Christopher Reid

Captain at Udemy

Growing up near the water in Connecticut, Chris started out working at yacht clubs 18 years ago where he discovered his passion for the sea.  He worked his way up the ladder as a deckhand, mate and Captain, on a variety of vessels from private sailing yachts to tugboats.  Having put in the miles and earning a USCG 1600 Gross Ton License, among a handful of other endorsements, Chris brings with him a very diversified background to.   He is currently a part of Venture Yachting, a yacht management company, and like Steve Chris is also a test captain with Boattest.   

CAPT. STEVE (on-screen)

Capt. Steve is the founder and president of Maritime Smarts, the innovative marine
education company dedicated to creating a better method of learning recreational

His boating career started when he was spending time on the family boats while
growing up on the coastline of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During his teenage years he
signed aboard a local deep sea fishing boat as mate, marking his first professional job
on a commercial operation. Within two years, he was promoted to senior mate and
started freelancing in the winter months on Florida’s Atlantic coast. By 18 years of age,
he started studying for his Captain’s exam and in 1980; he took his test at the Miami
Regional Exam Center becoming, as the examiner put it, the “youngest licensed
Captain on the Eastern Seaboard”.

Upon returning to Cape Cod, Capt. Steve would take over as Master of the same boat
that he started his professional career on. Soon after, he would become owner of the
company, taking part in its expansion with the purchase of a second deep sea fishing
boat, and ultimately, a third boat for sightseeing.

Since the company was located in the Atlantic Northeast, winters would always find
Capt. Steve heading back to south Florida. This allowed him to develop experience in
ever-changing conditions on a wide variety of vessels from private yachts to offshore
“draggers” to dinner and excursion vessels. He is also a “test captain” and you can see
his testing videos on BoatTest dot com.

As you might expect, throughout this professional career, Capt. Steve was among
maritime professionals who had insights on nearly every topic of nautical life and would
never hesitate to share their knowledge with him. After 30+ years of working on the
water, this wealth of information and insight became second nature. It is his desire to
bring you this maritime education, so that the most common, and uncommon, dangers
that can adversely affect the recreational boater may be avoided from the beginning.

We sincerely hope that you find it informative as well as enjoyable.

See you on the water!

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