Getting hungry on the water? ‘Chicken Buoy’ can help
Bermudian teenager Nicholas Lines dreaded the thought of any ordinary summer job. He wanted to do something “interesting”, dreaming of making extra cash, doing something he loved and acting as his own boss.
Lines, inseparable from his boat, considered ideas of services he could provide while on the water.
According to his mother, Sharon Lines, Nicholas “saw a niche in the weekend and holiday boating scene” and came up with the idea of delivering chicken from KFC, water and ice to boats, raft-ups or docks for a premium price.
Nicholas noted: “I thought of the idea for the business in May and turned it into reality as early as June.”
He quickly partnered with his cousin Grenville Lines and Johnny Alves to create his delivery service.
And he soon took steps to make his business a reality, spreading the word of his delivery service and soon calls and requests began coming in.
He chose to deliver on weekends when “business is booming” and knew that was the time he would “maximise his profits”.
The entrepreneur noted that his weekend business was slow at first as boaters often “questioned whether it was a real business” but as the summer has progressed more and more people have begun buying from Chicken Buoy.
Lines uses his 100 horsepower Catamaran Seagull boat for deliveries and helps him deliver to customers quickly.
Chicken Buoy makes most deliveries to anchored boats and raft-ups in Paradise Lakes and Mangrove Bay.
Asked what he planned for his business next summer, Lines said: “I think I would like to be even more serious about it. This summer was more of a trial run whereas next summer will be more professional. I am looking forward to what is to come.”
To make a weekend order from Chicken Buoy, boaters can call 703-BUOY.