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cockpit area which is ideal for keeping young children safely confi ned. And speaking of children... Capt Hugh is a father of six (ranging in age from two months to ten years) who just loves to entertain kids on the boat. Ably assisted by pirate fl ags, swords and plenty of "all aboard me hearties" he happily turns his boat into a pirate ship whenever there are youngsters on board. Capt Hugh is obviously a sailor through and through. He has sailed in many parts of the world, including Australia, and was involved in the 1995 America's Cup. He also ran a boat rental and beach concession in Costa Rica and lived in the Virgin Islands for some time, but he loves to come home to SW Florida, where he says we have some of the best shelling in the world. He is also delighted to see how well the environment is protected here and he sees no degradation in the aquatic environment or water quality since he fi rst started sailing these waters in the 1980s. He regularly sees dolphin and manatee (sometimes together) on his trips and says that dolphin seem to be fascinated by his rudder and often swim up-side-down behind it. He also sees a lot of sea turtles because the boat is so quiet it doesn't frighten them as other vessels are inclined to do. Even with all this incredible wildlife to enjoy (which he says he never takes for granted) for Capt Hugh the best part of the job is the opportunity it affords him to talk to people from all over the world. He loves to share his local knowledge with his guests. He's entertained many famous and important people on board and his oldest passenger was an 89 year old lady who was out for a fun day with a group of her girlfriends! One satisfi ed customer recently said - "It was the best part of our vacation" why not make it the best part of yours?For more information call Capt. Hugh Cross at 239-580-8765. Spring 2011 Page 77

Airboats. AMERICAN AIRBOAT TOURS - See amazing wildlife from these stable 22 passenger airboats which take you on one hour ten minute thrill rides through the skinny waters of the Everglades and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Located at Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland. Map 1 (7G) 239.970.2335. JUNGLE ERV'S - Small airboat tours in the heart of the Everglades near Everglades City. Ticket headquarters and visitor center on US41 just ½ mile west of SR29, look for the cell phone tower down the small driveway. 1.877.695.2820Beaches see features on pages 32 to 34.Boat Rentals. NAPLES BAY RESORT BOAT RENTALS - Choose from top quality Everglades Center Console boats, ideal for fi shing (with live well and seating for up to 8 people), or Harris Kayot Bow Rider Deck Boats, perfect for family adventure, shelling, and swimming (with seating for 10 people). All boats come with a sun top, plastic cooler that can be stocked with ice and drinks, VHF radio, USCG equipment, GPS and an easy to navigate color chart of the local waters., 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. 239.530.5134 . ROSE MARINA - Pontoon, center console, and deck boat rentals as well as bait & tackle, ship's store, full service boat-yard, gas and diesel and wet/dry storage. 951 Bald Eagle Drive (Map1 (3C), 239.394.2502 Charter Fishing. ANGLER'S CHARTERS - Fishing charters, manatee tours, kids' fi shing charters with Capt Jim Ponder. 239.404.9036. BOYD GUIDE SERVICES - Fly and light tackle fi shing in the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. 239-234-6689, 1-800-989-4347. CAPT BARRY - Backwater & Everglades National Park fi shing with tournament champion Capt Barry. 239.389.0602. DAWN PATROL - Backwater & nearshore reefs - family fi shing with Capt Bill Walsh. 239.394.0608. DOUBLE R's FISHING AND BOAT TOURS - Offshore and backwater fi shing for 1-6 passengers leaving from the heart of the Everglades at Port of the Islands. 239.642.9779. FINS-N-GRINS - Backwater & nearshore charter fi shing, sightseeing, shelling and eco-tours leaving from Calusa Island Marina. Call Capt Michael Van Jones at 239.784.2442. MAKE A MEMORY CHARTERS - Light tackle and Fly Fishing in the Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands, with Capt Bill Jones. 239.394.6059. SFP FISHING OUTFITTERS, INC - Fleet of 4 boats offering light tackle and fl y fi shing for 1-4 anglers. 239.537.6630. SEA GONE FISHING TEAM - Backwater and offshore fi sh-ing aboard clean, well maintained, 6 passenger, restroom equipped boats. Shelling & Sightseeing Trips also available. 239.642.7310. continued on page 85Page 78 Spring 2011