Cost of Owning a Boat?

How much does it cost to own a boat?

It’s important to remember that the purchase price of a boat is just the beginning of the cost commitment! Here are some annual costs to consider when thinking a buying a boat:

Boat Trailer Cost:

You’ll need a trailer to transport and store the boat (and be prepared for hurricanes!). A trailer can range in price from $1,500 to more than $5,000. A trailer will need basic upkeep as well; tires, brakes, and general maintenance, plus monthly storage fees if you can’t keep it on your property when your boat’s in the water.

Boat Insurance Average Cost:

You’ll need at least liability coverage, and likely damage coverage, especially for a new boat, in case of accident or theft. Boat insurance can range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

Florida Boating License:

Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after January 1, 1988, to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Boating safety courses are not especially expensive, but anyone who might drive your boat will have to make the commitment of time for the class.

Boat Storage options:

You will need a cover, a top, or maybe inside storage if you can’t keep the boat at your home or on your property. For outside storage, boats are typically shrinkwrapped at a cost of roughly $10-15 per foot, so a 21-foot boat might cost $200-300 to cover. Inside rack storage costs more, as the boat is better protected from the elements. Figure on roughly $25-$30/foot for inside storage, so that 21-footer would cost about $600 per month.

Boat Safety Equipment and accessories:

You’ll not only need safety gear (life vests, horn, signal flares, etc.), but you’ll most likely want a stereo, lighting, watersports towing equipment, etc., to fully enjoy your boat. The South Florida sun is as strong as it gets and its effects are magnified when out on the water. You should thinking about wearing not only sunscreen but hats, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing.

Boat Maintenance Costs:

Much like a car, a boat requires a lot of regular maintenance. Like a car, you have cleaning, oil changes, and engine maintenance costs—but then add hull maintenance, storage, and haul-out (if not keeping in the water year-round). Costs for these services can vary widely, based on the boat size, fresh water or salt water, if the boat is new or used, etc.

Boat Marina:

If you keep the boat at a marina, you will incur monthly costs, and they’re high in South Florida. In-water dock space can range from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per season.

Saltwater wear and tear:

If you’re planning on taking your boat out for some deep-sea fishing, not just cruising the Intracoastal, keep in mind that salt water is definitely harsher on a boat and engine than freshwater.

How much does it cost to own a boat?

Do you really need to own a boat?

Have you researched the cost of owning a boat yourself? When we explain the benefits of of Gulfstream Boat Club to a potential new member, they very often ask, “Why would anyone own a boat?” We at Gulfstream Boat Club agree! Many of our members are former powerboat or yacht owners who don’t want the expense and hassle of owning their own boat anymore. On the other hand, many of our members are interested in eventually owning a boat, or learning more about the boating lifestyle, and a boat club is a great way to try it out.

cost of owning a boat for the family
This could be you! Fishing on the weekends—free of the hassle of boat ownership.

Image: Trees Full of Money

Why commit to one kind of boating experience when you can enjoy several?

When you purchase a boat, you have to decide on one kind of experience on the water. You might want a great fishing boat. Or maybe a cruiser for trips down the Intracoastal. Perhaps you are in the market for a pontoon boat for larger family parties and outings. But what if you want to experience all of these outings? The question is, Why choose just one kind of boat? At Gulfstream Boat Club, we have a wide variety of boats, which allows you as a member to go deep-sea fishing one weekend and take your kids tubing the next. Then, on Mother’s Day, you can take everyone on a cruise to a dockside lunch. You can’t beat the flexibility of having access to several kinds of boats!

Why settle for one boat when you can have a whole fleet?

As a Gulfstream Boat Club member, you’ll have access to more than twenty boats, in many sizes and models, seven days a week. That means that with one purchase you can have a variety of experiences. One of our experienced captains can take you and your friends on a fishing excursion. We supply the fishing gear if you need it. Or a captain can take you out on the Intracoastal for a cruise to brunch at a dockside restaurant—perfect for Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, or other holidays which require keeping lots of family members happy and busy! Ask yourself: What is the cost of owning a boat—plus another five or six?

Or, if you are comfortable at the helm, take out one of our center console, dual console, deck, or pontoon boats yourself. Gulfstream Boat Club can recommend outings both south and north of our Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Hypoluxo locations. How about a trip to Peanut Island, where you can dock, tour the island, or just take a swim? Or motor south to Lake Boca, where there’s plenty to do and see. Each member of GBC receives their own custom-designed map of the area, which highlights boating and fishing sites you won’t want to miss.

Cost of owning a boat = commitment of time and money

Owning a boat is a huge commitment of time and money, especially for a busy family. Kids’ activities might make it difficult to use your own boat every weekend. Gulfstream Boat Club makes it easy to enjoy a boat when it’s convenient for you. All of our boats are expertly maintained, and have life jackets, stereos, depth finders, and up-to-date electronics. No need to stop for fuel—we’ll fill ‘er up. And we have an online reservation system that allows you to book boats anytime.

cost of owning a boat: huge time investment
A GBC membership allows you to teach your kids a love of boating!

Share the decision to not own a boat—and share the fun!

And why not consider combining business with pleasure? GBC offers a corporate membership perfect for business partners to share. If you’re a real estate agent, take clients new to the area for a nice cruise on the Intracoastal, and get ready to sell that house. GBC’s larger boats could host a work event of up to ten or twelve people. Forget that boring business dinner and let us help you plan a memorable evening out on the water!

cost of owning a boat: Corporate Boat Memberships
Rev up that bachelorette party or other event by taking it out on the water!

When you learn the cost of owning a boat, the idea becomes daunting and can be a deal-breaker for many people who would like to enjoy boating or fishing in South Florida. That’s why Gulfstream Boat Club is such a great concept. Being a boat club member is flexible, affordable, safe, and enjoyable. Leave the maintenance and other hassles of boating to us, and focus on the good parts!

Call GBC at 561.865.7797. Then you’re one step closer to having not just one boat to use on the weekend, but an entire fleet!

Lake Boca: Your New Weekend Plan

A great view of the Boca Inlet near Lake Boca

Lake Boca the Perfect boat cruise destination

Instead of cruising north on your next Gulfstream Boat Club adventure, why not try cruising south? In Boca Raton, Lake Boca and the Boca Inlet area offer the perfect boat cruise destination from GBC’s Delray Beach location at Marina Delray.

One of the benefits of Gulfstream Boat Club is that we can provide a variety of experiences on the water, from deep-sea fishing to a dockside brunch. A trip to Lake Boca is more of the lazy-days-of-summer variety.

Lake Boca and Boca Raton Inlet Safety

The Boca Raton Inlet is located on the East Coast of Florida twenty-four miles south of West Palm Beach, sixteen miles north of Fort Lauderdale, and five miles northward of Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, near Intracoastal Waterway Mile 1048. The first bridge was built across the Boca Raton Inlet in 1923, a wooden structure of pilings with an opening large enough to allow boats to pass through. Today, a modern drawbridge carries cars across the inlet. The bridge has a restricted opening schedule, opening every quarter-hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on demand at all other times.

Boat club members need to use care when navigating the Boca Inlet, as there are areas of shoaling. Our new GBC map clearly indicates these areas to avoid. Depth at low tide varies from one to three feet. A sandbar protrudes out of water inside the inlet on the north side. A sandbar extends underwater to within thirty feet of the south jetty. Shoaling and sandbars are continually shifting.

Boaters say that the Boca Raton Inlet is safer now that the city cleared away sand buildup in spring 2017. The city dredged the inlet after the sandbar caused some boats to run aground. The ebb shoal — an area near the mouth of the inlet that collects drifting sand — had caused trouble for boaters. Both the city and boat towing companies had reported an increase in complaints in the months beforehand.

Where to dock in Lake Boca

Boat club members can enjoy access to two hotels and a public park area on Lake Boca. The Boca Raton Resort and Club is located on the west side of the lake. The park area offers picnic areas with grills, a playground, restrooms, and showers.

Waterstone near Lake Boca
The Waterstone Resort offers waterfront dining on Lake Boca.

One of Gulfstream Boat Club members’ favorite destinations is the Waterstone Resort and Marina, which offers Boca’s only waterfront dining experience. You can dock your boat, and enjoy a meal at Boca Landing restaurant. The menu showcases for South Florida’s freshest seasonal flavors. Savor a bountiful European breakfast table, linger over grilled steak and local seafood for dinner, and sample boutique wines from vineyards around the world. Whether you’re dining indoors or at an outdoor table overlooking the Intracoastal, a memorable experience is in store.

 

Brunch at Waterstone in Lake Boca
Enjoy fine dining and a rare Florida summer breeze at the Waterstone.

Also, the Waterstone is now offering waterfront “Family Dinner Nights” the first Sunday of every month, with a four-course Italian meal and live music. Parties of five or less can book online at OpenTable.com; or call 561-226-3022. What a great way to spend time with family friends on a Sunday!

If you haven’t taken a cruise to Lake Boca, now is the time. Grab some friends, make a reservation at the Waterstone, and enjoy the warm breezes. Call us at 561.865.7797 today!

How to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida

A Boater’s guide on How to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida.

With waters as warm as they are in August, it’s the perfect time to talk about how to catch mahi mahi in Florida. Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is better known by its Hawaiian name, mahi-mahi (and it’s also known by its Spanish name, dorado, or just as plain mahi). This offshore fish prefers deeper waters over 68 degrees—which means right now offers the ideal conditions to catch mahi mahi.

Success in how to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida
GBC’s “Mahi” Maralyn Coscia hit the jackpot recently!

Where to find mahi mahi?

GBC’s very own Maralyn Coscia reports that she took her mom out fishing off the coast of Boynton Beach a few weeks ago. She was afraid that her mom would be bored—but they were lucky enough to catch more mahi mahi than they could even legally keep! They cleaned and flash-froze enough to keep in their freezers, and gave the rest to grateful friends and family.

Catching Mahi Mahi in Florida

Mahi mahi is undoubtedly one of Florida’s most beautiful marine species and a favorite on menus at the local restaurants. This is because the Subtropical waters of South Florida are the perfect place to find this migratory fellow.  Here’s a little more information about how to catch mahi mahi in Florida:

According to the Fishing and Wildlife Commission’s website, mahi mahi are attracted to floating objects, and are commonly found in association with floating mats of sargassum (which is at an all-time high this year). The adult fish eat bait fish, flying fish, squid and crabs. They are fast swimmers and extremely fast growers, reaching nearly three feet in length in their first year of life.

Learn how to Catch Mahi Mahi in Florida
If you caught all this mahi, you’d be smiling too!

How to spot mahi mahi?

They are:

* Bright greenish blue back with yellow on sides
* Single dark dorsal fin extends from above the eye to the tail
* Capable of flashing purple, chartreuse and a wide range of other colors
* Body tapers sharply from head to tail
* Irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over sides

Mahi mahi can range anywhere up to 63 inches, and they usually weigh around 30 pounds. (The state record is 81 pounds, caught near Lantana; will you be next?) They resemble a pompano dolphinfish (pompano have a square-shaped tooth patch on the tongue; mahi mahi have an oval-shaped tooth patch on the tongue).

How to lure the mahi mahi?

And how do we recommend you catch mahi mahi in Florida? The Florida FWC advises that large, solitary adult fish are commonly caught while trolling natural baits such as rigged ballyhoo or cigar minnows, but they can also be caught on live bait, cut bait, artificial lures, jigs, or spoons. The tackle used to catch mahi mahi in Florida ranges from light spinning tackle for smaller schooling dolphin, to heavy trolling equipment. Chumming with cut bait or leaving a hooked fish in the water can keep schooling fish near the boat for multiple hookups.

What are the regulations for fishing mahi mahi in Florida?

There are rules for fishing for mahi mahi in Atlantic state waters. The legal gear allowed is hook and line, or spearing. In this area, the minimum size limit for mahi is 20” fork length (the fish as measured from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail). The daily bag limit is 10 fish per person, or 60 per vessel, whichever is less.

Though they are often served blackened, or on a sandwich, our favorite way to eat mahi mahi is just simply grilled, maybe with a little freshly made salsa. Try this delicious recipe from the Food Channel for Grilled Ginger Mahi-Mahi with Tropical Fruit Salsa, and we will be surprised if it’s not the best thing you ever ate.

Do you require hands-on training on how to Catch Mahi Mahi? The captains at GBC are fully licensed fishermen. They’ll help you learn more about how to catch, and clean a boatload of mahi mahi. The time is right in South Florida. Give us a call at 561.865.7797, and we’ll get you set up for a day of mahi mahi fishing you won’t forget!

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!