Captain banking on Intracoastal taxis

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A veteran riverboat captain hopes to make waves with a new business along Fort Lauderdale's waterways: A river taxi that, just like land-based ones, operates on demand and door-to-door. "They do it in Venice, ...
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X LAUDERDALE

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Oct 29, 2007
 
He must be new to town.That idea is DOA.I thought the water taxi was a great idea when I lived there.Used it a grand total of 3 times over about 4yrs.Wish him well.Hope he did'nt bet the ranch.
Party on the water

Boynton Beach, FL

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Oct 30, 2007
 
patrickfll

Hialeah, FL

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Oct 30, 2007
 
I will use the water taxi service.
cool

Clearwater, FL

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#5
Oct 30, 2007
 
i'd take it ==especially if i want to go out drinking. also it would be fun to take shopping.. a little get away. and his prices are reasonable.
its time

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 30, 2007
 

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Bob Beckoff is a, well, I cant put it in writing, he would would sell his mothers soul to make a dollar. I have one piece of advice for the NEW WATER TAXI, watch out for Beckoffs sabatoage. Dont put political posters on your boat, cause you might not be able to lie your way out of it the way Beckoff does. I hope that you do well, the service is needed. Good luck!
Ozz

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#7
Oct 30, 2007
 
New water taxi in Broward promises: We'll be cheaper than land crabs!
Zero

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 30, 2007
 
I think if I were him, I would begin bankruptcy proceedings now!
is it just me

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#9
Oct 30, 2007
 
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVES ON THE WATER HAVE BOATS TOURIST WILL TAKE HE WATER BUS GOOD LUCK WATER BUS 2

Since: Sep 07

Miami, FL

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#10
Oct 30, 2007
 
I would include the Pompano area, Port Royale Apartment complex, the park behind the new Wyndham for the beach hotels, and the Marina on Atlantic Blvd.
Terrific News

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#11
Oct 30, 2007
 
We have very much missed the Downtowner's water taxi and Shirt Tail Charlies water taxi.
Homeowners along the New River are very glad to once again have the option to get to Las Olas, etc., via water taxi.
We'll do our best to keep them busy.
Tom from Hollywood

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#12
Oct 30, 2007
 
People that risk their time and money to start a legal business are what makes the country great. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Good luck with the new service.
Ralph Kramden

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#13
Oct 30, 2007
 
Somebody needs to set up a boat that does nothing but transport people from the south side of the river to the north at Andrews Avenue or Third Avenue. Walking up and over the bridge is too exhausting and parking downtown is outrageous. This would let Sailboat Bend and Tarpon River residents frequent restaurants on both sides of the river.
Ann

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#14
Oct 30, 2007
 
It is about time that someone else takes the waterways! I lived in Ft. Lauderdale for years and utlized the water taxi service. It was not the most customer friendly experience. Mostly from the corporate office when trying to give them business. I wished at that time there would have been someone else who would have appreciated my business.
Dave

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Oct 30, 2007
 
To bad he dont go up to Pompano, I would use it.
someone in plantation

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Oct 30, 2007
 
isn't Bob Bekoff a nice guy??
Nemo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 30, 2007
 
Good luck, captain. Don't want to sound negative, but I just did the math.

Each run will take 30-40 minutes. If you're busy with calls back to back and each averages 3 people (generous)that's about 5-6 customers per hour. If you're able to run a 15 hour full schedule, that's maybe 90 fares per day, per boat.

Running at 80% of full schedule, that's only 70 fares per day, per boat.

A $15 fare will give you about $1,000 per day, gross. In reality, You'll probably gross under $700 due to weather, off peak days, etc.

Figure in payroll costs, fuel costs, dock fees, boat payments, maintenance, insurance, licensing and taxes, advertising,.....

Like I said, good luck!
CaptRon

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#19
Oct 30, 2007
 
Zero wrote:
I think if I were him, I would begin bankruptcy proceedings now!
Unfortunately I think you're right. Two boats don't add up to a viable on-demand service.

BTW, writer of article, water taxis' have NOT been running for "decades."
Helio

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#20
Oct 30, 2007
 
I think they could have used a better photo for the lead on this story.
The one they have looks like the guy is getting ready to sail in a storm.
Carlton Moore-ON

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#21
Oct 30, 2007
 
Now lookie here. They am be taking food stamps?
Tony

Miami, FL

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#22
Oct 30, 2007
 
Spending $100k on each boat renovating them?

Only gone have two boats?
He would not be able to absorb fluctuations with that few boats.

people gone get pissed of if waiting more than 1hour and never call him again.

Could this business be willable, but only if startup cost is less than $50k

how much is investing in it?, is it his money, investors or even worse the tax payers?

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