About the Captain
My name is Captain Jim Albert, a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer & U.S. Navy Veteran. I currently hold a 100-ton U.S.C.G. Master Captain’s license and am fully insurance. I moved to Naples in 2005 to begin my quest to become a “for-hire” boat captain serving private and commercial boat owners, renters, dealers and marinas in Southwest Florida. After two years of classroom, testing and on-water preparation, I became a licensed Captain aboard the Naples Princess.
In 2010, I started Naples Boat Charters offering personalized, private boat charters for up to SIX PEOPLE! PLEASE don’t ask me to make an exception! I can’t! USCG rules!
Award – In 2013, I was voted the Star Award winner in the Boat Captain category by the readers of the Naples Daily Newspaper.
Award – In 2014, I was awarded the Governor’s Veterans Service Award Medal by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Award – In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 I was voted as “Favorite Boat Captain” by the readers of the Naples Daily Newspaper.
U.S. Navy Veteran: During the mid-1970’s, I piloted the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine, USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) and, in 1979, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. During the late 1970’s & early 1980’s, I trained high school-aged students (U.S. Naval Sea Cadets) in basic seamanship as a USNSCC recruiter for Recruiting Command Two in Albany, NY attaining the rank of LCDR.
Maritime Credentials: While working to obtain my U.S.C.G. master’s (captain’s) 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 a Maritime Drug Testing Consortium since 2007 where I am selected for drug & alcohol screening on a random basis. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, a PADI certified diver and possess a current Passport. STCW 95 certified in January 2011.
Experience: Since 2008, I’ve driven two “Naples Princess” Skipperliners (a 96′ and 105′); along with the following…. 75′ Viking, 60′ Hatteras, 53′ Carver, 43′ Silverton, numerous Hinckley picnic boats, Boston Whalers (310 Conquest, 320 Vantage and 420 Outrage) with Sky Hook, 36′ Chris Craft Corsair, numerous Sea Rays, Four Winns, Hurricane deck boats and center console vessels from 20′ to 50′ in length during the past 30 years. I was also a boat safety instructor/trainer in Naples for the Freedom Boat Club!
Weddings: As a Florida Notary Public and an ordained Christian Minister, I’ve performed dozens of civil and spiritual wedding ceremonies on land and at sea. You can get married by me on my boat, your boat, on a beach, at a resort hotel or even on the Naples Princess. I will even help you write your vows. Just obtain your Florida marriage license and give me a call.
Scattering of Ashes at Sea: I have performed dozens of scattering of ashes on the Gulf of Mexico for the local funeral homes and privately for families who wish to remit the ashes of their loved ones into the Gulf. Veterans’ ashes are scattered with honors and the playing of taps. A certificate, suitable for framing, will be presented upon completion of the releasing.