Benefits of Boat Sharing
The cost – if you decide to go out on a 28 ft boat you would pay $222.50 plus tax, on the bare boat plan, or $292.50 on the all inclusive plan instead of the full rate. If you love to fish, by sharing you can often go out twice in the same week, instead of taking one single charter, for the same cost.
If you are alone this is an opportunity to meet people.
Disadvantages of Boat Sharing
Seeing as both parties have paid an equal amount, it can be difficult to decide who gets to catch the fish. At times only one marlin or gamefish is caught on a trip, so if it is a serious dream of yours to land one of these magnificent fish, sharing may not be for you. The way the order of go is decided is by flipping a coin when you board the boat, to decide who gets the first strike, you then alternate throughout the day.
One of the two parties may be seasick and want to return to port. Normally if the boat returns to drop one party off, it is too late to get back to the fishing grounds, so the day is lost.
You may not like the people you are sharing with and will have to spend approximately 8 hours with them.
Your views on catch and release may not be agree with those of the other party. Most of our anglers prefer to release billfish, but keep smaller game, however by law you are allowed to kill one billfish per boat per day.
Share boat reservations cannot be confirmed. When you book a share, it is with the understanding that if another party is not found, your trip is canceled, unless you want to take the whole boat to yourself at full cost. It is also with the understanding that full boat charters take priority. For example, if you book a share on a 28 ft boat for June 3rd and it is our last available boat for this date and somebody else contacts us requesting the whole boat for this day, they will be given the boat.