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Captain Richard J. "Rick" Marchand

40+ Years of Nautical Experience

U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Marine 100 Tons, active since 1992

Member ACMS (Association of Accredited Marine Surveyors)

Member IAMI (International Association of Marine Investigators)

Member of ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council)

Four years service as seaman in Merchant Marine on deck

Captain Salem Ferry 94ft "Nathaniel Bowditch", 2008

Captain Beauport Princess 124ft Triple-Deck Dinner Cruise Vessel (Gloucester MA) 2015

  20+ Years of Law Enforcement Experience


Retired Salem Police officer including tour of duty as detective

Assigned to Salem Harbormaster Department to train personnel in use of 36' twin diesel patrol boat


Hands-On Structural Experience


          Restored and presently own a 36' 1987 Black Fin Combi “Black Cat”.

Retrofit experience: Detroit Diesels 671TIB rehab, windshield replacement, forward deck reconstruction with balsa coring/multiple layer fiberglass cloth/epoxy/non-skid, Awlgrip® refinishing, electrical system rebonding, cutlass bearing and prop shaft replacement and miscellaneous troubleshooting of various vessel systems and construction issues.

Other experience: Many repair and maintenance tasks, installation of various on-board equipment and through-hull devices.