Celebrate the start to the holidays season with the 50th annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale
Happy Holidays from everyone at Happy Trailer Storage.
To kick off the holiday season, you will not want to miss The 50th Annual Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Holiday Boat Parade that will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021. This family-friendly event will showcase more than 150 boats decorated with holiday lights, decorations, and music. The parade starts at 6:30 pm and can be viewed along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the intercoastal waterways. The Grand Marshal is Mario Lopez, who will help commemorate “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun!
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Tips
The 62nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place on October 27 – 31, 2021. Come out to see the industry’s latest boats and yachts while shopping for marine products and accessories. Enjoy tasty cuisine and cold drinks while visiting the many attractions, including seminars, sustainability presentations, Aquazone, and the Super Yacht Village.
Back for 2021 – Bigger and Better. You Don’t Want to Miss!
The Superyacht Village and marina will feature super yachts reaching over 300 feet in length. Superyacht Village is an exclusive marina that features some of the most spectacular vessels in the show. Superyacht Village is located at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina’s new “Pier South” property, adjacent to the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway bridge.
Presented by Nautical Ventures, AquaZoneTM is back for 2021 with a bigger and better display than ever before. AquaZone will give boat show-goers a front-row experience with various water sports and innovative marine products. The AquaZone is open during the same hours as the boat show. Demonstrations start one hour after the show opens and end one hour before the show closes.
This weekend’s weather is looking great! The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures with a high of 87 and a low of 67.
Transportation and Parking
Many options are available for transportation to the show, including the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, Uber, and Lyft. A personal favorite is riding bikes down to the show. Parking is available at the new garage at 200 Las Olas Circle.
Purchase Tickets to the Boat Show Online Only
New for 2021, there is no box off at the show. All tickets need to be purchased online in advance, and your digital ticket will be scanned at the door to enter.
Weather experts predict another above-average hurricane season in 2021. Where will you keep your boat should a storm hit?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, predicts another above-average hurricane season with 17 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes. The season starts on June 1 and goes through November 30, with the peak of storms affecting Florida in August and September.
Last year was a busy season, with a record 11 storms making landfall in the U.S., including six hurricanes. No matter the prediction, it is essential to have a hurricane preparedness plan, and a location to keep your boat should a storm hit your area.
The Best Place To Keep Your Boat During a Hurricane in Miami
Most boating experts would agree that the best place to keep your boat during a hurricane is an indoor dry storage facility like our friends at North Beach Marina or any dry inland location away from tidal surges and strong winds. If you cannot remove your boat from the water, the next best option is to look for shelter in a canal or “hurricane hole” with land protection on all sides and secure your boat to a boat lift or dock using strong lines with plenty of slack to account for the tidal rise.
When moving your boat inland, you will want to check the condition of your boat’s trailer to make sure it’s working correctly, as it is your best option to transport your boat away from the storm to a more sheltered location. We always recommend inspecting your trailer tires and bearings now to make sure you’re not scrambling to make repairs as a storm approaches.
Top Ten Hurricane Season Boat Preparation Tips
- Create a Hurricane Plan for Your Boat
- Secure In-Door Boat Storage
- Update Your Boats Insurance Policy
- Move Your Boat to Dry Land
- Secure Your Boat to a Trailer with Tie Down Straps
- Remove All Loose Items
- Seal the Openings
- Remove Drain Plugs to Let Excess Rain Water Drain Out
- Inspect the Bilge Pumps & Float Switches to Make Sure They’re Working Properly
- Check Your Boat’s Trailer to Ensure it’s Working Properly
Contact Us for Help
At Happy Trailer Storage, we’ve seen our fair share of hurricanes over the years and are here to help you prepare. For more information on where to keep your boat during the hurricane season contact us at 786-728-9988 click here.
Tune in for the Winterfest Holiday TV Special Down Memory Lane on Channel 7 Saturday, December 19th at 10 am
The 2020 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale scheduled for Saturday, December 12, has been canceled due to ongoing coronavirus concerns and the organization’s unwavering commitment to the health and safety of participants and spectators. The event will resume in 2021 with the 50th Anniversary of the Winterfest Boat Parade.
The annual television special will move forward on Saturday, December 19, at 10 am and focuses on the Best of the Parade with a “Home for the Holidays” theme. The 2020 television special produced by WSVN Channel 7 will blend the retrospect and a combination of special surprises. The television special scheduled to air in December will bring the best of decorated boats into the comfort of viewers’ homes. The special will air again on Christmas and New Year’s Day along with additional airings on Fox Sports Sun.
For more information, visit https://winterfestparade.com
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Will Take Place In 2020 With Enhanced Safety Protocols
The 61st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will come to port on Fort Lauderdale Beach, October 28-November 1, 2020. This year’s boat show is making several safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including thermometer checks, requiring maks, sanitation stations, and winding the dock space.
With more than 90 acres of event space, there will be plenty of room to enjoy a lovely day with your friends and family exploring the latest and greatest in the boating industry.
Purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines. There are 13 entrances for this year’s show along A1A. Parking is available at the new garage at 200 Las Olas Circle, on the north side of the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge.
Purchase Tickets to the Boat Show
2020 Lobster Season Guide Miami
Lobster Season Guide for a Successful Hunt in Miami
The Lobster Mini Season in Miami will officially begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 29, and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 30. The regular 8-month lobster season will start on August 6 and runs through March 31, 2021. This year is forecast to be very active, with more permits sold than last year, and excellent weather conditions. Before you head out on the water, review our guide below to ensure a safe and successful bug hunt!
Remember- 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 once, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. The 2020 Lobster Season will see more divers on the water than in the past with a 9% increase in permits sold vs. last year. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 176,190 resident lobster permits and 41,509 non-resident lobster permits sold this year.
Know Your Limitations
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, where you can only take six. In the primary lobster season, one can take a maximum of six lobsters per person per day.
Size Does Matter
It is important to remember the lobster’s body 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. Also, be sure to check to see if the lobster is pregnant. You can see visible orange eggs on the bottom of the tail. Be sure to leave these bugs for future generations to grow.
Buy a Spiny Lobster Permit
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 from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. The process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Purchase the Correct Lobster Catching Equipment
There is nothing more frustrating than 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. There are many specialty lobster catching equipment you can purchase online or at a dive shop. These items can include an underwater measuring stick, tickle stick, a net, noose, and lobster bag.
View our blog post on the best lobster catching equipment to purchase, click here.
For more information about the 2020 Lobster Season in Miami, please call us at 786-728-9988 or click here.
The Miami Boat Show Returns to Key Biscayne over Presidents Day Weekend
The 2020 Miami International Boat Show is at the Marine Stadium Park & Basin on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne over President’s Day Weekend, Thursday, February 13 through – Monday the 17th.
Browse and test-drive boats of all sizes, makes, and models while shopping for the latest in marine accessories, technology, and clothing. Tickets start at $35 for adults and admission is free for children 12 and younger.
How to Get to the Miami Boat Show
There are several options for getting to this year’s show including the water taxi and shuttles buses. Water taxis operate from 9 am to 7 pm during the event. Downtown lots are located at Marlins Park and American Airlines Arena. Pick-up and drop-off locations are Bayfront Park, American Airlines Arena, and downtown parking garages.
Learn more click here
Florida Hurricane season Runs June 1st – November 30th. Prepare Your Boat Now Before It’s Too Late.
Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, with peak activity typically in August and September. While we’ve been fortunate to avoid a direct hit in South Florida over the past three years, our neighbors to the north and south have not been as lucky. We saw the utter destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the Upper Keys in 2017, and the catastrophic damage Hurricane Michael caused last year as it came ashore in the Florida Panhandle as the fourth-strongest windstorm on record to make landfall on the continental United States.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-average 2019 season, with 9-15 named storms, 4-8 of which may become hurricanes and 2-4 that may become major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. One named storm, Andrea, formed prior to the start of the season. NOAA’s hurricane outlook is similar to Colorado State University’s, which calls for 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes.
Officials underscore the fact that an average season is still “a lot of storms.” Unfortunately, many of us know from experience that it only takes one storm to cause complete destruction so now is the best time to prepare your boat for a potential hurricane.
HURRICANE SEASON BOAT PREPARATION TIPS
The first step in preparing for hurricane season is to create a hurricane plan well before a storm approaches. When formulating a hurricane plan, always keep in mind that life comes before property. Customers are our key priority at North Beach Marina, so to ensure your safety we strongly encourage that you heed all evacuation notices issued by your local county emergency management office regardless of the vulnerability of your boat.
Know Your Insurance Policy
Secure all of your important boat documents in an easily accessible location on dry land and make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date. Become familiar with your policy and contact your provider prior to a storm if you have any questions. To help with claims, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages, and inventory all equipment on your boat.
Get on Dry Land
If you have a smaller boat under 35-feet, it is safest for the boat (and for your mental well-being) to be on land rather than in the water. Whether the boat is on a trailer, next to your house, or at a dry storage marina, boats that are stored dry typically see less damage than those left in the water during a hurricane. Be sure to store the boat on high ground to avoid flooding and place additional jack stands along with areas of the hull that are reinforced by bulkheads. Place pieces of plywood under the stands to prevent them from sinking into the ground, and chain together jack stands to prevent them from spreading apart.
Securing Your Boat on a Trailer
Tying your boat to its trailer helps prevent it from floating away in the storm surge or flooding a hurricane brings. If you’re keeping it on a trailer outside, choose a location away from trees and electricity poles, preferably next to a building or other structure that provides a shield from the wind. Place blocks beneath the frame on either side of the wheels, and deflate the tires. Tie the boat to the trailer and secure the boat to ground the best you can.
Remove and Secure Items to Reduce Windage
If you leave the boat outside during a storm, remove anything that has the potential to fly off, like covers, especially if they are expensive or custom-made. Even if the storm does not damage your boat, it is likely that your canvas will be damaged or destroyed by wind, the strain from rain collecting, or by flying debris. Boats are made to get wet, so leave it uncovered during a storm.
We also recommend that you take anything above and below deck off the boat if it is not waterproof, or if it is light enough to fly away in a heavy wind. This includes (but is 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. To prevent chafing, wrap protective covering around your lines wherever the ropes touch the boat. Fully charge batteries in case the bilge pump has to work overtime, and shut off fuel lines.
Seal all openings (hatches, cabinets, doors, etc.) on the boat to keep it watertight. To help keep things secure during a storm, use duct tape for an easy remedy.
Remove Drain Plugs
If you are storing your boat on dry land, remove the drain plugs. Marinas typically do this when storing. If the boat fills up with water, the added weight can negatively affect the way it sits on your trailer or dry-rack. Just remember to put the plug back in before using the boat.
Inspect the Bilge Pumps & Float Switches
Make sure your bilge pumps and bilge float switches are working and are hard-wired to your batteries. If your boat is on a lift, make sure the lift is in good working order and lift your boat higher than normal.
SECURING YOUR BOAT TO A LIFT
Boats on lifts are more susceptible to damage in a serious storm due to collapsing lifts, flooding, being blown off cradles, etc. If you must leave your boat on a lift, raise your boat as high as the lift allows but do not secure the boat to the lift. Secure long ropes to anchor points (do not secure to floating docks, use pilings) in case the surge lifts the boat off the lift.
STORING YOUR BOAT ON WATER DURING A HURRICANE
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, preferably off of the deep water. Once you find a safe place, 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 if the boat breaks loose from its anchor? A well-protected area with the least amount of fetch is best.
Securing to a Dock
Boats tied to docks are at greater risk than boats kept at moorings or on anchors since they suffer more windage. If you have no other option but to dock your boat, make sure your dock is in good shape and make any necessary improvements to ensure it holds up during the storm. As crunch time approaches, double or triple tie your boat to the dock. Adjust all lines to account for tide surges, the wind, and rain, and ensure each line has adequate chafe protection on the boat and at the dock cleats. Also, use buoys and fenders to protect from impact against floating debris, the dock, and seawall.
FINAL TIPS FOR HURRICANE SEASON – DON’T WAIT
Evidence shows that boats stored on land fare better on average in a hurricane compared to boats kept in the water. If you plan on hauling your boat, coordinate in advance with your marina. Don’t wait until three days before the storm to make your hurricane plan. Call your local marinas and Happy Trailer Storage today to see how we can help before a storm hits.
You can take all the precautions in the world to secure your boat, but Mother Nature sometimes gets the best of us. Be prepared and stay safe. Should you need assistance preparing your boat for hurricane season, call us at (786) 728-9988.
Happy Trailer Storage Welcomes Start of the 2019-20 Lobster Season in Miami
One of the most highly-anticipated events in Miami, lobster mini-season, officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 and ends at midnight the following day. This two-day event gives recreational fishermen the opportunity to get lobsters before the commercial season begins. The regular eight-month season starts shortly after on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2020.
Before you head out on the water, check out our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt!
There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during 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, if you are tempted to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, don’t. You risk getting stuck or bitten by an unknown fish lurking below.
BRING THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT
There is nothing more frustrating during a dive than malfunctioning equipment. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to avoid the hassle by having your gear tested and prepped for the season.
Common Lobstering Equipment
- Dive flag: All divers in Florida waters must display a dive flag and stay within 300-feet of open water.
- Lobster net and tail snare: Nets are used on sand flats, while snares are best for reefs.
- Tickle stick: A thin fiberglass rod about 24-inches long used to coax lobsters out of holes without harming the reef.
- Gloves: For the lobster, not the reef.
- Mesh bag: Used to hold your catch. Look for models that have a convenient way to attach to your weight belt or gear, and a locking enclosure. Be sure to put your name on all of your equipment.
- Lobster gauge: Every diver must carry a lobster gauge and must measure the lobster under-water before it’s placed in the game bag.
- Mask, fins, snorkel or dive gear
Be sure you are familiar with the rules of the lobster season before heading out on the water:
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of 12 lobsters per person, per day in South Florida, except for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park where the limit is six per person, per day, and the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary where the taking of any lobster is prohibited. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water. During the regular season, the maximum limit for all locations is six lobsters per person, per day.
It is important to remember that the body of the lobster, excluding the tail, should be larger than three inches, measured in the water. Have a measuring device on you at all times – it’s required by law. Be sure you are familiar with how to measure a lobster properly.
BUY A LICENSE OR GET FINED
Anyone taking or attempting to take a lobster must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in the lobster season. These can easily be picked up at your local Publix Super Markets or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
KEEP THE LOBSTERS INTACT
Do not remove the tail. Lobsters must be kept intact from catch to arrival on shore.
WHERE TO LOBSTER IN SOUTH FLORIDA
While the Florida Keys draw the biggest crowds, there are a number of advantages to enjoying mini-season right here in your own backyard. One of the biggest perks is your overall catch. In the Keys and Monroe County, the limit per person, per day is six as opposed to South Florida which is 12. There are also plenty of lobster-heavy sites to choose from in Miami and the tri-county area. Also, since mini-season rules are looser, it’s legal to dive at night for lobster, so some dive operators offer a 24-hour charter schedule.
In Miami, you can start your hunt right from the beach. Legal-size lobster can be found within just 50-yards of the sands of South Beach, or you can join lobster charters to natural reefs, ledges, grass beds and man-made, state-approved rubble reefs.
In Broward and Palm Beach counties, the first reef line is an easy swim from shore and is home to plenty of bugs at the start of the season. If you’re looking for an adventure, there are numerous sites further offshore that local charter boats can take divers to. In Palm Beach, a popular spot for spiny lobster are the deep ledges off Jupiter Inlet. If you want to go a bit further, charters out of Palm Beach Inlet offer a selection of both deep ledges and shallow reef lines that hold plenty of big bugs for drift divers
Stay safe and enjoy lobster season!
Top Places in Miami to Watch Fireworks on Independence Day
Independence Day! With July 4th falling on a Thursday, many of you
will be enjoying a long weekend celebrating America’s birthday. We live in one
of the most amazing places on the planet to watch Fourth of July fireworks soar
over the Atlantic by boat. So it’s no surprise that everyone wants to take to
the water to view the colorful explosions along the coastline. Inexperienced
boaters can make the waters dangerous so ensure the safety of you and your
passengers by exercising additional caution this July 4th weekend.
our list of the top destinations in Miami for boat owners to watch the
fireworks. Be sure to schedule your boat launch in advance to avoid delays
getting out on the water.
All fireworks displays begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July Parade
Runs along Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive
Biscayne Bay offers a front row seat to several fireworks shows from Key Biscayne, South Beach, Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.
Parade: 11:00 a.m.
Bayfront Park: “Americas Birthday Bash”
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.; view from Biscayne Bay
One of the largest fireworks shows in South Florida
Miami Beach’s “Fire on the Fourth” Festival
Collins and 73rd St., at the North Shore Bandshell Park
Live concerts begin at 5 p.m.
Be sure to look to the south for fireworks over the Atlantic along Ocean Drive at Lummus Park, between 5th and 15th streets, on Miami Beach.
South Pointe Park
South Jetty, 1 Washington Ave.
Government Cut is one of the best spots in Miami to catch a variety of fireworks shows at once! This quiet spot at the southern tip of South Beach offers another prefect perch to watch the sky light up, with views of fireworks on the Atlantic, Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.
Haulover Beach Sandbar
10800 Collins Ave.
The Haulover Beach Sandbar is a great place for daytime water activities. When the sun sets, catch the fireworks display on the southern jetty of Baker’s Haulover Cut.
Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular
24775 SW 87 Ave.
Grab a bite or beverage before the night lights up at Black Point Ocean Grill, an award-winning waterfront restaurant and bar.
North Miami Celebration by the Bay
FIU Biscayne Campus
3000 NE 151st St.
North Miami Beach
Fireworks begin at sundown
Can’t make up your mind? Then sail along the Intracoastal to catch the 9 p.m. fireworks displays in Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Downtown Miami, and Coconut Grove