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Penelope Fields, New York

Captain Patrick, Wow, what a wonderful day!!!! My friends and I want to thank you for a wonderful day sailing in the 10,000 islands. Your knowledge of the wildlife, great British accent, and terrific humor reminded me of Crocodile Dundee, … Continue reading »

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What will I see?

Your experience will start right at our dock nestled against the mangroves on the edge of 10,000 Islands National Estuarine Preserve. Frequently in the morning there are fresh racoon prints on TropicBird’s deck. Mangrove crabs scuttle across the dock, ospreys … Continue reading »

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Who will lead the ecotour?

Your host will be Patrick Higgins. He’s a NAI certified Interpretive Guide, USCG licensed Captain and University of Florida accredited Master Naturalist with a combined degree in Biology & Environmental Science and over 27,000 miles experience under sail, including 4 … Continue reading »

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Does the ecotour cost less for a fewer number of people?

Unfortunately not. We provide whole boat, bespoke private charter only. This allows us to tailor each trip exactly to your interests and provide a very personal service. Along with being captained by a certified Naturalist and our base right on … Continue reading »

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How many people can my party consist of?

Your party may consist of up to 6 guests (total adults and children) for day trips. To maximise your comfort the number of guests will be reduced for any overnight charters.

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What are TropicBird’s specifications?

LOA: 33′ 6″ (10.21 m) LWL: 31′ 9″ (9.68 m) Beam: 14′ (4.27 m) Draft: 18″ to 5′ 6″ (46 cm to 1.67 m) Displacement: 8600 lbs (3900 kg) Sail Area: 690 sq ft (64 m2) Mast Height (from water): … Continue reading »

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What kind of boat is it?

TropicBird is a Gemini 105MC 34 foot sloop-rigged cruising catamaran – the World’s most successful single-design multi-hull. It was specifically designed for ‘skinny’ waters although Gemini Cats have made many long ocean passages. Incredibly we can operate in as little … Continue reading »

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How much will we sail?

Our philosophy is to go softy. We want you to enjoy the gurgle of the water sliding by and get a taste of cruising life, so we sail whenever tides and wind allow. That’s why we make it a full … Continue reading »

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How long will the trip last?

We only do one trip a day. It’s your private charter; this means we can start and finish to suit your plans. Typically we leave about 9:30 AM and return about 5:30 PM depending on the weather and time of … Continue reading »

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Was the ten Thousand Islands affected by the Gulf oil spill?

No. In fact our base was one of the only handful of locations from which the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, rescued from the Gulf oil spill were released.

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