Amphibious beach tour comes back to John’s Pass

Amphibious beach tour comes back to John’s Pass

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The proprietor of “Parrots of the Caribbean” brought his amphibious auto back again to Madeira Seashore after leaving the place nearly a decade back for tours in Grand Cayman. 

“This certain boat started in this region, ended up in the Cayman islands and now we are back again in this location,” mentioned Capt. Kevin Buck, 58. “This location retains pulling us back.” 

What You Require To Know

  • Capt. Kevin Buck said seashore trolley is safer than a duck boat
  • Billed as a land and sea adventure when also getting a record of the barrier islands
  • An grownup ticket costs $44.50
  • Parrots of the Caribbean boat tours

Captain Buck began providing tours on his seashore trolley positioned in John’s Go Village on May 9. The tour drives prospects south to St. Pete Beach and returns by h2o to Madeira Beach front.

“This is a incredibly distinct company,” said Buck. “You’ve got acquired to have a great land tour and you have to have a good drinking water tour.”

It can be billed as a land and sea experience when also getting a heritage of the barrier islands along the way. Buck’s wife, Nicole, 44, is his initially mate and tour information.

“We’re often undertaking research. We are holding it up to date,” she said. “We generally try to never notify you far too numerous tall tales.” 

Buck stated restarting his tour business in Pinellas County during substantial inflation has been a problem. The beach front trolley utilizes diesel and Buck said he’s paying far more than double of what the gas made use of to cost.

“It applied to be $180-to-$200. Now it is really more $500-to-$525,” he mentioned. “So considerably, we haven’t passed it off to the customer but that’s not going to go on much lengthier if we start off knocking on $6 a gallon. Which is where by we are at.” ​

Buck claimed he is also having difficulties obtaining a excellent mechanic and employees for his boat trolley excursions. The captain mentioned they have to limit the number of tours per working day until eventually fully staffed. Parrots of the Caribbean is shut on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The seaside trolley is a much safer amphibious car or truck than a duck boat, according to Buck.

“We’re produced as a boat, initial, just like a regular fishing boat,” he explained. “Then we adapt it to travel down the street. That certainly tends to make us the safest on the water and on the land.” 

Duck boats are previous military cars that have been concerned in a string of lethal accidents. In 2018, 17 persons ended up killed​ when a duck boat sank in a lake in the course of a storm in Branson, Missouri.

Buck reported it would be very tough to sink the beach front trolley.

“We’ve got 4 independent bilge pumps, four water restricted compartments that are individual and a crash bulkhead,” he mentioned. “It’s incredibly risk-free, it is fire resistant, it is really jet drive.” 

The trolley boat was made by a Naval architect in Melbourne and is produced in Largo. Buck explained they are marketing trolley boats for $450,000.

“We manufacture the genuine boat alone in a mildew just like you would a industrial boat,” he stated. “We have acquired a brand new design that we’re doing right now, 100 p.c electric powered.” ​

Buck explained they operated in John’s Go for about 6 several years prior to leaving for Grand Cayman in 2013. Since they have been out of the state for a couple a long time, Buck said the boat trolley experienced to get a new certification of inspection from the Coast Guard.

“This boat went by means of absolute top arduous inspection,” he explained. “Way far more than it would in all probability get when it is really brand name new.” 

An adult ticket for a tour on Parrots of the Caribbean costs $44.50. The seaside trolley can seat 34 shoppers. The tour lasts about 30 minutes on land and 1 hour on the drinking water.