If you own a Grady, chances are you’ve heard about a Grady-White Boat Club in your area. Join us at the Dock-tail Party during next GradyFest to meet other fellow boaters from different boating areas and share stories and boating culture. The actual event is packed with industry information and gift give-aways, but the real treasure of the event is being amongst the large mass of Grady Owners who all come to share in the great time!
As the boats arrive on Friday and the marina turns into a “Grady Colony”, we will kick-off the festival! We’ll have Live Music & Complimentary Appetizers plus a full cash bar and food menu. Unlike in prior years, we plan to have a menu of main dishes available in addition to the complimentary finger foods and we’ll have special pricing for food and drink. So come hungry and thirsty!!
Our main event begins promptly at 9AM on Saturday and concludes late in the day. We have a special opening to the event with a boat parade scheduled, so you won’t want to miss it. We suggest arriving early especially if you still need to get your credentials in the morning. You won’t want to miss the start of the event looking for parking! We will also have numerous vendors on-site while you wait for the event to start.Click here for Itinerary PDF
Throughout the main event, you’ll hear from Industry experts and Grady-White sources about various aspects of boating. In the past, we’ve had professional fishing captains talk about how they rig their lines and where they go to fish; we’ve seen presentations from experts in detailing of cars, boats and planes talk about what products they use to tackle the tough jobs and what tricks they have to make boat upkeep that much easier; and we’ve met Grady-White Executives like David Neese, VP of Engineering, who talked about what design concepts go into every Grady-White Boat to make it THE premium vessel on the water.
For 2014, we are coordinating a Sunday Morning Raft-up right off of Lover’s Key in Big Carlos Pass. If you traveled into the area and don’t have your boat, we are going to encourage a buddy system to take guests on the water. We will also offer space on a few boats we will bring to the event. With the close proximity to the Marina and the Lover’s Key Beach, this should be a short boat ride, which makes it convenient to take part in a fun day! It will take place mid-morning so it won’t carry too late in the day for travelers that wish to head home.
Spring Break at this travel hotspot can be very busy, so please take our advice when traveling by car. Fish Tale Marina is located on the South-End of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The island has two entrances (North and South) and we highly recommend you enter from the South. The one lane entry on the North side can turn a few mile stretch into an hour wait, so please enter and exit through the Bonita Beach (South) route unless you get an early start in the morning.
There are hotels in walking distance. If you are staying at a nearby resort, we recommend (and appreciate!) walkers into the event! Parking is a Premium and it sure helps us.
Directions by Car
Take I-75 Exit 116 (Bonita Beach Rd) and head West 13.2 miles. You will stay on this road the entire ride to Fish Tale Marina. It changes names and curves along the beach and over multiple bridges and the last bridge is the Drawbridge over Big Carlos Pass. We are on the right side of road next to Santini Plaza at 7225 Estero Boulevard.
Directions by Boat
Fish Tale Marina (26° 24 .843N / 081° 53 .579W) is a short 15-minute boat ride from the Gulf of Mexico via Big Carlos Pass. The bascule bridge at Big Carlos Pass has a 23′ clearance and opens on demand between the hours of 8am and 7pm. Note: The green #1 marker at the entrance to Big Carlos Pass is located about 3/4 mile SW of the pass at 26° 23 .154N / 081° 53 .618W. The access canal to Fish-Tale Marina is located at green marker #59 in Estero Bay.