Swimsuit 2017: Behind the Scenes

Coming soon to a mailbox near you: the 30th Annual Swimsuit Edition!

All photos were taken on-site at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo, Florida. You can visit their website and book a fabulous vacation to live like a model for a few days.

While you wait for the 30th Annual Swimsuit Issue, enjoy these EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes photos (and some silly outtakes as well!). All photos shot by Jim Raycroft. Boats provided by South Florida Performance Boats.

It ain’t easy being Clayton…Southern Boating Swimsuit Issue BEHIND THE SCENES

Bonnie, Shirley, and Anna show Clayton some love after a brief fishing tutorial. Bonnie wears Sinesia Karol, Shirley wears Montce, and Anna wears MANTA. Boat sponsor: Nor-Tech. 

Gotta Stay Warm

Behind the Scenes of Southern Boating Magazine

Sometimes you just have to wear a cozy robe on a boat. Hey, it’s a tough job– but someone’s gotta do it!

Another Tough JobSB Behind the Scenes 021 ©Jim Raycroft

Our talented photographer, Jim Raycroft, gets up close with his subjects. Lucky!

All Aboard!Southern Boating Behind the Scenes

Our models take a break and relax aboard the Nor-Tech 450SS.  Anna wears Robin Piccone, Brooke dons SwimSystems, Bonnie and Shirley both sport MANTA.

Caution: Waves AheadSouthern Boating Behind the Scenes Swimsuit 2017

No, not that kind! Bonnie and Shirley both wear branded Nor-Tech gear aboard the 450SS. 

Swinging AlongSouthern Boating 30th Annual Swimsuit Issue

Shirley swings life away in the lobby of Playa Largo. She wears resort-wear by Julian Chang, Palm Beach Sandals, and Sugar Jewelry.

Sunny Days Ahead!

Southern Boating Swimsuit Issue 2017Warm weather and sunny skies are all we found at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

Taking it back!Southern Boating Swimsuit Shoot ©Jim Raycroft

Our lovely models pose on the back of a Nor-Tech (South Florida Performance Boats). For those of you inclined to tell us this is unsafe– the boat was off and drifting!

S’more please!

Four models roast marshmallows at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa

You can buy a Smores Making Kit at the Playa Largo Trading Company. What could be better than that? Shirley wears Robin Piccone, Brooke wears Playa Largo Trading Co., Bonnie wears jewels by Michas Creations, Anna wears Sinesia Karol.

More, more, moreModels fishing on a new Nor-tech (South Florida Performance Boats)

Nor-Tech boats (South Florida Performance Boats) provide Shirley (in Liz May) and Anna (Robin Piccone) with a great fishing spot.

Pool time

Model on pool steps

Bonnie strikes a pose in a suit by Diane Raulston and necklace by Micha’s Creations.

Like Shirley’s suit?

Model Shower

It could be yours! Available for purchase at the Playa Largo Trading Company in the Resort.


Model holding drink by a pool at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

Take a dip, take a sip.Suit by MANTA.


Views and Brews

Southern Boatin

Can’t ask for a better view than this. Suits by MANTA and Robin Piccone.

Property Views

Southern Boating Swimsuit IssueWalk a tree-lined (model-lined) path to a private three-bedroom beach house. Private pool is included. Models are not.

BungalowsMarch 2017 Stem To Stern in the SB&Y Swimsuit Edition

Rent a private home away from home in a private bungalow. And cover-up in Hazel Beach Cover-ups!

Our favorite Playa Largo Staff Member! Southern Boating & Yachting Swimsuit Issue

David (the best) helped out so much– he went above and way beyond!

Mermaid LifeSouthern Boating Swimsuit Issue

It’s tough being a mermaid….

Beach House Pool

Anna at the 2017 Swimsuit ShootAnna takes a dip in the unique Beach House Property. She wears Diane Raulston.

Makeup Time! Shirley gets her makeup done by the pool.

To truly feel like a model, you must get your make-up done by Michele Winters of Palm Beach Makeup. Shirley wears a suit by Montce, Lexi Jewelry, and Abaco Sunglasses.

Fruity-tuity Southern Boating Swimsuit Issue

Shirley takes a sip from passion fruit. She is wearing a swimsuit by Sinesia Karol and jewelry by Lexi jewelry.  

Here Fishy, fishy!SB Behind the Scenes 014 ©Jim Raycroft

The girls put their angling skills to the test, with a bit of assistance from our trusty boat crew, aboard a Nor-Tech.  Shirley wears Liz May and Abaco Sunglasses.

Kisses all aroundSouthern Boating Swimsuit Issue 2017

Brooke blows a kiss in MANTA.

Hard work, warm watersSouthern Boating Swimsuit 2017

The crew moves boats to get the perfect shot. Boats provided by Nor-Tech.

Uh-oh! swimsuit shoot southern boating & Yahting

Brooke blows out her *burned* marshmallow. The resort has smores making kits for purchase at the Playa Largo Trading Company, located just off the lobby. Suit by SwimSystems and Lexi Jewelry.

Just lounging around…SB Shot 35 043 ©Jim Raycroft

Lounging on unique round sun pads by the pool. Suit by MANTA. Choker by Lexi Jewelry, earrings by Sugar.

Too hot? Cool down in the poolSouthern Boating swimsuit outtakes

Taking a dip in the beautiful pool in the center of the resort. Suit by Sinesia Karol, earrings by Sugar.

Paddleboarding, sort of. Southern Boating's Swimsuit Issue 2017

Anna takes a break from paddling (toys available for rent at the resort’s beach). Suit by Sinesia Karol, sunglasses by Abaco, choker by Lexi.

Jewels abound

Brooke lounges by the pool

Brooke strikes a pose on the loungers wearing Robin Piccone and Michas Creations.


Stay tuned…more photos will be added soon!