Friday, April 21, 2017

Nautical Gifts for Yacht Mamas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Women with a Nautical Spirit

With Mother's Day approaching quickly, we thought we'd share some great nautical gift ideas from our friends at Boat Name Gear - the leading source for personalized boating gifts and gear. 

We found several great gifts for under $40, and highlighted a few of them below. Read on to check them out, or jump straight to their Mother's Day Boutique . With hundreds of items available, most including personalization, you are sure to find the perfect boat name gift for the yacht mama in your family. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking Forward to CT's First Boat Show of the Spring

We're excited to share a little local flavor with you here at the Daily Boater. The first spring boat show in our area is coming up in two weeks - the Connecticut Spring Boat Show. And we can't wait to get back to the island where it's held each year (actually, this is only the 2nd annual, so we're maybe we're being optimistic!)

There's nothing like an outdoor show to kick off the boating season. This one is especially unique - it's a boutique show, featuring a mix of new and brokerage boats of virtually all sizes and styles. Unlike a lot of boat shows in the area not located in Newport, this event actually includes sailboats among its exhibits. And did we mention this show is located on an island?

Below is the full press release about the show courtesy of WindCheck Magazine. We really hope you get the chance to experience this show.

A scene from last year’s CT Spring Boat Show. Photo ©


  • Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, CT

Dates and Times

  • Friday, May 5:  1 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday, May 6:  10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday May 7:  10 am to 5 pm

Regional Boat Dealers Gear Up for the 2nd Annual In-Water Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT May 5-7, 2017

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has announced the 2nd Annual 2017 in-water show dates of May 5-7, 2017 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT.    The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one convenient location. Interested boat buyers will enjoy select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend; thus giving prospective buyers a unique ‘try-before-you-buy’ experience.  We expect more than 3000 people to attend the free show, rain or shine.

Visitors attending the boat show will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models of all sizes, 10ft to larger than 60ft including family cruisers, performance boats, downeast trawlers, day sailers, picnic, center consoles, runabouts, pontoon and inflatables.  Boat lines from American Tug, Beneteau, Bennington, Catalina, Chris Craft, Comitti, Cutwater, Defever, Dufour, Eastbay, Elan, Ferretti, Fortier, Grand Banks, Hinckley, Hunt, Legacy, Nordic Tug,  Novatec, Ocean Alexander, Post, Rossiter, Sabre, San Juan, Sea Ray, Southport, Tiara, True North, Velasco,  Windy, X-Yachts, and more will be represented.

In addition to boats on the docks, the show will have SUPs and kayaks, gear, accessories and service companies on site from Action Sports, Boaters Buddy, Boatique USA, Boat Name Gear, Brewer Essex Island Marina, CermaLube, Coolermate Insert, Freedom Boat Club, LeafFilter, NMI-Permateek, Pantaenuis America, Connecticut River Museum, Sails UP for Cancer, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, WindCheck Magazine and more to be announced soon.

Brewer Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private Island, accompanied by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. The resort marina is family friendly and the popular Marley’s CafĂ© will be open for the weekend offering food and beverages with a portion of sales proceeds to be donated to Sails Up 4 Cancer.  In addition to the general event, a lively ‘Cinco de Mayo’ celebration is planned for May 5th from 5-7pm and will feature live Caribbean music and fare.

Historical Downtown Essex is located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound.  The small waterfront town is a boating, sailing and tourist destination featuring quaint shops, markets, and restaurants.   Bring your family and friends out to enjoy this boat show.

The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and YachtWorld.


Visit for specific event details.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Retire Like A Parrothead

The man who has provided a soundtrack to our nautical lifestyle for much of our entire lives is now opening a housing resort for adults of a certain age. That's right, Jimmy Buffett is opening a retirement community.

Here's the official Margaritaville press release with all the details they have so far...

Margaritaville Holdings and Minto Communities announced a partnership that will develop new active adult communities in some of the nation’s most popular destinations. The first location of the all-new residential concept will open in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Sales Center at LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE, Daytona Beach has already broken ground and is slated to open in Fall 2017.

Retire like a Parrothead
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“We are excited to partner with Minto and believe this relationship will redefine lifestyle destination living in Daytona Beach,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “With Minto’s expertise in creating master planned developments and Margaritaville’s inherent ability to deliver fun and escapism, Latitude Margaritaville has the exact coordinates for those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up.”

Featuring world-class amenities and design, LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE, Daytona Beach will reflect Margaritaville’s authentic, “no worries,” tropical vibe, offering an immersive brand experience. Current plans call for walkable neighborhoods and a Town Center featuring a fitness center with an aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, spa, and group fitness classes; indoor and outdoor dining with signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, as well as others; arts and learning programs for residents and guests; and a resort pool area with beach entry. In true Margaritaville fashion, music will also play an important part in the community, with a band shell for live entertainment in the Town Center. A private beachfront club with breathtaking views and beachfront amenities will be set on the Atlantic Ocean, which residents can access via a continuous loop shuttle service.

“For over 60 years Minto has focused on providing incredible lifestyle in the communities we create,” said Bill Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Margaritaville to put the exclamation point on fun living for active adults!”

With an ideal location in Daytona Beach at LPGA Blvd. and I-95, the destination offers access to the area’s world-famous beaches; championship golf at LPGA International; Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach International Airport; the new Daytona One entertainment, dining and shopping destination; and much more.

Additional details on plans are expected later this year. For more information please visit

Monday, March 06, 2017

Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year

Last week at a luncheon that took place at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, Caleb Paine and Daniela Moroz were presented the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, respectively, for 2016.

For the second consecutive year both Paine (26, San Diego), an Olympic medalist, and Moroz (16, Lafayette, Calif.), a prodigy in an up and coming sport, were first-time winners of the coveted awards that have been presented since 1961. The winners were selected by a blue ribbon panel of sailing journalists and media and each was presented a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master timepiece and a framed print of them from US Sailing.

Moroz went one step better by becoming the youngest to ever win the male or female award. Moroz was 15 years old last year—she turned 16 last month—when she burst onto the kitesurfing scene and ascended to the top step of the winner’s podium.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of the winners from the previous calendar year. Moroz and Paine were among 18 nominees for both awards who reflect the variety sailing offers as a sport for the ages.

Source: The United States Sailing Association