Captain – Mathew George
Matt originally hails from a small coastal town in Western Australia where the ocean is an integral part of life. It was there his affection for the sea began through surfing and sailing. After completing an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, Matt left Australia at the age of 21 and moved to Mallorca Spain. There he found work with a Danish Guardinarge company and was introduced to professional yachting. For the past 21 years, Matt has worked his way through the ranks. He has served on both charter and private vessels, completing many hundreds of thousands of nautical miles all over the globe. After completing a 240’ new build as First Officer then sailing her 37,000nm in her first year of commissioning, Matt left the program to take his first command. Over the next seven years he successfully navigated through two separate ownerships, the Med, Caribbean and USA East Coast. Matt joined “I Love This Boat” in February 2015 bringing with him a wealth of experience to ensure your stay aboard is both a pleasure and an amazing memory.
Engineer – Colby Martino
Colby is from a small farm in the woods of landlocked, Bradford, VT. He grew up around several freshwater lakes where he has spent much time over the years. Colby’s mechanical interest began at a young age when working on farm equipment and miscellaneous toys. After graduating from Vermont Technical College with a associate's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Colby had an opportunity to join the yachting industry and has never looked back. In his personal time, Colby successfully earned his FAA Private Pilot’s License (airplane). He is also a PADI certified Rescue diver, and enjoys water skiing, wakeboarding, snow skiing, fishing, photography as well as traveling. Colby's adventures have led him to explore many places including New England, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Central America, and Southeast Alaska. Colby is very excited to be a part of the I Love This Boat team, helping to make sure you have an unforgettable stay with us.
First Mate - TBA
Bosun – Conrad Constantino
Conrad grew up in Manila where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautic Engineering before finding his way into yachting. His first position was as Deckhand on the newly launched 344’ “Lady Moura” in 1990. From there he worked his way up to Bosun on the yacht “Pilar” from 1994 – 1996. In 96 “Pilar” was sold and renamed “Illusion” becoming an extremely busy back to back charter yacht. Conrad staying on through the sale and up to 2009 when the owner requested he move ashore to manage his Beverly Hills estate. There he worked tirelessly to the end of 2012, totaling 16 years of employment before the call of the ocean once again brought him back to yachting. Conrad jumped back onto another busy charter boat in “Te Manu” for the next few years before subcontracting his services out in various freelance positions. He joined “I Love This Boat” in January 2015 and has quickly become an integral part of the team, always ready with a smile and a helping hand.
Chef – Susan Balok
Chef Susie is no stranger to the water. As a native to the Finger Lakes region of New York State, she grew up hiking gorges and sailing on Cayuga Lake. She received her culinary degree Summa Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. It was while working as a pastry/pantry chef in the oldest bakery in Savannah Georgia that she learned about the yachting industry. Within a month, Susie had completed her STCW95 training and set off for new horizons on the big blue highway. Ten years later, Susie is still very much in love with yachting. Her passion for cooking shows in every dish she lovingly prepares for guests. Chef Susie is well versed in a multitude of cuisines and is ready to delight your senses.
Chief Stewardess: Minh Nguyen
Minh also hails from Western Australia and brings to us a world of knowledge gathered over the last ten years in yachting. A few of her previous yachts include LE GRAND BLEU & Starfire. Her passion for travel coupled with a recommendation from a friend led her into the yachting industry in 2003. After 3 years, she was whisked out of the yachting industry to become an estate manager in California. Minh is a very eclectic stewardess with many interests that both lend to her skills as well as making her intriguing and unique. She loves fashion, fine dining, yoga, photography and cooking.
Stewardess – Kendall McCormick
Kendall grew up in Lake Tahoe California. In her early teenage years, she began teaching children to snow ski while waitresing in restaurants. At age 18, Kendall left the USA to follow her dreams to backpack solo through Europe. While traveling through 15 countries she ignited a passion for discovering new places which lead her to the yachting industry. A year in she has spent most of her time sailing the East Coast but has a desire to continue her discoveries worldwide. Kendall has a warm personality and is ever ready to help where needed.