Bay Vessel Services

Experience

Recent offshore delivery - Hanse 455 up the California coast.

Bay Vessel Services’ founder Captain Paul Verveniotis has decades of professional experience in the operation of sailing and motor yachts, with many thousands of miles underway on vessels ranging from offshore racing yachts to U.S. Coast Guard 378′ high endurance cutters.  His flagship sailing experience includes two training cruises aboard the USCG Barque Eagle while attending the United States Coast Guard Academy.  

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Paul was a key early employee of one of the first and premier yacht charter and sailing education companies in California.  As their chief instructor and charter captain, he operated on the Bay and throughout the West Coast as an ASA Sailing Instructor (he authored the ASA’s first Instructor Evaluation program in the mid 1980’s).  Paul taught basic through advanced sailing and seamanship, voyage planning, racing, piloting, celestial and electronic navigation, damage control, and heavy weather tactics.

More recently, Bay Vessel Services has focused on private and commercial yacht and high speed ferry operations, as well as deliveries of sail and motor vessels mostly along the U.S. West Coast.

Offshore Experience

Sample Offshore Deliveries

Hatteras 65 – San Francisco to Long Beach, CA

Burger 60 – Noyo River to Monterey, CA

Hylas 54 – Falmouth MA to Norfolk VA

Sea Ray 52 Sedan – Morro Bay to Sausalito, CA

Hans Christian 48 – San Diego to Sausalito, CA

Hans Christian 4750 – Redondo Beach to Redwood City, CA

Beneteau 473 – Long Beach to Redwood City, CA

Beneteau 461 – Channel Islands Harbor to Redwood City, CA

Bayliner 4588 – Santa Cruz to Stockton, CA

Hanse 455 – Monterey to Richmond, CA

Hanse 455 – Alameda to San Diego, CA

Hylas (Frers) 44 – Long Beach to Sausalito, CA

Beneteau 42 – Catalina Island to Alameda, CA

C&C 41 – Catalina Island to Sausalito, CA (four times)

C&C 41 – Santa Cruz to Sausalito, CA (three times)

Sea Ray 400 – Catalina to Monterey, CA

C&C 40 – San Diego to Redwood City, CA

Freya 39 – Los Angeles to San Francisco, CA

Carver 380 Santego – Stockton to Monterey, CA

C&C 33 – Catalina Island to Emeryville, CA

Newport 30 – Ala Wai Oahu to Lahaina Maui, HI

Orion 27 – Monterey to Sausalito, CA

Santa Cruz 27 – Santa Cruz to Sausalito, CA

Offshore Racing

Oakland-Catalina Race (six times, including smallest boat in race history – Mull 22 Pocket Rocket).

Windjammer Race – San Francisco to Santa Cruz (five times, one Division win) – includes the rescue of Peter Hogg and Shama Kota, the crew of catamaran TAINUI, after striking a whale in near gale conditions.

Doublehanded Farallones Race (five times, one Class win on J-105).

Offshore International Charters

Numerous charters within the Central Cyclades and along the western coast of Greece.  All on Jeanneau, Beneteau, and Van de Stadt models to 55 feet.  All vessel chartering, provisioning, passenger orientation, and vessel operations.

Offshore Instruction

Numerous multi-day educational cruises for coastal cruising and racing students along the California coast, in Hawaii, and in Greece.

USCG Service Cruises

USCGC Eagle – New London, CT to Boston, MA and vicinity

USCGC Eagle – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to San Diego, CA via Panama

USCGC Dallas – Rota, Spain to Casablanca, Morocco

USCGC Dallas – Casablanca, Morocco to New London, CT

Local Experience

Paul’s local operations experience includes being a founding member and Chief Operations Officer of PROP, the world’s first corporate high-speed commuter ferry service. 

He managed all operations during the initial growth of the company, responsible for the company’s operations policies and procedures, regulatory compliance, engineering, maintenance, staff development and management.  He continues to operate the ferries as captain and mentor to new crews.

Key customers include Genentech and Facebook, with daily service from Redwood City to Benicia in custom high speed catamarans traveling in excess of 30 knots.

Paul has operated charter vessels locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1979 and is intimately familiar with the vagaries and unique weather conditions of the Bay from Alviso at the very south end to Sacramento. He currently serves as captain on private and commercial yachts for clients who demand top notch customer satisfaction.

He also provides many deliveries and short trips locally within San Francisco Bay and the Delta.  These are often temporary relocations due to maintenance needs, or assisting brokerages by taking out prospective customers on new and used vessels.

As an accomplished racing skipper and tactician, Paul has sailed countless one-design and PHRF races on the various sizes of Beneteau, Bristol, C&C, Cal, Catalina, Cavalier, Columbia, Dufour, Ericson, Folkboat, Hobie, Hunter, Hylas, Islander, J-Boats, Jeanneau, Luders, Merit, Moore, Morgan, Mull, Newport, Olson, Passport, Ranger, Santa Cruz, Santana, S2, Tanzer and many more.