Captain Jim grew up in a small Greek community (Tarpon Springs, Florida) where his passion for the sea began through heritageby being brought up in Greek cultureand spending the majority of his youth boating, fishing, diving and scalloping. Upon graduating high school, he attended the Harry Lundenburg School of Seamanship, where he started his career in the maritime industry as a Merchant Mariner. After progressing to the captain position, he left the oil industry and returned to Florida to work as charter fishing captain in his hometown. During this time, he was asked to deliver new yachts and orientate the owners on the operation and maintenance of their new vessel(s). Subsequently, he was offered a position as a captain and thus began his career in the yachting industry. Since then, from the early 1990s till present, Captain Jim has traveled extensively throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as up the Eastern Seaboard; from Key West to Nova Scotia. Destinations include: Maine, Wentworth by the Sea, Gloucester, Boston, Nantucket, Marthas Vineyard, Newport, Montauk, New York City, Norfolk, Charleston in addition to several other locals, such as traveling throughout the Bahamas and the Exumas. Captain Jim joined M/Y I Love This Boat in June 2016. With Capt. Jims wealth of experience, your adventures aboard will leave you with amazing memories.
Engineer: Jose Pena
Jose joined M/Y, I Love This Boat in November 2016. Born in Cali, Colombia, he relocated to the U.S. at a young age. Most of Joses hobbies are related to the water; he thoroughly enjoys fishing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, andof courseyachting. He has been an Open Water diver since 1994 and enjoys sharing his experiences. Jose has been an engineer on yachts since 2009 and traveled throughout the Bahamas, Turk Caicos, St. Marten, La Guadalupe, Panama, and other parts of the Caribbean. His main concern is for our guest to have a great time and a peace of mind, so, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
Mate: Scott Bennett
Scott grew up in Connecticut as an avid skier, baseball, tennis and auto racing enthusiast. Despite working full time, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut with excellent grades. After years in corporate America working in sales, management and finance with multiple fortune 100 companies, he abandoned the traditional career path that paralleled most of his peers to take the path less traveled by. Scott sold all his possessions and moved to the Virgin Islands to pursue his passions of working on the water. Years of working on the water on a variety of boats earned Scott the right to call himself a captain after completing the proper licensing. Yacht deliveries, charters and private sailing classes became Scott's bread and butter in the boating world. In July 2016 Scott joined the crew of M/Y I Love This Boat. From sailing to diving, and jet skiing to volleyball, Scott now spends his free and professional time in an environment he loves.
Mate: Paul Salazar
Paul grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Soon after graduation he decided to give up snow flakes and ice scrapers for a surf board and a job on a sport fishing boat located in the beautiful United States Virgin Islands. Domestication of a family soon followed and he found himself on St. Thomas for the next 25 years. Wanting to pursue more of a marine career, Paul relocated to Fort Lauderdale in 2012 and joined M/Y I Love This Boat in February of 2017.
Chief Stew: Farrah Macy
Farrah has worked on yachts since 2009 and it has taken her from the local waters of Florida, to
the New England area, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Mediterranean. Originally from
Boston, Farrah has that welcoming personality and will ensure your holiday is one to remember.
Farrah is an active person, she has started to compete in long distance triathlons, and still trying
to make friends with the bike. She is a certified scuba diver, and enjoys being on the water.
Farrah enjoys being a chief stewardess because she is able to combine her love for being on the
water, and helping people. She strives to ensure that your holiday is a smooth one, but one
that you will remember. Farrah is also an avid reader, and if there is that book you are looking
for to curl up to, she has some great recommendations. With extensive bartending experience,
she can also recommend a good cocktail to have while curled up with a good book.
Stew: Taylor Bonito
Born and raised minutes outside of Fort Lauderdale in the rural community of Davie, Florida, shes no stranger to the outdoors. Taylor has been fishing, kayaking, and enjoying the Florida marine landscape since she was a child. Taylor is an outgoing, down to earth, adventure seeker. You can catch her getting crafty, kayaking the mangroves, enjoying yoga, or absorbed in a good book. She found her love for animals after working over four years in veterinary hospitals until she realized her natural calling was the sea. She got licensed in massage therapy in 2015 and shortly after joined the yachting industry. Since then, shes been able to explore and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Taylor joined M/Y I Love This Boat in January 2016, and looks forward to helping guest and crew make their time memorable.
Chef: Evan Calwhite
Evan was born in the great state of Florida and grew up in Tampa. At a young age it was apparent that he had a passion for cooking. Throughout the years, while learning from other chefs, he endeavored every day to reach his potential. His love for the outdoors, as well as his desire to create memorable cuisine for everyone to enjoy. Whether its deep sea fishing, hunting, going to new places or just being out on a boat, every trip is a journey just like life.
Evan joined the crew M/Y I Love This Boat in August 2016 and looks forward to your new adventures.