Yacht Broker/Instructor/Instructor Evaluator/Licensed Captain
Tim’s boating career began in 1995 as a charter guest. In 2000, the opportunity to attend an ASA (American Sailing Association) Instructor Clinic began his instructing career. Tim spends on average over 100 days a year on the water which includes deliveries, private instruction, catamaran instruction, navigation, and advanced coastal cruising courses in addition to leading flotillas. In 2005 he secured a 100-ton USCG Masters license. In 2011 he became an ASA Instructor Evaluator and now teaches instructors how to share their passion with students. Tim also teaches navigation courses through the Coast Guard Auxiliary which hones his skills as well.
San Juan Sailing & Yachting offered Tim a full-time position in 2004. He had been an instructor with SJS on weekends and summers since 2000. He soon became Charter manager and Lead instructor for the Sailing School and eventually the Power School also. He was Instructor of the Year in 2004.Tim brought two charter boats, a 40’ Hunter, “La Cebadera” and a 28’ Islander, “Vamanos” to the San Juan Charter Fleet for several years.
His passion is to share his skills and insights with new people that cross his path. In 2008, a certification from the Certified Professional Yacht Broker Association enabled Tim to sell boats that bring fulfillment to people. He also became a Recreational Power Boat Association RPBA Instructor/Evaluator in 2014.
Tim joined the NW Explorations team in 2014. He started in the Charter department as a checkout skipper and the Powerboat Training School as an Instructor. The position as Yacht Broker became available and he enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity.
Tim is currently working for Seattle Yachts International in Anacortes, WA as a yacht broker and delivery captain. He is proficient in the operation of sail and power vessels up to 80’ in length.
Tim has been on the board of directors for NYBA the last 3 years. Tim is an active member in the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association and the CPYB Curriculum Advisory Committee. Tim keeps busy on both sides of the border with instruction, yacht brokering and private deliveries.
Areas of the world that Tim feels privileged to have cruised include Alaska, the US & British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Grenadines and a delivery of an 80’ Ketch from Hawaii to San Diego. However, his favorite place to gunk hole is here in the San Juans, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound & the Broughton Islands. Some of his favorite moorages are Roche Harbor, Rosario Resort and Stuart Island in the San Juans. In the Canadian Gulf Islands, he has found Bedwell Harbour, Montague Harbour and Otter Bay as favorite destinations.
Tim and his wife Lorraine of 46 years enjoy cruising the islands in their spare time.
Calm Seas, Tim Hoving