At our dock at Tarpon Lodge, amid an array of motorboats small and large, guests will notice the sleek outline and billowing sails of the Alondra, a fine, museum-quality 47-foot classic wooden sailboat designed by renowned naval architect L. Francis Herreshoff. One look at this beauty, and you know there’s a good story here.
The story begins with Captain Charles (Chuck) Koucky a well-known area artist and a captain for more than 30 years. With three sailboats in his fleet, Chuck has a special place in his heart for the Alondra, a meticulously-crafted vessel launched in Michigan in 1985, and purchased by Chuck about five years ago.
Sailing since the age of 10, Chuck spends the winter months taking clients out for sightseeing or sunset tours, plus offering sailing instruction. During the summer, he sails on the Alondra with the Boy Scouts of America high adventure tours out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Some of the most interesting adventures Captain Chuck navigates include a history and heritage series with award-winning maritime author and lecturer Robert N. Macomber. Chuck tells us that the Alondra is reminiscent of a boat that Bob Macomber once wrote about in a book centered on the Civil War era. These inspiring spring and fall excursions are filled with interesting anecdotes and historical information – unforgettable experiences that quickly sell out.
Chuck, along with his wife Nancy and one crew member, create relaxing tropical experiences for their guests, adding a touch of classic grace and elegance with the classic Alondra.