Our Crew

Friendly and hard-working Captains with decades of experience

Owners/Captains Scott and Megan Carden

Scott and Megan became the owners of Island Express Charters in August of 2017. They both have 15-20 years of experience working on small passenger vessels, private yachts and aboard the high speed ferry the Victoria Clipper. After having their two girls, Sailor and Piper, Scott and Megan were looking for a new business venture where they could put their experience to work in a place they could both come home at the end of every day and raise their family together. They are excited to be a part of and contribute to the local community. 

Julie Kesler started as a deckhand for Island Express in 2008. In 2011 she got her captain's license and started driving the boats, and aside from 3 winters away at school, she has been working as a captain for Island Express ever since. In 2016 Julie became the mom of a beautiful baby girl, and now boat driving has become a part-time job 2 days a week, giving way to the full-time career of mothering! In her few moments of spare time Julie enjoys sewing children's clothes, gardening, hiking, drinking coffee with friends, and working in the shop with her talented, creative husband! 

Captain Julie Kesler

Captain Nate Welch

Nate grew up in La Conner, Washington and has spent many years hunting and fishing in the San Juan Islands. Before he came to work for Island Express he worked for the fire service and as a commercial fisherman. 

Captain Krissy Burkhart

Krissy grew up spending her summers in the San Juan Islands. She loves working out on the water and being outdoors. She has worked with Island Express for several years, first seasonally when she was in school then for the past couple years full-time, and got her captain's license in 2017. Krissy enjoys hiking, cooking up spicy food, and exploring with her pup Sushi the boat dog. 

Contact Us

(360) 299-2875


2013 Skyline Way

Anacortes, WA 98221