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Our 2012 in Review


My 2012 Year In Review

Sitting here in Wisconsin gazing out at the snow and just waiting to be back in Florida in the warm sun; the place where I am most at home. As I was drinking my coffee I started thinking about the past year and decided to make a quick post. This is just the highlights so if you are new to our blog be sure to stay tuned as I assure you that 2012 had many other trips to the keys and other great locations.

Sailing into 2012


2012 for me couldn’t have started better. In January Carl and I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert in Miami. It was at this show that we made the official announcement that I was joining the Coastlines team. This for me has been an amazing experience. In the past year we have done so much with Coastlines and are looking forward to 2013 and having more travel and more great products to share with all of you.

Check out My First Coastlines Post!



In February Carl and I, along with Mike from Rum Connection, and Rum Shop Ryan all converged on Tampa for an amazing show put on by none other than Mishka! Of course, as one would expect from this motley Crew of rummies it was much more than a simple show. Our trip started the night before at Casa de Carl with the consumption of lots of rum. The next day we made the one-hour drive into a daylong event of bar hoping. Starting at the beach with Bloody Rummies followed by Sharkey’s for a few recovery beers and a few stops in between we made our show and even got to sit and chat with Mishka for a bit afterwards.



In March I headed off to Southwater Caye, Belize for a week of exploring the amazing reefs of this part of Central America. From diving the shelf and chasing huge Manta Rays, snorkeling the reefs, and drinking rum with the locals at the Blue Marlin Lodge Bar it was a truly memorable experience and is someplace I highly suggest visiting.

Read more about South Water Caye and The Blue Marlin Lodge here!

Brothers Of The Sun

One June 2nd I joined forces with Rum Shop Ryan once again for Kenny Chesney’s Kickoff show in Tampa! The behind the scenes action of our hotel are tales best told over a few beers and I think the day is best summarized in the video below. Such an amazing day and a great was to start the summer!

Kicking off the summer with Kenney Chesney!

A Week In The U.S. and British Virgin Islands


August and September were such great months. At the end of September my girlfriend and I headed to St. Thomas for a few days where our friend Jeff Howard welcomed us in. We then met up with our new friends Pinky and Dempsey on Jost Van Dyke before heading off to St. John where we slept on a great sailboat on Coral Bay and made some cool new friends.

There was so much fun packed into this week that we made three post about it. You can read about all of our fun here!

7 Days In Paradise, Pt 1!

7 Days In Paradise,Part 2!

7 Days In Paradise,Part 3 (1)

7 Days In Paradise,Part 3 (2)!



Just one week after returning from the V.I. I was again at the airport heading off to the islands. Rum Shop Ryan, Mike from Rum Connection, and myself all boarded our little plane to Bimini where we made some great new friends and really feel in love with this little island in the stream!

So close but so far. Bimini Pt. 1

So close but so far. Bimini Pt. 2

The 2012 Conched in Key West Bar Crawl


The weekend immediately following our return from Bimini we had our second annual bar crawl in Key West with all of our friends at Team Cocktail, Rum Shop Ryan, Rum Connection, Big Kahuna Brew and so many more! We raised thousands of Dollars for Reef Relief and had an amazing time! If you missed this event in 2012 you want to be there for 2013 as we are raising the bar!

The Conched in Key West Bar Crawl Facebook Page. Come Like us for all the updates!

Setting The Hook and Plotting The 2013 Course

So 2012 is done and we are getting ready to steam into 2013! For Coastlines, we have a lot of things planned and are looking forward to a big year! We have so many trips in the air right now I can’t even say where we will be! But I assure you that we will be bringing you lots of sunny adventures from around the globe!

And finally we wanted to say thanks to all of our fans! Have an amazing New Year!

So for now I say cheers to all of you from the cold north and farewell to another great year! I am back to my beach bum lifestyle and where the weather suites my clothes in a few days! From snowy Wisconsin; Over and out for now.


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You can also follow our salty adventures here!!


4 Responses to “Coastlines, Tan Lines, and Cocktails!”

  1. BigKahuna January 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Cheers Brothers! I’m loving where Coastlines is headed…. I can’t wait to see where this long and winding road may lead in the months to come!

    • Shawn Martin
      Shawn Martin January 3, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks Charles! We are really excited to see what 2013 has to offer as well. We are picking up momentum and I think we have some big moves forward in the near future. Cheers brother!

  2. RumShopRyan January 2, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    A sun tan filled year for sure. Raising my glass high to the adventures that 2013 will bring. Cheers!

    • Shawn Martin
      Shawn Martin January 3, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      Yea man! After re-reading this I have to feel pretty lucky for all that 2012 had in the way of travel and fun! Glad you could be part of some of it for sure! More to come soon! Cheers

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