Navigate a Boat Show Like a Pro

Whether you’re hoping to score a boat show special, want to trade fishing secrets with local pros, or just enjoy spending the day playing with the latest marine gadgets, having a plan of attack pays off. The Fort Myers Boat Show is just over a week away and with so much to see and do, we gathered our favorite boat show survival tips to help you make the most of your experience.

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MARINE ELECTRONICS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From navigation to entertainment, the marine electronics landscape moves fast. And while there are endless product reviews online, have you wondered what the pros here in Southwest Florida think? We asked some local experts to weigh in on which marine electronics you should never hit the water without and how you can avoid making common DIY mistakes.
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Captain Wayne Hasson and son Davis with Redfish catch

OCTOBER FISHING REPORT

The fishing has been fantastic over the past month. This years October catches have been better than some previous seasons over the last several years. Only a few reports regarding Algae Blooms and Red Tide exists compared to a year ago. SW Florida waters are clean. The inshore and offshore waters of SW Florida are full of hungry fish again, with lots of different species for anglers to target.

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EXPERT ADVICE: HOW TO AVOID 5 COMMON BOAT REPAIRS

Most boat owners will tell you that it’s far cheaper to keep your vessel in good condition than to fix things when they break. But what are the most common problems that strike boaters in our area? We asked the experts at MarineMax and The Boat House what boat repair or service issues they see most often here in Southwest Florida. They identified five common culprits and, even more importantly, what you can do to avoid costly repairs.

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The Ups and Downs of Boat Lifts

A cleaner hull, immediate access to the water, no more towing or boat ramp drama, safety from fluctuating water levels. There are a lot of reasons why so many boaters in Southwest Florida choose to keep their vessels above the water using a number of boat lift options available. As with anything in boating, tips from industry experts can help make sure you get it right.

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Meet WCIND: Boaters’ Best Friend

Boating isn’t just our favorite pastime, it’s a major—we’re talking billions of dollars—economic engine for Southwest Florida. And a lot of effort is required to keep our waterways navigable for us boaters. That’s where the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) comes in, with their mission to preserve and enhance the commercial, recreational, and ecological values of District waterways. We recently sat down with WCIND Executive Director Justin McBride to get the inside scoop.
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Boating Etiquette

Learning the rules of the waterways and learning how to handle the boat go hand in hand. However, boating etiquette isn’t included in your owner’s manual. If you’re new to boating in SWFL or simply need a refresher, we’ve gathered some of the most helpful written and unwritten rules to make your day on the water more fun, less stressful and safer for everyone.
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