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2018 Boating Trends

National Marine Manufacturers Association reports boat sales have increased every year for the past six years. Florida leads in boat sales and this year is expected to be no different, due to a surge in consumer spending as well as an increase in affordable boating options to hit the market.

“Technology has influence everything including boat design,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent boat insurance agency.

So, what new trends can you expect to see out on the water this year? We will preview some of the most popular designs.

Digital dashboards

Dashboards have gone touchscreen and include mobile adaptions. These streamlined multi-functioned displays control the stereo, fish finder, gas levels, map position and GPS. The high definition screens can go up to 24 inches. They are designed to be viewed from any angle and do not block out when viewed through polarized lenses. Boating Magazine details additional electronics that are hot this year.

Pontoon boats

Pontoon boats are going upscale. Comfortable seating, the ability to accommodate so many and the convenient dock level entry gate, make pontoon boats universally appealing. Builders are offering painted tubes to prevent discoloration, music streaming abilities, mood lighting, wake board towers, barbeques and wet bars. Performance models keep up with speed boats, while twin engine and even triple engine pontoons, with up to 900 horsepower on the transom, really move.

Deck boats

Deck boats are coming back thanks to outward-powered designs. Outward-powered deck boats are more affordable and offer more interior space.

Flooring

Builders are finally ripping out the carpet and trading it for synthetic flooring. The new synthetic flooring is non-skid, quick drying and durable. Eliminating mold and rotted floors.

Ventilated storage lockers

With ventilated storage lockers, your gear doesn’t have to fight rust and mold. These news lockers include a power fan and utilize a timer.

LED Lighting

LED lighting is replacing the old bulb system. It is fully sealed to eliminate corrosion. LED lights last considerably longer while consuming little power to avoid battery drain. A variety of colors are available to express your style.

“Many homeowners, mistakenly assume that their boat is covered under their homeowner’s insurance,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent boat insurance agency.

“Depending on your homeowner’s insurance policy, you might have limited coverage on a small vessel on your property. Boat insurance is highly recommended to protect you, your passengers and the boat as well as any new equipment and upgrades, reminds Buck.

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Ellsworth Buck

Ellsworth Buck

Vice President
GreatFlorida Insurance

Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida.For more information visit: www.greatflorida.com

955 S Federal Hwy, Suite 101
Stuart, FL
34994

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