Meet Our Captain

Captain Gerry Schwaller is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain (OUPV). He has been a boater his whole life and has owned several sail and power boats. After being a summer and weekend cottage owner, Gerry and his wife, Linda, retired to Door County in 2002. Since 2003, they have owned and operated Classic Boat Tours of Door County in Fish Creek, WI.

Gerry and Lin live in Fish Creek full time, but in winter they live in southwest Florida or Sedona, AZ (where their son and his family live).  In his former life, "Mr. Schwaller" worked 33 years for the Appleton, WI Area School District as a Teacher, Social Studies Department Head, Dean of Students and Associate Principal. Gerry and Lin have two adult children and four grandchildren

Gerry has made a study of Door County history, geography, culture and folklore. He can give details, as well as show the sites. Ask him anything; if Gerry doesn't know the answer he does what any Door County local does..."spin a tale" that might be half true.

The "Ava Lil" is a 21' Cape Craft WalkAround, powered by a 150 hp Yamaha four stroke outboard engine.

Bought new in 2005, the "Ava Lil" (named after Gerry and Linda's eldest grandchild) was designed for the Gulf of Mexico. This means the boat is safe, dry, comfortable, quiet and ready for the unpredictable waters of Green Bay.

The "Ava Lil" has full canvas (removable in summer), an open cockpit (just right for talking, snacking and taking pictures), a closed bow and a small cabin. Fast or slow, the "Ava Lil" goes where you want at your pace.

Everything is aboard: life jackets, porta-potty, binoculars, sunscreen, radio, GPS, narration, conversation and fun. You bring the refreshments; and we are off.