This boat can only take 550 pounds of gear and people. Usually two adults and two children max it out.
1. Trolling motor with 55 pounds thrust for all day power.
2. Included snorkel gear, rain gear.
3. Child and infant life jackets are available. Just let me know how many you need. Anyone below age 16 has to have a wearable on when the boat is in motion.
Start an adventure! This boat is located in Homestead and is launched out of the Bayfront park.
There is a 40 $ dollar launch fee due at delivery in cash. The rental starts at 10 am and goes until 6 pm. You pay for any gas you use although its usually pretty minimal because this boat gets great gas mileage. Usually I just go to the local gas station after I pick up the boat and bill you for the fuel after that.
You can use this boat to spot manatees, dolphin or travel down to Boca Chita Key with the big lighthouse made out of coral. Its 15 minutes from the boat dock. You can go Camping surrounded by pristine waters and with Miami in the distance. (see photos and make advance reservations with the park service for camping) . The Islands have many other places to dock and go exploring all along the barrier islands.
If partying is more your scene, there are popular sand bars that become local hangouts just minutes away. Start out at the dock and in 15 minutes on a nice day you can be watching the sun set between the Islands.
The boat has a livewell that works good, plus a super reliable 75 horsepower Yamaha 4 stroke motor that never fails. Its got a 27 gallon tank of gas and with two people it gets 5-6 miles per gallon. Top speed is 30-35 mph so its an economical little cruiser that can handle just about anything.
Because of the 75 horsepower this boat has a strict weight limit of 550 pounds for all people and gear. 2-3 people are Ideal. 4 is possible if some are children.
We had a great time with Nelson boat. It was our first time sailing in Forida waters so we were a little worried about all the regulations (manatees and so on...). The boat is not new but correct, ok for two and well prepared for fishing. We had some problem in finding fishing licences so, if you want to fish, bring yours (wallmart is the best option).
I just want to say that having rented everything from houseboats in California to 55' catamarans in the South Pacific, Nelson is as good as it gets for a boat owner. He keeps the engines and mechanical components in great shape, gave very clear instructions, was punctual (and actually very accommodating to our changing schedule), and provided all the information we could possibly need. I will definitely rent from him again in the future if I am ever back in South Florida.
As for the boat, it wasn't anything like a brand new, fully loaded 18' power boat, NOR did I expect it to be based upon how little he was charging. The value we received out of the boat was immense. The first day out was right after a storm rolled through, and although we got wet in the chop, I never felt unsafe on the boat. The second day, the water was glass, and she got up on plane easily and efficiently, kept us dry, and barely consumed any fuel. We went all over Biscayne NP, exploring all the keys, as well as heading out to reefs and a wreck.
Summary: I'd highly recommend Nelson and as for the boat, it's an excellent value for the low cost.
Nelson and the boat were amazing. We hired Nelson for a day of guiding on Biscayne Bay and it was well worth it. Nelson took us to specific keys that we wanted to go, as well as found us a small private key with a beach where we could have lunch and enjoy snorkeling. Nelson was kind, knowledgeable, experienced, patience, and extremely friendly. We recommend Nelson's boat for sure, but even more recommend Nelson as a guide if you're looking for a great experience out on the water in south Florida!
We had a great time on the water. The boat is small but it got us from point A to point B. The GPS navigation stopped working but we found our way with no problem. My captain is a prior US Navy so he has a sense of navigational direction and found our way back. As an added bonus to this review, I made videos of our trip. Find it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/puradefranco
Here's a specific video of us on this boat: https://youtu.be/uxMcDM6OkLI
I would definitely rent this boat again, Nelson arrived on time, gave us a tutorial on how to use the boat. Very professional and super cool guy. Had an amazing time, boat is very reliable and experienced NO issues. He also threw in Fishing Poles and Snorkel Gear. Drove the boat from Homestead to Key Biscayne Sand Bar. Nelson was very fast to response whether through text message or calling.
I would DEFINITELY rent this boat again! (It was an amazing Day and a day to remember)
Nelson met us at the marina on time....Very professional.
After a few quick pointers from Nelson about the boat, we were on our way.
There is not a better place to launch from to get from the mainland to Elliot and Boca Chita Keys.
The boat was perfect for the short hop across Biscayne Bay and performed without a hitch.
We got some great photographs and the kids had a blast.
Communication was great! The day couldn't have been better. If you're considering a nice day on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Nelson and the Sea Chaser make it easy and fun.
Thank you Nelson!
Awesome day on Biscayne Bay! Nelson was most accomodating to our schedule as we booked very last minute, he arrived as planned to put the boat in and take it out, reviewed the boat set up and gave us some pointers. He was terrific. We highly recommend contacting Nelson if you plan to be near the Cutler Bay/Homestead area. We will be passing this find on to our military friends who also have a day of leave. Perfect day!! Thank you Nelson!!!
Nelson was on time as we agreed, really nice guy helping with everything and with understanding, that we arrived 30 minutes later. Boat is really nice to drive also with economical consumption. Has everything what you need for spending nice day on the sea if you are fishing even if you just want have nice ride with your family. I can just recommend this boat with great owner !