Chartering a boat can be a lot of fun and a great experience to explore a new kind of boating with friends and family members. Whether you are chartering your own boat or a hiring a professional crew, there are a few things you’ll want to know before you book the perfect cruise for you and your loved ones.
I can honestly say I am not a “boat person” but this is loads of fun and can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family!
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Research the Perfect Charter – What type of chartering do you want to do? There are all sorts of charter boats out there such as a fishing charter or just cruising around. If you’re in the south Florida area, the perfect company to help you is Shake N Bait Charters. The Shake N Bait Charter is perfect for cruising, fishing and just having a great time out on the water. The top speed of their charter can is almost 40mph with a cruising speed of about 32mph. This means it’s really great for families and anglers alike. The fuel range is 404 nautical miles for long or short hauls with a very quiet engine which doesn’t get in the way if you’re trying to have a conversation with your neighbor, or just wanting a quiet relaxing time at sea. The charter has a 150 square foot cockpit with four tackle drawers, a seven cubic foot refrigerator and freezer plus a 16 fishing rod holder. There is plenty of insulated storage built in for preserving all your catches as well as a 60 gallon live well! It’s a lot bigger than it looks like in the photos so you’ll have to view this all yourself if you’re in the area! Additionally, the stateroom has satellite color television, a stereo, lockers for storage of your valuables and a headroom for all those tall folk out there under 6’5.
Think of Your Budget – The average cost of a can be a bit on the pricey side. The first key to chartering on a budget is to pick your timing. Think of where you are wanting to charter your boat as far as location goes, and think about the season. The least expensive time to go would be from June-November. Of course the exact dates will vary with the company, but from there you can ask budget questions of how much of the chartering work ( navigation ) you want to try to do yourself, what size and age of boat you’d like to spend your time on, or what popular charters bases are available. Also take into consideration that although tipping isn’t necessary when you hire a charter, if the crew does a great job it’s nice to tip them between 15-20%.
What To Bring – One of the great pleasures of boating is the simple breezy lifestyle that it offers you for a few hours. Really the only thing you need are rubber soled shoes, bathing suits, sun protection and medicine for those that might get sea sick depending on how the water is that day. If you’re fishing, you should also bring a cooler so you can bring all your catch home with you. Another suggestion would be if you’re going somewhere right after, you should bring loose fitting cotton or a sundress for the evening. Sometimes people bring windbreakers for the morning if it’s chilly but basically, above all, wear something comfortable. Some charters will also allow you to bring drinks if they have a cooler, like Shake N Bait Charters so that’s a great idea!
Do I Need A License – This is a common question many first time people ask and the answer is no! The charter will cover your license with their fee because the cost is covered in booking the boat. Phew! One less thing to worry about when you want to have fun catching some amazing fish, enjoying the salty air and having a great time with your friends and family.
Now that you have a few questions answered about chartering a boat, you’re next step is to go out and have a great time. Again, I’d suggest Shake N Bait Charters with friendly captain Jack on hand to assist you. After all he’s been fishing the waters from Ocean City Maryland to the Florida Keys since 1980 so he has plenty of years of experience. His excellent reputation for providing his customers with a first rate service and exceptional fishing is second to none. The captain and his crew work with groups of all abilities and families to hardcore anglers. Let them make this the most memorable fishing adventure you’ve ever been on and will be talking about for years to come.
What a great way to spend some time together!
Until next time