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With pleasant weather and beautiful beaches inviting you all year round, Palm Beach County is one of the most ideal destinations to visit in Florida. Known for its picturesque scenery, delectable cuisine, and top-notch boating inventory, it’s no surprise that marine enthusiasts from all over the world flock to this region all year round.

Although there are so many spots a boater would want to place on their must-visit list, there are some places that you certainly don’t want to miss out on while visiting Palm Beach County. 

Peanut Island

Boaters looking to moor or beach their boat at a picturesque spot in the heart of the Port of Palm Beach will find this 80-acre man-made island delightful. From snorkeling and swimming to a getting a glimpse of history and culture, Peanut Island has it all. Cruise over to the island to relax and have a picnic or swim in the crystal blue water and soak up some sun. And for those wanting to add to their experience, take a walk around the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and visit a bomb shelter that was built during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Jupiter Sandbar

A popular destination among boaters is the Loxahatchee River Sandbar located in the Jupiter/Tequesta area that can accommodate hundreds of people. Conveniently located near the Jupiter Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, boaters can enjoy snorkeling in the shallow waters and lots of sunshine and relax while gazing at the waterfront homes and the famous Jupiter Lighthouse. 

Harbourside Place

Harbourside Place in Jupiter is a shopper and diner’s paradise where boaters coming up to the Harbourside Place Marina can find convenient access to everything the popular spot has to offer. Spend the day shopping and dining among some of world class eateries and boutiques and enjoy the views of Jupiter’s intracoastal waterway. 

Downtown West Palm Beach

Cruise into the Palm Harbor Marina if you want to stroll around Downtown West Palm Beach and dine at one of its popular restaurants dotting Clematis Street. Wet slips at the Marina can accommodate yachts up to 250 feet so you won’t have an issue finding yourself a spot here. Local boaters as well as those visiting the area for the first time can enjoy spectacular views of the historical landmarks and live music. 

And if you are looking for boats for sale in Palm Beach, then come visit us at South Florida Yachts to see some of the finest marine inventory in the region!

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Boating is a fun and relaxing hobby, especially in an area as beautiful as Palm Beach. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast, a watersport amateur, a sea-bound party animal, or just a nature lover who likes to get away from life, you can do it on boats in West Palm Beach.  

But if you’re eager to get out on the water in a boat of your own, there are four essential knots you should learn first.  

1. Square Knot

Square knots – also known as reef knots – are one of the easiest knots to master. On a boat, square knots are used to connect two separate ropes, reef sails, and secure light loads. They are created by tying a left-handed overhand knot, followed by a right-handed overhand knot. 

2. Figure Eight Knot 

The figure eight knot is one of the most commonly used knots at sea and has several applications. This knot tightly secures your rope in place and is frequently used for docking, mooring, and at the end of a line to prevent unreeving.

One of the biggest benefits of figure eight knots is that they loosen relatively easily, even after very heavy loads. 

3. Bowline Knot 

The bowline knot should be in every boater’s repertoire due to its versatility and reliability. This knot is formed by making a small loop in your rope, running the tag end through, wrapping it around the main line, and passing it back through the loop again. The secret to a good bowline knot is to pull it as tight as you can. 

4. Cleat Hitch Knot 

The cleat hitch knot is super easy to learn, attractive, and useful when securing your boat to a dock with a dock cleat. This knot is meant to be easy to tie and untie yet still effective at holding your boat in place. There’s no doubt that you’ll be using this knot often when boating, so take your time to master it. 

When to Visit Boat Dealers in Palm Beach 

After you know your basic knots and boat anatomy, it’s time to pay a visit to local boat dealers in Palm Beach to start shopping for your first boat. 

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t pick up these knots immediately. When it comes to boating knots, practice makes perfect. It’s important that you practice your knots before buying a boat to prevent any mishaps. After all, a boat is an investment worth protecting. 

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Thinking about hitting the waters near Palm Beach? Getting good grub to fuel you is key when you spend all day boating. Here are the three best food joints that will go perfectly with your boat adventures through Palm Beach. 

1.     Palm Beach Grill

Are you looking for a high-end yet delectable American food place? Try Palm Beach Grill. From cheeseburgers to seafood to hearty salads, this place serves some of the best American grill food in Palm Beach. 

Boasting average reviews of 4.5 out of 5 stars, Palm Beach Grill is a wonderful place to sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite foods. It also offers a collection of delicious side dishes, like seasonal green vegetables and roasted beets, that go perfectly with your main course. 

Bring your friends into Palm Beach Grill for some classic American favorites!

2.   BiCE Ristorante: Palm Beach

BiCE Ristorante is the leading authentic Italian restaurant in Palm Beach. If you crave Italian favorites like eggplant parmesan, risotto, and authentic pasta, this is the spot for you. 

At BiCE Ristorante, skilled chefs use high-end ingredients to curate the perfect Italian cuisine for you and your friends to enjoy. Boats in Palm Beach should stop here to get the best Italian food around!

3.   Avocado Grill

If you are looking for a modern dining experience with fresh and healthy dishes, Avocado Grill in Palm Beach is the spot for you. Many boaters visiting the area enjoy this farm-to-table restaurant’s delectable cocktails and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Avocado is the name of the game at Avocado Grill, but it also offers delicious local seafood. From tuna nachos to oyster scampi, there are plenty of options for everyone to enjoy. 

You can even get Mexican-inspired dishes, like chicken empanadas. Bring your boater friends here for a wonderful health-conscious dining experience. 

Stop Your Boats in Palm Beach to Eat Delicious Cuisine

If you are in the area to visit one of the best West Palm Beach boat dealers, you will need to refuel (yourself, not your boat). These restaurants provide an enjoyable eating experience with pleasing decor, friendly atmospheres, and delicious meals. 

Boating can be a leisurely, relaxing hobby or a lifelong passion. No matter what calls you to the boating experience, having a high-quality boat and delicious food makes for the perfect day out on the water. 

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As a boater, you are probably more concerned about your boat’s safety during the hurricane season as opposed to any other time of the year. That’s natural, given how strong winds and storm surge can cause an immense amount of damage to any vessel that hasn’t been properly secured and stored for this volatile season. 

Storm proofing your boat and putting together a hurricane preparation plan is a smart way to protect your boat from damage that the unruly weather might cause. Here are a few top tips from your trusted boat dealers in Palm Beach County on how you can prepare your boat for the hurricane season:

Store Your Boat in a Secure Spot

Where you store your boat during the storm season is a very important factor in determining how safe and secure it will remain in bad weather. Depending on the size of your boat along with your usual storage plans, you need to give your boat’s storage location a lot of consideration at this time. You may feel an indoor storage facility might be better for your boat or perhaps you will just want to secure it properly at your usual marina. Whatever you choose, keep all factors in mind when determining the location of the storage spot. 

Take a Full Inspection of Your Boat in Advance

Before the storm season hits, you want to make sure that you check your boats for any leaks and cracks that you need to get fixed. Doing all the repair work before the hurricane season arrives will help you to avoid any bigger damages later. When you are storing your boat for this season, you should disconnect all shore power cords, turn off water supply hoses and close your gas valves. Any small items on your boat that can get damaged by heavy rain or fly off in the strong winds should be removed and stored away safely.

Go Over All Your Boat Documents

Before your boat becomes vulnerable to the harsh weather, you want to make sure to go over your boat’s documents to check if everything is updated. This also includes looking at your insurance policy and warranty to see if anything needs to be changed or addressed. 

To learn more, talk to our Palm Beach County boat dealers at South Florida Yachts who can help you find boats for sale and also advise you on how to keep them safe all year!

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Boating enthusiasts are always looking out for great boat deals throughout the year in Palm Beach County, which is a boater’s paradise. With so much inventory coming in regularly and a plethora of varieties available from luxury yachts to fishing boats, boat dealers in Palm Beach County are your best bet when you’re searching for a boat for sale in the region.

But if you’re wondering what the best time would be to purchase one, consider the fall season as a feasible option.

Lowest Prices You Can Get During the Year 

Although boaters love heading out to the water during the warmer months such as those during the spring and summer seasons, this doesn’t necessarily mean this is the right time to purchase a vessel. Once the summer rush is over and the weather begins to get a little less warm, Palm Beach County boat dealers usually host special sales events and offer competitive deals on their boats to clear out their inventory before the year ends.

This means you can find some great prices during this off-season for the type of boat you have been wanting to purchase. The demand for boats during the spring and summer months always makes prices go higher so your best bet to look for your dream boat would be during the fall. 

You Won’t Need to Compete for What You Want

If the type of boat you want to purchase is in demand during the typical boating season, you may not be able to get your hands on it. With so many buyers out trying to find their boat, you may end up competing and paying higher prices or just compromising and buying a different boat than what you had wanted.

During the fall, however, the lower demand for boats will allow you to search at your own pace and not make a hasty decision.

Enough Time to Have Everything Lined Up for Boating Season

Another great advantage of purchasing a boat during the fall season is that you won’t be in a rush to have everything arranged quickly so that you can make the most of the season. Instead, you know you have a few months before the typical boating season starts so you can carefully select your financing options, understand warranty options as well as find suitable storage for the winter ahead.

If you’re ready to find your dream boat during these weeks ahead, visit us at South Florida Yachts where our West Palm Beach boat dealers will happily assist you in finding your dream boat!

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Every hobby or profession has its superstitions. Do you have a lucky shirt you wear when you watch your favorite sports team, and do you believe they won’t win if you aren’t wearing it? That’s a superstition. 

Boaters are no different, and there are some common superstitions with strange origins. So if you’re looking for boats for sale in Palm Beach county, get ready to encounter a few of these:

1. Cats Bring Good Luck

There’s no word on whether the luck gets canceled out by bringing a traditionally unlucky black cat. 

This superstition stems from cats being excellent at eliminating vermin, which in centuries past, constantly infested boats. Rats and mice ate ships’ food, chewed through wood, and carried disease — yes, even the bubonic plague. 

While it’s true that fleas carried the Black Death, and the fleas actually preferred humans, it’s not like the rats were helping, either.

2. No Redheads!

Now, this might sound like sailors were being particularly unfair, but remember, there was a time when everyone thought redheads were unlucky. 

According to this superstition, the only way sailors could avoid bad juju if they ran across a redhead was to speak first. If the redhead spoke to the sailor first, too bad — the sailor was riddled with bad luck. They also wouldn’t allow redheads on board the ship.

3. No Bananas, Either

No, sailors didn’t have a fear that they would slip on the peel in a comical fashion. Just like the lucky cat phenomenon, this one’s also based on fact. 

Bananas release ethylene gas that can ripen other fruits faster than they would ripen otherwise, meaning entire shipments could spoil before reaching their destination. Also, the bananas could harbor venomous spiders — and they still can.

4. Don’t Rename a Ship

Let’s say you’re shopping for boats in Palm Beach. You find one you like, but the boat’s name is “An Angel Named Linda,” you know a Linda, and you hate her guts. Well, you’re stuck with the name if you want to survive on the water. 

Once upon a time, sailors thought boats only took on a life of their own once they were named and christened. Changing the name was bad luck, or worse, an attempt to fool the gods of the sea — or it could be that changing the name of a reputable ship made it more difficult when trading at ports of call.

5. No Women on Board

Yes, this one is real, and yes, they thought women would distract the sailors, make them all jealous, and cause the ship to wreck.

Boats for Sale in Palm Beach County Are NOT Unlucky

Remember, these are just superstitions. Unless you are a redheaded banana trader worried about rats spreading the plague on your renamed ship, you should be fine picking out the perfect boat.

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First, let’s talk about why anchoring a boat properly is important. If you want to enjoy a cool cove or watch an air show at the beach, your anchor will fix your boat exactly where you want it. But your boat’s anchor is also a safety tool. If your engine dies, your anchor will keep you from drifting out of control.

Anchors are simple devices. When shopping for Palm Beach boats for sale, make sure the boat you’re considering has one. To make sure you’re using the anchor right, follow these tips:

Ensure Your Anchor Is Working

No, your anchor probably won’t break. But you will need to test if your anchor is keeping your boat in place or letting it float away. If your anchor isn’t, well, anchored, you’ll experience “anchor drag.” Instead of holding firm to the bottom, the anchor drags along. 

Using GPS, a bottom finder, or a chart plotter, you can determine whether your boat still moves even when the anchor’s been dropped. You can also use fixed reference points on shore to tell if you’re not staying put.

Know the Sea Floor

To avoid anchor drag, have a good idea of what’s at the bottom of the water. Is it sand? Clay? Rocks? Grass? You’ll need to have an anchor that works best for the given material. Some anchors work better than others in certain cases, though many anchors are “all-rounders” that can work equally well in all conditions.

Go Into the Current

To get your anchor to dig into the bottom properly, aim your boat to face the current or headwind. Move beyond the point at which you want your boat to sit, and drop your anchor. Get rid of the stretch in your rope once you’re at your desired scope by snubbing up on the cleat. 

If you put your boat in reverse, this can help the anchor catch or help you determine that it did not catch. Either way, it’s useful information.

Don’t Tie to the Stern

When you tie your anchor to the stern, you might end up pulling the stern underwater. This possibility is more likely to be an issue if your anchor gets stuck. If you did tie the anchor to the stern and it gets stuck, you’ll have to cut the anchor loose.

Shop Palm Beach Boats for Sale (with Working Anchors)

Any West Palm Beach boat dealer worth their salt will not sell a boat with a faulty anchor. Still, it’s up to you,the buyer, to make sure that all functions of the boat are in proper working order. 

Get an inspection done to give yourself peace of mind and ask lots of questions. Finally, you may want to practice dropping anchor in a shallow, lower consequence area if you have doubts about your anchoring abilities.

Summer is the best time of year to get outdoors and be active. There’s no better way to do that than on the water. Watersports are a great way to exercise, have fun, socialize, and get fresh air all at the same time. 

Not sure where to start? Here are 4 watersports to try on the water this summer 

1. Waterskiing

Adults and children alike have enjoyed waterskiing for nearly a century. Anyone can try this watersport, but it’s a challenge to master, so you can come back to it again and again. 

Even when you become an expert at the basics, there are endless tricks you can add to your routine, which keeps waterskiing new and exciting for years to come.

2. Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports year over year. One of the reasons stand-up paddleboarding has grown in popularity is the number of health benefits it provides, including:

  • Improved balance
  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Reduced stress
  • Exercise for the heart
  • Exercise for all major muscle groups
  • Relaxation

If you aren’t ready to invest in your own paddleboard, consider renting one for an afternoon and trying it out. 

3. Fishing

Fishing may not be considered a traditional sport, but it is one of the most versatile water activities for the summer. Fishing offers an opportunity to spend relaxing time on the water while passing along knowledge and expertise to younger generations.

Fishing can easily be folded into a larger trip to the many boating hot spots in South Florida. Just about any type of boat, including row boats, canoes, high-speed boats, and Robalo boats, can accommodate an afternoon of fishing.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is often associated with intense physical activity reserved for dedicated outdoor enthusiasts. However, kayaking is one of the most accessible ways to spend time on the water and get some exercise in the process. 

You can spend an afternoon speeding around the water and get a full-body workout, or you can casually cruise through the water and get some sun and relaxation.

Find Boats for Sale in Boca Raton

If you’re ready to take the plunge and fully invest in fun on the water this summer, you can find all kinds of boats for sale in Boca Raton. Whether you want a casual weekend boat or a long-term investment that you can pass on to your kids, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Boca Raton.

Ah, the joys of boating! In a lot of ways, it doesn’t matter if you’re on freshwater or saltwater, just as long as you’re on the water. But in many ways, the difference between the two matters greatly. 

Saltwater is extremely corrosive, and to compensate for this reality, a few engineering details have to be present for the vessel to survive the harsh saltwater environment.

Cooling Systems

It is fine for a saltwater boat to head into freshwater but not good at all for freshwater boats to head out to sea. This is because of the difference in how they handle the important job of cooling the engine.

A boat that’s been prepped for freshwater use uses raw water from the lake or river it’s floating in to cool the engine. The engine’s water pump sucks up this water, circulates it through the engine, and spits it back out into the lake or river. This is an open loop cooling system.

A saltwater boat, however, has a closed-loop system. Similar to those used on cars and trucks, the water pump circulates coolant through the engine, and when the thermostat opens, it sends hot coolant to a seawater heat exchanger. 

In principle, this is exactly like an automotive radiator, except that it is a water-to-water heat exchange rather than a water-to-air. 

The seawater’s only job is to cool the closed-loop coolant on the other side of the heat exchanger’s walls. The two liquids never mix. The engine’s coolant is on a closed loop with the engine; the heat exchanger is on an open loop with the sea. 

The reasoning is that if saltwater causes corrosion, it’s a lot cheaper to sacrifice the heat exchanger than the entire engine.

Corrosion and Anodes

Speaking of sacrifice, that’s the job of an anode. Usually cast from a metal like zinc, these anodes are connected to the boat’s electrical supply. Through electrolysis, the metal of the anode is “sacrificed” to the corrosion caused by salt water, which saves whatever metallic component it is attached to from suffering the same fate. 

Robalo Boats 

When you’re looking for a boat dealer in West Palm Beach, or if you’re searching for Robalo boats, make sure that yours is prepped for saltwater duty. If you head out into blue water in a vessel that hasn’t been properly prepped for it, you’re asking for big trouble. 

For those with boats in Palm Beach, or those who wish they had one, some places are more magical than others. Here’s a great list of suggestions for your next boat-based outing.

Biscayne National Park

When you’re here, you’re able to see the spectacular Miami skyline from the water, so that is one thing that sets it apart. As you glide over pristine tropical waters in tranquility, you’re in a front-row seat to thousands of years of Florida history, from the dawn of indigenous Florida life through shipwrecks and the real-life pirates of the Caribbean.

Spend a day here, and you’ll be able to enjoy both cruising and diving, whether you don a snorkel or full scuba gear. You can tie up to any of the park’s mooring balls, listed on the park website by their latitude and longitude, for up to four hours at a time. 

Peanut Island

There are actually no peanuts at Peanut Island. You will find swimming and snorkeling areas, restrooms and showers, anchorages, docks, and even a sandbar. Explore on “shore leave” through the trails to find adorable little picnic areas for a bit of lunch, and, if you’re a true history nerd, visit the museum and Presidential fallout shelter — no lie.

Lake Boca

For a wild time on the water, head to Lake Boca for the annual spring break party called the Boca Bash. You’ll probably want to drop anchor a little farther offshore than the newbies do so that you don’t get gridlocked. 

It’s said that you can walk from boat to boat or raft to raft when the party is at its peak, and revelers lash their crafts together for a block party on the lake. This is not for the curmudgeonly boater but instead for the adventurous fun-seeker. 

Boats for Sale in West Palm Beach

If all these promises of boating adventures are proving too much to bear without looking for boats for sale in West Palm Beach, you owe it to yourself to decide what kind of boat you think will be most useful to you, such as:

  • Saltwater fishing
  • Overnight cruising
  • Sailing
  • Wakeboarding

Boats are highly specialized these days, and they’re purpose-built to be awesome at one thing. If you’re planning on doing a lot of fishing, it’s best not to buy a wakeboard boat, for instance. And whatever you do, remember to have tons of fun out there on the water.