The days when Black Beard ruled the savage seas are long gone, although modern day marauders do exist in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Not to say that it won’t ever happen to you, but the chances of encountering swashbuckling pirates on the high seas is extremely low.
It seems that not too long ago we were all toting around beepers, with the select few outfitted with cumbersome cellular telephones the size of bricks. Times have certainly changed and mobile phones have definitely evolved. It's no secret that cell phones play an integral part in our daily lives, and technologically advanced manufacturers now offer compact smartphones that are highly capable of performing much more than a standard phone call.
Picture yourself perched atop a casting platform overlooking a lush grass flat as the sun peeks over the horizon. There isn't a ripple on the water except for redfish tails gently breaking the surface as you quietly close the gap. You cast in the direction of the feeding fish and all of a sudden you feel that telltale thump. The stillness of the day quickly changes to exhilaration as the surface explodes and the fish heads toward the horizon. There's no other feeling like it on earth and once you've experienced it you'll be hooked forever.
While enjoying a beautiful day on the water is a great way to spend time with children, it's extremely important to promote basic safe boating practices long before you ever leave the dock. A modest investment in proper equipment and a brief training lesson can reap huge dividends. Stress the importance of the safety lessons and you'll quickly learn that time spent sharing skills with your smallest shipmates makes for happier and safer excursions.
Although modern propulsion systems, sophisticated GPS units and onboard safety equipment offer peace of mind on the water, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan just in case something goes seriously wrong. And trust us when we tell you that if you spend enough time out at sea, then you'll eventually be confronted with a mechanical issue that you simply can't overcome. It may be something as simple as a faulty fuel gauge, or maybe you mistakenly forgot to turn off your battery switch. Whatever the case, sometime in your boating career you will find yourself dead in the water. When the unfortunate incident occurs, who are you going to call?
Boat and marine-related thefts are on the rise and with over 1-million registered vessels in the state of Florida, criminals have plenty of options to choose from. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to make our most prized possessions 100-percent thief-proof. While every little bit of preventative practice helps, crooks are patient and they will watch, wait and plan. It is sad to say, but right now in the state of Florida criminals are conspiring their next attack…and it could be your boat or accessories they're after.