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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


July 24, 2017

11:20 pm

Lobster Season Tips 2017

2017 lobster season happy trailer rentals

Lobster Season Tips 2017

Everything you need to know about the Lobster Season in Miami, Florida

North Beach Marina welcomes the 2017-18 Lobster Season. The Mini Season in Miami, Florida is the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year. For 2017, the Lobster Mini Season will begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 26th and ends at midnight on Thursday. The regular 8-month lobster season will start August 6th and runs through March 31, 2018. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt!

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of twelve lobsters per person per day in Broward and Miami Dade Counties except for Biscayne National Park. In the primary season, one can take a maximum of 6 lobsters per person per day.

See the official Lobster Season rules

SIZE MATTERS

It is important to remember the Carapace or body of the lobster excluding the tail should be larger than 3″, measured in the water.  One should carry a measuring device at all times. Furthermore, possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water.

lobster size 3 inch

BUY A LICENSE OR GET FINED

You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in Lobster Season. To acquire these items, one can easily pick them up from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

FINAL TIPS FOR LOBSTER SEASON

  1. Schedule your boat launch in advance
  2. Get out on the water early to hit your limit
  3. Bring friends for safety
  4. Get Scuba Certified
  5. Rent a boat trailer and head to the Keys
  6. Have Fun!