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Christmas Light Boat Parades

No matter where you are located in Southwest Florida, you are sure to find a great Lighted Boat Parade!

Looking for boat decor inspiration? Check out this Pinterest board from last year's Fort Myers Boat Show. 

Charlotte County Boat Show

Don't miss the upcoming Boat Show at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds from Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th. The show is Charlotte County’s largest annual display of boats and boating accessories and services. If you have questions about the show, please call 239-656-7083.

Are You A Safe Boater?

Take the quiz to find out! Not only will you find out your safety score, you will also be entered to win a handful of prizes like a $1,000 gift certificate to West Marine. Click here to take the quiz. 

5 Minute DIY Boat Projects

Boating Magazine shared 20 of the best 5 minute DIY boat projects. Check out these great tips to fix minor alignments. 


New Years Resolution: 
Go Boating More.

DiscoverBoating shares 10 great reasons why you SHOULD go boating more in 2014: 

  1. Adventure - Boating has and will always remain an adventure. 
  2. Bonding - Boating with family or friends develops teamwork that makes your trip go better.
  3. Craftsmanship - Boats require craftsmanship and provide an endless source of satisfaction for a job well done. 
  4. Developing skills, wisdom, and confidence - You will always learn something new or sharpen a skill when you're on a boat. 
  5. Education - From knots you must learn to tie or piloting and chart reading, you will continue your education. 
  6. Fun - Trolling for fish, skimming at a high speed over flat water or rocking gently at anchor, there's fun for everyone.
  7. Getting away from it all - Boating is all-consuming of your attention, giving you the opportunity to leave your stress behind.
  8. Health - Boating is exercise. Every muscle of your body works when you're on a boat. 
  9. Intrepidness - Not everyone can be a boater. If you are, you are intrepid. 
  10. Joy -  Your adventures are out there, your joy unbounded. 


Upcoming Events

Charlotte County Boat Show - January 16-19, 2014

If you are a SWFMIA member and have an upcoming event that you would like us to post on the GoBoatingFlorida website, please email your event details to

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