Seaplane Charters: Plan Your Destination
FAQs: Plan Your Destination
Let your imagination be your guide. We can arrange day trips in The U.S., the Bahamas or the Caribbean for some cool sightseeing or sporting adventures: windsurfing, snorkeling, picnicking on deserted beaches, checking out the fall foliage, getting off the beaten track. When we say you can plan your own destination or your own trip, we mean it. Do you want to have a seaplane follow your yacht around for a month in the Caribbean? Do you want to take a scenic week long trip down the intracoastal waterway? How about ten days on ten different islands in the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Give us your dreams and we will try and make them a reality.
There are some restrictions that apply to seaplanes both in the U.S. and in other countries. Certain states restrict seaplane operations on some local waterways such as reservoirs. Special permission may be required to travel between some countries. Call us with your ideas and we will see what is possible.
Weight is a major factor in determining an airplane’s range. Most small aircraft can’t carry full fuel and a full load of passengers and bags. With full fuel our seaplanes can fly about 4 hours (600 miles) between stops; with full passenger that is reduced to 2 hours (about 300 miles). Most seaplane trips are two hours or less, which is really as long as anyone wants to be sitting on an airplane with no bathroom facilities and no room to move around. Fortunately most of the routes we fly are only about 30 to 40 minutes long.
Our commuter aircraft seat a pilot plus nine passengers, or two pilots plus eight passengers. Our executive aircraft have four to six passenger seats. Again, weight is a determining factor. On longer trips we may be limited to six passengers or fewer.
Again, weight is a determining factor (Are you beginning to see a pattern here?) if you are a group of four adults or have small children, we can probably carry all the baggage you will need. If you are eight professional football players, plan to pack lightly. We do not carry anything that is regulated as “Hazardous Material” or “Dangerous Goods” by any government authority. If you are contemplating carrying surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, etc., call us for more information.
Dogs and cats are permitted, but they should be in carriers. This goes for pet iguanas too! If you have a service dog, or a larger pet that can not fit in a carrier, call us to discuss options.
Where do you want to go? Shoreline Aviation already provides service to hundreds of destinations in the Northeastern U.S., The Bahamas, and the Caribbean, but there are lots of interesting places that are not on our list. If you have a special request, we can arrange a customized itinerary for a day, a week, a month, or more. Choose your own adventure!
You might spend a day exploring remote beaches in The Bahamas, windsurfing in the BVI, visiting your kids at summer camp, or chasing the Fall foliage in New England. Charter a yacht for a week or a month, we can follow you wherever you go and provide easy access for guests and provisions. Island hop from one resort destination to another, and when you’re ready to move on, we can whisk you away to your next romantic hideaway. If you’re finally building your dream home on that private island, we can arrange a seaplane shuttle to deliver workers and supplies on a daily or weekly basis.
Shoreline Aviation’s seaplanes are available for photo shoots, commercials, TV shows, and movies. We can arrange short or long-term contracts to meet your needs. Once you choose the destination, we’ll do the research and do our best to make it happen.