Session Preview: USCG/Tall Ships America-Together on the Solution Side of Rigging Inspection

USCG/Tall Ships America: Together on the Solution Side of Rigging Inspection

Presenters: Marc Cruder, US Coast Guard
Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum
John Koon, Tradewinds Marine Services

This co-presentation will provide an update on the relationship in rigging inspection including:
~Case studies involving member vessels all with different causal factors and lessons learned messages
~An update on the draft National Rigging Inspection Policy Note
~Tall Ships America’s collaboration to provide input to Germanischer Lloyd for their “Guidelines for the Maintenance and Inspection of Tall Ship Rigs”
~An update on USCG/Tall Ships America Collaborative Rigging Inspection training courses.


On the Solution Side of the Rigging Inspection

Marc Cruder

Marc Cruder
Marc Cruder

Marc Cruder graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1979 and holds a current U.S. Coast Guard license with STCW endorsements as Chief Engineer (Limited-Ocean), Motor- Any Horsepower and Second Assistant  Engineer, Steam or Motor – Any Horsepower.  He is also an Accredited Marine Surveyor in Yacht and Commercial Small Craft with SAMS and Affiliate with NAMS. Marc retired from active duty after over 21 years of service  focused in Marine Safety and specifically Commercial Vessel Inspection. Following retirement he worked for Hornblower Marine Services, an international marine management company as their Corporate Director of Vessel Construction, Compliance and Safety before returning to the Coast Guard as a civilian. Marc is currently a Traveling Senior Marine Inspector with the Headquarters Traveling Inspection Staff in Washington, D.C.  His areas of emphasis include: Small Passenger Vessel Plan Review; High Speed Craft; Wood and Composite construction/repair; Historic Vessels including Sail, Steam and Riveted Construction; Subchapter W Safety Assessments and the Coast Guard’s Streamlined Inspection Program. Marc was a primary author of Navigation and Inspection Circular 7-95: “Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls;” Interim Project Manager for Small Passenger Vessel Inspection and Certification Rulemaking (Subchapter T and K); and contributing author to Honolulu Inspection Note #13: “Inspection of Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Small Passenger Vessels.” He was also assigned as a technical consultant to the Coast Guard’s lead investigator for the BOUNTY sinking. The Headquarters Traveling Inspectors support the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety field missions, programs and policy by being on call for technical consult to field commanders and their marine inspectors on a range of issues from repair to policay implementation and regulatory compliance. The Travelers also provide direct feedback to guide Marine Safety Program policy and direction while overseeing program effectiveness. They are regularly tasked to handle issues of particular concern and advocate for the marine industry to broker their concerns to solution. In his free time, Marc sails a gaff-rigged catboat on Chesapeake Bay.

Jonathan Boulware

Jonathan Boulware

Capt. Jonathan Boulware grew up sailing traditional small craft in the Mystic and Connecticut Rivers. He has sailed in more than a dozen tall ships as captain or mate on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts, including extensive experience in New England waters.  He served as Master, Mate, Director of Marine Education, and on the Board of Directors for numerous programs including day environmental education, multi-week team building and leadership, and multi-month programs for treatment of adjudicated youth. Captain Boulware worked as a consultant/project manager for both land-based construction and shipyard construction and refit, representing clients in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  He is currently Interim President for the newly revitalized South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Ship Operations and Safety Committee for Tall Ships America.  He lives in Branford, CT with his wife and six year-old son.  He holds a USCG license for sailing vessels to 500 tons upon oceans.

John Koon

John Koon
John Koon

John Koon’s scope of professional maritime experience is both extensive and diverse. Since 1977 he has logged many thousands of trans-oceanic miles aboard a spectrum of sail-rigged vessels ranging from 25′ to 155′, serving in the post of Licensed Master, Mate, Boatswain/Rigger, Celestial Navigator, Ships Carpenter, Educator, Research Associate and Single Hander. John began his professional career in the maritime trades in Southern California 1973 in a formal, five year, apprenticeship with a master woodworker specializing in custom yacht interiors,  pattern making, hull restorations & fine furnishings. With a Mariners license, sextant and wood tools in hand, landing a  paid-berth aboard the wood-built, classically rigged vessels transiting the south pacific proved fairly easy during the late 70s and early 80s. He eventually found himself landed in Hawaii and established his company Tradewinds Marine Services which he has been operating since 1988.

Rigging, spar building & repair work was an obvious trajectory as John is very capable and at ease while working aloft. Over the past 25 years John has developed the self-proclaimed title of “Rig-Smith” and currently works full time in this realm on both, contemporary and classically rigged vessels in the roles of designer, builder, repairman, surveyor, consultant and educator for the private sector and the USCG Marine Prevention Dept. His well developed and diverse  skill development in these roles remain in demand in Hawaii, on both US seaboards and in Mexico.

As a public speaker, John has made presentations on this subject to numerous audiences all over the country including:  National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) International Boat-builders Exposition (IBEX) USCG Prevention Dept, Inspectors in training seminars in five states including the USCG Academy in New London CT.


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