Bringing your Dog on a Boat? Follow these recommendations.
Dog on a Boat? For some families, no outing is complete without including the dog—boat cruises included! Dogs are welcome on GBC’s boats, but we have a few suggestions to make your dog’s—and your—outing a success. Our recent article guide about Boating with Dogs offered some tips to prepare your pet for your boat ride. Here we focus on helpful tips for you and your dog while aboard:
1. Keep your dog’s first outing on the water short.
Your dog’s initial boat ride should be brief, so he can adjust to the movement of the water. Sometimes, like people, they can experience seasickness. If so, your vet may be able to prescribe medication.
2. Remember to bring water and sunscreen for Fido.
Short-haired dogs can get sunburned on a boat, so make sure you’ve got sun protection that tried and true, and is not irritating to your dog’s skin. If you consulted Part One of our blog, you’ve already purchased a collapsible water bowl, or brought a bowl from home. And make room for your dog in the shade as well! Select a boat from our fleet that offers generous sun protection—and don’t skip their feet when you apply it, as boat surfaces can be reflective and hot.
3. If you dock the boat and take your dog swimming, remember that it’s difficult for them to get back aboard.
At sea, most canines cannot get back aboard from the water without human help—so if your dog is too heavy for you to assist back on board, you may want to rethink that doggie paddle… A dog in a boat is a safe dog.
4. If your cruise is a long one, you’ll need a plan for your dog to relieve himself.
If you can train your dog to use puppy pads on a boat, that makes cleaning up a snap. Pack plenty of doggie waste bags and paper towels. If you make stops on land in Lantana, Boynton Beach, Delray, or anywhere along your route, that’s a great time to take the dog for a walk.
5. Don’t let your dog drink from the Intracoastal.
If he’s had ample drinking water on board the boat, he most likely won’t be tempted. The water on the Intracoastal is not safe for people or pets to drink.
6. Use common sense.
With a dog on a boat, basically follow the same safety rules as you would for kids—and then some. Use caution around slick or slippery areas, keep an eye on your dog’s location, and keep him happy with plenty of water, food, and shade.
For many of us in South Florida, pets are a part of our family—so plan to include your dog on your next boat trip! Any questions? Call GBC at 561.865.7797 to help select the best dog-friendly boat for your next outing.
The Boat Club Concept Explained.
The boat club concept is simple and also brilliant. Why own a boat? South Florida’s recent hurricanes gave boat owners even more reasons to sell their motorboats and join Gulfstream Boat Club. No more worries about docking your boat in a storm, expensive repairs, or unused dock rentals. GBC takes care of everything. You just book the boat of your choice and enjoy!
If you are interested in becoming a member of a South Florida boat club, look no further. Based in Delray Beach, Gulfstream Boat Club has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in the Palm Beach County area and beyond. Our boat family prides itself on excellent service and safety. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family waterskiing trip on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it simple and easy.
Any questions about the club, besides “Where do I sign”?
Where are you located?
Gulfstream Boat Club’s main location is on the Intracoastal at Marina Delray in Delray Beach. We also feature two other locations in Boynton Beach: near the popular Two Georges Restaurant, and at Palm Beach Yacht Club. These locations make it easy for our members to travel by boat south to Boca Raton, or as far north as Jupiter, depending on their plans.
What kind of boats do you have?
Our boat club has more than 20 premier cruising and fishing boats, and we’re always adding to the fleet. We have center console, dual console, and deck boats available in several sizes, from such manufacturers as SouthWind, Intrepid, Key West, and Contender. Our boats feature high-power engines, ample shade, stereos, and comfortable seating. For specific information on our fleet, click here.
What services does Gulfstream Boat Club offer?
We are South Florida’s most respected boat club. We have several licensed captains for charters; dream up an excursion and we can make it happen! Some of our most popular services are sunset cruises, fishing charters (fully rigged with gear), wakeboarding and waterskiing lessons, and providing bait and ice and/or catered meals.
Are the boats safe?
Safety is our first priority at Gulfstream Boat Club. Each new member receives a lesson in boat operation and safety. We maintain our boats and equipment to the highest standard. Boating Life jackets are on board in a variety of sizes. Maps and charts are also provided.
What sort of club memberships do you offer?
Gulfstream Boat Club offers a variety of flexible memberships to suit your needs. Purchase an hourly membership in increments of 20, 35, or 50 hours. Annual memberships offer the best value; and we have a six-month membership as well. Every membership includes access to fishing gear, wakeboards, waterskis, and snorkel gear, as well as other perks. See membership details here.
And now, back to our most Frequently Asked Question:
I want to be part of the Boat Club Family, where do I sign?
We thought you’d never ask! Gulfstream Boat Club is open seven days a week. Stop by our Delray Beach location, or give us a call at 561.865.7797 to learn more.
You haven’t experienced the best of South Florida until you’ve been out cruising or fishing on a boat. The best way to get there is to become a Gulfstream Boat Club member. Boating is our passion; make it yours! Contact us at 561.865.7797 today.
Best Date Ideas… On the Water.
1. Fishing Cruise Date Idea
Let GBC help you plan a day trip to Boca or Jupiter, or closer to home in Delray Beach, Palm Beach, or Boynton Beach. How about a cruise from our Delray Beach location to one of the fishing spots around the Boynton Inlet? We can help out with providing a bottle of champagne, ice, or ideas on where to grab a delicious picnic lunch. If you’re in the mood for someone else to do the work, take the boat to a dockside restaurant like Deck 84, Old Key Lime House, or Seasons 52. (For our full list of fave dockside restaurants, click here!)
2. Take a fishing lesson together.
Our captains are all expert licensed fishermen, and a couples lesson is a great way to have some laughs and learn a new skill. With their knowledge of Palm Beach County’s best fishing spots, your captain will do his best to assure that you don’t come home empty handed.
3. Enjoy a fun day trip to Miami.
The Miami International Boat Show takes place over Valentine’s Day weekend at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin (February 15 through February 19). Lots of GBC’s boat manufacturers have their latest models on display.
4. Fish Cooking Date.
Weather’s not cooperating? How about a fish cooking date? With classes like Sushi 101 and Great Seafood at Home, Publix’s Aprons Cooking School in Boca is a great place to start! They’ve got frequent classes seven days a week, and the chefs make it lively, informative, and delicious. A great Date Idea
5. Gulfstream Boat Club Gift Certificate.
If you like any of these Date ideas but you’re not sure what to plan or when to plan it, how about a Gulfstream Boat Club gift certificate as the ultimate out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day gift? Our gift certificates are available in any denomination, and can used at our Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and South Palm Beach locations.
Boating with Dogs: Planning for a Dog-Friendly Boat Cruise
Boating with dogs is one of our favorite activities. If you’ve got a canine member of the family, we’re sure you’ve been tempted to bring him along on your weekend boat cruise! We welcome dogs at GBC. Dogs love to be included in the family outings, and most are not afraid of the water and are natural swimmers.
But boating with dogs takes a little planning and forethought. The weather in South Florida can be hot and unpredictable, and much as you would take precautions for children aboard, Gulfstream Boat Club can recommend certain steps you can take to make your dog’s time aboard safe, comfortable, and successful.
Here are six tips for preparing to successfully spend the day with your dog on a boat:
- Buy a dog life preserver. Though most South Florida dogs are strong swimmers, and used to the water, once out at sea you could encounter currents, rough weather, or waves. Your dog could fatigue quickly if he falls overboard. It’s also easier with a life preserver to get hold of him and pull him aboard should he fall off the boat; grabbing his collar is never a good idea. Most pet stores, pet retail websites, and Amazon offer dog life preservers of every size and price point. Choose a bright color so it’s easier to spot in the water. Take the life preserver for a trial run; make sure it’s comfortable and fits well, and that he’s used to it before the big day. If you need suggestions on which to buy, give us a call at GBC.
- Make sure your dog has ID! Many dogs have an ID microchip implanted, which is helpful if you are separated for any reason. His collar ID tag probably has your phone number, but you might even want to add a second land-based phone number as well, just in case.
- Have a plan if your dog goes overboard. A life preserver is part one of this action plan; but you’ll also want to think about what steps to take: cut the engine, call him to the ladder; have a DDW (Designated Doggie Watcher) who is always keeping an eye on his whereabouts once at sea. Notice which areas of the boat get slippery. Again, you can practice boating with dogs before your next boat cruise in a pool. Have him swim to you or to the ladder.
- Visit the boat with your pet prior to your trip. Stop by Marina Delray before your next GBC boat cruise with your dog and we’d be happy to let him walk around the boat while it’s docked. We can even turn it on, so he gets used to the engine vibration and noise. Letting your dog get acquainted with the boat and the marina before going out on the water is a great idea, and will make him more comfortable when the big day comes. Make sure there’s enough room in the shade for him to sit comfortably.
- Hydrate your dog. If you’re going to be out boating in the sun all day, make sure your dog has had plenty to drink before coming aboard—and pack plenty more for the trip. Dogs get overheated easily. You may even want to purchase a no-spill dog bowl to bring on board. A sports bottle can also be handy for squirting water into his mouth.
- Consider packing a few extra supplies for his comfort. Does your dog get motion sickness? If so, consult your veterinarian about medication. Purchase a few dog first-aid supplies as well; here is a handy checklist for your kit.
Congratulations; now you’re ready to combine your two favorite passions: boating, and spending time with your dog! Gulfstream Boat Club has several more tips for once you’re on board. Stay tuned for Part Two of our “Guide to Boating with Dogs.”
Boating is our passion; make it yours. With four locations in Palm Beach County, and a fleet of 20-plus boats, Gulfstream Boat Club is the premier boat club in South Florida. Ready to get out on the water? Give us a call at 561.856.7797!
GBC’s Boating Gifts Guide
Be one of the many who are purchasing Gulfstream Boat Club gift certificates for family and friends this holiday season. The wife who purchased an annual membership for the husband who has everything. The son who bought his mother a cruise that she can use to entertain visiting grandkids. The local businessman who got a corporate boat club membership for his partner—and himself!
We’re quite sure GBC gift certificates will be a versatile, affordable, and welcome option for several people on your holiday list. GBC gift certificates are available in any denomination, and can be purchased in our office seven days a week. Or give us a call at 561.865.7797, and we at the boat club will mail, email, or even hand deliver (within reason, please!) your gift certificate for you from our main office in Delray Beach.
Delray Beach and Boynton Beach are full of the holiday spirit in December—and a TON of traffic. You’ll have a lot more fun at their family events if you know all the insider details. Gulfstream Boat Club has all the important road/bridge closure, trolley service, and parking information you’ll need for these fun events, courtesy of The City of Delray Beach!
Holiday Boat Parade
The annual Holiday Boat Parade will set sail on Friday, December 8. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., decorated vessels will proceed from the Lantana Bridge to the C15 canal, just south of Delray Beach.
Bridge Closure – The Atlantic Avenue bridge will be closed to boat trafficbetween 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Robert Federspiel Parking Garage – 22 SE 1st Avenue
- Old School Square Parking Garage – 95 NE 1st Avenue
- The north parking lot of City Hall – 100 NW 1st Avenue
- South County Courthouse Parking Garage – 65 SW 2nd Avenue
Donations made it to the Florida Keys by boat.
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
Children’s life jackets are a must in terms of boat safety.
There’s also a lot more that Gulfstream Boat Club offers to keep your family safe on a boating trip or fishing cruise.
Every new GBC member receives a free boating orientation. We’ll show you how to operate a boat, the features of each model, and of course where the adults and children’s life jackets are located. We require that children under the age of six wear a life jacket, and we strongly recommend it for older children and adults while on board, or when waterskiing, tubing, or doing other water sports.
Gulfstream Boat Club prides itself on keeping our boats expertly maintained and safe; and for you as a member, it’s one of the top benefits. Why own a boat?
Did you know that preventable injuries are the #1 cause of death of kids in the United States? Children’s life jackets are no joke. Here are some other boating safety tips to ensure a safe cruise from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.
Boating Safety Tips
Wear a Life Jacket
• Always have your younger children wear a life jacket while on boats, during water sports, or even on the dock. And make sure the life jacket fits snugly by having the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up. If the life jacket hits a child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
• According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boating Safety, babies should not travel on a boat — including rowboats, kayaks, motorboats, and sailboats — until they are at the appropriate weight to wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD); and no, car seats don’t count.
Keep Little Kids Warm
• Even if it’s a warm, sunny day when you take off on your South Florida cruise, the weather can change quickly.
• And infants and young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia. If your children seem cold or are shivering, wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.
Teach Your Kids Basic Boating Rules
The basic boat rules should be followed by everyone. Children need to be taught to keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times, and not run in or around the boat.
Better Safe than Sorry
• A large portion of boating accidents involve alcohol consumption. To protect your safety and loved ones around you, hire a GBC captain if you’re thinking of drinking on the boat. We’re happy to be your designated driver!
• All GBC captains have CPR training. If you’re thinking of taking out a boat without a captain, it’s great to have someone on board who has had CPR training as well. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training.
• All drivers of a GBC boat must be 25 years of age. Florida law states that no one under the age of 14 may operate a personal watercraft at any time. If your teens would like to fish or cruise without you (gasp!), we’ll provide a fun and responsible captain to safely drive the boat. Oh, and Children’s life jackets are free!
Have you been a GBC member for a while, and would like a refresher course on our boats and boat safety? Or would you like a family member or two to have one as well? Just give us a call at GBC at 561.865.7797 to schedule!
No need to ask Siri: Here’s GBC’s list of “Best Take-out Near Me”
There is only one thing that we at Gulfstream Boat Club love more than boating and fishing, and that is EATING. And if we can combine our three favorite activities, all the better!
Below is our list of restaurants, bakeries, and best take-out spots that can help you and your party with a packable picnic breakfast, lunch, or dinner for your boat cruise or fishing charter. Many of them are the small businesses that Delray Beach and Palm Beach County are known for (and then, of course, there’s Publix!). When you stop in to order your mouthwatering meal, let them know that GBC sent you!
Best take-out near me: Delray Beach
Marianne’s Gourmet Shop: A neighborhood favorite since 1998, Marianne’s is within walking distance of our location at Marina Delray. We could not live without it. Call ahead or just stop in to order sandwiches, salads, pastas, and more. They have a large selection of homemade frozen foods—and don’t leave without a few of their famous chocolate chip cookies for your trip.
The French Bakery & Café is located less than a mile from our Delray location, at the corner of George Bush Blvd and Federal Highway. The smells and sights of a traditional French bakery are irresistible. Artisanal breads and pastries, sandwiches, and other treats are homemade fresh every day. Try their gourmet iced teas and delicious raspberry white chocolate croissants (hope it makes it to the boat!).
Surf Shack’s Subs and Smoothies is a GBC captain favorite. It’s south of our location by a few miles, but their healthy smoothies, amazing acai bowls, and famous subs, wraps and sandwiches are worth the trip. Or call ahead and they’ll deliver your order to GBC!
Publix: It’s fast, it’s fresh, and it’s convenient. There’s nothing not delicious about “Pub subs.” Pick up your drinks, salads, and water as well at the location just a few blocks from GBC. And you can order ahead from the deli online.
Best take-out near me: Boynton Beach
Our Boynton Beach location is at the Two Georges Marina, which is adjacent to Two Georges waterfront restaurant. If you don’t have time for lunch or dinner after your boat ride, try these nearby places for takeout to take ON the boat:
Tsunami Subs and Wraps is located at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway. Try your sandwich “Tsunami style”: with onion, lettuce, tomato, vinegar, oil, and special spices.
Seaside Deli and Market is a few miles south from our Boynton Beach location on A1A. It’s a great place to grab anything from breakfast sandwiches to beer before a long and satisfying day on the water.
Nomad Surf Juice & Coffee is new and right next door to Seaside Deli! The area’s favorite surf shop now has a fresh juice truck on the weekends; they’ve got super fresh smoothies, acai bowls, and more.
Best take-out near me: Palm Beach
Del Sol Bakery: This new family-owned bakery is just a two-minute drive from GBC’s location at the Palm Beach Yacht Center. The menu changes daily, but you’ll always find something to like: ham and cheese croissants, fresh breads, and salted caramel brownies are some of our favorites.
Best take-out near me: Lake Worth
Lilo’s Street Food and Bar: With locations and Lake Worth and Delray Beach, try Lilo’s “montaditos,” like tapas-sized sandwiches filled with lobster salad, goat cheese, and fig jam, or seared steak. Fresh chips and guacamole will definitely hit the spot once you’re cruising.
Tacos al Carbon: Well, maybe they’re not the best picnic food, but tasty tacos are surprisingly hard to find in South Florida, so order up some from the restaurant itself or for delivery from the Lake Worth Delivery Dudes!
Gulfstream Boat Club: we’re experts not only on Palm Beach County fishing and boating, but eating as well. Give us a call at 561.865.7797 and we’ll help get you started with all three!