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.

Man jumping off yacht next to couple in pink flamingo float

Whether you’re new to yachting or you’ve been an enthusiast for years, you know that the difference between a great day on the water and one that could be better often boils down to the supplies you bring on board. Even with modern day conveniences built in, there are still some basic provisions you should follow to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing excursion for all who travel on your vessel.

That includes considerations such as clothing, snacks and drinks, tools and supplies, and similar. Read on to learn more about what you need for a fantastic time in your yacht.

Safety Provisions

As a responsible sailor, it makes sense that you have safety essentials on board at all times. That could include a first aid kit, life jackets, necessary medications (including allergy supplies and prescriptions), and more.

It’s also important to ensure that your seacraft is always in top shape. Over time, some vessels can fall into disrepair from which it’s nearly impossible to recover. That’s when it’s time to seek a new craft. Thankfully, there are outlets with trusted and dependable brokers who can help you select the ideal new yacht to perfectly match your unique desires and requirements.

Creature Comforts

Along with the mentioned items (including food and drinks), you’ll also want to pack those belongings that will help everyone on board feel comfortable and content. So, you could make sure that the cooler is stocked (and you have backups on hand for later). You should remember other items such as sunscreen, towels, toys and games for the kids, a waterproof camera, and similar.

Depending on where your travels might take you, it’s also wise to remember passports and other identification. You may also wish to store belongings in watertight containers in case they get wet. For this purpose, you could select plastic baggies, glass storage containers, or custom options.

Other Essentials

While certainly not required, many sailors enjoy flying flags that represent their home port. This could be a country or state flag, family crest, favorite sports team, or other idea. This shows that you’re an enthusiast who loves to have fun and meet like-minded people who share your same interests. You’ll also have your own provisions and considerations so you can be sure that you and your loved ones have a fun, relaxing, and productive day on the water.

A Comfortable and Functional Yacht

As mentioned (and similar to other vehicles), every yacht has its time. That means you can and should look into replacing your craft every so often. Sometimes, the reason behind a new purchase of this kind could be simply because you want a change of pace. Luckily, today’s yachts have personalized features such as ample storage, power options, comfort essentials, and similar. You can even find the best size and amenities for your wants and needs.

The process begins by partnering with a company that’s a proven leader in the communities they serve. For more than 25 years, we’ve been proud to assist countless clients just like you from our two South Florida locations in Palm Beach and Stuart. Contact us today with all your questions, and to learn more about you can get started with a spacious and comfortable new yacht.

Boat making circular wake in water

As long as sailors like you have been enjoying and exploring the open seas, there have been varying thoughts and traditions surrounding this favored pastime. Some superstitions have passed by the wayside with the advancement of newer technology that allows you to see all that’s occurring around you. Still, other concepts remain.

For instance, some people believe that certain activities bring bad luck, while others swear good luck can come by practicing a few basic provisions. Read on to learn more about sailing superstitions, and also basic and generally agreed upon etiquette on board a yacht personalized to your unique preferences and requirements.

Sailing Superstitions

As mentioned, some sailors through the years have been convinced that certain activities on board their craft could bring bad luck. That includes things such as whistling, sailing on certain days, and even leaving bananas behind after visiting land. By contrast, supposed good luck omens include seeing certain wildlife on your journey (such as dolphins and albatross), wearing special clothing or jewelry, and similar.

Then there are other superstitions such as stepping on board with the right foot, not shaving or cutting hair while out on the water, pouring some of your drink overboard for good measure, and watching the color of the sunset and sunrise to determine the best time to sail.

Sailing Etiquette

When you purchase a high-quality yacht that’s ideal for your specific lifestyle and use preferences, you call the shots on the water. Here’s where you can log countless enjoyable days with friends and loved ones — forging special memories that could last a lifetime.

That stated, there are some basic “rules of the water” that many sailors have abided by for years. For example, it’s best to listen to what the captain of the craft has to say and to follow their rules. This is often a safety measure more than anything else. On the water, it’s important to follow the “right of way” and yield to your fellow seacraft when appropriate and necessary.

As a responsible sailor, you already abide by the rules of the sea and make sure to always be aware of your wake, especially when vulnerable wildlife could be present. There are also tried-and-true methods concerning anchoring, harbor etiquette, environmental considerations, and similar.

Every Day Enjoyment on the Water

Of course, the number one “rule” of sailing is to truly enjoy yourself, and work to create a relaxing and pleasant experience for everyone on board your craft. That starts by selecting a well-built yacht that perfectly matches your individuality and unique personality. But you can’t just go anywhere for an outstanding yacht. Instead, you want and deserve to work with a company that has a proven track record of success, and has built a solid reputation in the communities they serve.

For more than 25 years, we’ve delighted countless yachting enthusiasts from our two convenient South Florida locations in Palm Beach and Stuart. Here’s where fashion and function meet, as you can choose the best yacht for your specific needs. Browse our website to get a feel for our inventory. Then, contact us today to get started on your next yachting excursion.

You have a passion for the water and the natural beauty of your local community. Now, you can take those values and neighborhood stewardship to a new level by focusing on ways that you can assist with local goals relating to philanthropy and outreach.

Many established entrepreneurs and global marketplace leaders already support non-profit organizations focused on a variety of positive endeavors. Other yachting enthusiasts have even donated their seacraft when it’s time to get a new yacht. Read on to learn more ways you can turn your passion into real and appreciated service to others.

Foster a Strong Local Community

Perhaps you’re already part of an established Yacht Club. Along with camaraderie and celebrating a shared passion, these groups assist various charities and organizations in their communities.

That could include ensuring students at local schools have all the tools they need to succeed. You might also search for needy non-profits in the area that could benefit from a hand up. Along with funds, you could also donate your time. Some Yacht Clubs even offer incentives for members to reach out to the community in this fashion.

Team with an Established Foundation

There are many state, regional, and national foundations associated with yachting that are doing a wealth of good in the communities they serve. For instance, the U.S. Sailing Foundation brings awareness to the fun and enjoyment of being on the water. At the same time, the group awards grants to both national and worldwide organizations.

Other foundations focused on sailing awareness and community outreach include America True, Skiff Sailing Foundation, St. Francis Yacht Club Foundation, and several regional and university-affiliated outlets.

Help Educate the Next Generation

In fact, many of the funds raised through foundation support and local outreach efforts go to STEM research and education. In this way, you could be part of fostering a new generation of scientists and professionals who work toward sustaining the environment and keeping intact the base elements that make sailing possible and enjoyable.

In addition, you might consider hosting small groups of children and youth on your yacht. The lessons and insight they learn could translate into lifelong commitments and learning paths.

Donate Your Yacht

Every good yacht has a sunset period. Maybe your vessel no longer meets your needs. Or perhaps it’s just time for a change. When you donate your yacht, you can benefit from a tax deduction and help your community at the same time. Then, you can begin the search for a new yacht that ideally suits your unique lifestyle preferences and requirements.

For 25 years, South Florida Yachts has been a leader in the Florida yacht brokerage industry. Our focus on delivering a consistently-stellar customer experience has made us one of the most well-respected dealers in the nation. We have two convenient South Florida locations to serve you in Palm Beach and Stuart. Browse our website to view our inventory and learn more about the company. Then, contact us today to secure your new yacht.

Black and white boats with mountains in the background

Whether you’re the proud owner of an amazing vessel, in the market for your first yacht, or simply love to be out on the sea, by engaging in your hobby, you join a group of water enthusiasts that can be traced back thousands of years.

While today’s yachts have all the comforts, safety features, and essential items you want and need, famous seacraft of history have always delighted sailors at their specific time periods in history. Here are some of the most popular: 

Explorer Ships

You likely learned in school about the three ships that Christopher Columbus brought to explore what’s now known as North America: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria (sometimes called La Gallega). Of the five crafts Ferdinand Magellan commissioned for his travels (Trinidad, San Antonio, Conception, Victoria, and Santiago), the famous explorer was known to have officially captained the Trinidad.          

Then there are other well-known ships such as Charles Darwin’s Beagle and others. It’s clear that the open waters have always been a draw for explorers and ocean buffs alike.

Military Vessels

Prior to other advanced machinery, ships were central to battle. Even today, aircraft carriers and the like are essential to the continued success of the nation’s armed forces. Back in 1863, the C.S.S. Hunley was revolutionary for its time. The Confederate army proudly used this example of naval engineering until it was torpedoed by Union forces in 1864.

Following the end of its useful military service, the U.S.S. Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides) became a floating museum in 1907, and is still seen today in Boston, Massachusetts. Another famous vessel, the U.S.S. Missouri, floated into Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. It was the site of the signing of surrender documents that ultimately contributed to the end of World War Two.

Luxury Cruisers and Research Ships

Perhaps the best known luxury liner is the R.M.S. Titanic, which met an infamous and unfortunate end. Other renowned ships of the time included the S.S. Great Britain, the R.R.S Sir David Attenborough, the H.M.S. Belfast, and others. Today, the cruising industry enjoys wild success, as people from all over the globe flock to ports to log a fun and comforting holiday on the water.

Modern Marvels

While today’s yachts look different and have state-of-the art technology, features, and amenities than the seacraft mentioned here, the base enjoyment you get from a relaxing afternoon on the water remains. Now, you can take your love for seaside fun to a new level by selecting the ideal yacht for your specific desires and requirements.

With two convenient South Florida locations to serve you in Palm Beach and Stuart, our friendly and knowledgeable brokers can assist you in finding the best craft to deliver years of sailing serenity. Browse our website to get to know our inventory. Then, contact us today to learn how you could own a spacious and luxurious yacht of your own.