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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.

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.

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.

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.