Nothing warms the heart like the sight of a skiff full of Outward Bound kids enjoying Everglades’ National Park.

This shallow draft vessel is loaded to the gunwhales with passengers as it slides across the sandy shoals off Whaleback Key near Key Largo. Much of Florida Bay’s waters are in the three to five foot range which necessitates the use of shoal draft sailboats or kayaks.

We encountered this scurvy crew on a recent Everglades’ Eco Tour at Azul del Mar.

Ahoy mateys!