Living Aboard Your Boat Full Time

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Have you ever dreamed of waking up in the morning to the smell of the ocean, to the sound of waves, to the peaceful serenity of nature and sailing into the sunset? This could be an option that many people would want, but would not know where to start.

Many have given up inner city living in order to live on a boat. The way this is done is by obtaining a live aboard slip at Regatta Pointe Marina or a similar marina. There are a limited number of slips issued to boat owners, and this is to ascertain that others do not overstay their sleep over aboard their boats. It is known that the privileges are so in demand.

Staff that work at the marina may also come and clean out a slip holders waste from their holding tanks, once or twice per week. Wireless internet is offered as well. You will find showering facilities, restaurants on site, anda pool. There are convenient stores even clubs where you can get to know other boat owners, like Regatta Pointe Yacht Club.

What do I have to compromise to live aboard?

There is less breathing space than in a house or flat, and a lot of boaters get rid of their dishwashers, bathtubs and so forth.

Boat maintenance?

This is considered to be costly. You will notice that those talented professionals that repair boats are in high command in certain areas. They do charge a reasonable fee, despite their experience.

The up side…

Living aboard is so cost effective should you have an older vessel and you are able to do the little touch up jobs on your own. A boat of this caliber would cost a bit, but at the end of it all, maintenance costs would charge you nothing.

Those living on their vessels are found to be friendly and this is where you could find the best neighbors. It is amazing what nature does to one. Regatta Pointe Marina and other live aboard marinas have special activities for boaters. One thing that is good about this type of living is that they always look after each other. Should you be out and a stranger is on your deck, the neighbors know who belongs on your boat and who does not. It is like having your own personalized alarm system.

The upside that is so admired by many passers by is that when you live aboard you may possibly untie your boat and be on your way. This may sound so surreal and it most likely is to some, but for the experience many would want to give this a try, even on a short term basis.

If you are looking for an easy and cost effective way to get around when you’re ashore, then read more about an electric folding bike. You can stow them away without much trouble and you’ll always have a way to go see the sights.

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The 6th Annual Turkey Run Regatta on the Manatee River

The 6th annual Turkey Run Regatta, hosted by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club, has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  All event meetings and ceremonies will be held a Regatta Pointe Marina.

The race will be held on the Manatee River in a reverse handicap format.  Call the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store for details (941-729-6021).  

Notice of Race/Entry Form and additional details to follow:

2014 Turkey Run Notice of Race & Entry Form

Where—All races on the Manatee River.
Event hosted at Regatta Pointe Marina (1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, FL 34221); staged by
Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
When—Race held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Expected Classes—Multi-Hull, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Cruiser
Entry Fee—Early registration is $45 if received by Nov. 14; late registration is $55
Schedule (At Regatta Pointe Marina)
Friday, Nov. 21
1800-1900 – Check-in/On-site Registration
1930 – Skippers Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 22
1030 – Warning Signal for Race
1700 – Awards Ceremony & Party
Dockage—Free for entries. Boat ramp located next to main dock

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

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 BoatUS.org/fueling-tips.

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 www.RPMYachtBrokers.com 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” .

Enjoy Regatta Pointe Yacht Club’s September Social Soiree

Get up, get out, and get down with the Regatta Pointe Yacht Club at the September Soiree on Aug. 27 (6:30-10:30 p.m.).  

Members and non members are welcome to attend.  Cost is $20 for RPYC members and $25 for the general public.  The Riverhouse Reef & Grill is hosting in their beautiful waterfront banquet space (Eagle’s Nest) and catering with their award-winning buffet. 

Come out and socialize with your fellow boaters, and shake it up on the dance.  The attire is business casual. 

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Understanding & Working With Sails – Part 7

We’re always looking for useful resources to increase your boating knowledge.  Here is the fifth part of a seven-part series on understanding and working with sails.  Check it out!

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Sailing and Understanding Sails: Cruising chutes

Today’s Bermudan-rigged yachts have much in their favour, but sailing downwind in light and moderate going is not one of them. Ideally, this endemic shortfall is cured by using a spinnaker, but this lies beyond the comfort zone of many cruising sailors. The answer is a `cruising chute’. This has been developed from the modern asymmetric racing spinnaker and is really a light, extra-full genoa that only attaches at tack, head and clew. It works in airs too gentle for a multi-purpose genoa, and can be set on a very broad reach without a pole. Sailmakers will deliver them complete with a `snuffer’ – a sort of sleeve which rolls down over the sail, spilling its wind miraculously. This removes the worry from using so powerful a tool. In short, a downwind passage in light weather without a chute is like the proverbial day without sunshine.

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Understanding & Working With Sails – Part 6

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Sailing and Understanding Sails: Shortening Sail

Shortening sail as the wind strengthens is part of the sailor’s everyday life. It is not something to be put off. The process should be as natural as shifting gears in the family car. Not only does carrying the right canvas for the conditions give you a drier ride and increase your chances of arriving with the boat in one piece, it keeps the yacht more upright. As we have just discussed, the less a boat is heeling, the easier she will be on the helm. This benefit is assisted by the fact that the centre of effort of a smaller headsail or a reefed genoa is further forward than that of a larger one. Similarly, a reef in the mainsail moves the leech inboard along the boom. The sails are therefore generating less weather helm than if the yacht were spreading everything she carried. With a sensible awareness of the principles of sail balance in your mind, it isn’t difficult to reduce your canvas in such a way that the boat’s behaviour remains docile.

It would be unwise to generalise about where to begin sail reductions. A masthead cruising sloop will usually set out by tying one reef into the mainsail. This may be followed by one or two changes of headsail before going for the second reef, and so on. A fractional-rigger often reduces the size of her headsail first. A ketch or yawl has a mizzen to consider as well, but the principles remain the same.

The years since the mid-1970s have seen the rapid rise and general acceptance of patent reefing systems. The best of those offered for headsail roller reefing have by now achieved high reliability and are able to reef the sail to a moderate degree without too much sacrifice in shape. Poorer gears produce a dismally reefed sail which looks more like a flour bag than a number 3 genoa. With the canvas rolled away to storm jib size the result is execrable. None the less, all such arrangements give the benefit of instant sail area adjustment. In a short-handed craft this sometimes more than compensates for what is lost in pure performance. No boat must go to sea, however, without making at least some arrangements for the day when the gear fails. The most satisfactory answer is a separate forestay that can be readily set up and to which a storm jib may be handed. Indeed, this produces the best of all worlds because such a jib will invariably set better than the deeply rolled genoa. It can therefore be used routinely for heavy weather sailing. 
Mainsail reefing systems now exist which are way in advance of the old ’round-the-boom’ roller reefing. Such a method was never ideal on the bermudan rig, though it remained in use for decades. By far the simplest and best way to reef the main is with `slab’ reefing, but if you cannot bring yourself to make even that much effort, in-mast and in-boom systems can be bought off the shelf. In-mast gears put considerable weight aloft and add to the awful sum of the rig’s windage. They may or may not be reliable, and a sail built for such a setup will probably have a straight leech with no battens. On a contemporary rig this looks downright sad and it’s certainly less powerful than the elliptical trailing edge of the conventional mainsail. The Spitfire didn’t have those beautiful wings just to look pretty.

Mainsail reefing options therefore subdivide into three choices: in-mast roller, inboom or round-boom roller, and traditional gear for reducing the sail in `slabs’ at the foot. Of the three, slab produces by far the best sail shape; it’s extremely reliable and, in any case, is readily repaired at sea. Mainsails of under 500 sq ft (46 sq m) are easily handled by two healthy adults and can be dealt with singlehanded without major inconvenience. To compromise this vital sail out of laziness or lack of stomach for getting wet seems odd to me, especially when the latest fully battened mainsails and lazy-jack systems make the job of stowing child’s play.

Nonetheless, the roller alternatives do have a place. They help huge yachts to be run without numerous deck-hands. They also enable the elderly or the unfit to keep on enjoying their cruising, but if these options are to be chosen, it’s important to be aware of their limitations in sail shape and, potentially, their unreliability. At least an in-boom reefing system is within reach in the event of failure. Furthermore, the mainsail has a conventional halyard and can always be dropped. Although in-mast systems have improved greatly, they still represent a total commitment to the dependability of the gear. A trip to the masthead in a gale holds little appeal for any of us.

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