|FYI — December 2004|
|By Brad Dunn|
Word With… Capt. John Pettengill
been senior captain on this boat for 16 years, but I understand your history
with her goes much further back than that.
Q: Is the Mount
the same now as she was back then?
Q: Have you
had many notable guests over the years?
Q: How do you
keep your job fresh?
Q: What do you
enjoy the most?
If you’re single, enjoy the water, and are looking for that special boater, there’s a place on the Internet where you’re practically guaranteed to meet someone who shares your passion. It’s called www.boatdating.com.
“It was very easy to screen people,” says Maryann, a New York City boat-lover who prefers not to give her last name. “I met a really great guy who took me out on his boat, and we had a blast.”
Launched in August by Ricky Beaman and Imma Giocoli, Boatdating.com lets you set up a profile that lists your background, interests, and the kind of relationship you’re looking for, be it a long-term romance or a one-time fishing buddy. The site currently offers a free 30-day membership; after that it’s $14.95 per month.
“We wanted to give boaters an easier way to connect than by hanging around the docks,” Beaman says.
Though the site initially targeted boaters near Long Island Sound, it has expanded across the country and now claims an average of about 1,000 unique visitors a day.
For her part, Maryann foresees more encounters with her first Boatdating.com date. “I’ll definitely be seeing him again,” she says. “He is going to teach me how to fish!”
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This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.