name is Captain Jim Albert, a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer.
I currently hold a 100-ton USCG Master Captain's license and
carry 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, renters,
dealers and marinas in Southwest Florida. After two years
of preparation while working as 1st Officer & Captain on the
water and in the classroom, I am ready to provide you with a
personalized, private charter for up to six people!
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
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 Navy; becoming
the 4th commanding officer of the USS Albany Division
in Albany, NY.
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 the 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.
Safe Boating Instructor: I teach a 6-hour
Florida BoatSafe Course that is now required by the Florida
Wildlife & Conservation Commission (FWCC)
if you, a family member or friend are under the age of 22
and would like to operate a power vessel 10 HP or
more. I've taught dozens of kids and new boaters to the
Naples area who were unfamiliar with the waters in Southwest
Florida in both the classroom environment and on the water.
I've driven two
"Naples Princess" ships (a 96' and 105' Skipperliner since
2008), a 75' Viking
(with thrusters), a 53'
Carver, a 36' Hinckley
Picnic Boat and numerous Sea
Winns and center console vessels from 20' to 50'
in length during the past 30 years.
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. Just obtain your Florida marriage
license and give me a call.
Scattering of Ashes at Sea:
have performed numerous scattering of ashes on the Gulf of
Mexico for the local funeral homes and for private families
who wish to be part of this solemn ceremony. Veterans are
buried with honors and the playing of taps.