Capt. Hugenot aboard Schooner SEA RAVEN on SF Bay

CAPTAIN HUGENOT is an experienced Naval Architect, Marine Surveyor and Super-Yacht operator with over 40 years at sea, and has served for over 30 years as master of INSPECTED PASSENGER VESSELS up to 185 ft (56 meters), with 1000 passengers . The majority of his experience is in gaff rigged schooners & ketches operating as coastal passenger vessels including:

  • 9 years aboard YANKEE CLIPPER (45 ft gaff ketch & inspected passenger vessel, as skipper.
  • 2 years aboard ZODIAC – 127 ft gaff schooner & inspected passenger vessel. as Naval Architect and Engineer.
  • 5 years aboard VAGABOND – 36 ft staysail schooner & un-inspected offshore passenger vessel, as skipper and owner
  • 2 years aboard SEA RAVEN 47 ft gaff schooner & un-inspected offshore passenger vessel, as skipper and owner.

He has sailed extensively from Alaska to Baja on countless deliveries of yachts and commercial vessels up and down the Pacific coast.

He made his career as a Full Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) designing passenger vessels, passenger ferries, tugboats, fire boats, warships and ocean tankers. Today,  he is semi-retired, but continues to work as a Naval Architect and Marine Surveyor, appraising yachts and small craft. He serves as the current National Chairman of the Motor Yacht Panel for the SNAME  Small Craft Technical Committee. and previously chaired the annual SNAME Small Craft Design Contest serving as Chief Judge. He was presiding officer for SNAME’s Super-yacht Symposium in Fort Lauderdale in 2007

He also serves as advisor to three American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Project committees on Marine Electrical and Hull Piping, Electrical Systems and Electrical Equipment, writing standards for pleasure yacht construction. And, is currently (since 2011) a principle member of the Motor Craft Committee for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) writing the fire protection standards for US Motor and Sailing Yachts, having previously served eight years on their Marine Fire Boat Committee. writing standards for Fire Boat Construction.

During 2005-2007 he served as expert consultant to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Motor Pleasure Yachts built to ABS Class and in compliance with British Commonwealth Standards for Large Charter Yachts MCA-LY2. He often serves as expert witness during litigation involving both design and operation of vessels.

Capt. Hugenot has over 35 years experience in the prototype design, operation, new construction, and repair of motor yachts, commercial and naval small craft, coast guard cutters, passenger ferries, tugboats, ocean tankers, container ships, pleasure small craft and super-yachts, including all shipboard HVAC, piping, electrical, and mechanical systems, main propulsion diesels, gas turbines, shafting, reduction gears, bearings, and propellers. Maintaining interference control and resolution, utilizing 3-D modeling programs Autocad and Ship-Constructor computer modeling programs and designing main control systems for ACCU operations, or C4-I integrated control systems, ABS Motor Yachts and MCA Charter Vessels.

Capt. Hugenot has been surveying small craft from 26 to 300 feet for over 30 years and is familiar with the structural components of Aluminum, Steel, Fiberglass, Ferro-Cement and all marine woods and construction techniques of each material. He is a trained welder, machinist and diesel engine rebuilder as well as a wood shipwright. In 2004 he became an Accredited Marine Surveyor and was also a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors from 2004 until 2010. He is now semi-retired.

A recognized technical expert in motor yachts and shipbuilding, he regularly consults as expert witness and expert consultant on vessel operations as well as all of the following yacht construction standards:
ABS Motor Pleasure Yacht Guide, 62-MPY2000 (20060
ABS Rules for Classing Steel Vessels (SVR)
ABS Rules for Classing Steel Vessels under 90 M
MCA – LY2 Large Commercial Yacht Code, MSN-1792 amendment 1 (2004)
US Code – Title 46 CFR Shipping Sub Chapters C,H,T,K & I