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January 26, 2018

3:58 am

Winter Shark Diving in the Bahama

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Winter Shark Diving in the Bahamas

Looking for an adventure this winter? Take the short ferry ride over to the Bahamas and experience shark diving at its finest.

Written by: Carli Shekels
Photo by: Paula Herman

Winter in South Florida brings high winds, cold water, and isn’t quite the perfect time for boating but there are undoubtedly other ways to play during this season! If you’re a diver and are looking for something fun during Miami’s winter months, consider taking the FRS Caribbean Ferry over to Bimini in the Bahamas to dive with Hammerhead Sharks! Bimini Undersea Dive Shop offers a unique trip that’s very close to home. After a 2-hour ferry ride, the shop will escort you to the dive boat where you will suit up, travel to the dive site, and wait for the Hammerheads to arrive. Once the first Hammerhead appears, you can jump in and watch the feeding. Typical dives can last well over an hour, and even though it’s a bit chilly (especially for us South Floridians!), the beauty and excitement of seeing these fantastic creatures can keep you warm.

I had the privilege of diving last weekend, and the experience was truly incredible. The dive staff was very accommodating, professional and promoted safety, which is something that I always appreciate. The feeder was a pro, and he made sure to put the safety of the divers first. The water was full of large, hungry Nurse sharks when we jumped in and eventually; the Hammerheads came to have a mid-afternoon snack. They ranged from 10’-12’ and we got to see a “baby” 10’ Tiger Shark cruise by, as well. The water was cold; however, with a 3mm wetsuit, a hood, and gloves, it was bearable for the 75-minute dive. Other divers (maybe with warmer blood!) stayed down longer before heading back to the boat. Once back at shore, we had just enough time to change and have some conch salad before heading to the ferry to return home. It’s a full day of adventure but well worth it if you are interested in seeing some impressive sharks!

Take advantage of our proximity to the Bahamas from Miami and the quick ferry trip to enjoy shark diving and exploring while your boat hibernates this winter.

 


December 14, 2017

11:40 pm

Holiday Hours & Closures

Happy Trailer Rentals Hours & Holiday Closures

Happy Trailer Rentals would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. Please make a note that we will have special marina operating hours during the holidays. Be sure to review the details below so that you are not inconvenienced. If you have any questions, please call us at 786-728-9988  or click here.

Christmas: Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • Closed at 1:00 PM

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Closed/ No Access

New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • Closed at 1:00 PM

New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Closed/ No Access

December 7, 2017

1:10 am

Miami Boat Parade Schedule 2017

Boat Parade Schedule Miami 2017

Happy Holidays from everyone at Happy Trailer Rentals!

As the Holiday Season ramps up in Miami, be sure to check out the unique holiday boat parades lighting up the canals of South Florida.

North Beach Boat Parade

North Miami Beach has a shining boat parade of its own! Celebrating its fifth year, the North Beach Boat Parade is set to sail on December 16, 2017, starting at 7 PM from 86th Street and will travel to Brittany Bay Park. What began as a small neighborhood parade is quickly expanding into a fun community event that gives our locals something to both enjoy and participate in. For information or to participate in this fun family event, you can visit the website at http://www.northbeachboatparade.com.

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

The 20th Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017. This family-friendly event will showcase more than 50 boats decked out in holiday lights. The parade begins at 7:00 pm and can be watched from the official viewing site at Bayfront Park. There will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ and Firework Show at 9:00 pm.

More info…

Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade

The Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade is among the most prominent boat parades in the country and will take place along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday, December 9, starting at 6:30 PM. This year’s boat parade theme is “Broadway”, and the grand marshals will be country music stars Big & Rich. The best way to see the parade is from the Riverwalk in downtown or the Grandstand area inside of the Birch State Park just north of Sunrise Boulevard.

More info…


November 8, 2017

4:19 am

Boat Trailer Towing Tips

Boat Trailer Towing Tips

Before you hit the highway check out our 7 must know boat trailer towing tips

Do you need to tow a boat trailer in Miami? We have the largest selection of Jet Ski and fishing boat trailers for rent by the day or week- at the best prices in town. Before you hit the road, be sure to review our boat trailer towing tips for a successful ride.

If you’re new hauling a boat, these tips can help get you comfortable with towing a boat trailer on the busy roads of South Florida. If you’re an experienced captain, these tips can help serve as a reminder.

  1. Hitch size matters: Hitches are rated by class, and depending on how heavy your boat and trailer are, you may need a Class I, II, III, IV or V hitch. Ask you trailer rental professional what hitch size is needed for your vessel. 
  2. Practice your back up: find an empty parking lot and spend time practicing how to back the boat up so you can feel comfortable when at the boat ramp.
  3.  Adjust your mirrors: be sure to adjust your mirrors to compensate for blind spots due to the boat trailer.  An attachable side-view mirror can be a big help. 
  4. Take turns extra-wide: avoid hitting curbs and vehicles by taking turns extra-wide.
  5. Maintain your distance between vehicles: keep at least two-car lengths distance to avoid slamming on the breaks, which could lead to the trailer jackknifing.
  6. Trailer Sway: IF you notice swaying in the boat trailer, take your foot off the gas to minimize it. If it continues, stop and inspect the trailer.
  7. Purchase a Sun Pass: the roads in South Florida, especially in Miami, can have heavy traffic around the clock Look to purchase a Sun Pass and use the toll-roads. 

For more information on renting a boat trailer in Miami, contact us today at 786-728-9988. 


September 1, 2017

8:02 pm

Labor Day Boat Safety Tips

10 Boat Safety Tips to Help You Keep Safe on the Water this Labor Day Weekend in Miami

Happy Labor Day from everyone at Happy Trailer Rentals!

Established by the Labor Movement in 1894, Labor Day is one of the most time-honored traditions in America celebrating the contributions we’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. As boaters and party-goers from around the world flock to Fort Lauderdale for the last major holiday before the fall, we would like to remind you of a few safety tips as you plan to head out on the water for Labor Day Weekend in Miami, Florida.

Top 10 Boating Tips for Labor Day

1. Don’t Drink and Operate a Boat: In 2016, alcohol use was the top reason why fatal boating accidents occur in America according to the US Coast Guard’s annual report. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

2. Always Have Life Jackets: Everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket while the boat is in operation. 80% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 83% were not wearing a life jacket. Make sure that you have an appropriately sized life jacket for every person on board.

3. Communicate Emergency Plan: Communicate your plan with the people on your boat and at least one person on shore in case something should go wrong. Also, it is recommended to inform the persons on shore when you will be departing and arriving back at the dock and to call to confirm your safe voyage.

4. Don’t Break the Rules: Boater education courses can help you understand laws, navigation rules, emergency situations, and other useful tips. The top five contributing factors in boating accidents include operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure.

5. Use the Kill-Switch: Many accidents involve boaters who fall overboard without having been clipped to the engine kill switch. This important piece of equipment can help protect you by stopping the engines should you get ejected overboard.

6. Follow the Weather: Check weather conditions often and be aware of storm warnings before you head out on the water. In Miami, the weather can change drastically within minutes.  Be prepared for sun or storm.

7. Wear Sunscreen: The Florida Sun is brutal. Be sure to bring a minimum of a 50 proof sunscreen and apply every few hours to avoid sunburn. It is also recommended to wear a hat, sunglasses, and cover up when in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If you should get burned, Tylenol and Aloe Vera gel can help alleviate the pain.

8. Drink Water: Sun poisoning is not something we made up to scare the snowbirds. Make sure to drink plenty of water and to stay shaded to avoid becoming dehydrated when on the water for extended periods of time.  Especially when indulging in alcohol, do not forget to hydrate!

9. Avoid the Propellers. Many accidents involve non-boaters near the engine propellers. Be sure the area is clear when starting and stopping the boat engines. There were 171 accidents in 2016 which a propeller struck at least one person. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 24 deaths and 175 injuries.

10. Be Courteous: Realize that you are sharing the water with other people so please make sure to be courteous to other boats. Wave, keep your music at a low roar when anchored/beached next to someone, and make sure to leave with everything you came with (take your garbage with you).

Have a safe and fun Labor Day! If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 786-728-9988 or click here