The Sea Mist drift-fishing fleet first began scouring South Florida waters in 1956. Today, the 72-foot, all-aluminum Sea Mist III picks up where its predecessors left off. It drifts around Boynton Beach while groups attempt to snag grey grouper, red snapper, yellowtail, or any of the other species that are often encountered during excursions. Also on board, the boat's professional crewmembers dole out occasional humor, steady guidance, and assistance—from baiting hooks to cleaning catches.
Boynton Beach Boat Rentals provides the means to enjoy all that the area's waterways have to offer. Guests can power through the intercostal channels or venture to Peanut Island seated in a bowrider, deckboat, or sport-cabin powerboat as the wind whips through the vessel's open top. Boat rentals facilitate aquatic activities such as water skiing, tubing, or diving and fishing expeditions, as well as the chance to find out what salt tastes like.
Freedom Boat Club eliminates the inconveniences of boat ownership through a membership-based program. Their members have access to a full fleet of vessels, which they can use for everything from tubing to snorkeling trips. After their aquatic adventures, members simply return to the dock and hand the boat's reins over to Freedom Boat Club staffers.
Sailors navigate the glittering waters of Palm Beach in one of The Boat Fleet's many vessels, which include center consoles, walkarounds, deck boats, cabin cruisers, and bowriders. Seafaring parties may adventure to nearby Peanut Island, cruise up and down the coast to spot sprawling waterfront mansions, or relax while floating in their private patches of ocean. The 21- to 33-foot boats include rigs equipped for fishing trips—including stainless-steel rod holders, game-spotting GPS, and lures that look like Bugs Bunny in a wig—and all ships stow Coast Guard safety gear and lifeboats aboard.
On the shores of Lake Boca, only 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, Ride-A-Wave doles out rentals from its fleet of WaveRunners and Sea Rays. Its entry-level WaveRunners, three-seat Yamaha VX 110s, can crest swells at up to 60 miles per hour. Alternatively, the open bows of 19-foot and 21-foot Sea Rays let up to eight passengers feel the wind in their chest hair as they steer through tropical waters while listening to the radio and grabbing drinks from the built-in cooler.
Minutes from the inlet’s mouth, Jupiter Inlet Boat Rental’s location offers speedy access to both the ocean and the intracoastal area. Patrons can take to these glittering waterways in their pick from a fleet of cruising boats, deck boats, and offshore fishing boats, which let them cast fishing lines far from the shore’s judgmental sunbathing salmon. Crafted by makers such as Aquasport, Sea Pro and Hurricane, the boats' Yamaha engines putter as they cruise south to waterfront restaurants and mansions, or north to a wildlife preserve where bald eagles, blue herons, and other rare species frolic. Rather than renting a boat, patrons can prepare for future voyages with boating lessons, during which a US Coast Guard–certified captain share tips for anchoring, docking, and following waterway etiquette. Boat tours—which follow the company’s routes or ones custom-designed by the client—and chartered fishing trips both place steering responsibility in the captain’s hands, letting passengers sit back and enjoy the ride.