowledge with someone you love. Help your child learn how to fish just like you, for example, and rediscover the adventure through their eyes! Plus, you’ll be kicking off a summer that’s sure to full of further fishing fun and memories, too.

Pick out your dream ride

The key to all of this on-the-water fun is, of course, a boat to call your own. Now is a great time to sit down and think about what models you’re most interested in—a streamlined center console or stylish bay boat? A dual console or upgrade to the yacht you’ve always dreamed of? There’s a boat for every cruising style, each sure to deliver years of splashing fun.

If you want to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week by bringing home a boat of your own—or at least starting the search—South Florida Yachts is here to help! We have the best boats for sale in West Palm Beach, ranging from family fishing boats and center console to luxurious yachts and more. Just contact us today to get started on this exciting new journey.

Excited to hit the water this summer? We are, too! Your local waterways are the perfect place to soak up some sunshine, enjoy the salty, breezy air and go cruising—and maybe even land the big catch. Here are some tips for safe, smooth boating adventures all summer long.

Practice smart social distancing on the water

As you prepare to go fishing or boating this summer, plan to go cruising with your household family members and keeping your distance from fellow boaters (for example, hold off on the raft-ups for now). And as always, added patience as your fellow boaters dock will be appreciated by everyone enjoying the water on the sunny, splashing weekends ahead!

Be courteous at marinas, beaches and other public places

As more marinas, beaches and other public places open up around South Florida, it is important to still follow safe, courteous practices like distancing yourself from fellow visitors, donning a mask and washing your hands before and after using shared spaces and equipment.

Slather on the sunscreen

Here in South Florida, of course, sunscreen is a year-round must-have for boaters and outdoor adventurers of every kind—but during the summertime, when you may plan to spend even longer hours on the water, it is especially important to remember to reapply regularly for ultimate protection and peace of mind. You can also pair your sunscreen with wide-brimmed hats and a lightweight top while on board for added coverage. (Tip: Too much sun for one day? Keep aloe vera gel in a cooler and apply it after your on-the-water fun for cool, comfortable relief.)

Follow everyday on-the-water safety tips

If you have not been out boating in a while, you may find it helpful to put together a quick checklist on items to keep on board—everyday essentials like life preservers, spare towels, fire extinguishers and more, as well as items you may be using more often such as gloves and hand sanitizer for stops in between your home or marina and the water. And be sure to fuel up for your trip, too. Remember the rule of thirds, especially if you are exploring somewhere new: Reserve one third of your fuel for getting to the destination, one for getting back, and one for just in case.  

Cruise slowly in tight or crowded areas

As always, strive to be courteous of your fellow boaters—and the animals who call your favorite waterway “home”—by slowing down in congested areas and following posted speed signs wherever needed. This is especially important when maneuvering canals, tight corners and mangrove-lined shores where manatees, water birds and other critters like to hang out.

The start of every on-the-water adventure is, of course, a boat to call your own! If you are searching for boats for sale in West Palm Beach and the surrounding area, South Florida Yachts is here to help you find your dream ride (whether that’s a family center console, spacious yacht or other option!). Just call us today to learn more.

Friends on a yacht drinking wine

One of the many thrilling aspects of being out in the open water in your yacht is the ability to travel virtually anywhere, anytime. Imagine the joy and surprise from your friends and family members when they realize you’re taking them on the excursion of a lifetime. If you prefer to sail solo, you can truly become a master of the sea when you navigate your yacht into unchartered waters.

The main idea is that there are no rules when it comes to your yacht. Here’s where you’re in full control. And it starts by selecting the very best seacraft for your unique desires and requirements. Use these suggestions to explore new and exciting destinations both close to home and around the world.

Tropical Locales

One of the many popular areas to reach via yacht is the Southwest Pacific. Islands such as Fiji offer amazing opportunities to witness abundant sea life, crystal clear waters, interesting lagoons, and eye-catching reefs.

Another favorite destination for yachting enthusiasts from around the world, the British Virgin Islands is a family-friendly area filled with aesthetic beaches, unique rock formations, and a wealth of on-shore activities and dining options you simply won’t find anywhere else. Other popular options include Italy, Australia, Greece, and more.

International Flair

In fact, reaching an international destination in your yacht could be a bucket list item you’ve been waiting to check off for years. In addition to the mentioned locales, Thailand remains of the most visited areas in the world. Known for its picturesque landscape and friendly locals this country is often dubbed the “Land of Smiles.”

Or perhaps The Bahamas are more your style. Just a short voyage from South Florida, the Caribbean is known for outstanding resorts and spacious beaches. Warm waters make it easy to take in a variety of activities including swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply soaking up the sun on the white sandy beach, or from the deck or your comfortable yacht.

Yachting by Season

Though it’s fun and safe to yacht throughout the year, many people find that certain locales are more enjoyable to visit during certain seasons. For instance, late winter and early spring might the time you plan a yachting trip to the Canary Islands, Australia, Thailand and Malaysia, and similar.

April and May are ideal for traveling to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Seychelles. In the summer months, you and your loved ones will enjoy exploring Europe, Scandinavia, and the North Sea. Or, you might opt to simply make your own itinerary and travel when and where you want.

Wherever the Spirit Moves You

That’s one of the many perks of yacht ownership: you have the freedom and flexibility to navigate the vast seas on your schedule. This is where you can relax, unwind, and truly find your center on the ocean. When you include friends and loved ones, you’ll form lasting bonds and make precious memories that could easily last a lifetime. And getting started is easy as teaming with the very best yacht broker available.

At South Florida Yachts, we stand by our more than 25-year tradition of assisting countless yachting enthusiasts just like you. We have many styles and models to choose from, and we’re even interested in your boat for sale. Contact us today to learn more about our process, and how simple and straight-forward it is to own a yacht of your own.

large yacht on the water

When it comes to yachting, there’s no rule book. That means you’re free to live life on your terms, and enjoy to the fullest a relaxing day on the water with friends and family. In addition, you’ll want a yacht that perfectly fits your needs, while matching your unique lifestyle requirements and desires.

Thankfully, there is a way to achieve a best of all worlds scenario. It starts by teaming with a stand out yacht broker. This professional can help you select the ideal seacraft to provide you and your loved ones with years of faithful service and enjoyment. Here’s how to get started:

Consider the Details

One of the first things to think about is where exactly you’ll be traveling. Will you be taking primarily local excursions, or do you have plans for an international voyage? Knowing the answers to these and other questions will help you determine the best size yacht to purchase.

Next, consider your budget and financial opportunities. Some people erroneously believe that buying a yacht is out of range. The fact is, there are many varieties and styles to choose from that fit well into your budget. Speak with your broker to find the right solution for you.

If you’re an experienced sailor, you may wish to captain your own craft. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to think about crew needs. That might include a skipper, host/hostess, chef, deckhand, and other people who can provide valuable assistance.

Set Your Priorities

Even if you’re new to yachting, it’s still possible to take water safety courses and similar that will put you in a position to take the helm of your new seacraft. Many yachting enthusiasts find this a thrilling and rewarding experience. What better way to relax and unwind than taking friends and family out into open waters?

Of course, the interior of your yacht is an essential consideration. Here’s where you’ll be spending a good amount of time. Particularly during the rare instances of inclement weather, it’s nice to have a safe and comfortable space to enjoy peaceful leisure and pleasant conversation.

So, you may want to consider dining and entertaining spaces, bedrooms and lounges, observation areas, and similar. A trusted and reputable yacht broker can also provide key advice and assistance that you might not have previously considered.

Find the Best Broker

In fact, working with a dynamic professional is the ideal way to ensure you’re getting everything you’ve always wanted in a yacht and more. Going this route saves you time and money, and keeps your finances secure.

Similar to a real estate agent, your yacht broker is on hand to help guide you toward finding the best yacht for your wants and needs. Always keeping your best interests top of mind, your broker will gladly answer your questions before, during, and even after the buying process is complete. For more than 25 years, we’ve proudly assisted yachting enthusiasts just like you from across the country and the globe. We can help you find the ideal yacht that perfectly matches your unique requirements. Browse our website to view our inventory, get to know our brokers, and learn more about our company and the personable and always respectful way we enjoy doing business. Then, contact us today to start the process of owning your new yacht.