When you hire me, you get a mature, seasoned professional with a lifetime of boating experience. Even with the fancy gadgets and electronics and “just turn the key and go” attitude of today, I believe that nothing beats plain old fashioned seamanship and “sea sense”.
My father was a US Navy “SeaBee” non-commissioned officer who taught me the “old school” way on wooden boats on the Chesapeake. From an early age. I learned how to navigate with paper charts, a compass, depth sounder and binocular and how to confidently operate a single-screw powerboat. While in college, I worked and lived aboard a 72′ wooden sailboat and obtained my original US Coast Guard Master’s License.
I was an instructor with the Annapolis Sailing School after college and purchased a small sailboat. That fall I sailed a 33′ boat from Annapolis to Puerto Rico, navigating with a plastic sextant and radio direction finder. For many seasons I was a manager and then owner of a yacht charter company, operating and booking sail and power boat trips for thousands of guests.
Serving my clients in a professional manner is my livelihood and this is not a hobby, weekend job or a retirement pursuit. I am continually investing in training, re-certification and equipment to better serve you.
At the helm of 85′ motor yacht
I have a masters of arts degree in journalism, speak Spanish and have worked in government and private business. I have also been devoted to protecting the Chesapeake Bay through working at the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office and the Maryland Sea Grant Program. I have been published in a wide variety of national and local publications and books, wrote a weekly newspaper column for three years and had a daily radio show. I have been a guest speaker/trainer in 20 states and Washington, DC.
As a homeowner, father and boatowner, I appreciate the value you place on your time and your boat and the achievement of becoming a boat owner. In 2015 I purchased my fifth boat, a 1980 Morgan 38′, and restored her to the comfortable and well-found vessel today that I make available for lessons and charters. In 2017 I plan to move aboard and sail her with students/passengers (you perhaps?) to Florida and the Bahamas.
Please contact me for personal attention to your questions and plans.
This was my family’s Chesapeake Bay-built cruiser from my childhood.
Captain Paul Foer | firstname.lastname@example.org | 443.852.2163