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CAPTAIN​ JEN, LLC

Meet Captain Jennifer

While sailing offshore is Captain Jen's favorite place, she loves being on the water and boats no matter where the location.  She has cruised with her husband on their own boats for many years, including six years of cruising across the Pacific to New Zealand and back with their family of four.  After completing her first delivery captain job, Captain Jen realized that she is even more eager to stay on the water and show others just how wonderful sailing and cruising can be.

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May 20-28, 2021 ~ Delivery Captain ~ 2017 Leopard 48 Catamaran.

Along with one crew member, captained delivery of vessel offshore from Fort Pierce, FL to Edgewater, MD.  Except for a brief stop for diesel in Morehead City, NC, this delivery was a direct route. (804 nm)


May 1-18, 2021 ~ Delivery Captain ~ Lagoon 450F Catamaran.

Captained a crew of three (including the owner) offshore from Stocking Island (George Town, Great Exuma), Bahamas to the Patuxent River on the Chesapeake Bay.  The route included two pauses for weather (one in the northern Abacos and one in Beaufort, NC) before rounding Cape Hatteras and heading north up the Chesapeake Bay.  Pre-passage chores included unpickling a Cruise RO watermaker and installing a new navigational light fixture.  Instruction encompassed various aspects of sailing, cruising, and passage making. 


February 23 - March 5, 2021 ~ Delivery Captain ~ 2011 Lagoon 450F Catamaran.

Captained a crew of six women (including the owner) and a German Shepard from Jacksonville, FL to Stocking Island (George Town, Great Exuma), Bahamas.  The route included travel from Ortega River Marina to the St Johns River mouth before hopping off to West Palm Beach. The remaining route was from West Palm Beach to Harbour Island, Eleuthera, down Eleuthera's east shore, and across Exuma Sound to Stocking Island.  Instruction encompassed various aspects of sailing, cruising, and passage making.


January 6-11, 2021 ~ Delivery Captain ~ 1989 Catalina 42.

With new and inexperienced owners onboard, captained sailboat delivery from Norfolk, VA to Havelock, NC via the Intracoastal Waterway.  Included some new boat owner instruction on many aspects of owning and living aboard a cruising sailboat. (187 nm)


February 2014-present ~ Canvas Worker & Weather Router ~ Honolulu, HI and Wilmington, NC.

Self-employed. Canvas repair to dodgers, biminis, and console covers. Create new window covers and bimini extensions. Weather router for support vessel during the Pacific Ocean-Cleanup Mega Expedition.


2009-2019 ~ Co-Captain & Owner ~ 1993 Privilege Catamaran 482-S.

Offshore ocean sailing/world cruising. Sailed from the east coast US, through the Panama Canal, to the Galapagos, and across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, Tonga, and New Zealand. The return voyage included Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, the west coast US, and Mexico. In addition to regular vessel handling, responsibilities include weather routing, passage planning, long-term provisioning, navigation (electronic & paper charts), ship communications (VHF, HF/SSB, Pactor, Winlink, RMS Express, Iridium), maintaining ship’s safety equipment and medical kit, new canvas production, canvas & sail repair, simple electronics installations, and homeschool teacher (grades 2-12). Regular use of AIS and radar. Assist with bottom maintenance/repairs during haul-out, re-bedding hardware, gelcoat repairs, diesel engine and generator removal/replacement, standing rigging installation, refrigeration repair, and other various vessel maintenance/repair tasks. With research or brief instruction, capable of figuring out minor mechanical and electrical repairs. When needed, as part of the fishing crew, regularly set & retrieve handlines and occasionally process the catch.


1997–1999 ~ Co-Captain & Owner ~ 1976 Downeaster 38.

Offshore ocean sailing/world cruising. Sailed from North Carolina to the Bahamas, Cuba, Belize, Mexico, and Texas. In addition to regular vessel handling, responsibilities include weather routing, passage planning, long-term provisioning, navigation (paper charts), ship communications (VHF, HF/SSB, Pactor, Winlink), maintaining the ship’s safety equipment and medical kit, canvas & sail repair, and simple electronics installations.


CERTIFICATION & LICENSES:

  • August 2019 USCG Licensed ~ 50 Ton Master.  Operator of Uninspected Vessels.  Endorsements–Auxiliary Sail. Assistance Towing.
  • June 2019 TWIC Credential.
  • June 2021 Adult and Pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED Certified.
  • April 1996 Amateur Radio General Class License (current).

EDUCATION:

  • December 1997 MS – Physiology. Minor degree ~ Nutrition. North Carolina State University ~ Raleigh, NC.
  • May 1991 BS – Biology. Minor degrees ~ Chemical Physics. French. Meredith College ~ Raleigh, NC.

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