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All About Captain Don Jones & His Boat, Happy Ryder

Captain Donald Jones was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He started fishing with his mom and dad at the age of five and never stopped.

He has now been living on Kauai for over 30 years, and probably 20 of those have been spent on the water. After working for Nā Pali Adventures for years as a tour guide and boat captain, he struck out to start his own business. Don knew the two things that people preferred on a charter: a small group, and the freedom to do what THEY want to do.

His boat, the Happy Ryder, is a 39-foot Hatteras boat. She carries a full range of electronics and all of the appropriate safety equipment. She has a cruising range of over 700 miles, which would be much longer than a full-day charter.

Captain Don Jones is certified with a 100-ton masters license, first aid, and life saving. His boat has met all of the safety requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard.