Let our Captains and First Mate be Your Expert Guides on a Fun-Filled Sailing Adventure
Captain Kelly Callahan is passionate, qualified and fun to be around . . .
Captain Kelly Callahan knows the shores of Southwest Florida like the back of his hand. A native Floridian and sailing since the age of five, he has over 35 years of experience navigating the Florida waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Kelly’s certification by the United States Coast Guard assures you of a safe, enjoyable and relaxing cruising experience.
Besides his sailing credentials and expertise, Captain Kelly has been in the service industry for many years. His warm, friendly nature and genuine interest in pleasing his customers have been key to building a thriving and successful business. Captain Kelly is known as a positive and fun guy with a great sense of humor. It is not uncommon for his customers to become his lifelong friends. He will put your mind at ease, entertain you with his jokes and show you a great time.
Meet Captain Paul Stancati . . .
Captain Paul Stancati has been boating since his boyhood on Great South Bay Long Island as a clam digger. His nautical back ground includes a variety of experiences, both commercial and recreational; from the US Navy underwater construction teams as a hardhat diver, maintenance of navigational markers, commercial assistance tow Captain and master of various sailing vessels.
Captain Paul holds a USCG Master Captain License and first learned to sail in the Caribbean while stationed in Puerto Rico over 25 years ago. There he honed his skills and discovered the joy of sailing to such destinations as: Vieques, St. Thomas and Culebra islands. These days, he enjoys sailing the Florida Keys, in particular, the Dry Tortugas and Key West. He can often be quoted as saying “it isn’t the destination but the journey”.
It is Captain Paul’s desire to combine his nautical experience and fun loving attitude to make your time with us, the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.
Meet Captain Ken Schoessel …
Captain Ken Schoessel has been on the water since a young child. Growing up in the Midwest he learned to sail at the age of seven. In 2005, Ken moved to Florida leaving a career in hospitality and student transportation to sail the Gulf of Mexico, The Keys, and The Bahamas.
Captain Ken has 42 years boating experience, including operating a commercial passenger vessels acquiring a USCG Master Captains license. Like our other two Captains, Kenâ€™s main goal is to make sure our guests have a memorable time sailing with Cool Beans Cruises, while keeping everyone safe.
Meet Captain JustinÂ Schoessel . . .
Captain Justin Schoessel grew up on the lakes of Missouri and began helping his dad run boats as a child. He moved to Florida in 2005 and has been sailing ever since. His sailing experiences include sailing all through the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, including living aboard the vessel for 2 months in the Bahamas.
Captain Justin has 20 years of boating experience, is a USCG Master Captain, and has worked in customer service. He is also a Commercial helicopter pilot and instructor, reinforcing his focus on safety being top priority.
By combining this with a fun-loving attitude and a desire to provide you with the most enjoyable and memorable trip possible, you get what is sure to be a great experience on the water.
Meet First Mate Sharon Nothnagle …
As First Mate, Sharon’s job is to make sure your cruising experience is fun and memorable. When she is not swabbing the deck or carrying bags of ice to the boat, she is running the “behind the scenes” part of the business. Sharon is also a service oriented individual with 25 years experience in the commercial real estate industry. Along with Captain Kelly, Sharon has the natural ability to make you feel welcome and at ease.
You can be sure that when you leave your cruise on “Cool Beans,” you will be back to sail with us again soon. Book your private Naples and Marco Island Florida cruise today.