Eagle Maritime offers 15% pay on charter sailings


NORTH MIAMI -- Eagle Maritime Inc., based here, offers 15%-commissionable charter trips of two hours to two weeks on the 68-foot schooner Eagle and other vessels.

The longer trips include the six-night Dry Tortugas Adventure Week sailing out of downtown Key West, June through August.

The schooner Eagle The cruise is priced at $525 per person, based on a minimum of 10 passengers but no more than 13. Included are food, captain and crew. The 13th passenger is free when 12 are paid for.

The schooner Eagle has three cabins and is typically chartered by three couples, families, youth groups, adventure-minded groups or corporate concerns, according to Capt. Mike Painter, who owns the vessel.

The Dry Tortugas sail allows time each day for snorkeling around coral reefs. The seven-island chain is about 70 miles west of Key West and is both a national park and a marine sanctuary.

The first day, after boarding in Key West, for example, there is snorkeling at Sand Key; the boat anchors at Boca Grande Key. The second day calls for snorkeling at Rebecca Shoal, trolling for grouper and mahi mahi, and a tour of pre-Civil War Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. Other points visited are Garden Key, Bird Island (where there is a barbecue), Loggerhead Key, Cosgrove Shoal and, on the final night, a choice of Pelican Shoal or Key West.

Agents can book pre- and post stays in Key West in conjunction with the sailing. Capt. Mike Painter heads Eagle Maritime, which has been offering charters since 1994.

Another six-night sailing is from Miami to Bimini and is priced the same as the Key West-Dry Tortugas cruises. Day trips around Greater Miami, the shortest option, can take up to 40 passengers. In Miami, the Eagle is boarded at the Biscayne Bay Marriott Marina, 1633 N. Bayshore Drive.

Eagle Maritime
Phone: (800) 593-7245

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