CAPTAIN BERNIE FRANCIS
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ABOUT ME & CONTACT
I am a veteran of over 20 years in the United States Naval Submarine Service, and have been boating for more than 40 years. I began
Francis Marine Inc.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
my naval career as a Submarine Auxiliary Mechanic and worked my way up through the ranks. During my career I was also a qualified Naval Instructor and a submarine refit coordinator. While a member of the United States Power Squadron I taught a section of the Advanced Piloting Course. I also organized the Nordhavn Atlantic Passage 2017, NAP 2017, in which 7 boats participated in various sections of a transatlantic passage from Florida to Gibraltar.
I can't tell you how many miles I have at sea since retiring from the Navy. I have never kept count, but can tell you I have crossed the Atlantic 4 times, been to Europe 6 times, (spending over 3 & 1/2 years there aboard 6 different yachts), made numerous passages to/from and throughout the Caribbean, and transited the Panama Canal multiple times. I am familiar with both coasts of the US and Central America, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes, and various US river systems. My wife and I lived and traveled aboard boats for 18 years before moving back ashore.
I hold the following licenses and training:
I am not affiliated or associated with any one particular yacht brokerage or company, but I have been endorsed by a variety of Nordhavn and non Nordhavn yacht brokers. I am, most importantly, recommended by many satisfied clients -- the best advertising possible.