OSPREY was built in 2016 right here in the USA and is the first of our prototype excursion boats. She is a 32-foot, 500 horsepower rigid inflatable boat (RIB), one of very few US Coast Guard inspected RIBs here in the US. RIBs are used by military, rescue and security services worldwide, and by tour and excursion operators throughout Canada, the UK and Europe. They're not common in the US because most boatbuilders and owners find it very difficult to comply with the Coast Guard's rigorous design, construction, testing and inspection requirements. OSPREY is the only RIB operating in Florida as a US Coast Guard inspected tour and excursion vessel. Designed to military and rescue standards, she was built and equipped specifically for adventure tourism.
OSPREY rides like a much bigger boat, lively but very stable. Her inflatable tubes deflect most spray and act as shock absorbers for the entire boat. With space for up to 16 guests + 4 crew, she can easily accommodate most families and many small groups. Seating is a mix of saddle-style pod seats and traditional benches. Splash-proof storage is provided for personal items and all seats have a great view. Even the stern bench is a terrific spot to sightsee and take photos, plus it gets the most shade on the boat! A bluetooth sound system with SIRIUS is available, and we can use it to listen to underwater wildlife on certain excursions. Twin dive ladders make re-boarding easy, and each ladder has a freshwater shower. Towels are provided.
OSPREY is equipped with emergency communication and navigation gear by ACR, ICOM and GARMIN, as well as automatic fire detection and suppression. We carry portable fire extinguishers, emergency signaling, first aid/first responder and man overboard gear in excess of USCG requirements. Grab handles are provided throughout the vessel to make riding safe and moving around easy. Crew are American Red Cross trained and certified for pediatric and adult first aid/CPR/AED. All guests and crew are required to wear life vests when onboard and when participating in certain off-boat activities. We provide USCG-approved automatic inflatable life vests for adults, and foam vests for kids under 16. Come join the fun on Florida's only USCG certified RIB ride!