InterMarine is at the #MDCE15

InterMarine’s management team is at the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo learning how to be a better boat and yacht dealer for you, our customer. The Marine Conference will include education tracks focused on leadership, service, and sales.

Intermarine management team at the Marine Dealer Conference 2015

Four Winns innovates again and again

Rec Boat Holdings, home of the Four Winns brands and part of the Benneteau group, just held their 2015-2016 Dealer Meeting in Sarasota, Florida. The company continues to demonstrate their commitment to innovation with not only a new boat series and new model additions, but a new meeting structure as well.

The new meeting structure offered dealers more information than ever before, with speakers and seminars included in the schedule.

InterMarine crew got to test drive the all-new Four Winns HD270, which will be available in both sterndrive and outboard options, and comes equipped with an enclosed head and other amenities for a comfortable day out on the water. This year’s dealer meeting also saw an addition to the TS series with the TS242, a larger version of the TS222. This boat line features the cutting-edge technology of Volvo Penta’s FWD Drive. Last but not least, we saw an addition to the Vista cabin cruiser series with the 255V, following in the footsteps of immensely popular 275V.

While the HD270 is part of a new line that will see new models in the future, the TS242 and the 255 Vista are tentatively scheduled to make appearances at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, inside the Bahia Mar Marina on the H Docks. Look for slips 831-835 for a sneak-peek at these brand-new boats from Four Winns.

New Four Winns HD 270 bowrider

This HD270 is the first of a new series of bowriders from Four Winns.

Maintaining your Everglades Center Console

Intermarine new dealer for Everglades Fort Lauderdale

Owning an Everglades Center Console is an exceptional experience. Unsinkable build and upscale details make this luxury fishing boat a pleasure to own. How can you make sure that your investment is well-protected? Here is an outline of recommended Everglades boat maintenance coming direct from the factory.

Daily Maintenance

  • After using your boat, always wash the exterior with boat soap and fresh water.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a soft cloth to eliminate water spots.
  • Flush motor/generator with fresh water. NOTE: never directly spray motors, components or electrical wiring!

Monthly Maintenance

  • Wax and polish all stainless steel parts.
  • Check and grease all seals in access hatches/deck plates.
  • Wax hull with fiberglass wax.
  • Wax all powder coat parts.
  • Add fuel stabilizer if storing vessel for more than seven days.
  • Refer to engine manufacturer for maintenance schedule.
  • Cycle all ball valves open/closed to ensure working condition.
  • Check and/or clean battery post connections.

Annual Maintenance

  • Inspect all fuel connections.
  • Inspect all steering connections.
  • Inspect and check connections on batteries.
  • Inspect all hoses to check for leaks or faults.
  • Inspect props and lower units for damage or excessive wear.
  • Inspect waste system for correct operation.

Other Things to Know…

  • It is recommended that you wash and wax all exposed fiberglass surfaces at least four times a year. This helps to extend the life of the gel coat finish.
  • Never use the windshield wiper if the windshield is not wet. Dried salt or dirt on the windshield can scratch the glass.
  • Never apply wax or buffing compound to a gel coat surface in direct sunlight.
  • Never use any polish containing lemon or lemon scents on vinyl. The lemon juice will attack the vinyl and cause it to deteriorate.
  • Avoid getting sun tan oil, lotions, waxes and polishes that contain oils and dyes. These can cause stiffening and staining of vinyls.

Following these maintenance tips can help keep your Everglades center console luxury fishing boat in tip-top shape for many years to come. InterMarine’s Service Department can help take care of any and all of these maintenance steps for you if you prefer to just set your boat in the water and go play. See our information at the end of this article to book an appointment.

Happy Boating!

InterMarine Boat Sales & Service Center:
4550 Anglers Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 894-9895 or (866) 725-7495
Service Manager: Carlos Vaitiekunas
General Manager: Rick DuBois

Additional Sales and Service Centers:
InterMarine Dania Beach Waterfront Sales Showroom
320 N. Federal Highway
Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 922-5500

InterMarine Jupiter Sales & Service Center
19157 S.E. Federal Highway
Jupiter, FL 33469
(561) 747-0005

We sell and service Bayliner boats, Chaparral boats, Four Winns boats, Jeanneau power boats, Everglades center console, and Prestige Yachts in all of the Florida East Coast.


Content: Denise Ciparro for InterMarine, Inc.

Maintenance information courtesy of Everglades Boats.

Boating Safely during Labor Day weekend

It’s Labor Day weekend, and many people take to the water with their boats, family, and friends for a day spent on our favorite pasttime: boating.

In order to ensure that everyone remains safe, here are some important boating safety tips taken directly from the United States Coast Guard.

  1. First and foremost:  BOAT SOBER!!! Remember that a boat is a very large moving vehicle without brakes. It is imperative that the person operating the boat has all their senses about them. Hire a captain if you absolutely must- the expense is well worth your life and that of those around you.
  2. Wear your life life jackets. “Having a life jacket onboard and not wearing it is like having a seat belt in a car and not having it on.” According to Coast Guard Lt. Mike Cortese, over 80 percent of boating deaths happen to people not wearing life jackets. Don’t wait for something to happen, because by then, it will be too late.
  3. Make a float plan. Before going out on your boat, write down what kind of vessel you’ll be on, who will be on it, and where will it be going. Then, leave this plan with a friend or family member. This way, if you were to go missing, authorities will have accurate information to start their search. Go to the USCG website and download the fillable form .
  4. Use an EPIRB. This piece of equipment can help the Coast Guard locate your vessel via satellite signals if you need to be rescued. We recently featured an article by Captain Tony on the subject of marine emergency signaling devices.
  5. No Speeding!! Once again, remember that your boat doesn’t have any brakes, and neither do the other boats around you. Imagine how much harder it is to stop and maneuver on the water than on dry land if you are speeding where you are not supposed to!
  6. Perform boat and equipment safety checks. There is a series of things that need to be on board and in good working condition prior to departure. Make sure you look over everything to ensure you are prepared. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a virtual boat safety checklist on their website, and you can even make an appointment for them to check things out for you.
  7. Useful apps. The Coast Guard has an app that offers everything from reporting if a boat is in distress to how to create a float plan. Get it, and use it.

Carelessness can cause a beautiful day on the water to turn disastrous. It is imperative that you and your guests take precautions to be safe on the water. Ignoring these basic precautions just isn’t worth the risk!

For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

This article was based on information published by the Miami Herald.

Hurricane Preparedness

Back in June, Captain Tony P wrote an article on hurricane preparedness for boaters. With Tropical Storm Erika heading our way, we thought it would be a good time to review some hurricane precautions.

For boaters:
– Use plenty of duct tape to secure hatches, drawers, cabinets, vents for fuel and water tanks, seams in doors and windows, etc.
– Make sure to have extra lines for your boat and bring it inland if you can.
Read this document from the U.S. Power Squadron.

Other items to have on hand:

– Water for 3 days per person
– Non-perishable items like canned goods, peanut butter, energy bars
– Candles and matches
– Flashlights and extra batteries
– Prescriptions refills
– Toiletry items and a first-aid kit

And other things you might want to do, in addition to putting up shutters:
– Top up the gas in your cars
– Bring toys, bikes, plants, etc indoors
– Get extra cash from the ATM

This list is by no means exhaustive. Please refer to the NOAA for more information and prepare now. Even if the storm misses us, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll be better prepared for the next one.


Written by Denise Ciparro for InterMarineBoats.com

Things to know about weather and its effect on your boating (Southeast Florida)

Prestige yachts cruising out of MiamiWeather effects most of us on a daily basis, some more than others. However, in the boating business it is a very dominant factor. In this article I will focus on weather during the summer months in our boating area (South Florida and Bahamas) for local day outings and Bimini crossings.

Day Trips

20% Chance of Rain
I don’t usually expect to see rain chances under 20 percent during the summer. If you do see a 20% chance, you can count on a very dry day.

40% Chance of Rain
The “chance of rain” during the summer can be as high as 40% and chances are 1 in 4 that you will encounter a brief summer rain shower or thunderstorm. This is normal and I would not cancel a trip under this scenario

50% Chance of Rain
The jump between 40% and 50% is not significant in my book, but it does mean that there is a higher than normal likelihood that you will see some rain.

60%
Anything over 60% means that the day will most likely be a wet one but not a washout.

70% Plus
Most likely be a washout day.

Wind Strength and Direction
Prevailing wind direction in this area is SE at about 5 to 10 mph during the Summer. East winds usually blow a bit stronger and create more chop out in the ocean but this is not unusual. Any shift to the West or North are indicative of a change out of the norm and additional monitoring is warranted before departure. Boats cruising in the ICW or Biscayne Bay are not affected as much by wind and seas as a boat out on the ocean.

Bimini Crossings
The ideal conditions for Bimini Crossings is a South wind of 10 mph or less. If the forecast calls for “variable” winds you can pretty much count on very light or no wind. This does occur during the summer at times, mostly early mornings. My “No-Go” threshold for Bimini (unless I’m running a delivery with no customers on board), is Winds in excess of 15mph from any direction. A North wind in excess of 15 mph can make for a rough crossing as you enter the Gulfstream.

Hope this helps anyone that is not familiar with our weather patterns here in Southeast Florida. If you have any weather or boat related questions you can always call me at (954) 894-9895.

Happy Boating!
Capt. Tony

Hiring a Captain – What to expect

It is that time of year again when many yacht owners retain a Captain (and crew) to run their yachts to the Bahamas for a weekend or longer. It was recently brought to my attention the importance of having a clear cut understanding on what each of the parties should expect from each other. Below are some guidelines that I use when placing a captain:

Pay
Pay rates for Captains vary greatly from $200.00 per day to over $500.00. The average pay for an experienced Captain is 400.00 / USD per day.

Tips / Gratuity
Captains do accept tips and it is customary in the U.S.A to tip approximately $100.00 – $200.00 per day on top of the Captains pay for a job well done. If no tip is given, it may be interpreted as the captain did not perform to your satisfaction.

Working Hours
Captains are responsible for the safe passage of valuable equipment (the yacht) as well as the guests. To this effect, it is important that a Captain be well rested and alert while he/she is on duty. I always recommend that the Captain’s working time (either running the yacht or tending to guests at the dock or at anchor), be limited to eight hours per day. Rest time should be at least ten hours for every 24 hour period during the cruise.

Accommodations
Captains should be provided with private air conditioned quarters (cabin) with a private bathroom and shower. A cabin with its own private entrance is always better.

Food and Drink
It is the yacht owners responsibility to provide the Captain with meals and beverage (no alcohol) during the voyage. The Captain can prepare his own meals if this is what the yacht owner prefers.

Tasks
A Captain is responsible for the safe passage of the yacht as well as guests safety as well as the following:

  • The Captain should be able to troubleshoot and repair minor mechanical and electrical issues.
  • Clogged toilets are not something a Captain is trained or should be obligated to troubleshoot or repair unless he/she agrees, so it is of utmost importance to brief all guests on the proper use of a marine toilet.
  • Boat Washing is not normally part of what a Captain does, however most captains do not mind giving the boat a fresh water rinse at the end of the day.
  • Cooking / Serving: This is not the Captains job, Those expecting food service should also retain a cook and/or server for this.
  • Child Care: Captains are not responsible for child-care, neither are first mates.
  • Customs and Immigration: Captains should be able to guide guests through the process of clearing through Customs and Immigration in the Bahamas as well as back in the United States. The Captain should also make sure that all guests have a valid passport on hand (before departure) if travelling to the Bahamas.
  • Fishing / Diving / Water Sports: Captains normally partake in these activities but it is best to have an understanding of the Captains experience in these activities before hiring him/her.
  • Captains will inspect the yacht before departure to look for any issues that may affect the operation of the yacht. This includes; fuel status, fresh water status, engine room inspection, fluid levels, electronics, septic (toilet) system etc. However, it is the owners responsibility to have the yacht maintained in “turn-key” condition at all times, especially prior to a long trip.
  • Please remember that a Captain is primarily responsible for the yacht and guest safety so it is important to heed his/her advice regarding route, destination, weather and water activities.

On voyages to the Bahamas and other non-U.S Destinations, the Captain is responsible for meeting all the requirements of the local immigration and customs regulations. It is important that all guests have a valid Passport if visiting the Bahamas. The Captain is also the only person allowed to disembark in order to clear customs and immigration for the passengers. Once this is completed guests are allowed to disembark. Not following these simple rules may result in vessel forfeiture and jail time.

Below are some other positions that you may wish to have on your yacht

Deckhands / First Mate

On small recreational yachts (typically under 100 feet), the deckhands perform all deck operations handling ropes and fenders, ensuring the exterior of the yacht is in a condition fit for sea, as well as keeping it in immaculate conditions at all times.  Preparing and operating water toys is also part of this job. Deck hands earn about 150.00 to 250.0 per day plus gratuity.

Stewards

Stewards are responsible for maintaining guest cabins clean, beds made and laundry as well as cleaning and maintaining all common areas of the yacht. Stewards earn about $150.00 to $250.00 per day plus gratuity.

Servers

Servers are responsible for taking care of guests needs as they apply to food and beverage as well as maintaining common areas clean and clear. This position typically costs between 100.00 to 250.00 per day plus gratuity.

Chef

Chefs prepare food for guests (and crew). Chefs may bring food already cooked and prepared or cook from scratch on the yacht. This position typically costs between $250.00 to $500.00 per day plus gratuity.

Following these guidelines can help ensure proper communications between you and your hired crew so that everyone is treated fairly and has a positive experience.

Happy Boating!
Captain Tony