Hurricane Season 2018: What’s the Forecast?

Wondering how the Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast is going to weather South Florida? Last year hit South Florida, particularly the Keys, extremely hard. A new hurricane forecast for the Atlantic has just been released, and great news: the probability for major hurricanes making major landfall in the United States and Caribbean is below average. If you’re a South Florida resident, or a boat club member, you can breathe a sigh of relief—for now.

Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast
Here’s an image we hope not to see this hurricane season! (NOAA)

The forecast for Gulfstream Boat Club’s locations in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo is looking good. As of July 2, 2018, here is the news from the Department of Atmospheric Science, Tropical Meteorology Project, from Colorado State University:

ATLANTIC SEASONAL HURRICANE SEASON 2018 FORECAST:  HURRICANE ACTIVITY AND LANDFALL STRIKE PROBABILITY.

We have decreased our forecast and now believe that 2018 will have below-average activity. The tropical and subtropical Atlantic is currently much colder than normal, and the odds of a weak El Niño developing in the next several months have increased. With the decrease in Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast, the probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean has decreased as well. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

PROBABILITIES FOR AT LEAST ONE MAJOR (CATEGORY 3-4-5) HURRICANE LANDFALL ON EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COASTAL AREAS:
1)  Entire U.S. coastline – 39% (average for last century is 52%)
2)  U.S. East Coast Including Peninsula Florida – 22% (average for last century is 31%)
3)  Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville – 21% (average for last century is 30%)

PROBABILITY FOR AT LEAST ONE MAJOR (CATEGORY 3-4-5) HURRICANE TRACKING INTO THE CARIBBEAN (10-20°N, 60-88°W)
31% (average for last century is 42%)

Information obtained through June 2018 indicates that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will have activity below the median 1981-2010 season. This revised prediction is a considerable decrease from our prior seasonal forecasts issued in April and June. There remains some uncertainty with this forecast which we outline in the following paragraphs.

Captain in boat offering aid after Hurricane Irma
We delivered diapers, water, food, and more to Marathon Key last hurricane season.

We estimate that 2018 will have an additional 4 hurricanes (median is 6.5), 10 named storms (median is 12.0), 41.50 named storm days (median is 60.1), 15 hurricane days (median is 21.3), 1 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane (median is 2.0) and 2 major hurricane days (median is 3.9). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall is estimated to be about 75 percent of the long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) and Net Tropical Cyclone (NTC) activity for the remainder of the season to be approximately 65 percent of their long-term median values.

The Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast forecast is based on an extended-range early July statistical prediction scheme that was developed utilizing 36 years of past data. Analog predictors are also utilized. We now anticipate a below-average Atlantic basin hurricane season. The tropical Atlantic is much colder than normal. A colder than normal tropical Atlantic provides less fuel for developing tropical cyclones but also tends to be associated with higher pressure and a more stable atmosphere. These conditions tend to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity.

Also, the odds of a weak El Niño for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2018 have increased somewhat. If El Niño were to develop, it would tend to lead to more vertical wind shear in the Caribbean extending into the tropical Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes as they are trying to develop and intensify.

Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

For more information on the Hurricane Season 2018 Forecast, visit http://tropical.colostate.edu. And for now, feel free to plan some summer South Florida boat trips with GBC!

Boating Classes in Palm Beach

Free Boating Classes in Palm Beach

Boating Classes in Palm Beach – The ABC’s of Boating.

Being a member of a Palm Beach boat club is a great investment. Why own a boat? But even if you’re a renting a boat for the day, it’s important to educate yourself on the basics of boating. If you were looking for some Boating Classes in Palm Beach we got news for you! Each new Gulfstream Boat Club member receives a boating orientation from one of our licensed captains. We’ll “show you the ropes”!

The Palm Beach area also offers boat club members who want to learn a little more about boating some great options.

Boating Classes at The Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron

For example, America’s Boating Course is offered locally the first Saturday and Sunday of the month by Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron at their headquarters. It is open to the public. You do not have to own a boat to take this course; it’s perfect for boat club members. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the experts.  You never know when that bit of boating knowledge will become useful.

The Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron is located at 1125 Old Dixie Hwy., Lake Park, Florida.  The America’s Boating Course is offered to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper skills. The certified instructors are volunteers from Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron.

Boating Classes in Palm Beach
America’s Boating Course classes are held regularly in the Palm Beach area.

The course covers:

  • Boating terms, types, charts, fueling, safety, handling, anchoring, trailering, and personal watercraft
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  • Required equipment, navigation lights, boat registration, law enforcement and Florida regulations.
  • Aids to navigation, navigation rules, emergencies including use of VHF radio.
  • Review of homework, overall review, final exam and awarding of certificates, membership interviews.

The course is open to anyone 12 years or older.  Successful completion of this course will qualify that person to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card. Taking some boating classes in Palm Beach should be everyone’s priority.

Registration is at 8:15 AM Saturday morning. Cost is $30 per person (cash or check) payable at registration. Class begins promptly at 8:30 AM (right after registration) and will run until 4 PM, with lunch break. Return Sunday at 2 PM (until about 4) for a review, exam (60 questions) and squadron orientation. For more information visit WWW.PALMBEACHSPS.ORG or call (561) 863-1461.

Online Boating Classes

Online Boating Classes
The BoatUS Foundation sponsors a free online boating class.

Don’t have two days to indulge your desire to learn more about boating? How about an online course? At the BoatUS Foundation website, you can test your nautical knowledge with a 75-question Boating Safety Course, specific to Florida. This test covers a broad range of topics that are appropriate for all boaters — power, sail and personal watercraft. You will be able to print your BoatUS Foundation certificate upon successful completion of this 75-question course, which is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Free Boating Classes in South Florida

The best place in the Palm Beach area to start your education on boating is as a member of Gulfstream Boat Club. Call us at 561.865.7797 or click here to learn more about membership, which includes a free orientation from one of our licensed captains! Taking your first boating classes in Palm Beach was never easier!

Summer Fishing Tournaments Palm Beach County

Guide to all the local Fishing Tournaments in your area.

If you’re a fisherman, you’ll want to pay close attention to GBC’s guide to all the local fishing tournaments in June, July, and August in Palm Beach County! Summer tournaments are being held in locations from Lantana to West Palm to Jupiter. The Lake Worth Fishing Tournament on June 23 is taking place right in our own “boatyard”: Palm Beach Yacht Center, where our Hypoluxo GBC is located.

List of Fishing Tournaments in Palm Beach
Catch a kingfish in one of the Palm Beach County tournaments this summer!

Many of these fishing tournaments raise money for local charities, so you’re doing good by fishing the day away. Grab a few friends, some fishing rods, and call GBC to participate in a local fishing tournament! Click here to see our fishing boats. Our licensed captains will be an asset to your team.

Any questions about fishing tournaments in Palm Beach County? Give GBC a call at 561.865.7797!

Summer Fishing Tournament
Use one of GBC’s licensed captains as your tournament secret weapon!

Jr. Angler Tournament

Organizer: The Loxahatchee River District’s River Center

Date: June 2–July 14, 2018

Location: N/A

Benefiting: Friends of the Loxahatchee River

Website: loxahatcheeriver.org

 

Lake Worth Fishing Tournament

Organizer: Tuppen’s Marine

Date: June 23, 2018

Location: Palm Beach Yacht Center

Benefitting: Local Charities

Website: https://lakeworthfishingtournament.com/

 

Team Sargent Fishing Tournament in Memory of West Palm Beach Police Capt. Danny Sargent

Organizer: Tim Sargent

Date: June 30, 2018

Location: Rybovich

Benefiting: The West Palm Beach Police Benevolent Charity, Professional Firefighters/Paramedics Benevolent Fund, PBSO Police Athletic League, and the West Palm Beach Police Explorer Post 148.

 

Big Dog Fat Cat KDW Shootout

Organizer: Sailfish Marina Tournament Committee

Date: July 14, 2018

Location: Sailfish Marina Resort

Benefiting: A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, and Marine Industry Education Foundation.

Website: canyongear.net/bdfc

Kid’s Fishing Days

Organizer: Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation

Date: July 17-19, 2018

Location: Lake Park Harbor Marina

Benefiting: Disadvantaged Youth

Website: westpalmbeachfishingclub.org/kdw-classic.php

 

Anchorage Aweigh Fishing Tournament 

Organizer: Village of North Palm Beach & Recreation Department

Date: August 11, 2018

Location: North Palm Beach Recreation

Website: http://www.village-npb.org/467/Anchorage-Aweigh-Fishing-Tournament

 

Anglers for the Cure

Organizer: Adriana Somberg

Date: August 11, 2018

Location: Rybovich

Benefiting: Several organizations for research and awareness of prostate cancer.

Website: anglersforthecure.com 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas at GBC

father's day gift ideas: A Boat Membership
How about a GBC T-shirt or hat for a can’t-miss Father’s Day gift?

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
—Jim Valvano

Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Father’s Day gift ideas for you.

On Sunday, June 17, we celebrate fathers at Gulfstream Boat Club.

Out on the waters of South Florida is the perfect place to enjoy a memorable Father’s Day. Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Father’s Day gift ideas for you. Father’s Day 2018 is fast approaching on Sunday, June 17.

Have you planned something yet for Father’s Day? We are not only a boat club, but we love to organize special events! Let GBC help you design an unforgettable day that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a group outing on the Intracoastal, GBC can make it incredibly simple and easy.

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

#1: Boat Club Membership.

Does your husband, father, or son love fishing? Father’s Day brings new members to Gulfstream Boat Club 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? Here are more details on our many levels of membership. It’s so much better than owning a boat. Definetely one of the best father’s day gift ideas we can recommend.

Father's Day Gift options for boat lovers
Who’s up for a dockside brunch at Two Georges in Boynton Beach for Father’s Day?

#2 Brunch at a Dockside Restaurant.

We can organize a cruise to a dockside restaurant for Mother’s Day brunch. Many of the restaurants along the Intracoastal, like Deck 84 in Delray Beach, Two Georges in Boynton Beach, and Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens have special menus or events planned that day, and arriving by boat is the best.

#3 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. We can wrap the gift certificate, or send it anywhere for you. Call us at 561.865.7797 for details!

father's day gift ideas
A Father’s Day cruise is a gift the whole family will enjoy!

#4 GBC Fishing Charter or Boat Cruise.

Do you want more father’s day gift ideas? Catch your own Father’s Day dinner! Our latest blog post shared our favorite spring catch recipes for fish that are biting right here, right now. One of our licensed captains can plan a memorable excursion for you, Dad, and family and friends. Book early, as this weekend fills up quickly.

#5 GBC T-Shirts and Hats.

Does your dad have a GBC T-shirt or hat? We have popular, super-durable hats and long- and short-sleeved Ts in two colors available, and they sell out fast! Call 561.865.7797 to reserve yours now.

Any questions about Father’s Day gifts 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!

Boat Rentals near me? Options in South Florida

At Gulfstream Boat Club, we often get asked, “What boat rental options do I have near me?” Even though you may have lived in South Florida for years, you might not be familiar with just how spectacular an area it is for fishing, cruising, and boating. A GBC day-long boat rental, with one of our licensed, experienced captains at the helm, is a great way to rediscover your own backyard.

Visiting South Florida? Here’s a little tip for Technology aficionados. Pull your phone and ask Siri: “Boat rentals near me” or you can save some time and visit Gulfstream Boat Club where we can show you three convenient locations for boat rentals on the Intracoastal, in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo (near Palm Beach). Nearby are a variety of experiences to be enjoyed on a boat. It depends on your idea of a perfect day on the water: active, angling, eating, swimming, sightseeing… Give us a call at 561.865.7797 and we’ll get you started!

Here are four ideas for day-long boat rentals near me and you in Palm Beach County:

Dockside Restaurant:

Nothing gets your hunger going like being out in the fresh air! Our stretch of the Intracoastal offers a wealth of dockside restaurants to explore. From Deck 84 in Delray Beach to the Old Key Lime House in Lantana, depending on the size of your party, your guests, and your tastes, a GBC captain can choose a spot to stop on your boat rental. Here’s our list of our Top 10 Dockside Restaurants, to whet your appetite!

Boat Rentals near me: Lantana
Take a family cruise to a dockside restaurant—they’re headed to Lantana favorite Old Key Lime House!The Boca Raton Inlet

The Boca Raton Inlet:

The Boca Raton Inlet is a scenic spot that is a lovely cruise south of our Delray Beach location. The Inlet is one of the points in Palm Beach County where the Intracoastal meets the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll see lots of other people out enjoying the day: boating, waterskiing, paddleboarding. The Waterstone Resort & Marina is a great place to stop and have a delicious brunch or lunch.

Boat Rentals near me: Boca Raton
A view of the Boca Raton Inlet features the Waterstone Resort and Marina at center right.

Fishing Excursion:

Why own a boat? This is when a boat rental is the only sensible choice. Check out our 20-plus boats here. GBC boats are expertly maintained, and we provide all the fishing equipment you’ll need. Our captains know the best places to fish. Whether you’re just taking the kids out to introduce them to the fun of fishing, or looking for a deep-water adventure, we have a plan for you. Pull Google Maps and try: “Boat Rentals near me” We are probably around the corner.

Fishing Boat Rentals near me
Wahoo! Schedule a boat rental and catch your own dinner!

Peanut Island:

This historic spot in the heart of the Lake Worth Lagoon, which can only be accessed by boat, makes for a fun day-long boat rental, especially if you have guests young and old. There are some nice swimming beaches, and a lot of visitors snorkel or fish as well. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during your visit, or enjoy a delivery from a floating food and bait barge! They gather nearby, and provide a truly unique South Florida experience.

So when you ask, “What can I do with boat rentals near me?” there’s not just one answer. There’s still time to book a Memorial Day outing that will delight your visitors, family, and friends. Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call us at 561.865.7797 to schedule your boat rental today!

Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas: GBC Style

Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

Flowers last a week. Memories last a lifetime.

Mother’s Day gift ideas
On May 13 we celebrate mothers at Gulfstream Boat Club!

South Florida fathers, you can relax! Gulfstream Boat Club has a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas for you. Mother’s Day 2018 is fast approaching on Sunday, May 13.

Have you planned something memorable for Mother’s Day? We are not only a boat club, but we’re pretty good event planners as well! Let GBC help you plan a memorable day that the whole family will enjoy. 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 outing on the Intracoastal, GBC makes it incredibly simple and easy.

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

Boat Club Membership:

Does your wife love fishing? But is she sick of owning a boat, with all of the hassles that boat ownership brings? Mother’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?

• Brunch at a Dockside Restaurant:

We can organize a cruise to a dockside restaurant for Mother’s Day brunch. Many of the restaurants along the Intracoastal, like Deck 84 in Delray Beach, Two Georges in Boynton Beach, and Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens have special menus or events planned that day, and arriving by boat is the best.

• GBC Gift Certificate:

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

Why own a boat? A GBC membership makes a great gift for that special fisherwoman in your life!

• GBC Fishing Charter or Boat Cruise:

Catch your own Mother’s Day dinner! One of our licensed captains can plan a memorable excursion for you, Mom, and family and friends. We can also organize a cruise to Peanut Island or the Boca Inlet. Snap some photos of the day that you’ll keep for a lifetime. Book early, as this weekend fills up quickly.

• GBC Merchandise:

Hats and long- and short-sleeved Ts in two colors are available, and they sell out fast! Call 561.865.7797 to reserve yours now.

And here’s one bonus brilliant idea for you:

One of our members sends out her family on a GBC cruise on Mother’s Day—without her! For a mom, silence is golden, and so is a little “me” time. So book a boat trip for you and the kids, and book a massage for your wife. It’s a win-win!

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

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach

GBC’s Guide to the Best Seafood in West Palm Beach

There are many perks to being a member of our Palm Beach boat club: a top-notch fleet of well maintained, high-performance boats; licensed captains who are also safety experts and seasoned fishermen; three convenient locations; priority access with our reservation system and custom mobile app; and fishing and snorkeling equipment. But did you know that GBC is also your best source for local restaurant and the best seafood in west palm beach?

Need recommendations? We love to eat!

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach
You won’t find a better raw bar than at City Oyster on Delray’s Atlantic Avenue.

With our elite boat club membership of Palm Beach County residents, snowbirds, and high-end visitors, we are up to date on great places to eat, old and new. And because we are often planning special events for first dates, couples, anniversaries, and birthdays, we often get asked about the best seafood in west palm beach.

You may have read our posts on dockside restaurants or our favorite spots to grab a picnic for your boat cruise. But below is our list of places to enjoy the freshest, most delicious seafood in Delray, Boynton Beach, Lantana, and Palm Beach. Our boat club is extremely well located for hungry, discerning diners!

Beast Seafood in Delray Beach

50 Ocean: One of the Best Seafood places in Delray Beach
50 Ocean’s private dining room is perfect for boat club member special occasions.

50 Ocean:

If you are looking for a room with a view while you enjoy a special dinner, lunch, or brunch, 50 Ocean, right across from the beach in Delray, is a great restaurant for you. It’s within walking distance of the Seagate and Marriott, both frequent hotel choices of our part-time Palm Beach boat club members. 50 Ocean advertises a “luxurious setting, spectacular view, and the finest food,” and all of those descriptions are spot-on. Try a handcrafted cocktail with specialties like a double-stuffed lobster roll, pan-seared scallops, or coconut grouper.

Website: http://www.50ocean.com/

Best Seafood in West Palm Beach (Delray)
J&J is one of Delray Beach’s oldest and best seafood restaurants.

J&J Seafood Bar and Grill:

Located right on Atlantic Avenue, this well established, lively restaurant offers just-out-of-the-ocean fresh seafood, hand-cut beef fillets, scrumptious soups, and perfectly shucked oysters—and plenty of options for land lovers and vegetarians.

Website: http://www.jjseafooddelray.com/

City Oyster and Sushi Bar:

Continuing west on Atlantic, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from the East and West Coast. Their on-site bakery provides all of their desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta. And their extensive wine list is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country. Boat club members love this place for large parties!

Website: https://www.cityoysterdelray.com/

Beast Seafood in Boynton Beach

Sushi Simon:

Located in an unassuming strip mall, Sushi Simon is some of the freshest, most outstanding sushi you will ever eat. The fish is fresh, the selection wide and experimental, and the vibe local and intimate. This one is sure to impress your foodie date. It’s one of Palm Beach’s best kept secrets, so boat club members, keep this one to yourself!

Website: http://restaurantwebexpert.com/SushiSimon/

Beast Seafood in Lantana

The Station House Restaurant:

The Station House is an old-school Palm Beach lobster and steak joint, and they do both well. Whole Maine lobsters and delicious filet mignon have always made for a great date; why mess with it? Reservations recommended.

Website: https://thestationhouse.com/

Beast Seafood in Palm beach

PB Catch: one of the best Best Seafood places WPB
PB Catch is an elegant choice for a big night in Palm Beach.

PB Catch:

An elegant place to enjoy the best seafood in West Palm Beach and a fresh towering raw bar. PB Catch sources the highest quality oysters, clams, shrimp and fish, and prizes sustainability. Order from the freestanding raw bar or select a whole fish entrée with creative sides from the menu.

Website: https://www.pbcatch.com/

Imoto one of the Best Seafood places in West Palm Beach
Imoto has the freshest sushi and sashimi—give it a try!

Imoto:

Sister restaurant to the popular Buccan, Imoto expands Chef Clay Conley’s small plates, big flavor concept with Japanese and Asian cuisine. Fresh sushi and sashimi, unique dumplings, and tempura and inventive wood fired selections are all made with the best ingredients found locally and around the world.

Website: https://www.imotopalmbeach.com/

Palm Beach is home both to the area’s finest boat club, and also some of the area’s finest seafood restaurants. A GBC boat cruise followed by a great dinner sounds like the perfect special occasion, doesn’t it? Call us at 561.865.7797 to book your big night today!

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Season in South Florida

If it’s April, it’s time to talk about yellowfin tuna fishing in South Florida. The season begins in mid April. Wild-caught Atlantic yellowfin tuna is not only delicious and rewarding to fish for, but it’s a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Where to go Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Florida?

Are you interested in a yellowfin tuna fishing charter with Gulfstream Boat Club? We would be thrilled to arrange it for you through our partner business, Boatsetter. Boatsetter is an amazing national network of rental boats, and its hub is in South Florida. Call or email us to find out about how to plan an amazing fishing trip—from which you’ll return with a boatload of tuna.

Book a deepsea fishing adventure for yellowfin tuna through GBC!

About the yellowfin Tuna…

Yellowfin Tuna Appearance:

  • Yellowfin tuna are torpedo-shaped.
  • They are metallic dark blue on the back and upper sides, and change from yellow to silver on the belly.
  • True to their name, their dorsal and anal fins and finlets are bright yellow.
  • Yellowfin tuna can be distinguished from other tunas by their long, bright yellow dorsal fin and a yellow strip down the side. They are also more slender than bluefin tuna.

Yellowfin Tuna Behavior and Diet:

  • Yellowfin tuna grow fairly fast, up to 400 pounds, and have a somewhat short life span of about 7 years.
  • Most yellowfin tuna are able to reproduce when they reach age 2 or 3.
  • Females spawn about once every 3 days during the spawning season. They produce an average of 1 million to 4 million eggs each time they spawn.
  • Yellowfin tuna feed near the top of the food chain on fish, squid, and crustaceans.
  • They are prey for top predators such as sharks and large fish.

How to Catch Yellowfin Tuna?

Whether deepsea fishing for yellowfin tuna, or other types of fish, it is good to keep in mind these ten tips, courtesy of Boatsetter:

  1. Check out the reefs and wrecks. The small fish that live among shipwrecks and natural and artificial reefs are prime targets for big fish. This is your chance to nab a big fish in its own hunting grounds.
    2. When fishing for yellowfin tuna, keep an eye out for dolphins. The two often travel together.
    3. If you notice seagulls or other birds flying around a certain area, there could be a school of small fish that they are trying to turn into dinner. In turn, there could be large fish on the prowl for the smaller ones.
    4. Use fast-trolling lures to catch fast fish like tuna.
    5. Anchor the boat and drop bait down into the reef to catch fish such as grouper or snapper.
    6. If you’re bottom fishing, use lures like large heavy-duty jigs to get the bait down deep into the water.
    7. Use natural or artificial bait to troll around a tower or buoy to get the attention of fish.
    8. A fish finder, GPS or nautical map can come in handy on deep sea fishing trips. Most sport fishing boats come fully equipped with all of the latest navigational gear and equipment.
    9. If you’re prone to motion sickness or have never been out on a deepsea fishing boat, it is a good idea to take some type of medication beforehand. If you do start to feel queasy, it is best to stay up on deck in the fresh air and watch the horizon. Don’t go below deck thinking you can sit or lie down. Trust us on this one.
    10. Finally, take an expert with you. No one, especially an inexperienced boater, should ever be out alone.

Considering a deepsea fishing experience in South Florida? Skip the overcrowded tourist boat and book a private fishing boat with captain through Gulfstream Boat Club’s partner business, Boatsetter. Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to find out more!

Florida Boat Rentals: Why to Choose GBC?

Looking for a Florida Boat Rentals place?
GBC is South Florida’s top choice for boat rentals!

Florida Boat Rentals: GBC gives you all the answers

You’re in Palm Beach County and eyeing the serene Intracoastal, and considering a boat rental. You’re just one phone call away from a fun fishing charter, sunset cruise, or family adventure. Gulfstream Boat Club offers more than 20 high-end boats, as well as complimentary fishing and snorkel gear. But why is GBC  the best florida boat rentals choice for you?

A simple internet search will pull up several “boat rentals” in South Florida. But here’s why GBC is the top boat club in the area. Besides our fleet of expertly maintained boats, multiple locations, and highly trained staff, here are a few other considerations that make us so popular:

Are there any Rental Boat Licenses and Regulations?

All of GBC’s captains are not only fully licensed, but know South Florida’s Intracoastal waters and Atlantic Ocean better than anyone. Each state has different age and license requirements for boaters. Boat rental operators and charter captains are required to have a valid boat license, which is regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This license allows operators to carry anywhere from 4 to more than 11 customers on board a boat, depending on which charter boat license they carry.

Unless you have gotten prior approval, on a special occasion such as July 4 or the Holiday Boat Parade, GBC’s boats must be returned by 6PM for your safety and that of your passengers. Pets are allowed, but we recommend adequate safety precautions for their comfort.

GBC captains are fully licensed and know where the fish are hiding!

What’s in the Boat Rental Contract?

GBC’s contract spells out every agreement, rule and eventuality of a boat rental: Condition, Damage, Rental Term, Fines/Permits, Deposits, Use of Boat, and more. Normal wear and tear is expected, but if you come back with a damaged propeller or a ripped captain seat, you’re likely going to have to pay for the damage. If you would like a copy of our boat rental contract sent to you in advance, please give us a call at 561.865.7797.

Experience the Intracoastal on a cruise to Lake Boca with friends!

Is Safety Equipment Provided with every Rental?

GBC has all safety equipment on board, and can provide life jackets of various sizes for your all your florida boat rentals. Your captain will give you an orientation and safety lesson, so you will know exactly where it’s all stored and how to operate it. He’ll also provide you with detailed maps of the waters.

Can I rent a boat via Phone?

Now that you understand why Gulfstream Boat Club is the premier club for South Florida Boat Rentals, give us a call to become a member or try a boat rental for yourself. We take care of all the details so you can experience the fun of boating. Boating is our passion; make it yours. Call us at 561.865.7797 today!

Beyond the Palm Beach Boat Club

Suggested activities for Palm Beach Boat Club Members and family.

You’re a member of Gulfstream Boat Club with friends and family visiting Palm Beach County. You’ll spend a glorious day—or two—on a GBC fishing excursion or sunset cruise. But what are some other activities around Palm Beach that boat club members enjoy?
Here are a few activities and pastimes around the Palm Beach area to keep your house guests busy and happy! Some of these sights are old favorites, but there are always new attractions every season, so read on for a variety of fun ideas.
Lake Trail in Palm Beach Florida.
See Palm Beach from a different perspective: walk the Lake Trail.

Cruise along the Intracoastal:

A GBC cruise up the Intracoastal is sure to please guests of any age. Without a doubt, an activity our Palm Beach Boat Club members can indulge the family with. But, there are plenty of other attractions in Palm Beach that boat enthusiasts would enjoy:

Manatee Lagoon:

Manatee Lagoon is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. On cold winter days, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. You can’t dock a boat there, but it is a short drive from GBC’s two Boynton Beach locations.

Lake Trail:

The Lake Trail is a walking and biking path that runs along the island of Palm Beach’s western side. With Palm Beach homes and mansions on one side, and views of boats on the water on the other, it’s one of the most scenic spots in Florida. The Lake Trail is about five and half miles long, and is a great introduction to the unique homes, roads, and attractions of Palm Beach. Here’s a good guide.
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is a 75-room Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.

Museums:

Not only does the Palm Beach area feature art galleries and public art works, but there are several museums as well. If your visitors got a little sunburned on the boat, or the weather’s not seaworthy, they might enjoy these indoor attractions:

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum:

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is a palace-like home designed and built by the man who brought Palm Beach to life, a businessman and oil tycoon. The white marble steps, towering columns, and opulent decor are reminiscent of a European palace. “Whitehall” was a wedding gift to Flagler’s third bride, Mary Lily Kenan. Tours of the home are available several times a day.

The Norton Museum:

Located in West Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. The Nortons were actively interested in fine arts and developed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. The Museum Collection consists of approximately 7,000 works of art concentrated in the following departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and Photography.

Society of the Four Arts:

Back on the island of Palm Beach, the Society of the Four Arts (Art, Music, Drama, Literature) is one of the area’s most unique cultural destinations. Check their list of events or walk in the Botanical or Sculpture Gardens. There’s even a Children’s Library.
The Royal Poinciana Plaza is the hottest shopping and dining destination in Palm Beach this season.

Shopping and Restaurants around Palm Beach:

Palm Beach Boat club members will be happy to know that the shopping and restaurant options in the Palm Beach area just get more and more plentiful and exciting.
Of course there is historic Worth Avenue, where luxury shops and high-end restaurants line the street and “vias.” City Place in West Palm offers casual shopping, a movie theater, and restaurants.
And don’t miss two new attractions this season: the massive Restoration Hardware with its popular restaurant, RH Rooftop; and the newly revitalized Royal Poinciana Plaza, which is just buzzing with activity in its shops, restaurants, and other attractions seven days a week.
Boating will always be our favorite way to spend a day in Palm Beach. But if you can’t live by boat club alone, visit some of the area’s endlessly changing on-land attractions!
Need our advice on how to entertain visitors to Palm Beach County? Give us a call at 561.865.7797 to learn more!