Bill has over 50 years of boating experience. He began sailing an 18’ Herreshoff Buzzard Bay Boys boat at the age of 12 off the waters of City Island. His first trip was when he and two friends sailed the boat the length of Long Island Sound to Shelter Island. Since then Bill has operated monohulls to 59 feet, catamarans to 44 feet and power vessels to 49 feet on the waters of the Atlantic from Montauk to Cuba as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Bill holds a USCG 100 Ton Master Near Coastal License, Sailing Endorsement, TWIC Card, and is CPR/AED trained.
He retired early from his position as a utility superintendent for a major Florida east coast city. One of the recurring comments from boat delivery and charter customers is Bill's professionalism. His many years in the utility industry uniquely qualifies him to handle emergencies and lesser problems in a calm analytical manner. As a former open water kayak racer (five 300-mile events and one 1,200-mile event) Bill is accustomed to handling problems without help.
There are many captains to choose from, here is what sets me apart from other boat delivery captains-
Because of my background, I always board a delivery vessel with a chart plotter, VHF radio, compass, and (if appropriate) an EPIRB, Q flag and courtesy flag. All deliveries include access to my satellite tracking and communication during the delivery. This allows owners who are not onboard to be consulted, if needed. Or if the owner is on board, they can receive texts from love ones when we are out of cell range.
As the owner of a "vintage" Tartan sailboat, I recognize that sometimes people buy a boat not for what she is now, but what she could be. So if that new-to-you vessel does not have a working depth finder, or compass, or chart plotter, or VHF or even an autopilot. We will work out a safe delivery plan to get your seaworthy vessel to her new home. Naturally, I also do mundane jobs, where all the systems work!
The recurring comment in customer feedback is my professionalism, teaching skills and calmness. Owner assisted boat deliveries invariably turn into on the water training classes. Be it rules of the road, horn signals, or how to manage the new boats systems, there is always some learning. If it is a sailboat delivery, we would be happy to work with you on improving your sail trimming skills. We consider this an obligation and provide this training without additional cost. Please check our “What our customers say” page.
Your boat delivery can be owner assist, solely my crew, a volunteer crew, or a hybrid. My affiliation with a top shelf ASA school allows me to conduct classes on your boat that comply with ASA standards.
A boat is a significant asset. Often it represents a gift for a successful career. My goal is not to be the cheapest captain on a job. But then again, when you need a haircut or other detailed service- do you go to the cheapest person, or the one who will give good results?
As a USCG Master who does boat deliveries, my goal is to deliver your boat in the same, or better condition than when I boarded her. I would welcome the opportunity to present a bid and my formal CV