All of our captains are Coast Guard certified.
Captain Trevor MacLachlan
Trevor MacLachlan founded Seattle Seafaring in 2012. He holds a USCG 100 Ton Master’s license and has over 35 years sailing and power yacht experience in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. Having literally spent his entire life sailing, Trevor is competent on virtually any sailing or power vessel from tiny sailing dinghies to over 85′ luxury yachts. He has circumnavigated Vancouver Island twice and runs deliveries up and down the coast. A cruising highlight so far has been the two years cruising from Seattle down through the Panama Canal into the Caribbean with his young family aboard the Taswell 43 “Lea Scotia”, the original yacht in his fleet. Trevor provides professional training, consulting and yacht deliveries worldwide on both sail and power, large and small.
Captain Chris Howard
Chris holds a USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain’s license and has extensive marine operations and captain experience from over 23 years working in several different sectors of the marine industry and ocean research. He has operated power and sail vessels ranging from 10ft dinghies to the 104’ King County Ferry vessels. He’s called the Pacific Northwest his home waters for the past eight years after many years running yachts and research craft in both Hawaii and Alaska. Easygoing and detailed, Chris can put just about any new skipper and crew at ease.
Captain John Price
Capt. JP has 25 years of boating the Northwest. When he’s not working on and restoring his 1953 Navy-built wooden trawler, he’s racing sailboats up and down the West Coast and beyond. JP has a knack for putting new boat owners at ease and helping get them up and running in short order.
Having ditched his desk job in tech, he’s now focused solely on boating consulting, instruction… and telling bad jokes. “I like to think I’ve helped save a lot of marriages… well, most of ’em”.
Captain Richard McCullough
Richard’s dad taught him and his four brothers to sail starting at a young age, beginning with a C-Lark sailing dinghy and progressing to larger cabin class sailboats and a power boat. He has countless fond memories of the long family boating trips he took every summer all over the PNW including to Alaska. In the early 90s, his family bought a power boat and he learned the ropes on a 61’ twin screw. He continued his love for sailing and power boating with bare charters in the PNW, Caribbean, and Maine coast. He has been a sailing instructor for 14 years and was part of the Puget Sound racing scene, culminating in his first blue water race to Oahu in the 2018 Pacific Cup.
He holds a USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain’s license and is certified as an instructor by both the American Sailing Association (ASA) and the Recreational PowerBoating Association (RPBA) – single and twin screw.
Having been blessed to grow up with all this boating experience, he now enjoys helping others to live out the same dream.
Captain Peggy Claar
Peggy grew up in a local boating family spending much of their free time on the water in a variety of pleasure boats. Her airline-pilot dad insisted all three kids be competent in boat handling, navigating, reading charts, and understanding the weather and tides. They traveled from Tacoma to the Broughtons, at the north end of Vancouver Island, every summer. One summer they made it as far north as Haida Gwaii. Peggy continued boating with her parents and friends while raising her own family, then finally purchasing her own boat in 2006. Peggy’s experience has centered around power pleasure boats. She’s competent handling outboards, Inboard/ Outboard, single-screw cabin cruisers to twin screw pleasure craft up to 65 feet. Currently, Peggy single-hands and lives aboard her 54 ft pilothouse trawler.
Peggy has a passion for teaching new boaters and empowering all boaters, and especially women, to be confident in handling their own boats as single-handers or active partners in the boating experience. She teaches close-quarter handling and docking to women in her yacht club. She is currently employed in healthcare IT and teaches boating skills evenings and weekends.
Captain Mark Rinker
Captain Mark Rinker has 20 years of recreational power boating experience and holds a USCG 50-ton license. Born to an Iowa farm family, Capt. Mark’s knowledge of heavy equipment operation and maintaining diesel systems began early in childhood.
Capt Mark’s boating experiences range from inland Iowa and Minnesota lakes to the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes (Michigan, Huron, and Superior) and most recently, 8 years in the PNW as a Yacht Broker, selling and training over 80 new power boat clients ranging from 30′ to 60′ LOA. Mark and his wife Marti own a 42 Sabre named “Osprey” and cruise with the Bellevue Yacht Club, averaging 100 nights aboard annually. Capt Having recently circumnavigated Vancouver Island, Mark is knowledgeable of recreational cruising, anchoring, and can share many tips & tricks about cruising the Salish Sea.
Captain Brian Raikes
Captain Brian Raikes has 10+ years of worldwide yacht delivery and instruction experience. After retiring from his career as an airline pilot his lifelong passion for boating and the sea has developed into a second career as a yacht captain. With years of professional aviation training and experience in navigation and meteorology the transition to yachts was seamless.
Captain Brian’s first priority is always safety, which shows up in his careful pre-departure planning and attention to detail, followed secondly by camaraderie and fun, the real reason we all get into boating in the first place. Captain Brian lives in Tacoma, WA.
Captain John Sheppard
Captain Matt Abraham
Matt began his professional maritime career when he moved to the US Virgin Islands on a whim in October 1999. He landed his first job as mate on a parasail boat and quickly fell in love with life on the water. In 2007, with 200 Ton Masters license in hand, he left the Virgin Islands to begin a career on ships. Starting out aboard NOAA research vessels he continued to build his sea time, gaining experience on offshore supply vessels and cable-layers before ending up at his current home away from home, a 750ft car carrier.
He holds USCG 1600 Ton Master and Unlimited Chief Mate licenses and when he’s not at sea you can find him on his paddle-board somewhere around Bainbridge Island, or aboard client’s new boats instilling confidence in a calm, measured manner.
Captain Tre Nabstedt
Originating on the East Coast, Captain Tre Snow has been on fresh and salt water from an early age. His boating began with sailing regattas on his home lake in NH beginning at age 10. As a young adult with time and inspiration diving in the Gulf of Mexico, he sought out blue water aboard sailing deliveries between New England and the Caribbean. After racing buoys in the competitive Newport Rhode Island circuits, Tre hired on as private yacht crew and would cruise the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Eastern Pacific with 2 Atlantic crossing and 2 Panama Canal transits.
Recently Tre has been more locally PNW focused with sailboat racing favorites like Whidbey Island Race Week and VanIsle 360. You may also recognize him if you have taken a ferry or tour on Lake Diablo in North Cascades National Park, as he has been captain for Seattle City Light there. Whether training new co-captains, initiating friends on a bare boat charter, or coaching new sailors in ASA programs, Tre is eager to share his knowledge and love of the water with all.
Captain Gene Donaldson
Now, he considers every day a good day when he gets to spend it on the water. Driving boats and entertaining guests is Gene’s passion and it shows. He’s ready to share his passion with you.
Captain Steve Jacobson
The last thirty years Steve has based himself In the San Juan Islands. Summer months were spent guiding on the water. Starting with kayaks and small craft, he quickly progressed towards larger sailing and power vessels. The last twenty years were spent working in the whale watching industry building a wealth of knowledge and experience to confidently and safely sail throughout the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere on a variety of vessels.
During the off season, he has delivered several yachts up and down the east and west coasts of North America, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, South Africa to Uruguay, Belize, and Iceland, working as both chef and captain. Most recently, he has delivered a double ended sailboat from Southern Florida to Annapolis Maryland.
He enjoy working with Seattle Seafaring as both a delivery skipper and instructor.