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Best Boat Charters in Charleston
2021

Why These Boat Charters?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Charleston Boat Charters on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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All In One Charters

All In One Charters is a locally owned and operated saltwater fishing tour company operating in the Charleston, South Carolina, metro area. It focuses on customizable wildlife, scenic, historic, and adventure boat tours. The two-hour tours feature licensed and certified U.S. Coast Guard Maritime captains that are fully insured by local guides. Other options include inshore, nearshore, and offshore charters that target trout, flounder, black Seabass, sharks, red drum, cobia, and spadefish.

Charleston, SC 29406

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Angler Management

Angler Management in Charleston is owned and operated by Captain Frye, a member of the Coastal Conservation Association, the South Carolina Saltwater Sportsmen Association, The Recreational Fishing Alliance, and the Stono River Fishing Club. He offers customized fishing charters and harbor tours with discounts for fire, police, and military personnel. His 25 years of experience ensures a first class adventure.

Charleston, SC 29412

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Charleston Sailing Adventures

Charleston Sailing Adventures sails from downtown Charleston on a 27-foot Stiletto catamaran sailboat and offers a 90-minute Dolphin Eco Sail for six passengers. Rates for adults are $42 and $26 for children. A Fourth of July Fireworks Sail is $75 per person for adults only. Small and medium dogs are welcome as long as they bring their own doggie life jacket. On-line booking and gift certificates are available.

Charleston, SC 29401

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Drum Runner Charters

Drum Runner Charters in Charleston focuses on family and fly fishing tours. The Drum Runner is a 24-foot Sea Pro bay boat accommodating up to 6 passengers. A second option is the Miss Emilie, a 17-foot Silver King flats boat “designed for stalking redfish or chasing tailing reds” with three passengers aboard. The latest fish-finding, navigation, and safety equipment outfit each vessel. The company provides all tackle and rates begin at $450.

Charleston, SC 29407

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Harborview Charters

Harborview Charters in Charleston invites guests to “go boating like a local” on the Island Siren, a 32-foot Beachcat accommodating a maximum of 26 passengers or a 23-foot Sea Pro Bay with room for six. The 2-hour Dolphin Watch tour costs $32 for adults and $22 for children. The Low Tide Shelling Expedition provides guests the opportunity to search for sea glass, whelks, pottery, and starfish. The captain has logged 15 years of active duty in the US Coast Guard and is an expert in marine safety search and rescue.

Charleston, SC 29401

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SeaQuest Boat Rentals

SeaQuest Boat Rentals in Charleston invites experienced boaters to “be their own captain.” The company offers fully equipped boats, navigational tips, and charts for fishing, dolphin viewing, or touring. Three boat models are available for six to 10 passengers with rates varying by boat size and the hours of use. Discounts are provided for verified boat owners or those with a Coast Guard approved boat safety certificate.

Charleston, SC 29403

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Sister City Cruises

Sister City Cruises in Charleston operates from the MaryTime, a 30-foot Back Cove Downeast-style boat or the Cheers Patty, a 20-foot Dauntless Boston Whaler. Customized overnight cruises on the MaryTime are available for parties of six or less. The Cheers Patty with her small size and low draft provides access to “the jewels of the Lowcountry” found in narrow, shallow creeks. A three-hour Happy Hour Cruise launches Monday through Friday. Specialty cruises include the Watercraft Beer Tasting Cruise at $65 per person or the Full Moon Cruise for $200.

Daniel Island, SC 29492

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Southern Drawl Yacht Charters

Southern Drawl Yacht Club based in Isle of Palms customizes charters to celebrate special occasions including weddings, anniversaries, and parties. Fishing charters have been offered since 1996. The Southern Drawl holds US Coast Guard Certification to carry 49 passengers plus crew. Rates are dependent on the level of service with dockside events beginning at $750 to fully crewed underway events from $500 to $1,500 per hour. The company donates $100 from every charter to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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The Schooner Pride

The Schooner Pride is an 84-foot tall ship modeled after an 18th Century coastal trading schooner hosting non-narrated public tours in Charleston. Private tour packages are available for your special events. The Pride has certification for 49 passengers by the US Coast Guard. Trip Advisor awarded them the 2016 Certificate of Excellence. Customer comments include “brought our small dog,” “helped hoist the sails,” and “if you want an out of the ordinary kind of date, then this is the perfect thing.”

Charleston, SC 29403

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