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Old 01-02-2021, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by bumpye View Post
They had one up in our area off of Marblehead Mass. I think it was called the Rockmore. Basically a house boat with a kitchen and some tables and chairs. Serving burgers and sandwiches, beer, etc. It was popular for a while, some complained it was expensive but then I heard they had some issues with the Board of Health and they shut down.
I had some good times on the Rockmore! I was sad when it went away. There were always a bunch of really big fat stripers circling it, hoping for dropped food.
Old 01-02-2021, 06:00 PM
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I imagine that lots of people have already thought about this. If there aren't plenty of people doing it now, there is probably a reason for it.
Old 01-02-2021, 06:17 PM
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Check out Pizza Pi in the USVI. They run an moored "pizza boat" seven days a week about 3/4 from St. Thomas next to Epstein's larger island. It has been successful for many years.
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Already some on the lakes I frequent. As others said, do not deliver. Have them come to you and set up in a central location. Busy past of the area. Making a “killing” is different for everyone. So I have no input as to that part. We use the service from time to time. I have always felt like the ones I have used didn’t charge enough.
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Originally Posted by Al Czervik View Post
I always thought a barge converted into a strip club would make a killing.
Gross
Old 01-02-2021, 07:46 PM
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Funny this topic came up. After seeing one up near Homosassa I looked into something as a weekend gig in St. Pete or Tampa bay. I called around a lot and no one wanted to take responsibility for any permits or licensing. I'd call a city like Tampa, Ruskin or St Pete, and they would tell me I had to go through the county. I called Pinellas and Hillsborough county. Both said since no part of the business operates on land that I needed to go through the USCG. I contacted the CG and FWC, both said I had to go through the counties or cities..... after days of trying I backed off the idea until I could formulate a business plan, and scout (fish) the areas I thought about. I decided the land based guys were much smarter as it's easier to get the customers in mass to come to you.
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Several have tried with pontoon boats at the very popular haulover sandbar, they come and go , maybe a hassle with health department
inspections, license ??
Old 01-03-2021, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by bumpye View Post
They had one up in our area off of Marblehead Mass. I think it was called the Rockmore. Basically a house boat with a kitchen and some tables and chairs. Serving burgers and sandwiches, beer, etc. It was popular for a while, some complained it was expensive but then I heard they had some issues with the Board of Health and they shut down.
Like the Willie T in BVI! Floating restaurant/bar in the harbor. Good times!
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Originally Posted by elydoug View Post
Like the Willie T in BVI! Floating restaurant/bar in the harbor. Good times!
Foxy's and Willie'Ts in the BVI are fun places. There are pizza, snack and ice cream boats all over the US and also full restaurants like the 1924 Pilot Schooner that operates in Brooklyn (never been to it) that is currently on the hard in Mystic Seaport getting winter repairs. Some of this concepts work for awhile, some not at all and are gone in a season. If I was considering going in this direction, I would study all of the entertainment and food options in the location I was targeting and talk to many potential customers to determine if there are enough patrons who what what you are offering. The biggest mistake I have seen when opening a small business of this type that people make IMHO is that they think they need to study who they believe the competition is and overly concern themselves with what everyone else many be doing. The best use of capital is one finding the right people and place (in that order) to make your dream happen. There is certainly more to being successful, however in order to get to your goal you need to really focus on sharing your passion for the business plan with employees (even if you one have one) and execution of your idea to the very best of your ability. 100% in on a ok business idea is a much better recipe for success than <100% in on a excellent and well financed business plan which almost always results in higher failure rates.
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I thought of this too.... sell food, ice, beer and bait 40 miles out. Moor a big helium balloon off the boat so people can see you for 20 miles around. Hookers only available outside the territorial waters.
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https://www.facebook.com/koolbeanscapecod/

This guy is on Waquiot bay in Cape Cod. My kids love it, too bad he takes credit cards now as we can't use the excuse we forgot cash!

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Originally Posted by Manoverboard123 View Post
Alright, this is probably going to get some laughs, but I have been thinking about this off and on for about a year now. I think its something someone can make good business with if they were willing to do it..

Kind of like a food truck, but on the water.. The fishermen/boater would call you, tell you what they want, and you have a grill on the boat to cook it up, they give you their location, and you bring it to them. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think someone could make a killing off of that. All you need is a propane grill, few coolers full of burgers and hot dogs and what not, cooler of sodas, and a boat.. Get a wrap on the boat that has your number and "The Food Boat" on the side.

Again, probably going to get some laughs. Kind of funny myself.... But I do think if someone did do this, they could make business. Wondering what y'all think?

You mean similar to the Cuttyhunk (MA) Harbor Raw Bar boat?
Cuttyhunk Shellfish, Inc. ? HARBOR RAW BAR

Or here's an Italian version of restaurant food delivery to anchored boats in 1 area.
https://www.barcheamotore.com/foodinghy/?lang=en

And this is a good article about and anchored pizza-cooking boat at St Thomas where boaters dinghy over to pick up pies. Check the name of the boat.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...-the-caribbean

Clearly the customer base would have to be in a very popular transient-boat harbor , not just anywhere outside one. And would be highly dependent on decent weather, .... and more small powerboats than small sailboats .
Now if you could just get a beer & wine license and fuel delivery permitting as well.... . And fresh live bait, & ice ! And.....
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Originally Posted by Firecat1981 View Post
Funny this topic came up. After seeing one up near Homosassa I looked into something as a weekend gig in St. Pete or Tampa bay. I called around a lot and no one wanted to take responsibility for any permits or licensing. I'd call a city like Tampa, Ruskin or St Pete, and they would tell me I had to go through the county. I called Pinellas and Hillsborough county. Both said since no part of the business operates on land that I needed to go through the USCG. I contacted the CG and FWC, both said I had to go through the counties or cities..... after days of trying I backed off the idea until I could formulate a business plan, and scout (fish) the areas I thought about. I decided the land based guys were much smarter as it's easier to get the customers in mass to come to you.
I think you are overthinking it.

Food trucks operate under mobile concession unit,mobile is mobile.

The health department is sanitary based,3 compartment sink with drain board.

Hot and cold running water and refrigeration at proper temps.

Food safety certification.

They do not care about anything else.

You could register it as a mobile concession business and get your tax certificate using your home address.

Nobody else inspects food trucks or mobile vending units but the state health department and the fire marshal if you have a hood and fire suppression.

Nobody else cares about anything outside of their scope.

For that matter I have a shaved ice kiosk,put it on a pontoon boat with a small generator and you are ready to go and hang out at the sand bar.

.28 in costs and they sell for $3.50 to $4.00

The truck and the equipment is what gets licensed,not weather it floats or not and no where does it specify it cannot float.
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Originally Posted by CMP View Post
I always wanted to convert a big old transport into a floating "general store" and roam around the Northeast canyons. Bait tanks, tackle, food, beer, booze, a place for small boat fishermen to crash out and since yer in federal water, hookers, massages and gaming tables...
I can tell you that on some of the slow days I've had out at the canyons your General Store would have been a welcome sight to my eyes...
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There's one in Savannah, GA called Burger Boat. It's been around for a few years and cooks food fresh when you order it. Seen it at the sandbar or tied up at a few different local marinas.
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Burger Boat sounds good - bet the grease FUMES on the water smells goood!

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