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Bill began sailing a 16’ Herreshoff Buzzard Bay Boys boat at the age of 12 off the waters of City Island in The Bronx. His first 'big' trip was when he and two friends sailed the boat the length of Long Island Sound to Shelter Island. Since then Bill has operated various done yacht delivery and sailboat delivery on vessels as small as a Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 to over 60 feet on a Hatteras motor yacht.
He is among a select group of licensed masters who has done a TransAtlantic sailboat delivery in both directions as master, on both a monohull and a catamaran. Based in Saint Petersburg on beautiful Tampa Bay, Bill has done yacht deliveries from Boston to Curacao, from Panama to Gibraltar and down the Pacific Coast from Washington State. He holds a USCG 100 Ton Master Near Coastal License, Sailing Endorsement, TWIC Card, and is CPR/AED trained. Bill is proud that new captains sometimes sign-on as crew so they can learn his style of yacht delivery.
Like many sailboat delivery captains, an inReach is part of the gear that came on every yacht delivery. But with the proliferation of satellites and satellite technology, an Iridium GO together with Predict Wind PRO are used on all offshore deliveries. Downloading weather twice a day provides the fastest and safest routing of your yacht delivery. Knowing the expected wind shifts can save days on a long sailboat delivery.
Bill is honored to have now contributed six articles to Practical Sailor magazine, click here to read a summary of the articles
He retired early from his position as a utility superintendent for a major Florida east coast city in the Fort Lauderdale area. One of the recurring comments from those who sail with Bill is his 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 yacht delivery captains to choose from in the Tampa Saint Petersburg area. Bill has even trained some! The following is what set USCGMaster.com 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, and to track their yacht delivery. Or if the owner is on board, they can receive texts from love ones when we are out of cell range.
Bill recognizes 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 yacht delivery plan to get your seaworthy vessel to her new home. Naturally, we also do mundane jobs, where all the systems work!
The recurring comment in customer feedback is my professionalism, teaching skills and calmness. An owner assisted yacht delivery invariably turns 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.
All of our deliveries include a 'vessel report'. Even on a brand-new vessel these reports can be 3-4 pages.
Your sailboat delivery can be owner assisted, solely my crew, volunteer crew, or a hybrid. As an ASA Instructor onboard training follows ASA standards.
As a yacht delivery captain, my goal is to deliver your vessel in the same, or better condition than when I boarded her. My investment in satellite communications to get the best weather is confirmation of this statement.
I would welcome the opportunity to present a bid and my formal CV
Yacht Delivery by a Professional Captain
St. Petersburg, FL
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