Key West Charter Fishing About us
Over some fifty years of fishing Captain Jim has built and fished more than forty boats. In 1990 Capt Jim met with Claude Torres in Key West. Claude was building a 43-foot fiberglass hull with wheelhouse and flying bridge. Rumor has it that the hull was designed after the Norseman Hull built in Miami for many years. The Norsemen was made of wood a hard chime-planning hull planked with mahogany. It was known for speed and sea worthiness for many years. Claude Torres fiberglass boats were built for the commercial fisherman in Key West and the Lower Keys. They stood the test of time and the ruff sea's encountered in the winter cold fronts west of Key West and Dry Tortugas. In time the Torres Boats became popular as sport fishing boats with more than 200 boats fishing from New York to Texas.
The Finished product
The Sea Boots is truly a remarkable vessel. She cruises at 21 knots burning 20 gallons of fuel per hour and only drawing 30 inches of water while planning. The shallow draft was accomplished with a tunnel built into the hull; it also reduced the shaft angle to 6 degrees. Most boats have a shaft angle of 10 to 12 degrees. The lower shaft angle results in more foreword thrust. Front windows were eliminated to remove the risk of sudden bad weather and ruff seas entering the wheel house area and flooding causing the center of gravity to suddenly raise. A self bailing cock pit with 14 inch scuppers were designed to shed water quickly in the even of a wave breaking into the cock pit. Seven water tight bulkheads with automatic pumps guard against hull breach. Low profile tuna tower with extra strong bracing gaurdes against sudden micro burst of wind around bad weather. These design features come from Capt. Jim's more than fifty years of experience in the Florida Straights were 80 to 100 mile-an-hour wind bursts around thunder storms are common at certain times of the year. An 8.5 KW Northern Lights generator powers all the comforts of home including air conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, etc. The spacious flying bridge will seat comfortably all six anglers under a large shade top this is important to catch those cool summer breezes and to watch the action in the baits. The tuna tower extending some twenty-six feet above the water (employees only) enables the captain to spot game fish swimming near the surface for sight casting with live bait. Big dolphin, sailfish and cobia are the target at certain times of the year. In summary the Sea Boots offers anglers the maximum in creature comforts with lots of cool and comfortable seating, the best offshore light tackle from spin to trolling rods and reels. The captain and mate are friendly, knowledgeable and professional with 130 years of experience between the two.
Come and experience the difference.