Prepping for Hurricane Irma at Regatta Pointe Marina

By Regatta Pointe Marina Staff

Hurricane Irma touched nearly every corner of the state of Florida last week, and with it came incredible challenges and uncertainty. The incredible preparation and teamwork of everyone here at Regatta Pointe Marina, including staff and slip holders alike, provided a comforting blanket of security during the frightening days leading up to the storm. Thankfully, Irma passed by while causing only relatively minor damage at our port.

Regatta Pointe Marina is the largest marina in Manatee County with 350 slips, as well as commercial facilities for more than a dozen businesses.  Preparing for a hurricane is extremely complex and challenging for our staff and customers.  Each year we update our hurricane procedures and post them on our ebsite, as well as hold a Hurricane Planning Meeting, which all customer are invited to attend.  (NOTE: This year’s meeting was held on May 30 at the Eagle’s Nest.  Be sure you’re signed up to receive email alerts to ensure you receive your invitation to the 2018 meeting. CLICK HERE to join our email list)

All of our slip holding customers are responsible for securing their own boats to minimize the risk of damage to their vessel, their neighboring vessels and the marina.  We place a document with information on securing boats for storms on our website (CLICK HERE to view).  We are very thankful that so many of our slip holders did a spectacular job preparing their boats, and in many cases helping each other to secure each and every docked boat prior to the storm. 

Preparing the marina facilities for the storm was a complicated task that tested our staff.  Nearly every inch of our property had to be combed over by our maintenance team.  Anything loose or vulnerable to high winds had to be anchored or removed in advance of Irma’s arrival.  Dozens of signs had to be taken down, outdoor furniture had to be hidden away and other structures had to be anchored to be made storm ready.

As we all watched and waited for Irma to arrive, everyone in our region was terrified at the prospect of a potential category 4 hurricane laying waste to our beloved home.  We were blessed to see Irma take enough of an inland turn to reduce the strength of the winds to that of a category 1 when Irma reached us.  Regatta Pointe Marina’s electricity was knocked out, but only for a matter of hours.  Our hearts go out to those who did not have such fortune.

Following the storm, many of our customers were gracious enough to post photos and information about the marina on the Regatta Pointe Marina Facebook Group.  The marina was back up and running after just a couple of days.  The effects of the storm are a little less visible with each day that passes.  But the community spirit that held Regatta Pointe Marina together through the storm feels stronger than ever.

Bill Strengthens Derelict Vessel Fight, Environtmentally Sound Public Access

Via BoatUS

BoatUS applauds the passage of Florida HB 7043 that promotes sound public access and helps address the sunshine state’s derelict vessel issue.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 27, 2017 – The results of an eight-year pilot program are in, and Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have acted. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) congratulates the governor and legislators on Friday’s passage of HB 7043 that promotes environmentally sound public access and helps address the issue of improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels. “These are sound regulations supported by responsible boaters,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy.

When the pilot program was enacted in 2009, a patchwork of local anchoring regulations sometimes made stopping difficult. Some boaters reported fearing a visit from law enforcement advising that they had “overstayed” their visit and needed to move on.

Conducted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and five local governments including the City of St. Augustine, City of Stuart/Martin County, City of St. Petersburg, City of Sarasota and Monroe County/Marathon/Key West, the pilot tested a variety of methods of regulated anchoring, while still protecting the anchoring rights of the active cruising public. It also sought to reduce the growing population of derelict vessels in the state.

BoatUS expressly thanks Gov. Scott, Reps. Matt Caldwell (Lee County) Holly Raschein (Monroe County), Sen. Lauren Book (Broward County) and the FWC for their work on the bill.

Some of bill’s measures include:

  1. Providing commonsense anchoring regulations in and around mooring fields and waterway infrastructure.
  2. Broadening the definition of a “derelict vessel”; for boats in use, adding new penalties for those whose vessel registration is expired beyond six months; and making it illegal to affix a vessel to an unpermitted, unauthorized or otherwise “unlawful object,” affixed to the bottom of the waters of the state. This could include an unpermitted mooring or an old engine block. 
  3. Giving local governments the option to require proof of pumpout after vessels have been anchored for 10 days or longer in federally managed no-discharge-zones (portions of the Florida Keys and waters off Destin).

Regatta Pointe Marina Customers Get Ready For The 2017 Riverwalk Regatta

Regatta Pointe Marina customers are in prime position to enjoy the 2017 Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta on Saturday, Feb 4! 

The excitement of super boats, stunt shows, concerts, family events, great food & much more will be right in front of the marina.  This is the third annual Riverwalk Regatta, and it’s going to be bigger than ever.  

This year, even more excitement will take place on the Palmetto side of the river.  Some great events just steps of our marina include multiple concerts, a kid’s fishing tournament, family fun zones and a Pogo stunt show.  Watch the commercial below for a sneak preview and visit www.bradentonarearegatta.com for all the details on this exciting event.

VIEW RIVERWALK REGATTA WEBSITE

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • First event begins at 7:00 a.m.
  • Festivities ending at 10:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

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.

Fire Charity Fishing Tournament June 12-14, 2015

The 2015 Fire Charity Fishing Tournament will be held June 12-14 at the Bradenton Yacht Club (4307 13th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221).  Regatta Pointe Marina invites you to attend for a good time and a great cause! 

The annual Fire Charity Fishing Tournament was created by firefighter Eric Nicholson, who has seen firsthand the devastation fire can cause.  Proceeds, from this 8th annual tournament, will go to the Children’s Burn Foundation. 

More than 10,000 in cash and prices will be awarded. A point system based upon the type and size of fish will be used to determine the winning boat. Each boat will be allowed to enter six (6) fish for judging during the two-day event.  Offshore boats will be limited to weighing in six (6) fish per day.  The six fish selected and entered by the Captain at the weigh-in may not include more than two (2) fish of any one species.

Visit  www.FireCharityFishing.com for more details and to get your entry form. Donations for the Children’s Burn Foundation accepted. Sponsorship opportunities available.

 

Yacht Brokers’ Spring Open House: April 11 & 12, 2015

Join us as we exhibit more than 50 new and used in-water yachts at the Spring Open House, hosted by Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales and American Marine and Shippey Marine.

Whether you are in the market to buy, sell, or upgrade, Regatta Pointe Maria (1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, FL) is the destination for you.  The three on-site, yacht brokerage firms host dozens of power and sail yachts docked at the marina full time.  Each company’s sales teams will be available at the Spring Open House to provide tours, answer any questions, or help you with your next yacht transaction.  

While you’re at Regatta Pointe Marina, take advantage of premier waterfront dining options, including an all-new outdoor, waterfront bar and enjoy a full day of boating bliss.  

Yacht buyers: The public is welcome to come and browse new and used power and sail yachts at Regatta Pointe Marina. You’ll find multiple docks lined with yachts hosted by on-site brokers. Get an advance look at many boats on display at www.RPMYachtBrokers.com. 

Yacht sellers: Get your boat seen by more potential buyers with Regatta Pointe Marina’s high foot traffic, two award-winning restaurants on site (Riverhouse Reef & Grill and Riverside Café) and daily in-coming boaters, by listing and hosting your boat with a Regatta Pointe Marina broker. Stop by during the open house to see why your craft should be at Regatta Pointe Marina

Yacht upgrades: If you’re ready to upgrade your boat, there’s no better place to sell your old vessel and purchase a new 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).

Superboats on Manatee River at 1st The Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

The Manatee River will shake on Feb. 7, 2015 as the Superboats of Powerboat Superleague Racing headline the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.  
The Regatta will include an ALL FREE family festival of world-class entertainment and performances guaranteed to delight and thrill audiences of all ages including:

  • Hydro-cross jet ski
  • Concerts
  • Extreme pogo shows
  • BMX stunt performers
  • Food Festival
  • Kids Zone
  • Frisbee® dogs
  • Falcon 5K River Run & 1-Mile Fun Run

The city’s newest festival originated through Bradenton’s sister-city relationship with Pittsburgh, PA and the world famous Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, the country’s largest inland regatta and top venue on the powerboat racing circuit. See below for a highlight glimpse of that event and a taste of what’s coming to the Bradenton Area!

Click here to visit the official event page on BACVB website.

More Manatee County Boaters Start 2015 at Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina is the preferred liveaboard and large boat marina in Manatee County (Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch & Palmetto), and 2014 was a banner year for the 350-slip facility. 

Regatta Pointe Marina

More than 50 long-term lease holders joined the Regatta Pointe Marina boating community in 2014, taking advantage of great slip rates and resort quality amenities.  These boaters enjoy the beautiful Manatee River setting, with quick access to major highways as well as no bridges to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. 

The marina was host to many great events, including the annual Regatta Pointe Marina Nautical Expo in the spring, 2014 Summer Sailstice River Regatta, the Turkey Run Regatta, and many social functions hosted by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club.  Regatta Pointe Marina boaters were also able to take advantage of large community events held within walking distance, such as the DeSoto Seafood Festival, Taste of Manatee, the July 4th Fireworks & concert and the Holiday Boat Parade. 

With so much to do and see, it’s no wonder the readers of the Bradenton Herald selected Regatta Pointe Marina for the People’s Choice Award – Best Marina for the second consecutive year in 2014.  With even more planned in the month’s ahead, 2015 is going to be another great year at Regatta Pointe Marina.

Anchoring Laws in Florida May Be Tightening

Boaters in Florida may find the anchoring laws get tighter in the very near future. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed a public survey on Dec. 7, 2014 examining proposed changes to anchoring.

The FWC is examining new restrictions that could force anchored boats to move 150 feet offshore, ban boats “in a condition of disrepair or poor maintenance” or require that permanently anchored boats be moved several miles every few weeks. That could have a major impact on liveaboard boaters who choose not to dock at a liveaboard marina (like Regatta Pointe Marina). 

“Issues related to anchoring boats continue to be a challenge,” said Maj. Richard Moore of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section in a video placed on the FWC website.

“Boat owners, marina owners and owners of waterfront infrastructure constantly fear damage to their property when a thunderstorm blows through, because of the likelihood that boats anchored nearby may become adrift.”

The officer also cited complaints about popular water-skiing areas made unusable because of boats anchored there; “public nuisance” boats left to sink and become derelict; and boats anchored “for extended periods of time, a bit closer to waterfront residences than many people would agree is appropriate.”

According to Moore, there is no way to know when or in what form potential anchoring legislation could change.