MarineMax Dallas to Host Debut of the All-New Sea Ray L590 at Annual Wine and Waves Event

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FORT MYERS, Fla., (February 23, 2016) – MarineMax Dallas announced today that they will present the first Sea Ray L590 ever in the state of Texas at their annual Wine and Waves Kickoff Party. The event will be on the MarineMax Lake Lewisville docks on March 18th.

“The Wine and Wave Kickoff Party wad created to start the boating season right by entertaining, wining and dining our great customers and their families,” explained Tyler Choyke, MarineMax Dallas General Manager. “Having the latest model L-Class yacht from Sea Ray, the L590, is the icing on the cake.”

With a length overall of fifty-eight feet, ten inches and a beam of sixteen feet, the Sea Ray L590 has room for a crowd, yet with triple Cummings® QSC 8.3 – 600 in-line 6 diesels and Zeus® drives and joystick control it is easy to operate short handed.

“Sea Ray used the finest materials and inspired design throughout the L590,” continued Choyke. “It is a stunning example of Sea Ray’s commitment to extraordinary comfort and performance.”

The Sea Ray L590 will be available for inspection along with entertainment, food and wine at the MarineMax Dallas Wine and Waves Kickoff party on March 18, 2016, 7 p.m. through 10 p.m.

For or more information, please contact Faith Miller at 469-293-9095 or email faith.miller@marinemax.com.

FLIBS Attendees Get Their First Look at the All-New Sea Ray 400 Sundancer and 400 Fly

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Two standouts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show are the all-new Sea Ray 400 Sundancer and her sister boat, the 400 Fly. Both are stunningly beautiful with their gleaming gelcoats and flashing stainless-steel. From the keel up these two boats share a common platform. The obvious difference is the spacious flybridge added to the Sea Ray 400 Fly.

The attention to detail that Sea Ray puts into the 400 Sundancer and 400 Fly is completely evident. The finest materials, from elegant teak floors to the smooth solid-surface countertops, make the interior of the 400’s elegantly rich.

As you board the boat via the swim platform you’ll notice a L-shaped bench seating aft and starboard. On the port side forward in the cockpit is a corner bench seat. With the sliding glass enclosure open, there is natural flow into the salon that makes the 400’s great for social gatherings and entertaining. The host can be a part of the action with the optional, cleverly positioned transom gourmet, summer kitchen with a built in grill and sink.

The 360-degree vistas from the salon are provided by large side windows, the sliding glass enclosure and a generous windshield. The 400 Sundancer comes with a power-actuated sun roof that lets the breeze and light inside the salon for a natural open feel that brings you closer to nature. In turn the 400 Fly features an upper helm station and lots of additional room to socialize on a beautiful sunny summer day.
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Both boats feature well-equipped galleys that are situated forward of the salon on the port side, opposite the cleanly designed, salon control station. The openness of the salon allows for easy conversations with those at the helm or in the galley.

At the end of the day 2 full-width private staterooms beckon you and your guests below for a more intimate night. The master comes standard with a large closet system and a single shared head. A master en-suite head with shower and outside hanging locker option replaces the closet system. The aft stateroom can sleep three with settee and sliding bunks that convert to a double berth when preferred.

The Sea Ray 400 Sundancer and 400 Fly benefit from Sea Ray’s commitment to innovation across all models. New Wave Technology such as Quiet Ride™, Dynamic Running Surface™, Digital Dash™, as well as design breakthroughs including SkyFlow Design™.

A truly clever option is the hydraulic swim platform that lowers into the water. As it lowers, steps reveal themselves and unfold to provide easy access to the water.

Whether you prefer a the sportier Sea Ray 400 Sundancer or the added social space and upper helm of the Sea Ray 400 Fly, both are standouts in their class.

MarineMax Vacations Wins Best Yacht Charter Company Award

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Clearwater, Fla. – (October 5, 2015)– MarineMax Vacations is pleased to announce that they have been named BEST BVI YACHT CHARTER COMPANY in the 2015 Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Reader’s Choice Awards.

Of the 13 charter companies nominated for this award, MarineMax Vacations is the youngest charter yacht company in the BVI, introducing the first fleet of pure-bred custom Power Cats to the market.

“We are very excited to be awarded this designation after just four years of delivering our first charter. Having a commitment to deliver an exceptional charter experience to every guest not only with our award-winning innovative yachts, but also with our personal service to every guest has been our driving force since inception. ” said Raul Bermudez, Vice President of MarineMax Vacations. “We are not the oldest or the largest charter company in the BVI, so it is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the BEST BVI Charter Yacht Company this year among the respected companies we were up against.”

The Awards, commencing in June with nominations and moving to voting from July to September, have become the go-to guide of the most talented people, best places, and excellent services in the British Virgin Islands.

The 2015 Awards is the 5th Annual Virgin Island Property & Yacht Reader’s Choice Awards and generated record-setting numbers this year. “The popularity of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards is a reflection of the extensive reach, engagement and response that the magazine generates. The voting numbers were staggering,” said Erin Paviour-Smith, Account Manager for Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.

Kicking Back While Kicking Off

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Fall means many things to many people including football. However, not everyone wants to give up their boating on weekends to sit at home or in a bar watching football.

Keep everyone happy, and plan on watching the game on your boat. With today’s technologies it is much easier to watch live television remotely. There are many options to fit your budget and type of vessel. Yachts often have televisions in practically every space and use satellite television antenna systems such as KVH TracVision starting at about $3,000, and the sky is literally the limit. For a fraction of the cost, Winegard Company makes a portable satellite antenna starting around $500. It uses a single coaxial cable to automatically connect to the satellite provider of your choice.

Even easier to use are live streaming options you can get for your laptop or tablet. ESPN and Sling Television have live streaming available starting around $20 per month. Chromecast is a $35 device that allows users to “cast” the live streaming to any television that has a HDMI connector. Roku and Apple TV are gaining favor with people that want to disconnect from cable providers.

Most marinas have internet and cable or satellite television. Usually these are offered to the slip holders for free or at a nominal cost. There’s almost no excuse to skip the football game or time on the boat! Our MarineMax stores agree. Our West Florida stores are hosting the Super Bowl Getaway (click to sign up!) at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.

This fall, get off the couch, pack up the beer and guacamole, call the gang and watch the gridiron grappling from the back of your boat.

This blog is created by MarineMax, the nation’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. To further explore MarineMax and our full lineup of premium boat brands or find a store near you, visit our full website at www.MarineMax.com.

MarineMax to Host Fall Festival of Yachting

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LEWISVILLE, Texas, (September 16, 2015) – MarineMax will be presenting one the Dallas Fall Festival of Yachting on Lake Lewisville September 26, 2015. This annual yacht and brokerage show is open to the public and is one of the area’s largest on-water shows.

“Fall is the start of one of the best boating seasons in North Texas. We really look forward to the warm days and cool nights out on the water,” explained Tyler Choyke, MarineMax Dallas Yacht Center’s Store Manager. “We will be showcasing some of the most beautiful, well-appointed yachts in the world and we will be demonstrating what fall yachting can provide.”

The festival will be at the Pier 121 Marina located at 1481 East Hill Park Road, Lewisville, Texas 75056. Sponsors include Pier 121 Marina, Raymarine, Mercury Marine, BoatUS, Inland Dive Service and Action Sign and Banner.

“We’ll be displaying some of the latest boat brands by Sea Ray, Meridian and Azimut as well as an array of late model brokerage yachts. All of our sponsors will be in attendance and will be offering discounts on merchandise and services,” said Choyke. “We expect a large crowd again this year. To assure personal attention, I recommend those attending set an appointment with a MarineMax sales consultant in advance.”

For more information or to set an appointment call 972-436-9979 or email
faith.miller@marinemax.com

Personal Transportation for Mariners

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Boaters have traditionally relied on the kindness of strangers for transportation to get around a port they are visiting. This can make provisioning and obtaining spare parts problematic, never mind seeing the points of interest which make each port unique. Some traveling boaters have strapped bicycles to the rail or hardtop where they get in the way and the harsh salt environment quickly causes corrosion. There has been an evolution in personal transportation, from light weight stowable bicycles to powerful new electric powered devices that give new options for cruising boaters.

Folding Bicycles

The first folding bicycles began appearing in the late 1800s. They were invented to allow for easier storage and portage. The portability of folding bicycles make them perfect for multi-modal transportation. From the marina to the bus stop, on the bus, on a train or on other forms of public transportation. Today there are hundreds of models to choose from and they range in design and price from the sublime to the ridiculous. From the micro A-Bike that folds down to 27x12x7 inches and weighs 12 pounds to the massively expensive full-size Dahon Mu Rohloff which collapses to 16x32x27 inches and weighs a mere 21 pounds. The A-Bike is impractical due to its small solid wheels that cannot traverse uneven surfaces. It is currently selling for $120.00 on Amazon. Also currently selling on Amazon, for $5,499.00, the Dahon Mu Rohloff has myriad tech features including top-of-the-line component package, alloy 18 inch wheels and dual mechanical disc brakes.

Dahon specializes in folding bicycles and the Dahon Mariner D7 was designed with boaters in mind. Weighing in at 26 pounds and folding in less than 15 seconds to a relatively small 22x11x33 inches. This 7 speed bicycle can be found online at BikeShop Liquidators (www.bikeshopliguidators.com) for $550.00.

West Marine offers two models of Montague full size 18 speed folding mountain bikes. The Crosstown is designed for riders 5 foot 3 inches and the Swiss Bike designed for riders 5 feet 11 inches and taller. They both fold to 36x28x12 inches and are currently priced at $640.00.

On the more economic side, there are several manufacturers that make folding bikes for under $300.00. The Columbia SP26S with Shimano 18 speed model has 26 inch wheels and weighs 35 pounds. It sells for $220.00 on Amazon and eBay. Citizen Miami Model is a 20 inch wheel, 6 speed folding bike that has a MSRP of $199.00 and has lots of options http://www.citizensbike.com. Xspec offers a 20 inch, 7 speed compact folding urban commuter that folds neatly in 15 seconds and weighs 31 pounds. Crosslinks Sports and Outdoor has it online for $159.00 at http://www.crosslinksmart.com.

Add an Electric Motor and Go

For boaters who prefer to go places without breaking a sweat there are many folding electric bike options. Prodeco Technologies has several models ranging from $750.00 to well over $2,500.00. The Prodeco Mariner Sport is capable of speeds up to 17 miles per hour and a range of 25 – 35 miles. It folds down to 14x34x23 inches and weighs 46 pounds. West Marine is currently selling the Prodeco Mariner Sport for $750.00.

For those who end up riding at night, Enzo has introduced the “First Glow-in-the-Dark Ebike.” Reaching speeds of up to 20 miles an hour it can range from 20 – 50 miles, according to the terrain. Weighing in at 44 pounds it sports 20 inch wheels and dual disk brakes. Enzo list online (www.enzobikes.com) for $1,750.00. B&J Bicycles is currently offering these models for just under $1,500.00.

Personal Transportation Vehicles

Since first unveiled on Good Morning America in December of 2001, the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) has remained the leading electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transportation device. However, weighing in at 100 pounds with its battery and costing over $5,000.00 it seems a bit impractical for taking on an off the boat and making up for the cost of the cab rides.

An alternative, an IO Hawk Intelligent Personal Mobility Device, which is mini-Segway with no handlebars. It takes some practice and good balance. It weighs 22 pounds and can travel up to 12 miles at a top speed of just over 6 miles an hour. Advertised at $1,800.00 the IO Hawk is expensive. However, there are companies that rebrand the device and you can find it online as low as $331.00 plus shipping.

Googling “Personal Transport” yields numerous single wheel self-balancing unicycles that can be stood on or sat on. Airwheel offers several models of stand on models that range from $430.00 to over $1,000.00 MSRP. They weigh under 30 pounds and some models can be found on eBay for less than $350.00. The sit on devices tend to be heavy and larger than the stand on models and probably not very practical on a boat.

Future Transporter

One of the most intriguing personal transportation devices will be available in the Spring of 2016. Walkcar is a 6.6 pound device the size of a small laptop with four wheels that can be stood on and by leaning, it moves in the direction of the lean. The projected price of $800.00 is a bit expensive. See the video http://www.cocoamortors.com. The best thing is its portability, it fits neatly in a backpack or tote.

Whether you cruise fulltime or occasionally, portable personal transportation will make the trip that much more enjoyable. The type and cost of your personal transporter device will depend on your personal preference and budget.

Azimut|Benetti 2015 Yachting Gala – The Best of Italian Luxury and Lifestyle

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During the weekend of June 27, over 700 international guests of the Azimut|Benetti Group arrived in Portofino to be indulged by Italian luxury and enjoy all that is the best of the Italian lifestyle. Over the course of the weekend, Portofino Marina was completely dedicated to the most exquisite event on the nautical calendar. The entire Azimut|Benetti Group fleet lined the docks available for the guests to inspect along side other iconic names in fine Italian crafted elegance such as Damiani and Maserati.
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On Saturday afternoon, amid extraordinary cars, spectacular yachts and dazzling Jewelry, the all new Azimut Magellano 66 was presented followed by a fashion show highlighting jewelry created by Maison Damiani. Handcrafted in Valenza with the tradition and unique heritage of three generations producing precious treasures that today represents the finest in Italian jewelry.
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Later that evening the famous Paraggi Beach was transformed into the “Azimut Beach Club” where dinner was served and guests enjoyed music while watching the beautiful yachts parade through the harbor. The parade was followed by a laser light show and a huge bonfire on the beach.
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On Sunday guest were invited to sample another example of “Made in Italy” excellence, the powerful and authoritative Maserati automobiles. Other sponsors included Pernod Ricard with their Mumm and Absolut brands for the attendees to enjoy, Villeroy & Boch displaying their world renowned china tableware on the yachts along with technical sponsors Volvo Penta and Cummins.
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Throughout the weekend there were opportunities to meet other Azimut and Benetti owners enjoying the opulent hospitality from the Azimut|Benetti Group and experience the Italian luxury lifestyle.