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When you're sitting at your desk on a cold winter's day do you ever imagine your-self at the helm of a luxury sailing sloop, the wind in your hair and your loved one(s) at your side? Can you see yourself silently slicing through the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico as the sun melts majestically into the horizon? Yes? Well you're not alone in having this dream and I'm happy to tell you that it can easily become a reality with one call to Serenidad Sailing Charters... Capt Richard and Dina Hamm's gorgeous 2000 41' Beneteau sailboat is available either for private charter, for up to six people, or at low per person rates and the emphasis is on making an experience which is personalized and special just for you. It's a spacious, beautifully maintained stable boat with lots of shining chrome and polished wood, a large shaded cockpit area and comfortable cushions for the enormous front deck. With two heads and a beautifully appointed inside cabin at your disposal there's masses of room for you to move around or just lie back and completely relax. If you prefer to take a more active role, you're welcome to take a turn at the wheel. Capt Richard is a fully certifi ed sailing instructor with 20 years sailing experience and he's always happy to, quite literally, show you the ropes and teach you to trim a sail. (He also offers group and private sailing lessons at his "Sail Marco" school.) Daytime scheduled cruises are 3 hours long and Dina, the captain's mate, is always there to provide you with everything to make your trip a perfect one. She'll take photos and e-mail them to you later, provide warm fl eecy blankets to snuggle up in on colder days, fl uffy beach towels to stretch out on in the sun and complimentary ice cold soft drinks. She also offers a deli-cious cheese plate on the 2½ hour sunset cruises and if you'd like to bring any other food or beverage on any of the trips, or would like Dina to organize catering of any kind, that's just fi ne. Capt Richard and Dina are very knowledgeable about Marco Island and its wildlife (ospreys, dolphin and sea turtles are fre-quent sightings) and they'll be happy to share their knowledge with you or, if you prefer, they'll just leave you to enjoy the absolute tranquility of sailing. A romantic sunset or full moon trip is the per-fect backdrop for a marriage proposal or special anniversary celebration. In fact sailing with Serenidad is a great way to celebrate any occa-sion, or no occasion at all except the company of your family and friends. So why not make your dreams come true to-day and call Serenidad at 239-272-0939 or visit their website at Oh, and don't forget to use the coupon on the coupon page!

ON THE WATERSpring 2011 Page 85The Marco ReviewWhat to do on the Water Guidecontinued from page 78continued on page 87. SIX CHUTER CHARTERS - You're guaranteed to catch fi sh on this four boat fl eet located at Rose Marina. Backwater, near-shore, offshore and kayak fi shing with combo trips including shelling and sightseeing for the whole family. 239.389.1575. STOP'S MARINE CHARTERS - (Est. 1986) Enjoy nearshore and calm backwater fi shing with native Capt John Stop and up to 6 passengers at low shared per-person rates or book your own private charter. Combo family eco-tour / fi shing trips available too! 239.394.8000.. SUNSHINE TOURS - Backcountry and offshore fi shing, private and shared charters. 239.642.5415. UNREEL - Offshore and Inshore sport fishing aboard brand new state-of-the-art fi shing boat with Capt Joe Cacaro. 239.641.1094. WILD THING CHARTERS - Capt Randy Hamilton will take you offshore and make your rod sing on his custom 30' cabin boat with restroom. 239.821.7054Cruises. KEY WEST EXPRESS - Save hours of driving by taking this relaxing three-hour trip to Key West, either for the day or stay overnight. Sailing from Rose Marina daily (weather permitting) in season and from Salty Sam's Marina on Fort Myers beach year round. 951 Bald Eagle Dr. Map1 (3C). 239.463.5733. MARCO ISLAND PRINCESS - 96ft luxury cruise vessel, offering narrated sightseeing, luncheon, sunset, dinner and party cruises. Daily departures from Rose Marina. Map1 (3C), 239.642.5415Eco/Nature/Shelling. DOLPHIN EXPLORER - 3 hour eco, photo expedition where you can participate in dolphin study with naturalist on 28 passenger power cat. Visit their booking cart at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (3C) 239.642.6899. DOUBLE R's MANATEE & ECO TOURS - Year round narrated boat tours in a pristine area which is home to one of South Florida's largest herds of manatee, just 30 minutes from Marco. The stable boats leave from Port of the Islands Marina every day for trips into the Gulf of Mexico. Now also offering 1 hour manatee viewing tours for $25 for adults and $15 for children. Call for times. Map3 (23Q) 239-642-9779. EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - See amazing wildlife on these power boat excursions into the 10,000 Islands and Everglades, leaving daily 9am, 11am, 3pm and sunset from Calusa Island Marina in Goodland. 239.695.3633. FLORIDA BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES - Private boat tours into the backwaters of the 10,000 islands with experi-enced local guide and photographer Capt Alex Saputo. www.fl 239.595.7495. MANATEE SIGHTSEEING ADVENTURE - Personal 1½ hour eco-tour into a remote manatee hideout. Quality manatee visuals guaranteed. No see - no pay! Only 2-6 passengers on 13 passenger rated boats so there's no crowding and there's plenty of room for your manatee encounter. After a dynamite manatee visual, check out alligators, endangered birds and more manatees. See why nature lovers take this tour two or three times per year. Map3 (23Q). Call your new friends, Captains Barry and Carol 239.642.8818. MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS - The Calusa Spirit, a spa-cious and well shaded 49 passenger, 45' catamaran with full restroom offers dolphin watching, shelling, sunset and private adventures. Call the beach huts at the Marco Island Marriott Resort (239.642.2359) or the Hilton Beach Resort Map 1 (7C & 8C) (239.642.3377)