Stern-jawed Captain Memo, also known as boat owner Bill Wozencraft, grips the wooden helm and scans the watery horizon from the highest deck. He interrupts the action below only to point out breaching dolphins or to give the order to fire the brass deck cannon at some imaginary foe.
The boldly detailed 125-passenger ship offers a variety of other outings, from children's birthday parties to senior citizen groups to romantic sunset affairs featuring champagne toasts. It even caters weddings (imagine the plank-walking consequences if either party says "no") and business gatherings (popular among corporate raiders plotting hostile takeovers).
Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise is a shiver-me-timbers hoot for anyone ready and willing to act out a bit of a nautical fantasy. Work on your squinty-faced snarl and your most guttural aaarrr, and then sign on for a short stint as a bona fide buccaneer.
Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise: Clearwater Marina, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767; (727) 446-2587 or www.pirateflorida.com.
Prices: $28 adults, $22 ages 13-17 and seniors, $18 ages 3-12 for the two-hour daytime cruises, including drinks.
Sailings: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. daily, with departure times varying per weather conditions.
Reservations suggested: Call with dates in mind.
This article is from the September 2001 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.