The Starlight Fleet was founded in 1976 by Captain James Cicchitti. Jim was a self-made man. He was the embodiment of the American Dream, starting from selling newspapers and potholders along the Capy May beachfront to building one of the most premier boat operations along the East Coast. Jim’s passion for fishing and love of the water, as well as his unmatched work ethic and vision, enabled him to build JJC Boats, Inc.
JJC Boats, Inc. began with one deep-sea fishing boat called The Starlight. Jim quickly added more vessels and diversified operations to create The Starlight Fleet. The Starlight Fleet is comprised of six vessels; The Starlight, The Atlantic Star, The Starlight 101, The Southern Star, The Dark Star, and The Pieces of Eight. The Starlight Fleet offers deep sea fishing, drift fishing, dolphin watching, bird watching, and pirate cruises.
The Starlight Fleet has been a family-run business since 1976. Upon Jim’s passing on August 25, 2022, Jim’s son, Andrew, took the helm to lead The Starlight Fleet into the future, honored to continue his father’s legacy.
“I’ve been coming to Cape May all my life, and can’t remember a day when I wasn’t in love with fishing and the open sea. Watching our guests turn off their smartphones and experience this beauty never gets old.”
Captain Jim Cicchitti – Founder & Master Captain