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Dolphins, Drinks and Sunset Cruises with a Dynamic Duo: Meet the Fun Boat Crew

By Kandace P.

It’s no secret Siesta Key is one of the top ranked beaches in the US. Why is the key such a desired destination? Many people say it’s the sugary sand, the beauty of the water and the laid-back lifestyle. But what about the variety of ways to enjoy our little piece of paradise? From fishing, to playing on the sandbars and enjoying the picture-perfect sunsets by boat, the key and the Sarasota area attracts locals and tourists alike. You can enjoy all of these adventures with Fun Boat Tours, the local charter company operating out of Siesta Key Marina. We’ve written an article on Fun Boat Tours in the past, and now introduce you to the crew that keeps attracting repeat customers.

Captain Kevin Hagerty and First Mate Jenna Powell

Captain Kevin Hagerty and First Mate Jenna Powell are super fun, friendly, and very accommodating, ensuring you have a blast on the boat. Amy NaDell is a Siesta Key local and gave the Fun Boat Crew a 5 star review. “Kevin and Jenna are the absolute best, hands down. My family always books the Fun Boat when they come to town and we also book it for birthday parties” Amy says.

Kevin grew up in southwest Florida, earned his degree in Culinary Arts and spent 23 years in the restaurant/hospitality industry working in various cities. Kevin says Sarasota will always be home to him. “Sarasota has most of the amenities of a larger city but still has its small-town atmosphere which is why I love it so much.” Kevin started with Fun Boat as a mate and within a year was promoted to head Master Captain. Prior to Fun Boat Tours he managed the largest restaurant and night club in Nashville, Tennessee. “Although I have a tremendous passion for the hospitality industry my lifelong love of boating led me to my amazing new career as a Master Captain” Kevin says. When you meet him, you too will instantly know this guy has a knack for making people feel welcomed and will do whatever it takes to make sure his guests are happy. “Being on the water everyday is most enjoyable but we feel most rewarded when people are leaving the boat saying the tour was the best part of their vacation here on Siesta Key. That never gets old!”

First Mate Jenna Powell grew up in Ohio and says she’s wanted to live in Sarasota for years. “I fell in love with the beach and water here and knew I wanted to be here. I like that it’s more laid back here versus some other beach towns” she said. Jenna met Kevin through work in Nashville. She says Kevin told her about the opportunity to work with him on the Fun Boat and two weeks later she made Sarasota her home. “Everyday we meet new people from all over the country and world!” We go out on a variety of different trips where we look for wildlife, watch amazing sunsets, paddle board, play games and have a great time with our guests” Jenna says.

Siesta Key local Amy NaDell agrees this crew guarantees a good time. “We have booked with them (Kevin and Jenna) multiple times and they never disappoint.”  

If you want to enjoy dolphin watching, complimentary drinks and sunset cruises with this dynamic duo call or go online to book today (www.FunBoatTours.com 941-400-2763).