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
EUREKA, OR TO OAK HARBOR, WA
"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
SEATTLE TO SAN FRANCISCO
"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