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PHONE: 206 818 9842                           EMAIL: rabard@comcast.net



Highly trusted, Coast Guard-certified Master captain with a lifetime of experience on the ocean.


captain RICHARD a. BARD

Thirty-five years as master of 40 to 90-foot power and sailing vessels.

  • Thorough knowledge of the Pacific Coast, including most anchorages and nearly every port from California to Alaska.
  • 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.
  • Ability and confidence to deliver your boat or guide your voyage anywhere in the world where there is navigable water.
52-foot Santa Cruz sloop "Mystic",en route to Seattle from Maui

52-foot Santa Cruz sloop "Mystic",en route to Seattle from Maui

48'  Navigator "Hard Done By" Seattle to Vallejo

48'  Navigator "Hard Done By" Seattle to Vallejo


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.

Smooth Passage offers a complete suite of services, from sailboat and yacht delivery to advisory and consultative work


In addition to our deliveries, we also apply our long experience in boat construction, fitting out, and condition assessment to provide advisory and consultative services to help with boat purchases and refits.

Any vessel should be well equipped, in sound shape, and good mechanical condition before a delivery begins. If your boat needs improvements, consider putting our years of experience with installations, upgrades and repairs to work for you.

Please inquire for additional information.


(206) 818-9842




Vashon, Washington 98070


M-Sa 8a–8p PT


Partial list of past deliveries with sailboats and power yachts


  • Sept. '17---42' Grand Banks "Sea Spree," Portland OR to Anacortes WA

  • May '17---52' Seahorse "Lost at Last," Seattle to Los Angeles,

  • June '16---54' Bayliner "Making Waves," three days onboard instruction, Seattle

  • July '15---47' Creelock "Jolli Cholli", Portland, OR to Olympia, WA

  • Aug. '14---58' Navigator "Leela" Port Angeles WA to Portland OR

  • Aug. '13---73' Cooper Queenship "Inside Passage", Cordova to Seattle

  • Aug. '12---58' Navigator "Leela", Vancouver BC to Portland

  • Oct. '11---74' Symbol "Pay It Forward", Guaymas, Mexico to San Diego

  • Aug. '11---73' Cooper Queenship "Inside Passage, Cordova, Alaska to Seattle

  • Feb.-April '11---53' Skookum "Andron", Miami to Victoria, Canada

  • July '10---53' F/V "Nancy Ellen", halibut longlining Aleutian Islands, AK,

  • 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 CA

  • July '07---42' Carver, Portland OR to Seattle

  • 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---43' Bayliner "Sin Nombre," Vallejo CA to Anacortes WA

  • 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


  • July '18---54' Tayana cutter "Virginia Ann," Yokohama, Japan to Port Townsend WA

  • August '17---44' Catalina "Lorelei," San Francisco to Seattle,

  • Sept. '16---42' sloop "Serafina," Port Orchard WA to San Francisco

  • August '16---45' Freedom cutter "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

  • 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

Practical knowledge adds an extra dimension--Capt. Bard has first hand experience navigating into and out of the following harbors along with the coastal and offshore routes that connect them:

  • California: San Diego, Dana Point, Newport, Los Angeles, Alamitos, Long Beach, San Pedro, Marina Del Rey, Channel Islands, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Redwood City, Alameda, Vallejo, Sausalito, Bodega Bay, Fort Bragg, Crescent City, Eureka.

  • Oregon: Portland, Astoria, Warrenton, Garibaldi, Newport, Winchester Bay, Coos Bay, Brookings

  • Washington: Ilwaco, Westport, La Push, Neah Bay, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Tacoma, Olympia, Seattle, Anacortes, Bellingham, Blaine, Point Roberts, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor.

  • Alaska: Juneau, Seward, Homer, Sitka, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Sand Point, Cordova, Yakutat, Pelican, Petersburg, Craig.

  • Hawaii: Lahaina, Honolulu.

  • Florida: Key West, Marathon, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Port Canaveral, St. Augustine, Jacksonville.

  • Rhode Island: Newport.

  • Cayman Islands: Georgetown.

  • British Columbia, Canada: Vancouver, Victoria, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Powell River, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Tofino.

  • Nova Scotia, Canada: Halifax, Shelburne

  • Mexico: Ensenada, San Carlos, Puerto San Jose, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan,Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Penasco.

  • Nicaragua: Puesto del Sol

  • Honduras: French Harbor, Port Royal, Roatan.

  • Costa Rica: Golfito.

  • Panama: Colon, Cristobal, full Canal transits.

  • Taiwan: Kaohsiung.

  • Japan: Yokohama.

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We are based on Vashon Island, Washington with convenient access out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for all non local deliveries. Our past trips and services span half the globe.





Contact Us

Please provide a short description of your boat, current location, intended destination, timeline, and any other relevant information. We will get back to you within 48 hours with an estimate and any further questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

- Captain Richard Bard


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With over 100,000 miles logged and hundreds of trips spanning from one day to two and a half months, Captain Richard A. Bard and Smooth Passage have a strong track record of success and, more importantly, satisfied clients.


miami to puerto aventuras MEXICO

"Captain Richard Bard was the delivery skipper of my newly purchased 'BONNIE', a 69-foot Bluewater 680 Custom Series motoryacht. Prior to delivery he assisted me in the drydocking and partial refurbishment of this yacht. He advised me as to the additional repairs required and worked hard for long hours in executing some of the repairs himself. During this period, it became clear to me that he is a very practical and experienced Master mariner who dedicates himself totally to any task which he undertakes. He assisted me in finalizing the drydock/repair work at the shipyard, and he commanded this yacht during the delivery voyage from Miami, Florida to Key West and on to its final destination, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, which was the main purpose of his engagement. He protected my interests in advising as to the safe weather conditions for the prosecution of this voyage, which he conducted in a safe, cost effective and professional manner. I thoroughly recommend Captain Richard Bard to any yacht Owner."

--Angelo Mouzouropoulos, Belize City, Belize


"If you're considering hiring a professional to deliver your vessel, I highly recommend Capt. Richard Bard. I hired Capt. Bard to deliver my Catalina 36 sloop from Eureka CA to Oak Harbor WA. His quiet professionalism gave me a feeling of confidence from beginning to end of the trip. He provided me with invaluable training and experience along the way. He cared for my boat as though it were his own, took care of minor repairs and maintenance along the way, and delivered it on schedule with no damage. On top of that, he was personable and interesting to spend time with. I would definitely hire him again."

--Bruce Gordon Coupeville, Washington


jacksonville to victoria BRITISH COLUMBIA

"Captain Richard Bard helped me commission and prepare my recently purchased Skookum 53-foot long range trawler yacht for a delivery voyage from Florida to Canada. Richard interviewed and selected the other members of the delivery crew. Our route was from Jacksonville, Florida to Victoria, BC, Canada via the Panama Canal. Our voyage was safely completed during the winter of 2011. His understanding of the vessel's various systems and his maintenance and repair abilities were excellent. I found Richard to be an enthusiastic, creative, and knowledgeable leader. His weather planning, safe practices and navigation skills helped us have an incident free voyage. Throughout our 80 day voyage Richard shared much of his experience and safe practices with our four man crew and we are all better seamen as a result of the time we spent with him. Richard is quite congenial and was a real pleasure to work and travel with in spite of him being a very competitive cribbage player. Richard has a very good moral compass and conducts his personal life in a most respectable manner. I have absolutely no reservations or hesitation in recommending Captain Richard Bard as a definite asset to have aboard in a long range off shore delivery. If you require any additional information, please have Richard provide my contact information to you."

--Ron Williams, Campbell River, Canada


"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, former Commodore, Puget Sound Yacht Club