"A.B's OFFICE" : Is the only charter fishing boat on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, annually inspected and certified by 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 the 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.

In the eyes of discriminating sportsmen, "A.B's OFFICE" stands alone as the "fishing showboat of the 1000 Islands." The charter boat was custom built to the demanding specifications of 1000 Islands Fishing Charters owner 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 reassurance of 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.

Fitted out with the most modern navigational and sport fishing equipment, "A.B's OFFICE" insures a fishing trip to 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 manufacturer.

    In 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?

Don't be 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 pack" boats but officially  as  U.S.C.G. "uninspected" vessels. Despite the impressive window stickers, these boats have only received "courtesy" inspections by C.G. Auxiliary volunteers 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 craft. U.S.C.G. Auxiliary volunteers are neither trained, qualified nor authorized to perform inspections on Certified vessels.
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 underdeck watertight compartments and most of all, a hull built with special fire retardent 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 within the 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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