We have decided to move away, and after a good 5 years with the 'Princess Donna' and several decades as a Captain, it’s time a new owner becomes the keeper of this historic boat. The COI is up to date and she just passed her dry dock hull inspection on May 4, 2020. The COI to operate the boat as a small passenger vessel remains with the boat. The new owner will only have to change the operational route and the USCG will put you thru the mandatory man over board drills etc. If you are not familiar with this or it’s your first time, I will personally get you through the process which is pretty simple.
This is a very rare opportunity to buy an historical commercial boat with a current USCG COI. Start your tour operations immediately.
This 1934 original glass bottom boat from Silver Springs Florida is the only remaining fiberglass over wood boat from this bygone era. Imagine the stories she could tell. At 86 years old, she is the oldest commercial tour boat in Florida.
The 'Princess Donna' was completely restored and safely equipped/rebuilt and approved by (MSC) Marine Safety Center to operate as a USCG small passenger vessel. Current USCG COI to operate with 12 passengers + 2 crew members. Current COI’s area of operation is here on Jug Creek in Bokeelia FL. Our previous operational route was on the Homosassa River, Crystal River and the Rainbow River. US Coast Guard sector St. Petersburg has always had jurisdiction of this vessels COI. Changing the area of operation is relatively easy and straight forward but keep in mind the USCG will only approve this boat to operate in protected waters, rivers, creeks, lakes and harbors.
The boat is eco-friendly being powered by an electric motor just as she was originally in 1934. The 48-volt commercial Ray Electric Motor operates at nearly zero cost to you which means more profits. Brand new batteries 10 months ago. Brand new bottom paint and EPDM roof was also just recoated. You will never need gas, oil or maintenance. It charges overnight just like a golf cart and operates for up to 70 miles on one charge. Same motors currently used at Silver Springs on their newer boats. This boat has been constantly maintained and never neglected.
She's 30 feet LOA, a 9'-2" beam, needs a minimum of 2 feet of water to operate in, 7-foot air draft with hatch down.
A custom-built $10k tri-axle trailer from National Trailers is included in this sale. Trailer has less than 500 miles on it. The boat includes all up to date safety equipment to start running tours immediately.
This is a true piece of history and a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire her.
Survey prior to obtaining the COI was $125k and obtaining the COI cost was quite expensive. Agreed insurance value is the same, and we have much more than $145k invested in it. The boat has a Florida title and is also a US Documented vessel.
If you want to make good money in the tour business and want to set yourself aside from every other ordinary boat, look no further, this is it. With limited time we operated this tour business on weekends only and had 90% passenger capacity booked every weekend weather pending and averaged $10k a month gross.
She is now hauled out and is safely dry stored and will remain that way until sold. If water clarity in your area isn’t great it doesn’t really affect the tours. Our passengers booked because of the historical/unique nature of the boat. It was sometimes shocking how far away our passengers traveled to be on her. We already had bookings into 2021 because she’s so unique.
You, along with a good location and more time will see the true income potential. A real money maker.
Just reduced to $79,000. Please, serious inquires only, this is a great deal.
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