From 1994 - 2004 I owned, worked on, and lived on boats of all types. My adventures took me from San Diego to St. Thomas and Caracas to Halifax. In Hilton Head Island, I spent four summers working as crew on a private ferry service and later as a tour captain on 6-passenger dolphin tour boats. In the Caribbean, I worked on a variety of private daysail charter boats before graduating to full time private yacht crew. Upon moving to Boston, I was a captain for the Airport Water Shuttle, City Water Taxi, and Boston Line and Service before I transitioned to a desk job.
My work introduced me to people from every walk of life, from billionaire yacht owners to Honduran fisherman struggling to make ends meet. I've done everything from polish gold-plated engine rooms (this is a true statement) to clean up oil spills on mid-winter nights in Boston Harbor. The highest license I achieved was a US Coast Guard Master of 100-ton Near Coastal Vessels (with Radar Endorsement), as well as a Merchant Mariner's certificate.