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I'm sure you have heard it said that "you haven't seen Marco until you've seen it from the water". Well that is certainly true, but equally, you haven't truly experienced Marco's waters until you've been sailing. As we come into spring, with probably the best weather of the year, we thought it would be useful to look at fi ve very different sailing char-ters that ply the waters around Marco. We can recommend each of them and believe they'll make your visit to Marco a truly memorable one. Cool Beans Cruises operates two 35ft sailing catamarans from the Isles of Capri, just north of Marco. Choose between a 3 hour day sail, a 2½ hour champagne sunset cruise or a private sail. Each boat is limited to six passengers but larger parties can always take both catamarans in tandem.Captains Kelly and Steve, together with fi rst mate Sharon, have over 35 years experience of navigating the Gulf of Mexico and are programmed to make your trip memorable. With a separate restroom and shower, each catamaran is equipped for a comfortable and enjoyable sailing experience. Complimentary water, wine, beer and snacks are provided. www.coolbeanscruises.com. 239.777.0020America's Cup participant Capt. Hugh Cross has been sailing Marco waters for 25 years and his 22ft Maine Cat with a draft of only 10 inches enables him to get to all the best shelling spots. Board on the beach at the boundary of Eagle's Nest and Marriott resorts and then travel south towards Kice Island or north to Keewaydin Island depending on the winds. Relax on the trampoline area while you listen to the breeze in the sails and look for dolphin and other wildlife. Complimentary beverages on board for the three, 2½ hour daytime cruises or the sunset cruise, when maybe you'll be lucky enough to see that elusive green fl ash. 239.580.8765Insider Tip... If you're the kind of person who prefers to go it alone, you can rent a HobieCat from Paul's Beach Rentals in front of The Charter Club at the south end of the beach. 239.642.1202