GBC Reaches Out to the Florida Keys by Boat

Packing up disaster relief supplies to take down to Florida Keys residents.
Packing up disaster relief supplies to deliver to Florida Keys residents.

Donations made it to the Florida Keys by boat.

Thanks to the generous donations of Gulfstream Boat Club and Boatsetter members, last week our team was able to deliver quite literally a boatload of supplies to areas of the Florida Keys destroyed by Hurricane Irma. 
 
We took off early last Thursday from Gulfstream Boat Club in Delray in a 37-foot Boston Whaler full of food, water, diapers, school supplies, clothing, and more. Our plan was to get as far into the Florida Keys by Boat as we could with the fuel we had. 
 
I spoke with Justin Stuckart, an Army vet who is working with Congressman Brian Mast to coordinate relief efforts throughout the Keys. Justin and I were in touch throughout the week. He also connected me with Tracy Garcia, a resident of Marathon, one of the hardest-hit places. She’s working every day to help get families back on their feet, and specifically to get the schools back open. Part of that mission includes getting students and their families much-needed supplies.
We delivered diapers, water, food, and more to Marathon Key.
We delivered diapers, water, food, and more to Marathon Key.
On our way south we started calling marinas asking if we could take on some fuel, but most were closed or out of fuel. However, Valerie at Shelter Bay Marine in Marathon welcomed us. She invited us to coordinate with Tracy there. Shelter Bay was able to get us 100 gallons of fuel (which we needed to get home), and their team helped us unload. It was a wonderful moment of community.

 

Much of the Keys is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.
Much of the Keys is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.
There is still a grave lack of fuel and power in Marathon, Big Pine, and Cudjoe Key. The residents we encountered were very thankful, but obviously tired, sad, and hurting. Seeing us show up with thousands of pounds of food, school supplies, clothing, and more brought them a good measure of joy and relief. 
We're feeling lucky that we did not sustain much damage from recent hurricanes, and feel compelled to help others that did.
We’re feeling lucky that we did not sustain much damage from recent hurricanes, and feel compelled to help others that did.

 With four major natural disasters in and near the U.S. during the last few months, we urge local businesses to lend a hand to their communities, and others in need. Thank you again for your support and donations. —Alex Warner, Owner, Gulfstream Boat Club

Boat Share Club: Corporate Memberships at GBC

Double the fun with a GBC Corporate Membership!
Double the fun with a GBC Corporate Membership!

By popular demand: Gulfstream Boat Share Club Corporate Memberships!

This level of membership is a terrific opportunity for local South Florida business partners, co-workers, even friends. We offer three flexible plans for an ultimate Boat Share Club experience.

Sharing a Corporate Membership with a colleague or two is a cost-effective way to enjoy GBC boats and excursions. And it’s a new way to entertain clients, family, bosses, visitors…Take a break from the chain restaurant or conference room meeting and combine business and pleasure!

GBC’s fleet includes more than 20 boats, ranging from 21 to 35 feet in length. We offer center console, dual console, and deck boats. Whether you are interested in cruising, fishing, or waterskiing, we have a boat experience for everyone and the right boat for you.

GBC has a top-notch staff of licensed captains, and our boats are kept to the highest safety and maintenance standards. All new members receive a free detailed orientation session on our boats, boat safety and operation, and more. We have four convenient locations in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.

Gulfstream Boat Club offers three Corporate Membership plans:

  • 100 Hours: A package of 100 hours on the water, and two years in which to use them.
  • Six Months Unlimited: Enjoy up to 250 hours on the water.
  • Annual Unlimited: Twelve months and up to 350 hours of boat usage.

Memberships include access to fishing gear, wakeboards, waterskis, and snorkel gear. Only one boat per day per membership.

Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call GBC today at 561.865.7797 for more information on how to become a GBC Corporate Member!

 

 

Florida Fishing: Do You Have a Fish Wish List?

Looking for a great Florida fishing challenge this weekend, this month, or even for the year?

Gulfstream Boat Club encourages you to become a part of the organization Catch a Florida Memory.

Ready for a fishing challenge? Check out Catch a Florida Memory's many programs!
Ready for a fishing challenge? Check out Catch a Florida Memory’s many programs!

Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this organization encourages anglers to take part in Saltwater Angler Recognition programs such as its Grand Slams, Life List, and Saltwater Reel Big Fish. Their mission is to recognize fishing skills and encourage both young and old to target multiple species of fish, not just the most common ones.  Learn more below.

Have fun while doing right by Florida’s fish and natural environment: that is the message of Catch a Florida Memory’s four goals:

  1. Encourage anglers to target a diversity of species
  2. Expand fishing experience for seasoned anglers
  3. Cultivate an interest in saltwater fishing
  4. Strengthen marine fisheries conservation ethics

Whatever your interests, Catch a Florida Memory has a program for you. Submit a photo of you with your catch, and you’ll gain well-won recognition, even prizes, for doing so! You’re encouraged to release catches alive. These programs include:

CFM member Lewis Horn working his way through the Saltwater Fish Life List 10-Fish Club.
CFM member Lewis Horn working his way through the Saltwater Fish Life List 10-Fish Club.

The Saltwater Fish Life List

Enter this challenge to catch at least 10 of Florida’s 71 different species of saltwater fish. Catch 10, 30, 50, or the whole list, and you’ll win recognition and a prize!

Each time an angler submits a valid application for a Saltwater Life List Fish Club, they will receive a certificate of accomplishment, various prizes, FWC saltwater publications, and will become a member of the corresponding Life List Fish Club. Print your own Life List, and start keeping track of your progress today!

A Family Grand Slam recognizes catches in one fish family.
A Family Grand Slam recognizes catches in one fish family; this angler got both Snapper and Grunt Grand Slams on a trip to Key Largo. Courtesy Catch a Florida Memory.

Saltwater Grand Slams

Up for a time-sensitive challenge? Try one of the organization’s Saltwater Grand Slams. Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specified fish species in a 24-hour period. The nine Grand Slams include: “Inshore Grand Slam” (red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder) and “Family Grand Slam” (any three fish in the same scientific family, e.g., black grouper, red grouper, gag). See the full list of Grand Slams here. The program includes a “Small Fry Slam” for children age 15 and under.

Catch a Florida Memory awards a prize for a "Reel Big Catch."
Catch a Florida Memory awards a prize for a “Reel Big Catch.”

Saltwater Reel Big Fish

The Saltwater Reel Big Fish program recognizes anglers for extra-large catches of the 30 different saltwater species listed here. Fish must reach or exceed the qualifying length listed for adults (age 16 and older) and youth (under age 16). The catch must be photographed over a qualifying measuring device, as well as in a photo with the angler who is applying for recognition.

FWC encourages responsible angling. Remember proper catch-and-release techniques when fishing. You do not have to be a Florida resident to participate, as long as you are legally fishing in Florida (fishing with a licensed GBC captain qualifies!).

All of Gulfstream Boat Club’s captains are licensed fishermen, and would love to help you started with Catch a Florida Memory from any of our locations in Palm Beach County. Call us at 561.865.7797 to get started!

Celebrate Father’s Day at GBC

GBC member Sergio and son with their catch of the day: a sweet kingfish!

The best gifts are always experiences, not things.

So, good news! Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Father’s Day gift ideas for you. Father’s Day 2017 is fast approaching on Sunday, June 18. Gulfstream Boat Club allows you all the fun of boating and fishing, with none of the hassle—perfect for the busy dad who needs a relaxing nice day off.

GBC has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in South Florida. Our reputation for excellent service and safety is second to none. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family water skiing trip on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it incredibly simple and easy.

Here are four great Father’s Day gift ideas from GBC for the most important boat lover in your life:

• GBC Membership: Father’s Day brings new members to GBC every year. We have a variety of memberships to suit every need and budget. Why own a boat when GBC gives you access to an entire fleet?

• GBC Gift Certificate: A gift certificate in any denomination will put a smile on Dad’s face: Cover a captain, fuel, a half-day rental, or more.

• GBC Fishing Charter: Catch your own Father’s Day dinner! One of our licensed captains can plan a memorable day for you, Dad, and family and friends. Book early, as this weekend fills up quickly. Seriously!

• GBC Merchandise: GBC hats and long-sleeved Ts in two colors are available, and they sell out fast! Call 561.865.7797 to reserve yours now.

Any questions about Father’s Day gift or Gulfstream Boat Club membership? We’re open seven days a week; call us at 561.865.7797 anytime. And Happy Father’s Day from GBC!

Fishing Tournaments in Palm Beach County – 2017 Season

Your desire to win a fishing tournament and a Gulfstream Boat Club boat and captain can be a powerful combination.

There are several upcoming tournaments in West Palm Beach and Jupiter in June and July, most focusing on kingfish, dolphin, and wahoo (that’s a KDW tournament to you experienced anglers).

Use one of our licensed captains’ fishing knowledge and one of GBC’s expertly maintained boats to enter one of the tournaments listed below. Continue reading “Fishing Tournaments in Palm Beach County – 2017 Season”

SunFest 2017 by Boat

SunFest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront

SunFest 2017 is one of West Palm Beach’s most popular events every year, and Gulfstream Boat Club members can skip the road traffic and travel there by renting a boat to enjoy this music concert on the waterfront.

Kids are welcome (under 5 are free), and this year’s Sunfest 2017 lineup is diverse that includes acts from Steve Winwood to Flo Rida to Ziggy Marley. Continue reading “SunFest 2017 by Boat”

South Florida Snook Season at GBC is Underway!

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is considered the “Fishing Capital of the World.” The snook is one of South Florida’s most popular inshore game fish; it’s a fierce fighter, but it’s also delicious.

Most anglers pronounce the name “snook” (like took), but in parts of South Florida, it is pronounced “snuke” (like fluke).

For our Gulfstream Boat Club locations in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana, and Palm Beach, the recreational harvest season for snook opened on February 1st and continues through May 31st.  Continue reading “South Florida Snook Season at GBC is Underway!”

GBC Captains’ Go-To Florida Weather Websites and Apps

If you’re on the way to your GBC boat rental, a phone app is a great way to stay apprised of the latest weather.

The weather in South Florida is hyperlocal, and while it may seem like a great boating day from shore, it’s always a good idea to check the current and future weather conditions.

One minute it’s sunny, one minute it’s pouring rain:

Welcome to Florida boating.

Myradar.com is a popular weather radar app for iOS and Android that offers high-definition radar, weather alerts, weather forecasts, temperature, and more.

Knowwake is an app for iOS or Android that is a guide to wake restrictions.

Zones can change hourly, and Knowwake’s self-updating, color-coded maps help boaters stay within the speed limit. But it’s also a handy weather guide, with live webcams and information on weather, tides, and more.

The Knowwake app gives the latest weather conditions as well as local wake zone info, restaurants, and more.
The Knowwake app gives the latest weather conditions as well as local wake zone info, restaurants, and more.

There are many websites that offer weather and marine information, but here are some of our GBC captains’ favorites:

Palm Beach County provides web cameras at its three inlets as a public service. These cameras provide viewers with images of ocean and weather conditions along the coast at the inlets and adjacent beaches.

The South Lake Worth (“Boynton”) page is here.

These “inlet cams” refresh every 15 minutes, giving you as accurate a picture of current ocean conditions as is possible.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) [http://www.noaa.gov/] offers a local marine forecast, which is a helpful guide to whether waters are rough or calm, or if there is small craft advisory, rip currents, etc.

Here’s the Miami / South Florida Weather Forecast Office.

Windfinder is a free-to-use weather website for boat captains, sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, paragliders and other wind-related activities.

Find wind, waves, weather, webcams and tides for more than 40,000 locations worldwide.

Here’s the Delray/Lake Ida page. Windfinder also offers an app for iOS and Android.

It's always sunny in South Florida—or is it? Wunderground's website and app.
It’s always sunny in South Florida—or is it? Wunderground’s website and app.

Wunderground (Weather Underground) is a great one-stop website for weather, with accurate radar and up-to-date advisories.

Whichever weather website or app you choose, remember that conditions can change quickly.

Any boater that navigates through Palm Beach County’s inlets and into open water does so at his or her own risk.

Safety is Gulfstream Boat Club’s number-one priority, and we are checking conditions constantly. If you have questions about how weather could affect your day on the water, please call us anytime at 561.865.7797!

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A Boat Experience for Everyone at Gulfstream Boat Club

Welcome to South Florida, home to some of the country’s best cruising waters, fishing spots, waterfront restaurants, and sunsets.

Whether you have in mind a morning fishing excursion, a family waterski adventure, or cocktails after dark, GBC can design the perfect outing for you.

Here are some of our most popular excursions:

Boating charters from the Florida Coast at Gulfstream Boat Club
Our captains can take you deep sea fishing off the Florida coast.
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Let one of our licensed captains take you on a morning or afternoon adventure out of the Boynton Beach Inlet for some deep sea fishing. Your captain will have the boat rigged (fishing poles and bait included) and ready to go for an exciting trip out to sea—or the Intracoastal Waterway, if you prefer not to go offshore. Your captain has been fishing these waters for year’s, and will tailor the trip to your preferences.

Like big game fishing?

Delicious wahoo for sushi or even mahi mahi (dolphin) fishing is popular.

Would you like a new mount for your family room wall? We’ve got jumping sailfish out here, too! Our younger boaters love to bottom-fish for yummy snapper or grouper.

Your captain will filet your catch for you right at the dock—most of our local restaurants will cook it up for you!

We’ll provide ice and bottled waters, and there is a small cabin with a bathroom and plenty of shade, so it’s fun for the whole family. You’ll meet your GBC captain at waterside dining spot Two Georges Restaurant and Marina, so guests often enjoy a meal before or after their excursion.

Let GBC take you snorkeling, wakeboarding, or on another family adventure!
Let GBC take you snorkeling, wakeboarding, or on another family adventure!
  • Sightsee and Snorkel

Cruise north on the Intracoastal Waterway towards historical Palm Beach and popular boating spot Peanut Island. During your cruise, your captain will point out some of the country’s most beautiful mansions—see if you can recognize which celebrity lives there!

If conditions permit, your captain will then head out of the Palm Beach Inlet to snorkel in front of the Breakers Hotel, where you can easily enjoy the bright corals and friendly tropical fish.

If the seas are too rough, the captain will take you to snorkel at Peanut Island, where the waters are as blue as that of the Bahamian Islands.

Pack a lunch or ask about our catered lunch to enjoy a great picnic on the boat! No need to worry about the snorkel equipment— we’ll provide the gear, as well as ice and bottled water.

The Old Key Lime House is just one stop available on a GBC bar-hop.
The Old Key Lime House in Lantana is the perfect place to cruise for lunch.
  • Leisure Cruise and Waterfront Lunch

Heading south on the Intracoastal Waterway is a perfect outing for those who like to keep things at a slower pace.

Sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the views.

You may even spot a few of our Florida Natives—birds, manatees, and other wildlife—along the way! We’ll stop for lunch so you can enjoy a wonderful meal at one of GBC’s favorite waterfront restaurants. Our captain will make sure you get the best view in the house.

There's nothing like being on a GBC boat at sunset.
There’s nothing like being on a GBC boat at sunset.
  • Sunset Cocktail and Bar Hopping

The ONLY way to see a sunset in South Florida is by boat! Join us for an evening cocktail cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. Watch the skies change colors for one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever witness.

The nightlife along the waterway is pretty lively, so once the sun has set, ask your captain to dock at one of our favorite local spots for a Margarita or Miami Vice, and even enjoy some live music.

The locals are friendly and your drinks will always be full, so you are guaranteed to enjoy yourselves to the fullest on this excursion! Guests can either BYOB, or GBC can supply beverages and catering on request.

GBC offers the newest and best fleet of boats in South Florida, and our licensed captains are experts on the water. Call GBC at 561.865.7797 to create a memorable outing of any length and size, and for any occasion.

A Boat Club that Lets You Book Online!

Looking for a Boat Club online?

Reserving boats is quick and easy with GBC’s new online booking system.

Now booking a boat is even easier at Gulfstream Boat Club

Gulfstream Boat Club members now enjoy online booking on our website at www.gulfstreamboatclub.com. Your username is the email address attached to your account, and your password was recently provided to you via email. To book your first boat, simply click on the link at the top right of the GBC homepage. View available dates, boats, and times. Book any of our 20 boats at any of our four South Florida locations. Pay for gas, snacks, drinks, and more at the touch of a finger. You can even make reservations using your iPhone or mobile device. Questions about online booking or membership? Call us anytime at 561.865.7797 and we’ll guide you through it!

GBC boat renters still enjoy booking by phone seven days a week at 561.865.7797, or email us at info@gulfstreamboatclub.com and a GBC associate will contact you ASAP. We can design outings from family waterskiing trips to sunset cruises to fishing charters, for parties of varying sizes.

GBC offers a variety of memberships to suit any client’s needs. We have both packages of hours, and unlimited six-month or annual memberships. We offer four convenient locations in Palm Beach County: Delray Beach, Hypoluxo, Lantana, and Boynton Beach. Our 20 boats are the newest and best-maintained fleet available.

Boating is our passion. Make it yours. For more information on how to become a member, please give Gulfstream Boat Club a call at 561.865.7797.

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