Miami Holiday Boat Parade 2018

Miami Holiday Boat Parade 2018

Celebrate the start to the holidays season with the 21’st annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

Happy Holidays from everyone at Happy Trailer Storage. To kick off the holiday season, you will not want to miss The 21st Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade that will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018. This family-friendly event will showcase more than 100 boats decked out in lights, decorations, and music. The boat parade begins at 7:00 pm and can be viewed from the Bayfront Park where there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ, and Firework Show at 9:00 pm.

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Pelican Harbor Marina Beautification Project

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Pelican Harbor Marina Beautification Project

Boat Ramp Parking Lot Get’s a Much Needed Overhaul

We are excited to announce the Pelican Harbor Boat Ramp and Marina is getting a much-needed overhaul this fall. Located at 1275 NE 79th St., Miami, on Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, Pelican Harbor Marina is near our boat storage facility and offers nearby ocean access to the Haulover Inlet and Government Cut.

The city of Miami-Dade has implemented the “Pelican Harbor Marina Boat Ramp Parking Lot Beautification Project,” valued at $2.6 million, to modernize, upgrade and improve the overall facility. Construction started this September and expected to be completed in the fall of 2019. The boat ramp will remain open during the project with limited parking spaces available.

Beautification Project Highlights:

  • Reconfiguring traffic flow to reduce congestion.
  • Reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate 150 trailers and 24 vehicles.
  • Replace and resurface asphalt
  • Installing new signs
  • Installing a new eight-foot-wide pedestrian concrete walkway
  • Improving parking lot stormwater drainage
  • Installing new landscaping
  • Making lighting improvements
  • Installing new fire hydrant.

Learn more about the Pelican Harbor Marina Beautification Project, click here.

Top Lobstering Equipment for South Florida

Top Lobstering Equipment

See our list of lobster catching gear for the Florida Spinney Lobster Season

The 2018 Florida Lobster Season started off with much success for local divers in Miami with plenty of lobster for everyone. Personally, we limited out in the first few hours of mini-season opening and most recently scored 11 bugs off the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea using our Airline hookah system.

With the first few dives under our belt for the season, we noticed some of our gear breaking down and in need of replacement. Now that it’s time to purchase new lobstering equipment we want to share with you our list of top lobster catching gear for 2018.

Low Volume Dive Mask

Dive Fins

Kevlar Dive Gloves

Lobster Bag

Lobster Snare

Lobster Tickle Stick

Lobster Net

 Lobster Guage

Lobster Deveiner Tool

Third Lung

5 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

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5 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

Happy Trailer Storage welcomes the 2018-19 Lobster Season

The Lobster Mini Season in Miami will officially begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 25th and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 26th. The regular 8-month lobster season will start on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2019. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt!

  1. SAFETY FIRST

There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during the lobster mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. Also, as tempting, as is it may seem to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, do not. You can get stuck or injured by an unknown fish lurking below.

  1. KNOW YOUR LIMITS

During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of twelve lobsters per person per day in Broward and Miami Dade Counties except for Biscayne National Park. In the primary season, one can take a maximum of 6 lobsters per person per day.

See the official Lobster Season rules

  1. SIZE MATTERS

It is important to remember the body of the lobster excluding the tail should be larger than 3″, measured in the water.  One should carry a measuring device at all times. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water.

  1. BUY A “LICENSE” OR GET FINED

You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in Lobster Season. To acquire these items, one can easily pick them up from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

  1. PURCHASE THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT

There is nothing more frustrating then malfunctioning equipment during a dive. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to have your gear tested and prepped for this season.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

Top 6 Places to Watch Independence Day Fireworks by boat in Miami

Happy Independence Day from everyone at Happy Trailer Storage. The Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday this year. There are many independence day celebrations in Miami that will feature fantastic fireworks displays you can see by boat.  Below we have compiled a list of the top six destinations to watch the fireworks in Miami by boat.

1. Bal Harbour

Fireworks: 9 p.m. fireworks display at the jetty on the beach

Address: located on the north end of Bal Harbour Beach at 101st Street, overlooking Haulover Inlet.

2. North Miami Celebration by the Bay

Fireworks: sundown

Address: 3000 NE 151st St. North Miami Beach, FL 33181

3. Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July Parade

Fireworks: 9 p.m.

Address: view the event from the Atlantic Ocean Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne.

4. Americas Birthday Bash in Bayfront Park

Fireworks: 9 p.m.  

Address: view from Biscayne Bay, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami

5. Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

Fireworks: 9 p.m

Address: View the event from the Atlantic Ocean near the North Beach Bandshell on Collins Avenue and 73 Street

6. South Pointe Park

Fireworks: 9 p.m

Address: View the event from the South Jetty. 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

The Hurricane Season in Miami runs from June 1st through November 30th. Make sure your boat is prepared to weather a storm.

The Hurricane Season is from June 1st through November 30th. Last year was one of the most destructive seasons on record with six major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma that caused destruction throughout the entire state of Florida. Keeping this in mind, we strongly recommend having a hurricane plan in place for your boat to help prevent damages that can be caused by these storms.

For the 2018 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an average year, with up to 16 named storms, and four major hurricanes. No matter how many storms we see this season; it only takes one to cause significant destruction to your vessel. With the 2018 Hurricane Season officially here, there’s no better time than now to prepare your boat to withstand a major storm.

CREATE A HURRICANE PLAN

The first step to prepare your boat for the hurricane season is to have a plan and know where you will keep it during a significant storm. The safest place to keep your boat during a hurricane is at a dry storage facility like North Beach Marina. Our in-door facility securely holds many vessels all keeping them dry and away from the hurricane force winds. You can also store your boat and trailer on dry land at your home or a boat storage facility like Happy Trailer Storage. We recommend selecting a location with minimal exposure to the wind. You can also reinforce your boat with straps for additional safety measures.

REVIEW YOUR BOAT INSURANCE

It is wise to make sure that you have all of your boat documents up to date and in an easily accessible location. Also, make sure to call your insurance company to make sure the policy is current. To help facilitate a timely insurance claim, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages.

SECURE LOSE ITEMS

You will want to remove everything lose on the boat and remove equipment that could be damaged by a storm. These items include antennas, radios, life jackets, fishing equipment and canvas tops. If you cannot remove the electronic equipment from your boat, you can use shrink-wrap tape to protect it.

FIND A SAFE HARBOR

If you have no choice but to leave your boat in the water during a hurricane, try to find a safe harbor to anchor it. Once you locate a safe place, preferably on a canal with tall pilings that can allow your boat to rise and fall with the storm surge. You should use long ropes with fray protection and can use pilings from other dock slips to create more distance. When your boat is secure in the water, it should look like a spider in the middle of a web. You can also use buoys to protect the vessel from impact against floating debris, the dock, and seawall.

DON’T WAIT

Most importantly, don’t wait until three days before a storm strikes to prepare your boat. Should you need assistance preparing your boat for hurricane season call us at 786-728-9988.

Winter Shark Diving in the Bahama

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Winter Shark Diving in the Bahamas

Looking for an adventure this winter? Take the short ferry ride over to the Bahamas and experience shark diving at its finest.

Written by: Carli Shekels
Photo by: Paula Herman

Winter in South Florida brings high winds, cold water, and isn’t quite the perfect time for boating but there are undoubtedly other ways to play during this season! If you’re a diver and are looking for something fun during Miami’s winter months, consider taking the FRS Caribbean Ferry over to Bimini in the Bahamas to dive with Hammerhead Sharks! Bimini Undersea Dive Shop offers a unique trip that’s very close to home. After a 2-hour ferry ride, the shop will escort you to the dive boat where you will suit up, travel to the dive site, and wait for the Hammerheads to arrive. Once the first Hammerhead appears, you can jump in and watch the feeding. Typical dives can last well over an hour, and even though it’s a bit chilly (especially for us South Floridians!), the beauty and excitement of seeing these fantastic creatures can keep you warm.

I had the privilege of diving last weekend, and the experience was truly incredible. The dive staff was very accommodating, professional and promoted safety, which is something that I always appreciate. The feeder was a pro, and he made sure to put the safety of the divers first. The water was full of large, hungry Nurse sharks when we jumped in and eventually; the Hammerheads came to have a mid-afternoon snack. They ranged from 10’-12’ and we got to see a “baby” 10’ Tiger Shark cruise by, as well. The water was cold; however, with a 3mm wetsuit, a hood, and gloves, it was bearable for the 75-minute dive. Other divers (maybe with warmer blood!) stayed down longer before heading back to the boat. Once back at shore, we had just enough time to change and have some conch salad before heading to the ferry to return home. It’s a full day of adventure but well worth it if you are interested in seeing some impressive sharks!

Take advantage of our proximity to the Bahamas from Miami and the quick ferry trip to enjoy shark diving and exploring while your boat hibernates this winter.

 

Holiday Hours & Closures

Happy Trailer Rentals Hours & Holiday Closures

Happy Trailer Rentals would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. Please make a note that we will have special marina operating hours during the holidays. Be sure to review the details below so that you are not inconvenienced. If you have any questions, please call us at 786-728-9988  or click here.

Christmas: Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Closed at 1:00 PM

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Closed/ No Access

New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • Closed at 1:00 PM

New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Closed/ No Access

Miami Boat Parade Schedule 2017

Boat Parade Schedule Miami 2017

Happy Holidays from everyone at Happy Trailer Rentals!

As the Holiday Season ramps up in Miami, be sure to check out the unique holiday boat parades lighting up the canals of South Florida.

North Beach Boat Parade

North Miami Beach has a shining boat parade of its own! Celebrating its fifth year, the North Beach Boat Parade is set to sail on December 16, 2017, starting at 7 PM from 86th Street and will travel to Brittany Bay Park. What began as a small neighborhood parade is quickly expanding into a fun community event that gives our locals something to both enjoy and participate in. For information or to participate in this fun family event, you can visit the website at http://www.northbeachboatparade.com.

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

The 20th Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017. This family-friendly event will showcase more than 50 boats decked out in holiday lights. The parade begins at 7:00 pm and can be watched from the official viewing site at Bayfront Park. There will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ and Firework Show at 9:00 pm.

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Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade

The Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade is among the most prominent boat parades in the country and will take place along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday, December 9, starting at 6:30 PM. This year’s boat parade theme is “Broadway”, and the grand marshals will be country music stars Big & Rich. The best way to see the parade is from the Riverwalk in downtown or the Grandstand area inside of the Birch State Park just north of Sunrise Boulevard.

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Boat Trailer Towing Tips

Boat Trailer Towing Tips

Before you hit the highway check out our 7 must know boat trailer towing tips

Do you need to tow a boat trailer in Miami? We have the largest selection of Jet Ski and fishing boat trailers for rent by the day or week- at the best prices in town. Before you hit the road, be sure to review our boat trailer towing tips for a successful ride.

If you’re new hauling a boat, these tips can help get you comfortable with towing a boat trailer on the busy roads of South Florida. If you’re an experienced captain, these tips can help serve as a reminder.

  1. Hitch size matters: Hitches are rated by class, and depending on how heavy your boat and trailer are, you may need a Class I, II, III, IV or V hitch. Ask you trailer rental professional what hitch size is needed for your vessel. 
  2. Practice your back up: find an empty parking lot and spend time practicing how to back the boat up so you can feel comfortable when at the boat ramp.
  3.  Adjust your mirrors: be sure to adjust your mirrors to compensate for blind spots due to the boat trailer.  An attachable side-view mirror can be a big help. 
  4. Take turns extra-wide: avoid hitting curbs and vehicles by taking turns extra-wide.
  5. Maintain your distance between vehicles: keep at least two-car lengths distance to avoid slamming on the breaks, which could lead to the trailer jackknifing.
  6. Trailer Sway: IF you notice swaying in the boat trailer, take your foot off the gas to minimize it. If it continues, stop and inspect the trailer.
  7. Purchase a Sun Pass: the roads in South Florida, especially in Miami, can have heavy traffic around the clock Look to purchase a Sun Pass and use the toll-roads. 

For more information on renting a boat trailer in Miami, contact us today at 786-728-9988.