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Published by Rob Lawnsby on Monday, 9th February 2015 - 4:47PM in Our Story


Casey Haugh: Charter Manager: (Young intelligent looking guy) Casey came to us from a job managing catamarans and teaching ASA courses in the Caribbean. Why anyone would give up a job like that is beyond us, but he brings a wealth of experience about sail boats, cruising, and boat systems. Casey is also an ABYC certified marine technician and can fix stuff. Mostly Casey is in charge of the charter fleet keeping the boats running, getting the boats ready for the next charter, and exceeding customers expectations.

Mary Goff: Sailing School Owner: (Rose between the thorns!)  Mary now runs and owns the school.  Scheduling the classes, , assigning the instructors, registering the students, paying the bills, and keeping up with the books is just PART of what Mary does. Her title of "The Mom"  better describes her myriad tasks and duties.  A USCG Captain, an ASA instructor and a lady, that loves introducing people to the World of Sailing!

Todd Schumann, Marine Technician: (Young bearded guy)Todd is our head service technician and  keeps our fleet in excellent shape and going strong. He trained at the International Yacht Restoration School learning all about the intricacies of marine plumbing, electrical, diesel, rigging, and boat systems. He formerly worked at Hunt Yachts and DePaul diesel.  He is ABYC certified in Marine Electrical and Marine Diesels, which means he has passed the rigorous certification procedures of the American Boat and Yacht Council which certifies marine technicians. He is poised to complete ABYC certification in Boat Systems this winter which will make him a master technician. But mostly he is a boat mechanic with a big heart and willing hand to help in any area.

Jim Spiro,  Yacht Broker and overall jack of all trades:  (Intelligent looking old guy)Jim grew up sailing on Martha's Vineyard, and has been an ASA instructor for 15 years. Jim is our principle sales person handling used boat sales for both the buyers and sellers, as well helping in almost all parts of running this business. Jim loves racing his Ensign 22 at the Bristol Yacht Club during the racing season and taking the big boats out for a week at a time for relaxation.

Rob Lawnsby: Founder and obsessed sailor. (Old bearded guy) Rob started sailing in his mid 20’s when he bought an old boat and moved aboard with his young family. With little knowledge and a good book on how to sail, they took off on a year’s adventure of cruising New England’s waters, and then cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway south. He got involved in building boats in Georgia and then Florida working his way up to Production Manager for Sovereign Yachts responsible for all aspects of the factory’s boat production including lamination, wood shop, assembly, rigging, and quality control.

For the next 20 years Rob worked some and cruised some sailing everywhere on the Eastern seaboard and into the Bahamas traveling up and down the Intracoastal waterway a dozen times.

From there he embraced sales and yacht brokering. He started a Rhode Island boat dealership in 2002 representing Hunter and Mainship, eventually acquiring the Southerly sailboat line as well. In 2008 he started Narragansett Sailing School and Charter, and gave up the dealership in 2009 so he could focus on bringing new sailing families into the wonderful experience of enjoying the water under sail.

Rob's duties break down into several areas. He is in charge of instructor development and course lesson plans  for the school. Manages the sales arm of the charter operation, and is the service manager supervising the maintenance and upkeep of the school and charter fleet. Plus is the affable figurehead and overall sailing guru of the place. Rob has ABYC certifications in Boat Systems and Marine Standards; which means he knows what he is doing when working on boats. Plus he is an ASA Instructor Evaluator, which means he can certify instructors to teach for ASA. 

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