Smooth Passage Yacht Delivery

 Phone: 206 818 9842       email:


After twenty-five years skippering 40- to 80- foot power and sailing vessels, I have thorough knowledge of the Pacific Coast, including most anchorages and nearly every port from California to Alaska. I've also made extended passages as captain along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, through the Caribbean Sea, Panama Canal, Central America, between Hawaii and the mainland and through the South Pacific. This has given me the ability and confidence to deliver your boat or guide your voyage anywhere in the world where there is navigable water.

I welcome delivery participation by owners who see the benefit of practicing navigation in unfamiliar waters, as well as the adventure of exploring new ports and coastlines.

Any vessel should be well equipped, in sound shape, and good mechanical condition before a passage begins. If your boat has need of improvement, consider putting my years of experience with installations, upgrades, and repairs to work for you.

Contact by phone: (206) 818-9842          By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Following is a condensed resume of my work delivering yachts since 2000, and my previous career as captain, owner and builder of commercial salmon boats:



September '17---42' Grand Banks "Sea Spree", Portland to Anacortes
May '17---52' Seahorse trawler "Lost at Last", Seattle to MDR Los Angeles
June '16---54' Bayliner "Making Waves," three days onboard instruction, Seattle
July '15---47' Creelock "Jolli Cholli", Portland to Olympia, WA
Aug. '14---58' Navigator "Leela" Port Angeles WA to Portland OR
Aug. '13---73' Cooper Queenship "Inside Passage", Cordova AK to Seattle
Aug. '12---58' Navigator "Leela", Vancouver BC to Portland
Oct. '11---74' Symbol "Pay It Forward", Guaymas, Mexico to San Diego
Feb.-April '11---53' Skookum "Andron", Miami to Victoria, Canada 
Jan. '10---69' Bluewater "Bonnie", Miami to Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
July '09---36' Carver "Barbara Ann," San Rafael to Port Ludlow, WA
June '09---48' Navigator "Hard Done By," Portland to Vallejo, CA 
Jan. '09---53' Canoe Cove "MV Pearkes," Victoria to Monterey, CA
July 2007---42' twin engine Carver, Portland to Blaine, WA
Sept. '07---43' Ocean Alexander "Safari," Seattle to Alameda
June '07---48' Albin "Best Friends," charter, Kodiak
May '07---51' Navigator "Clans Seas Dream," Portland to San Diego
July '06---48' Albin "Best Friends," Ketchikan to Kodiak, AK
July '05---60' Pacemaker "Rogo," sea trials off Los Angeles
October '04---78' Striker "Nanea," Seattle to Port Angeles
June-July '04---60' troller/yacht "Trinity," Oregon coast, Inside
Passage and offshore Southeast Alaska
October '03---45' Bayliner "Noah Count," San Diego to Alameda
November '02---50' Ocean Alexander "Fascination," Portland to Seattle
August '00---50' Skookum "Bel Canto," Dillingham to Homer, Alaska


August '17---44' Catalina sloop "Lorelei", San Francisco to Seattle
June '17---37' Bavaria sloop "Raytrace", Shearwater, British Columbia to Friday Harbor WA
August '16---45' Freedom sloop "Lady Mary," Alameda CA to Channel Islands
March '16---80' schooner "Ocean" (see "Eliza"), Puerto Penasco MX to Puget Sound
September '15---53' Nauticat cutter "Raven", Everett to Bodega Bay
April '15---47' Vagabond ketch "Natural High", Bodega Bay to Seattle WA
Dec. '14---53' Little Harbor sloop "Robin Hood," Newport RI-Bermuda-BVI
July '14---41' Beneteau sloop "Lady J," Ketchikan to Anacortes
Feb. '13---80' schooner "Eliza", Ft. Lauderdale to Ensenada, Mexico
June '12---70' sloop "Arabesque", Victoria to Tofino, BC
March-June '12---72' ketch "Barbarella", Panama to French Polynesia
Sept. '11---45' sloop "Senang Hati", Prince Rupert to Ladysmith, BC
August '10---44' Mason sloop "Arione," Seattle to San Francisco
July '10---45' sloop "Senang Hati," Cordova to Juneau, AK
April '10---48' Oyster "Artemis Eos," Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia
June '09---36' Catalina "Amazing Grace," Eureka to Whidbey Island
Sept. 2008---52' Vagabond ketch "First Light," Alameda to Anacortes
July '08---120' schooner "Carinae," British Virgin Islands to Halifax, Canada
May '08---40' Leopard catamaran "Cool Cat," Ventura to Ensenada
March '08---53' Pearson ketch "Bella Vita," Long Beach to Victoria, BC
October '07---43' Taswell cutter "Chemistry," Seattle to Eureka
August '07---41' Tartan sloop "Liberty," Anacortes to Kodiak
October '06---42' Tayana cutter "Kailani," Mazatlan to Los Angeles
April '05---46 Hunter sloop "Petenitzha," Portland to Alameda
November 2004---42' Hinckley sloop "Redemption," San Francisco to San Diego
August '04---46' Hunter sloop Petenitzha," Fort Bragg to Portland
July '02---52' Santa Cruz sloop "Mystic," Maui to Seattle
July '00---50' Santa Cruz sloop "Midnight Special," Maui to Seattle

1980 to 2000: Captain/owner of commercial fishing boats. Built 50-foot combination fishing/sailing vessel in 
Florida, sailed through Caribbean, Panama Canal, Central America, to Pacific Northwest. Operated offshore from Oregon to Alaska for fifteen seasons fishing for salmon and albacore tuna. Hired, trained, and supervised crew. Installed and maintained all systems including main engines and drive trains. Completed courses in safety training, first aid and CPR. Zero injuries in 20-plus years.

Feedback: "I had an opportunity to help Richard relocate a friend's boat (a 43' Ocean Alexander) 
from Seattle to San Francisco. I have boated most of my life on the Puget Sound but this was 
a new experience of boating off-shore for me. I found Richard to be extremely knowledgeable of the waters,
navigation, and ports between Seattle and San Francisco. he took good care of the boat, his crew, and was very 
thorough with his planning of the trip. We arrived in the Bay area on time and the boat was in good shape." 
---Mike Haistings, Commodore, Puget Sound Yacht Club

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