U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 24 passengers
FANTASEA has a large cozy cockpit and plenty of deck space for relaxing, sunbathing, and sightseeing.
FANTASEA was built in 1980 at Largo, Florida. She was acquired by Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center for a Transatlantic Cruise made by Captains Dan and Randall in 1990. Dolphin Landings spent a year refitting and shining her up for the trip. She’s been to such exciting ports of call as Bermuda, The Azores, Spain, Gibraltar, and The Canary Islands … to name just a few!
FANTASEA is available for Private Charter and Public Trips.
Coast Guard Certification
Coast Guard Certified vessels are those boats permitted to take on more than 6 passengers for hire. This means any boat with more than 6 Paying passnegers. Boats limited to 6 passengers are not charter boats but pleasure craft and not considered passenger vessels.
USCG Passenger vessels (boats) are regularly inspected by the Coast Guard to ensure all Safety Equipment and TRAINING of the Captain and crew are ensured. Also, the design of the boat itself is maximized for safety and must pass inspections of the physical vessel. Rigorous tests are done for stability.
Coast Guard Certified passenger vessels are insured more heavily/thoroughly. The dock you board a charter boat is also important to be a commercial dock and carry adequate insurance coverage.
Captain Licenses are not equal, they are issued like a pilot license. Captains are limited to the size and type of vessel they are licensed to. The entry version being limited to 6 passngers and not trained for USCG Certified Passenger vessels. Licensing required for Passenger Vessels carry a Masters Captain License, be sure to ask!