Paddlewheel Boat Cruises & Special Events

Fort Myers, FL
Lee County

Caloosahatchee River, Ft. Myers

Asking Price: Annual Revenue:
$1,250,000 $411,065

Recreation: Entertainment

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RE: Paddlewheel Boat Cruises & Special Events Broker: Steven Niehaus
License #: SL3338271

Quick Facts

Asking Price: $1,250,000
Annual Revenue: $411,065
Net Profit: Not Disclosed
Cash Flow: Not Disclosed
Total Debt: Not Disclosed
FF&E: $1,220,000
Real Estate: Not Disclosed
Year Established: 1996
Employees: 20
BBN Listing #: 614556894
Broker Reference #: 964-21403

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Business Overview:

Iconic paddlewheel boat has been providing a variety of cruises on the scenic Caloosahatchee River and Florida's Intercoastal Waterway. Current cruise offerings include Brunch Cruises, Luncheon Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Dinner Dance Cruises, Holiday Cruises, All-day Intercoastal Waterway Cruises, and private/special event cruises.

The 475-passenger, 92-foot excursion boat is valued at $1.14 million. The vessel has three levels and is set up for sight-seeing, dining, music and dancing. Two decks are climate controlled inside decks, and the 3rd deck is open air. Recently completed professional survey will be made available for prospective buyers.

The boat is currently docked at a growing downtown river district, near new hotels, restaurants, condominium and apartment complexes. Southwest Florida growth and post-COVID recovery should provide numerous opportunities for increased usage and growth. Many normal group outings and special events were cancelled due to COVID the past few years.

The offering also includes a 4COP liquor license. Also, the boat could be sold separately and relocated.

Business has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, Facebook, Google, Yelp, etc.

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Property Features and Assets:

The vessel is a three level excursion paddlewheeler with 475 passenger capacity. Length is 92' with 30' beam. Registered depth is 5.6' with weight of 84 net tons. Propulsion is twin V-8 Detroit Diesels. The estimated market value of the vessel is $1,140,000. Marine Survey was completed by Accredited Marine Surveyor dated April 17, 2021. The boat is docked at the Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

Market Competition and Expansion:

The "competition" is for events, sight-seeing, tourism. The southwest Florida market offers a variety of activities for visitors and residents - boating, golf, fishing, hiking, restaurants, entertainment, etc. However, there are limited offerings for waterway cruises for holidays, special events, relaxing brunch/lunch/dinner cruises, sightseeing. COVID-19 greatly impacted this business; however, business volume is recovering nicely.

Reason for Selling:


Additional Details:

  • The property is leased.
  • The owner is willing to train/assist the new owner.
  • This is not a homebased business opportunity.
  • This is not a franchise resale opportunity.

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