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Deck officer


Position on board any vessel, relief work or short-term preferred.


Independent Deck Officer, Consultant, and Maritime Writer. 2009 – present

Provided logistical support for two large yachts, including air, payroll, purchasing, and expediting.

•Served as captain or mate aboard on five large vessels from 150- to 250-, often shipping out on short notice, on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, southeast Alaska, the Sea of Cortez, and US West Coast.

•Set up an electronic documentation system for crew aboard a 71,000-ton, 32-crew construction support vessel.

•Author of the weblog “The Misunderstood Mariner.”

Captain, American Safari Cruises, Seattle WA 2007 – 2009

•Commanded yachts and small passenger vessels, 105- to 120-ft, in the high-end cruise and charter market. Planned and executed passages based on company itineraries, especially the Alaskan and Canadian Inside Passages and Sea of Cortez with emphasis on wilderness exploration and activities.

•Oversaw all aspects of vessel operation including supervision of up to nine crew in all departments.

•Stood or supervised navigational watches in both high-traffic and remote areas.

•Responsible for safely maneuvering vessel alongside docks and in navigational locks.

•Directed vessel COI preparation, including training crew for drills. Ran weekly drills and on-going training for all ship personnel.

•Oversaw spending in all departments to conform to company budget, wrote evaluations of all crew; maintained company policies in all areas including SMS, CDC-VSP, and other regulatory areas.

•In charge of all aspects of ship’s business including customs, fueling and stores, petty cash and other accounts; coordinated crew payroll and transportation.

Captain, Cruise West, Seattle WA 1995-2007

(promoted through ranks from steward)

•Commanded small passenger vessels, 143- to 217-ft, in the high-end cruise market.

•Trained new or newly-promoted deck officers on safe navigation on all company routes, including Alaskan and Canadian Inside Passages, Columbia and Snake Rivers, San Francisco Bay and Sacramento River area, and Sea of Cortez. Conducted and supervised safety training of all crew members.

•Project manager on vessel refits with six-figure budgets.

•Supervised crews of up to 33 in all departments.

Able Seaman, Edison Chouest Offshore, Galliano LA, 1999


University of Michigan, BA 1990


License: 500-ton Inland Master, 200-ton Near Coastal Master’s license, unlimited radar observer endorsement, STCW ’95 certificate including Medical Person-In-Charge and Train-the-Trainer. Also AB-Special MMD.


Master aboard a variety of small passenger vessels. Proven safety record, customer service skills, and expertise in all areas of vessel operation.


Seattle, WA,
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