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FLIBS 2017: Come Out and Join Frigibar at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Over 1,000 exhibitors, including Frigibar, and more than 1,500 boats will be on display at the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show will take place November 1-5 in the Yachting Capital of the World.

Schedule Ahead to Meet with Frigibar

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Frigibar will once again be exhibiting at the show and will be available 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 the Frigibar team, feel free to stop on by booth 541.

A Whole New Show

In March, it was announced that Informa’s Global Exhibitions division acquired Yachting Promotions Inc., which included the acquisition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). It didn’t take long for Informa to make changes to the show, and we think for the better. For the first time, this year’s FLIBS will run from Wednesday until Sunday, instead of ending on a Monday which had been a slower day for the show.

The show will feature runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, extraordinary superyachts, and of course, the best in marine refrigeration (Frigibar!).

We hope to see you there! For tickets, visit FLIBS.com here. Follow Frigibar on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to join in on the fun and get live updates from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Frigibar is Moving: West Palm Beach is Getting Cooler

West Palm Beach Just Got a Little Bit Cooler

We’re excited to announce that Frigibar Industries Inc., your provider of premium American-made marine refrigeration units and freezers for boats and yachts, is relocating from Miami, Florida to West Palm Beach after more than 46 years.

Our team is looking forward to being part of the marine industry community in Palm Beach. We plan to grow in our new home while continuing to provide excellent products and service to all of our customers—in all of South Florida and around the world. Frigibar President Oletzky has resided in Palm Beach County for over 16 years and is thrilled to bring the company “home” to West Palm Beach.

The new facility is located at 5770 Columbia Circle, just off of Hill Avenue on Columbia Circle, south of Merchants Metals and east of Factory Direct Supply WPB. The move brings us closer to local marine industry staples, including Rybovich Marina, Suntex Marina at Riviera Beach, American Yacht Restoration, Gulfstream Marine, Beard Marine Group and others.

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For those who aren’t familiar with our products, Frigibar builds handcrafted, custom-built freezer/refrigerator units, fiberglass cockpit freezers, dock boxes, insulated fish boxes, ice chests, and more. Our products are available online at Frigibar.com, and also through our partners like Sailor Sams. Visit our about page for more information on Frigibar.

We are incredibly proud to have called Miami home for decades, and we’re grateful for all support we received in and from the community. We will remain a part of the Miami marine industry community and plan on continuing to exhibit at and support the Miami International Boat Show.

To learn more about the move or our products, feel free to give us a call at 305-757-7697. View our product catalog here at Frigibar.com/products.

Frigibar Publishes The Ultimate Boat Show Guide for Attendees

Boat shows are a wonderful celebration of the maritime industry, and they bring together thousands of people and products who share a love of boating and water-related hobbies. In our more than forty-five years as a company, Frigibar has exhibited at dozens of boat shows around the world, including the Miami International Boat Show every year. We’ve met thousands of amazing people and have been able to share our handcrafted marine refrigeration units with boat owners, captains, and crews.

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To help other boating enthusiasts, business owners, and families looking for a good time get the most out of their next trip to a boat show, we created The Ultimate Boat Show Guide for Attendees. View the free guide here!

Why Bench-Style Freezers are the Best Marine Refrigeration Systems for Your Boat or Yacht

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When seeking a refrigerator or freezer for your boat or yacht, there is no shortage of types of refrigeration systems. From a portable plug-in to a custom-built walk-in freezer, depending on the size of your boat, there are dozens of varieties of refrigeration systems to choose from. But not all freezers are made the same, and not all types of freezers are best suited for your boat.

The bench-style freezer is a favorite among boaters, captains, and crews for many reasons, but when it comes down to it — they’re simply the best choice for your boat for several reasons.

Superior Design for Keeping Items Cold

Ever wonder why your attic is much hotter than your basement even if your HVAC system is working properly? It’s because hot air rises and cold air drops. When you open a bench-style freezer, the cold air will take longer to escape since there is no large opening for the cold air to “fall out” of the unit. This means your unit will not have to work as hard to remove additional hot air when the box is opened for you to take something out and your freezer will function more efficiently overall because of this design.

Seating Option

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Since you’re dealing with a limited amount of space on your boat or yacht, maximizing every inch of it is important. Standing a couple of feet high, bench-style freezers are of similar height to the average seating on a boat and are long enough to fit several people. They can also be fitted with custom, removable cushions, making them a comfortable and stylish seating option as well.

Ease of Use

Bench-style freezers are easier to pack a large amount of food or other items into due to the top-opening construction. Stacking things vertically can be a challenge. You may also worry if your items will topple over and out of your freezer the minute you open it, as things tend to shift while underway. It’s easier to stack and pack from an aerial position from the bottom up through the top opening of your freezer. And rest assured, when you open the unit to take something out, it will be right where you left it.

More Storage for the Space

With these short and convenient units, you’re only limited on the amount of available freezer space based on the size of your deck. Many boat owners use multiple bench-style freezers, and due to their size, they don’t obstruct views or prevent you from achieving the look and feel you want on your boat.

Versatility

Bench-style units, if created with Dual Control, can be used as a refrigerator, freezer or cooler in an emergency situation where power is not available. Being able to utilize the unit as a refrigerator or freezer with Dual Control gives you additional flexibility when hosting guests or to make the most out of the type of trip you’re taking. For example, if you’re going on a several hour fishing trip, you may want to keep bait refrigerated and not frozen, but on a several day excursion, you may need to keep food frozen to use in the late stages of your voyage.

Frigibar specializes in manufacturing the best American-made, luxury handcrafted fiberglass freezers available on the market, including bench-style freezers. View the Frigibar product catalog to learn more about how our freezers can improve the quality of your boating adventures.

Why should a boat or yacht owner consider going with a Frigibar marine freezer system?

For over 40 years, Frigibar Industries, Inc. has provided the marine industry with the highest quality marine refrigeration systems. Based out of Miami, Florida, all freezer and refrigerator units are manufactured in America and are handcrafted.

As a boat or yacht owner, you know that your vessel isn’t just a toy, it’s an investment. Each aspect of your boat either adds to its value and your enjoyment or takes away from it. Here at Frigibar, we’re dedicated to adding to the value of your boat and making each and every trip better so you can enhance your life on the water.

Why Buy a Frigibar?

When asked why a boat or yacht owner should consider a Frigibar marine freezer system, Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky replied:

“Boat owners should consider our systems because they are very unique and will give you safe cold storage space outside of a typical application, like in a galley or under a cabinet. It provides a lot of flexibility.

When you choose a unit that goes outside, there are a few things to consider, and one of them is — was it designed to be outside?

Our units are designed to be in that environment, which I think is one of the key reasons to consider something like our freezers.”

See for yourself! View the Frigibar product catalog here.

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Have a question, contact a Frigibar representative today to get the answers you’re looking for. Call Frigbar at 305-757-7697, or email us at info@Frigibar.com.

8 Custom Boat Building Considerations: What Buyers Need to Know

Deciding to have a boat built for your adventures is a significant decision, but it’s just the start of the rewarding process of having a vessel created of your very own. It’s like accepting a marriage proposal; you’re committed and very excited, but there’s a lot of work and research ahead leading up till the day you get to sail away together.

We interviewed Jeff Rhodes to find out the most important things to consider when deciding to buy a new boat from a builder. Jeff is the founder of Coastal Craft Welded Aluminium Boats Ltd. and has over two decades of experience building boats, including the Coastal Craft 65 Concord yacht. Here are eight important aspects of purchasing a custom-built boat to carefully consider prior to finalizing your purchase

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  • Intended Use: Boats are made for the water, right? Should it really matter how you’re going to use it? In short, absolutely. According to Jeff, you need to have a firm understanding of how you are going to use the boat. “If someone wants to get to somewhere comfortably and safely, you need to make sure the boat can get them there.” The location where it will be used, frequency of use, and personal preferences will all factor into what boat and features will best fit your adventures.
  • Fully Understand What You’re Buying: Asked what’s the biggest mistake boat buyers of custom vessels make, Jeff said, “Not taking the time to fully understand the product they are considering purchasing. It’s hard to just walk through a boat show and know what you’re getting. You need to carefully go through specifications and what the boat is intended to do.” It’s important not to try to force a fit if what you’re considering buying doesn’t quite match how you plan on using it.
  • Qualify Your Builder: “Take your time and research the companies you’re considering. Do not rush the process of qualifying your builder,” Jeff says. He also cautions that qualifying a builder goes far beyond checking their reputation and seeing what they’ve built in the past. “They may be a great builder with a great reputation, but what they build might not match what you’re looking for and your unique needs. Buyers will gravitate towards a great brand, but want something that doesn’t fit what the builder makes.”
  • Naval Architecture: Coastal Craft specializes in yachts crafted out of aluminum, but the design, size, and intended use of your vessel may require a specific type of material. ”It’s all about the boat first, and then about styling and interior second. You can’t compromise the design.”
  • Communication with the Builder: Buyers need to keep an open and honest line of communication with the boat builder. “I can’t tell someone how they are going to use their boat, but I can use their description to help guide them in this process.” A boat customized for the conditions of Alaska is going to be different than one made for Miami, Florida, or even in Maine. “I need to understand how they plan on using the boat, and that is gained through having an open dialogue with them.” To avoid problems during the building process, make sure your builder is responsive and that you have contacts you can get ahold of when needed. If you are being left in the dark during the early stages of the process, it could be a warning sign.
  • Unique Needs and Preferences: We all have different preferences and needs, but can your builder accommodate them? Coastal Craft recently built a custom 65 Concord that included a wheelchair lift and custom elevator. The Coastal Craft team had to work closely with vendors and come up with innovative designs to give the customer exactly what they wanted. If you have custom needs or preferences, make sure they are presented to the builder at the beginning of the process, and make sure they can deliver. Ask if they have done anything similar in the past and how they would go about problem-solving and building the solution you need.
  • Interior Design: The overall design of the boat is the most important aspect of a build, but you have to be satisfied with the interior to fully enjoy your boat. Don’t overlook the interior of your boat. Take a look at boats similar to what you’re considering and keep track of what you like and dislike from each. Then, meet with who will be doing the interior design of your boat with each builder to see what they have designed in the past and to discuss what you want for the interior of your boat.
  • Maximizing Available Space: When asked “What’s the hardest aspect of a boat to build to a customer’s specifications,” Jeff replied, “It has to do with space. The biggest challenge is working with space (storage, deck) to maximize space. If you want a fast boat, your boat will have a different layout and have different space needs.”

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Whatever builder or type of boat you decide to go with, it’s important not to rush the process and make sure that what you want can be delivered by the builder. If in need of help during the process, Jeff recommends talking to other boat owners, doing internet research, and considering hiring a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (
CPYB) to help. For more information on Jeff Rhodes or Coastal Craft boats, visit CoastalCraft.com.

Looking to make the most of your boat’s space? Let Frigibar show you how to better utilize your boat’s space with the best in marine refrigeration.

METSTRADE 2015: Frigibar Headed to Amsterdam for November 17-19 Event

1115161647fFrigibar is excited to be exhibiting at METSTRADE, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, November 17-19 in Amsterdam. Over 1,300 exhibitors from over 40 countries will be in attendance, showcasing their products throughout nearly two-dozen pavilions. The event is the only international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry.

As the premier U.S. manufacturer of marine refrigeration products, Frigibar has been participating in local, regional, national and international events for 40 years, but this will be the company’s first appearance at METSTRADE. Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky will be traveling to the event and is looking forward to meeting with attendees to help them find the best solutions for their customers. There will be a Frigibar unit available to touch and learn about at the event.

“I am excited that Frigibar is going to be a part of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. At METS, we will be able to provide access to and education about our products to attendees from over 40 countries. I am also thrilled for my first visit to Amsterdam,” says Shuly.  

Frigibar will be featured in the Superyacht pavilion at stand 09.705. “I could not think of a better location than the Superyacht pavilion for our METS debut. Frigibar crafts an attractive solution for the necessity of marine refrigeration. The level of sophistication and demand for quality products within the pavilion is very high, and we are honored to be among such fine company.” Exhibitors and attendees can schedule to meet with Frigibar ahead of time by contacting +1 305.757.7697, by emailing: info@frigibar.com.  View the full floorplan here.

To attend or for more information, visit metstrade.com. We hope to see you there and will be keeping you updated by sharing pictures and information straight from Amsterdam during the event. Follow Frigibar on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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.

What’s New at the Miami International Boat Show? 4 Things to Look Forward To  

MiamiBoatShowLogo-0000This upcoming February, the 75th Miami International Boat Show will bring over 100,000 visitors to the area for the five-day event. As you can imagine, a show of this size yields benefits to not only the attendees but the entire state. “The show is a tremendous economic driver for the state of Florida with an annual economic impact of $600 million annually, creating in excess of $30 million in sales tax,” says Cathy Rick-Joule, Vice President of the Boat Show Division for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Rick-Joule has spent several decades working with the show and was kind enough to take a little bit of time out of her busy schedule to tell attendees what to expect and what’s new at the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show — “the world’s premier boating event.” Not only is there a brand new location, there’s a lot of new features the show is bringing to enhance your experience. Here’s a list of our favorite new additions to this year’s event:

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  • Firsts: Large events have so many moving parts, it can be difficult to add new features and opportunities for attendees, but this hasn’t stopped the NMMA and event organizers from providing a whole host of firsts, including free events and activities. “For the first time ever, boating enthusiasts will be able to view boats directly in the water, take a boating course through Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training or test drive the dreamboat they’ve been eyeing. Plus, they can get their feet wet at Try It Cove, a brand new area at the Miami Boat Show offering up free paddle boarding and more.”
  • Miami BBQFresh Tastes: What would a Miami show be without great food? According to Cathy, the whole family has something to look forward to when it’s time to eat. “This year’s show features a variety of exciting new food and beverage options and experiences, including a BBQ restaurant, beer garden, cigar and wine bar, on the go lunch options, and an interactive kids’ area where they can build their own pizzas.”
  • Free shuttles: The show is partnering with Freebee to provide free rides on routes in popular, high-traffic areas, and are outfitted with mini HD televisions and audio systems.  To request rides select the “Take me to the Boat Show” button on the home screen of the Freebee Mobile App.
  • MORE Parking: This year’s new location and the efforts of the show staff have resulted in seven times more parking spots than last year in Miami Beach. The additional parking will allow for attendees to easily venture in and out of the show and relax instead of spending hours looking for a spot.

Make sure to join Frigibar Industries at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show February 11 – 15 at the Miami Stadium Park & Basin. For more information, visit MiamiBoatShow.com.