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    #8 The Cuba Experience | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #8 The Cuba Experience | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    November 5, 2019


    “So what’d you just find out?” Our weather unfortunately says we can’t leave till Wednesday, so we are expected home before just before the
    fourth of July. We are all well, though. We have just enough money to get by, but
    it’s gonna be tight. Now Travis – he’s getting rid of that moniker – he’s
    taking on Herardo as his new name. “Herardo wants you to come to Cuba with me.” And this is Jaime Lupo. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. We’ve had a fantastic trip, you know.
    We’ve been planning this here for a couple months. And, it’s
    bittersweet that it’s coming to an end. We have a couple days left of just cruising
    back across the Straits of Florida, but down here in Cuba it’s just been fantastic. The people were great, we stayed in a private residence. We had four bedrooms, a pool. Spent the day yesterday running around Havana, live music, and just the food and the people –
    fantastic. Bought some trinkets. We weren’t really supposed to do the tourist thing,
    but we really did do the tourist thing, and it was fantastic. We had a great time,
    with a great group of guys – including yourself, Charlie, Doug Haskell and
    Travis Connors, a couple of great dealers. And it’s just been a great
    trip. Beautiful city, Havana. I tell you, I think
    we’re blessed to be able to go, and to go in a pontoon boat. I know I shared it with
    three other guys that I don’t believe it’s gonna be duplicated ever. I think I
    remember every point, every guy waving to us. Hopefully it stays in my memory for a
    long time. It’s a journey you don’t want to forget,
    and I don’t think we will anytime soon. Marina Hemingway, the people were the
    most graceful people that I’ve met -just above and beyond for us. They were really
    pleased to see us. They washed our boat for us, filled our
    coolers with ice, kept an eye on the boat. You just don’t get that anywhere, but
    Cuba – it’s there. Our guide George stayed with us 24/7. Whatever we needed, he took care of, you know. From downtown, to taking us to the nicer restaurant, to,
    you know, making sure we were comfortable – I can’t ask for a better guide. I don’t
    know how you would navigate the waters of Cuba without a guide like George. I gotta, you
    know, throw kudos out to my team back in an Elma putting these boats together,
    because this is just a production assembly line boat, and they just did a
    phenomenal job. The boat, I’m just really proud of it, in terms of our designs and
    designers, and what they’ve been able to do. And the people putting these boats
    together – totally safe, it’s tight, it’s
    the best boat in the industry.

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    #6 The Art of Cuba Fusterlandia | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    October 13, 2019


    Well, we are here in Cuba. We’re having an
    amazing time. We’ve eaten some great food, met some great people, and the one person
    that is a total stand out – outstanding – is Jorge, George, or Giorgio
    as we call him he’s basically the man around town. We get to meet him, and he’s
    taking us everywhere, so let’s go! We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. We’re off to Old Havana in Cuba. We’re
    just gonna drive around and check out the sights. Our fan base gets
    to come along with us. “Travis, any message for the guys back at Indian
    River?” Uh, stay working hard, because someone’s gotta pay for this trip, boys. This is the neighborhood, it’s named Jaimanitas. But, twenty-five years ago, this was a very old place, you know? But Fuster, the artist, came here. This was very different than it is now. This place,
    his house – it was, you know, only earth, nothing else. He began building and
    transforming everything. When he came here, everything was different. He began to build that. Everyone
    says, “I want that!” He says, “Okay, I’ll do it, but you’re helping.” He did everything. And after, that he hired people to build everything. He realized
    that it was going to be very big, and it is very big now. It’s still working, he’s still constructing, and he’s still expanding everything. But this man, you know,
    he’s a very smart guy, very hard worker. Because he’s, I think,
    73 years old now and he still works every day. That’s very hard. And he didn’t lose
    his human heart. Everyone loves him here, because he’s very, you know.. For example, “We want to do something with your designs. How much are we going to
    pay you?” He says, “I don’t want you to pay nothing to me. The one thing I want is you to do something for the neighborhood,
    you know?” Any other artists says, “Okay, you have to pay me, because those are my designs.” He says, “No, don’t do anything.” Everyone loves it. “Well, he knows that
    if everybody does better, that’s better for everybody. If he does
    good, everybody does good.” Exactly, butI hope, you know, all human beings think like that. It’s very difficult to feel like that when your work is so hard.
    That’s what he did. “That’s beautiful, thank you for sharing that story.
    What is the name of the neighborhood?” Jaimanitas, but now it’s Fusterlandia.

    #9 Pontooning Back to the USA | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #9 Pontooning Back to the USA | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    October 10, 2019


    30 miles out, we’re down around the yellow bar here in fuel, but we think we have enough to make it back. Rather not put the gas that we bought in Cuba in the tank, because we don’t know what kind of gas it is. Frickin’ awesome. Cuba is that way, Key West is that way, and there’s nothing around us but us, right here. We’re at 38.2 miles per hour, in the 27 Ambassador, rockin’ and rollin’. We’re having fun. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it’s may save our lives Alright, we’re around 75 miles out –
    77.4 miles out. Maintaining about 25? 22? We’re at 22, bringing
    it down. Again, beautiful day and beers are cold. Doug’s giving us a little update here at sixty miles out.
    “We’re actually 49.4 miles out. We’ve been running for an
    hour and 42 minutes. Running 30 miles an hour right now, and we just came out of
    the Gulf Stream area. We’ve got into a little bit smoother water, and on
    our way to Key West. Beautiful, yeah, it definitely has smoothed out
    right now. You guys can certainly tell in the back, you’re not nearly as wet! Moving right along. The sun bunnies are getting sun! “I wonder if the driver’s going to the back of the boat.” I
    think somebody’s going for a swim! Should we shut the engines off? “No. It might not start again.” (laughter) “Look out for sharks.” “Put the ladder back up when you come back.” “What’s the chance of that? It’s
    already out.” No, no sharks here. “How did that feel?” (Singing) “Pretty good?” We are 20 miles. 20 miles to go. We might be getting some cell service soon. Back to civilization… Dangit! Looks like we’re heading up to this
    little hotel up here called the Galleon. They have some slips. “Did you have a nice trip? Definitely an undertaking, I haven’t seen one of these go to Cuba just yet.”
    “I don’t think they ever have.”

    #7 The Cars of Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #7 The Cars of Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    September 10, 2019


    Just did a little shopping at the
    market. What do you got here? Whoa, Havana Club, that’s where we just were. “We’re allowed two bottles each to take back.” And this is the good stuff? “This is the good stuff.” Really? Doing some local shopping, these guys are a little hungry. They have no idea what they’re even buying What is it? “I gotta believe it’s something like hummus, is my guess. I mean with my background, I’m going with my gut.” Yeah, that’s usually how I’ve seen hummus packaged. This is our fine chariot Now we’ll head out to Old Havana. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. This is the real Havana! So what do you get to see in Havana?
    Beautiful old American cars.

    #5 Our Arrival in Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #5 Our Arrival in Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    September 2, 2019


    While we’re here stopping, we’re gonna
    just give you a little brief report, and these guys have been amazing. They have a
    kind of damned torpedo attitude, but it’s really worked out. Today is a gorgeous
    day, just taking a moment to do some refueling before we get there, dump all
    this in there in case they have some issues with loading up fuel in the
    harbor or whatever. So, we’re 20 miles outside of Cuba. So far, no jet fighters
    or anything like that have come to buzz us… do they have jet fighters?
    “Sure, they probably have a couple..” “We got a helicopter!” … “Do we?” Yeah, fueling in the
    middle of the ocean is probably a bad sign. We’re gonna find out.. do we hear a helicopter? We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. You might not be able to see it, but out
    there is the Cuban skyline. That’s Havana. 14 miles out. 13 miles! “Thirteen, that’s my lucky number.” You ready to get on the radio? “Yeah, sure.. But I’m just gonna speak English… I don’t speak Spanish well enough to do it on the radio.” One of the first close encounters we’ve had..
    a nice catamaran. They’re like, “No big deal, really.” “They weren’t like waving their arms,
    ‘Don’t go!'” Alight, we’re looking at under six miles to go. We can see Havana out this way. Travis now trying to take credit for this trip.. “Yeah, it’s all my idea, my planning. Basically I thought of everything so far.” Well, somebody had to. 4 miles out. Beautiful day in downtown Havana. “What do you think we’re gonna find down
    there?” I think we’re gonna find some cool cars, great culture, hopefully some good food, and a cold Modelo. And here we come in. You can see already a little bit
    different look to their buoys. The navigation lays are a little bit different. “Pontoon boat in Cuba!” “Here they are here, Trav.” “This is it? Customs?” We are in Cuba, baby. “You guys did it! Amazing, great job.” It just feels like the Bahamas. This is a lovely day here.

    #4 Pontooning to Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #4 Pontooning to Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    August 23, 2019


    Every guy who has put up the white flag on life moves to Key West. (laughter) “Stella is a draft beer.. and get it straight, she’s Belgian.” We’re done here. There’s the southernmost part, dead ahead. Hey I’m Charlie Keyara. Today, we’re taking a pontoon boat to Cuba. What could go wrong? We have our life raft, we’ve procured our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives! That’s all the reefs over there. Travis is still not sure exactly where we are or we need to be.. Now we’re 70 miles out. Cuba is that way. Key West: that way. The boat’s running awesome. We’re here at the halfway point of taking a pontoon boat to cuba. Never been done before, this is a world record. I don’t know if it’ll ever be done again! ..until we come back next year with a Tahoe. But this year it’s Avalon to Cuba, and we’re just excited to get there. 55 miles to go. I don’t think the audience knows, we’re running 37 miles an hour in 4-foot swells, drinking cocktails which we don’t even need a lid for! See that?! “And you didn’t even chip your tooth!” “Clearwater to Cuba! On a pontoon boat. Just another day of boating.” That’ll be the challenge next year, do it in a day. “Maybe we’ll get home in a day!”

    #1 You’re Going Where On What? | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #1 You’re Going Where On What? | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    August 18, 2019


    “All right, everybody’s made it!
    Jim is speaking directly to the Coast Guard right now,
    clearing us for our passage to Cuba. “They’re telling us the wind is going to be
    so low it’s probably going to be a disadvantage.” “It’s gonna be what?”
    “Another 50 mile-an-hour as we go 850 yeah that’ll be dismissed.” “All right, well we’re heading out that away. Correct? that’s the way it is?” “almost due
    south. More South than that, but.” “Alright.” JIM: “We have our life raft, we have procured our life raft, it’s a rental but it’s may save our lives.” “We’re getting ready to go. There’s Doug.
    Trav, where we going?” “Hey, Charlie. We’re going to Cuba, are you goin?” “Let’s go!”
    “Let’s make it happen.” “Let’s get er done!” “We have our life raft, we’ve procurred our
    life raft. It’s a rental but it may save our lives!” “I thought he would have had a
    little more pizzazz going while we arrived you know maybe a marching band
    or something, but I get it. You know we’re on a fixed income because we’re doing an
    Avalon trip.” “This is all work, Charlie. We’re not relaxing!” “I think it’s gonna be
    a lot of fun. Nice challenge. Gulfstream ought to be interesting.” “You know there’s
    a lot of things you can run into out on the open ocean for 90 miles not seeing
    land, and you know, if you’re battling swells and chop and the boat’s just going
    up and down, and up and down for hours, it’s it’s a physical beating.” “Yeah, ready to rock.” “And it’s a commitment once you start heading, you know, turning around at a
    certain point is not an option. This is a big step in the adventure series for sure.” “Jim how fast we running?”
    “36.” “36 right now. Pretty good speed for us, huh?”
    “Yeah.”

    #2 Pontooning to Marco Island | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #2 Pontooning to Marco Island | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    August 16, 2019


    “Do you know how to drive in rough water?” “In rough weather, you just need to… be aware of the boat, how fast it’s goin, you don’t want to be pounding real hard, so you want to find your sweet spot kind of. Like right now, we’re cruising along, the boat’s not banging too hard. Just keep a straight line. You know? Pick a destination or pick a point on the horizon and go for it. These boats essentially drive themselves, so.” JIM: “We have our life raft we have procured our life raft. it’s a rental but it’s may save our lives.” “Probably left the dock around 8:30 or so, after loading it up, fueled up and just put the pedal down and started heading
    towards Marco.” “Well here, by Cape Coral. Then you gotta go all the way down the coast, tuck into the side of Sanibel.” “Well we ran 608 miles and that consisted of about three days of
    actual boating. Pretty impressive. I don’t know of too many people that get the opportunity to run that many miles in boat. A lot of people don’t get to do that in a summer let alone a free day.” “We are about one hour into our trip. The
    waves are actually kind of like backed off a little, it’s not quite as choppy.”
    “Yeah.” “And Jim has backed it down to 30. We’ve got a nice kind of ride.” “Nice clip going.” “We’re going along Sanibel Island right now. Been out for just under 3 hours. About 110 miles to do the trip.” We’ve got, what, 50 miles I think to go to Cuba. And weather’s good. We’ve been running real strong. We’ve been anywhere from 35 to 50 miles an hour.”
    “Yeah, been pretty good huh?” “Good trip, yep. Notched it around a little bit of a storm of to our west. I think we’re gonna go right around it.” “Nice, so what’s the next three hours look like?” “Gonna be wet.” “Alright, settle in for some wet weather.” “Yeah, we’ve got the first hundred out of the way. That was pretty easy.” “How’s the boat running?”
    “Oh, the boat’s running awesome. Everything’s good. Crew’s good. All feel good. Now it looks bad out here but we’ll make it.” “Yeah it looks like it’s gonna move a little bit to the to the west, and we’re heading south so, we it looks relatively lighter over there.” “Pretty out here.”
    “Looks a little dark over there.” “Yeah, it’s a great day for a boat ride though.” “What’s your impression of pontoon boats?”
    “Oh it’s just uh it’s a cruiser and it’s a usually a smaller motor, and it’s a girl on the front and cooler full of beers. It’s usually not a “pontoon to Cuba,” you know. Travis gave me a heads up that you guys are gonna be stopping and needing fuel so I met you guys over here on my half day work and get you guys fueled up and say hello before you take off for Key West.” “So what are you thinking we’re gonna put 100+ in?” “I think we’re gonna put 120 in.” “We’re at 30 so.” “And any concerns for your friends about this passage?” “No, not at all. No. I mean, I’m sure that Jim is taking care of a
    lot of things that need to be done and it should be pretty fun. Guys are making history here before too long.” “I like what you said, thank
    you so much.”

    #3 Pontooning to Key West | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #3 Pontooning to Key West | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    August 14, 2019


    “Yeah things are getting a little rougher
    out here, getting some pretty good weather here.”
    “What are you talking about? What do you mean good weather??” “Just gotta open your mouth. Ahh!” “We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft, it’s a rental but it may save our lives.” “I think it’s that way.” “Our challenge is to beat that rainstorm.
    We want to stay away from it.” “We don’t like no stormy rain.”
    “No way.” “Definitely picking up some waves. Some surf.” Some spray. Feels good though, boat’s riding pretty well. We’ve got some rain off to our starboard, some rain off to port. We’re going right down the middle!” “And we’re wet!” ‘We’re expecting the challenges and
    that’s what we’re preparing for and that’s why we do these kind of
    excursions. We want to demonstrate that our our vessels hold up to those
    conditions. So there’ll be challenges such as wind and rough water, but we believe
    we build a chassis that can withstand that. This truly will test that. Some of
    the other ones have tested it but maybe not to the fullest extent It’s quite a
    journey. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of it, and obviously whatever does come out of it, we’ll react to and build a better
    product.” “This is coming up over pretty good.
    “What are you talking about? What do you mean, good weather??”
    “In a way, I mean by good I mean bad!” “It’s awesome! Can taste that salt.” “That’s what adds to the story!” “You just gotta open your mouth. Ahh!” “Alright, well we are 20 miles out from Marshal Island, 70 miles to go. It was pretty rough there for a while. Calmed down a little bit. But uh, still taking on copious amounts of water. Jim, any message for the folks back home?” “Just don’t try this. Safety first, kids!” Well, the weather has changed–again! “Well folks, we’ve arrived safe and sound at Key West. We’re gonna go rinse about seven pounds of salt off our bodies, and maybe go to
    Sloppy Joe’s and have a beer and celebrate our victory.” “Yeah I mean, if we’re going to go 700 miles in total that’s about a third of our way
    right there.” “Correct.” “Nice Boat!” “Thank you. You, too!” “Well, welcome to Key West. We made it from Clearwater now 270 miles. Nice run. A little salty, a little
    weather, the last run from Marco to here was kinda brutal, probably four to six foot waves. Travis did all the driving. And we got very wet on the way over, but we’re starting to dry out. Sun is
    beautiful. We’re gonna have a good night here in Key West. Havana tomorrow, baby.” “‘Good night’? What??” “You got a rope?” “Where are we going?”
    “Hog’s Breath.” “Ok. It’s a good restaurant?”
    “Good restaurant!” “It’s a bar.” “Indian river, there it is baby.” “Who put that up?” “What can I say? Thank you and you know, it’s pretty exciting, day one down. And day two looks to be, I don’t really know.” “Other than the big wall of water, we’re pretty good.”
    “I’m gonna go check MY app right now, I don’t wanna believe these guys.”
    “It’s not the weather it’s the all of water, it’s kind of like a roller coaster. it’s where the Jet
    Stream meets the wind and the waves. What we did today was ever bit as much as we will see tomorrow and I think tomorrow’s gonna be an awesome crossing
    and we’re going to Cuba baby. I am the captain and the ship will not go down.
    And if it does you’ll be you’ll be rescued. I feel pretty confident about that. “I have all my affairs in place.”
    “Yeah so do I, just did my will, my trust, my estate, all that stuff.”
    “My kids, Sophie, Lucas, Julie, and of course Rene, just split it up evenly, please. Give most of it to your mother for as long as she needs it then she’ll pass
    it along to you.” “Exactly.”
    “Be nice to each other, that’s it.” “That’s it . End of story.” you