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Seven Tips for Navigating the Dangerous Haulover Inlet in Florida
Sometimes, boating is dangerous. Certain areas of the world are notoriously risky for boaters, from Chile’s Cape Horn to California’s Point Conception and the infamous Bermuda Triangle.  Florida is also home to a boating area that’s been challenging sailors for almost a century: Baker’s Haulover Inlet between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour. The inlet is a channel that runs from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic ocean. It was created in 1925 to allow b...
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Marine-Grade Aluminum vs. Marine-Grade Steel: Which Is Best?
When purchasing accessories for your boat, there are several materials you can choose from, including marine-grade aluminum and marine-grade stainless steel. But, which option is best? Both metals have pros and cons, including their weight and corrosion resistance, especially in saltwater.  You might consider using a combination of aluminum and stainless steel, depending on the application. Aluminum is better for some uses, while stainless ste...
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How Drones Are Changing Fishing in 2021
As technology improves, people find ways to make things easier – even sporting activities like fishing. Many people enjoy going out on the boat and casting a line all day, whether they catch something or not. It's not so much fishing for food that they like; it's spending time with friends and the challenge of finding and landing a catch. The challenge is part of the fun; however, anglers of all skill levels often lean on various technologies ...
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304-Grade vs. 316-Grade Stainless Steel – What Marine-Grade Stainless Steel Is Best?
When purchasing stainless-steel accessories for your boat, you want something that will last. Saltwater and even freshwater take their toll on just about anything made of metal. Plus, if your vessel isn't in a covered slip, the weather can also harm your hardware and accessories – if they aren’t made of quality stainless steel. What Is 304-Grade Stainless Steel? 304-grade stainless steel is made of 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel. It ...
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Looking for the Best Marine Hinges? Why Gemlux is a Top Choice
When you’re out on the boat, whether you’re anchored at the sandbar or fishing far from shore, the last thing you want to worry about is the hardware on your vessel. Components like hinges that break suddenly due to corrosion or general wear and tear can lead to water damage in your storage areas and cabin. Is it time to replace or update your stainless-steel marine hinges? If so, it’s important to choose the best marine hinges available to ma...
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A Beginner's Guide to Outrigger Fishing
Do you love to fish in the open waters of the ocean? Deep-sea fishing is an exciting activity, but it comes with a set of unique challenges, especially if you’re trolling. Specifically, it’s often difficult to keep your bait out of the whitewater created by the boat, which most fish avoid. Instead of returning to shore empty-handed, you can improve the outcome of your fishing trip with high-quality outriggers! What is an outrigger? These fishi...
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How We Engineer the BEST Fishing Rod Holders for Your Boat
Whether you’re running multiple lines or simply want a place to put your rod when you’re underway, a fishing rod holder is essential. At Gemlux, we offer four different rod holders: the Coastal, the Deluxe, and the Bluewater. All three options come in 30-degree, 15-degree, and zero-degree designs, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. They are also available in stationary or swivel models. Our range of fishing rod holders accomm...
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Five Long Sleeve UV Fishing Shirts to Wear While Boating
Imagine this: You’re heading out on a fishing trip, and you’re looking forward to reeling in your next trophy fish. You lather up with sunscreen, but once you get on the water and start casting, you forget to reapply. We’ve all been there – on those perfect fishing days, the last thing you want to do is put down your rod. However, even the best fishing trips can be ruined by a sunburn, which means staying protected should be your top priority....
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Five of the Best Florida Boat Shows to Attend in 2021
Boat shows are a great place to connect with other boaters and professionals in the industry,  check out the latest technology, and – most importantly – shop for your own vessel. Whether you live in Florida or are planning a vacation here in 2021, stopping by a boat show is a great way to spend the day. Why Attend a Boat Show? Shopping for a new boat? Looking for ways to upgrade an outdated vessel? Just want to spend a day by the water with yo...
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The Best Boat Deck Shoes for Slippery Decks
No matter what kind of boat you’re setting sail on, you can expect some amount of water to get on the deck – whether from fishing, swimming, or waves. Even a non-slip deck has the potential to become slippery when you add water to it. Therefore, you need the right shoes to keep you comfortable and safe while you’re cruising or reeling in a catch. Looking for the best boat shoes for slippery decks? First, you’ll need to look for something with ...
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What Degree Rod Holder Do I Need for My Boat?
When you’re adding rod holders to your boat, what kind you get and where you place them differs based on the type of fishing you plan on doing. The angle of the holder also depends on placement and the kind of rod you are using. In addition to selecting the right degree rod holder, you should always buy the best quality product for the type of fishing you will use it for. For example, you don’t want to purchase a rod holder for light fishing o...
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How to Install A Dredge Boom on Your Boat to Catch Bigger Fish
When you want to increase the productivity of your trolling speed – and bring in bigger fish – try fishing with a dredge boom. This boating accessory helps you attract your catch from a distance by simulating a school of fish. Billfish, wahoo, kingfish, and Mahi will all come closer to your boat when you use a dredge boom for fishing. Gemlux carries a complete dredge boom kit that includes electronics, or you can purchase the parts you need if...
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