Troy Manthey took the helm of the 180-foot, $8-million luxury dining vessel, Yacht Starship, shortly after its construction in 2000 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Manthey discovered Tampa in January 2001 when organizers chartered the world-class Yacht StarShip for the annual Gasparilla Invasion/Celebration. Shortly afterward, he permanently relocated the Yacht StarShip to Tampa Bay’s vibrant Channelside entertainment district in downtown Tampa. In May 2007, Yacht Starship opened its 2nd location in Clearwater Beach with the Yacht Starship II and has subsequently added Yacht Starship III (2014) and Yacht Starship IV (2016). In 2009 Mr. Manthey became the sole owner of Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC, which employees 125 people. Most recently, February 2016, Yacht Starship opened Pirate Water Taxi, LLC a new 7-day a week scheduled water taxi service with 16 stops and (4) vessels in Downtown Tampa.
Since 2001, Manthey has developed deep roots in Tampa Bay’s civic and business communities. He is the founder of the Tampa Attractions Association and Chairman of Friends of the Riverwalk. He is a Leadership Tampa graduate 2003 who also serves on the Board of Directors (Chair Elect) for Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association, S.S. American Victory Museum Ship, Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Pinellas Chapter. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce awarded Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises the 2016 Small Business of the Year in the 51-250 Employee category.
Manthey holds a Captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard as Master (inland) and 1st Class Pilot – Any Gross Ton. Manthey is a 5th generation Captain, who’s family started in the Passenger Steamboat business in 1884. Manthey currently resides in Tampa with his wife Jill and two sons Jack and Patrick.