For Dan and Agnes Long, the owner/operators (and “Captain and First Mate,” respectively) of local sailing charter Smoke and Roses, it’s a reflection of what they did before becoming dream-living, world-traveling sailors: Dan was a fire department captain and Agnes had a business selling roses.
The luxurious 47-foot vessel is meticulously cared-for and is equipped with a generator and air conditioning which cools all four staterooms and the salon. If the boat itself doesn’t make you long for a day (or more) at sea with the wind carrying your cares away, their fascinating stories just might. They recently re-opened for private catamaran sailing charters after taking some “time off” to sail around the world.
You read that right: they literally sailed around the world—30,000 nautical miles in 19 months—and their blog about the experience takes “intriguing” to a whole new level. Posts about Galapagos sea lions spying at them through the hatch over their bed; getting up close and personal with pink iguanas on Leaf Island; snorkeling with whale sharks in St. Helena; and more, offer excitement and insight into what it truly takes to traverse the world. Rest assured, they’ll be more than willing to talk to you about their adventures while safely guiding you on yours.
Smoke and Roses offers a wide variety of cruises, from a few hours for a stunning sunset experience in the “ecological jewel” that is Charlotte Harbor, to up to seven days for a true sea-faring experience.