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Public cruises resume from Boca

Guests sitting by the pool and outside bar at the Waterstone Resort & Marina Thursday afternoon saw a yacht coming down the Boca Inlet.

A 42-footer pulled up beside the hotel at the sign Palm Breeze Charters. That’s a sign both charters like this and public catamaran cruises have resumed from the Waterstone and private Beach Club across the way.

“We have the two 55-foot catamarans Coast Guard certified for 49 passengers,” said Holly Sauer, co-owner of Boca-based Palm Breeze Charters. “We depart from the Waterstone and for members and guests of the Beach Club.”

They also plan to resume Mother and Father’s Days cruises from the hotel in May and June.

The business has been arranging private yacht and fishing charters and excursions for years, first as Air & Sea and since 1992 as Palm Breeze Charters. They operate as far south as Miami and Key Biscayne to Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale and as far north as Jupiter and Palm Beach.  https://www.palmbreezecharters.com/

Now they’re back in Boca as of two weeks ago, offering two- and three-hour public cruises, including sunset cruises and always weather permitting. The sunset sails are 6 to 8 p.m.

“Our itinerary is the open ocean, so it depends on the weather,” Sauer said. Rates start at $85 a passenger for adults and $65 for children 12 and younger for two-hour cruises and group family discounts apply, she said. The adult rates include wine and beer.

There are four seating areas on the cats. “You can take a section by yourself if you want to social distance. You’re outside and there’s fresh air throughout the cabin,” Sauer said. “The catamaran is the perfect boat for what’s going on today in the world.”

The company also operates private boat charters for weddings, anniversaries, bar and bat mitzvahs and other celebrations. “People can have the whole boat to themselves as a family charter. We’re in our own little bubble,” she said.

For parties with younger passengers, they arrange rides on an inflatable with a captain, 17-foot lily pads for water play and small watercraft like kayaks.

The company has 25 years of experience, she noted. “We do corporate events like team building and we’ve done sailing regattas,” said Sauer, whose business partner is Charles Mount.

By Marci Shatzman

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