boat handling instruction

Personalized Boat Handling Instruction

With more than 50 years of combined experience providing instruction in docking, navigation and piloting, and with more than 100,000 miles of experience in coastal and offshore waters, we provide the highest quality instruction. We will be delighted to help you hone your current skills and develop new ones. Training can be arranged on your boat or on one of the many available for charter in the Chesapeake Bay -- we recently served as Charter Fleet event coordinator for the Mariner Boating Chesapeake Yacht Rally.

Instruction clients are listed below by vessel type -- click links to view comments and photos.

  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, David C.
  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Kim, Dave & Matt K
  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Pete G
  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Christine & Tim K

    Mon, October 7, 2013


    We wanted to take just a minute and let you know that both Chris and I wish to thank you so much for your excellent instruction and an excellent experience. You made our training both informative and fun. As we joked while on board - "you don't know what you don't know", and that holds especially true for handling a 36 ft, 465 HP trawler! Your teaching style as well as your patience and ability to break down what we needed to learn into easy to handle bites was great.

    At the start, both of us would not have thought we could have learned so much in the three days we were with you, but following your instruction we were very confident taking the boat out by ourselves for the two additional days after our training. Our trip around Kent Island to Rock Hall and back was uneventful (in a good way / we did not embarrass ourselves or you at the marina in Rock Hall) and validated the training we received.

    Thanks again and we look forward to chartering again soon.

    Tim & Chris K

  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Fritz M

    Fri, March 29, 2013

    Hi Jeremy:

    Just wanted to thank you again for magnificent instruction combined with a big dose of patience. I'll be sure to call you if I need more help.


  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Kathy & Larry L

    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for an informative and entertaining few days. We learned a lot! Loved the navigation info. I gave your name to the guy who bought the 45 foot boat and has never been in one before! Let's all hope he calls you! Thanks again, I'm sure we will be in touch with you for opinions and questions.

    Kathy and Larry

  • Albin 36 Express Trawler Sojourner, Mike & Kathleen W

    Mon, July 23, 2012

    Dear Jeremy,

    I wouldn't have thought that Mike and I could have learned enough in three days to prepare us to properly operate the Albin 36 Express Trawler by ourselves.

    We easily navigated through the Chesapeake, arrived safely at the marina all docked, lined and fendered up for the night without hitting anything or embarrassing ourselves!

    We enjoyed a couple of extra days in Annapolis boat shopping - and meeting some of your friends! I couldn't help but compliment your teaching style and sly sense of humor.

    We accomplished more than we hoped for and are looking forward to getting back out on the water soon. Thank you so much for your patience with us.


    Kathleen and Mike

  • Albin 43 trunk trawler Seehund, Fred S

    Mon, 22 Jul 2002


    Many thanks for the note and for the kind words and wishes. I had a wonderful time on the delivery, thanks to you and Bill. You make quite a team, and I am convinced that there is NO (absolutely NO) obstacle that you couldn't work around (or untangle :) )!

    I learned a lot. You are one of the best teachers and coaches that I have ever encountered. I could go on, but by far the best thing about the trip for me was being a part of your "crew" and gaining the friendship of two great shipmates. Thank you.

    Thanks also for your kindness and help with my Dad and Charlie. They had a ball. By the time dinner was over Monday night, the waves on the Bay had reached 20 feet that day!

    Thanks again. If you ever need a recommendation, don't hesitate to use me. Fair winds and following seas to you, Jeremy.


  • American Tug 41 Peregrine, Jim M
  • American Tug 41 Phoenix IV, Jim & Patti B
  • Bayliner 4788 Grand Eagle, Susan & Larry K

    Mon, May 20, 2013


    Sue and I would like to thank you for bringing Grand Eagle home. It was a great pleasure working with you – thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to schedule a “mini-cruise” instruction with you between the dates of 6/22 – 6/24. Please let us know your availability. Thank you again,

    Larry & Sue Klauer


    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Dear Jeremy:

    Thanks for your update and thanks for helping Larry and Sue with the Grand Eagle delivery.

    They are really great people, so I was very glad to know you were available, versus just any other captain.

    Thanks again, and I will let you know when I have any more deliveries coming up.

    Curtis Stokes

  • Bayliner 4788 Average Looper, Jane & Mark R

    "Capt. Jeremy was a great help. We learned a lot. He has a very easy going style. What I like the best about him was he wasn't quick to give you answers when problems arose. He would question you until you figured it out. I believe that helped to make the lessons stick. I would highly recommend him."

  • Bayliner 4788 Surprise, Steve & Carolyn S.
  • Beneteau 12M Flyer Siren, Michael H

    Wed, May 16 2012

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for the great learning / delivery experience. We are loving our new Beneteau. I've taken it out a few times single handedly and had no trouble (including docking it in the more difficult of the two slips we were looking at). Michele and I will be going out again and I will start teaching her some basics over the next two months. Then shortly thereafter I will want to hire you again to do some hands-on training work with her. I will reach out to you to consult on a curriculum that you would suggest. Consider her a beginner but an eager one who's not afraid of trying anything.


  • Beneteau 42 Swift Trawler Black Pearl, Bill B
  • Camano 31 trawler Dog House, Carl M
  • Camano 41 trawler Summer Cottage, Gail P & Judi G
  • Cape Dory 28 trawler Roger D, Mike R
  • DeFever 34 Passagemaker Nimbus Paul W

    Date: Mon, November 18, 2013 12:27

    Dear Jeremy,

    Thank you for sending the pictures you took, they are excellent and my wife found it most interesting to see the record of the first four days. I have been gathering parts and rebuilding the spare water pressure and bilge pumps for my visit to the boat later this week to make repairs and improvements – including a rudder angle indicator!

    I really enjoyed the 4 days we spent on the boat and I learned so much from you. I greatly appreciate the professional way you organized the trip and your excellent instruction. I will let you know how the rest of the journey goes. I am still hoping to get the boat to Charleston by the end of December.

    Best regards,


    DeFever 34
  • DeFever 53 pilothouse trawler Flyaway Home, Bonnie Z & Steve McR
  • Grand Banks 32 Tenacity, Terri and Jerry H.
  • Grand Banks 36 Virginia Lee, Dan and Erin G.
  • Grand Banks 42 Classic Rock, Gina C & Joe T
  • Egg Harbor 33 Over Easy, Marc & Andrea P

    Tue, 16 Nov 2010

    Hello Jeremy,

    I'm glad you made it home safely. First let me thank you for a great experience and for being such a good teacher of all things nautical.

    I sent out the balance of payment today and I wanted to say thanks for a great experience and also for helping me learn some basic boat handling and chart reading. I have never owned a boat with twins and was reluctant to try docking but with your help I am now much more confident operating the boat.

    It was a trip I'll always remember and I feel much more confident as far as boat handling goes.

    Thanks for everything, Marc and Andree

  • Halvorsen Gourmet Cruiser 32 Special K, Dick & Susan S
  • Jefferson 46 Sun Deck Hiatus, Marybeth & Ron O

    Fri, October 4, 2013

    Hello Capt Jeremy,

    We docked at the Welcome Center at 16:00 today. New adventures every day. Thank God you taught us well on the charts. Our new GPS died on us! We are tied up for the night with a group of sail boaters, two of which are musicians - very cool. Having now had the opportunity to put everything we learned from you into practical use we cannot thank you enough for your clear instruction - and your patience! Talk to you soon.

    Marybeth & Ron

  • Mainship 380 trawler Sole e Mare, Dorothy J & Tom D
  • Mainship 390 trawler Victoria Ann II, Steve & Vicky M
  • Mainship 40 trawler Adventure, Jim & Bernice S

    Mon, April 30, 2012

    Jeremy… Thanks for the prompt reply on the pricing for the SeaRay delivery. When you send the info, please let me know your availability as well. In terms of our weekend training together, we thought it was great! Very productive and we learned a great deal. It was also nice working with you personally.

    Best regards,


  • Mainship Pilot 30 Hey Jude, Julia S
  • Mainship 40 trawler—2019—docking and maneuvering in close quarters training, Chesapeake Bay, MD.
  • Monk 36 trawler Compass Rose, Beth D
  • Monk 36 Steddy Eddy, John and Jennifer E.
  • Nordic Tug 26 Sea Wolf, Bill A

    Mon, 11 July 2005


    Thanks again for a terrific weekend of instruction onboard my recently acquired Nordic Tug “Sea Wolf”. I can’t believe how much I learned and how much progress I made.


  • Nordic Tug 32 Emprise, Brad & Jean A
  • Nordic Tug 32 Gypsy III, Wayne H
  • Nordic Tug 32 Isles of Somewhere, Don & Tricia E
  • Nordic Tug 32 Kubiak II, Louis B

    Sun, 05 Aug 2007

    Sorry about the delay with the USCG form - I've just gotten around to checking my email at home. Anyway - just got back from the boat. We're loving it. Again - many thanks for your help and wise counsel. I've been shouting your praises to all who will listen.



    Mon, 21 Jul 2008


    As we approach the first anniversary of the delivery of the Kubiak II, I wanted to extend my renewed appreciation for everything you did to ensure the safe delivery of our dream boat. Anne and I have enjoyed almost a year on the Bay now, in safety and confidence. There is no question that my six days under your excellent tutelage were extremely well spent, and daily influence my confidence at the helm. Again, thanks for everything!


  • Nordic Tug 32 New Freedom, David & Sandie R

    Sun, 11 Nov 2007

    Dear Jeremy,

    Yes! Sandie and I, with brother Bill, safely arrived in Hertford on Wednesday afternoon


    We had to spend an extra day in Annapolis, and then two days in Solomons Island due to high winds and seas. The remainder of the trip, including the ICW portion, was uneventful. We handled the “little ship” with new found skill, and loved every minute.

    Sandie and I want to, again, thank you for getting us started. You are a pro - a delightful seaman and a new friend.

    All the best, David.

  • Nordic Tug 32 Tomfoolery, Tom & Sherry M
  • Nordic Tug 32 Tug-A-Long, David & Debra P

    Wed, 13 Jul 2011

    Hi Jeremy,

    I cannot thank you enough for the time you spent with David and I. It was invaluable. I really did not think that we could take in so much information in three days, but we did! We both are so much more comfortable with handling Tug-A-Long now. All the thanks go to you and your patience. You are a spectacular teacher, and we would gladly talk with any of your prospective clients if they would like to speak with some of your past pupils.

    Thanks again. Take care,


    PS. I have given your contact information to our broker, Bob Star with Virginia Yacht brokers. Hopefully you will be hearing from him as well.

  • Nordic Tug 37 Boo!, John & Ann B

    Tue, 16 Nov 2010

    Thank you for the RayMarine info. That quite likely would have solved the problem! I will try it. Boo is a wonderful yacht, and your help will always be very much appreciated. I do hope our paths cross again. You are a great Captain.

    Very best, John and Anne


    Fri, September 16, 2011

    Hi Jeremy,

    Anne and I continue to love the boat. We just returned from the Bahamas - a great trip! I was aboard for 70 continuous glorious days.

    I am told I handle her well. Your delivery, instruction and help were VERY IMPORTANT.

    Very best,


  • Nordic Tug 37 Early Light, Kirk & Susan G
  • Nordic Tug 37 Finally……, Darlene W & Roger P

    Mon, October 8, 2012

    Jeremy, we are off for a two week cruise down the west coast of FL. Of course using the many skills we learned from the BEST Take care.

    Roger and Darlene


    Sat, July 27, 2013

    Hi Jeremy .......tomorrow, July 28 , it will be 5 years since we embarked on the famous journey of bringing our new Nordic Tug home from Annapolis ........can you believe it !! I want to thank you again for all, no ALL, you did for us during your 17-day Captain’s role........we are out on Finally now and I will tell you that not a trip goes by that I do not use your guidance and direction.......I see so many examples where other boaters could use some ............anyway we hope you have a great summer/fall, doing whatever it is you want ........we try to do likewise............. any plans to be in the St Pete area???

    Once again, ALL the best to you, Capt. Jeremy

    Roger and Darlene

  • Nordic Tug 37 Wild Rose, Patty & Steve M

    Sun, 6 Sep 2009

    Jeremy, thanks again for the terrific time we had with you, and for the birthday card! We will be sure to keep in touch.

    Patty & Mark

  • Nordic Tug 42 Peaceful Too, Gordon W
  • Nordic Tug 42 Sea Gypsy, Leo B & Marta P
  • Nordic Tug 42 Rambler, Cathy & Richard G

    Fri, 15 May 2009

    Jeremy, Hope this message finds you well. On behalf of Kathy and myself thank you for the outstanding instruction. We are currently in Jersey City Liberty Landing Marina. Heading up the Hudson tomorrow!

    Regards, Richard

  • Nordic Tug 42 Sea Flat, Kalla & Don S
  • Nordic Tug 42 Mai-Li, Marcel et Evelyn P
  • Nordic Tug 42 Wild Irish Rose, Bonnie Z & Steve McR

    Mon, December 24, 2011

    Jeremy -

    I wanted to thank you again for our instruction/charter on the Chesapeake - the greatest vacation of the year! Thank you also for the photo CD.

    Happy New Year too!


  • PDQ MV34 Glory Be!, Jack Z
  • Riviera 40 Lois Saye, Jeff J
  • Rockport 36 trawler Salty Dog, Joe M

    Fri, 9 Sep 2005


    Just wanted to say thanks again for taking me along to RI. I enjoyed myself, learned so many new things, and enjoyed your company. You’re a true professional and it shows in everything you do. Good luck to you in the future.


  • Searay 30 Had I Known, Darrell & Ivonne S

    Tue, April 23, 2013


    Hope all is well. I just wanted to say thanks again for the family lessons this past weekend. We learned a lot and most importantly the entire family had fun!

    Ivonne and I are practicing and the entire family is taking the online safety courses. Can you believe that Christine finished her safety course already?

    We want to make you proud!

    Take care,

    Darrell & Ivonne

  • Searay 300 Express Two Chances, Steve C

    Tue 19, Aug 2008

    Jeremy, just a note of thanks for your efforts yesterday with my new boat. I really do appreciate your professional attitude and expertise.

    I know you had a busy schedule and your willingness to extend yourself to help me demonstrates your commitment to your clients.

    Your efforts will contribute substantially to our future enjoyment of the boat.


  • Sea Ray 330 Sousa's Paradise, Manuel& Jenny S
  • Silverton 34 Sedan King & Queen of Diamonds, Jacqueline C

    Mon, 4 Jun 2007

    We three regret very much losing your tutelage. You were tops. I am sending a print of the first drawing I made this fall after they replaced the knuckles in my right hand. You are a special person. Take good care of yourself.


    Jacqueline, Eric and Stephen

  • Selene Solo 43 trawler Chapter iii, Bill & Jeannie W
  • Tradewinds 43 trawler—2019—various ports on the Chesapeake Bay, MD.
  • Allied Seabreeze 35 Sea Room, Roy S
  • Amel 53 Notre Vie, John A

    Thu, 01 Feb 2007

    Hi Joel and Vela,

    The voyage went very well. We had a crew of 4 of mixed experience and a professional delivery captain. We cleared out of Fort Lauderdale at 10am in Saturday and arrived at our mooring at the top of Galveston bay at about 9pm the following Friday.

    The boat performed very well, nothing broke and nobody was injured. We had a steady ten to fifteen knots of breeze for the first couple of days. For about 10 hours during the middle of the delivery (and at night ) we encountered stronger winds. We were on a broad reach averaging about nine knots with the apparent wind gusting to about 35 knots. However we had a very balanced sail configuration and the ride was very smooth with the autopilot easily handling the conditions.

    On a finishing note I would like to recommend our captain, Jeremy Hopkins, to you. He was very professional, competent and knowledgeable. He is also very likeable and easy to get along with. I have included his contact information.


    John and Sunny

  • Baba 30 Hotspur, Tony & Sandy E
  • Bavaria 39 Aerie, Bruce P

    Mon, December 10, 2012


    The passage here was an adventure I'll not forget and I'm grateful for your help, patience, humor and knowledge. My thanks to you and Rob for that.

    I wish you well, hope our paths cross again some day and you continue to enrich the people who are open to getting to know you. You have a lot to offer and I'm glad to have gotten to know you.


  • Bavaria 44 Java Jibe, John & Debbie G
  • Beneteau 331 je t’aime, Jacques P
  • Beneteau 331 Reconnaisants, Simone V
  • Beneteau 331 SeaBa, Todd J

    Mon, 2 May 2005


    Thanks so much for your follow up on Todd/SeaBa. It is always nice to work with someone so professional and thoughtful. I will continue to recommend you as often as I can.


    Annapolis Yacht Sales Inc

  • Beneteau 351 Wildest Dream, Philip T
  • Beneteau 36 Grand Turismo motor yacht, 2 days instruction, May 2021.
  • Beneteau 36 Baiji, Ken & Judy T
  • Beneteau 38 Chardonnay, Bill & Kathy G
  • Beneteau 381 Waltz on Water, John & Bonnie H
  • Beneteau 39 Tropical Breeze, Tom H

    Sun, August 11, 2013

    I met with Capt. Gary on the boat today and I couldn't be more pleased. The delivery is going to be fun. I'm amazed at how much I DON'T know about sailing next to a guy like him!!! Yikes.



    Tues, 24 September, 2013


    My experience on the delivery was great. I was pretty stressed out worrying about getting safely home but your guys were great. I had the utmost confidence in Capt Gary and his experience and expertise. Thanks again.


  • Beneteau 40 Esprit, Kelly W & Natalie W
  • Beneteau First 40.7 Chance, Steve E

    Mon, 2 May 2011

    Jeremy, Thank you again for helping bring Chance home. It was a great trip for all of us. Keep in touch!!


  • Beneteau 41 Irish Mist, Ken & Michelle D
  • Beneteau 42 Razzo, Don & Catherine E

    Wed, 31 Aug 2011

    Very many thanks, Jeremy, for your patience and help today. We enjoyed getting to know about our new boat. Look forward to learning some more.

    All the best.......Don and Catherine

  • Beneteau 423 Exitus, Ed & Lisa W
  • Beneteau 43 Our Turn, Don & Catherine E
  • Beneteau 44 Second Chance, Arnold M
  • Beneteau 473 Carpe Ventus, Steve & Debbie A
  • Beneteau 49 Second Star, Scott & Jennifer C
  • Beneteau 523 String Music, David C

    Mon, 22 Jun 2009

    Capt. Bill,

    I wanted to take a few minutes and thank you and Carroll for the very successful delivery of String Music from Charleston to Annapolis. I simply cannot imagine having anyone that was more knowledgeable, capable, and professional to assist me with this challenging task. I think we encountered a little of everything during the trip and I appreciated having the opportunity to learn from your experiences.

    I would also add that both Jackson and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two of you and making new friends. I hope we can stay in touch going forward.

    Stay in touch and perhaps we can get together at some point and take our wives for a sail.

    Thanks again and take care,

    David (and Jackson)

  • Beneteau 57 Persevere, Bruce J
  • Beneteau CNB62 Whisper, Mark D
  • Brewer 44 Dragon Lady, Gail M & Gordon McC
  • Bristol Channel 28 Aura, Kim & Robin P
  • C & C 9.9 Ringle, Richard Z
  • C & C 32 Altnabrocky II, Simon & Jennifer H

    Sun, 8 Aug 2004

    Dear Jeremy,

    Thank you SO MUCH for the fab cushion, in Pac Blue, with Altnabrocky II proudly emblazoned thereon! It is gorgeous, looks like it's been part of the boat since its birth, and is just the thing for old seamen's backs (of course it takes one to...) don't know why you would be giving us a present - the debt is owed the other way round. We enjoyed your company greatly, and all feel vastly more competent on the water thanks to you. You've also taken a permanent place in the family now, immortalized in wedding videos!

    Don't know when the next crossing of paths will be - most likely when we undertake the Next Big Adventure, as Pooh would put it - which probably won't be before next season. Till then enjoy land and water in perfect mixture, and thanks again for sailing gifts and post-sailing gifts.


  • C & C 44 Solitude, Gary & Tori R


    Hi Jeremy,

    We just wanted to send a big THANK YOU (see how big that is?!) for a terrific day on Sunday! We really learned a lot from you (including some coaching terms that I'll be using in my work!), and, we had such fun hanging out with you. We'll be in touch after we get a little more experience for some follow ups, but until then, know that we are so grateful for your help, and we hope you'll look us up if you're ever in town.

    Torie and Gary

  • Cabo Rico 42 Kokomo, Kevin & Sally C

    Sat, 16 May 2009

    It was a wonderful trip sailing with you. We learned so much and feel like there is only much more to learn.

    We hope your sail to Norfolk goes smoothly and the wind gods are with you to get you north. Thanks for all you taught us.

    Sally & Kevin

  • Caliber 33 Sailor Dance, John & Joan M
  • Caliber 33 Sailor Dance, Patrick I

    Mon, 14 November 2011

    Capt. Jeremy,

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you again for a very professional job. Capt. Gary Hutson and crew, Brian King, were gentlemen and both very knowledgeable. I’m very new at this and it was an excellent opportunity for me to learn the boat and get some very useful tips.

    While the weather made the trip challenging, Gary’s seamanship made it all an unforgettable journey. It was also very reassuring that you called regularly to check on our progress. I look forward to learning more from your team next season.

    Best regards,


  • Caliber 38 Kairos, Myla & Dan S

    Sat, 29 Mar 2008

    Hi Jeremy (a.k.a. Mother Hen),

    I returned to Denver today - a very uneventful trip (just the way I like them when airlines are concerned). I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your excellent instruction and the boost in confidence you gave me.

    We had a great escape out of that tricky slip in Annapolis, a stop at a fuel dock, and a trip up Trappe Creek (twice! Did Dan mention the grounding in the mud?)- all without major mishap and I credit you.

    It was a pleasure to meet you and learn from you and I'm looking forward to the next time our paths cross. Best wishes and our sincere thanks,


  • Caliber 40 Twist of Fate, Kevin & Christine S

    Sun, May 12, 2013

    Hi Gary - I'm glad to hear you and Frank made it home okay. We were wiped out on Saturday and got practically nothing done beyond a general clean-up of Twist Of Fate. Today we got her cleaned up real well and placed out on the mooring. We both want to thank you once again for delivering us all home safely.

    You and Frank did a great job of making us feel secure and always in control, as well as keeping the trip fun. I learned more from you in the past 10 days than I have in the last several years of handling a sailboat and general seamanship.

    Please feel free to use us as references for future clients if you desire. Thanks again and I hope you have a great summer.

    Kevin and Christine

    Tue, May 21, 2013


    Dear Jeremy,

    My wife and I were very pleased with our delivery. I appreciated the clear and straightforward approach to the entire estimate & contract process, including what to expect on the water. Also, Capt Gary did a great job – at no time did we feel unsafe as his calm demeanor was always present. He went out of his way to ensure that we knew what to expect and allowed us input on watch scheduling, routing and food as well as teaching us so much about our new boat. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a very good instructor and I learned more about boat handling & general seamanship during our delivery than I have in the past 10 years! Thanks again,

    Kevin & Christine

  • Cambria 44 Sundance, Julie G & Tom L
  • Canadian Sailcraft 36 Adventure, Audra C & Mark O

    Mon, July 23, 2012

    Hi Jeremy, hope all is well and you have some down time with your busy schedule.

    Audra and I just wanted to thank you for a great week on the water, we really got a lot out of your instruction and actually sailed Adventure back down to Boston this weekend.

    We were able to anchor overnight in Rockport along the way south. We still need more practice in some fields - we were faced with 15 knot winds yesterday afternoon while attempting to dock at Constitution Marina, which was difficult - and ugly :).

    We will forward some photos of our trip this weekend, once we get a little organized.



  • Catalina 27 Elizabeth, Denise L


    Just wanted to say thanks for the huge boost in self confidence. As you know I am no stranger to sailing and have been crewing on other peoples’ sailboats for years. Lately I found myself spending all of my time at my dock admiring my newly purchased Catalina 27. Now that I was supposed to be in charge, all kinds of fears and apprehensions were unmasked and I realized how many skills I lacked - not least of all getting my boat safely in and out of my slip! After only a few hours on the water, several simple sketches and a lot of patience you somehow managed to settle my worst fears. My grip on the tiller loosened, my muscles relaxed and I began to smile. I now feel confident maneuvering my boat in and out of my slip with no effort.

    Thanks again,

    Denise and "Elizabeth"

  • Catalina 310 Lady Beatrice, Steve & Diane V

    Fri, 10 Aug 2007


    I shall be pleased to inform the USCG that you led us from the Chesapeake to our new berth on Long Island Sound impeccably well. Frankly, I don't know how the other individual we had lined up originally would have been able to do it. Diane passed her (required) test for the Connecticut boating certificate with flying colors, thanks in part to the confidence you gave her during our trip, no doubt. We wish you continued good sailing.

    Steve & Diane

  • Catalina 32 Aphrodesiac, Jeanne K
  • Catalina 32 Chasen The Wind, Brandon K & Erin W


    Hi Jeremy,

    We had a great time, thank you for all your patience and advice. You were very generous teaching us as we went and serving as our tour guide! It was Tom and Brooke's first time sailing, and I think they're hooked now.

    Thanks again for everything you did for us.

    Erin & Brandon

  • Catalina 32 Take Me Away, Elizabeth G
  • Catalina 350 Even Keel, Gary B
  • Catalina 38 Cool Breeze, Ben & Lorraine K
  • Catalina 38 K-Baby, Don & Kay K
  • Catalina 42 Bay Bee, Dottie C & Babs C

    Mon, 13 Jul 2009

    Again, reiterating the obvious, but we loved our trip, our experience, and our bonding with you. Thank you again for sharing your expertise and I look forward to taking you up on your offer for more docking practice. Can we go in somewhere way tighter than slip H3? (just joking…)



    Tue, 14 Jul 2009

    Hi Jeremy!

    I just wanted to say thanks again for a wonderful trip - I felt that we accomplished exactly what I had hoped for even given the less than optimal weather conditions.

    Finally, I appreciate your patience with us and our less than polished sailing skills, such that they are. I was joking to Will that I felt like I learned a tremendous amount, and still am clearly a member of the Bone Headed Idiot Club (BHIC to us aficionados). In any case, it was a pleasure being humbled by someone as pleasant and knowledgeable as you.

    Cheers, and best of luck on your racing!


  • Catalina 42 Nicole, Joe R
  • Catana 531 Esprit de Tizza, John O
  • Endeavour 37 Czenahah, Edgar B
  • Fontaine Pajot Tobago 35 Lauren Marie, Michael F

    Thu, 29 Jun 2006


    Normally, planning to spend 10 days or so in close company with a total stranger introduces a little anxiety. In your case, the first time we spoke on the phone, I got a sense that you, I and Mark would get along just fine, so my anxiety level never rose at all. Mark had asked me about you before the trip and I told him that we had spoken and that you had a sense of humor so things will be OK, which they were.

    We enjoyed the trip despite the mechanical challenges – or perhaps because of them!

    Should I undertake such a foolish adventure again in the future, I will most certainly call you first. And, if anyone asks for a recommendation I will point them in your direction.

    Maybe we’ll get a chance to see you at the boat show in October.

    Until then, best of luck to you.


  • Freedom 32 Sea Fox, Woodrow L
  • Gemini 105C Alicia in Wonderland


    Dear Jeremy:

    Mary and I just arrived at home. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your substantial contribution to a lovely adventure.

    When Alicia invited us to sail her new catamaran from Annapolis to Newport I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I'd never been on a sea voyage of this magnitude and had all kinds of worries: will there be enough room? Enough water? What if we get hit by a storm? How much help will Mary and I actually be on the boat? Will we get bored and cranky in such an enclosed space?

    The fact that Alicia was hiring an experienced captain to accompany us put my mind at ease, but also raised some additional questions. What if he turns out to be a real jerk? When you arrived, I realized I had nothing to worry about. You were charming, clever, and eminently patient with a couple of “swabbies” who didn't know their port from their starboard. Thanks for the lessons in sailing, knot-tying, steering, the rules of waterways, and also for the homegrown tomato sandwiches!

    Please do keep in touch, and when you are free for a visit to Boston, give me a ring and I'll be delighted to show you the town.

    Take good care,


  • Gozzard 35 Harbor Mist, Paul & Karen DeL
  • Gozzard 44 Midnight, Jon & Teresa P
  • Gulfstar 42 Embrace, Chris & Sue J
  • Hans Christian 43 My Bonnie, Jack McD & Lola U
  • Hanse 386 HMS Pinafore, David A

    Tues, November 26, 2013

    Dear Jeremy,

    Innumerable occasions over the past months of your words ringing in my ears and my eventual success in undocking, sailing & then docking Pinafore single-handed have transpired. Of much greater significance has been my patience and confidence in executing these tasks while teaching Rebecca. Miraculously, she really enjoys the boat and sailing with me – an unanticipated delight. You are a great teacher!

    Several slip holders @ Osprey Point have sung your praises from their own experiences with you. I hope you continue enjoying what you do, as it benefits so many of us!

    Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season,

    With cordial regards,

    David A

    Thu, May 2, 2013

    Jeremy – I owe you many thanks. Looking forward to casting off lines early 5/15 and not returning until late afternoon on 5/17. I will soon suggest/request dates in June for a third lesson & the journey to Osprey Point. Hope Boston is kind to you – you are a pleasure to learn from and be with – Regards, DWA.

  • Hanse 400e Ad Astra, Chris & Sara D

    Tue, 3 May 2011 09:39:23 -0400

    Capt. Jeremy,

    Thanks again for everything! We added something to your check for going above and beyond! Fair winds, Sara & Chris

  • Hanse 46 Jonathan Shepherd, Barbara & Pete W
  • Herreshoff 53 Nereia, Frank R
  • Hinckley 40 Ondine, Joe & Medda M
  • Hunter 33 Polaris, Scott & Hoa C
  • Hunter 340 Moonlight Bay, Vince & Marti S
  • Hunter 356 Magic, Rick H & family
  • Hunter 36 Fortune Hunter, Fred & Colleen F

    20 Apr 2005


    We just wanted to tell you that we had a great time on our instructional weekend with you. We learned a great deal from you. With our new boat, it was nice to have sailed first with you, as we learned a lot about the boat itself, as well as the finer points of sailing. We had a lot of wind and some pretty strong puffs that day and we are glad you were there to show us how to handle things.

    Fred and Colleen F

  • Hunter 42 Passage Lady Jane, Jane T
  • Hunter 42 Passage Mary Alice, Steve L
  • Hunter 43 Turnberry, Steve & Catherine C
  • Hunter 45 Champagne, Frederique L

    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Capt. Jeremy,

    I would like to thank you again for teaching me how to handle our boat. What a great experience it was! I really loved the fact that everything was done in the calm and always with all the explanations necessary for me to succeed.

    I hope I will have the opportunity to learn from you again in the near future.

    Best regards,


  • Hylas 46 Dragonwings, David C
  • Hylas 49 Meander, David R
  • Hylas 54 Solitude, Gary & Tori R
  • Island Packet 32 Sonaki, Ron W

    Sun, 30 Sep 2007

    Capt. Jeremy,

    Thanks for a great day of sailing and instruction. The time with you was a sound investment in my confidence as a novice sailor.

    You are the "real thing." You possess that rare combination of someone who has actually “done it” AND has the ability to teach it in an informative and easy way. Like you said, "If I want to know what time it is, please don't tell me how to make a watch." I'm looking forward to further instruction from you after I get a few more sea miles.

    I am confident now that I can navigate a "cheat" reach and I'm so pleased that I could explain Hotel California anchoring to you.

    Ron, SV "Sonaki"

  • Island Packet 37 Slip Away, Bill & Ardea A
  • Island Packet 445 Sail la Vie, Jody M
  • J/109 Lorelei, David & Alice J
  • Jeanneau 36 Blue Cloud, Steve C
  • Jeanneau 37 Dream Catcher, Charles G
  • Jeanneau 37 Maverick, Olivier et Natache LeG
  • Jeanneau 378 Elara, Larry B
    ICW owner assisted delivery
  • Jeanneau 409 Daphne, Diane
  • Jeanneau 42 DS Wicked Good, Jon O
  • Jeanneau 45 Four Sea Sons, Stefano T
  • Leopard 42 Polaris, John & Lorella H
  • Morgan 44 Las Sirenas, Scott, Esme, Haley & Alana E
  • Morris 28 Jelly Bean, Chris T

    Fri, 10 Jun 2011

    Thanks, Jeremy, for a “lifetime” trip. You truly are a master of your profession. Hope Bermuda & beyond are enjoyable.


  • Nor’Sea 27 Swept Away, Dwayne S
  • O’Day 27 Sundance, Faith D
  • Pacific Seacraft 24 Fore Sail, Mike & Bonney D
  • Pacific Seacraft 34 Opal, Greg & Ruth
  • Passport 40 Annie B, Charles & Cheryl K
  • Passport 40 El Pez Volador, Fred W & Alice M
  • Ranger 22 Powerless, Wray & Susie H

    Tue, October 23, 2012

    Hello Jeremy -- We got the fuel line repaired, and hope to get out again sometime this week. Wish us luck.

    We want to thank you again for all of your clear, patient instruction. We know that we still have a lot to learn, and we will connect again in the spring. All best,

    Wray & Susie

  • Sabre 30 Cotton Blossom, John

    Tue, 14 Oct 2008

    Thanks Capt Bill & Jeremy, I was very pleased with the service....very professional operation.


  • Sabre 30 Tiburon, Bob and Joyce R.
  • Sabre 386 Lady Slipper, Ken J
  • Sabre 402 Briezi, Rolf S
  • Sabre 402 Kinda Blue, Bill & John C
  • Shannon 28 Guinevere, Heddy C
  • Shannon 28 Mehitabel, Teresa V
  • Shannon 38 Orinoco, Greg & Kathy T
  • Shpountz 50 Thaleia Eric & Beth H
  • Ta Chiao 54 Tovarisch II, Ron M
  • Tartan 3400 Old Dogs, Dick K
  • Tartan 46 Symphony II, Ray S

    Tue, 17 May 2011


    Great Job, well done - I really appreciated your many talents.



  • Taswell 49 Windsong, Jean & Jim J
  • Tayana 37 High Jinx, Dominic S
  • Tayana 42, Sea Trekker, Rick H
  • Tayana 42 Blue Horizon, Charlie & Sharon B
  • Vagabond 42 Drommen Om Elin, Tom & Elin C
  • Valiant 42 Callie Mae, Jim & Marianne P
  • Valiant 42 Mabuhay, Terry & Chris F

    Sun, July 15, 2012


    I want to take a minute to thank you for the instruction on my, new to me, boat. Your experience, boating and sailing knowledge, and encouragement were key to my instruction. You are the consummate professional. Thank you, also, for your patience. I greatly appreciate your services; it was truly a great experience!



  • Valiant 42 Muircu, Brett K
  • Valliant 42 Vespers, Cindy & John H
  • Whitby 42 Maverick, Lon C