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I am an experienced and capable engineer looking for a new challenge on large sail or motor yacht preferably with my partner (Chief Stew/ 2nd Stew) either rotational or full time with a reasonable amount of annual leave. I have been engineering professionally for 14 years since leaving school, and have grown up around boats from an early age. I am a focused worker and aim to use my initiative & experience coupled with strong practical skills to resolve problems in a professional manner. I have an outgoing personality and the ability to fit into any crew environment.
Personal Watercraft, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Employed as deckhand / engineer. As well as maintaining the exterior of the yacht I undertook all servicing of onboard systems. In addition, small refit work including new rudder bearings / seals, new air con units and dressing and installation of new rig.
From: April 1, 2010
To: March 1, 2012
Employed as the sole engineer, undertaking all engineering responsibilities on board. Where possible all works were carried out in house. Servicing and maintenance of all running machinery, generators, hydraulic systems, overhauling of thrust bearings and drive train. Maintenance of hotel services.
From: March 1, 2012
To: November 1, 2013
CAT C18, Northern Lights Gen Sets Completing a busy program with extensive world cruising through the Pacific down to NZ and returning via Patagonia and Brazil. I managed the engineering works for Salperton’s 5 yr Lloyds survey and refit whilst in Auckland. This included a main engine top end rebuild, shaft overhaul and organising and overseeing contractors. Other projects included an overhaul of the HVAC system, full generator rebuilds main engine alignment work + servicing also boat prep and participation in Super yacht Regattas. I am also a navigational watch leader during passages and heavily involved with sailing operation.
From: December 1, 2013
To: October 1, 2016
SCANIA D16, Whisper Power Hyd Gen, Steyr SE156 Elfje is a very complex yacht with a hybrid power generation onboard. Running off High Voltage DC bus with variable speed generators and a large LiFe battery bank performing DC peak shaving. Power it utilised through Grid converters and multiple frequency drives. As well as in-depth knowledge of the power generation, during my time I have also managed several refits and upgrades onboard including Lloyds 5 Yr survey, hydraulic system rebuild, Powerblock battery bank + DCDC converter replacement which took 18months of planning alone due to complexity. Also Upgrade and replacement of network hardware & 4G set up, VSAT, media system, B&G equip, service of captive winches and lifting keel arrangement.
From: January 1, 2017
To: March 14, 2020
Having just summited Kilimanjaro this Christmas with my partner I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I am also a competent sailor and have sailed competitively at both National and European level from a young age in dinghies and keel boats. I also enjoy scuba diving and have been lucky enough to dive in some of the best dive sites in the Pacific as well as having a keen interest in cars.
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