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       Tor Pinney  -  Resume


  • President, Maritime Services Inc.
  • Founder, Anchor Yacht & Ship Sales
  • U.S. Coast Guard licensed Merchant Marine Officer, Master

  • Author of "Ready for Sea! - How to Outfit the Modern Cruising Sailboat and Prepare Your Vessel and Yourself for Extended Passagemaking and Living Aboard"

  • Author: Dozens of articles published in US, UK,  Australian and New Zealand boating magazines such as Cruising World, Sail, Blue Water Sailing, Yachting, Ocean Navigator, Motorboat & Yachting, Yachting World, Cruising Helmsman and many others since 1980. 

  • Twenty-five years in professional marine marketing and sales

  • Twenty-five years aboard sail and power boats

  • 150,000 nautical miles logged under sail.


          Chronological Events

  • 2009-2012: Extensive Caribbean cruising as owner/captain of the 42' ketch, Silverheels

  • 2007-2009: Did a major refit of a Pearson 424 ketch for cruising and charter operations abroad.

  • 2005: Founded Strong Yachts, a line of modern aluminum (and steel) cruising sailboats and trawler yachts.

  • 1999-2004: Founder / President of Anchor Yacht & Ship Sales,  an Internet-focused international yacht & ship brokerage and award-winning, worldwide dealer for Valiant Yachts. Participated in annual East Coast boat shows.

  • 1994-1996: Founder / President of American Cruise Lines and Maritime Services Inc. Bought the 177-passenger, steel double-decker ferryboat, M/V "Tecumseh", in Ontario, Canada and drove her (with one crewman and a dog) 2,000 nautical miles to Florida via Lake Erie, the Erie Canal, the Hudson River and the ICW. Converted the vessel into a tourist excursion boat named "Rumrunner Key." Operated as owner and relief captain in Key West, FL.

  • 1990-93: Cruised extensively: Los Roques - Curacao - Honduras - Guatemala - Belize - Florida, Trans-Atlantic via Bermuda/Azores/Lisbon, Spain, Gibraltar, the Balearics, Sardinia, Sicily, the Greek Islands and Turkey. Backtracked through the Mediterranean via Tunisia & Gibraltar, then to the Canary Islands - West Indies - Bahamas - Florida. About half of that was sailed single-handed. 

  • 1988-89: Created and executed Pacific Seacraft's "Circumnavigator" package and promotion program, sailing own Crealock 37 cutter, Sparrow, to 8 major East Coast boat shows, Miami to Maine and back. Then took off cruising. Single-handed from Boston to Venezuela via the West Indies.

  • 1983-87: Founder / President of Cruising Yachts Inc., a Fort Lauderdale/Miami yacht sales company, the first southeastern U.S. regional dealer for Pacific Seacraft Corporation's cruising sailboats. Did countless boat shows. Owned and lived aboard the Crealock yawl, "Kerry".

  • 1981-82: Owner of the steel Sparkman & Stevens Finisterre yawl, "Buccaneer". Cruised her 10,000 mi. between the Chesapeake and the West Indies. Did more yacht deliveries, ranging between New England and Trinidad. Then served as captain of the first Morgan 60 Schooner, "Paradigm", 9 mo./9,000 mi., including the 1982 fall East Coast boat show series, and subsequent Caribbean charter work.

  • 1980-81: 1st U.S. factory rep for Cabo Rico Yachts. Established that sailboat builder's original U.S. dealership network.

  • 1978-80: Full time charter & delivery captain throughout the Caribbean. Multiple bluewater yacht deliveries, incl. Panama Canal transit, south to north, and San Francisco Bay demo sails.

  • 1973-78: Liveaboard owner/captain of two cruising sailboats in succession. Extensive cruising.

~~~~~~~ Additional Notes ~~~~~~~

  • Navigation: Celestial, GPS, Radar, Sat Nav, RDF, DR.

  • Education: Graduate of American Nautical Services School. Syracuse University, Pace University, YMCA Senior Life Saving, PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification, CPR.

  • Languages: English, Spanish, + scraps of Italian, French, Turkish, Thai & Piahroa Indian.

  • Interests: Writing, travel, marketing, various water and mountain sports. 
    Exceptional organizational and management skills. Dog lover.

  • Specifications: White male, U.S. Passport, single, non-smoker, 50-something, healthy & fit.

  • Excellent personal and business references on request.


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