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Our staff of experienced professionals have years of experience ensuring a smooth, safe delivery.

Bill Carton, Delivery Captain, Partner,

Bill grew up on the Raritan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey fishing and sailing. His passion for sailing included many rendezvous and races aboard classic sailing vessels including Ketches, Yawls, and Schooners as well as performing many deliveries as crew and navigator up and down the Atlantic coast from Maine to Virginia.

Bill has been an active member of the Monmouth Boat Club on the Navesink River, NJ since 1994 and the American Schooner Association (ASA) since 1996. He has held many positions in both organizations and is a Past Commodore of the ASA.

Bill has spent over twenty years sailing aboard the 1925 John Alden Malabar VI design schooner Adventurer, participating in many Gloucester Schooner Festivals, and Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Races. He assisted with a seven-year restoration of a 1911 B.B. Crowninshield 45 Schooner and sailed her from Maine to the Chesapeake with family and friends.

Upon retiring from Research and Development as an Analytical Chemist and Safety Officer, Bill fulfilled his dream and obtained his Merchant Mariners Credentials and currently holds a USCG 25-Ton Masters License with Auxiliary Sail, and Towing endorsements. Bill carries a valid TWIC card and USA Passport.

Paul Gray, Delivery Captain, Partner,

Paul has spent a lifetime around boats, growing up on New Jersey's Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays and Shrewsbury and Navisink Rivers aboard his family's lapstrake Mahogany boat. Early trips to New York's South Street Seaport ignited a love of sailing and traditional craft that lasts to this day.

He purchased his first sailboat, a 14' centerboard sloop, with a $500 loan from his sister. After many boats and many years, Paul spent eleven years sailing his most recent boat, a 2-masted schooner, Quintessence, on the waters bounded by Martha's Vineyard, MA and Cape Charles, VA.

In addition to sailing his own boats, Paul crewed on a marine science education vessel run by the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium out of Chincoteague, VA and served as relief mate aboard the dive boat Spring Tide out of Brielle, NJ. Paul has volunteered his time as crew and boat carpenter on New Jersey's tall ship A. J. Meerwald out of Bivalve, NJ, as transit crew aboard Mystic Seaport's Brilliant and the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild's 1888 cutter Elf. Paul also joins as crew and watch captain, whenever possible, aboard Mystic Whaler, out of New London, CT.

Paul enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge, having taught NJ Boating Safety Courses through Cardinal Sailing and Boating Safety, Seamanship, Sailing and basic Piloting classes through the US Power Squadrons.

Over the years, we have been privileged to meet and sail with many extremely capable mariners. This network of highly skilled professionals forms the core of the Cardinal Sailing crew. We bring with us all our knowledge, experience and passion when we step aboard, ensuring the safe and timely delivery of your boat.

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