Meet The Captain

Welcomed aboard the Filiona

My name is Captain Dan

I am married to the love of my life, my best friend one of my first mates

We have successful triplets – 1 boy and 2 girls – which we are proud of and to say one of our girls is in the US Navy

I have 2 other four legged best friends, which are my yellow and chocolate labs.

I have a genuine passion for fishing/boating. The Filiona is named after my mom, who after battling Alzheimer’s for a number of years, passed away in 2017.

So my story begins:

My father was a Chicago Police Officer, who was always working to support his family of 7 kids and his beautiful wife Filiona. As a kid I remember all \the great times going fishing with dad. Dad was all about sitting back, relaxing. Catching a fish was a bonus, lol but the fresh air and spending time with him will never be forgotten. I idolized him more than anyone in the world. He was a presence you would never forget and one I try to live up to everyday.

Then there’s mom! I don’t think I can even come up with the words to describe the most magnificent women in the world to me. She loved to dance, shop and spend time with her “snoop” sisters.

Her whole life was taking care of her children and would drop everything to help anyone at anytime. With Alzheimer’s it was a long and difficult struggle for her, but even towards the end of her precious life she still would take the time to rub someone’s shoulders, try to make you a meal, dance in the kitchen with you – just care for you.

After mom passed my beautiful wife and I have decided “In Memory of Mom” to dedicate a new pontoon boat in her name – thus THE FILIONA.

I never knew how much that my love for fishing and the water would one day give me the opportunity for others to make and share memories with loved ones, friends, and people you just meet.

So come make some memories on Filiona’s Sunset Cruises. They are all precious and will last a lifetime!


  • United States Coast Medical Certificate

  • Merchant Mariner Credential

  • Passenger Boat License

  • CPR Certified

To my wonderful mother, thank you for always taking care of the whole family and anyone you met, brightening every room you walked in and inspiring me to purse my passions in life.

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