Private Charters: Large Vessels
Large vessel private charters are the ultimate option for fishing in the Keys. You will receive personalized service that includes a deckhand and plenty of room for your group. Large private vessels are 40 feet long and above. The additional width offered by larger boats, makes them more stable and less prone to rocking. The result is a drier, more comfortable ride and a reduced chance of getting seasick. The weather can change quickly in the Florida Keys. A larger vessel offers a cabin or bridge area to protect you from the rain. An air-conditioned cabin is also a great option to have on a hot day. Luxury sportfishers often come equipped with full private bathrooms and beds for naps and overnight trips. Most vessels over 40 feet also offer a flybridge where there is seating, windows to feel a nice breeze, and a panoramic view that makes for great photo ops. The cabins often include full kitchens with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, etc.
Bigger boats are a fantastic choice for fishing tournaments because they have multiple livewells, that hold a variety of live-bait. Due to these vessels width, multiple fishing kites can be flown without tangling, which means even more baits in the water. Larger charter vessels generally have specialized equipment such as expensive electronic deep-drop reels used for fishing in depths of up to 2,000 feet.
Larger private charter boats typically range from $750-$2500 dollars depending on the boat size, trip length, and fishing type. These larger vessels are recommended for groups of 6 persons or less. Almost all private charter Captains in the Florida Keys operate under the 6-pack license. Allowing more than 6 passengers not only requires a Master Captains license, but subjects the charter operator to more Coast Guard inspections. There are also a multitude of additional requirements for these vessels, such as rails around the boat similar to a head-boat or cruise ship.
Main Attraction has 3 vessels that fit this larger vessel category, ranging from 42-49 feet in length. Whomever you choose, be sure to research thoroughly and make sure their terms of cancelation are fair and their reviews are good. When booking your trip it is extremely important that you communicate well about your needs, wants and goals for your Florida Keys Charter. If you book with a great fishing charter business, they will know what questions to ask, but you should always be clear about your expectations.