Written by Robert Voss
I wanted to write this article to inform all tourists about duck boat tours and the background and insight into them. First off, you might have heard about the tragic news about the Friday, July 20, 2018, duck boat filled with tourists had an accident in Missouri. This accident is still under investigation by the US Coast Guard and the NTSB. The bottom line is that seventeen tourists are dead from this accident. There are many questions to be asked.
Don’t let this tragic accident stop you from take a tour on one of these vessels. What is a duck boat? A duck boat is combination of the truck and a boat. This is a unique vehicle that can go on land and in water. The duck boat is sealed all the around the vessel from water intrusion.
Always think safety first when going out on a duck boat. If you are deciding to take a tour on one of many duck boats one should review a few safety tips. First, does the duck boat have a lifejacket for everyone on board? Next, check the weather conditions your self. No one should be in one of these duck boats with a pending storm in the area. Then check the lake or sea conditions for your self. A heavy chop of water is not good; it might over turn the duck boat. Then ask the tour operator ask about duck boat driver experience.
When conducting a Google.com search, I found a list of duck boat tours in Florida. Here are just a few:
- Duck Tours- South Beach, Miami Beach , https://ducktourssouthbeach.com/
- DivaDuck Amphibious Tours, Rivera Beach, FL , https://divaduck.com/
- Southernmost Duck Tours, Key West, FL, http://www.duckskeywest.com/
There may be more duck boat tours out there. These are the only companies in Florida that I could find at this time. I urge my readers not to be afraid of these vessels. If taken a tour on a good day it will bring an enjoyable experience.
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