YOUR PROFESSIONAL CREW

Todd Likins

CAPTAIN/USA

After more than 25 years onboard a variety of vessels, Captain Todd still has a passion for being on the water. He was raised in San Diego where he learned how to sail, racing with local yacht clubs in the bay. After the 1987 America’s cup he found himself crewing and racing on different sail yachts with one of the highlights being a race from Venezuela up the Baltic into St. Petersburg, Russia. He eventually found himself skippering motor yachts, most of which were busy charter yachts, his favorite! Todd is a true California boy at heart. In his free time you will find him on a stand up paddle board, sailing, mountain biking, or off-roading. Todd’s optimism and positive attitude is a sure win for crew and guests aboard. Captain Todd will make sure you’re stay on M/Y I Love This Boat will be an experience you’ll never forget.

Hayden Smith

FIRST MATE/USA

Hayden grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi boating in the bays, bayous, and the Mississippi sound. Hayden often spent his downtime playing sports, and if you did not find him on the field you could find him on the water. Growing up on the water whether it be fishing, swimming, or just cruising around, Hayden developed his boating skills and the love for being at sea. Hayden attained his first job in the marine industry at the age of 19 as a dock attendant in Gulfport, Mississippi. Working as dockhand, Hayden was exposed to the yachting industry where he joined his first Yacht at the age of 21. By dedicating himself and working hard, Hayden was able to step into a Mate’s position at the age of 25. Hayden strives to be as hardworking and driven as possible, and looks forward to giving you the dream vacation aboard I Love This Boat!

Cole Lathrop

ENGINEER/USA

Growing up on a sailboat around the coast of Florida and the Bahamas for 13 years, Cole has a huge passion for the ocean. Living such an active lifestyle as a young child his family traded the warm waters of the islands, to the cold slopes of Colorado. Spending his high school years in Colorado, Cole developed a passion for skiing which lead him to become a ski instructor and ropes course manager at a summer camp. Cole found himself missing the warm weather and salt life, so he worked his way back to South Florida where he became a captain of multiple dive boats. After six years in the diving community, Cole decided to pursue his passion and start his career into the engineering field on motor yachts. Cole is delighted to answer any questions you may have on board I Love This Boat, especially if it has to do with the engine room!

Carson Reddick

DECKHAND/USA

Growing up on a sailboat around the coast of Florida and the Bahamas for 13 years, Cole has a huge passion for the ocean. Living such an active lifestyle as a young child his family traded the warm waters of the islands, to the cold slopes of Colorado. Spending his high school years in Colorado, Cole developed a passion for skiing which lead him to become a ski instructor and ropes course manager at a summer camp. Cole found himself missing the warm weather and salt life, so he worked his way back to South Florida where he became a captain of multiple dive boats. After six years in the diving community, Cole decided to pursue his passion and start his career into the engineering field on motor yachts. Cole is delighted to answer any questions you may have on board I Love This Boat, especially if it has to do with the engine room!

Derek Rosen

CHEF/USA

Derek is originally from Knoxville Tennessee and is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC. Upon graduation he developed his hospitality career in hotels, resorts, and high-end restaurants. Before achieving his latest land- based role of Executive Chef at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, he worked as a Chef de Cuisine at Ferraro’s in the Four Seasons Hotel Maui and at Baleen Restaurant at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples. Following those experiences, he had the pleasure to work on private and charter yachts across Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean and the North East of the United States. Derek comes to I LOVE THIS BOAT from motor yacht M4 and is excited to showcase his culinary knowledge, creativity, and dedication to his craft to guests on charter. While not in the galley, Derek’s interests are boating, fishing, sporting events, disc golf, traveling, trying new restaurants, biking, reading, surfing, gardening, and hiking.

Carly Benjamin

CHIEF STEWARDESS/USA

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida with grandparents living down in the Florida Keys as well as the British Virgin Islands, Carly’s childhood was split between spending time between these two beautiful places. Growing up with the island mentality and values, it was only natural that she started to have a true passion for the ocean and everything it has to offer. Coming down to South Florida for college while working in the Hospitality industry lead her to segway her career into yachting. Five years later, not only has yachting allowed Carly to pursue her career professionally, but it has enabled her to pursue her hobby of traveling around the world. Having done many seasons traveling extensively throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean, she is excited to return to some of the beautiful islands she once called home. On her downtime you will find Carly paddle boarding, hiking, and meeting new people. Some of her favorite places include Chang Mai Thailand, Kaui, Hawaii, and Virgin Gorda in the BVI’s. Carly is here to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, please feel free to reach out to her for anything.

Katie Leetz

SECOND STEWARDESS/USA

Katie, from Kansas City, Missouri, is a mid-west girl who found herself swept up in yachting around four years ago. She has always had an affinity for the ocean, it’s wildlife, and being in the water. These things, plus her hospitality experience, have led her to have a successful career as a yacht stewardess. Most of Katie’s yachting career has been based in the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, which she now considers a home away from home. When she’s taking a break from the boats, one could find her pursuing some of her other passions: skiing, traveling, hiking, yoga, and reading. Some of her favorite places she’s visited are the French Riviera and Queenstown, New Zealand. Katie hopes to make your stay on board M/Y I Love This Boat as wonderful and fun as possible.