Why in the world would a teetotaler be enthused about purchasing a floating tiki bar? When people all over northeast Florida know you as the Boatanista, perhaps it simply goes with the territory.
“When I first saw the Cruisin Tiki bar on a news video I knew immediately that I had to have one,” said Lisa “The Boatanista” Almeida. “I haven’t seen anything like this in Jacksonville. This will be a fun and hip addition to our local scene.”
Almeida, owner of Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville, expects to take delivery of her unique new watercraft Thursday (Aug. 11). The octagon-shaped Cruisin Tiki, complete with thatched roof and bar stools, was designed by Fort Lauderdale-based engineer, Greg Darby. The Cruisin Tiki relies on a base of 55-gallon drums to provide stability and maintain a smooth ride.