Capt Bill Kelley holds a US Coast Guard Captain's License, Master Inland Waters/Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Near Coastal. He followed in his father's foot steps to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and joined the US Navy upon graduation in 1985. He has been on the water boating, fishing and shipping most of his life. He has logged thousands of hours at sea from small boats to large sea going ships and various Naval vessels.
As a youth, he began venturing out fishing on his Dad's Boston Whaler on local ponds and the waters of Cape Cod chasing fresh and saltwater bass.
As a Midshipman Cadet, he learned seamanship and maritime skills aboard the Academy's training ships and spent 3 semesters at sea.
As a Naval Officer, he received ship handling training and sharpened his navigational and piloting skills. He earned his qualifications as "Officer of the Deck" and was responsible for the safe operation of a 450' Naval warship with 250 men onboard.
He has been a boat owner since 1989 and has been fishing the waters of Massachusetts and Rhode Island for many years.
As a Boy Scout Leader, Capt Bill passes on his fishing knowledge to the next generation of Fishermen by teaching Scouts fishing skills to earn their fishing merit badges at summer camp.
When the Capt is not out fishing, he works as an Engineer building and repairing US Navy nuclear submarines at Electric Boat in Groton, CT.
Capt Bill is also a proud member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and the Navy League of the United States.