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Nov 06 2018

5 Key Tips for Buying a Sportfishing Boat

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5 Key Tips for Buying a Sportfishing Boat

Many of us spend our days thinking about the next time we can take our sportfishing boat to the open sea…or even when we can buy our next one. From experiencing the freedom of cruising under the blue sky with nothing to disturb us to the excitement and satisfaction that comes from a good fishing session – a sportfishing boat will do it all. You can’t always find that perfect boat…but with a little homework and understanding of the pros and cons of what’s available, you can get pretty close. The joys that you can experience after a great day of fishing can disappear in a flurry of unnecessary bills when you purchase the wrong boat. Before you go and invest in a high-end boat, here are 5 key tips that we’ve picked up over the years to help you make sure you get the sportfishing boat that fits your needs perfectly: 5 Key Tips For Buying a Sportfishing Boat Key Boat Buying Tip #1: Design For you to have an enjoyable fishing experience, your boat needs to be designed and built for handling the various weather conditions you may meet on the water. Different sportfishing boats are designed with different types of fishing in mind. For example, the different hull designs affect the stability of your boat in different fishing scenarios. The design of the boat will determine: How the boat handles difficult weather conditions such as swirling winds and treacherous currents. Whether or not the boat has good visibility in various areas is very important – as well as the safety factor of a walkaround. If your boat has enough room to fight a fish without tipping over. Key Boat Buying Tip #2: Efficiency Sportfishing is all about efficiency now – so a high-end sportfishing boat needs to be nimble and built to fight those stubborn fish. The key to winning any fishing tournament is to boat the fish as efficiently as possible. The longer the fish is on the line, the better the chances are of losing the fish. Bonus points if your boat is also fuel-efficient since you do need to get back to shore safely after reeling in your catch. Key Boat Buying Tip #3: Equipment Your sportfishing boat needs to be equipped properly when you go out on the water. Everyone has different tastes and wants their boat to have something different than the next person – especially if they have experience owning and fishing in production boats. You may want your boat to have towers that make it easier to spot fish, outriggers, fighting chairs in the main deck area or cockpit, and rod holders. You also may require extra fuel for extended range or desire unique cabin and deck layouts. Specific equipment requirements like these are why purchasing a custom boat is the way to go. Custom boats are built with specific design and style features that create the classic and timeless custom-boat look that is specific to each custom-boat builder. Key Boat Buying Tip #4: Financing Before you decide to buy a boat – you’ll need to know how you are going to pay for it. If you can write a check for the full amount, it can work in your favor to help expedite a deal. There’s nothing better than going to the table with pre-agreed terms and a big check for a fast closing. If you plan to finance your boat purchase – then you should aim to work out the pre-approval details with your lender before making an offer. By getting a grip on your budget, you’ll help your broker come up with flexible terms for the purchase of the boat. Financing a boat can be difficult in today’s financial environment unless you have a high net worth and substantial verifiable income. Many dealerships have an in-house finance and insurance department that can assist in the financing process, and you can also turn to outside sources that specialize in marine lending. When financing, we recommend that you put down as much of a down payment as possible. For example, a lender may only require a down payment of 20% – but it’s best to try and put down closer to 50%. You can finance the difference from there, and you’ll likely get a better interest rate and lower monthly payments. Overall – the financing process is a big decision that should be fully explored, as well as the estimated cost of the total operational and maintenance budget. Key Boat Buying Tip #5: Registration Once you purchase your new boat, you’ll need to register the vessel. There are several options to choose from, including: U.S. Coast Guard documentation: required for larger vessels that are financed by U.S. banks to register and record the ship’s mortgage. Foreign flag registry: offers owners an additional layer of liability insulation, and certain corporations can get tax benefits. A state title and/or registration: each state has its own set of laws, rules, and registration requirements that must be followed to operate the boat legally in its territory. Buyers should consult with a yacht documentation specialist or the vessel registration office for the state where they plan to operate the boat. Even if you are a long-time boat owner with years of experience – you will benefit greatly from working with an experienced yacht broker. Experienced yacht brokers will save you loads of heartache and money in the long term because they are active brokers who work with the latest boats and equipment on the market daily. Buying a boat is a team effort – not unlike what goes into a crew organizing and putting together a great fishing trip. The buyer, captain, surveyors, and broker must cooperate and work together to get the job done efficiently. Boat designs, models, and technologies change faster and faster every year…and a good yacht broker stays on top of all the trends while tying them all in together. By following these 5 key tips when shopping for a high-end sportfishing boat – you’ll be able to find the perfect companion for your open sea adventures quickly. If you haven’t heard – we launched our new Release 43′ Quad Outboard Walkaround Boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018 last weekend. For exclusive info on our new Release 43′ Quad model – check out our new press release or fill out our online form here and we’ll be in touch. You can also give our founder Jim Turner a call at 786-909-2455 or by emailing him at jim@releaseboatworks.com. We wish you luck during the boat buying process. Let us know how Release Boatworks can help you customize the boat of your dreams!

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Oct 26 2018

15 Best Boating Songs of All-Time!

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15 Best Boating Songs of All-Time!

No matter if you’re in the middle of a BBQ, pool party, or out enjoying life on the water – we ALL can agree that music makes life better and more enjoyable. To help you take your next boating or fishing experience up a notch, we spent some time recently mulling over our personal music libraries, in search of the ultimate playlist to put together. It was very difficult for us to narrow our list of favorites down while omitting others that we have grown fond of over the years while out on the water. After putting our heads together, we agreed on some timeless classics from Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, and Led Zeppelin, as well as ballads from Styx, Billy Joel, and Otis Redding. So, check out our selections for the 15 best boating songs of all-time below (in no particular order):   “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett (2003) This feel-good hit justifies that you can indeed enjoy a cold one at any time of the day (which is fine with us as long as you’re not the captain!)   “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (1988) Contrary to popular belief, this stressbuster of a song will work anywhere…and not just on an island off the Florida Keys.   “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley (1980) An acoustic song from a legend that urges us to free our minds, no matter how strong the currents are in life. We don’t know about you…but boating does just that for us!   “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett (1977) From eating sponge cake and drinking lots of margaritas while enjoying life at the beach – “Margaritaville” is the perfect anthem to blast from the deck of any boat.   “Where the Boat Leaves From” by Zac Brown Band (2008) Whenever someone asks us why we go boating, this is what we tell them: “You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean.”   “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin (1973) Although this song is talking about oceans of fans, the song’s famous “la la la la la la la la la” section paired with the blue ocean is enough to put a smile on our faces and keep it there.   “Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel (1989) While this song is about fishermen having a hard time finding fish – the line “I know there’s fish out there, but where God only knows,” helps ease the pain of those tough fishing trips where nothing is biting. “Downeaster Alexa” reminds us why we love to go fishing, and that tomorrow could be the day we land our biggest catch yet.   “Hooked on Fishin” by Captain Sam Crutchfield (2001) So are we, Captain Sam Crutchfield, so are we.   “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” by Jimmy Buffett (1977) This classic boating song is about traveling and enjoying life…while laughing along the way. While Jimmy spends his night dreaming about the ocean, you can enjoy life on the water.   “Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy Buffett) by Zac Brown Band (2010) When you’re on a cruise, you don’t want or need the stress and tension of everyday life. Instead, you could opt to enjoy “the champagne shores.” (the beaches when the tide rolls in)   “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969) A rock and roll sing-along classic…that’s all about a boat! “Keep on “rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river.”   “Pirate Looks at 40″ by Jimmy Buffett (1974) Ever dreamt about being a pirate? We probably all have. So, crank the volume up and enjoy listening to the life of a pirate on the high seas. Arrgghhh!   “Come Sail Away” by Styx (1977) Feeling down on the open waters? “Come Sail Away” will cheer everyone up with its synthesizer interludes and guitar-heavy riffs.   “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding (1968) Is the sun setting down? Time to put this slow-jam on and listen to the whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore at sunset.   “Boat Drinks” by Jimmy Buffett (1979) A song about drinking on a boat sounds like the perfect way to wrap up a boating playlist. However, “Boat Drinks” is about people who live in a cold climate area, looking to escape to somewhere warm and tropical. If you’re not currently at a warm location – just close your eyes, crank the volume up, and picture your perfect paradise.   As Bob Marley famously sang back in 1973, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain!” We hope you guys enjoyed our selections. Which one of these is your favorite from the bunch?

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Oct 24 2018

Overlooked Fall Boating Destinations

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Overlooked Fall Boating Destinations

Some people may consider fall as the “offseason” for boating, but we don’t believe that to be true at all! Sure…warm, long summer days are replaced with cool, short autumn days – but there’s still a lot of places for you to set sail to and feed your adventurous side. To give you an idea – we’ve compiled a list of boating destinations that we feel are underrated and overlooked in the fall. So, don’t plan your next fall boating trip without considering these following destinations below!   Overlooked Fall Boating Destinations   Hudson River (New York) A beautiful mix of red, yellow, and golden leaves cover the Hudson River during the fall, making New York a perfect destination for a calm and relaxing cruise along the iconic 315-mile river. Planning on doing a bit of fishing this fall? You can find largemouth and smallmouth bass around the Hudson River’s tributary mouths – as well as walleye, salmon, and mako shark at other parts of the Hudson River.   Annapolis, Maryland Without a doubt, Annapolis is one of the most famous boating destinations in the world. With a giant shoreline spanning 533 miles long and the country’s largest estuary right in its backyard in the Chesapeake Bay, there’s no shortage of water activities to have fun with. Come fall – you can enjoy a nice fishing trip consisting of black drum, smallmouth and largemouth bass, flounder, bluefish, and silver perch. Visitors in the fall can also take part in a bit of paddle boarding, or even book a historic water tour at the “Sailing Capital of the U.S.”   St Marys, Georgia St Marys is the gateway to the scenic seashore that covers the Georgia Coast’s largest and southernmost barrier island, Cumberland Island. Picturesque views of the St. Marys River and 10,000 acres of preserved habitat makes this Georgian city a great place to bring your boat to. Fishing in St Marys is arguably better in the fall – so look for flounder and redfish in the Beah Creek or black sea bass and striped bass at the North River rock piles.   Newport, Rhode Island Deemed the Yachting Capital of the Northeast – Newport has been a top destination for traditional boating for many years. From powerboating and fishing to a calm sailing experience paired with delicious New England cuisine, Newport remains a staple fall destination for all boaters to cross off their bucket lists. Fisherman can look forward to catching flounder, striped bass, black sea bass, bluefish tuna, and mako shark in the local waters. Every fall – Newport offers a bunch of “can’t miss” events. You can catch the Newport International Boat Show in September and then come back in October to enjoy some of the best seafood in the world at the free Bowen’s Wharf Annual Seafood Festival.   Bar Harbor, Maine Known as the entrance to Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor is home to a generous variety of seafood restaurants and customized boat rides. If you’re into fishing – you can catch a wide range of species of fish here in the fall, including brook trout, salmon, and cutthroat trout. Bring your camera if you come to Bar Harbor in the fall. You’ll get a taste of stunning New England fall foliage along the rugged Maine coast!   Block Island, New York Aside from being a premier boating destination, Block Island is a small, beautiful place to unwind and relax by one of their pebbled coves or soft sand beaches. Every October, people flock to Block Island for the empty beaches, quaint shops, and self-guided bike tours around the island. Don’t forget to bring your fishing rod when you go in the fall because you can catch salmon, mako shark, thresher shark, and walleye in the Atlantic Ocean, Great Salt Pond, and the Block Island Sound.   Wilmington, North Carolina Nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, TripAdvisor recently selected Wilmington, NC as one of their “Top Destinations on the Rise.” Wilmington is home to a wide array of water activities and historic attractions to visit in the fall – such as Riverfest, Oysterberfest, Cape Fear Kite Festival, N.C. Surf to Sound Challenge, and the Carolina Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K. Those looking for a fall fishing adventure can catch wahoo, spotted seatrout, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, and black drum around Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach to Wilmington’s river district. Book your visit to Wilmington this fall because many of the local hotels and motels offer very affordable off-peak rates before the holidays!   Norwalk Islands, Connecticut The Norwalk Islands are made up of a collection of 25 islands that make for a great fall day trip and is the perfect playground for boaters, kayakers, fishers, beachgoers, and adventure seekers. If you are down for a scenic fall hike, Sheffield Island offers 57 acres worth of diverse hiking trails to snap pictures of. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse can get busy on the weekends, so get there early to enjoy a family picnic and one of their famous lighthouse tours. Fishing enthusiasts can visit one of the islands in the fall – where black seabass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and bluefish are known to swim around the brisk Connecticut waters.   Menemsha, Massachusetts Menemsha is a small fishing village located on Martha’s Vineyard Island, in the town of Chilmark, MA. Visitors can enjoy Menemsha as a place to relax, go to the beach, grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, or go fishing year-round in the waters of the Menemsha Harbor that’s swarming with tasty bonito, feisty bluefish, and monster striped bass. In the fall – we recommend Menemsha as a quiet, laidback place for nature-loving boaters to escape to from crowds that frequent the area this time of year.   New Smyrna Beach, Florida Whether you enjoy lying around on the sunny beaches of Florida or cruising down the calm and open blue waters, New Smryna Beach has something to offer to everyone. New Smyrna Beach is known by some anglers as the “redfish capital of the world,” where those looking for a fall fishing challenge can enjoy catching redfish, barracuda, grouper, and sailfish – among other species of fish. Some of the fun fall activities that you can take advantage of around New Smyrna Beach are pumpkin picking, enjoying a glass or bottle of wine from local vineyards and wineries, or checking out various arts and crafts at one of the local farmers’ markets.   Going to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2018? You know another place that’s worth making a trip to this fall? The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show! Come and join thousands of boat lovers in Fort Lauderdale from October 31st to November 4th as we launch our much-anticipated Release 43’ Quad Outboard Walkaround to the world. We can’t wait to see some new and familiar faces this year at the “Yachting Capital of the World,” – so let us know which day(s) you’ll be attending the show! To learn more about our new Release 43’ Quad Outboard Walkaround boat, check out our new press release here.

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Oct 23 2018

Release Boatworks to Launch Highly Anticipated 43′ Quad Outboard Walkaround Boat at The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018


Release Boatworks to Launch Highly Anticipated 43′ Quad Outboard Walkaround Boat at The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 22, 2018 / PRNewswire/ — Release Boatworks today announced the launch of the 43’ Quad Outboard Walkaround at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place from October 31 through November 4.  The Quad Outboard Walkaround is ideal for downsizing or for use as a game boat to accompany a large yacht. Its walkaround style lends itself to versatility, giving this quad outboard-powered boat some of the best attributes of a center console and a large sport-fisherman. “Over the last decade, most of the custom builders have focused on building 65-foot-plus sport-fishermen, so it’s refreshing to see a serious little fish boat that sports all of the tools needed to take a serious crack at any big-game fishery,” said Jim Turner, Founder of Release Boatworks.  “The new Release 43 Walkaround Outboard is also a great family boat as she can sleep six people and captains can always have a visual on all passengers while running at the helm.” Powered by four 350hp Suzuki duo-prop outboards, the Release 43 boasts plenty of spunk, yet she can clip along at a nice economical cruise. She offers up excellent visibility throughout the power range, and trolls beautifully, with a clean trail even at eight knots, offering a clean wake for a good working spread. The cockpit is well laid out, featuring two large in-deck fish boxes on either side. The comfortable mezzanine deck comes with all the same features found on a much bigger boat: five stainless steel refrigerated boxes (three to port) and two deep freezers under the mezzanine to the starboard. The helm deck is comfortable, with good seating to port with storage underneath. The helm station lies forward on the starboard side and features a teak Pompanette helm seat that offers great visibility of the bow and cockpit areas. “It’s no simple task to create and deliver someone’s dream, but they’ve handed over several boats now, and each one comes with its owner’s personality attached,” said Turner.  “We fully expect Release to be building more of these 43’ Outboards in the near future.”   For more information, visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website: https://www.flibs.com/   Contact: Jim Turner, Founder Phone: 888-270-5679 jim@releaseboatworks.com   SOURCE Release Boatworks   For an official copy of this Release Boatworks press release via PR Newswire – visit https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/release-boatworks-to-launch-highly-anticipated-43-quad-outboard-walkaround-boat-at-the-fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show-2018-300735385.html

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Oct 08 2018

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018

Come See Release Boatworks at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018! Due to high demand – we’ve been working hard at redesigning our Release outboard model to help pave the way for a new direction in outboard-powered sportfishing boats. We are pleased with the progress we’ve made…so we would like to show the world what we’ve been working on. Release Boatworks invites YOU to come and take a look at our all-new Release 43 quad outboard walkaround boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018 on October 31st – November 4th! We’ve had so much fun at this boat show in the past, that we can’t wait to see some new and familiar faces this year at the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Get your tickets here: https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/1.23/94aa78/#/select and let us know which day(s) you’ll be attending the show. We hope to see you all very soon! For more information, visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website: https://www.flibs.com/en/home.html

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