As one of the nation’s most historic cities and Travel + Leisure’s #1 destination in the world, there truly is no place like Charleston to celebrate the 4th of July. Several epic fireworks displays take place around the Holy City, and in true Lowcountry fashion, most of them are set right on the water. If you’re ready to have the best seats in the house for your 4th of July in Charleston, here are six reasons why you need to hop on a boat:

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  1. Views that will make your Instagram followers jealous. One of the best and biggest fireworks shows…

From the Florida Keys all the way to Bar Harbor, Maine, the East Coast is full of beautiful boating destinations. Many of these waterside spots don’t make the usual tourist lists, but thanks to HOBA, local boat captains are ready to help you explore whenever you want. Download the free app, hop on a boat, and get ready to check these 10 hidden gems off your bucket list!

Three Island Paradise: Discover Homes Miami

Three Island Paradise: Situated in Biscayne Bay just outside of Miami, “Three Island Paradise” is comprised of North Bay Village, Harbor Island, and Treasure Island. The islands are primarily residential, making them…


Memorial Day Weekend is officially here, which means it’s time to celebrate summer! Whether you’re traveling to coastal destinations like Charleston or Miami or you live by the water year-round, this three-day weekend is the perfect chance to hop on a boat, soak up some sun, and kickoff our favorite season.

If you’re ready to have an epic party boat adventure this weekend, but not sure how to make it happen, you only need to do two things:

Download the free HOBA app.

HOBA is an on-demand boating app that helps you book private charters at the touch of a button. …


Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this year, why not swap the wrapping paper and cards for an experience your mom will cherish forever?

While traditional gifts like flowers, jewelry, and clothing are great, a recent survey by ForbesWoman showed that most moms would actually prefer the chance to spend time with their family.

And this preference is actually backed up by scientific research. According to a study in the Journal of Psychological Science, experiences provide more lasting happiness than material goods — the excitement of buying a physical item fades away quickly, while the memory of an…


We know there are plenty of reasons, but the Spring weather in Charleston could easily be why we keep ranking as a top city in the world. Anyone who’s been here from March to May can count on sunny days, highs in the low 80s, and none of the sweltering summertime humidity. And when you pair that perfect weather with our easy access to rivers, creeks, and the ocean, it’s almost impossible not to hop on a boat.

These 14 upcoming outdoor events are the perfect opportunity to book a HOBA ride and enjoy all that springtime in Charleston has…


Here’s the thing. As a charter boat captain, you’re actually in the hospitality industry. Yes, you’re a professional boater, but in many ways, you’re also filling the role of tour guide, host, event coordinator, bar owner, cleaner…the list goes on. And just like with hospitality businesses, customers who have a good experience are much more likely to leave you amazing reviews, book you again, or even refer you to their friends and family.

As the owner of your own boating business, you have full control over creating your customer experience. …


Longer days, plenty of sunshine, and temps hitting the 70s and 80s? Yep, Springtime is officially in full-swing in Charleston and Miami. With such beautiful weather and easy access to water, we don’t blame you if you want to spend every day out on a boat. With HOBA’s on-demand charters, you have little-to-no excuse not to be on the water, but if you need a bit of justification, here are five good reasons why you should be on a boat as soon as possible:

  1. Your doctor wants you to do it. Seriously, we called her and she prescribed a boat…


On-demand boating app makes private charters available to all

Pre-registration has officially begun for HOBA, a new Charleston-based boating application that deems itself the “Uber of boating.” Short for “Hop on a Boat Anywhere,” the on-demand mobile application promises to change the way captains, locals, and tourists ride around town.

Unlike traditional ride-sharing apps, the HOBA experience can be customized and scheduled according to the users’ needs. HOBA allows users find a boating captain using filters based on time, location and price.

Founder David Yates, who has 15 years of captain experience and over 40 years of fishing experience on…


Many boat owners are missing out on opportunities to earn extra cash (or make a living), letting their craft sit at a marina unused or setting sail without any paying passengers along for the ride. Captain’s licenses are required to legally carry “passengers for hire” — essentially, having a license enables you to book charters for things like fishing, sightseeing, or getting around town on the water. And once you have your captain’s license, you can register for HOBA and instantly turn your boat into a business at the touch of a button.

While it might seem like an overwhelming…


Is your boat sinking a hole in your bank account? Do you have your captain’s license, but customers don’t seem to be sailing your way? Coastal cities like Charleston and Miami are the perfect place to turn your boat into a business, and with a bit of creativity, you’ll have tourists and locals alike ready to hop aboard. Whether you just got your captain’s license or you’ve had it for years, offering more personalized and unique boating experiences will quickly attract customers who are tired of the traditional charter cruise with strangers. …

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Hop On a Boat Anywhere with the Uber of Boating. HOBA lets users book a boat trip on demand and helps boat captains grow their business.

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