Brief sailing bio: Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie I learned to sail at an early age, first taking the helm at age 6. Beginning in 1974 through 1994 skippering many varieties of racing yachts was my passion, specializing in the then new class: Multihulls. I have achieved top 10 national ranking along with numerous Championships including a North American’s Overall. I retired from the active racing circuit in 1994 to try a new challenge; Offshore Passages.

Skills: I am experienced in the management, maintenance, and offshore repair of most modern yachts and their systems; including diesel, electronics, HVAC, waste, etc. I am well-versed in coastal, offshore, and celestial navigation, and am familiar with most contemporary navigational, electronic, and radar systems. My interest in climatology and meteorology plus navigational charts and aids keep me abreast of natural hazards. Onboard for all deliveries I have XM Satellite Master Mariner weather and an AIS receiver. Both are mated to a portable Garmin Chart plotter to give me up-to-the-minute information on weather and ship traffic.

Experience: I have 90 US-Caribbean deliveries, 6 Trans-Atlantic (3 West, 3 East), and 3 Trans-Pacific (2 West, 1 East) crossings as well as multiple North and South American Coastal, Intra-Caribbean, Intra-Coastal Waterway, and Great Lakes passages on over 200 different vessels. I am also familiar with Canalling; having numerous Panama, Erie, Okeechobee and Welland Canal lockings as well as St. Lawrence Seaway Transits. The miles I have accumulated underway are equal to 11+ circumnavigations, or the distance to the Moon. My experience extends to all types of vessels, Sail and Power, Mono- and Multi-hull, and at all levels from Manufacturers to Agents/Brokers to Private individuals. I also have been involved with all aspects of the Yacht Charter Industry.

Total Nautical Miles: 300,000+

References:
 

Chuck Laughlin, St. Barts Yachts & Deliveries, 100+ since 1994                 Phone:  +1 843-577-7377

Nick Irving, Reliance Yacht Management & Deliveries                                Phone:  +44 7802 716722

Tim King, Private Yacht                                                                                 Phone:   +1 845-750-2818

Shawn Dahlen, Private Yacht                                                                        Phone:   +1 781-706-4433 

 

*additional references available upon request


Lloyd’s of London insurable

Worldwide In-Water Vessel Delivery

Captain Dave Block

Phone: +1 716 4817245 +1 716 4817245

Iridium:  +8816 214 37952

E-mail: captaindave421@yahoo.com

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