Our tour boat, the Gray Fox II, is a 2003 Apex hard bottom inflatable (RIB). It was originally used as a dive boat along the kelp fields of California and the Channel Islands. Its new home is located on the calmer waters surrounding Door County. At 20 feet, this boat is the perfect size for groups of up to six passengers to cruise along the shores of Door County. The boat also comes with plenty of storage for bags, shoes, refreshments, and anything else you might want to bring on the tour.
The tour boat is also equipped with a T-top for protection and shade against the hot summer sun but does not have a cabin to obstruct the view of Door County’s beautiful sights. During the summer the Gray Fox II (don’t ask what happened to the Gray Fox I) can be found at the harbor in Fish Creek, WI, safely tucked away in the mooring field or tied up to the wall at the Fish Creek Town Dock where she waits to whisk away the next passengers on an exciting tour.
The main sights of the tour include the Strawberry Islands, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, Eagle Cave, Horseshoe Island, Ephraim, and many other points of interest along the way. Private charters are available along with custom itineraries which include hiking around Horseshoe Island, stopping for a drink at Fred and Fuzzies or JJ’s in Sister Bay, anchoring at a beach for a swim or picnic, GeoCaching, stopping for ice cream at Wilson’s in Ephraim, snorkeling on one of Door County’s many shipwrecks, or just about anything you else you can think of.
Our tour boat, the Belafonte, is a Zodiac Hurricane 733. It is 24 feet long and is the perfect size for small groups up to 12 passengers. It is powered by a quiet and efficient Suzuki 225 horsepower, 4 stroke outboard motor. Zodiac Hurricane Rigid Inflatable Boats are the toughest of their kind and are built to military and professional standards. It has a thick fiberglass hull and is supported by an inflated tube Hypalon to aid in the boat’s stability. This makes the Belafonte extremely safe and stable and able to handle bigger waves and heavier seas.
The Belafonte was originally a dolphin sightseeing boat used on the waters around Hilton Head, SC before being transported to it’s new home in Door County, WI. Shortly after it’s arrival, the Belafonte was outfitted with a solid stereo and more importantly a Humminbird 798ci Side Imaging Sonar. This allows us to see several wrecks that are too deep to see just by leaning over the side of the boat. The sonar scans the bottom of the lake and produces a digital outline, revealing shipwrecks otherwise hidden from view up to 200 feet deep.