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 125 US-Caribbean deliveries, 14 Trans-Atlantic and 3 Trans-Pacific crossings as well as multiple North and South American Coastal, Intra-Caribbean, Intra-Coastal Waterway, and Great Lakes passages on over 300 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 17 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.
Chuck Laughlin St. Barts Yachts & Deliveries 100+ since 1991 Phone US +1843-577-7377
Mike Green Anchor Yachts, Lagoon & Beneteau since 2012 Phone CA +1905-891-0192
Thomas Comerford Private Yacht Phone US +1508-713-1506
*additional references available upon request
Licenses / Certificates Held:
IYT-MCA Mater of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore (All Waters)
Sail & Power Commercial Endorsements
STCW '95 et al, 5-day program (offshore)
TWIC - FBI Background Credentials
Lloyd’s of London and Pantaineus Insurable