Steve began his professional yachting carrier in the mid 1970’s crewing on sailing yachts in the Caribbean. This lead to working on Grand Prix Ocean racing yachts obtaining position as Captain on the maxi ONDINE IV at age 24. Skippering various other maxi’s such as KIALOA III and projects of converting retired maxi’s yachts into cruising yachts eventually led into the power yacht section of Industry. Steve’s many years and miles at sea set the base for his move into new build construction management bringing operational an practical experience to the projects.
1987 saw Steve working as build Captain at De Vries Scheepsbow on board the 47m Mi Gaea. After serving aboard as Captain during the warranty period, a charter hired Steve to help with his new project a 50 m m/y LADY MARINA being built at the Hakvoort Shipyard. Staying with this owner as their captain for several of years he then started putting together the Owner’s next yacht project LADY MARINA II a 66 m De Vries Feadship commencing in 1996. This involvement included writing the detailed build specification, offering the bid package out to tender to various quality yards, evaluating the offers helping select the shipyard, project management, acceptance and operational Captain until 2000.
In 2000 Steve began new construction Project Management full time and moved ashore. Hired by an experienced Owner he was tasked with assembling a 10 man Owner’s on site build team to oversee and manage the construction and delivery of the 126 m Lurssen/HDW explorer yacht OCTOPUS built in Kiel Germany. Steve served during the build as Owner’s Chief Authorised Official Representative responsible for all aspects of the project from budget, design plan approvals, quality control, trials, delivery and all contractual matters. After the delivery he stayed working with the Owners as their warranty supervisor during the next 18 months.
Following Octopus, Steve has managed projects at Pendennis Yachts ( 55m m/y STEEL) Royal Husiman Shipyard (57m s/y TWIZZLE), Feadship ( 67m m/y DRIZZLE & 47m m/y COMO).