Meet the Red Boat Tours Crew!

A retired food company sales and marketing executive, Captain Tony Palesotti founded Red Boat Tours as a means to fulfill a lifelong dream of living and working on the coastal waters of Florida.

Captain Tony's passion for customer satisfaction drives him to ensure that each visitor's experience exceeds their expectations. He is a father of four and grandfather of two, and is passionate about airplanes, hot rods, and the US Marine Corps.

Miss Jennifer, a professional photographer, has been married to The Captain since 1992.

She is the owner and founder of Artistic Photography by Jennifer Palesotti, where it is her mission to make life-lasting artwork out of your everyday lives and activities. As co-founder of Red Boat Tours, she and The Captain work together as captain and mate as often as they can. They share a crazy passion for wiener dogs and currently live with four!

To complete the "family affair" for Red Boat Tours, the couple's twin daughters Savanna and Sydney, are involved in their individual ways.

Savanna, also a US Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain, has joined the company full time and has recently begun running tours, as Captain, with Mom as her crew. Her heart is still into fishing and she spends some time with Captain Guy, at MisStress Charters.

Sydney, a certified SCUBA diver, has a love for animals, cars, and mechanical things. She still works in a local animal hospital and is carrying a pretty full load of classes, in pursuit of her degree.

When Jennifer and I finally admitted that every tour, every day, forever was probably more than we could do, we went in search of another Captain and were lucky enough to run across this character.

Master Captain James Tulk joined Red Boat in May of 2019 and has provided much needed relief for Captain Tony, during some down time and has helped Savanna become competent in her boat handling skills.

When he’s not Singing in a Rock & Roll Band, creating Amazing Giant Heads, or driving The Red Train (no relation) around St. Augustine and telling stories, he spends time with us at Red Boat.

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