Smoke and Roses is named after the owners occupations. Captain Dan Long retired after 28 years as Captain on the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Fire Department, he was a firefighter and EMT. His wife Agnes, the Chef and First Mate is former owner of Moonlight Rose LLC, a floral business she started, and former owner of Diamond Dynasty Limousine Service. Boating and water activities were a natural for Dan as he grew up on a lake in Wisconsin. Shortly after they met, Dan and Agnes took up diving together, then sailing and have spent every free moment since, pursuing their goal of life on the water. They currently live in Southwest Florida and spend their free time racing their sail boat and spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
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After several successful years of doing cruises in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, they have sailed Smoke and Roses to their home in Southwest Florida. Although, the BVI will always be special to them, they are excited to introduce you to a sailing experience on the exquisite Charlotte Harbor, Gulf Islands area and beyond.
Dan and Agnes are United States Coast Guard licensed Captains. Their ASA Sailing Certifications include Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation and Catamaran Sailing. Dan is a PADI Dive Master and Notary Public. Agnes is an Advanced Open Water Diver and ServSafe Certified. They are also members of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, the Punta Gorda Sailing Club, the Multihull Group and partners with the Charlotte Harbor Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Having many years experience in service industries combined with their love of people and all the southwest coast has to offer make them the perfect hosts. From exploring lush, secluded bays and pristine beaches; to enjoying lively anchorages with intriguing history, Dan and Agnes will safely get you there. Whether you prefer to stay on Island time and just relax or take the helm and learn to sail, they offer a memorable vacation that you will cherish.