Super El Niño Bad Weather Boating Tips

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Bad Weather Boating Tips for a Wet Winter in South Florida

As hurricane season winds down in Miami, boat owners have another weather phenomenon to worry about this year, “Super El Niño.” This year’s Super El Niño has so far protected us from menacing hurricanes. However, experts are predicting a much different story for 2016, making boat safety and maintenance essential as we welcome in the New Year.

In Miami, El Niño can bring more rain and cooler weather this winter than we’re used to — which can have a big effect on fishing and diving activities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center gives Florida a 70 percent chance of above-normal rainfall, which is on-par with what we’ve been experiencing this fall.

As a result of the increased storms, boaters can experience poor water conditions and low visibility without warning. Review out boating tips below about preparing yourself for bad weather during this Super El Nino year. The following tips were collected from various resources and our friends in the Marine and Boating Industry.

El Nino Boating Tips

1. Monitor the weather channel on your VHF radio.
2. Get a good fix of your position and plot it on your chart to safer waters or shore.
3. Talk to your passengers and make sure when that when bad weather arrives to keep low in the boat, don’t move around excessively and don’t go out on deck unless necessary.
4. Break out your storm gear and put it on before the weather gets poor.
5. Secure all hatches; close all ports and windows.
6. Pump bilges dry and repeat as required.
7. Secure all loose items above decks and below.
8. Ready emergency equipment like hand pumps, bailers, first aid kit, signaling device, and flare gun etc.
9. Make sure the life raft is in good condition and properly equipped with food and water.
10. Turn on navigation lights.
11. Keep away from metal objects.
12. Keep a lookout for floating debris and other boats.
13. Don’t operate your vessel from the tower.
14. Have semi-annual boat maintenance.

If you have questions about our Niño Boating Tips or want to know about the weather at our Miami Marina give us a call today at 786-728-9988 or click here.

2015 Lobster Season Tips

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Lobster Season Tips for South Florida

Mini Season in South Florida runs from June 29-30, 2015. It’s always a great time to get your fill of lobster (and to share some of the lobster with your friendly boat rental staff, of course), but we want you to come back safe and sound. Here are some tips to keep you safe this season:

  • Make sure you have your Fishing License and a Lobster Permit. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, visit www.myfwc.com.
  • Know your limits: Legal Limit is 12 lobster per person, per day in South Florida except in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park where the limit is 6 lobster per person per day. Please help our ecosystem thrive and don’t take more than you’re allowed. 
  • Legal Size limit is 3” or larger than the carapace (the upper part of the lobster from where the tail meets the head).
  • You are required to have a measuring device at all times no matter what.
  • Make sure your dive gear is up to date and that you have it serviced. Also, make sure that your SCUBA tanks have been visually inspected within the last year.
  • When  scuba diving, please be mindful of your air consumption. Lobster is delicious, but not worth getting decompression sickness or worse.
  • Use a diver down flag always!
  • When boating, be mindful of diver down flags. Know that there are people in the water and be extra cautious during the lobster season.
  • Make sure to plan out your dive locations and check the weather.
  • Bring plenty of ice and a cooler to keep you catch fresh until you get back to the docks.

Main Lobster Season Miami

If you can’t make it out for Lobster Mini-Season, not to worry. The regular lobster season opens on August 6th and runs through March 31st. The same safety rules apply, so please boat and dive safely all season long. The only thing that really changes is your limit of catch. Legal Limit during the regular lobster season is 6 lobsters per person per day vs. 12 during mini-season.

If you need a boat trailer for rent in Miami or have questions about the 2015 lobster season in South Florida call us at (786) 728-9988. Also, don’t forget to stop by our sister company Northbeach Marina this season to launch your boat and fill up on supplies before head out on the water. 

Top 10 Winter Boating Tips for South Florida

Top 10 Winter Boating Tips for South Florida

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If you are fortunate enough to be in South Florida during the winter months you’ll notice the weather is sublime. With average temperatures in the 70’s, there is no stopping the fun due to cold weather like our friends up north.

There is no place like South Florida for boating during the winter months. While here you can see everything from boat parades and seawall fishing rodeos to manatees and billfish tournaments. South Florida is a boaters dream during the winter months.

Below we have compiled our list winter boating tips for Fort Lauderdale

  1. Hurricane Season ends November 30th
  2. Bill Fishing Season Begins December 1st
  3. Lobster season runs until March 31st
  4. Be flexible when planning your day on the water, as winter storms tend to move in fast and sit for days.
  5. Palm Beach Holiday Boat Show and Fireworks Dec 6th (more info)
  6. Fort Lauderdale Winter Fest Boat Parade: Dec 13th (more info)
  7. Miami International Boat Show: Feb 12-16 (more info)
  8. Manatee Migration: Watch the gentle giants make their way south for the winter. You can see them at a number of locations around the state. (more info)
  9. Christmas Light Boat Tour: Enjoy a boat tour through the intercostal waterways to see the eclectic assortment of Christmas lights and decorations.
  10. Water Taxi: Instead of sitting in holiday traffic from all the snowbirds, take the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi to navigate around our illustrious city. (more inf0)

Bonus Tip

  1. Get Mobile: Rent a boat trailer and go to the Florida Keys or West Coast to enjoy the warm weather and calmer waters. Not to mention the vast amounts of fishing and marine life you can see while there. (more info)

If you have any suggestions for our winter boating tips please let us know by calling (786) 728-9988. We’re always looking for more fun ideas to be out on the water. 

How to Keep Your Boat Trailer Safe During a Hurricane

How to Keep Your Boat Trailer Safe During a Hurricane in Florida

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Happy Trailer Rentals Miami would like to remind boaters that just because we’re half way through the 2014 Hurricane Season doesn’t mean we’re out of the choppy waters yet. Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th with most of the activity happening in the month of September.

In the last few decades, South Floridians have seen our share of storms, from Hurricane Andrew to Hurricane Wilma and every Hurricane, Tropical Storm and Depression in between. There has been major damage and sometimes just inconveniences, but we all know that no matter what Mother Nature throws at us, it’s best to be prepared.

During Hurricane Season, you stock up on canned food, bottled water, batteries, flashlights, and other supplies to keep you and your home safe, but, what about your boat? How will your boat weather a storm?

Hurricanes are inevitable when you live in South Florida but there are strategies to help mitigate the damage caused to your boat during a hurricane. Below we have compiled a list of tips that can help you protect your boat this Hurricane Season and also included some resources for more thorough information.

Small Boat Trailer Storage Tips for Hurricane Season:

If you have a smaller boat, under 35’ feet, it is safest for the boat (and for your mental well-being) to get it out of the water completely. Whether the boat is on a trailer next to your house or at a dry storage marina, the boats that are stored dry typically see less damage than those left in the water during a hurricane.

  • Leave the cover off of the boat, especially if it is expensive or custom made. The cover on the boat will collect rainwater and strain the cover, tearing it in the process. If the cover comes loose during a storm, it will fall victim to the wind, and more than likely get ruined. Your boat was made to get wet, so let it, leave it uncovered during a storm.
  • We recommend that you take anything off the boat that’s not supposed to get wet, or that is light enough to fly away in a heavy wind. This includes (but is definitely not limited to) cushions, dock lines, flags, Bimini tops, and GPS/Radios. Make sure to secure anything else that cannot be removed from the boat.
  • Seal all openings on the boat to keep it watertight (hatches, cabinets, doors, etc.). To help keep things secure during a storm, use duct tape for an easy remedy.
  • Keeping the drain plugs out of your boat is also a good idea. If the boat fills up with water, the added weight can negatively affect the way it sits on your trailer or dry-rack. Marinas typically keep the drain plugs out, however, if your boat is on a trailer, it’s a good practice too keep the drain plug out. Just remember to put the plug back in before using the boat next!

Keeping Your Boat in the Water

If you have no choice but to leave your boat in the water during a hurricane, try to find a safe harbor to anchor. Once you find a safe place, hopefully, off of the wide water, look around. Are there rocks? Are you near a seawall? Is your boat anchored on a sandy bottom or a rocky ledge? What obstacles can the boat come into contact with during violent winds, storm surges, or in the event that the boat breaks loose from its anchor?

Final Tips For Keeping Your Boat and Trailer Safe During Hurricane Season

Finally, it is wise to make sure that you have all of your boat documents in an easily accessible location and that the insurance is up to date. Also, to help with insurance claims, keep receipts and take photos or video of your boat and trailer.

You can take all the precautions in the world to secure your boat, however Mother Nature sometimes gets the best of us. Make sure you are prepared and stay safe.

Important Hurricane Resources for Boaters: 

To learn more about hurricane preparedness tips for boats and dry boat storage in Miami, Florida call Happy Trailer Rentals Miami at: 786-728-9988  or click here.

2014 Mini-Lobster Season Miami Florida

Lobster Season News and Updates for 2014


The 2014 mini lobster season begins at 12:01 am on Wednesday July 30th and ends at 12:00 midnight on Thursday July 31st. The regular 8 month lobster season will start August 6th and run through March 31, 2015.

During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters otherwise face fines from the Florida.

Learn all about the 2014 Florida Lobster Season, click here.

New Laws for the 2014 Florida Lobster Season, click here.

For more information about the 2014 Florida Lobster Season call us today at (786) 728-9988

How to Choose the Right Boat Trailer

Learn How to choose the right style of boat trailer for your boating needs in South Florida

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How can you tell what is the best style of boat trailer to rent that will fit your boating needs for South Florida?

Boat trailers are not difficult to understand. There three styles of boat trailer to rent: Bunk, Roller and Combination Bunk-Roller.

    1. Bunk Trailer: the trailer’s float-on, float-off configuration is ideal trailer for those whom frequently load and unload in deep water. You will need to back the trailer fairly far into the water. Bunk trailers are typically the least expensive trailer option
    2. Roller Trailer: preferred if you mostly load and unload in shallow water. The drive-on, drive-off configuration makes it unnecessary to back deep into the water.
    3. Combination Bunk-Roller Trailer: combines best of both technologies.

Wash the boat trailer with fresh water after every use to extend its life. With proper maintenance a boat trailer can last a long time. However, there are many external elements like the sun, salt and crazy hurricanes that can affect the life of a boat trailer, especially in South Florida. In order to avoid wasting money on repair bills and storage, we suggest you rent a boat trailer.

When it comes to renting a boat trailer in Miami there is no better place than Happy Trailer Rentals. We carry a wide selection of boat trailers for rent at the lowest prices in town.

Have questions about which style of boat trailer is best for your boating needs? Call us at 786-728-9988 or email at happytrailerrentals@gmail.com.

Miami Boat Show 2014

Miami Boat Show 2014

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The 73rd Annual Miami International Boat Show will take place February 13 – 17 in Miami, Florida. See the latest and greatest in powerboats, sailboats and engines to cutting-edge marine electronics and accessories. The show will take place at three venues: the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside.

After you purchase your dream boat from the Miami Boat Show, rent a boat trailer from us. We have the wide selection of boat trailers for rent at the lowest rates in town.

For more info about the Miami Boat Show call us today at 786-728-9988

Miami Boat Show Resources:

Miami Boat Show Website
List of Exhibitors 
CBS Guide to Miami Boat Show

Stone Crab Season in Miami Florida Starts October 15th

The 2013 Florida Stone Crab Season Begins Tuesday October 15th. Get Your Boat’s Trailer Ready

Happy Trailer Rentals, Boat Trailer Rental and Boat Storage, is excited about the 2013 Stone Crab Season! And why wouldn’t we be? This seasonal, Florida delicacy is Awesome in many ways. Not only is catching them fun, eating them is sublime! Enjoy this light, sweet, and tasty crab meat with your favorite cold beverage and you are truly in for a treat. However, as last year’s harvest numbers were low across Florida we want to make sure that everyone adheres to the “One Claw Rule“. The One Claw Rule suggests that harvesters only remove one claw, instead of two. This un-written rule of the sea gives the Stone Crabs a higher chance of survival. Statistics show the mortality rate is 47% for doubly-amputated vs. 28% for single amputee crabs  So… before your head into the water this season here are a few tips to remember.

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What You Need To Know

  • No females with eggs
  • Recreational fishermen can have a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less. I
  • only take just one claw from each crab, and then return it to the water, as the claw will grow back over time (12-18 months).
  • Stone Crab claws must be at least 2 inches in length in order to keep.
  • Unlawful to use any device  that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks etc.
  • A maximum of 5 stone crabs traps per person

Get all the facts about Florida Stone Crab Season by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or call us at 786-728-9988

Need a boat trailer for your Stone Crab trip to the Keys or the west coast? Rent one from us today. We have a wide selection available at the lowest rates in town. View Trailers.

Learn the Proper Way to Remove a Florida Stone Crab Claw

Lobster Mini Season in Miami Starts July 24th

Lobster Mini Season in Miami, Florida Starts Wednesday July 25th at 12:01AM! Is Your Boat’s Trailer Ready!

Lobster mini-season in Florida begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ends at 12:00 midnight on Thursday July 25th 2013. Is your boat ready to go? If you happen to need a boat trailer for rent in Miami, we have a great selection for rent in stock ready for your lobster mini-season hunt, click here.

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Every July the Miami Florida oceans are taken over with lobster hunters looking for their share of this year’s gift from the sea. There are two Florida Lobster Seasons, the 2 day mini season and the 8 month regular lobster season that begins August 6th and last through March 31st.

The mini lobster season in Miami is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. This year the mini season falls on July 24th and 25th.

Make sure to check with local Fish and Wildlife Deprartment for lobster mini-season in Fort Lauderdale dates and times, click here. 

How to Catch a Lobster

Watch and Learn all about how to catch a Lobster by visiting our friends at Sun Sentinel, click here.

Need a a boat trailer for rent in Miami, we have great  selection for rent at the best prices in town. Call us today at 786-728-9988.

 

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Happy Trailer Rentals

Boat and trailer storage Miami, Florida

Thank you for visiting the Happy Trailer Storage website. Are you looking to store your boat or trailer in Miami, Florida? Look no further. We offer monthly and yearly dry-storage at the lowest rates in town.

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