Ask the Capt: What's a Charter Like?

While making the voyage, we will treat you as part of the crew- you will learn to handle lines, we will spend time learning engine and start up checks, basic navigation, experience in maneuvering and docking, cooking on board, managing fuel costs, and why the trawler life style is a fun and rewarding way to spend time on the water!

Travel Arrangements:  GECCharters can arrange for transportation to and from the airport.

Dress:  Our typical dress is very causal, you will only need comfortable clothes, and shoes, no ties, sport coats or high heels!  This is a fun and relaxed adventure! Where you will be able to do as much or as little as you want.

Costs:   The cost of the charter, including the captain, is $1,000.00 a day plus fuel, marinas and food. Fuel averages about $18.00 per hour at today's rates. GECCharters has a membership with the Florida Yacht Club Council and Marinas, All are first class Marinas, and due to our membership the cost of a night averages approximately $100.00.  Food is really up to you. We consider our clients as family so we usually go to the grocery store together purchase what we want to cook on the boat and split the costs. The remaining food costs depends if we cook on the boat or go to the yacht club or near by restaurants for dinner.  The Yacht Clubs where we are staying usually have great food and reasonably priced. 

5 day charter is $5,000, estimated fuel costs $720.00 (40 hrs@18.00) and Marinas approximately $400.00.  Of course this is an estimate, actual costs could be lower if we stay at anchor or eat in. Our charter accommodates 4 adults plus crew. 

Example 5 Day Itinerary:

We have worked out a great 5 day charter leaving from St. Petersburg. We visit some interesting locations where you can shop and enjoy the day with some fun shopping locations you might enjoy!  Here is the great thing - you are able to choose your adventure with this one.  By planning ahead we can discuss where you want to go and what you want to do.  Operating in the fall and summer in and around the Chesapeake and in the winter and spring around Florida.  We know this will be an adventure that will last you a lifetime.

Monday:  Arrive in the morning, meet and greet, get settled for the 5 days. We will visit  the grocery store and choose the food for the charter and split the costs.  We will the head off for our first stop a short 1 hour trip to the St Petersburg Pass-A-Grille Beach and Yacht Club, just a short walk to old Florida small shops, the St. Petersburg beach and a beautiful sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday: Leave and go north through the inter coastal waterway to Tarpon Springs, Florida a quaint Florida town known for its sponge harvest, neat shops and great restaurants.  

Wednesday: Leave for a trip south, weather permitting, by way of the Gulf of Mexico. If the weather does not cooperate we will travel the southern route of the Inter Coastal Water Way to Bird Key Yacht Club, Sarasota, Florida.  Where you can explore the beach and enjoy a fantastic dinner at the  Yacht Club. 

Thursday: We will be taking a short trip to the other end of Bird Key Island to the Sarasota Yacht Club and a short walk to St. Armands Circle, where the streets are lined with great high end and  bargain shops and Resturants.

Friday: Arrive late afternoon Bid our good byes and start you on the journey home.