Captain Ron is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt, produced by David Permut, and written by John Dwyer for Touchstone Pictures. It stars Kurt Russell as the title character, a sailor with a quirky personality and a checkered past, and Martin Short as a middle-class family man who hires him to sail a yacht through the Caribbean with the man and his family aboard. Mary Kay Place, Benjamin Salisbury, and Meadow Sisto also star as the man's wife and children.
Martin Harvey (Short) is a middle-aged office worker who lives in Chicago with his wife Katherine (Place), 11-year-old son Ben (Salisbury), and 16-year-old daughter Caroline (Sisto). When Martin learns that his recently deceased uncle has bequeathed him a sailing yacht once owned by Clark Gable, he decides to take the family to the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre ("Saint Potato" literately "Apple of Earth" ) to retrieve the boat so he can sell it. At first, Katherine resists the idea of taking the family away from work and school, but she agrees after Caroline announces that she has just gotten engaged to an uncouth young man.
When the Harveys arrive at the island, they discover that the yacht, the Wanderer, is