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Following some intensive training, my background 23 years of Merchant Navy service and Masters Certificate has been "upgraded" to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, MCA Commercially Endorsed for both Sail and Power.

The vast majority of the distance required for my (R)Yachtmaster Certificates was achieved delivering boats as mate of watch - Gomera to Trinidad (38ft sloop) and on a topsail schooner from Gloucester to Chatham then Dartmouth to Sligo.

My qualifying passages as skipper had me delivering a couple of totally different craft; a Contessa 28 sloop from Inverkip to Ipswich via the Lowland Canals and the North Sea, and a Bertram 28 motor boat from Spain to Lanzarotte. Many thanks to their owners for entrusting their boats to my tender care.

Since becoming Commercially Endorsed this year, I have already brought a Rampart 32, timber built motor cruiser, from St Jean de Losne, France, to Hayling Island via the Borgogne Canal, Rivers Yonne & Seine and an Oyster 46, cutter-rigged sloop from Majorca to the Solent. I am available for other work, be it as Skipper or Pilot, coastal, canals or offshore.

john@waterways.arachsys.com   Tel: 01299 825783 or 07939 000645