October 1, 2014

Ahead of The Curve

Making Your Boating Trip Divine

The gulf waters are warmer and the days are longer, a combination that creates a siren song for boaters. Here’s what you’ll need to make the right kind of waves.

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Sea it allIf the suggestion of setting sail without a proper navigational device sets your timbers shivering, consider adding a Raymarine multi-functional display. This sophisticated navigation system features digital depth, radar, fish finding and Sirius weather capabilities. It’s a must for safety and sport. From $3,800, Sea Tech Marine Electronics, (239) 430-1111.

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Well-heeled “Practical” and “non-marking soles” aren’t words that excite most fashionistas, but perhaps they should try on the A/O South Shore. It’s a boat shoe of definite style proportions, featuring wedge heel, sling back and metallic gold lining. The overall effect is one of such high nautical chic, the shoe appeared in Vogue magazine. $120, Sperry, 775 Fifth Ave. S., Naples.

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Watch this Time can seem to stop when you’re on the water. In the absence of any real time-stopping abilities, we offer you a fabulous way to note its progression, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Chronograph. The watch’s rubber strap and water resistance make it ideal for boating. Then there’s the company’s history: Ulysse Nardin once made ship’s chronometers, an era that’s honored by a small anchor on the watch’s face. $30,800, Yamron Jewelers, Waterside Shops, 5415 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

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Cheftastic A delicious dinner is so much tastier when you know there’s no galley duty afterward. Full-service catering company Chef’s Hands will prepare a custom meal at its Bonita Springs facility or aboard the client’s boat, then sets up, serves and cleans at its completion. The company also has a full liquor license, which means savoring a rumrunner at sunset is on the menu, too. Chef’s Hands, www.chefshands.com.

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Shady business Ah, the glittering Gulf, so sparkling, so bright—and so blinding. Curb the glare with a pair of sunglasses from Naples Optical, which carries more than 20 different sunglasses lines, including such upscale café brands as Chrome Hearts and Kieselstein-Cord, which retail from $400 and $800, respectively. Add polarized, anti-reflective lenses, with the correct coating for the water where you boat—backwater, deep sea or fresh. Naples Optical, (239) 263-6677.

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Get on board Swimwear shop Vilebrequin is known for its cheeky novelty prints on board shorts. Yet it’s the comfortable, soft brush nylon construction that likely holds the greatest allure. Vilebrequin offers four different styles, including the popular seven-inch “Summer” short and the five-inch “Malibu” short, all starting from $200. Vilebrequin, Waterside Shops, Naples.

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Smooth sailing Boat ownership is not always easy. There are little tasks, like oil changes, and big dilemmas, like arriving in a port and discovering they don’t have a berth for your baby. Captain Ed Hogan’s Yacht Concierge fixes all of those problems. The Yacht Concierge’s 10 employees stand ready to make everything shipshape and Bristol fashion. Yacht Concierge, (239) 793-6234.

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