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Join Us For An Unforgettable Boat Cruise Experience in Michigan


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Jennifer is a former public school teacher, current homeschooling mom and licensed ship Captain who is now “living the dream” of sharing the beauty of our area waters with others. She began Nautical North Family Adventures in 2018 with the intent of sharing her passion for our area with others and providing an exciting way for all to explore the Great Lakes and the exciting history that lies beneath the surface.

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Maria will be graduating Northern Michigan University this spring with her accounting degree, and interning here in Cheboygan. Yay, Maria! Look for her to still be joining us as much as she is able. She fully enjoys her time aboard the boats at Nautical North Family Adventures and looks forward to seeing everyone this summer

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Pamela Laskovy

You will find her catering our up-river tours. A native Michigander from the Grand Rapids area, she makes the trek to Northern Michigan to delight you with her magical catering expertise. She is available to cater any of our private charters as well. Just give her a call (616) 648-4525 and we can make sure your cruise includes delicious food!

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Roger Holowach

Roger here, I am excited to be joining the team as your driver to the best dive spots on Lake Huron, aka Captain Rog. I have spent the last 15 years teaching scuba diving in some of the top spots in the Caribbean. Recently, my girlfriend and I moved to Petoskey Michigan so she could pursue her dream of opening a retail boutique store. Now that Flora Bae Home (Petoskey, MI) is up and running, I am excited to be getting back into the dive industry. When I read the job ad: Looking for a complete smart ass that’s super fun to be around, I knew this was the right position for me. Let’s have a blast this summer!

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Ashley Barber

Hi I’m Ashley Barber but go by Barber.  Born in raised in Cheboygan and keep coming back.  Was in the Marine Corps right after high school and missed Northern Michigan summers.  Love the outdoors which was proven when I went and worked on a National Geographic Cruise ship in Alaska.  Looking forward to returning to the Great Lakes and working on a different type of boat again.

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Hi!  My name is Brenda and my love for water started as a child growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved to be in, on or near the water!  Being outside swimming, snorkeling, paddling or just walking along the beach is what lights up my spirit!  I’m retired now from my lifelong career as an accountant, and excited to be around people sharing experiences that bring me joy and hopefully others too!

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Hi! My name is Zoë! I was born and raised in Northern Michigan, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love traveling and being out in nature! I am very excited to be a part of this team and to be out doing what I love most!

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Rob Hemmer is a local historian whose passion for history is evident on each voyage! When Rob is not on the boat, he is enjoying time woodworking and scuba diving.


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One of the founders of this company, Caleb is moving on this spring to NASCAR tech to fulfill his dream of building fast engines. He anticipates owning his own company after some experience, and has talked of moving to Japan for a short while. 

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After taking a job outside the company last season, he is back! You will find this guy delivering kayaks right to your door this summer, and helping along with the guided eco tours. Gage will be a senior in high school next year, loves playing basketball and computer games.

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The youngest mate, and co-founder of Nautical North Family Adventures can be found in the shop, greeting you and checking you in. In the off season, Xavier will be a sophomore in high school and loves to try new sports and video games!


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After extensive searching for a suitable vessel to begin a new business with, it was finally decided to order brand new. The Yankee Sunshine was manufactured in Slidell, Louisiana by Newton boats over the summer of 2018.

Captain Jennifer was able to take a tour of the manufacturing facilities during production in the spring of 2018! Ask about the Yankee Sunshine’s “baby pictures” 🙂