About Us

Our History

Captain John Boats was established in 1946, running daily fishing trips. Captain John Boats now runs whale watching trips, deep sea fishing trips, a fast ferry run to Provincetown, harbor cruises, and private charters departing from the historic waterfront on both the Town Wharf and State Pier in Plymouth, MA, as well as the MacMillan Pier in Provincetown, MA.

Our Fleet

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TAILS OF THE SEA
  • Length on deck: 110 feet
    Power: (4) MTU 60 Series Diesel Engines
    Horse Power: 825 each / 3300 total
    Fuel Capacity: 5000 gallons
    Generators: (2) Detroit Diesel, 40 KW
    Builder: Gulf Craft LLC, Franklin, LA
  • Passengers: 280
  • Speed: 24 knots / 27.5 mph
  • Safety: VHF Radio (2), Radar (2), GPS (2), AIS
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CAPT JOHN & SON
  • Length: 85 feet
    Power: (2) Detroit Diesel 1271 TI diesel engines
    Horse Power: 600 each / 1200 total
    Fuel Capacity: 2000 gallons
    Generators: (2) Detroit Diesel, 20 KW
    Builder: Gulf Craft LLC, Franklin, LA
  • Passengers: 140
  • Speed: 18 Knots / 20.5 mph
  • Safety: VHF Radio (2), Radar (2), GPS (2), AIS
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CAPT JOHN & SON II
  • Length: 85 feet
    Power: (2) MTU 60 Series Diesel Engines
    Horse Power: 825 each / 1650 total
    Fuel Capacity: 2000 gallons
    Generators: (2) Detroit Diesel, 20 KW
    Builder: Gulf Craft LLC, Franklin, LA
  • Passengers: 140
  • Speed: 20 knots / 23 mph
  • Safety: VHF Radio (2), Radar (2), GPS (2), AIS
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CAPT JOHN & SON IV
  • Length on deck: 100 feet
    Power: (3) MTU 60 series diesel engines
    Horse Power: 825 each / 2475 total
    Fuel Capacity: 3000 gallons
    Generators: (2) Detroit Diesel, 20 KW
    Builder: Gulf Craft LLC, Franklin, LA
  • Passengers: 280
  • Speed: 25 Knots / 28.5 mph
  • Safety: VHF Radio (2), Radar (2), GPS (2), AIS
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PILGRIM BELLE
  • Length: 65 feet
    Power: (2) John Deere Diesel Engines
    Builder: River Head Marine
    Fuel Capacity: 500 Gallons
  • Passengers: 90
  • Speed: 10 Knots / 11.5 mph
  • Safety: VHF Radio (2), GPS (2), Radar

Our Crew

BOB AVILA
Captain

Captain Bob

Bob grew up in New Bedford in a fishing family of Portuguese descent and has always been involved in fishing and boating. He has been a captain for over 4 decades and involved in whale watching for the past 30 years. Bob lives in Sandwich with his wife Cary and has a son, Alex, who is also a licensed Captain and loves the water.

RUSS BURGESS
Captain

Captain Russ

Captain Russ Burgess was born and raised in Plymouth, MA. He has been fishing and whale watching the waters of Cape Cod Bay for over 20 years and has held a 100-ton Captain’s License for 15 of those years. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family. Russ is certified in CPR and primarily runs the Tails of the Sea.

KENNY HYSLOP
Captain

Kenny

Captain Kenny Hyslop has been working at Captain John as a deckhand since the age of 13 after a field trip sparked his interest in fishing. When he turned 19 years old, he received his 100-ton Captain’s license and has been fishing the waters of Cape Cod Bay ever since. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his son and his dog or fishing with his friends. Kenny is certified in CPR and primarily runs the Captain John & Son.

JOHN GOGGIN
Captain

John

John Goggin has been working on commercial fishing vessels from age 13. Fishing the waters from George’s Bank to the Bering Sea Fisheries included draggings, scallopings, king crab and midwater trawling. John is CPR and first aid certified and has held a 100-ton Captain’s license for 20 years. John is also a licensed contractor and has his real estate license, but never strays too far from the boating industry, as it’s his passion and he always comes back to doing what he loves.

TYLER STASINOS
Captain

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Tyler Stasinos grew up in Plymouth and has always enjoyed being on the water. He comes from a family with a history of the maritime industry. He began working at Captain John as a deckhand at the age of 14. When he turned 19, he obtained his 100-ton Captain’s license. Tyler is also attending the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is majoring in marine transportation. He plans for a life and career on the ocean. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog. Tyler primarily runs the Captain John & Son and is CPR certified.

JAMES ECKELT
Captain

James

James Eckelt grew up in Maryland and spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay and the coast. In the late 80s, James and Donna began spending their winters in the Florida Keys, where he worked on dive boats. They enjoyed it so much that after 10 years they moved to South Florida where he operated various tour and dinner boats. James holds a 100-ton Captain’s license and is CPR certified. He is also a state-certified building contractor and licensed home inspector. He is looking forward to his third season working with the team at Captain John Boats.

JAMES GURNEY
Captain

James G

James Gurney began his career at Captain John in 2013 as a deckhand on the Pilgrim Belle and Captain John & Son IV. In the fall of 2018, James received his Captain’s license from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and now primarily runs the Pilgrim Belle giving historic tours of the Plymouth harbor area. James is currently enrolled at Bridgewater State University pursuing a future career in teaching.

LINDSAY HIRT
Naturalist

Lindsay

Lindsay Hirt, a Plymouth native, loves her salty hometown so much she decided to make a full circle back here to work after about a decade of academic study and field research along both poles of the eastern seaboard. Lindsay is a marine biologist with a focus on wildlife emergency management and a fondness for teaching others, especially kids, about environmental conservation. She is trained in wildlife rescue for both land and marine species. Over the course of her career, she has interned, volunteered, or worked directly with a wide range of conservation groups, including the National Marine Life Center, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, New England Aquarium, and the Goldenrod Foundation. The deciding factor for becoming a marine biologist was one Lindsay will never forget- seeing her first whale on a Captain John Boat at age five! She hopes you’ll be just as inspired after an amazing day on the water watching whales.

MICHELLE COLLINS
Naturalist

Michelle

Michelle Collins comes to us from the fine state of Illinois. She graduated in 2012 from the University of  Illinois with degrees in Integrative Biology and Psychology. Just after graduation, she came to Plymouth as an intern on Captain John for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the world’s leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. Shortly after, she started working on the whale watches and continues to work for Captain John while also working full time for WDC. Michelle feels honored and extraordinarily lucky to be able to work with whales and dolphins 7 days a week and is excited to see what the next season of whale watching has in store!

DIANE BUCKBEE
Naturalist

Diane

Diane Buckbee started her career with Captain John 22 years ago when she collected whale data onboard for a class at Bridgewater State University. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience and is passionate about education and fostering a sense of guardianship over our magnificent gulf of Maine whales. Of particular interest to her are our floating classrooms, in which we begin educating even the youngest of students about the intricate and delicate nature of our oceans. She firmly believes she has the best job in the world!

Job Opportunities

Positions Available:

  • Captains
  • Deckhands
  • Galley (food service)
  • Customer service reps
  • Gas station attendants

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