Taking Care of Your Boat After a Storm

From BoatUS

With Hurricane Matthew finally headed out to sea, the storm has left behind some damaged recreational boats in its wake.  Fortunately we at Regatta Pointe Marina were not affected by this storm.  However, here are some great tips from BoatUS to keep in mind for starting the salvage process after any devastating storm:

1.  Remove Valuables. If your boat has washed ashore, remove as much equipment as possible and move it to a safe place to protect it from looters or vandals. It’s a good idea to put your contact information somewhere conspicuously on the boat – along with a “No Trespassing” sign. However, for your safety, never climb in or on boats that have piled up together or are dangling precariously from dock pilings or other obstructions. 

2.  Minimize Further Damage. Protect your boat from further water damage resulting from exposure to the weather. This could include covering with a tarp or boarding up broken windows or hatches. As soon as possible, start drying out the boat, either by taking advantage of sunny weather or using electric air handlers. All wet materials, such as cushions, must be removed and saved for a potential insurance claim. The storm may be gone, but the clock could be ticking on mold growth.

3.  “Pickle” Wet Machinery. Engines and other machinery that were submerged or have gotten wet should be “pickled” by flushing with fresh water and then filled with diesel fuel or kerosene. To learn how to pickle a boat motor, go to: www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes/pickle.asp.

4.  Consult Your Insurance Provider. If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, BoatUS recommends that boat owners should not sign any salvage or wreck-removal contract without first getting approval from their insurance company. That’s because proceeding without your insurer’s knowledge may jeopardize your coverage.

Hurricane Refresher For Boat Owners

Regatta Pointe Marina is fortunate to be outside of the projected cone for Hurricane Matthew.  However, our many of our friends and family across the state are not so fortunate.

We count our blessings and pray for those in the path of the storm.  We also want to remind everyone that there are some great resources available to help you stay prepared for any future storms. Here are some useful links to keep you ahead of the next storm that comes our way:

For the 2016 Regatta Pointe Marina Hurricane Procedures CLICK HERE or use the link on the bottom right sidebar on Regatta Pointe Marina website homepage. 

For the Regatta Pointe Marina Hurricane Preparedness Tips CLICK HERE or use the link on the bottom right sidebar on the Regatta Pointe Marina website homepage.

For the BOATU.S. Tips For Preparing Boats In Hurricanes CLICK HERE

For the BOATU.S. Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center CLICK HERE

For the National Hurricane Center website CLICK HERE

New Recreational Boat Upper Deck Capacity Standards

ALEXANDRIA, Va., September, 2016 – The membership organization that sets safety standards for recreational boat design and manufacturing, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its “Boat Capacity” (H-5) standard for upper decks on recreational boats. Upper decks are often referred to as the “fly bridge” or “upper helm.” The new standard, which is partly in response to fatal capsizing accidents involving overloaded fly bridges, will now include upper-deck weight capacity regardless of boat length.

Upper decks are typically found on boats greater than 25 feet and often found on fly bridge sportfish vessels, trawlers, houseboats and even some pontoon boats.

“New boats with upper decks will soon have an additional capacity placard for those areas to help boaters make smart choices about loading and stability,” said BoatUS Seaworthy magazine Editor Charles Fort. “This will help ensure boaters don’t make the mistake of overloading the upper deck.”

The majority of boats built today adhere to ABYC’s voluntary standards through the National Marine Manufacturers Association certification program. Additionally, ABYC offers standards for the maintenance and repair of recreational boats. “A boat that’s designed, built, maintained or repaired to ABYC standards helps ensure a safe day on the water,” added Fort.

Owners of older boats with upper decks may find the capacity in their owner’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer.

An issue for small and large boats, capsizings and sinkings are at the heart of a new BoatUS Marine Insurance Program study that looked at five years of the association’s member insurance claims files. The study reveals how these accidents happen and what boaters can do to avoid them, and it can be found in the August 2016 issue of BoatUS Seaworthy at http://goo.gl/m3hqO3. Data shows that while most capsizes occurred in smaller boats,18% occurred in boats over 25 feet.

For more information on ABYC standards, go to http://abycinc.org.

This 2016 Holiday Season Starts At The Riverhouse Waterfront Market

A Uniquely Festive Holiday Shopping Experience on the Manatee River

PALMETTO, FL, 09/20/2016–Kick off the 2016 holiday shopping season at the first annual Riverhouse Waterfront Market from 6 to 9 pm on Nov. 1 at the Riverfront Room, located on the second level of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill building (995 Riverside Dr., Palmetto).

Dozens of local businesses will be represented, as they offer the first look at their holiday season products.  Enjoy shopping locally sourced items including gourmet gift baskets, jewelry, fashion from local boutiques,  cosmetics, Honey, sweet treats and MUCH more!  Plus enjoy raffles, live music and stunning views overlooking the Manatee River.

Admission is FREE to all guests, however organizers ask that you bring a canned good or non perishable item for donation to the Manatee Food Bank.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase courtesy of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill and a Coffee Bar courtesy of Java & Jive.

Join us as we kick off the holidays in style, and help support many incredible local businesses based here in our community!


Participating Businesses Include:

Beloved Boutique
Bradenton Ballet Christmas Nutcrackers
Carley Jae Headbands & More
Charley’s Boutique
Custom Creations by Rebecca Christmas  Décor
doTERRA Essential Oils
Eleanor’s Baskets ‘N Trays
Fine Art by Kate
Food Bank of Manatee
Gallery on the Go Canvases
Hammered by Wendy
Hometown Desserts
It Works
Jackalope Meadows Local Honey
Java & Jive Espresso Bar
KJH Designed Bowties & Aprons
Mary Kay
Mazzone Olive Oil
Palma Sola Therapies Chair Massage & Nutrition
Pampered Chef
Perfectly Posh
Refreshed Furniture & Wood Signs
Regatta Pointe Marina Costa del Mar
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Sam Black Books
Sara Lea by the Sea Soaps & Sponges
Skin & Tonic Facial Bar
Southern Girl Apparel
Stella & Dot
Steve Sipes Music
Sun Solutions Straw Hats
Tastefully Simple
Terra’s Sterling Jewelry & Gifts
The Chameleon Natural Boutique
The Hair Company with Paul Mitchell
The Lace Buckle Boutique
Tie the Knot Boutique Wedding Accessories
Trades Of Hope Ethically Created by Women Worldwide
Tutu Daisy Handmade Children’s Clothing

Two Must-Have Forms For Every Boat Buyer or Seller

Staff & Boat US Wire Report

Regatta Pointe Marina is home to more than 50 new and used brokerage vessels, as well as multiple yacht sales firms (click here to visit their page).  If you are purchasing or selling via a broker, they will help you get the correct paperwork completed and filed.  If you are buying or selling on your own, there are a couple of forms you need to know about.

Behind most successful used-boat transactions, there’s a Purchase Agreement and Bill of Sale that clearly spell out how the boat was bought or sold. The BoatUS Consumer Protection Department now offers both of these documents at no cost online.

“A Purchase Agreement is necessary if you intend to buy a boat, but require that certain things must be done before you will accept the boat, such as a satisfactory marine survey, specific repairs, and the ability to finance or insure the boat,” said BoatUS Consumer Protection Director Charles Fort. “It also describes both parties’ obligations. Once a buyer accepts the boat, the bill of sale is used as proof of purchase. You can download and print both forms 24-hours a day.”

Fort also added that while the two forms were designed to meet the needs of most buyers and sellers, they may want to seek legal advice if there are any questions about whether the forms are appropriate for their situation.

The BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau offers a dispute mediation service, the only national boating complaint database, and provides consumer-oriented information to help boaters make smart buying decisions. For more go to BoatUS.com/consumer.


5 Pet Blunders Made While Boating This Summer

Pippa’s webbed feet make her a great swimmer and perfect for boating. The Boykin Spaniel belongs to a BoatUS Foundation staff member

By BoatUS Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va, August 24, 2016 – The dog days of summer are here, and recreational boaters are having a great time with their pets on the water. However, not all outings have gone as planned, and the staff at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some stories to share about their experiences this summer that can help all animal owners:

“As someone who has had to haul a Golden Retriever onto the swim step of a large motorboat, I’d suggest making sure the dog can swim before coming aboard the boat.”
–Kerry in BoatUS Marine Insurance

Tip: BoatUS also suggests learning about life jackets for dogs Click Here for more.

“Engine fumes and seasickness can affect pets, too. Thank goodness for snap-out washable boat carpets! I try to ensure the dog is not in an enclosed space, and can see the horizon and I avoid having him sit aft where engine fumes can backdraft onto the cockpit floor. Boaters should also have a CO alarm in the cabin regardless.”
–Jerry in BoatUS Towing Services

Tip: For more on carbon monoxide poisoning, go here.

“Cat lovers suggest hanging indoor/outdoor carpet or rope over the transom so cats can climb back aboard if they fall overboard. I once tried to dry out a wet cat with a hair dryer and it didn’t go so well. While a few cats don’t mind loud noises and may even let you vacuum them, a soft towel or chamois is better for drying off your little Lion King.”
–Ted in BoatUS Foundation

Tip: To find out how to canoe or cruise with cats, see two stories here.

“I always keep a boat hook handy for retrieving just in case. It’s also easier to grab a dog when he’s wearing his life jacket, and you can lift from the handle on his back.”
–Claire in BoatUS Publications

Tip: On docks at home, the club or marina, BoatUS recommends always having a boat hook nearby.

“In the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program’s Claims Department we recently had a claim on an iguana bite that necessitated nose reconstruction. The message? Don’t tick off the iguana.” 
–Kerry in BoatUS Marine Insurance
Tip: BoatUS has no recommendations for boating with lizards, tarantulas or orangutans, other than to keep them very happy while aboard. If that fails, it’s important to have a good boat insurance policy as a back-up plan. In addition to the medical payments limit selected by the boat owner, all BoatUS Marine Insurance policies include an additional $25,000 for payments for family members not covered by any major medical policy. For a free quote go here.

For more on boating and pets, go to www.BoatUS.com/pets/articles.asp.

Elite Redfish Tournament at Regatta Pointe Marina

The Elite Series Pro fishermen will be here at Regatta Pointe Marina on Aug 11-12-13, 2016 as Yellowfin presents the Elite Redfish Series’ “The Battle at Bradenton.” 

The Yellowfin Elite Redfish Tournament Series features professional anglers from across the country battling head to head in one on one competition. No teammates, no draw partners. These pros brave the elements without anyone else on the boat with them. 

Elite Redfish Series tournaments, including “The Battle at Bradenton,” are able to be viewed online at http://theredfishseries.com/wp/watch-live-2/.

See more on the Elite Redfish Series channel available for FREE on most popular on-demand platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.  Televised coverage begins at 3:30pm EST on tournament days. 

For more information, visit http://theredfishseries.com/

Regatta Pointe Marina Residents Potluck Aug 2016

Regatta Pointe Marina residents are invited to join us for a potluck dinner from 6-9pm on Aug 25 at the Eagle’s Nest (3rd floor above Riverhouse Reef & Grill).

Join us and meet your neighbors!   Regatta Pointe Marina has one of the largest liveaboard communities in the region.  We hope this will be a great opportunity for residents to get to know one another.  

The Riverhouse kitchen will be providing us with entrees.  Residents are asked to bring a side dish, desserts, or a non-alcoholic drink to share.  The Riverhouse will provide a cash bar serving alcoholic beverages, guests are prohibited from bringing their own. 

We’d like to get an estimate of how many will attend, so we can give the Riverhouse advance notice.  Please RSVP on this event’s Facebook page (Click here to RSVP on Facebook) or by emailing Andrew@RegattaPointeMarina.com. 

We hope to see you there!

Take a Look at the Palmetto Historical Park

Regatta Pointe Marina is located in a region rich with Florida history!  From the banks of the Manatee River rose the two great cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, FL.

You can get taste of some of that history at the Palmetto Historical Park, located at 515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221.

Check out this video created by Don Stailey for a peak at the Historical Park!

Pokémon Go and Boating: Three Tips from BoatUS

A Pokémon Go “gym” is located next to the iconic BoatUS Buoy at the recreational boating association’s national headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 14, 2016 – The reality-game-meets-exercise app currently taking the nation by storm, “Pokémon Go,” now has 21 million users every day – reportedly the most successful mobile game ever in the US. The game features characters called Pokémon that players capture in the real world using a combination of GPS and augmented reality. That also means that Pokémon-mania has also come to the water and with it, BoatUS, the national boating advocacy, services and safety group has three tips for playing Pokémon Go while boating:

  1. Be aware: The US Coast Guard reports “Operator Inattention” as one of the five main primary contributing factors in accidents. When searching for a “water type” Pokémon such as “Magikarp” on a waterway, let the first mate or friend handle the cell phone while the captain keeps a safe lookout. 
  2. Watch cell phone battery use: Users report the game eats up a smartphone’s battery charge. With many recreational boaters today relying on their cell phones for communication, it would be wise to bring along a spare charger, or use battery saving mode. BoatUS also reminds boaters that only a VHF radio can summon emergency help from the closest rescuers, ensuring the fastest response.
  3. Have fun: The BoatUS National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia offers a Pokémon “gym” located next to the iconic BoatUS Buoy at 880 S. Pickett Street. At lunch, some BoatUS employees can be seen playing the game. (Insider’s tip: The yellow Pokémon Go BoatUS Marine Insurance underwriting team often battles other BoatUS departments, and for a limited time, free boat insurance quotes will be available to all players.)
REGATTA POINTE MARINA NOTE: We have had a number or Pokémon sightings reported right here at Regatta Pointe Marina, including some all of the way down the main pier in front of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill!
This article is from the Boat US Press Room