Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
go to the home page of the two RV Gypsies
Table of Content index
learn about Karen and Lee Duquette email the two RV Gypsies sgin the guestbook of the Two RV Gypsies
Alaska visits by the two RV Gypsies
places in Canada the two RV Gypsies have visited
see countries and cruises The two RV Gypsies on cruises visit the USA sites
learn about Brian Duquette's tragedy places before 2008 Links to other RV site RV help for travelers vidoes by the Two RV Gypsies

Craig Cat Boat Tour
311 S. Tremein
Mount Dora Florida
phone '352.816.9339
April 27, 2016

Notes and summary about this tour are at the bottom of the page.

sign for the Cat Boat tour sign: Grantham Pointe Park
the cat boat for the two RV Gypsies Karen Duquette is ready to go

A drone took pictures as the two RV Gypsies and the rest of the tour took off in their cat boat.

a drone a drone in the sky
a drone in the sky a drone in the sky

The lighthouse at the Port of Mount Dora

A bald eagle nest high up in a tree

the lighthouse at the Port of Mount Dora a bald eagle nest high up in a tree

The two RV Gypsies enjoying their cat boat ride on Lake Dora

Karen Duquette enjoying the cat boat ride Lee Duquette driving the cat boat.
the two RV Gypsies on the cat boat the two RV Gypsies on the cat boat
the two RV Gypsies on the cat boat the two RV Gypsies on the cat boat

Below: The tour guide said that the house shown below belonged to Buddy Ebsen - known as Jed Clampett, star of the TV Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and many times in the past, he was often seen in the yard.

Note: Buddy Ebsen died July 6, 2003 at the age of 95 in Torrance, California.

Buddy Ebsen- Jed Clampett's house

Below: Approaching a bridge and leaving Lake Dora and starting the no-wake area through the Dora Jungle Canal, a place showing natural Florida at it’s best. The two RV Gypsies photographed a red house with a place for a boat underneath the house.

going under a bridge a cool house on the water

This part was all a no-wake zone, and it was relaxing with pretty scenery.

a no-wake zone a no-wake zone

A red stripe on an overhead tree branch, warning bigger boats to watch their heads. Plus lots of trees, Spanish moss, bridges and birds along the way.

A red stripe on an overhead tree branch trees
bridge trees and the waterway
birds in the tree birds in the tree
the other boats on the tour narrow passage sign

Tiki Village is a small residential area along the waterway which welcomes alligators but of course, they do not allow the alligators to be fed by humans.

Tiki Village sign bird

Only two alligators were seen by the two RV Gypsies while on the cat boat, and only the second alligator stuck around long enough to be photographed.

alligator alligator
peacefull riverway peacefull riverway
a small lighthouse the wake from the two RV Gypsies' cat baot

Notes: The two RV Gypsies thought this was a lot of fun; an excellent way to spend two hours. No boating experience was necessary for this trip. Bottled water and life jackets were provided. Each boat had a dry safe area for small items that should not get wet. Boating shoes or sandals are a must. Sun block and sunglasses recommended. Drivers must be born before January 1, 1988 or present a Florida Boaters Safety Card, or other state equivalent.

Summary: After individual instruction on how to drive the cat boat, the tour guide led the two RV Gypsies and several other cat boats across Lake Dora at full speed, then through a no-wake canal which was peaceful, relaxing, and a leisurely chance to enjoy the scenery and watch for alligators. The guide did a very good job giving explanations and tidbits about the area via individual walkie-talkies.

The Craig Cat Boat was very stable and the seats were quite comfortable. The catamaran boat literally glided on top of the water so it was a very smooth ride. There was one shallower point in the canal area, at which point the two RV Gypsies heard the motor gently hit the bottom. It was a nice warm day, perfect weather for this adventure. There were definitely times when the two RV Gypsies got a little wet but it felt refreshing.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in Tavares and Mount Dora, Florida
You may view these adventures in any order you choose.
April 25-27, 2016

bullet Fisherman's Cove RV and Golf Resort in Tavares, Florida

bullet Segway tour in Mount Dora and the Mall Cop

bullet alligators, birds and other scenery in Mount Dora

bullet2-person cat boat (small pontoon) on Lake Dora

look below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the sections above, please continue on to Madison, Lee, and Live Oak Florida and some state parks