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Originally from Italy, but now a United States citizen, Danilo always had a passion for the sea as he spent much time cruising around the Mediterranean with his father in his youth before enrolling in the Italian Naval Academy where he earned first in his class.
In the Italian Navy, Danilo played piano in the orchestra, was trained for special operations, was a combat helicopter pilot and in 1978 volunteered for extraction missions rescuing 126 American POW’s from Vietnam.
After his service in the Italian Navy, Danilo followed in his father’s footsteps and became a professional race car driver, engine developer, and designer of LeMans style prototype cars. He is a certified engine rebuilder for Ferrari and Lamborghini and enjoys developing some of the most winning race cars.
Advancements in technology, specifically electronics, led Danilo into developing alternative fuel systems for combustion engines. These systems have been used by government and private industry where alternative fuels such as Methane, Propane, Ethane, Hydrogen, and Dimethyl Ether are used.
Danilo especially enjoys being a Captain; working with his wife – Simona and business partner Captain Joe, while sharing his cuisine and piano music with charter guests.
On Equinox, it is said, “Behind every great Captain, is an even Greater Woman”. And since Chief Stew Simona Gardi works with 2 great Captains, you can only imagine how great of a woman she is.
Simona, in charge of “quality control” and wife of Captain Dany is responsible for ensuring all guests are treated like family and feel at home throughout the charter.
Not only is she the Chief Stew, but she prepares home-made pastas and the best Tiramusa on the seas.
In her spare time she enjoys growing orchids and making art pieces from drift-wood.
Captain Shawn is a highly experienced mariner with 20 years of boating expertise. From commercial fishing to sailing, private yachts, cargo ships and on water construction, Shawn has an incredibly diverse maritime background.
Coming from a long lineage of captains, Shawn has spent his life on the water, primarily on the East Sea Border and in The Bahamas. His deep understanding of maritime operations and his natural ability to navigate challenging conditions makes him an invaluable asset for any boating venture.
Shawn has a great sense of humor and personality and loves to keep guests of all ages entertained and content.
Joe has been business partners with Captain Danilo Gardi since 2012; building engines and promoting alternative fuel systems for fleet vehicles while also chartering their personal boats. Joe was previously president of a large logistics company and has a background in finance.
Originally from Massachusetts, Joe grew up around boats and worked in marinas during his youth. He currently owns 2 boats; a 30-foot Mainship Pilot for 21 years – used for saltwater fishing and scuba diving, and a custom built 24-foot Pro-Drive used in the Everglades for fishing and hunting.
Joe is responsible for budgeting and marketing Equinox while also assisting with maintenance. Although of Italian decent, he is not allowed in the galley but is used for taste testing and washing dishes when needed. During the charter he can be found at the helm where he welcomes guests to join him to experience the piloting of Equinox.
EQUINOX can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins.
The Master cabin has a king size bed and shower.
A Guest cabin has a queen size bed and shower.
A Guest cabin has a twin bed and shower.
Crew share companionway, heads and showers with guests.
|18 - 25 July 2010 - Bahamas|
|It was amazing - we had the best time, the best food and the best service. Super nice crew. Thank you very much - best vacation ever!!!|
|October 23rd 2009|
|"thank you so much for an amazing day at sea & for the wonderful hospitality. Its memories we will never forget.. We hope to return for another great experience. Worth every dime. A marvelous day to highlight our trip to the Bahamas"|