Boat Sales Up in Florida: In-Water Boat Show Bradenton/Palmetto Oct 2014

If you have noticed the increase in traffic on local waterways, it’s likely due to the recent increase in boat sales.  Brokerage and owner-listed boats for sale at Regatta Pointe Marina have steadily grown over the last year as boaters continue to flock to the Bradenton and Palmetto region to purchase new vessels. 

We found a very good article about boat sales in Florida written by the Orlando Sentinel recently.  Report Caitlin Dineen wrote:

Riding the crest of an improving economy, boat sales are up in Central Florida and across the state, dealers and customers say.

“All of the scare of the economy is wearing off,” said Manny Messegeur of Winter Park,who recently bought a second boat. “People are realizing the United States is not doomed.”  CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE

Boat shows will keep sales in this region high.  The Tampa Boat Show just completed earlier this month, and the Tampa Bay Boat Show will start up in a couple of weeks. Between the two, Regatta Pointe Marina will host the largest in-water boat show at the Autumn Open House on Oct. 4 & 5.  More than 50 in-water boats and yachts will be available for tours and information thanks to the efforts of Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales, American Marine, and Shippey Marine. CLICK TO SEE SOME OF THE BOATS ON HAND

Enjoy Bradenton/Palmetto’s Best Sunday Brunch on the Waterfront

Executive Chef Ezequiel Gramajo takes great care to craft the region’s best Sunday brunch each week. 

Come see why Riverhouse Reef & Grill is the back-to-back winner of the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Award: Best Brunch.

Frequent brunch items include: 

  • Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
  • Crusty Baguette & Fresh Vegetables Eggs Strata
  • Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancakes
  • White & Dark Chocolate French Toast
  • Fresh Potato Hash Browns
  • Hickory-Smoked Bacon & Sausage Links w/Maple Syrup
  • Lobster Corn Chowder
  • Assorted Artisan Rolls
  • Pan-Seared Fresh Haddock in a Lemon-White Wine Butter Sauce
  • Braised Boneless Short Ribs
  • Grilled Chicken Chevre
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Fresh Green Bean Almandine w/Roasted Red Peppers
  • Fresh Cut Seasonal Fruit
  • Chocolate Lava Cakes w/Vanilla Ice Cream
  • English Danishes

Meet Palmetto’s Star Mechanic at Highway to Sell Watch Party

Join Slick, star mechanic of the Discovery Channel’s “Highway to Sell,” as we watch his new hit show each Monday at Riverhouse Reef & Grill.

Riverhouse will provide light snacks and a cash bar on the second floor in our beautiful Riverfront banquet space. Doors open at 9 p.m.  The show starts at 10 p.m.

Slick is the owner of Slick’s Garage in Palmetto, where the show is filmed. 

10 Safe and Clean Boat Fuel Tips – Via Boat U.S.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 15, 2014 – Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don’t easily dissipate, and older gasoline powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle boat fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a fill-up. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these ten tips to ensure a non-eventful refueling: 

This boat caught fire shortly after refueling.

Disembark: As soon as you’re safely tied up to the fuel dock, everyone should hop off the boat.
Turn off everything: Shut down all engines, electric motors and galley stoves and turn off the battery at the main switch.
Button her up: Close all compartments, cabin doors, ports, windows and hatches.
Don’t smoke: Ensure all smoking materials are fully extinguished – and don’t leave a stogie smoldering up on the bridge.
No static: Keep the fuel nozzle in contact with the fuel deck fill to prevent static sparks (and don’t confuse the fuel fill with a rod holder, water tank or holding tank fill, which happens more often than you think). Stay with your boat, and don’t use the “hands-free” clip. Portable tanks should be removed and placed on the fuel dock before filling.
Don’t overfill: To prevent fuel from spewing from the fuel tank vent, don’t fill the tank to the very top – try to know how much fuel you need, and keep an absorbent pad handy. A tank that is overfilled can allow fuel to blowback or expand and be forced out of the tank vent as temperatures rise or seas kick up.
Clean up: Replace the tank cap, open all hatches and doors, wipe up any spills and dispose of any fuel soaked absorbents properly — hanging them on a rail to allow the gasoline to evaporate may seem like a good idea — until a guest decides to smoke.
Use the blower: Operate the bilge blower (if equipped) for at least four minutes.
Sniff test: Smell the bilge and engine compartment before starting the engine. Note that a bilge blower won’t remove vapors from spilled gasoline, so use your nose first before you turn the key.
Investigate any issues: If the engine won’t start right up after refueling, stop cranking and investigate. In most cases of refueling-related accidents, the operator tried multiple times to start the engine before an explosion occurred.
To learn more about fueling boats visit

Regatta Pointe Marina Yacht Brokers Autumn 2014 Open House

Autumn Open House at Regatta Pointe Marina: Oct. 4 & 5 2014
Regatta Pointe Marina (Palmetto, FL) is home to four on-site yacht brokerage companies (Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales, American Marine and Shippey Marine), all of whom will participate in the Autumn open house.

Autumn means boat shows in West Florida, and the Regatta Pointe Marina yacht brokers are starting the season off with the largest selection of in-water power and sail yachts in the region.  Whether you are in the market to buy, sell, or upgrade your vessel, Regatta Pointe Maria is the one-stop destination for you.  The on-site yacht brokerage firms host dozens of power and sail yachts docked at the marina.  Their sales teams will be available at the open house to answer questions, or help with your yacht transaction.

Yacht buyers: The general public is welcome to come and browse the new and used boats at Regatta Pointe Marina at no charge. You’ll find multiple docks lined with power and sail yachts.  Most boats have an standing displays that provides the information you need, including make, model, year, features and list price.   

Yacht sellers: List your boat with a Regatta Pointe Marina broker to make your boat visible to more buyers with high local foot traffic, two busy restaurants located on site (Riverhouse Reef & Grill and Riverside Café) and daily in-coming boaters.

Yacht upgrades: If you’re ready to upgrade your vessel, there’s no better place to purchase a new boat and sell your old one than at Regatta Pointe Marina.  Use the information here to contact a broker.

Visit for more information, or speak with one of the Regatta Pointe Marina brokerage companies directly:  Massey Yacht Sales (941-723-1610); Whiteaker Yacht Sales (941-776-0616); American Marine (941-779-0605); Shippey Marine (941-981-3855).

Manatee River Boating Zones Map

There’s no better place to begin exploring the waterways in and around Manatee County than on the Manatee River.  With safety, the number one mission, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has helped to set up marine zone maps to ensure the safety of those on your vessel and the wildlife in the area.

Click on the image here to download the Manatee River marine zones map.  And click here to download more useful marine zone maps in the Palmetto, Bradenton, Tampa Bay area.

To download a copy to your computer, place your cursor over the image, click your right mouse button, then click the “Save Link As” option. After a dialogue box appears, you can select the destination of where you want the image downloaded and, if you choose, a new name for the file. Then click “Save” .