Born in San Francisco, Tom started his maritime career in 1972 working in a local shipyard on barges & tugs while volunteering aboard various sailing vessels such as the museum "scow" schooner ALMA, the schooners BRIGADOON, TALOFA, and the racing yawl BARIENT BARUNA.
After graduating from the California Maritime Academy, Tom took his deck license and served as a watch officer aboard foreign flag merchantmen worldwide. He transitioned to ocean towing as both mate and Master of ocean tugs involved in salvage, general towing, anchor handling, and supply operations. Returning to San Francisco, he worked as a Red Stack tug master for Crowley Maritime ... with side pursuits running ferries, organizing yacht management and chartering, and even a stint running a fireboat. He progressed his licenses and eventually established himself as a Harbor Pilot in San Francisco ... and, for the last twenty years, here in Puget Sound. Throughout this time he gained solid experience in all areas of vessel maintenance & repair from shipboard maintenance programs to the development & supervision of shipyard packages. Tom also retired as a CAPT in the US Navy (Surface Warfare) ... with experience in ship's survey, port operations, salvage, and coastal operations ... with 3 overseas deployments in the Middle East and Africa.
Throughout the years, Tom privately maintained and restored over thirteen different sail and power boats ... from classic yawls, cruising and racing sailboats, a restored lighthouse tender, workboats ... and even traditional dories both sail and oars! He has extensive hands-on experience with both wooden and fibreglass construction methods, boatyard and commercial dry dock operations, systems repair, general alterations, troubleshooting, and emergent repairs. He also specializes in the development of maintenance plans, seamanship training, and general maritime consulting. Tom has ABYC Certification for Basic Electrical & Corrosion and ABYC Standards elements.
Tom is a member of ABYC, NFPA, the Royal Yachting Association ... and participates in and seeks out continuing education as a professional SAMS Surveyor in all technical areas of vessel construction, maintenance, and outfitting.
He has also served in a variety of capacities in overseas operations ... most recently by volunteering to assist in humanitarian operations in Port au Prince, Haiti. He's also developed an attraction for puttering about the canals of Europe and holds licenses in Holland & France!