Captain Paul Foer – A Mature, Seasoned Professional With A Lifetime of Boating and Teaching Experience
I believe that nothing beats plain old fashioned seamanship and “sea sense.” That is what guides my training and teaching. This is not a hobby, weekend job or a retirement pursuit but is my livelihood. By continually investing in training, re-certification and equipment, I am able to better serve you.
It takes a lot more than fancy gadgets and electronics to enjoy your boat safely and confidently. The “just turn the key and go” or “push a button” attitude of many boaters today is dangerous and often results in frustration and incompetence, or worse. My father, a US Navy “SeaBee” non-commissioned officer who served in World War II 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 powerboats and small sailboats. My father and I both served as volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliarists, standing watches at Station Annapolis and volunteering onl safety patrols. After working and living aboard a 72′ wooden sailboat, I obtained my original US Coast Guard Master’s License while still in college.
After college, I taught with the Annapolis Sailing School, purchased a small sailboat and then sailed a 33′ boat from Annapolis to North Carolina and then from Puerto Rico, navigating only with a plastic sextant and radio direction finder. For many seasons I managed and then opened my own 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.
After receiving a Masters Degree in journalism/communication I raised a family, took on professional jobs ashore in government and small business including that of a part-owner of a specialty retail store chain. I have since returned to full-time work in the boating field where I continue to serve my clients in a professional manner.
I am devoted to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and served as the assistant to the director of the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office. I was a writer with the Maryland Sea Grant Program, wrote a weekly column with The Capital newspaper in Annapolis and hosted a daily radio program. As a professional with the City of Annapolis, I developed maps, web-pages, publications and promotional materials and transportation resources. Hundreds of my articles and columns have appeared in a wide variety of national and local publications. 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′ sailboat, and restored her to a comfortable and well-found vessel on which each season I take hundreds of happy guests aboard for tours. In addition to providing training on your boat, I also offer training as well as private and public trips on my boat.
Chesapeake Bay Region, East Coast, Annapolis, St. Michaels, Kent Island, Baltimore, Oxford, Galesville, Edgewater, Deale, Herring Bay, Severn River, Magothy River, West River, Rhode River, Miles River, Chester River, South River, Choptank River, Tilghman Island, Rock Hall, and many more.
Counties We Serve:
Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Dorchester, Calvert, St. Mary's, Cecil, Hartford, and many more.