Your experience will start right at our dock nestled against the mangroves on the edge of 10,000 Islands Reserve. Frequently in the morning there are fresh racoon prints on TropicBird’s deck. Mangrove crabs scuttle across the dock, ospreys reel overhead, and in the warmer months we may spot a manatee or see a pod of dolphins cruise by even before we’ve cast off.
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 but Gemini Cats have also made many long ocean passages.
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 sea experience, including 4 years sailing around the world with his then young family as crew aboard Skyeboat.