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Old 06-05-2011, 03:46 PM
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anybody have experience with selling food from a boat as a part-time business kind of thing? We live around Alabama/Florida coastline, there are a couple of popular hangout spots that we think we could sell good fresh cooked food to...
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There used to be a pontoon boat, 40+/- years ago, on the upper Chesapeake selling hot dogs, hamburgers, pit beef, sodas and all the stuff that goes along with that type of food/drink. It was set up like a lunch wagon you would see on construction sites.
It would anchor up at the major hang outs.

Where are you considering this?
What license will be required?

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Great idea man. I like to hear of people thinking outside the box.
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If you decide to take on that business make sure your liability (general and product) and property damage insurance is up to par as you can be an easy target for a law suit.
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There's a girl here is charleston who sells wraps and boiled peanuts from a cooler on her jet ski. She has a few people helping her so she must be doing ok with it. Pretty inventive idea.

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There is/was one that used to anchor up in our inlet on the weekends. I ate a burger from them one time only and it was terrible. The few times we stopped to hang at the sandbar it always seemed to be busy with the drunks.
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There was a pontoon boat that used to come out to the sandbar in Stuart, FL on weekends and sell Mexican food. They had a little kitchen set up so they could keep everything cooled/warmed and cook it all. Pretty cool idea and it always seemed to have a fairly steady stream of people heading over to it.
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My fiances father used to have a 28ft pontoon boat set up with a full kitchen that ran off a generator in the back of the boat, they cooked and sold hotdogs and hamburgers. When he came up with the idea nobody in our area had done anything like it before so he and the health department kind of wrote the rules for it as they went. He did very well with it, but ended up getting out of it because it took too much time away from his boating.
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Where did he do it?


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There is also a pontoon boat in Charleston that sells ice cream.
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There is a Pontoon boat in Homosassa that comes up to the springs and sells ice cream, hot dogs, drinks, snacks, floats etc. Kids go nuts wanting ice cream when they pull up.
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Nantucket Nectars was started by two guys selling off of their graduation present (Outrage) up on Nantucket. They did fairly well for themselves in the end.
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I have a friend with a metal shop that recently rigged out a pontoon boat for food sales. They have been doing food carts for years and recently started doing step vans also. I'll see if they can send me some pictures.
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
There was a pontoon boat that used to come out to the sandbar in Stuart, FL on weekends and sell Mexican food. They had a little kitchen set up so they could keep everything cooled/warmed and cook it all. Pretty cool idea and it always seemed to have a fairly steady stream of people heading over to it.
The Krusty Krab is always there now, my daughter always hits me up for cash to get the nachos....

I have always said if I could get a liquor license for a floating bar, I could make a killing with it and some satelite tv during football season (well, maybe not this year).

Of course I would end up getting sued when someone drank to much and hurt someone else.......
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here's one that sells pizza in our bays and coves on nice days. They have girls in inflatables running orders to boats.
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that is a great business idea!!!!

I have not seen anything like this in the US in my area yet, but I have seen it in South America and it is a wonderful idea, of course they have to deal with less regulation from authorities and liabilities down there so these kind of businesses are very common.Fresh sea food and all kinds of local foods and snacks they come right to you in the sandbar, just by looking at the dang boat full of food I am usually the first sucker in line . Want ice cream? no problem, you see the guys pushing their floating ice cream carts all over the sandbar .

whether it is a canoe with a little motor or a bigger boat I am sure they do ok on busy days .
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Originally Posted by I Love Beer View Post
They have girls in inflatables running orders to boats.
Do you mean implants or little boats?
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
Do you mean implants or little boats?
how about if they serve the same function
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there is a pontoon selling ice cream, etc inside haulover on the sandbar...

Years ago the "Kon Tiki" would anchor up near the sand bar...it was a 50 +/- barge with a full bar, grill......lasted 2 years only
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We saw one selling hamburgers on the Sandbar in front of Holiday Isle in Islamorada at Easter...
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