Meet with Frigibar at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show #FLIBS2015

The 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is just a couple of short weeks away! The five-day show will start on November 5th and go through November 9th.

Over 1,000 exhibitors will be on hand, and over 1,500 boats will be on display for the largest in-water boat show in the world, and since Uber is back in Broward County, transportation from location to location will be quick and easy. Asked about the variety of boats and other products on display at the show, Danny Grant of Pierson Grant PR said, “It’s got everything from stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to some of the largest yachts in the world all at one show.”  Visit the official FLIBS  website at ShowManagement.com to get a feel for the seven locations of the show and to plan based on what areas of the show you care about. Don’t miss this show!

Schedule Ahead to Meet with Frigibar

Frigibar will be exhibiting at the show and still has available time slots open to meet with you one-on-one during the show. Schedule a time to meet with Frigibar during the show by emailing us at info@frigibar.com or calling us at 305-757-7697. Whether you’re considering a marine refrigerator or freezer for your boat or just want to say hi to Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky, feel free to stop on by booth 541. View the full list of 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show exhibitors.

My Boat Show App

The My Boat Show App is the official event app for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and will help you navigate this large show to help you find and get to where you want to go. The app is free and available for both iOS and Android devices. Download here.

Tickets are available for purchase online, so avoid waiting in line on November 5 and consider purchasing now. Follow Frigibar on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to join in on the fun and get live updates from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. #FLIBS2015

2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: What To Expect

Few events are as unique and exciting as Fort Lauderdale’s International Boat Show. With over three million square feet of exhibit space, ground and water transportation options, and six marinas and a convention center, this show is the largest in-water boat show in the world. Entering its 56th year, the 2015 show will be unlike any other, and Frigibar is looking forward to being a part of the show as an exhibitor.

While most boat shows focus on one segment of the boating industry, the Fort Lauderdale show has it all. “It’s got everything from stand-up paddle boards and kayaks to some of the largest yachts in the world all at one show,” said Danny Grant of Pierson Grant PR. Danny says the show is where the “entire boating industry comes to do business,” and referred to it as the industry’s “Super Bowl.”

Show organizers have partnered with Starmark International, a creative marketing company, who will help create new digital branding efforts and give the show a fresh new look.

The show attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors. As an exhibitor, Frigibar has been a part of the event for over 40 years. “Exhibitors make the show. Without them, there is no boat show,” Danny stated. Event organizers go out of their way to make it an amazing and exciting event for exhibitors and attendees. Over 1,500 boats will be on display, and 100,000 people will attend the event, which will be held November 5-9. Asked why people should attend, Danny Grant said, “It’s fun to people watch, walk the docks, come with friends, enjoy a drink and see what’s new.”

Advice for Attendees

Those looking to be a part of the festivities should purchase tickets early to receive a discount and reserve a hotel room as soon as possible. Hotels near the show fill up months in advance.

Danny recommends attendees visit the show website at ShowManagement.com to get a feel for the seven locations of the show and to plan based on what areas of the show they would like to see the most. “If you’re coming for a certain thing, make sure you know how to get there.”

Make sure to stop by the Frigibar exhibit space at booth 541. We hope to see you there! Follow us @Frigibar on Twitter and Frigibar on Facebook to keep up to date with news and events.

Uber Back in Broward!

After not being available in the area since July 31st of 2015, Uber is coming back to Broward County. In an email sent on October 14th, Uber stated:

“We have always prioritized riders’ and driver-partners’ safety with rigorous background checks, a $1 million insurance policy, and accountability and transparency built into the Uber app. We are proud to have provided over one million safe rides here in Broward, and we look forward to providing millions more.

Thanks to Commissioners Bogen, Furr, Kiar, LaMarca, Ritter and Mayor Ryan for creating a modern regulatory framework that enables us to once again operate in Broward County.

We couldn’t be more excited to call Broward home again – and to get back to providing you with safe, reliable transportation at the touch of a button.”

Uber returning to Broward County is great news for attendees of the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and will help attendees and exhibitors get to and from each of the events on-site locations.

8 Inspirational Nautical Quotes to Live By

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You don’t always have to look for inspiration to find it. Sometimes, it finds you.

Just as we make sure we bring along a Frigibar freezer when travelling by water, we like to carry quotes with us when in need of a little boost of inspiration. Here are eight of our favorite nautical quotes.

  • A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships are built for. – John A. Shedd
  • I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
  • You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Theresa
  • Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown. – Stephen Gardiner
  • The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. –  Isak Dinesen
  • There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea. – Attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC

What’s your favorite nautical or ocean-themed quote? We’d love to hear from you. Email your favorite quote to Shuly.Oletzky@Frigibar.com.

The Benefits of Working with a Certified Professional Yacht Broker

A captain guides a ship safely to its destination, but before you need a captain for your boat, you need a boat! Similar to the captain, the right yacht broker guides boat-buyers in their quest of finding the perfect vessel. Whether traveling overseas or trying to find the yacht that best fits your needs, the wrong captain or broker, or going without one, can result in making a very expensive and bad decision.

There’s a lot to consider before writing the check. Knowing your budget and size of the boat you want is just the beginning. How you’ll use it, who will maintain it, where you’ll use it, and even what type of boat matches your style and personality are things to consider. Because of the difficulty and potential risks of buying the wrong boat, many buyers work with brokers to help with the purchase and make sure they won’t regret this significant investment.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than watching the excitement on the faces of the family I’ve helped find their perfect boat,”  says Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) JC Schwalback of MarineMax Fort Myers. Schwalback is one of around 600 CPYB’s, whose jobs are to work with boat buyers from the research stage to the final delivery of their boat. “We help buyers find the perfect boat for them instead of giving subjective advice on looking at one boat versus another. Our goal is to guide you through the process and look out for your best interests in every aspect of the purchasing process.”

Regardless of the manufacturer or size of the boat, there are both visual and mechanical aspects of every vessel that need to be considered. “People can look at it (the boat) and think it looks great and forget there’s a lot under the boat that needs to be inspected. You can’t equate a clean aesthetic with a good boat — looks can be deceiving.” Schwalback recommends that every used boat should be examined. “There’s a lot mechanically that can be wrong with a boat. A mechanical inspection is a must when buying a boat because you can’t determine what repairs or replacements you might need just by looking at it.

An inspection may seem like an unneeded expense, but you can’t truly know what you are buying without having an expert checking it over. If working with a broker, ask for recommendations on independent inspectors before purchasing a boat.

Certified brokers are required to have expertise on all major boat builders and brands. According to Schwalback, finding the right certified professional broker gives the buyer a full array of possibilities instead of focusing on a select number of boat builders. “A typical retail or yacht salesperson may sell X or Y, while a certified professional broker sells A-Z.” Additional benefits of working with a certified yacht broker include their wide base of knowledge and unbiased guidance due to not being tied to a specific manufacturer. Brokers are cost-free to buyers and receive their commissions from the seller’s proceeds.

When asked about the best time to buy a boat, Schwalback recommends that prospective buyers act sooner rather than later. “There’s no better time to buy a boat than right now. A specific boat may cost less in the future, but they never get less expensive. If considering buying a boat, consider buying one now.”

To find a certified independent broker, he recommends visiting the National CPYB website, contacting local marinas, and asking people you know and trust who own a boat. Research and a managed buying process may not be your idea of fun, but due diligence and finding the right broker are key to making sure that your investment isn’t sitting in the shop when you’d rather be out on the water.

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JC is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB), licensed Florida Yacht Broker (#6438) and active member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, demonstrating professional leadership and knowledge. He is dedicated to broadening his knowledge to benefit his customers and has completed factory training with CABO Yachts, Boston Whaler and Sea Ray Boats, as well as Caterpillar, Cummins MerCruiser and MAN Diesel engines.

To contact JC Schwalback of MarineMax Fort Myers, email him at jc.schwalback@marinemax.com or call at 239-222-5908.

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Newport International Boat Show Recap

Each year, the Newport International Boat Show(NIBS) kicks off the boat show season with a bang, and we had a great time at this year’s show. Held September 17-20, the 45th NIBS featured 13 acres of boating and yachting glory. There were yacht unveilings, a treasure hunt for a sapphire pendant, night cruises, receptions, daily seminars, and more. Among the weekend’s most notable events was the Newport For New Products Awards (click to view award winners).

0916151754Our trip was busy, but we were able to enjoy a lot of what Newport, Rhode Island has to offer. We began our stay in Newport at the unique and beautiful Newport Jailhouse Inn. On Thursday (17th), the show officially kicked off.


Frigibar was one of 600 exhibitors at NIBS, sharing a booth in Tent C 69 with the Island & Harbor Sales team. We ran into many old and new friends, including representatives from Suntex Marinas, Chafe-Pro, Sailor Sams, Cool Boats, and TNT Lifts. Thousands of visitors came through the show over the four days, and many stopped by to visit us. Thank you to everyone who came by!

In addition to NIBS, we visited the Newport Brokerage Boat Show held at the Newport Shipyard and Marina. We had the opportunity to attend the ABBRA cocktail party and a reception hosted by the US Superyacht Association (USSA).

Although the show is over, we’d still love to connect with you and talk about how Frigibar fits into your life on the water. Feel free to reach out to us, or come out in less than two months to Fort Lauderdale. We hope to see you at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) November 5 – 9. Connect with Frigibar by visiting our blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Visit Frigibar at the Newport International Boat Show September 17-20 in Rhode Island

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The Newport International Boat Show will feature 13 full acres of powerboats, sailboats, yachts, marine equipment, service providers, accessories and more at the Newport Yachting Center. For their 45th anniversary, the September 17-20 event will be hosting unique events, including a treasure hunt for a sapphire pendant, the unveiling of new yacht models, and the 5th annual Cruisers Party with giveaways and raffle prizes.

There’s no shortage of things to do, see and learn about during the four-day show, including a diverse offering of daily seminars and sail training sponsored by Sail America and Discover Sailing.

Over 600 exhibitors will be on hand for the largest in-water boat show in the Northeast. Meet Frigibar Industries President Shuly Oletzky and the Island & Harbor Sales team at Tent C 69. We’ll have Frigibar units on display for you to see and touch.

Show organizers encourage attendees to contact exhibitors before the event if they plan on attending and visiting their booth. Feel free to contact us leading up to the show or just stop on by Tent C 69. View the full list of 2015 Newport International Boat Show exhibitors.

Site Plan NewportThe Newport show is one of our favorite events of the year and is the show that kicks off the fall boat show season. We hope to see you there. Online tickets are available, so avoid the lines and reserve your ticket today!

Make sure to follow Frigibar on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to join in on the fun of the Newport International Boat Show. #NIBS15!

Looking for the Best for Your Yacht, Go to the Experts: Whiticar Boat Works

As boat and yacht owners, we take pride in our investments. Every decision we make either improves our experience and style, or takes away from it.

When it’s time for a repair, new accessory, or appliance, you don’t go to a back alley or any old pawn shop. When only the best will do, consulting with a trusted source and expert is the best decision to make.

Based out of Stuart, Florida, Whiticar Boat Works has been in the boat business for over 70 years, and is known for providing only the best in boating and yachting. With an average of 28 years of experience among their talented staff, they provide the most dedicated and versatile services with what they like to call “white glove treatment.”

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As the exclusive Frigibar dealer in Martin County, Whiticar welcomes their customers to touch and feel what Frigibar has to offer at their facility, along with guiding customers to make the best possible decisions when it comes to their adventures on the water. Asked why they carry Frigibar products, a Whiticar representative stated, “We as a group feel their quality and long-standing market presence are the main reasons we recommend them and are proud to represent their product. We also appreciate the fact that they are “locally” made and customizable!

Frigibar freezers, the best in marine refrigeration, along with other products, services, and repairs, can be purchased directly from the experts at Whiticar Boat Works, or other authorized dealers. Contact Whiticar Boat Works at 772-287-2883, or visit Whiticar.com.

Family Fishing: Interview with Liquid Fire Fishing Team Captain Mark Henderson

“If you want to be the best at something, you have to put the effort and energy in it.”

As a business dedicated to the marine industry for over 40 years, Frigibar has seen the hard work and commitment needed to be a boat owner. From boat upkeep to managing a crew, each owner has a unique story and motivations for what they do. When a boat owner is also the captain and lead angler of a fishing team, there’s a whole new level of devotion required.

Frigibar recently interviewed boat owner, captain, and 2008 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour’s Angler of the Year, Mark Henderson. Henderson started the Liquid Fire Fishing Team in 2005, just a year after participating in his first competitive event with friend Ben Beasley. “I was hooked.” A decade later, the team is still going strong and competes in 15-22 competitions each year on their Intrepid 375TE CC Open, powered by triple Yamaha 350s.

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As team captain, Mark handles marketing, promotions, sponsorships, speaking engagements, and more in addition to angling. There are many responsibilities and things to consider for each captain, but according to Mark, nothing is as important as putting the right team together. “Having people around you that are dedicated and care as much as you do, that’s the most important thing as a captain.” Mark has compiled a team of skilled anglers he knows very well — his family. The team consists of his sons Joshua and Crockett, wife Audrey, and several guest anglers including his brother-in-law, Chris Waters. “Surround yourself with people that are passionate about the sport and who you can count on.”

Having a reliable team full of your family has additional benefits. The ability to spend time with his family while living out his passion is a dream come true for Mark, but it doesn’t make his job easy. Although Mark has an everyday job, he takes each aspect of leading a competitive fishing team seriously and advises hopeful anglers to do the same, because competitive angling is more than just a hobby. “The dedication of being a professional at anything is the most critical thing to have…you can overcome a lack of talent or anything else with hard work.”

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The 21 events the team will compete in this year requires travel and flexibility depending on the weather, which Mark says drives decision-making as a captain. “You have to be able to monitor the weather to get the most out of your trip.” Teams are often given 2-3 days to choose from in a competition, and choosing a day with choppy waters or strong winds can put an end to your tournament chances before it begins.

Outside of making the big catch, competitive fishing is about preparing, studying, listening and being aware of your surroundings. “The misconception is that it’s all about fishing…the fishing part of it is what people see and read about,” Mark says. He also cautions amateur anglers to avoid getting caught up in how competitive fishing is portrayed on television or by other sources. “Be aware that it’s not everything that you see in a 30-minute television show or hear during an hour-long seminar.” To get a real look at competitive fishing, Mark Henderson recommends visiting the Southern Kingfish Association website, FishSKA.com, and to research and follow teams on social media. The Liquid Fire team has over 8,000 Facebook followers, and shares information and pictures regularly. To contact Mark Henderson, email him at Mark@FishLF.com, and follow the Liquid Fire Fishing Team on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Frigibar on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

 

Getting the Most Space Out of Your Yacht’s Deck with the Proper Freezer

Yachting is about leisure, sport, and style. Whether you spend your time on the water on an 85-foot Azimut Flybridge or a Hatteras Motor Yacht; making the most of your adventure relies on making the most of your available space – from your deck to food storage.

Using a small, under-cabinet freezer/refrigerator is an option, but a freezer made for an indoor utility room isn’t meant for the ocean. Freezers not designed for the marine environment often fail in the extreme temperatures experienced out on the water and can cause hideous rust stains on your deck.

As a marine refrigeration manufacturer, Frigibar knows that bench or chest freezers are rarely considered to bring a sense of design and style to your boat. Fortunately, your cold food storage unit doesn’t have to be an eyesore.

Frigibar freezers and refrigerators are built to complement the style of your yacht. All units can be custom-fitted with cushions to provide more seating options for guests.

Frigibars are designed specifically for your adventures on the water. They’re made with a durable, rust-free fiberglass body, and can last for decades. They withstand the hot tropical climate and “green sea” conditions out on the open ocean while maintaining zero degrees Fahrenheit.

When choosing your cold-storage options, remember that you don’t have to hide the freezer, just get a Frigibar. It will look great and operate properly, so you can focus on the best the boating lifestyle has to offer.

Contact Frigibar to see how our units can make life on the water even cooler.

Phone: (305) 757-7697

Fax: (305) 757-0250

Email: info@frigibar.com

How Frigibar Fits Into Your Life on the Water

The Frigibar lifestyle is about keeping things cool on and near the water. Frigibar is America’s foremost manufacturer of quality marine refrigeration products, from cockpit freezers and refrigerators to utility deck and dock boxes. While known primarily for manufacturing fiberglass freezers made to withstand the elements, Frigibar provides versatile options that bring style and unlimited capabilities to your adventures.

Fishing

Our boat cockpit refrigerators / freezers are the perfect sidekick for tournament fishing teams, fishing enthusiasts, and spearfishers. There’s nothing better when needing to keep bait, keepers, or even drinks, nice and cool. These cockpit refrigerators / freezers are powerful, durable, rust-proof, and will keep your fishing trips going for as long as you want. Prices start at $4,656 for the 40”L x 20”W x 21”H Ensign Cockpit refrigerators / freezers, which can double as an attractive seating option with the purchase of a custom cushion.

Yachting

The best adventures last more than just a few hours. When planning a yachting journey, food and cold storage is a necessity. By combining an efficient marine generator, watermaker, and one of our cockpit refrigerators / freezers, who needs land? Keep a large supply of frozen food and drinks available for your entire trip by taking a Frigibar Admiral refrigerator / freezer along for the ride.

At The House

For on the dock or by the pool, a Frigibar Salty Dog Insulated Marine Ice Chest provides the same quality design and insulation as our cockpit refrigerators / freezers, while providing an inexpensive way to keep food and drinks cool.  Pair an ice chest or cockpit freezer with a deck or dock box for additional storage. Frigibar’s Salty Dog Watertight Utility Deck and Dock boxes start at just $815.

Frigibar Marine Refrigeration: Cold, Wherever Needed

Frigibar works to keep all of your adventures, and your food and drinks, cool. These are just a few of the many uses for our cockpit refrigerators and freezers.  Outfit your marine vessel with one of our powerful and long-lasting marine refrigeration products to extend your adventures and bring sleek design onto your boat. For more information on how Frigibar can simplify and improve your water adventures, please contact us at 305-757-7697, our online contact form, or purchase directly from the Citimarine Store or one of our other authorized dealers.