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Life On The Water


Crossing the Equator at the Prime Meridian.

Phil Peterson, NAMS-CMS


Certified Marine Surveyor, National Association of Marine Surveyors, Inc.

American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.


USCG Master 1600 GRT/3000 GT Oceans, Mechanical, 8th Issue

USCG Master 200 GRT/500 GT Oceans, Auxiliary Sail, 8th Issue

Private Pilot, VFR


St.Olaf College, Northfield, MN, B.A.


Over 100,000 miles of off-shore sailing experience on the Great Lakes, the East Coast, Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the South Pacific.

Captain, navigator, and crew on 40' to 268' boats.

Has achieved the following: Trusty Shellback in 1972, Golden Looper in 2009, and Emerald Shellback in 2012.

Recipient of U.S. Coast Guard "Letter of Appreciation" for participation in the rescue of the crew of the Mary E II during the Southern Ocean Racing Conference 1976 Miami-Nassau race.


Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course, American Society of Appraisers

Small Craft Claims Course, First Marine Insurance

US Corps of Engineers Dredging Safety Course, Dredging Contractors of America

Professional Fiberglass Repair Course, West System

Accident Investigation Seminar, ABYC

ABYC Marine Systems Advisor Certification Course, ABYC

Surveying Wooden Boats Course, WoodenBoat School


Since 1982:  Independent marine surveyor for banks and insurance companies.

2013–2016:  Offshore Supply Vessel mate, Gulf of Mexico, GOL and Harvey Gulf.

2008–2012:  Crewboat captain in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.

1986–1999:  Operations Manager, Port Superior Marina Association, Bayfield WI.

1985–1993:  Independent vessel documentation agent for various banks.

1978–1987:  Yacht Captain various winters in Florida, Bahamas, and Caribbean.

1981–1982:  Excursion Boat Captain, Apostle Island Cruise Service, Bayfield WI.

1977–1980:  Vice President and Charter-Master, Sailboats, Inc., Bayfield WI.

1973–1975:  Sales Manager, Sailboats, Inc., Excelsior MN.


2019: Attended the NAMS National Conference in Vancouver, WA

2018: Attended the NAMS Great Lakes Region Meeting in Portage, IN

2018: Attended NAMS National Conference in Mobile, AL

2018 : Chair, Planning Committee, 1st Annual Bayfield Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous, Lake Superior Tall Ships

2012–Present: Vice-President & Board Member, Lake Superior Tall Ships

2006–2008: Board Member, Bayfield Regional Conservancy.

2004–2012:  WITC Marine Technician Advisory Committee.

1994–2000:  Bayfield Board of Education. (1997–2000, President.)

1989–1994, 2002-2006:  Treasurer, Bayfield Heritage Association.

1986–1987:  President, Bayfield Chamber of Commerce.

Some of Phil's awards, honors and certificates.
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