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Yacht Services

We take care of your boat as if it were our own.

John Easley
USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master

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Services Offered

Prepurchase Consultation

There is a wide range of boat choices available and knowing which will suit your needs can sometimes be confusing. I am happy to help you sort through the options and will accompany you to showings to help find the right fit for you and your cruising needs.

Local and Regional Delivery

I am Florida-based and am available to pick up and deliver your boat anywhere along the Gulf coast, Florida Keys, US East Coast from Florida up to Maine, inland rivers, or the Bahamas. With crew and vessel safety foremost in mind, I plan carefully and always keep an eye on current and future weather conditions, tides, current, local conditions, and other vessel traffic. Owners are welcome to crew or I can provide my own or we can do a combination.

New Owner Orientation and Training

You may have had smaller boats and have now stepped up to a larger size or this may be your first boat. There are many challenges in learning how to safely operate your new pride and joy. I will coach you through the basics of operating the major systems on the boat, docking and undocking, refueling, line handling, communication with crew, navigation, and anchoring.

You may have bought a boat in Florida and perhaps do not have the time to deliver it to your home port or you are not confident in your skills to do so. I will bring your boat to its new home.

Maybe you would like to take your family or friends boating in the Bahamas but your own schedule keeps you so busy you need to maximize your available time. We will pick up your boat and bring it to the port of your choice where it will await your arrival. After your vacation cruise, we will return it to your home port. Trust us to bring your boat to the location of your choice.

While I am aboard your boat, you will receive regular updates on the status. Once I arrive at your boat, I will share my location with you through Google Maps. You will always know where your boat is.

Owners are always welcome on any delivery. A certain amount of training when owners are aboard is expected and this is happily provided at no additional cost.

Survey Skipper

Brokers: If the owner isn't available to drive for the survey and sea trial, I will be happy to do so. My involvement is typically only half a day so I only charge $125.

Background

My family started boating when I was about ten years old. Over the decades, I have driven or crewed on boats ranging from runabouts and pontoon boats to 35 foot commercial dive boats to 50 ton cabin cruisers. Military service instilled a strong sense of ethics. As a Coast Guard certified Master, rest assured, I will take care of your boat as if it were my very own.

I am a PADI Divemaster and certified in First Aid and CPR.

When I show up at your boat, I will arrive equipped with online charts, a flashlight, a multi-tool (pocket knife, pliers, screwdriver, etc), a First Aid kit, and a handheld VHF radio in case the one on your boat should suddenly fail. I am a non-smoker and drug free. While aboard and operating your boat, I do not drink.

Captain John at the helm

Testimonials

Frank B. - 8/19/2018
Capt. John assisted with moving our 36' Silverton to a new marina a few hours away to better position it for sale. His relaxed, professional demeanor and his willingness to teach while underway or at the dock were big contributors to a successful day. I will gladly call him again when purchasing our next boat.

Daniel S. - 8/31/2019
We bought our 42' Hatteras with essentially no experience piloting a large power boat. Capt. John spent time with us discussing boat handling theory and concepts then went out with us for a day of hands-on, practical training that included practice docking. We feel much more confident now. Thanks John.

Boats Recently Delivered or Operated

35' Dive Boat
32' Dive Boat
42' Chris Craft
52' Jefferson
20' Chris Craft
50' Carver
37' Silverton
42' Hatteras
48' Navigator
40' Mainship
48' SeaRay Sedan Bridge
43' Carver C43

Rates

Deliveries and New Owner Training are $250 per day. If you are a couple and would like individualized training as a helmsman and a deckhand/line handler, I will happily divide my time between the two of you or bring along a trusted First Mate, who is an excellent deckhand and line handler. His experience and insights are an additional $100 per day and well worth it.

If I am completing a delivery for you, all docking fees, fuel charges, cruising permits (only applicable in the Caribbean), mechanical issues, and travel to or from the location of your boat are itemized with receipts and directly passed through to you. No surcharges are added.

There are so many options with Day Charters that I will need to discuss the details of your needs in order to reach an agreed rate.

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