Is the only charter fishing boat on
the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, annually inspected and certified
the U. S.
Coast Guard (not the C.G. Auxiliary, and there's a big difference).
Where every other charter boat is limited to carry no more than six
passengers, A.B.'s Office, with
a length of 30 feet and a beam of 12
feet, is licensed to
carry up to 15 passengers, plus captain and mate. This does away with
necessity to charter two boats for groups of more than six anglers,
saving the group a good deal of money and greatly adding to the
camaraderie of the outing.
the eyes of discriminating sportsmen, "A.B's
OFFICE" stands alone as
showboat of the 1000 Islands." The charter
boat was custom built to the demanding specifications of 1000 Islands Fishing
Capt. Allen Benas. Based on over 30 years experience of fishing on
the St. Lawrence, it was designed expressly to meet the needs
of modern river anglers. Each season fishermen fish with the
knowing that they are fishing with the only charter service in
the 1000 Islands to earn the "Approved"
rating of the North American
Fishing Club, the
world's largest sport fishing organization.
out with the most modern navigational and sport fishing equipment, "A.B's
OFFICE" insures a fishing
long be remembered. Radar, GPS, Chart Plotter units and Loran
navigational systems allow
safe navigation in all weather conditions. State of the art color
and 3-D Sonar insure the ability to find fish, and modern radio
equipment insures world wide communication, if needed. On your
fishing trip all fishing tackle is included, some so new that it
is still in the final stages of pre marketing testing from the
the spectrum of time, life is short.
Why not treat yourself to the finest while you're enjoying it?
Especially when it saves you money!
What U.S.C.G. Certified means to you?
deceived by the term "Coast Guard inpected." Across
the United States thousands of charter boats operate on U.S.C.G.
designated "navigable waters" and may, or may not be annually inspected
by the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary.
Limited to carry
no more than six passengers, they are commonly referred to as "six
but officially as U.S.C.G.
"uninspected" vessels. Despite the impressive window
boats have only received "courtesy" inspections by C.G. Auxiliary
to check to see if the vessel has
the necessary number of life preservers (PFDs), operating lights,
anchor, etc. on board to satisfy the
legal Coast Guard and state requirements for personal pleasure
Auxiliary volunteers are neither
trained, qualified nor authorized to perform inspections on Certified
For starters, besides costing about
1/3rd more than uncertified models of the same boat, a Certified Small
Passenger Vessel, one that can
legally carry more than six passengers, like A.B.'s Office, must be
built to satisfy stringent
U.S.C.G. requirements from the keel up. Coast Guard
inspections are conducted throughout construction, beginning with the
laying of the keel, to assure
conformance to their rigid specifications. Such specifications include
specially built heavy duty fiberglass entombed aluminun fuel tanks,
additional, larger fire extinguishers and under
deck fixed automatic fire surpression systems, special heavy duty
wiring and hoses,
commercial grade PFDs, electric and manual back-up bilge pumps in all
watertight compartments and most of all, a hull built with special fire
fiberglass. Construction is followed by an extensive stability test
before Certification is issued.
Following passage of the final inspection
the vessel is declared officially "Certified" to perform its duties
authority of the Certification. Every year thereafter the vessel must
undergo a rigid and expensive inspection by the U.S.C.G. Marine Safety
Detachment (ours is located in Massena, NY near Seaway Control) to
assure passengers that the vessel is in compliance with those
standards and thus, Certified to perform its designated service.
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