5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Charter Instead of Buying Your Own Boat

Boca Grande fishing charters explain why you should strongly re-consider buying an offshore fishing boat


Florida’s Gulf Coast, especially around Boca Grande, is known throughout the U.S. for its clean waters and exceptional sport fishing. Many visitors to this coastal paradise come here for one thing and on thing only – to fish.

Many of these visitors from near and far love fishing and the open waters so much that they begin considering their own boat so they can go out anytime they like.

As any fisherman can attest, getting the bug to buy your own boat and go wherever you like is very powerful. But as we’ll explain below, getting your own fishing boat is an expensive undertaking and therefore shouldn’t be decided on a whim.

For most anglers, hiring one of many fishing charters around Boca Grande is a better choice for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. Time – Buying your own boat, maintaining it, and going out on it all require time. Shopping for a new fishing boat through classifieds or a boat dealer can eat up a lot of time before you even make a purchase. When you decide to go out, you’ll need to spend several hours just getting the boat ready, and then several hours cleaning it up afterwards. You’ll also have maintenance for the engine and other parts of the boat. Hiring a charter on the other hand eliminates all of this – simply show up on the day you’re scheduled to go out. The captain will be responsible for ensuring the boat is clean and safe for going on the water.
  1. Money – This one may be a no-brainer to some, but many novice boat owners fail to appreciate the cost involved in owning a large fishing boat. Buying the boat only the beginning. Many newer boats are financed and require monthly payments. Next, you’ll have several thousand dollars in equipment (i.e. marine radio, safety flares, rods/reels, sonar and more). Once you have everything you need in order to reach the fishing spot(s) safely, you still have considerable costs to just tow, launch and enjoy your boat. Storage is another cost many new boat owners fail to fully understand.
  1. Liability – Another part of owning a large fishing boat that many don’t consider is liability. Any time you operate a large vessel, you take on a certain level of risk that someone could get hurt. Accidents on the water can be fatal. If it is determined that you are responsible for the accident, you could be in serious trouble from both a criminal and civil perspective.
  1. Charters will know where to go – If you’ve been around Boca Grande for a long time, there’s a greater chance you know where the best fishing spots are. However, if you’re a relative novice, chances are you won’t have any “numbers” for the best spots. Many novice anglers make the mistake of believing that the fish are everywhere under the water. Experienced fishing charters and anglers know that you have to be in the right place at the right time, and that you can’t just aimlessly wander in search of gamefish. An experienced guide though will know the best spots for the particular species and even the time of year you’ll be going out. It would be devastating to spend thousands of dollars on a large fishing boat just to come back empty handed every time.
  1. You don’t have to drive – If you were up late the night before getting everything ready and then spend all day fishing, you’re going to be exhausted. While you may think it’s not that big a deal, having to drive the boat is an exhausting endeavor in of itself. If you’re too tired to drive your boat, you will certainly be putting you, your passengers and other boaters at risk. A charter captain on the other hand will be responsible for driving the boat, allowing you to kick back and relax on the run out and back in to the docks.

Captain Leighton Ingram of Krewe Chief Charters has a lifetime of experience fishing the waters of Boca Grande and the Gulf of Mexico. Rather than going to the hassle and expense of owning your own boat, Capt. Leighton can take you to the best fishing spots in the area, plus guide you on the proper bait, casting techniques and more. Click here to learn more or to schedule your charter today!

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