Captain of the Halftime and Host
“It’s all about catching the fish and feeding the people.” –Captain Ralph
Most boys at the age of 5 would receive as a birthday gift, a baseball glove, a football, a hockey stick. Captain Ralph Towlen got his first boat. Since then, his whole life has revolved around the sea, scuba certification at the age of 12, commercial clamming at the age of 14, commercial fishing, gillnetting for bait fish at the age of 16… you name it, he did it. His passion for fishing lead him to become certified down to 220’ feet with the help of a rebreather, allowing him to obtain seafood not available via other methods. Years of running charters and commercial fishing off of his two boats—the 31’ offshore “Halftime” and the 22’ Inshore “Overtime”—from from Oaklands Dock in Shinnecock Hills of Long Island has allowed Captain Ralph and his crew to cook what they caught right on his boat. And with the chefs that Captain Ralph already knew on Long Island, Seafood Safari was born.