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Captain's Yacht Services, LLC

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

John Easley
USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain

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*America's Great Loop Cruiser's Association sponsor

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
- 'The Wind in the Willows'

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. Perhaps you bought a boat but you do not have the time to bring 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. 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.

I make every effort to know a vessel and its systems before leaving port. I monitor system operations and believe in being pro-active to avoid problems. I do not believe I am hired to merely "drive the boat" and if it breaks someone else will fix it. If I can provide service to prevent or lessen a problem, I will.

New Owner Orientation and Training

This is hands-on, in-the-water training on your new boat. 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.

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.

Private Event Captain

Entertaining family, friends, or business associates aboard your boat can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. I am happy to take the helm so you can focus on your event. Discretion is an absolute guarantee.

Survey Skipper

Brokers in the Sarasota/Bradenton/St Pete/Tampa/Clearwater area: 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 $200.

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, you can 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

Boats Recently Delivered or Operated

42' Chris Craft
52' Jefferson
72' Viking
50' Carver
37' Silverton
42' Cruisers
48' Navigator
40' Mainship
48' SeaRay Sedan Bridge
43' Carver C43
32’ Maxum
35’ Regal Sport Coupe
45’ Carver 456 Aft Cabin
35’ Mainship
44’ Fountaine Pajot Helia
38' Cruisers
55' Hi-Star
36' Heritage East
50' SeaRay
45' Cruisers Cantius
53' Hatteras Classic
58’ Viking Princess
56’ Prestige
36’ Chris Craft Catalina
44’ SeaRay
58’ SeaRay Sedan Bridge
44’ Lagoon Catamaran
52’ Hatteras Sportfish
39' Silverton MY
40’ SeaRay Motor Yacht
25' Parker 2520
42’ Jefferson
44’ Island Packet
38’ Cruisers 375
75' Millennium "Super Yacht"
43’ Mainship
36’ Carver
48’ SeaRay
50’ Silverton Convertible
52’ Harbormaster


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Rates

Deliveries, New Owner Training, and Private Event/Day Charters are $350 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 $150 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.

If the delivery involves a "crossing" across the Gulf of Mexico or the Gulf Stream, my rate is $450 for the day of the crossing since it involves considerably more advanced planning and execution.

If we are held up at a marina for a day or two due to terrible weather, or for travel days to or from your vessel, my rate drops to $200 per day for those days and $100 per day for any crew.

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