Captain Jim Albert
U.S. Merchant Marine
My name is Jim Albert, a U.S. Merchant Marine Captain. I currently hold a 100-ton USCG Master Captain’s license and carry a half million dollars of marine liability insurance. I moved to Naples in 2005 to begin my quest to become a “for-hire” boat captain serving private and commercial boat owners, new boating students, renters, dealers and marinas in Southwest Florida. After a half year of preparation working as 1st Officer & 8 years as a Captain on the M/V Naples Princess, I’ve retired from the Princess and I’m now available to be your personal skipper.
Award – In 2013, I was voted the Star Award winner in the “Best Boat Captain” category by the readers of the Naples Daily Newspaper.
Award – In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, I was voted “Favorite Boat Captain” by the readers of the Naples Daily Newspaper.
Award – In 2014, I was awarded the Governor’s Veterans Service Award Medal by Governor Rick Scott (R) and US Navy veteran.
As a U.S. Navy Veteran: During the mid-1970’s, I piloted the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine, U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) as a Quartermaster and, in 1979, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. During the 1970’s & 1980’s, I also trained high school-aged students (U.S. Naval Sea Cadets) in basic seamanship and recruited Naval Sea Cadets into the US Navy; becoming the 4th commanding officer of the U.S.S. Albany Division in Albany, NY and attaining the rank of Lt. Commander.
Maritime Credentials: While working to obtain my USCG Merchant Mariner’s Credential (license), a background check was completed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/TSA. In 2008, I was issued the required TWIC credential. I’ve been enrolled in the Maritime Drug Testing Consortium since 2007 where I am selected for random drug & alcohol screening. I am also STCW 95 certified, First Aid & CPR certified and possess a current passport.
Safe Boating Instructor: I provided new boaters a 4-hour orientation and 4-hour advanced courses for the Freedom Boat Club in Naples. This course is required of all new members before they can drive a boat on their own (inshore) and experienced members who wish to take boats out on the Gulf of Mexico (offshore).
I also offer to teach the Florida BoatSafe Course that is now required by the Florida Wildlife & Conservation Commission (FWCC) if someone was born after January 1, 1988 and would like to operate a power vessel 10 HP or more. I’ve taught dozens of youngsters and new boaters to the Naples area who are unfamiliar with the waters in Southwest Florida in both the classroom environment and on the water.
New Boater Training: My training for new boaters includes an overview of the parts of a boat, required safety equipment, rules of the road, use of GPS, knowing tides, currents and weather conditions and how to care for a boat. This is followed by on-water instruction where I demonstrate operating the boat, piloting, docking and securing a boat. When ready, you will take over to demonstrate what you were shown.
Experience: I piloted the 96′ & 105′ Naples Princess Skipperliner (both with thrusters) from 2007 to 2016, a 75′ Viking, a 60′ Hatteras, a 53′ Carver, a 43′ Silverton, a 37′ Formula PC, a 36′ Chris Craft Corsair, 34′ Hinckley picnic boats, numerous Sea Ray Sundancers & Sedan Bridges, Four Winns Vistas and Boston Whaler Outrages, Vantages and Conquests from 31′ to 42′ in length during the past 35 years. And, I currently own and operate the M/V Maritime Lady III (a 2015 Hurricane 2400 Sundeck) as a private charter sightseeing boat here in Naples Bay.
Wedding Officiant: As a Florida Notary Public and an ordained Christian Minister, I’ve performed nearly a hundred weddings on land and at sea; both civil and spiritual ceremonies. Services include helping you write your vows, attending a rehearsal (if necessary), meeting ahead of time go get to know the couple and helping coordinate the event with the sound company and photographer.
Releasing of Ashes at Sea: During the past five years, I’ve been hired by local funeral homes and families to take the family and cremains out to the Gulf of Mexico and release the ashes of a loved one at sea. Military honors may rendered to honorably discharged veterans with the playing of taps.