Captain Matt Codner
Matt has a wealth of sailing and life experience that add great depth to his harbor tours. He is an ASA certified sailing instructor and US Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner (25 Tons). His boating experience began in the waters of New England as a child and he has sailed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, and Japan. Although he’s sailed in a variety of places, his favorite place, by far, is the New York Harbor and that passion shows on every tour.
Matt is a former US Marine officer and served as a platoon commander in Iraq and a company commander in Japan. His passion for energy security and the environment led him to a civilian career focused on innovation in environmental sustainability; from building renewable fuel plants in the Midwest to implementing energy efficiency projects nationwide. He is currently training to become a New York City School Teacher to pass his insights to the next generation. His wife shares his love of sailing – they spend their long weekends cruising locally and winter breaks chartering in warmer places. In addition to harbor tours that reflect his awe for the scale and grandeur of NYC, Matt will also give you an unmatched education of the history and ecology of the city’s waterways that you will never forget!
Captain Walter Masterson
Walter, like many New Yorkers, has worn a few hats. From a nautical standpoint, he is a senior level ASA certified sailing instructor as well as being a U S Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner (50 Tons), and has sailed extensively in the Caribbean and Mediterranean as well Bermuda, Central America and U S coastal waters.
He was at his office in the World Trade Center when the attack began on September 11, 2001 and has extensive knowledge and experience related to that which he incorporates into his harbor tour when appropriate. That experience prompted him to transition from a career working in investment banking to becoming a psychotherapist, as well as to author a novel. His four grown children still enjoy sailing with him, which he cites as evidence of civility and approachableness – there is not complete agreement on that, but you can form your own opinion. There is no debate however that he is a great story teller. Enjoy your tour with him!
Is a Luders 30 – classic full keel design, built in Hong Kong in 1973. It is a beautiful boat and is in excellent shape with a small galley, cooler, and head. She sleeps up to 5 crew.
Is a Dufour 1800 – Fractional Rig Sloop Built in La Rochelle, France in 1981. She is in excellent condition and this boat is known for practical design and full accommodations including galley, icebox, and head.