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Amelia River Cruises team lauds new captain

Amelia River Cruises, Northeast Florida’s historic and wildlife sightseeing boat tour operator, announces Marketing Director and Tour Narrator Lori Hoerl has completed the requirements necessary to obtain a 50-ton master’s inland captain license and the designation of Captain.

The criteria for the license includes passing a Coast Guard exam, logging 360 days on the water with a minimum of four hours a day, and passing a physical examination and a first-aid exam. Along with her roles at Amelia River Cruises, Hoerl was recently hired as captain for the Fernandina Harbor Pilot Association, where she transports harbor pilots to and from ships coming into and out of the local port.

“It’s a nice contrast to the marketing world,” said Hoerl. “The challenge of pilot boat work requires the ability to sail in all kinds of weather and difficult conditions, and having to incorporate every imaginable boat handling skill everyday on the job.”

Sailing is a relative new world for Hoerl, who joined Amelia River Cruises three years ago. After learning the history, exploring the nature and experiencing firsthand the rustic beauty of Northeast Florida, she found a new passion and career. Hoerl is now an integral part of Amelia River Cruises, which offers narrated wildlife and history tours, as well as private charters and special sailings, year-round.

“Lori’s passion for the water and love for the history and nature of the area, matched with her innate ability as a performer and entertainer, make her a natural fit at Amelia River Cruises,” said Owner Captain Kevin McCarthy. “We are extremely proud of her recent achievement as a licensed captain and are thrilled to have her as part of our team.”

Though quite happy with her seafaring life at the moment, Hoerl ultimately hopes to someday find a Captain position aboard a research vessel and travel extensively to study wildlife around the United States.

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