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Boat Rental Or Charter - South Florida

Discussion in 'Boat Supply, Boat Parts, Boat Information etc…' started by mlea42, Jun 7, 2019.


  1. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
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    Has anyone rented a boat from the Boatsetter.com website? I have experience with a few different size center consoles (15ft, 20ft and 26ft), so my capabilities aren't a factor of concern. Insurance is supposedly included. I'll have my own rods/reels, etc. Any advice? or recommendations? experiences?

    For a charter, I found a website called, Fishingbooker.com. Found a few charters for $400 (half day) offshore fishing on a 20ft center console. Looks like it would be a good option every now and then by myself.

    Boating club initial fees are too expensive, so that's not an option for me. If that initial fee wasn't there, i'd totally join. I may try pier fishing but I most likely won't go that route. Any advice is welcomed.
     
  2. mak

    mak Mate

    Can’t help with Boatsetter.com info but lots of members here so maybe one of them has some experience.
    I have used fishingbooker a few times in the past when in new areas and I hadn’t been able to get guide recommendations in advance. They seem to be the main player that a large percentage of the guides utilize to arrange the charters. Seems like the last time I used them over near Destin I found that through them the advertised price was actually better than direct with the captain’s web page. There are a lot of reviews to help with narrowing down the decision but I wonder how many of the negatives get dropped from the site...
    If you are not in to the crowded party boats I know a lot of the places will put you together with other individuals or small groups to cut the cost of the charter but still maintain a small group. Makes it a little more cost effective than a private charge just for yourself. Still a chance you get saddled with jerks for fishing companions but fewer of them than on the party boat :)
     
  3. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    I would go down to your local tackle shop and talk to the guy behind the counter and look in the fishing magazine that they have, you will find some good deals... plus find out who the better ones are in your area.
     
  4. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
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    Thank you for your reply! Yea I'm not into the crowded drift boats unfortunately. Would love to find people to split costs with. It may take a few times to meet some people but it's worth spending some money. I'm going to try out fishingbooker for sure. Thats a good point about negative reviews. I'll be sure to post a review on this forum after I go. I've been working too much and ready to get out on the water.
     
  5. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
    Thread Started By

    Thanks. That'll be worth a try. I usually have negative experiences in shops (hunting, fishing, gun ranges, etc) but I always keep trying and waiting to be proven wrong :)

    So far I've seen a few videos on youtube with some local charters but they are too expensive for one person. I have a feeling it will just be trial and error with local charters listed online. And that's ok. I'll post some feedback on the forum in case anyone else is in my situation. I'll probably just end up renting a boat and go out on my own.
     
  6. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    with one person why don't you just go on a party boat and pay $80-$90 bucks?
     
  7. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
    Thread Started By

    To be frank with you... because fishing like that sucks
     
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  8. mak

    mak Mate

    Post in the Fishing Buddies section for your region and you may find other members also looking to split the costs on a charter. Or maybe even some with their own boats looking for company and help with their bait/fuel costs.
     
  9. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
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    Thank you Mak. And Happy Birthday!

    I posted in fishing buddies yesterday about splitting a charter but haven’t heard back from anyone yet. I’m going to go ahead and book a trip. Need some stress relief from work. I wouldn’t mind going on someone’s boat and helping with their costs after getting to know them but for safety reasons I’d rather split a charter.
     
  10. mak

    mak Mate

    Thanks. I understand the safety concerns.
    I see you posted/replied in Sam’s original 2015 post kicking off that forum. You may want to start a new thread in that same forum. If in the Title it has the area and month or timeframe you are wanting to set something up then it may not be as easy to overlook.
     
  11. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
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    Oh ok will do. I’m new to forums so I appreciate the help
     
  12. I know party boats can suck but I’m sure there’s some good ones somewhere near you. I’ve had some great trips on party (head boats). Keep trying til you find one you like the make friends with the mate. They will usually treat you right. Beats 400 bucks to go out on a 20 foot center console.
     
  13. mlea42

    mlea42 Junior Member
    Thread Started By

    Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, I’m not interested in the party boats. I’m looking into other options
     

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