Boating in Southwest Florida

Private Piloting – Your Boat (or) a Rental Boat!

Let’s say you own a boat or yacht but don’t want to deal with sitting behind the helm while your family and friends enjoy a fun day in the sun!  You’d like a cocktail or a beer or two but know that marine law enforcement officers are keeping an eye out for unsafe boaters…. just relax and leave the driving to me!

Let’s say you’d like to rent a deck boat or pontoon boat but know nothing about the shallow water on the Gordon River and prefer not to go aground or damage the boat on an oyster bed…. just relax and leave the driving to me!  

ALL the local rental operators allow me to pilot their rental pontoons and deck boats for you!  Just call me before you make your reservation.  If I’m available, I’ll be happy to take you out.  All rental marinas prefer a licensed and insured captain to drive for their customers.  Then, just relax and leave the driving to me! 

Whether you want to take your family and friends out on the water for a leisurely sightseeing cruise around Naples Bay; spend a few hours on an island beach shelling or swimming; take a ride down the inland waterway to Marco Island for lunch at CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Restaurant or the Island Gypsy; take a day-long cruise up the coast to Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island or spend the day cruising to Cabbage Key…. just relax and leave the driving to me!

Boating Lessons (with your boat or a rental boat)!

You may have just delivered your boat to Naples or you may have purchased a new boat; you may want to try renting a boat to see if you like boating and would like a captain to show you the at-risk areas to watch out for at low tide (i.e., shoals, sandbars, oyster beds, etc.); to teach you safe boating operations and navigational skills or, you just want to learn how to pilot the waters in and around Naples Bay.

Private Sightseeing Tours/Sunset Charters!

Naples Boat Charters offers private, hourly sightseeing and sunset charters for up to SIX people aboard the M/V Maritime Lady III in Naples Bay.  Lunch trips to Marco Island & Isles of Capri are also very popular charters.  Call 239-593-7475 today or visit www.naplesboatcharters.com for services and rates.

Marriage Officiant!

As a Florida Notary and an ordained Christian Minister, you can have your (civil or spiritual) wedding performed on the beach or at sea; on your boat or a large yacht like the Naples Princess; on an island or at a local resort.  I will assist you with writing your vows and making your day as special as possible.  I can perform your wedding ceremony dressed in my U.S. Merchant Marine service dress uniform (whites or blues), formal dinner dress uniform (whites or blues), Minister’s clothing with clerical collar, a business suit or in casual wear.

Releasing of Ashes at Sea!

Should you have the ashes of a loved one who has passed away and wish to have the ashes released or an urn placed in the Gulf of Mexico, you can either contact your local funeral home (please tell them you’d like Captain Jim to perform the releasing) or contact me directly @ 518-527-7279 (cell).  I perform each releasing off the coast of Naples and will provide you with a certificate.  Military honors afforded to all honorably discharged U.S. veterans.

Boat Deliveries!

Captain Jim and a colleague can deliver your motor vessel to or from Southwest Florida and take the anxiety off of you to get your boat to your desired destination.


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