Guest Speakers for Florida
Speaker Location Topics Covered
Glen Horne Altamonte Springs, FL

Marine losses and prevention. Fee requested.

Bernard Cohn Boynton Beach, FL

Maintenance of twin engine gasoline powerboats. Boat handling, safety equipment, pyrotechnics - flares, guns, line handling.

Has owned and maintained his own since 1972. Past Captain, USCG Auxiliary

Capt. Charles Kanter Boynton Beach, FL

Surveying - who, what, where, when? Some pre-survey self help. Catamarans - Choosing a Cruising Catamaran. 1500 boats known from the bilges up. Learn the virtues and vices. Anchoring, hurricane survival and lots of tips and techniques.

Author: Cruising Catamaran Communique, magazine contributor, over 100K miles of cruising experience. 30 years experience with Dunedin Canvas Works. Please offer two months notice.

Ronald Fransom Delray Beach, FL

Vacation cruises, why cruising is so popular - the fastest growing segment of vacation industry, facts and history of the cruising industry, comparing cruises, cruising on sailing vessels, river cruises

Henry Mustin Delray Beach, FL

Marine surveying, changing construction methods in the 90's, pre-pregs and resin infusion systems, what understanding the "intended use of the vessel" means to a surveyor.

Author, "Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats"

Capt. Al Barrett Dunedin, FL

Custom marine canvas, marine products.

30 years experience with Dunedin Canvas Works. Please offer two months notice.

Nick Nicholson Edgewater, FL

Boating safety rules and habits, law requirements and restrictions, basic sailing, boating safety, trailering, marlinspike, seamanship, navigation rules, piloting, weather, search and rescue, US Coast Guard, USCG Auxiliary: Past, Present and Future.

Capt. Gene Sipe Estero, FL

Coastal navigation, marine weather, understanding search and rescue/overdue or distress, USCG licensing and Marine Offices.

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, President 2001-2002.

W.C. Lilly Fernandino Beach, FL

Boating safety, boat building, ship building, maintenance and repair, ship design and construction/ materials, navigation, instruction and hull plates.

Chairman, Committee for Small & Medium Shipyards/ Shipbuilding. Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers. ABC Marine Surveyors and Marine Associates -- small fee requested.

John Napurano Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Inboard engine maintenance to include fuel, hoses, piping, and other down-to-earth tips, fuel, cleaning.

Jeffrey Rodengen Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Author: "The Legend of the Chris-Craft", "Evinrude, Johnson and the Legend of OMC", "Classic Mahogany Boats", "Iron Fist", (about marine industry's Carl Kiekhaefer).

Write Stuff Syndicate, President

Marc Slakoff Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Marine surveying, yacht maintenance

Capt. Larry Dukehart Islamorada, FL

Repair, Fiberglass repair, Outfitting a vessel, Diesel engines, Gelcoat, Blistering, Sportfishing, Safety

Capt. Dave Sipler Jacksonville, FL

NE Florida’s inlets: History and characteristics. Fishing/boating safety. New and interesting fishing techniques. Rigging and knot tying. Baits- where to find it and what to use. Tides, species and seasonal migrations. Light tackle, reels rods, line and lures.

Capt. Dave Sipler’s Fishing Charters

Joel Busse Jupiter, FL

Anchorages along the Florida Keys that are dog friendly! CD Cruising Guide: “Cruisin’ The Keys With Sailor The Wonder Dog”

Henry Alwardt Key Largo, FL

Towing, salvage, safety, how to choose a towing/salvage company, boat maintenance.

Blackbeard Marine Towing & Salvage TowBoatU.S. Key Largo

Dennis Henize Key West, FL

Meteorology, National Weather Service, hurricanes

Capt. Wayne Robinson Lake Mary, FL

Marine Surveying, safety, sailing, boat handling, navigation, rules of the road, cruising.

Delivery Captain Instructor. Admiralty Consulting and Surveying. Can cover areas: Portland, ME - Newport, RI

Philip Schneider Lakeland, FL

Musician/Singer, Sea Chanties and Sea Songs. Enjoys sailing and takes part in historical re-enactments. Performs regularly. The Old Salt Show.

Group may have 3,4 or 5 people in it.

Ken Matthews Lantana, FL

Electric propulsion, environmental impact, related fuel issues, electric boating history.

Electric Boat Association for the Americas (EBAA), Executive Director, President and Founder. Reimbursement requested.

Capt. Larry Acheson Lighthouse Point, FL

Towing, salvage, TowBoatU.S. Offshore, offshore marine towing

Clyde Carter Longboat Key, FL

Safety, all about surveying and tools used to survey, what questions to ask and why, marine investigation.

Member: NFPA - National Fire Protection Association

Roland Freeman Longboat Key, FL

Aspects of hull surveying.

Possible fee requested.

Allan Kelly Miami, FL

Most maritime related topics including: personal injury and wrongful death, insurance, property damage, ship repair liabilities, maritime liens, salvage.

Robert Molleda Miami, FL

Aspects of hull surveying.

Possible fee requested.

Capt Harry Cory Offutt Miami, FL

Marine Towing and Salvage. Please ask about other topics.

Biscayne Towing & Salvage TowBoatU.S.

Percy Overman Miami, FL

Expert court testimony, claims preparation, dealing with repair facilities, know when you need a surveyor, care of boats, damage repairs

Mike Pennekamp Miami, FL

Admiralty & Maritime Law: for example, liability, cargo loss, personal injury.

Has experience as a power boater and diver.

Jonathan Skipp Miami, FL

Maritime Attorney, marine insurance policies & claims, maritime states law.

Joel Aberbach Miami Beach, FL

Marine VHF-RM Radio Communications Procedures, Small boat safety, Skipper's responsibility, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Environmental Protection (water pollution), Homeland Security and America's Waterway Watch - Maritime Domaine Awareness- Operation on Guard, Children's Safety on Boats, etc.

May need computer and TV or projector.

Patricia Kearns Naples, FL

Surveying a new boat, using the survey report, regular maintenance surveys, sailing program for women, shape of your boat affects how you sail, anything about boating

Veronica Lawson Naples, FL

Claims adjusting, marine surveying-the pitfalls for boaters, purchasing vessels, safety aboard. Fee requested.

Leonard Lesnik N. Palm Beach, FL

Navigation Rules, Aids to Navigation, legal requirements for boaters, boat safety checks, marine environmental protection, patrols for oil spills, abandoned boats and hazards, USCG Auxiliary story

Capt. Pete Seidel Palm Coast, FL

The need for mandatory boater safety education. Vessel operation in NY Harbor. Running “the ditch” - The Intracoastal Waterway, preparing for a cruise.

Captain Seidel is a delivery captain holding a 100 Ton Master USCG license.

Rudy Sechez Panama City, FL

Anchoring preparation, equipment, kinds of anchors, methods, legalities.

Thorough handout offered. Presentation can be geared from beginner to advanced or from 20 min to 6 hrs. Expertise: traditional boat building and rigging.

John Merting Pensacola, FL

Maritime Law considerations for vessel boat owners and operators. Expertise: Admiralty and maritime law, including maritime death, injuries and marine insurance.

Robert Heekin Pompano Beach, FL

Safety, boating - technical, loss prevention, values, maintenance, insurance adjusting.

Grant & Astaar Breining Punta Gorda, FL

Living aboard and cruising, ICW, “Houses are Boring! Part 1” - 55min presentation w/slides, describes 2500 mi/37 day trip along Tennessee River and Tom Bigbee Waterway. Other experiences include NE coast ICW to St. John's River, FL Keys and North on Hudson.

Requests donation to Peace River Wildlife Assn or Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Group’s name.

J. Jopie Helsen St. Petersburg, FL

Dealing with boat yards, why surveyors are important in insurance claims, what I have learned in the last 40 years in the boat bushiness. Presentations included "The Rescue of the sailboat JADE by the USCG Vessel Harriet Lane W903" and also "Sailing the Mediteranian, Coatia, Italy, Greece and Turkey"

Yacht Designer, Sailor’s Wharf, Inc. owner

Capt. Charles Johnson St. Petersburg, FL

Installation of inverter/charger systems, upgrading the electrical systems of an older boat, designing and installing electrical systems and protection devices.

Professional engineer,100 Ton Master, Retired Naval engineer, ABYC marine electrician, amateur radio operator. May need reimbursement.

Paul Warren St. Petersburg, FL

Hurricane preparation, seamanship.

Dockmaster, Isla del Sol Yacht Club. May need reimbursement.

W.E. Ted Guy Jr. Stuart, FL

State and Federal Regulations, marine surveying, boatyard relations, Admiralty Law.

US Navy Commander (retired)

WL Knowles Stuart, FL

Life related to boat history and construction of boats. Boat designer and boat builder-primarily offshore sportfishers. Surveyor and surveyor educator, consultant for boat buyers - finding the right boat for you. Amateur ecologist, game fishing, fish and their environment, boats and the environment, magazine contributor.

James M. Garrett Summerland Key, FL

Introduction to Marine Surveying

Dr. Frederick Bell Tallahassee, FL

Fishing Economics Of Commercial and Sport Fishing. Fishing From The Economic Point of View, Impact of Recreational Boating on Marinas

Mark Rosen Tallahassee, FL

Boat and marine insurance, US Coast Guard activities, USCG Auxiliary.

Flotilla Commander and coxswain, Qualifications Examiner For Div 1, Flotilla 2, St. Marks, FL insurance consultant

Jacob Munch Tampa, FL

Admiralty Law

Melvin Surdel Tampa/St. Pete, FL

Yacht surveying, boat design, life raft usage, boarding care, safety at sea, winterizing.

Sailing teacher, retired Naval officer, Naval Architect. Summers in FL only.

Judi Bidwick Venice, FL

Boating safety, safety equipment and vessel safety checks. All state and mandated safety class classes. Flares and fire extinguisher use, GPS, Navigation, personal watercraft safety, general boating course, Signage on Intra-Coastal Waterway (VA to FL), About the USCG Auxiliary and how to volunteer.

George Sigler Vero Beach, FL

Author of “Experiment in Survival” - True story of two navy pilots who crossed the Pacific ocean in a rubber boat testing survival equipment and techniques. At the end of the trip, the Navy acknowledged they were "an official navy project". See for book info.