Captain Joe Galluccio, SEA KING, Belmar, NJ – 1971
Captain Joe Galluccio at the dock in Belmar, NJ circa 1971. He began his love of boats at age 12 (his first after-school job was scrubbing the returning party boats at Belmar basin for a whopping 50 cents per boat.) Within a few years, he was mating on charter boats during the summer months and in 1957, at the age of 19, he earned his captain’s license. His first job as a party boat captain was in 1961 running Captain Pete Saro’s brand new "SPRAY III" night bluefishing, and he later was the night captain on Dave Shinn’s "MISS BELMAR".
Captain Joe purchased his first party boat in 1964 (Captain Ralph Pennel’s "COCK ROBIN" for $6,500); he renamed her the "HURRICANE" and sailed from Neptune, NJ. The following summer, he purchased the "SEA RANGER" and in 1970, he began sailing the "SEA KING" from Belmar, NJ. In 1988, he sold the "SEA KING" and relocated to Florida. In 1990, he purchased the dinner cruise vessel "ISLAND PRINCESS" and sailed her until his retirement in 2002. Captain Joe still resides in Florida.