Captain Martin "Marty" Haines Jr., Perth Amboy, New Jersey – 2000
Captain "Marty" Haines is seen here overlooking the deck action aboard his "SEA PIGEON IV" while drifting for Fluke in Raritan Bay in 2000. Captain "Marty" Haines began his party boat career in the early 1960s working with his father, Captain Martin Haines Sr. aboard their "SEA PIGEON" sailing from Perth Amboy, NJ. At the age of nineteen "Marty" earned his Captain's License and purchased his first party boat, the 45-foot "MAJESTIC". Upon the death of his father, Captain "Marty" took over the family business and continued to sail the "SEA PIGEON", and after that, the "SEA PIGEON IV". In 2007, "Marty" became a captain for the New York Water Taxi commuter service and maintained his fishing skills by taking the helm of the "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ on a once a week basis.
Throughout his career, Captain "Marty" has always been an active member of the United Boatmen's Association of New Jersey and has been aggressively involved in the movement to fight for the recreational fishermen's equity in marine fisheries regulations. This year, Captain "Marty" Haines Jr. celebrates his fiftieth consecutive year as a party boat captain.