Capt ERIC DOBBYN

Professional Summary:

Over 20 years experience as a professional maritime captain. Over 15 years as a small business owner and operator. Areas of expertise include yacht management/maintenance, operational instruction in sail and power, domestic and international yacht delivery and yacht sales.

Status:

Relocating to South Florida in order to develop year around maritime activities near family.

Core Strengths:

Resourceful, conscientious, reliable, mechanically adept, safety and crew training, client relations.

Highlights of Maritime Experience:

USCG 100 Ton Master, commercial craft, towboat, private yacht, sail and power across a broad span of applications including deliveries, instruction, excursions, daily operations, budgeting and maintenance. Currently a freelance yacht captain with training agreement at Newport Coast Maritime Academy and in 2021 I have certified more than ten clients under US Powerboat Association and NASBLA guidelines for safety at sea.


Please find a sampling of maritime master highlights below:

2020-Present Highlights

116’ Northern Lights, certified 149 passenger Boston Harbor tour boat. June 2020 to September (Covid related departure).

115’ Destiny and 110’ Athena, USCG certified 200 and 150 passengers respectively - exclusive events vessels operating in Newport Harbor for the renowned company Electra Cruises. November 2020 to present (currently not operational due to covid).

85’ Cuttyhunk Ferry, USCG certified 150 passengers, New Bedford, MA to Cuttyhunk Island, certified dangerous cargo and 149 passenger ferry. Summer contract 2020. Cargo loading master.

70’ Ferretti Motor Yacht, Captain, delivery La Paz, MX to Newport Beach, CA. 7 Days in 2021.

63’ Ocean Alexander Motor yacht, Training and delivery. Delivered Redondo Beach to Sausalito, CA while training the husband and wife owners. Returned to Sausalito for another week of training. 11 Days in 2021.

61’ Viking Motor yacht, trained owner and crew in all aspects of proper and safe operation. Operating from Seal Beach to Catalina Island. 5 days.

57’ Sunseeker Motor yacht, delivery Ensenada, Mexico to Newport Beach, CA 2021.

56 Ocean Yacht, Long Beach, CA, training owners to be able to operate vessel safely under NABSLA and US Powerboat Association guidelines. Commenced January 8. Also training owners in maintenance and performing general maintenance and repairs. Ongoing over-site, repairs and maintenance.

53’ Sunseeker, day captain Newport Beach, CA, December 26 to present.

47’ Absolute Motor yacht, Prepped and delivered Long Beach, CA to La Paz, MX 2021.

46’ Prestige, training owners to be able to operate vessel safely under NABSLA and US Powerboat Association guidelines. January 12 to present at Newport Beach, CA.

42' Ocean Alexander, training owners to be able to operate vessel safely under NABSLA and US Powerboat Association guidelines. At Long Beach, CA January, 2021. 5 Days 2021.

36’ Meridian, Owner training, maintenance and repair consultant - January, 2021 , 5 days, Long Beach, CA

36' Trojan, training owners to be able to operate vessel safely under NABSLA and US Powerboat Association guidelines. Day captain - December 15 to present at Marina Del Rey, CA.


PAST HIGHLIGHTS OF EXPERIENCE

95’ Tug and Passenger/Vehicle Barge, Subchapter T.
Backup Captain six months (Palm Island Ferry, Englewood, FL)

72' Hatteras CPMY WINDCREST, seven month contract as captain, FL and Bahamas. Intense cruise schedule with guests and owners on board. Duties included but were not limited to training both owners to safely operate vessel, select/arrange exotic locations to visit within the Bahamian Archipelago, coordinate air travel for owners and guests, provision/coordinate meals for guests and owners, maintain/ operate the vessel (often sans mate), manage crew and crew activities, arrange dockage and landside activities on different islands along with administration of operational expenses and projections for the vessel. Approximately 500 hours underway in seven months.

70' Custom Motor yacht NAZDAR, Delivered Virginia Beach, VA to Englewood, FL

70’ Gillikin Deep Sea Fishing Vessel certified for 120 passengers. Delivered Southern NJ to Southport. Subsequently served as operational training Captain and USCG recertification consultant where accurate interpretation and expeditious management and implementation of the requirements under CFR chapter 46, subchapter T was the chief responsibility. Also logged three months operating excursions out of the Cape Fear River at Southport, NC 

70' Johnson Motor yacht, Delivered Southport, NC to Aventura, FL

58' Bertram Motor yacht, Delivered Salisaw, OK down the Arkansas River, down the Mississippi River then on to Port of Spain Trinidad

50' Bertram Sportfish BIGTIME II, ship-board caretaker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Lazaro Cardenas, MX then delivery captain to San Diego, CA

50' Sea Ray, Delivery, Longboat Key to Ft. Lauderdale, FL 50' Tiara, Delivery Hilton Head, SC to Ft. Lauderdale, FL

50' Viking Sportfish CHASER, family marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas then delivered San Diego, CA

49' Grand Banks BLACK SWAN, Harbor Island, Bahamas to Aventura, FL

49' Grand Banks BLACK SWAN, Palm Beach, FL to Chesapeake Bay

48' Cabo Sportfish TRASHY THOUGHTS Jupiter, FL to Harwichport, MA

46’ Brewer Ketch, Sausalito north to Oregon, South to San Diego, CA

46’ Cygnus Marine Trawler Yacht, purchased at Hilton Head then cruised the FL Keys and Bahamas for 8 months - 46 tons.

44' Defever Trawler, Long Boat Key, FL to Chesapeake Bay (client, Capt. Edmund Somers, held the position of Chief Counsel of Maritime Affairs to the USA at the time)

44' Nauticat Motor Sailor SOJOURNER, Blaine, WA to San Francisco, CA

44' Tolly Craft, Port Clinton, OH to Salisaw OK via Great Lakes and Western Rivers

42' Hatteras LRC SOLARIS, Deliveries around FL and part time captain two years, renovation manager

40' Luhrs Sportfish, Palm Beach, FL to S. Padre Island, TX

39' Bertram Sportfish dealer demonstrator, Performed purchase survey then delivered San Juan, PR to Deale, MD


General Skills and Certificates:

• Sales and construction oversight for several Outer Banks boat builders for high quality sport fishing vessels 37-58’

• Diesel engine maintenance/trouble shooting and non- invasive repair

• Estimating vessel repairs and maintenance - customer interaction

• Yacht Delivery - with or without owners aboard

• Accurate yacht delivery cost estimating

• Sail/Power vessel instruction since 1983

• Seasonal Winterizing/Commissioning sail and power

• Crew and Vessel Management

• 100 Ton USCG Master Certificate With Aux. Sail and Assist Towing Endorsements

• Fluent in Spanish

• FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit

• Transportation Worker ID (TWIC)

• Associate Of Arts Degree, Communication, Manatee Comm College


Highlights of small business owner/operator experience:

2012-2017: Engaged in buying, renovating and selling property in the Dominican Republic, while residing there. The experience proved to hone my ability as an exceptionally resourceful operator and asset manager in unfamiliar, sometimes hostile environments.

1999-2010: Island Way, Ltd., Co-Founder, 4 resortwear clothing stores in SC and NC. Sold the businesses. Duties and skills gained and utilized: quickboks point of sale proficiency, inventory management, cashflow planning, tax planning, vendor negotiations, employee training, business sales and store buildouts.

2001-2004: Southport Yachts, Southport, NC, Broker/ Founder, sold at a profit in order to concentrate efforts with a blossoming retail resortwear operation.

1998-1999: US Chart Series, Inc at Nokomis, FL – Hired as straight commission ad and product sales rep to recreational marine businesses of all types. Achievements include increased ad sales of 37% in one cycle as well as developing monthly product sales into each and every West Marine store from Fort Myers, FL along the Gulf to Mobile, AL

1994-1998: Developed/operated/sold boutique yacht management business at Boca Grande, FL

1991-1994: Commercial Concepts, co-founder, sales and financing consultant working exclusively with licensed skilled nursing facilities on a national level.


Personal Boat Ownership:

• 23' Custom Built Center Console - personally designed and provided construction oversight - built at Bahia Samana, Dominican Republic

• 25' Hydrasport - 2,000 hours or more sportfishing out of Venice and Sarasota, FL

• 26' Antique Racing Catboat Sea Rover - built 1916, completed 100% rebuild/refit in 2017. Featured in fall 2017 New England Boating Magazine

• 26’ Nonsuch Catboat, Cruised Southern California

• 30' Catalina - day sailing in the greater Charleston, SC area

• 36' Phil Rhodes Ketch - single handed Tampa, FL to Charleston

• 37' Custom Brewer Cold Molded Trawler - cruised East Coast then two years in Sarasota, FL. Featured in Passage Maker Magazine 1996

• 46’ Brewer Designed Teak Ketch - refit then sold at a profit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cruised north to Oregon border and south to San Diego.

• 46’ Cygnus Marine 90,000lb Trawler Yacht - Cruised North Carolina to Key West to Bahamas