Enjoying your boat safely and confidently is way more than fancy gadgets and electronics. The “just turn the key and go” attitude of many today is dangerous and often results in frustration and incompetence. I believe that nothing beats plain old fashioned seamanship and “sea sense.” That is what guides my training and teaching.
My father, a US Navy “SeaBee” non-commissioned officer who served in Pearl Harbor in World War taught me the “old school” way on wooden boats on the Chesapeake. From an early age, I used paper charts, a compass, depth sounder and binocular to confidently operate single-screw powerboat and small sailboats. After working and living aboard a 72′ wooden sailboat, I obtained my original US Coast Guard Master’s License while still in college. My father and I both served as volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliarists, standing radio watch at Station Annapolis and operating official safety patrols.
After college I taught with the Annapolis Sailing School and purchased a small sailboat. I sailed a 33′ boat from Annapolis to Puerto Rico, navigating only with a plastic sextant and radio direction finder. For many seasons I managed and then opened a yacht charter company, operating and booking sail and power boat trips that served thousands of guests. I have received advanced training with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Outdoor Leadership School, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and Maritime Professional Training of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
I continue to serve my clients in a professional manner to earn my livelihood. This is not a hobby, weekend job or a retirement pursuit. By continually investing in training, re-certification and equipment, I am able to better serve you.
I have also held responsible positions in government and private business including that of a part-owner of a 20+ store specialty retailer. I have a masters of arts degree in journalism and was a weekly columnist with The Capital newspaper in Annapolis for nearly three years while also hosting a daily radio program. I am devoted to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and served as the assistant to the director of the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office and was a writer with the Maryland Sea Grant Program. Hundreds of my articles and columns have appeared in a wide variety of national and local publications and books. My experience as a guest speaker/trainer in 20 states and Washington, DC. adds up to teaching and presentation skills to serve you. I also speak Spanish and have traveled widely in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a homeowner, father and boatowner, I appreciate the value you place on your time and the achievement of becoming a boat owner. In 2015 I purchased my fifth boat, a 1980 Morgan 38′, and restored her to a comfortable and well-found vessel on which each season I take hundreds of happy guests aboard for tours. You are invited you to partake of private tours or instruction on my boat or coaching on your boat.
EVEN MINOR MISTAKES CAN BE COSTLY. WHY LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU CAN LEARN FROM MINE IN A SAFER, LESS STRESSFUL AND MORE EFFECTIVE MANNER?
Please contact me for personal attention to your questions and plans.