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Meet WCIND: Boaters’ Best Friend

Boating isn’t just our favorite pastime, it’s a major—we’re talking billions of dollars—economic engine for Southwest Florida. And a lot of effort is required to keep our waterways navigable for us boaters. That’s where the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) comes in, with their mission to preserve and enhance the commercial, recreational, and ecological values of District waterways. We recently sat down with WCIND Executive Director Justin McBride to get the inside scoop.

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Step-By-Step Knot Animations

From Alpine Butterfly to Zeppelin, there’s a boating knot for every situation. These knot animations make it easy to expand your knot know-how. Boating ropes are durable and expensive and are often handling heavy loads, so knowing all the right knots makes everything safer, more reliable and convenient. 

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5 Dockside Dos and Don’ts

Even experienced boaters can easily become complacent at the dock and forget to use common sense. From loose lines to bright lights, check out Discover Boating’s top tips for making dockside boating safer and more pleasant for you and your dockside neighbors.




Does Your Catch Really Measure Up? 

Nothing beats fishing here in SWFL and the our area’s most avid anglers know the seasons and slots like the back of their hand. But catching is only half the story, so if you’ve ever wondered whether you’re measuring your catch correctly, check out FWC’s how-to video for getting it right every time. After all, knowing the actual size of your fish means you can exaggerate more accurately later!

Moms Cruise Free May 12-14

Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations is offering mothers a free cruise with a paid adult or child admission on Mother’s Day weekend. Check out the schedule of sightseeing, river and sunset cruises at or call 239-919-2965 for more info.

Celebrating Boating Moms

Boat hair, don’t care! Quality time on a boat can be the best Mother’s Day gift of all. Show you care by planning a day on the water around what Mom loves. Island hopping, shelling, waterfront dining and people watching, or whatever her boating heart desires—there are plenty of ways to treat Mom to a day she’ll never forget.   
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