On the water...
I first started sailing on a catamaran in the mid-1980s,
and then on a 1982 Hunter 33 starting in 1999. I was hooked
on sailing from that time forward and always dreamed of having
my own sailboat someday. In July 2003 I began sharing a 2001
Hunter 320 with other individuals, and moved up to a 2005
Hunter 36 in July 2005. I am mostly self-taught and self-read
in my boating and sailing education. However, I do it mostly
by-the-book. In September 2005 I began contract work for a company,
maintaining a fleet of nine sailboats and powerboats. January 2006
I began training individuals on a fleet of watercraft, orienting
them with all parts and operation of their respective yacht from
stem to stern, including best-practices and maneuvering and handling
skills. I became an ASA sailing instructor in June 2006, with the
credentials to teach up to ASA 104 (Bareboat Cruising). Additionally,
I have a unique ability to communicate new and foreign concepts to
students and prefer a hands-on and incredibly patient teaching approach.
Most of my experience is on Galveston Bay and along the coast in Southeast Texas. Other notable places I have been vessel master include: Five Harvest Moon Regattas, Puget Sound near Tacoma and Seattle; California Coast near Oxnard and Santa Barbara, Long Beach; near coast and inland: Texas Coast from Port Aransas to Louisiana, Louisiana Coast, The Rigolets, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola, Apalachicola Bay and ICW, Clearwater and ICW, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Keys, East Gulf of Mexico, Florida Straits between Bimini, Bahamas and Miami, FL; New Orleans Industrial Canal and Mississippi River in vacinity and most of Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between Port Aransas, TX and The Rigolets, LA, Bimini, Bahamas, Central Abaco Islands and Sea of Abaco. In addition, several east-west Gulf of Mexico crossings. Between all of my personal time, training, maintenance, commissioning, teaching, captaining and delivering... I have easily well over 3000+ separate outings on sailboats and powerboats ranging from 26' and 5 Gross Tons to 65' and 68 Gross Tons. I have experience on nearly all types of recreational vessel propulsion and control systems, including the following: single prop right-hand, single prop left-hand, sail drive left-hand, single outdrive right-hand and counter-rotating props, twin engine left and right-hand, twin outdrives with counter-rotaing props, bow thruster, stern thruster and joystick controls. Additionally, I have proficiency with the following: late-model radar, AIS, VHF communications: FCC Licensed, other navigation electronics, paper charts, locks/floodgates, and bascule/lift bridges (thanks in large part to Florida).