Dixieland Marine

Commercial Vessels Yachts/Small Craft

J. C. Stormer, Jr.

Jay Stormer


Recent Lectures & Seminars

  • "Lightning Strikes: Physical Priciples, Protection Schemes, and Yacht Claims Evaluation" (Invited Speaker) National Association of Marine Surveyors, National Education Seminar Galveston, TX, 2 April 2007
  • "Sailboat Rigging: A Surveyor's View" (Invited Speaker) 2003 Gulf Coast Regional Meeting of the Society of Acredited Marine Surveyors, New Orleans, LA, 4 Dec 2003
  • "Electrical: Shorepower the Ugly Umbilical" (Invited Speaker) 2002 Gulf Coast Regional Meeting of the Society of Acredited Marine Surveyors, New Orleans, LA, 5 Dec 2002
  • "Safety; Fire extinguishing - Requirements vs. Reality" (Invited Presenter) West Marine Trawlerfest, Watergate YC, Clear Lake Shores, TX - May 3-5, 2001.
  • "Living Aboard and Cruising" (Invited Speaker) Legend Point Marina Saturday Seminars, Clear Lake Shores, TX - April 21, 2001.
  • "What Surveyors Look For" (Invited Speaker) Texas Mariners Cruising Association, Seabrook, TX - January 19, 2001.
  • "Living Aboard Seminar" (Co-Chair with Jane Stormer) Houston In-the-Water Boat Show, Watergate YC, Clear Lake Shores, TX. - Sept 2000 and 2001.

    Sailing Biography

    I have written several articles for boating and radio magazines some of which are on this site (in addition to over 150 scientific publications).

    S/V Tropicbird My wife and I lived aboard our Pearson 365 Sloop for over 12 years. During the past ten years we have cruised over 10,000 miles in this boat including two trips to the Bahamas as well as cruising the Gulf Coast from Key West, Florida to Corpus Christi.

    From 1995 to 1998 I operated my own boat repair service in Pensacola, Florida doing electronics troubleshooting, electrical installations, wood working, fiberglass repair and general maintenance. Before becoming a surveyor, I also worked briefly in a yacht brokerage gaining valuable knowledge of how yachts are marketed.

    During the 70's I was active in one design racing, and skippered a Thistle on the Southeastern Regatta Circuit (Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas). I also sailed as navigator on larger yachts including a Nautor Swan 43. This experience included several cruises to the Abacos, and Berry Islands, as well as in the Florida Keys and Georgia-SC Sea Islands.

    After graduating from Dartmouth College, with a commission in the US Navy, I became Navigator of the icebreaker USS Staten Island with cruises to Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, and Antarctica via the South Pacific and New Zealand. I also served a tour as Executive Officer/Navigator of the LST USS Henry County in Vietnam. In the days before GPS, or even electronic calculators, this experience included over 4000 individual celestial sights calculated with pencil and paper.

    As a teenager I operated and assisted with the maintenance of a series of 20' - 38' wood hulled power yachts, cruising much of NY and New England. One of these boats was the Egg Harbor shown to the left anchored at Shelter Island, NY.

    In 1957-1958 I built my own 14' lapstrake, sailboat from an Atkin design including building the wooden spars. The cedar planks were joined with copper rivets every four inches along the laps. No fiberglass or epoxy in those days.

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