Who We Are

Armchair Anglers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of Florida.
We are volunteering our boat, resources and time to share our love of boating with everyone! 
Armchair Anglers is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable day of boating and fishing adventures in Fort Myers, Florida to people with all kinds of disabilities or special needs.

Our Boat

 Welcome aboard our custom-designed, 22 foot, fully accessible, aluminum, tri-toon boat
 in Fort Myers, Florida.This 2021 Sweetwater by Godfrey tri-toon hulled pontoon is powered by a Yamaha F150 and features 30 inch wide entry doors with a custom ramp for easy roll in for wheelchairs or scooters. Floating docks at the Carl Johnson public boat ramp make for a smooth transition onboard when we pick you up plus plenty of free parking. Enjoy a shade canopy top for half the boat with sofa and table plus fun in the sun up front on 2 sofas. 
All necessary Coast Guard approved safety equipment is on board.  
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FOUNDER & Chief Executive Officer
Jim Hargaden, Founder and CEO, is a life-long angler and boater who knows first-hand about the challenges of life with a disability.  Jim was first diagnosed with FSHD, a form of muscular dystrophy, as a teen when he began struggling with muscle deterioration and pain. This progressive, genetic, degenerative disease with no cure or treatment eventually caused Jim to to be wheelchair bound and he could no longer access his boat. Jim wanted to provide those with similar challenges the opportunities to enjoy the benefits a day of boating  thus Armchair Anglers was established.

Jim has been involved in the Marine and Fishing Industry for over 30 years and his family owned Custom Rod and Marine, a retail fishing tackle company in Ft. Lauderdale for many years. 

If you are like Jim, or know someone who misses out due to  limitations, please Get Involved and Help get those individuals back on the water and back in the game!! 
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Chief Operating Officer

Kelly married John Hargaden 30 years ago and has been on the water ever since!

Many years were spent on the East Coast of Florida in Delray Beach and the Fort Lauderdale area before moving to Fort Myers in SW Florida 15 years ago.

As a former travel & tour agent, foster parent, Guardian Ad Litem employee and current Realtor with Premiere Plus Realty as well as a volunteer working with foster teens and their babies, Kelly brings her passion of helping others now to Armchair Anglers!

An avid sheller, lover of driftwood, sometime fisherwoman, beach walker, frisbee throwing dog mamma and absolute lunatic for dolphins and manatees - she can't wait to share a day on the water with you!  Oh and bring the kids too please (her two kiddos are grown)!
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Chief Financial Officer

 John, Jim's younger brother, also loved fishing and boating from a young age. The Hargaden family spent many weekends fishing for snook in Chokoloskee and built the now famous red cabin inside the Ten Thousand Islands National Park.  John grew up in Lakeland and Ruskin before moving to the East coast of Florida where he extended his passion to include offshore fishing for large game fish. 

After graduating from UF - GO GATORS! - John started Rite Angler, a manufacturing and wholesale tackle company in Ft. Lauderdale and later moved his family and business to Fort Myers, Florida in 2006.

John also has FSHD muscular dystrophy which has slowed him down over the years but not stopped him. He's ready to be your captain for the day so come on aboard! Well behaved dogs welcome too!  

Our Current Directors







Help Us Continue Our Cause

                                   With your help, anyone with physical challenges or other special needs, young or old, 
                                        can enjoy the beauty and healing that only a day on the water can provide.

                  Help us spread the news so we can share the restorative, fun, heathly benefits of boating to everyone!

           We are volunteering our time, boat and resources. All donations go directly to boat trip costs and to expand our services.
                                                                                                     Please join us
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