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The People You Meet

Fishing boat in Islamorada

Day 2 of the “Arawak Adventure” introduces the editors to some special people and the true meaning of southern hospitality.

One of my favorite things about being an editor at Power & Motoryacht—and boating in general—is the people I get to meet. There is just something about boaters, maybe it’s our shared interest, but it seems to attract some of the most genuine and interesting characters, almost all of whom have a story to tell.

Take for example, the second morning of our Adventure aboard Arawak. In between prepping Arawak and setting up our gear and electronics for testing, we managed to sneak away for a few hours of fishing with a charter outfit in Islamorada called Bamboo Charters. Throughout our morning of chasing barracuda and snagging snapper, we would learn that our guide, Keith Tucker, had chased fish all around the country and had spent a couple years guiding in Alaska, where he also captained boats through some treacherous seas, before spending some time living aboard a boat in the Keys.

Kieth Tucker

And he couldn’t have been nicer. He was quick with a laugh, and even seemed to encourage the fact that Jason and I were relentlessly ripping on one another about who was catching what. After our allotted time concluded Tucker insisted we come check out his fishing club’s “tree fort.” The fort would end up being a cool raised bar where we all enjoyed a local beer and shared a few more sea stories.

Then there was Susan, who worked at the Coral Bay Marina. From helping us track down spare oil to loaning us various tools, she was as sweet to us as Key Lime Pie. Our dock mates also exemplified southern hospitality by lending us fuel jugs and providing navigation advice.

Tommy McCoy

Last, but certainly not least, was the fourth and final member of our crew, Capt. Tommy McCoy, who jumped into trip prep as soon as he arrived on the boat. He immediately settled into the engine room for an oil change, while simultaneously teaching us all about Arawak’s various systems. Besides possessing more sea stories than Capt. Cook, he is also extremely hospitable. I have a feeling that McCoy is going to teach us a lot; in fact, he already has.

I can’t wait to see who else we meet on what is shaping up to be one heck of a memorable cruise.

See more images from our trip here

Read about day 3 of our trip here

The Great Gear Test