Meet The Fleet

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 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 after-cooled 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 (NOAA) to harvest highly migratory species including sharks and tunas, and she has a Florida charter vessel fishing license.

Island Girl serves as 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


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