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Live From The Tiara Booth! @MiamiBoatShow #mibs by admin

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The Miami Boat Show is in full swing with a whole slew of announcements going on today. The only thing better than warm weather and a boat show, is warm weather, a boat show, and an announcement of a new model from a fellow Michigan business!

Tiara just formally announced their new 31' Coronet Dayboat. Stay tuned for more updates while we listen to the rest of the announcement!

Live From Miami - #MYBS Photo Album! by admin

A few pictures of the convention center not enough? Well here are a few pictures from the Miami Yacht Brokerage Show! We have it all in our preview photos! Big boats, hanging hullside washers, bikini boat washers, teak sanding, big boats being moved into position, and of course the First Mate Crew! Enjoy!

Miami Boat Show - Beyond Boats! by admin

Headed to the Miami International Boat Show (not to be confused with the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show!), but want more to do than just looking at boats?  No problem, there are a lot of people to meet and events going!  Here is a brief overview from the show website:

Meet Russell Newberry, Star Deckboss from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch

Russell Newberry landed his first Bering Sea crab job at age 24 aboard the fishing vessel Diamond Head. Over the years, he developed a reputation as a hard working, dependable “crustacean excavator”.

During the 2006 King Crab season, Russell landed a half-share job aboard the F/V Time Bandit, a featured vessel on Discovery Channel's reality show Deadliest Catch. When the rest of the crew quit, he found himself propelled to a full share job. His endeavors aboard the Time Bandit have been documented on TV and in the book "Time Bandit" by Malcolm McPherson.

2009 was a crazy year for Russell. He left port on the Time Bandit, only to find himself returning to port on another featured vessel the Wizard. When opilio season was over he moved to a new featured vessel, the Kodiak for king crab season—three crab vessels in one year—three very different operations—six to eight different captains! But one thing stayed the same—the crew; always tired, always wet and always watching each others backs. Learn more about Russell at www.dangerousdeckhands.com.

Appearance Times – Space 3114 Outside Patio, Miami Beach Convention Center Thursday & Friday:11 am–2 pm & 3 pm–6 pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 11 am–2 pm & 3 pm–5 pm

Discover Boating Resource Center

Interactive educational series and hands-on approach to training featuring on-the water clinics and fun!  Pre-registration has begun sign up in advance for these opportunities.  Pre-registration ends Thursday February 10th.  On-site Registration will be available all days of the show at the Discover Boating Resource Center. Don't miss the boat!

Dive & Travel Harbor

Visit the best dive and travel feature in the continental United States – a true 'show within a show' for all diving and travel enthusiasts. From scuba products and gear to travel, resorts and boating destinations, you'll find it here! The Dive & Travel Harbor is centrally located on the first floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center with easy access to an outdoor demonstration area.

Big Game Room

Celebrating its eighth year, the Big Game Room returns with all of your favorite events!  Have a drink at the Marlin Bar while waiting for the next educational seminar to begin. Take a walk over to the Bait Rigging Station and improve your rigging techniques. And of course you'll see the latest in products for the fishing world and destinations with the best sport fishing in the world. Don't forget to sign up for the Exhibitor Prize Give Away!! The Big Game Room has it all - don't miss it.

Affordability Pavilion

Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by space # 3549 and check out this special showcase of boats you can own for less than $250 per month.

First Mate Yacht Care Boat Show Calender! by admin

Just in case you need a detailer, want  free t-shirt, or want  a job, here is our tentative boat show schedule for the '10-'11 boat show season! Newport Boat Show - September 16-19, 2010

Cedar Point Boat Show (tentative) - September 15-19, 2010

Norwalk Boat Show - September 23-26, 2010

Passagemaker Baltimore Trawlerfest - September 14-26, 2010

United States Sailboat Show (Annapolis) - October 7-11, 2010

United State Powerboat Show (Annapolis) - October 14-17, 2010

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 28-November 1, 2010

Miami International Boat Show - February 17-21, 2011

Palm Beach International Boat Show - March 24-27, 2011

Scout Introduces New Products by admin

From MIBS 2010

Scout started off the Miami Boat Show by introducing 5 of their 9 new models. The main focus was on their new 34' center counsel.

From MIBS 2010

In short the highlights include:

- A well thought out transom, with "fly by wire" steering, so no need for cumbersome and space consuming steering mechanisms. Allows easy access to and from port and startboard.

- A power t-top which slides back to provide additional shade. Multiple safeguards have been put in place to prevent accidental activation while rods are in the way.

- A roomy cabin with a fair amount of headroom. We could stand up without feeling like we are going to hit our head on everything.

From MIBS 2010

- LED lights (minimize energy use) built into the hull.

Overall Scout has created a great boat which will be great for fishing, which can also multi task for family outings.

Smart Plug - Gaining Steam? by admin

Adam and I stopped by the Smart Plug booth at the convention center this morning. Greg gave us a rundown of how the movement towards Smart Plug is going. In short, they are putting up more movies (here are some how to installation videos), working closely with some manufacturers (including Nordic Tug, a First Mate customer!), and jumping through some regulatory hoops for their 50 amp cord. If you are not familiar with Smart Plug, watch the video below!