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


Regatta Pointe Marina is THE liveaboard Marina in Southwest Florida

Come see why Regatta Pointe Marina is THE liveaboard Marina in Southwest Florida!

We are located on the south side of Tampa Bay on inlet that connects to Lake Manatee.  Our inlet is called the Manatee River, and provides us with beautiful scenery and quick, bridge-less access to Tampa Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.  

Many of our liveaboard boaters stay with us year-round, but others just spend part of the year with us and take advantage of our close proximity to the Intercoast Waterway for their great adventures.  Either way, all liveaboard boaters have the opportunity to enjoy our many premier amenities, such as our pool & hot tub, boaters lounges, luxurious showers, laundry facility, fitness center and more.  Click here to view our full list of amenities

Some other popular aspects of life at Regatta Point Marina, is that we host two on-site restaurants, a waterfront bar, an ice cream shop and a hair salon.  We’re just a few blocks away from more restaurants, a fish market, gas stations and more.  We also have a full ship store, with all the boating supplies you’ll need, Valvetech Fuel and serves as a satellite location for West Marine (a full boating supply superstore) with same-day delivery on most products.

Click here to view more on Regatta Pointe Marina’s liveaboard boating features. 
And click here to request slip information now. 

The Nina and Pinta Sail Into Regatta Pointe Marina

PALMETTO, FL–Come see history sail into Regatta Pointe Marina as full-size replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina & Pinta ships make dock along their tour of the Gulf Coast. Nina and Pinta ships These historically accurate ships are floating museums, and tributes to the voyage that set the course of Western society.  Both ships will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 through April 26, 2016.

   This is a spectacular opportunity to see history come to life and gain a true perspective of what life was like for Columbus and his crew on their voyage into the new world.  Visitors will have the opportunity to tour these great vessels and see the size and craftsmanship of superior boat builders. The Nina and Pinta were last docked at Regatta Pionte Marina in 2013.

   The ships are being sailed in by the Columbus Foundation, of the British Virgin Islands. General Admission:  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 60+), and $6 age 5-16 (not in a school group), age 4 and under are free. Group & School Tours:  minimum of 15 people, $5 per person.


Valentine’s Day 2016: Bring your valentine to Riverhouse Reef & Grill and celebrate your special relationship at the annual Sweetheart Night!

  • Sunday 2/14/2016 in the Riverfront Room above Riverhouse Reef & Grill
  • $100 per couple
  • Elegant four-course menu
  • Dancing with live DJ
  • Bouquet of flowers for each couple
  • Box of chocolate for each couple
  • Bottle of wine for each couple

Sweethearts on the waterfront

This special event for couples features a bottle of wine, live music, dancing, flowers, chocolates, and a very special menu including an appetizer, salad, dessert, and spectacular entrees!  

Book your reservations now. Seating is limited and will book fast!

Call 941-729-0616 or stop by the host stand at your next visit.

Medicare Enrollment Ends Dec. 7: Speak to Leslee Vandegraft

Any Regatta Pointe Marina customers interested in exploring their Medicare options should be aware the end of the Annual Enrollment Period is Monday, December 7th. Leslee C Vandegraft is a resident of Regatta Pointe Marina and is available to answer any questions that you might have.

Please give her a call today to look into what your options are. There are multiple plans to choose from including plans for those with chronic conditions and even special plans available for people with Vet benefits that actually put some money back into your pocket each month while providing benefits over and above the VA.

Also, the Open Enrollment Period for ACA (Obamacare) is in full swing. In order to receive a 1/1/16 effective date you are required to enroll no later than 12/15/15. The Enrollment Period does continue until mid-February however the later that you wait the later it would take effect. The rates are dependent upon your projected income, how many are in your household and whether or not you are a smoker. There are NO HEALTH QUESTIONS. You may even be eligible for a $0 monthly premium plan while avoiding the 2016 penalty. 

Leslee is here to help you understand all of what seems too overwhelming and to try to put it into English! 

Please feel free to call Leslee or even shoot her a text.

Leslee C Vandegraft
L.C. Insurance Services
Independent  Agent
941-527-7686 or 812-216-7213
Yellow houseboat  - L-Dock

Regatta Pointe Marina’s Neighboorhod is Getting Makeover

(ARTICLE SOURCE: http://www.baynews9.com/)

Palmetto’s Old Main Street getting safer, friendlier

City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area. (Florida Department of Transportation)

PALMETTO – More improvements are coming to the city of Palmetto.

City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area.

So, they are preparing for a big makeover, which includes major changes for the long stretch of road from Riverside Drive to 17th Street.

City leaders want to make the road more user-friendly, so it’s easier to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle around town.

“It will have a safer environment for people to come and visit this area and come to businesses on 10th,” said Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.

Bryant said the Complete Street Project is a nationwide trend designed to make roads safer.

She said it’s being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

In addition to improving the streets and sidewalks, the project also includes landscaping, stormwater improvements and lighting, as well as reduced speed limits and improved parking.

Phase one of the project is expected to begin next year.

The remaining phases will not begin until 2021.

City leaders don’t want to make the changes on their own and are asking for the public’s help. 

Two public meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings will take place at Commission Chambers at City Hall, 516 8th Avenue West in Palmetto.