Bayliner Element F18: Fishability and Affordability

We’re very excited about this newest addition to the Bayliner Element line of entry-level boats – the F18 fishing boat!

Bayliner has been busy revolutionizing day boats as we know them. They first introduced the 16′ Element back in 2013. The Element series combines “an affordable price, familiar automotive-style handling, and class-leading stability and safety features”.

Bayliner has now applied these principles to the F18, offering entry-level boaters the opportunity of owning a safe and practical fishing boat at an affordable price.

The F18 takes full advantage of the stable Element M-Hull and combines it with a deck plan focused on “fishability”. Seasoned fishermen and families alike will appreciate the features, layout. and value aboard this family-friendly fishing platform.

Specification Overview:

  • Length overall (LOA) : 18’2″ / 5.57 m
  • Beam : 7’5″ / 2.26 m
  • Weight : 2,000 lbs / 907 kg
  • Fuel capacity : 30 gal / 114 l
  • People capacity : 5 / 5
  • Max engine power : 115 HP / 115 HP

Standard Features:

  • Aft non-skid casting platform with center livewell
  • Bow anchor locker and storage compartments
  • Flip/flop double wide captains seat with cooler beneath
  • Forward facing jump seats with storage beneath
  • Port and starboard gunnel rod storage for 4 rods
  • Self-bailing cockpit
  • 33 gallon built-in fuel tank
  • Binacle mounted Engine Controls w/Trim & Tilt Switch in Handle
  • Center console with storage for 6 rods and a large storage compartment
  • Navigation-ready helm station with stainless steel steering wheel standard
  • Large non-skid bow casting platform with pre-wired trolling motor landing
  • Mooring Cleats (6)
  • Patent Pending M-Hull Design
  • Single-Axle Galvanized Self Guiding Trailer

The Bayliner F18 is a recent launch and will be featured at the Stuart Boat Show, providing consumers a great opportunity to see and buy this model before the big Miami Boat Show in February.

The F18 is available for sale at all three of our stores: InterMarine Fort Lauderdale, InterMarine Dania Beach, and InterMarine Jupiter. See the Bayliner F18 brochure online and come in to see it for yourself!

56th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is here!

2015 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

The 56th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is on November 5-9. We’ll be on the H Docks of the Bahia Mar and and the Convention Center.

After months of preparations, the 56th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is finally here!! This year’s show is InterMarine’s biggest boat show to date. We have over 50 boats on display, so we’re sure you will find exactly what you are looking for. Today is Prime Time Preview from 12 PM to 7 PM. General Admission starts tomorrow through Monday. Don’t miss it!

Be on the know! Check out the FLIBS2015 Show Guide here for display boat information and links, dates and hours, show locations and maps, and sales contact information.

NEW LISTING ALERT! 2008 Chaparral 330 Signature Cruiser

NEW LISTING ALERT! 2008 Chaparral 330 Signature for sale in InterMarine Jupiter, FL. Included: Kohler generator, bow thruster, underwater lights, TV, Garmin VHF, GPS, and Radar, NEW camper top, remote control spotlight, and much, much more! Come see it today! #intermarine #chaparralforsale 2008 Chaparral 330 Signature cruiser

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.

Boat manufacturers look to extend the summer boating season with longer sales

Here in South Florida where InterMarine is located, every day of the year is boating season. But for just about everyone else, the boating season is coming to an end as summertime comes to a close. Kids go back to school, temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change colors. Before you know it, these boaters stuck in northern climates will have to winterize their boats and put them away until next year.

That’s why it’s understandable that everyone wants to extend their summer. Naturally, it also stands to reason that some of the best boat buying deals outside of boat shows will be found off-season, much like the way holiday ornaments go on sale right after Christmas. Accordingly, many boat manufacturers are extending their summer sales in hopes of snatching up off-season buyers who want to be ahead of the game for next year. There is also the fact that 2016 models are coming out soon, and dealers will being efforts to offload their 2015 inventory, making things even more appealing for the consumer.

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that two of our boat lines have extended their summertime promotions: Bayliner and Chaparral.

bayliner-scorching-summer-saleBayliner is one of the best choices for entry-level boaters and those looking for a practical and affordable boating solution. They specialize in family-friendly bowriders and deckboats in addition to their award-winning, unique line of Element boats (which includes the Element XL and the newly-launched XR7 “pontoon-style” boat). Bayliner has just extended their Scorching Summer Sale through September 13th. This applies to select bowriders and deck boats and offers the buyer savings up to $2,500 and 5 years extended warranty. Please be sure to contact us for all the details.

Chaparral Summer Sale is backOn the other hand, we have Chaparral, who has been establishing itself as one of the highest-quality boats in the industry over the last few years. Chaparral has been taking over the market once ruled by brands like Sea Ray. Chaparral boats’ Kevlar construction, signature quilted-interiors, limited lifetime hull warranty, and well-appointed interiors with an upscale feel are all testaments to this boat builder’s commitment to excellence. Fancy wording aside: Chaparral boats are beautiful, stylish, and well-made. Chaparral is celebrating their 50th year in the boat-building business by bringing back their Golden Anniversary Sales Event through September 14th, 2015. Customers buying 2015 and older in stock inventory during this period will qualify to earn a 5-year engine and component warranty and specific cash incentives available on remaining, non-current (2013/2014) field inventory. Again, we urge you to contact us directly for all the details and information, as there are restrictions.

If you are considering buying a new boat or trading up, now’s the time to act. Whether you are looking to buy a new boat or a used boat, you are sure to find some of the best deals around. InterMarine is the certified dealer for six different brands-  Bayliner, Chaparral, Four Winns, Everglades, Jeanneau, and Prestige Yachts- in addition to having a well-rounded selection of used boats for sale, so it is fairly certain that you will find exactly what you are looking for at some of the best prices around.

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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