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How We Select Fishing Charters

Written by Capt. Noah on Friday, 31 May 2013. Posted in Fishing Boats

The VIP Fishing Charters Review Process

How We Select Fishing Charters

As you browse through our VIP Fishing Charters site, you'll see that we list fishing boats for each city we operate in. Although this may appear to be another fishing charter directory site, ours works much differently.

Every boat listed on our site has been scrutinized by one of our fishing charter experts. Most of the time, the review process starts with our current network of guides, captains, industry colleagues, and customers. That means that almost every referral we get, comes from someone we already have a relationship with and trust. We feel that this is the best type of recommendation since our current Captains are vested in making good recommendations that will reflect positively on them.

Once we've identified a charter operation, we then conduct an extensive review of the operation. This includes reading customer reviews online, comments on social media, and reports with trade organizations like the Better Business Bureau. We also employ "secret shoppers" who contact companies on our behalf and sometimes even participate in a charter to get first hand experiences.

Once the review process is complete we interview the Captain, owner and crew and whenever possible conduct an in person boat inspection to make sure the operation is suitable for our clients. We look for operations that meet our requirements for things like:

  • Reputation
  • Professionalism 
  • Tournament Performance
  • Captain & Crew Personality
  • Boat Location
  • Boat Apperance and Cleanliness
  • Safety Equipment
  • Insurance & Licenses

Once a charter operation has made it through the review process we list them on our site and begin referring our clients to them. We continually follow up with our clients after each trip and use the feedback we receive to help make recommendations to other clients in the future. We share client feedback, both positive and negative, to help our operators improve their businesses and enhance the experience of our future clients.

About the Author

Capt. Noah

Capt. Noah

Noah is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and PADI divemaster. He grew up in South Florida and has a passion for all things involving water. He is one of the rare bread of boaters who loves sailing and power boating. Noah sails competitvely and enjoys travelling, photography, and cooking. 


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