Captain Joe Pistone was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the Hudson Valley Region of upstate New York. Upon moving to New England nearly 25 years ago, he was intrigued with its abundant history and completely fell in love with the North Atlantic Ocean. When relocating to Maine, he spent most days on the Gulf of Maine, exploring lighthouses and historic military forts, landing and camping on numerous islands and experiencing the abundant amount of sea life on Casco Bay and beyond. In 2015, he relocated to Florida and enrolled into the United States Coast Guard’s “Captain School” and upon completion in 2016, Salt and Mist Sea Tours was born, offering Lighthouse and Seal Tours as well as Sunset Cruises on Casco Bay. Due to its volume and success, Salt and Mist Sea Tours expanded and in 2017, opened a second location in St. Petersburg, Florida, offering Dolphin Tours, Tiki Bar and Oceanfront Dining  excursions, Barrier Island Beach adventures and Sunset Cruises on the Gulf of Mexico. In 2018, Salt and Mist Sea Tours officially became a Limited Liability Company in both Florida and in Maine. In 2019, TripAdvisor rated Salt and Mist Sea Tours the #1 Boat Tour Company in the Tampa Bay Area.

In addition to Salt and Mist Sea Tours, Captain Joe worked at a 100+ year old maritime camp teaching children how to fish for Lobster, teaching general navigation and boat safety and conducting Island Picnic Tours off the Coast of Kennebunkport, Maine. He also has experience as a Sea Captain conducting Eco tours within the 10,000 Islands off of Marco Island, Florida.

Captain Joe holds a dual Bachelors Degree in Arts and Sciences from American International College in Springfield, MA and is a graduate of the prestigious “Captain School” in Cape Coral, Florida. He is certified in First Aid and CPR, holds a US Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Sea Captain.



Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC uses its 23′ 2018 Sea Ray Sport in both Maine and Florida locations! Their boat is a fully approved US Coast Guard Inspected Vessel and is incredibly seaworthy, fitted with a deep V hull, perfect for the waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic. With loads of comfortable seating and a quiet 150hp Mercury Engine, she is equipped with all accessories needed for any emergency such as (2) VHF Radios, Navionics GPS, First Aid Kit, Type I Life Jackets, Whistles, (3) Anchors, Charts, Air Horn, Flares and a Fire Extinguisher.
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