South Florida Intercoastal

Faces in the Industry: Capt. Juan Mendoza

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Nov 15, 2019 Fri

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here. 

Born in Peru; immigrated to USA at 4 years old. Didn’t get into boating until after attending UCONN and moving to the Long Island shore in Stamford, CT. The boating fever came on hard and I decided to pursue a career in boating. After attending Chapman’s School of Seamanship in Stuart, FL I took my first boating job as an ordinary seaman aboard a chemical tanker. Moved to Florida in 1998 for ‘year-round’ boating.

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?

Working at Charter One Yachts since 2006 as marine manager/company captain. I manage marine operations for our two passenger vessels; consisting from overseeing daily maintenance concerns and marine scheduling to presenting our vessels for Coast Guard inspections. Together, with our unsurpassed marine team, we work proactively to deliver the best dinner charter vessels in south Florida.

How did you initially become interested in the marine industry?  

Once relocated in Stamford, CT, I was attracted to a group of Hobie Cat sailors hanging out at the beach and running to their boats when the winds picked up. Later, I would sail Long Island Sound every summer for a couple of weeks. That was it, I was hooked.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?

Absolutely, without a doubt, is serving as the Courtesy Lounge/Hospitality Boat for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved.

I presently sit on the Hollywood Marine Advisory Board as chairman. We address marine concerns and community events.

Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things you do for fun.

I like to chill and enjoy my house. Grilling poolside or playing a little guitar is a nice way to relax and kickback!