Be part of the solution. Local cleanup happening in September

Make plans to join our 'KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL' Charlotte Chapter and take part in the International Coastal Cleanup!

Sign Up: Gather your team and register online by September 1

When: September 16, 2017

Where: Punta Gorda Harborwalk

What: This family-friendly event is for anyone interested in reducing trash and debris in our waters and beautifying our city's resources. Boaters, walkers, kayakers and paddle-boarders are welcome!

Please come out and support the CCA Charlotte Chapter for a few hours cleaning up the coast! Each September, organizations around the world help protect our shared waterways by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup. Nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean. 

Join together with civic organizations, businesses, boating and fishing clubs, paddle clubs or groups, cycling groups, scouting organizations, school clubs or groups, and anyone interested in reducing trash in our waters and maintaining our city’s resources. 

A boat is NOT required - walkers, canoers, kayakers, and paddle-boarders are welcome! 


Contact: Gene Kingery at 941-639-0292 or

What’s Required: 

  • - Form a team of 6-12 volunteers to work 2-4 hours on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
  • - Select a team captain.
  • - Team captain will register the team on before September 1, 2017 (t-shirt sizes will be required at that time).
  • - Select Register Today.
  • - Select Register Now (this will take you to a registration page).
  • - Select Event: International Coastal Clean-Up.
  • - Provide Organization Name and number and sizes of t-shirts.
  • - Collection areas will be assigned to each registered team.
  • - Team Captain will pick-up safety and collection supplies from Keep Charlotte Beautiful during week prior to collection.
  • - Team Captains select record keepers (1 recorder per 2 collectors) and determine recording method (paper and pencil or Smartphone App).
  • - Collect trash in your assigned area and record types and amounts of trash collected.
  • - Deposit trash bags at designated consolidation spots.

What’s Supplied:

  • - All safety and collection supplies
  • - Water and snacks
  • - T-shirts for all participants
  • - Record keeping supplies and Smartphone App to track what is collected
  • - Assigned collection areas
  • - Designated trash consolidation points

Visit our Facebook page for more details.

Join Us!

Gather your team and register online by September 1. You'll have all safety and collection supplies provided, along with snacks, t-shirts and more!

For more information, contact Gene Kingery at 941-639-0292 or via email.

A Little History

The first observance of a "Father's Day" was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. But it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

On Father’s Day we celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures make in their children's lives. We send cards, buy gifts, and have barbeques. Still needing a gift idea for Dad? Are you thinking ties, tools or tongs? Instead surprise Dad with a day on the water.

Need Some Ideas for Gifts?

Of course, the ultimate surprise would be a new boat! Whether he’d prefer a fishing boat, a power boat or a pontoon, Ingman Marine has a broad selection of new and preowned boats and an experienced staff to help you select the right boat for Dad.

We carry all the top brands - Bennington Marine, Cobia Boats, Grady White, Hewes, Hurricane, Maverick, Pathfinder, Sea Born, Sea Hunt, Skeeter, Stingray Boats, SunChaser, Sundance and Sylvan.

Okay, so maybe a new boat is not in your budget or Dad already has his perfect boat, you can still treat Dad to a water themed Father’s Day.

Check out some ideas from Ted's Tackle at 1189 Tamiami Trail in front of Ingman Marine for all things fishing, boating and more.

- High end reels from Okuma, Penn and Shimano

- Fishing tackle from Berkley and Shakespeare

- Fishing lures from D.O.A. and Mirrolure

- Mustad fish hooks – best-selling hook brand

- PowerPro Fishing Lines: Fish better with ultra-strong fishing lines, the ultimate in modern technology and old-fashioned fishing.

- Calusa Cast Net: Handmade Calusa Cast Nets are designed to meet the needs of demanding anglers. Feels softer, throws easier, and lies flatter.

- frogg togs - Outdoor rain gear, fishing waders or cooling products.

- Costa – Sunglasses, clothing and accessories

- Calcutta – outdoor gear and apparel

- A Mister Twister Electric Fisherman™ Fillet Knife: The fillet knife fisherman ask for by name. The extra sharp blade for fast, easy filleting. Features a safety lock and is lightweight, comfortable handle designed for better control. Heavy-duty motor increases motor life. High impact motor housing offers additional protection. The power cord is expandable so that it stays out of the way. Meaning more time fishing and less time cleaning.

In addition, Ted’s has, cool shirts, sunglasses, and hats and best of all, Ted’s has an experienced angler with a wealth of knowledge and advice to help you find just the right gift.

Additional Ideas

Get his boat detailed inside and out to give it that new boat feel and protect the finish. We can even pick your boat up at the ramp and deliver your boat to 1 of 5 service centers for service and then deliver it back.

Consider getting him the parts or service he’s been meaning to “get around to”. Ingman Marine is a full service boat and motor dealer with complete service departments in all 3 locations, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Placida.

Ingman Marine's parts department carries the best parts from all the top brands: ACR, Bob's Jackplate, Blue Seas, Cannon, Garelick, Furuno, Fusion, Garmin, Humminbird, ICom, Lenco, Lowrance, Jensen, Minnkota, Lewmar, Ocean LED, Igloo, Lee's Tackle, Stearns, Power Pole, Raymarine, Standard Horizon, Swivl-Eze, Stiffy push poles, Taylor, Tempress, Wise, Todd, Taco and Yachter's Choice.

Treat Dad to a meal at a dockside restaurant.

There are a lot of great Florida restaurants that you can get to by boat. Select the links below to find out more about what Sarasota, Placida and Port Charlotte have to offer. We even provide GPS coordinates!

* Sanibel / Captiva / Pine Island / Cape Coral * Punta Gorda / Pt. Charlotte * Boca Grande / Englewood * Venice / Nokomis / Osprey * Sarasota / Bradenton

And last but not least…take Dad for a walk on the beach.

Whatever you do, enjoy your time together!!!

As a new parent, whether you are new to boating or a seasoned boater, you may be wondering when can you take your new baby out for their maiden voyage and if there laws or restrictions you need to follow for taking a baby on a boat.
There are no laws regarding infants and boating other than requiring the use of a personal flotation device (PFD). However, the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety, recommends infants not travel on a boat until they weigh at least 18 pounds and can wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
Additionally, they advise, infants should not travel on a boat when they are newborns or before they are able to hold their head up as the bobbing motion of the boat can injure a newborn's neck and head.  They may not be ready for boat travel, but they can still enjoy some fresh air on a docked or anchored boat.
When the time is right, with thoughtful planning and some additional safety precautions there really is no reason why you can't boat with a baby on board. Here are some dos and don'ts for taking a baby on a boat.


Do use a Coast Guard approved life jacket. The Coast Guard recommends a Type II infant personal flotation device (PFD).  The Type II vest will have a pad behind the head and a crotch strap to keep it from riding up. It's made of durable nylon and has a rescue handle to easily lift the child from the water. The head and neck support, will typically upright a young child in the water.
Do test the PDF before your first outing.  The PFD must fit snugly on a child.  Pick the child up by the shoulders of the PFD, the child's chin and ears should not slip through.  Ideally, test the PDF in a swimming pool make sure the head won't slip through the neck hole and that the infants head will remain above water. There are different styles of vests so if one does not work well, try another style.

Do acclimate your child to the PFD beforehand so he/she will be comfortable wearing it.  Type II PFDs can be very restrictive and bulky so the child may struggle with it initially.
Don't use an infant car seat on boat as it would act as an anchor and quickly sink to the bottom. The safest seat for your baby is in your arms while the boat is in motion.

Don't use a baby carrier in place of a PFD.  In the event of an emergency while boating, if your baby is strapped to you in a baby carrier it would be very difficult to keep your baby's head above water.

Don't use floaties, inflatable toys or rafts in place of a PFD.

Don't buy a PFD that is not in the proper weight range thinking they will grow into it. It needs to fit snuggly, as they can easily slip out of an ill-fitting vest.

Don't leave a child unattended even if they are wearing a PFD.


Do keep infants in the shade as much as possible. Keep them under a canopy if you have one, if not, there are a number of after-market options out there. Bring along a beach umbrella added protection and for when you're beaching.
Do use sunscreen for infants over 6 months. Use a sunscreen recommend for babies.  Perform a patch test first to make sure your baby can tolerate the product. Use a sunscreen that consist primarily of physical or mineral sunscreen agents, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and avoid sunscreens containing PABA or oxybenzone, which have been associated with skin reactions.

Do dress the baby appropriately.  Use UV protective quick drying clothing. Look for long sleeves and long pants for added sun protection.  Select clothing in bright colors as soft whites and pastels let more light reach the skin.  Don't forget to cover their feet, they are just as sensitive and can sunburn easily.
Do use a wide-brimmed hat that will cover and protect sensitive ears, nose and neck and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Don't use sunscreen on infants under 6 months.  According to the FDA, because an infant's skin is less mature than older children and adults, and infants under 6 months have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio, an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects from the sunscreen.  The best approach is to keep babies under 6 months of age out of the sun.


Do keep the baby hydrated.  It's very difficult for an infant to regulate body temperature as their sweat glands are not fully developed.  Giving water and other fluids to babies regularly during the outing can prevent them from dehydration and heat strokes.

Do take plenty of food, water, baby formula, juice, snacks, and don't forget the pacifier. More is better, if run into an unexpected delay or an emergency, you can go without food or water for a while but your baby can not.

For nap-time, you can take along a portable rocker or pack-n-play (not a car seat) for use when docked or anchored.  Keeping the child in your arms is best when cruising.

Do plan for fun in the water.  Drop anchor or pull up on a sandbar and give them an opportunity to splash around in the water or crawl around in the sand. Bring along some sand and bath toys.

Do keep them happy on board.  Bring along plenty of their favorite waterproof toys from home.  You can never go wrong with bubbles, pinwheels or finger puppets.

Do keep the outing short.  Keep in mind their regular schedule to help avoid a meltdown.  You can increase your time out as your infant gets older and becomes more accustom to boating.


Do plan for the unexpected, accidents or unforeseen circumstances do happen. Ensure that your boat is operating properly before heading out onto the water.
Do share your float plan with a friend or relative. Be sure to include your destination and expected time of return.

Take child proof precautions to make sure your boat is safe for your baby.  As your baby begins to get more mobile, child-proof your boat as you would your home. Cover all your outlets, put up gates and lock all your cabinet doors. Cover sharp corners and tie up any cords or cables.  Look at your boat from their eye-level, what would catch their attention.

Be sure to have a first aid kit and any medicines handy. Keep medical kits stocked, including various types of antibiotics. Also, carry the necessary medicines or prescription for your baby.

Check the weather before you go and bring a radio along. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe and get off the water.

Don't drink and drive, leave alcohol onshore. Alcohol's effects are greatly exaggerated by exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise, and vibration.

Consider adjusting your boating hours to earlier morning or late afternoon when many boaters are off the water.  Not only will you have smoother waters and cooler temperatures, you'll avoid the sun's peak hours.

With some adjustments and pre-planning, boating with your baby on board can be a happy and memorable experience for all.  

Happy boating and don't forget the camera!!!

Welcome to this year’s All Star Boat Show Weekend. 
Presented by Ingman Marine

May 5th
(Friday) through May 7th (Sunday). 

The Demo Days include:


Two show locations: 

Gasparilla Marina

15001 Gasparilla Road

Placida, Florida 33946 


Four Winds Marina

16501 Stringfellow Road

Bokeelia, Florida 33922


Friday May 5th
Saturday May 6th
Sunday May 7th

9am-5pm daily at both marinas

These brands can be sea trialed at Gasparilla Marina: Bennington, Cobia, Grady White, Hewes, Maverick, Pathfinder, Sea Hunt, Skeeter, and Stingray.

These brands can be sea trialed at Four Winds Marina: Grady White, Sea Hunt, Skeeter, Stingray and Sylvan.

Both location’s Marinas have a water side restaurant!

We will have 10 premium boat lines available for sea trial: Bennington, Cobia, Grady White, Hewes, Maverick, Pathfinder, Sea Hunt, Skeeter, Stingray, and Sylvan. 


BENNINGTON: Bennington pontoons is about enjoyment and the feeling of being carefree. From the rich and classy QXi and RCW rear lounge series, to the more affordable GL series pontoons. Bennington boats and pontoons continually strive to expand the horizon for boating enthusiasts. Fishing pontoons, cruising pontoons, Luxury pontoons or Luxury fishing and cruising pontoons, Bennington has a model to fit every lifestyle. Bennington boats has grown to become theHE most respected name in the pontoon business. 

COBIA: For over 50 years Cobia has been evolving, with improvements that turned it into the ultimate family recreation boat. Acquired by Maverick Boat Company, manufacturers of Maverick, Hewes and Pathfinder, the nation's most respected builder of light tackle fishing boats. Cobia, has become a true fishing boat. Cobias combines the fishing features and creature comforts that will set the standard for years to come. Today's Cobia is simply a better designed boat, built from the ground up with the most advanced state-of-the-art materials and technology. State of the art hull designs, exacting build processes, premium components and remarkable performance, it all adds up to more boat for the money. 

GRADY-WHITE: Since 1959 Grady-White is one of the most successful boatbuilding companies in the world, Grady-White Boats has a legendary reputation for designing and producing outstanding fiberglass boats. Grady-White's commitment to excellence never changes, the company constantly refines its boats as technology develops. Grady-White was ranked Highest in customer satisfaction with coastal fishing boats (17-30 feet),î 7 years in a row. Grady's unique Sea V2 Hull delivers a stable and smooth ride through even the roughest of seas. The Sea V2 hull is like no other, the moderate deadrise starting at the stern, steadily increasing all the way forward to the bow, creating one of the best gentle riding boats on the market.

HEWES: Over 50 years ago Bob Hewes created a unique boat, which later became the famous Hewes Bonefisher. Its innovative design allows anglers to stalk especially spooky gamefish in very shallow water-in places where few anglers or boats had ever gone. Thanks to Bob Hewes and a handful of other shallow-water pioneers this type of fishing has grown into a sport all its own with increased popularity, tournaments and scores of dedicated anglers around the world. On any given day, more anglers are fishing in more places around the world in a Hewes boat than all other brands of light-tackle skiffs combined. More light-tackle world records have been caught aboard Hewes boats than any other skiff ever made.

MAVERICK: Maverick Boats set the standard by which all other flats boats are measured. The Maverick name is synonymous with leadership in innovation, un-compromised quality and bulletproof performance. From rough seas to high winds. Maverick boats are made to get you safely and comfortably to your fishing destinations. Every hull is built of the highest quality materials using the latest boat-building technology. That's why Maverick boats are known for their superior quality. While there are other boats that can get you there, only Maverick takes you safely into those hard-to-reach areas with comfort and confidence. 

PATHFINDER: The bay and offshore boats created by Pathfinder are the direct result of concepts and input from an angler-driven design team, pro guide staff, and a loyal core of customers. Each and every model and feature start with the idea of improvement and problem-solving. Pathfinder boats have been conceived from the ground up. They are not modified designs of existing hulls tricked out with cosmetics and features that don't work. Pathfinder boats are focused products born to do one put dedicated anglers on fish and to do it with comfort and safety with sensible, roved technology and craftsmanship.

SEA HUNT: The Sea Hunt difference extends through the running surface all the way back to the transom, producing a total package that is designed and engineered to give the driest, smoothest, and most comfortable ride possible. Sea Hunt plans the best use of every inch of space inside the hull to give Sea Hunt owners the most cockpit room and storage space possible. 

SKEETER: The world's first bass boat. Setting the standard, raising the bar and leaving the rest of the boating industry in a wake of innovation.  Skeeter's philosophy, "engineered like no other," permeates everything they do - beginning with the extensive efforts taken in the methods of manufacturing, all the way to the winner's circle.  Skeeter's pursuit of perfection has become clearly evident as the best engineered bass boats on the water today.

STINGRAY: Al Fink founded Stingray in 1979. With two molds, a handful of skilled craftsmen and a passion for excellence, Al set out to produce one of the best performing powerboats available in the industry. From this meager beginning, Stingray has grown to consist of over 20 models, with a proven reputation for unsurpassed quality and performance. Stingray has the right combination of products from sleek sport boats to wide body sport decks. 

SYLVAN: For five generations and counting, Sylvan has been building pontoons since the company was founded, back in 1948. Today, Sylvan retains its leadership position as one of the most innovative pontoon builders in the world. With great new lineups that build on the core values that have guided the company from the very beginning ñ to build innovative, high quality boats that families can afford, and back them with the best warranty and the best customer service.

About Ingman Marine
With over 37 years of experience, our reputation has earned us the privilege of selling only the best products in the marine industry. We are family-owned and operated; meaning our name and our reputation is on our sign and on the line every day. Ingman Marine has gained numerous awards from many of the industry's top boat and boat motor dealerships for our outstanding sales accomplishments and customer service standards.

The entire Ingman Marine family will be looking forward to seeing all the boaters and families who make it to this year's All Star Boat Show Weekend.

Come on out to the Gasparilla Marina, 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida, Florida 33946 or Four Winds Marina, 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, Florida 33922,  May 5th through May 7th from 9am - 5pm.

Did You Miss The Boat Show?

Don’t worry if you missed the event; come visit any 1 of our 5 convenient Florida locations to buy the boat of your dreams. Listed below are our 5 locations and their phone numbers.


1189 Tamiami Trail

Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Phone: (941) 255-1555


8311 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34238

Phone: (941) 360-0088


15001 Gasparilla Rd.

Placida, FL 33946

Phone: (941) 697-1000


16501 Stringfellow Rd.

Bokeelia, FL 33922

Phone: (941) 255-0985


14531 North Cleveland Ave.

North Ft Myers, FL 33903

Phone: (239) 599-9069

St. Patrick’s Day is celeb­rated on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland.  Traditionally consisting of church services and a large feast. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated by many.  Events are now marked with green beer, donned green clothes, parades and Celtic music.  On St. Patrick’s Day everyone turns a little Irish and for those of you who would like to celebrate the green, here are a few events where you can join in on the fun.


St. Patrick’s Day Events near Port Charlotte:



1pm – 8pm
(941) 639-8721

Fisherman’s Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Florida

Free to Attend

Fisherman’s Village will be throwing their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Festive music will begin at 1pm, featuring musical guests such as Mike Hirst, Paul Cottrell and Paul Stowe. The Lee County Pipes and Drums ensemble will parade through the courtyard at 5pm. Following the parade will be followed by a performance by Celtic Beat Irish Dancers, concluding the event with traditional Irish music with Kelly and Emily Ann Thompson. Face painting will be set up for the kids between 3-7pm.


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(941) 206-0782

2681 S Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952


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11am – Close
(941) 916-9115

Celtic Ray Public House
145 E Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda Florida, 33950

Free to attend, just pay for your tab

Looking for a traditional Irish Pub? The Celtic Ray public house will be housing some bands throughout the day. Musician’s such as Bobby Vessey, Stephens Green and 6 Volt Rodeo. This classic Irish Pub serves more than just various imported beers. Along with a full bar the Ray also has a full menu with traditional Irish food made fresh in house. Come join the festivities, have scotch eggs for starters, Guinness stew with coleslaw and soda bread and a Dublin tart for dessert. All accompanied with your drink of choice.


St. Patrick’s Day Events near Fort Myers:



12pm, 2pm, 4pm & a sunset cruise 6pm
(239) 919-2963

The Marina at Edison Ford
2360 W. First Street, Fort Myers Florida, 33901

$32 per person + buy 1 get 1 free drinks
Reservations are required call or visit

Want to spend the “Green” holiday on the blue seas? Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day cruise out of Fort Myers. Pure Florida’s Cruise Line will sail through the Caloosahatchee River. Master naturalists and guard certified captains will be providing narrations on the local history and wildlife.


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11am – 9pm
(239) 482-3241

11481 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919

Looking for a nice Irish dinner on St. Patty’s day? The eager staff is excited to serve you whatever dish you wish. The Irish themed restaurant has both American and Irish dishes available.

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10am – 2am
(239) 463-8881

Irish Pub
2201 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931



St. Patrick’s Day Events near Sarasota Florida:



11am – Close
(941) 952-3070

Pub 32
8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Florida

Just pay for your food and drink
Inside seats are limited, call for reservations

A large tent and an outdoor stage will be home to live music, bag pipers and Irish dancers. Inside will be a traditional Irish buffet. Buffet seating will be limited, call the above number for a reservation. Grab an Irish beer and come join the festivities.


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2pm – 11pm
Until March 26th

Sarasota County Fair Grounds
3000 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota Florida

Adults $8? 55+ $8
Active Military $4
Children 5 and younger Free  + $1 gate fee

Armband Special
Ride all rides for $20.00 + admission

Want a fun activity for the kids this St. Patties day? It just so happens that this year’s opening day for the Sarasota Fair is none other than Friday March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. Special shows on display that day consist of Matt’s Family Jams at 2pm and 8pm. The Magic Show at 6:15pm. The Dairy Cattle Show will commence at 7pm sharp. The Hypnosis Show with Ron Diamond will start at 9:30pm. Don’t forget to fill up on all the yummy “bad-for-you” fair food and the main attractions… the fun coaster and fair rides!


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1pm – 2am
(941) 925-2344

6586 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231

Settle your tab at the end of the night

Come join the friends and family at Molly Malone’s. Take your turn at a free game of pool or darts. Maybe take a swing on the Golden T Golf Game.


Ingman Marine wishes everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We hope you are able to enjoy a relaxing day on the boat and an even better night, hopefully with a cup full of the modern tradition, green tinted beer.


Ingman Marine is proud to announce the commencement of the27th Annual CCA Charlotte Chapter Banquet and Auction. The eventwill take place at the lovely Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center,located at 75 Taylor Street Punta Gorda Florida, 33950. The festivities will begin at 6pm on Thursday March 23, 2017 and will last until approximately 10pm.

We appreciate everything you do for the conservation of our coastlines and The CCA. We have a lot of great items this year so also remember to bring some spending money for both the silent and live auctions. Also, bring your appetites! This year’s banquet will feature the Texas Cattle Company’s World famous steaks, to be cooked over an open fire made with fresh Florida Citrus and oak woods. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Adam Miller at (941) 270-0895 or email him at 

This is considered a special event, sodon’t forget to RSVP here:

Purchase Tickets  for "The 27th CCA Charlotte Chapter Banquet and Auction"


The CCA Banquet and Auction:

7:30pm –8:30pm – DINNER
8:30pm –9:30pm - LIVE AUCTION


CCA Florida is a non-profit, statewide marine conservation organization. They work in advanced roles to help maintain and protect Florida’s Marine wildlife and resources, as well as the interests of all saltwater fishermen.Aside from us, the Charlotte Chapter, there are 29 additional local chapters from Pensacola all the way to Key West. Local chapters help support research-based law enforcement and aid in the fight for and maintenance offshore regulations, aimed at protecting state and federal fish stock. To name just a few specific species that CCA Florida has helped and protected Redfish and a management plan was created for Dolphin and Wahoo. Part of the organization's history also consisted of a four month plan to help the Red Grouper stock recover, the CCA was successful in this fight. CCA Florida isonly 1 of 17 different state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association.

The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center is located on the shore of the beautiful Peace River. Cradled in the center of Southwest Florida, the event and conference center offers 44,000 square feet of event space. All types of events are welcomed, from large sports tournaments and trade shows to weddings and formal events.

If you are a local of Punta Gorda or surrounding areas and would like to attend other events take a look at the following link to the Charlotte Harbor Event Calendar.


Punta Gorda is a quaint city on the outskirts of Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you are a local or have traveled to Punta Gorda for the CCA event and would like to make a weekend of your trip, here are some attractions or events to enjoy. Do you like to live and active lifestyle? You may like the “free bike loaner program” that has been started. You can ride or walk through our lovely historic downtown or wind through our beautiful historic neighborhoods. With 18 miles of pathways to choose from, its guaranteed, you can’t go wrong. Charlotte Harbor is a great destination for small to medium size boats, if you are looking for deeper water you can make your way out towards Boca Grande, leading you to the inviting Gulf of Mexico. Laishley Park Municipal Marina offers a boat ramp to launch your boat, or slips are available to rent, if you traveled by boat. There is immediate access to the Peace River among other neighboring bodies of water. A popular local attraction, Fisherman’s Village, sits on the waterfront and is home to various resorts, casual & fine dining, among a plethora of unique boardwalk shops. The day after the banquet, Friday March 24th, a Trolley Tour is available to join, see prices and information at the below link:

Learn more about Punta Gorda here!

Additionally throughout the year Punta Gorda and neighboring Boca Grande are home to various fishing tournaments. Interested in joining or sponsoring any events? Feel free to look at any Punta Gorda or neighboring community event calendars.


Everyone here at Ingman Marine look forward to seeing all of our CCA Partners, members and supporters and their families. We are so excited we are able to spend this time together and raise a bit of money along the way. Again, CCA Charlotte Chapters Banquet and Auction will be taking place at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center at 6pm on Thursday March 23, 2017.

Don’t forget to RSVP buy buying your tickets and finalizing your spot at a table. Follow this link to fill out the form to purchase your tickets! 

Purchase Tickets  for "The 27th CCA Charlotte Chapter Banquet and Auction"


Welcome to this year’s Grady-White Boat Show with live demos! Presented by Ingman Marine, the “Great Grady-White Demo Days” are upon us. The boat show will be taking place at the Boca Grande Marina on February 3rd through the 5th. The marina is located at 220 Harbor Drive Boca Grande, Florida 33921.

Additionally $12,500 in rebates will be offered this year.

With winter comes great savings! We encourage you to come down and test out your favorite models. You can see the dates and hours below. Everyone is welcome.


  • Friday, February 3rd 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday, February 4th 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, February 5th 10am-4pm

A Taste of Grady-White
Since 1959 Grady-White boats have been nurtures and constructed in Greenville, North Carolina. Current CEO Eddie Smith purchased the company in 1968, maintaining the same business structures and ethics as Mr. Grady and Mr. White had intended. Grady-White has a reputation for designing and producing fantastic fiberglass boats that are consistent and legendary. This shows by having been ranked “Highest in customer satisfaction with coastal fishing boats (17-30 feet),” a whopping 7 years in a row. The goal for current company president, Kris Carroll, is to be “The ultimate in boating satisfaction,” this being the basis of his management style. We would have to say it is paying off and Ingman Marine is beyond glad to be part of the Grady-White distributor family. Grady’s unique Sea V2 Hull Delivers a stable and smooth right through even the roughest of seas. The Sea V2 hull is like no other, the moderate deadrise starting at the stern, steadily increasing all the way forward to the bow, creating one of the best gentle riding boats on the market.

Models on Display
We encourage all boat enthusiasts to come join Ingman Marine at The Boca Grande Marina to enjoy a demo of your favorite model. Grady-White will be showing seven of their top 2017 models. Additionally the 2017 344 Cobia will be on display. Take a look at the boats being showcased at this year’s Winter Sales Event!

Freedom 275:
This 27 foot dual console ship maxes out at 500 HP. Don’t worry, with all that power comes a 184 gallon fuel tank. The bow offers plenty of seating along with a 96 quart insulated fish box. Deluxe helm and companion seating comes standard, accompanied with a fold away aft bench seat.

Canyon 376:
This center console measures in at a whopping 37 feet in length. With a 390 gallon fuel capacity comes a max horsepower of 1050. Not too fast, there is still more to come, like two 263 quart insulated fish boxes and a 41 gallon live-well. We can’t forget the lockable center cabin that features: the head, a stand up shower, bulk storage, double berth and an entertainment area (60 square feet).

Canyon 306:
Standing at 30 feet this center console comes standard with a lockable cabin with a shower, head, sink and other storage areas. Maxing out at 700 HP, the fuel capacity is about 290 gallons. The bow features two 150 quart insulated fish boxes. The center console comes with a full height, windshield fitted with a t-top and flush mount electronic area. The standard rigging station comes with a freshwater sink and 47 gallon live-well.

Freedom 307:
This 30 foot dual console maxes out at 700 HP, partnered with a 235 gallon fuel tank. The bow seating area features a 150 quart insulated fish box beneath the cushions. At the helm sits an adjustable bench seat and the aft is equipped with a fold away bench seat. The deluxe bar comes standard with a stainless steel sink and corian top. Optional features include the choice of a grill or small fridge. Along with bulk storage area comes an extendable port lounge seat.

Fisherman 257:
Standing at 25 feet in length, this center console features an enclosed and lockable heard area within the console. With a 135 gallon fuel tank comes a max horsepower of 400. A 32 gallon live-well accompanies two 120 quart insulated fish boxes. The swim platform with boarding ladder sits next to the fold away aft bench seat.

Freedom 335:
Maxing out at 900 HP, this 33 foot dual console has a 293 gallon fuel capacity. Deluxe seating is offered on the bow, including an adjustable center table. The port console cabin houses the bed, TV and entertainment system, closet and bulk storage. In addition the starboard cabin consists of the head, sink, shower, with extra storage space. Along with the 32 gallon live-well come 2 additional insulated boxes at 166 quarts and 230 quarts. The deluxe bar also comes standard with this model.

251 CE:
The only coastal explorer on the list for this show measures in at 25 feet. The max horsepower for this model happens to be 300, coupled with a 78 gallon fuel capacity. Both port and starboard sides come with insulated fish boxes with cushions and folding backrests. On either side of the ship sits 3 verticle rod storage holders. The helm lean bar comes with a removable backrest. A molded forward console seat offers more seating for your passengers. Under the helm lean bar is a removable 72 quart cooler.

Cobia 344 CC:
The only Cobia boat available for demo at this event is the 34 foot center console. This ship maxes out at 900 HP with a 320 gallon fuel tank. The bow offers an 8 piece seating cushion set, standard. A walk down console features the head, berth and hidden lockable rod storage. In the cockpit is located two 62 gallon insulated fish boxes. A standard tackle station offers a sink and rigging area.

A Little Bit About Ingman Marine
Ingman Marine has 5 convenient locations located in the Boca Grande area. The closest boat dealership is located in Placida. Additionally we have locations in neighboring Bokeelia (Pine Island), Port Charlotte, Sarasota and a new dealership that opened in North Fort Myers. With over 37 years of experience. Our reputation has earned us the privilege of selling only the best products in the marine industry. We are family-owned and operated; meaning our name and our reputation is on our sign and on the line every day. Ingman Marine has gained numerous awards from many of the industry's top boat and boat motor dealerships for our outstanding sales accomplishments and customer service standards. We're a 5-Star certified Yamaha Dealer and we're proud to be a part of your area. Ingman Marine works with The Habitat for Humanity, The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and The Charlotte Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). If you would like to know more about our community services, our support of youth sports and charity opportunities, feel free to go sneak a peek at our website (link below).

The entire Ingman Marine family will be looking forward to seeing all the boaters and families who make it to this year’s Winter Sales Event. Come on out to the Boca Grande Marina any available time during February 3rd through 5th. Grady-White boats will be on display for 2017’s Great Grady-White Demo Days. Again, the Boca Grande Marine is located at 220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande.

Did You Miss The Boat Show?
Don’t worry if you missed the event; come visit any 1 of our 5 convenient Florida locations to buy the boat of your dreams. Listed below are our 5 locations and their phone numbers.

1189 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33953
Phone: (941) 255-1555

8311 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone: (941) 360-0088

15001 Gasparilla Rd.
Placida, FL 33946
Phone: (941) 697-1000

16501 Stringfellow Rd.
Bokeelia, FL 33922
Phone: (941) 255-0985

14531 North Cleveland Ave.
North Ft Myers, FL 33903
Phone: (239) 599-9069

Boat Insurance

Whether you own a boat or are looking to buy one, it’s a good idea to do your research on the extra costs that come with owning. The necessity of needing boat insurance seems to be a popular debate. Some might question why we need insurance at all. How does it differ from home and auto insurance? Is my boat covered when it is out of the water? 

Why Do I Need Boat Insurance?

Let’s start with the biggest question, “why do I need boat insurance?”. Your boat is mobile just like your car. Just as you have car insurance to protect yourself, your passengers and other vessel’s passengers, it is safest for everyone involved to purchase a policy on your boat too. This decision will protect you financially and from other liabilities. These types of water craft are especially good candidates for boat insurance: Boats that travel at high speeds, powerboats and sailboats larger than 26 feet, jet boats and/or wave runners. In either case, there’s no way to predict how other people will captain their boats, or what effects weather will have on your craft, and there is no way to prevent mistakes from happening.

What Is Covered With Boat Insurance?

How does a boat policy differ from that of Home and Auto policies? Similarly to car insurance, a boat policy will take care of bodily injury that may take place on the vessel and property damage to docks and watercrafts. Additionally, if you happen to hit another object or run aground, a proper insurance policy will handle the damage with little to no money out of pocket. Just like home insurance, your policy will cover liability for injuries on the boat. In the event of total loss, your insurance can offer a choice of replacement value or a cash settlement. Unlike other insurance policies, boat insurance comes with “lay ups,” or in other words, suspended coverage for short to extended periods of time of non-use. Be sure to ask your policy holder about discounted rates during scheduled times of non-use, such as winter months when it’s too cold to take her out.

Planning For Storms

For those who live near a hurricane zone, there is a chance that the insurance company will expect an evacuation plan for the boat. If the boat stays within the hurricane zone, will it be stored in hurricane-proof storage or will it be towed/moved outside the zone to a less risky area?  Make sure to speak to the insurer to review all of your options.

Boat Insurance In Conjunction With Home & Auto Insurance

For those of you who have to commute to get your boat into the desired water source, you may be wondering if your boat is covered when parked on your land or being trailer-ed to your destination. This is a tricky one. In this circumstance, it depends on either your home or auto insurance policies. If your car insurance covers accidents including trailer-ed cargo, then yes, damage to your vessel should be covered by your auto insurance. Specified home policies may have coverage for various damages that were caused while the craft was parked on your personal property, but unless otherwise specified, coverage may not extend to boat vandalism or stolen goods. For specification on your policies you may want to contact your holders. Some companies may offer umbrella policies that could consist of additional limits, to cover whatever you may deem necessary. 

Agreed Value Vs. Actual Cash Value

There are two types of boat insurance: Agreed value and Actual Cash value. Determining the best type for your budget depends on what you would like to pay up front. If you select to receive the “Actual Cash Value”, you will be covered based on what the boat is worth currently (including depreciation). You will initially cost more money up front. Some partial losses may be depreciated, but there is no depreciation for a total loss of the boat. If you choose to select “Agreed Price” when setting up your policy, you and the insurance agency will agree on a set price to be paid in event of total loss. This means, no matter when you may total your vessel, your insurance is based on its value when the policy was written. This type of insurance also requires less money invested in the policy up front.

What Category of Boat Do You Have?

There are various different types of policies dependent on the category of watercraft you are looking to protect, from yacht all the way down to personal watercraft like a jet-ski. Each policy has its own specifications, features and price structures. Adding some of the safety features to your policy may save you money in the long run. Here are a few common categories:

  • Boat
  • Boat Clubs
  • Rentals
  • Dinghy
  • Sailboat
  • Professional – These policies cover Charters, Fishing Guides, etc.
  • PWC/Watercraft
  • Yacht

In most cases, vessels 26' and smaller are called "BOATS,” and vessels 27' and larger are considered "YACHTS". Some agencies offer additional ‘safety’ discounts to help protect investments, such as kill switches in case someone falls overboard. Taking a discount qualifying boating class will provide additional ways to save money and teach you some topics to help keep you safe out on the water. Be sure to ask your holder what classes in your area offer discounts. You can also get discounts for having a If you are an occasional boater, you can extend your lay up periods, extending these periods of known non-use will cut your premiums during those points of the year. However, if you decide to use your boat during your designated lay up time, you will not be covered by your insurance if anything were to happen. 

Factors In Determining Cost

The policy can be determined by many factors. Here are a few to consider:

  • Boater Safety Education
  • Carrying Car or Homeowners Policies With The Same Insurer
  • Diesel-powered boat
  • Deductible
  • Distance of Boating
  • Good Boating & Driving Records
  • Liability Limits
  • No Previous Claims
  • Offshore Fishing Towing

Please contact us at Ingman Marine to talk over the details. Learn more about the types of coverage, the details about filing a claim and which insurance type would work best for you!


1189 Tamiami Trail

Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Phone: (941) 255-1555


8311 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34238

Phone: (941) 360-0088


15001 Gasparilla Rd.

Placida, FL 33946

Phone: (941) 697-1000


16501 Stringfellow Rd.

Bokeelia, FL 33922

Phone: (941) 255-0985


14531 North Cleveland Ave.

North Ft Myers, FL 33903

Phone: (239) 599-9069

Things to do - Winter Holiday 2016/2017

Even in the sunshine state we can still experience a little bit of winter time ice fishing. Except in Florida, when we are talking about ice fishing, we’re talking about the icy cold drink in our hands! Who needs a hole in the ice and freezing cold temperatures?

Once a fish bites, we set that drink down and catch our next meal right from the Gulf of Mexico (or from a local lake)!

For those of you that would like to find out what is going on this winter holiday season (besides the fishing) , please read below:

Winter Activities near Port Charlotte:

Speedway Christmas
6pm-10pm | Until December 31st
Charlotte motor Speedway

Enjoy a pleasant drive through the infield while looking at 800 different displays, made with about 3 million individual holiday lights. The Christmas Village will have attractions such as a petting zoo, wagon rides, food and music, and classic Christmas movies on the big screen.


Outdoor Ice Skating
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Check site for dates and times (

If you are one of the ones that weren’t up for the “Floridian Ice Fishing” here is another chance to hit the ice. Enjoy a few laps around one of the few outdoor ice skating rinks in Florida. While there be sure to get a chance to take a picture with Santa or a Polar Bear or try to catch the tree lighting.


Temple Shalom Community Menorah Lighting
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | December 30
Temple Shalom, 23190 Utica Ave. 
Port Charlotte, FL 33980 United States

Hanukkah begins at sundown December 24th and continues for 8 nights. Our “Festival of Lights” program which is lead by Rabbi, Solomon Again, is open to the community, all faiths are welcome and there is no charge. 


New Years Eve Celebration
5:00 pm | December 31
Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade 
Punta Gorda, FL 33950 United States

Family Friendly Festivities begin at 5 PM!  Live Music/Dancing 5 pm - 12:30 am Center Court.  


Cheers to the New Year
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | December 31
Cultural Center of Charlotte County Inc., 2280 Aaron St. 
Port Charlotte, FL 33952 United States

Enjoy an evening of music with the Charlotte Players as they ring in 2017 with some of the best singers around, performing with live musicians in cabaret style.  


Popular winter activities in Sarasota:

Winter Opera Festival
Check Site For Dates and Times (
61 N Pineapple Avenue

The Winter Opera Festival will showcase Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio,” Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” and to end the season with The Verdi Cycle Grand Finale Festivities.


14th Annual St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival
10am-5pm  | January 28th-29th
411 St. Armand’s Circle

You can enjoy a lovely night of art if you choose to stop by and take a look at some incredible pieces by various artists. There will be 150 different exhibitors with their work on display for you to see.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
6pm-9pm | Until December 30th
900 South Palm Avenue

Take in a plentiful exhibit of holiday lights while walking through a tropical paradise. In addition to the pretty lights there will be many other attractions such as visits with Santa and elves, live entertainment and mini garden trains.


Holiday Lights Spectacular Dazzles All Ages
6:00 PM | Friday Dec 30, 2016 
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234

For the 15th year, Sarasota Jungle Gardens will create great family memories as it hosts the Holiday Lights Spectacular celebration.  Opening night is Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and the celebration continues from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 10, 16 & 17, 21-24 and 26-30. Price: $0 - $11 


Popular winter activities near Bokeelia:

South Cape New Year's Eve Trolley Event
Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 8:00 PM –
Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 1:00 AM EST
South Cape Coral
Cape Coral, FL

Board the exclusive trolleys in South Cape to celebrate. You'll travel to various locations to enjoy a specialty drink for just $2.50 at each*. Get your passport stamped at each place (no purchase required).


New Year's Eve Celebration 2016
SanJan Theater at Southwest Performing Arts Center
11515 Bonita Beach Road SE
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE ULTIMATE NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA at the brand new Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center!!!


Polo Grill NYE Bash
Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 8:30 PM –
Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 1:30 AM EST
Fête Catering at Polo Grill
10670 Boardwalk Loop
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Ring in the new year in the Fête Ballroom with live music & dancing by the fabulous Shevonne & the Bad Boys. Cash bar and a late night bites concession are available. 


Sat, Dec 31, 2016, 7:00 PM –
Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 2:30 AM EST
Big Top Brewing Company
6111 Porter Way
Sarasota, FL 34232

THIS EVENT IS FREE! (Please RSVP through the ticket link so we make sure we order enough champagne & goodies!). Come ring in the New Year with some BEER at our 1ST ANNUAL New Beers Eve! 


Holiday winter activities in or near Fort Myers:

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
5:30pm-9pm | Until January 3rd
2350 McGregor Blvd

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer a lot to see. Some popular attractions include traditional holiday lights and décor, a display of their inventions, and photos with Santa.


Festival of Lights
5:00 pm | Dec. 31
Fishermen’s Village
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda. 

Free. More than 1 million tropical-themed holiday lights and decorations will be displayed through. Donated canned goods are requested for Share the Blessings Ministry.


Sunset Celebration at Time Square
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST | December 30, 2016
Live Music, Food and Fun at Time Square on Fort Myers Beach

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New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown
8:00 p.m. | December 31, 2016

Southwest Florida’s best New Year’s Eve Celebration kicks off at 8:00 p.m.!  Come early and bring the family for the Junior Ball Drop at 9 p.m. at First and Hendry Streets with great giveaways for the kids.  Live bands throughout the night include Electric Mudd, Ever Rock, Razing Cape, and the featured U2 Tribute Band!  Vendors, great food, family fun will go through the evening and end with the Fireworks over the River and the Ball Drop at midnight!

See more at:


Annual Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage 
Continues through Dec. 31. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-8 p.m. Saturday. 

Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate Naples' oldest house, which was built in 1895. Tours are $13. Free for ages 10 and younger. Historic Palm Cottage, 137 Twelfth Ave. S., Naples. 261-8164 or


Find more info here for the Ft Myers area:

Ingman Marine Pros had another great tournament this past week in the IFA Championship run out of Hopedale, Louisiana. The 2 day tournament featured winds up to 30mph with chilly temperatures making the fishing a little tougher than normal.

That did not stop the team of Ingman Pro Capt Jay Withers & Capt Justin Cauffman, who took 7th place with a great weight of 32.09lbs.  A pair of Ingman Pros, Capt David Hutcherson & Capt Jeremy Lee, also finished well with a 10th place finish featuring a weight of 31.65lbs. Both teams took home a nice paycheck & trophy for their efforts.

The IFA Redfish Tour is the Strongest Grass Roots Inshore Tournament Series you can participate in. Only a few short years ago, who would have ever imagined, that inshore anglers would be fishing for Redfish in this professional format. The idea, formulated from a love of fishing, continues to grow and provide inshore anglers an opportunity to display their talents on the intercoastal waterways. The series is made up of 5 local divisions that consist of 2 tournaments each. The teams must compete in 2 tournaments together to be eligible for the 2 day championship. This years IFA Championship was the biggest redfish tournament in their history.

Congratulations to Withers/Cauffman & Hutcherson/Lee on a great tournament. We are proud to have you represent Ingman Marine, Yamaha Outboards & Pathfinder Boats.

Click here to see full results!