1. Dan & Agnes
  2. Sailing
  3. Riding the Boss Hoss
  4. Scuba Diving
We both grew up in Wisconsin where boating and water activities were engrained in us. Later in life, while living and working in landlocked South Dakota, we got this crazy idea to buy a sailing catamaran. Dan was a Captain on the fire department (where he worked for 28 years) and I had a business selling roses as well as a limousine service. Not knowing how to sail, we took some ASA courses and then bought Smoke and Roses, a new 47’ sailing catamaran that we named after our occupations. While still working full time, we did some part time chartering in the British Virgin Islands. Once retired we sailed Smoke and Roses to our new location in Port Charlotte Florida where we started chartering full time.
After five years of building a successful business fulfilling other people’s sailing dreams, it was time to fulfill our own. We took two years off from chartering and sailed around the world. Returning in 2019, we are excited to be back and sharing the sailing experience with others once again. From exploring lush, secluded bays and pristine beaches; to enjoying lively anchorages with intriguing history, we will safely get you there. Whether you prefer to stay on Island time and just relax or take the helm and learn to sail, we offer a memorable vacation that you will cherish.

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 Agnes is an Advanced Open Water Diver.


The Chamber provides tangible benefits to its members though its many networking and marketing opportunities. Additionally, each year, in addition to hosting the Christmas Parade in downtown Punta Gorda, the Chamber conducts the “Hottest Business Day In Paradise” Business Expo that enables its members to meet and greet the public in a forum dedicated to providing information about their business to attendees and participants alike.
It is inherent upon the Chamber to sustain membership growth and retention. Towards this effort, the Chamber offers an “Ambassador” designation to those individuals who go the extra mile in working towards that goal. As we embark on our journey, we are extremely proud to announce that the Charlotte County Chamber has named us “World Ambassadors!” I guess traveling 30,000 miles qualifies us for going the extra mile.
As we travel around the globe, we will be spreading the word to those we meet about our little corner of paradise in Charlotte County and the efforts of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce to make our community the best place to live, work and visit.
On behalf of Dan and me, we say “Thank You” for this honor.

For several years Smoke and Roses has been a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. They were invaluable to us when we launched our venture and continue to be today as we prepare for our adventure. Let me highlight a few things about the Chamber…
Located in Southwest Florida between the cities of Sarasota and Ft. Myers, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce has been serving its business members and the community since 1924. Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce it has a 4 Star Rating, one of the very few in SW Florida to have achieved that level of excellence. The Chamber is organized to advance the prosperity and general welfare of its business members and the community.
The Chamber is THE influential voice of the Charlotte County business community and plays an essential role in furthering the business climate in the county. It actively provides leadership programs for its members that will enable them to enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County and beyond.