Bay Vessel Services

Bay Vessel Services provides premier yet cost effective services to customers in this service area on the San Francisco Bay and the U.S. West Coast.

About Paul

Captain Paul is an accomplished maritime professional with decades of experience in commercial and recreational vessel operations and in government maritime service.

He has been a professional mariner since the 1980s.  After attending the United States Coast Guard Academy, he pursued parallel executive careers in mechanical engineering, internet software, and as a yacht captain and maritime instructor on San Francisco Bay and around the world.

Paul is currently a Qualification Examiner (QE), the highest operational qualification in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. As a QE, he evaluates the seamanship, boathandling, navigation and other skills of surface operations boat crew and coxswain personnel throughout USCG Auxiliary District 11NR (Northern California and most of Nevada and Utah).


USCG National Master

Master 200 Gross Register Tons, Near Coastal* / Power and Auxiliary Sail / Assistance Towing / Radar Observer Unlimited / TWIC / Marine Radio Operator Permit

USCG Qualified Instructor

At Maritime Institute - NorCal Office - Alameda, CA

California For-Hire Vessel Operator

Valid for California lakes and all state (non-federal) waters

Registered Professional Engineer (PE)

Mechanical Engineer in California, Oregon, and Arizona

Bay Vessel Services is proud to be a business member of both the American Boat and Yacht Council and the National Fire Protection Association.


*USCG licensing of mariners uses three different region definitions.  These apply only for carriage of paying passengers, and are irrelevant for deliveries:

  • Inland – Protected waters, inside the “Boundary Line”.  In the SF Bay Area, this line is at Point Bonita, outside of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Near Coastal – Ocean waters up to 200 miles offshore from the United States and its possessions.  
  • Ocean – All waters seaward of the Boundary Line.