Meet the Fleet

 

Good Times TooGood Times Too

Good Times Too was built by the well-known boat builder Lydia Yachts in Stuart on Florida's east coast. Her original owner had designed the boat to do harbor tours out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine during the summer and cruises from Fort Lauderdale during the winter. For several years she travelled back and forth between Maine and Florida on the Intracoastal Waterway in the spring and fall. She then ran tours out of Amelia Island in northeast Florida for a few years before coming to Punta Gorda in 1998. Her construction is known as "cold molded fiberglass", which essentially means that a wooden core is framed, then layers of fiberglass are applied to the exterior. Her wide beam and relatively shallow draft make Good Times Too a stable vessel that's well suited to exploring the shallow waters of Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River. Good Times Too is powered by two 300 horsepower turbocharged and aftercooled Isuzu diesel engines.

Overall Length:  62 feet

Beam:  17 feet

Gross tonnage:  29

Draft Loaded:  4 feet

Passenger capacity:  116

Cruising speed:  9.5 knots

 

 

Charlotte Lady

The Charlotte Lady is the newest addition to King Fisher Fleet. She was custom built for King Fisher Fleet by Scarano Shipbuilding in Albany, New York at a boatyard on the Hudson River. Her maiden voyage in August 2016 was a doozy: her delivery from Albany to Punta Gorda, Florida via the Atlantic intracoastal waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway. She was designed specifically for running excursions on Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River and her construction was overseen by the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that she is safe, stable and suited for this service. Her hull and superstructure is aluminum and she is powered by two environmentally friendly and fuel efficient John Deere diesel engines which meet the latest EPA Tier Three emissions standards. These quiet, reliable engines are rated at 250 Hp each. Charlotte Lady entered service in September 2016 and this stately vessel will be seen on Charlotte Harbor for many years to come.

Overall Length:  64 feet

Beam:  18 feet

Gross tonnage:  46

Draft Loaded:  4 feet

Passenger capacity:  125

Cruising speed:  9.5 knots

 

 

Island StarKing Fisher Fleet's Island Star

Built in Arundel, Maine by DMR Shipbuilding, the Island Star was designed as a U.S. Coast Guard certified whale watching vessel and she began her career doing open water trips in the Atlantic Ocean. She then ran for several years from a location on Captiva Island in Southwest Florida before coming to Punta Gorda in 1988. Her fiberglass hull is heavily built for her originally-intended ocean service and this heavy construction, coupled with her full-length, deep keel gives her a smooth, stable ride on the protected waters of Charlotte Harbor. The Island Star was extensively renovated in the fall of 2016.  The washrooms were redone, the snack bar was redone, and additional seating was added.  She was also repowered with a brand new  320 horsepower John Deere engine which is much quieter, smoother and cleaner than her previous engine.  The new engine is electronically controlled and achieves EPA Tier Three environmental ranking.

Overall Length:  56 feet

Beam:  16 feet

Gross tonnage:  56

Draft Loaded:  5.5 feet

Passenger capacity:  92

Cruising speed:  9.5 knots

 

 

Island Girl

The Island Girl is used for our deep sea fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico. She was built by Island Hopper Boats in Ft. Pierce, Florida, a well-known builder of fishing and diving boats. Island Hopper boats are a common sight on the docks in southern Florida, in the Florida Keys, and throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Island Girl was originally set up as a dive boat and ran trips to the reef out of Miami and out of Marathon in the Florida Keys before coming to Punta Gorda to run fishing charters. Her wide beam and large cockpit result in lots of fishing room for our guests and she boasts a large live bait tank and a custom-built tackle rigging station. Island Girl is powered by a single Cummins 6BT turbocharged and aftercooled 300 hp diesel engine. Island Girl is a Federally documented vessel which carries charter boat permits from the National Marine Fisheries Service for reef fish and for pelagic (migratory) fish in the Gulf of Mexico, a permit from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to harvest highly migratory species including sharks and tunas, and she has a Florida charter vessel fishing license. Island Girl is a volunteer collection vessel for offshore water samples that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute analyzes for various water quality parameters including red tide and other algae blooms.

Overall Length:  34 feet

Beam:  12 feet

Gross Tonnage:  12

Draft Loaded:  3 feet

Passenger Capacity:  6

Cruising Speed:  18 knots

 

 

Back Bay Fishing Boats - 23'

If these two boats look the same, it's because they are! We had one of these 23 footers custom built to our specifications by Martin Boats in Orlando, operated it for a season as a back bay fishing boat, and liked it so much that we commissioned another nearly identical vessel from the same builder. The very wide beam of nearly ten feet is almost unheard-of in boats of this size and creates lots of fishing room and a very shallow draft, which is critical for boats which fish in Charlotte Harbor. Each boat boasts two huge live bait tanks, cushioned seating for our guests, and a sunshade over the console. Most people that see these boats are surprised to learn that there is actually a head (that's a boating term for a toilet) located inside each console!! The boats are powered by Yamaha outboards, and carry Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission charter vessel permits.

Overall Length:  23 feet

Draft Running:  24 inches

Beam:  9 feet 10 inches

Draft Floating:  12 inches

Passenger Capacity:  6

Cruising Speed:  25 knots

 

Back Bay Flats Boats - 18' to 22'

We operate several flats-style boats similar to the one shown here, which is our 18'. They are very shallow draft, which is critical for much of the fishing in Charlotte Harbor, and are designed with low freeboard so they're less affected by wind and are easier to manuver on the flats. Each boat boasts huge live bait tanks, cushioned seating for our guests, and a large fishing deck. These boats are powered by Yamaha outboards, and carry Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission charter vessel permits.

Overall Length:  18 to 22 feet

Draft Running:  24 inches

Beam:   Approximately 8 feet

Draft Floating:  12 inches

Passenger Capacity:  3 to 6

Cruising Speed:  25 knots