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Paul's love of the sea dates back to the 60's when he began as an amateur offshore delivery yachtsman involved with several ocean crossings in small craft under sail. He built his experience doing year-round deliveries in all European waters on both power and sailing vessels.
In 1973–1974 Paul attended the Plymouth School of Maritime Studies, Plymouth University, UK, and obtained his DTI Yachtmaster (Ocean) Certificate of Competence #3473, a life time unlimited oceans/tonnage license.
From 1967-1987 Paul worked as a Captain/engineer on various sail & power yachts, small commercial & fishing vessels up to 250 ft. in North & South American waters, the Caribbean, Pacific, Atlantic, European & Baltic waters – year round. During this time he became the Captain of the M/V LADY GHISLAINE , a 58M private motor yacht in the Mediterranean.
After a fourteen year relationship with Palmer Johnson in Antibes, France as their European Manager, he returned to the sea to be a private skipper on a number of motor yachts and cruised the Eastern U.S. seaboard, UK, Europe, Mediterranean, Aegean Sea and Turkish coasts, and finally settled in Fort Lauderdale in 2002.
He has become a Certified Marine Surveyor and now divides his time between performing surveys on both motor and sailing yachts and delivering yachts along the Eastern seaboard, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
You may wish to read more about Captain Paul's survey services at his website: http://www.simexmarinesurveyor.com
Bruce, the son of a U.S. Naval officer, was in his first sailboat at 8 years old and he has enjoyed sailing ever since. After a 13 month circumnavigation aboard the tall ship Picton Castle in 2005-2006, Bruce obtained his USCG 100 ton license and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to work as a corporate delivery captain for a Florida-based yacht dealer before partnering with Captain Jorge Ventura to form Meridian Yacht Services.
Bruce has delivered sailing catamarans and monohulls from France to the USA, up and down the Eastern Seaboard, as well as to and from the Caribbean, Central and South America.
With a Master’s degree in Education and an active sailing instructor, Bruce's knowledge and experience makes him uniquely qualified to provide a fulfilling and positive training experience at any level.