What services does Norseman International offer?
  • We offer and specialize in Yacht Management, Deliveries, Orientations, Owner-owned Vessel Charters, Lessons and pre-purchase surveys. If there’s another service which you’re curious about, please just ask us!
  • Our bread and butter, aside from deliveries has been orientations / lessons – there’s no one providing a more thorough hand-on approach to teaching then us. We come to you, on your boat, and teach you how to use it.
Why should I trust Norseman International for our boat captain needs?
  • With thousands of sea miles and many years under our belt, you can ensure that your vessel will be in the best care possible – we leave it up to our many repeat and satisfied clients testimonials to convey that – just google Norseman International for reviews.
My insurance company say's I need time with a USCG Captain - HELP!
  • Help is on the way! We are here to help you learn and become a more confident boater - safely. As a result, we will also help you satisfy the requirements of your insurance company as well. We are all qualified and certified United States Coast Guard Captains and are looking forward to our first boating lesson together!
What’s this “Lifetime Norseman Service” I’ve heard about?
  • The Lifetime Norseman Service simply means that even when you have paid for and received services, we extend our resources and network to you – for a lifetime. Whether it’s to plan a route, have better dockage options, or a more technical question – just contact us and we’ll assist!
Is your captain on a random drug testing consortium?
  • Yes, we hold our captain’s the be randomly drug / alcohol tested – after all, it’s a small price to pay to ensure that your vessel is in the best care possible. Not to mention if we are to charter more previous cargo such as your loved ones or clients, you’ll want to know you have the best captain behind the helm.
Do you work with yacht brokers or boat dealers?
  • Yes, we work with some of the top brokers and dealers in the industry to provide their clients top-tier services – private captaining, vessel deliveries, and boat lessons to name a few.
How do I book a boat or yacht delivery?
  • We are available 24/7 to take your requests – call us: +1-212-470-3603 or email us: greg@norsemanyachtservices.com or simply fill out our contact form. We will then assess your requirements and set up a free consultation to go over expectations and such.
What’s the difference between boat orientation and a boating lesson?
  • We define a lesson as a hand-on boating experience where you're empowered with the practical knowledge and real-time experience to safely command your vessel. Orientations are also a hands-on approach but will go much more in depth with the knowledge base portion.
Can you provide a list of recommended quintessentials to have on board?
  • Yes, if your dealer or salesperson didn’t already go over this with you, we will make as comprehensive of a list as you’d like. Also, vessel depending, you will most certainly always want to have spare parts as well as understand and know how to change them in an emergency situation - all of which we can help you with!
Can you help us study for a USCG Captain’s Exam / Course?
  • Yes, we can certainly assist you on your road to receiving your USCG Captain’s License. If you don’t know where to start, we will help with that as well! And if you're simply looking for sea time with a professional and qualified USCG Captain, we've got you covered!
What types of vessels do you deal with?
  • We are qualified to handle vessels up to 200 Tons both Commercial and Recreational. Aside from your typical recreational vessel between 20 to 60 feet, we also deal with both M/Y and S/Y – Motor Yacht and Sailing Yachts up to 100 Gross Tons. Just call us and we can chat about your vessel’s needs!
Do I need to pay a deposit in advance?
  • Yes, we require a deposit in order to schedule any services. After which, the remainder is due upon immediate completion of services rendered. Funds can be wired, paid in cash, certified funds, or cryptocurrency.
Are all of your captains at least USCG Master Captains?
  • Yes, one of the first qualifiers in our vetting process is that our captains possess a valid and in good standing USCG 100 Ton Master Captain License.
What’s the Jones Act?
  • The Jones Act or the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a law that supports commercial activity and defines and protects those injured at sea whilst in an employment role.
What is a marine survey and why are they important?
  • Mandated for many reasons, a Marine Survey is also an option and quite frankly a great one. This diplomatically neutral and “matter of fact” report will give us a clear understanding and idea of the past, present, and potential future going’s on of your vessel. If this topic needs more clarity, we’d be more than happy to further explain our views of them.
Will we decommission a vessel for road / sea transport?
  • Yes, we are 100% qualified and experienced in decommissioning your vessel for road transport. When it comes to things like stepping a mast for sailboat transport, we will refer to our 3rd party network to assist with this. Having said, if you are shipping your vessel via cargo/container ship and are in need of a party to safely receive her at her new port of call, we can assist.
Do you offer real-time GPS tracking of all vessels?
  • Yes, we use the latest tracking technology for safe measure, comfort’s sake, and insurance purposes. This information is kept encrypted and will be selectively shared to designated parties which we are able to define and tailor to our client’s needs.
Do you also ensure confidentiality?
  • Our client’s privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We will further explain how we ensure and maintain our client’s privacy during our initial on boarding client discussion.
What is the necessary documentation to always have on boat every vessel?
  • Aside from a valid registration and current insurance information, if it’s a vessel delivery then we will require a valid USCG “Temporary Running Letter” or state registration before departure. There are other resources such as USCG Rules of the Road and updated Notice to Marines publication that we highly recommend – and so will the USCG. Traveling in International waters will bring another level of requirement such as local maps and such. We can help you provision and explain these further requirements.
How many hours per day does do the captains operate during a vessel delivery?
  • Many captains won’t address this topic because they don’t know what they don’t know. By law and if for hire, a licensed USCG Captain is legally allowed to navigate and must rest for a certain duration, therefore allowing a higher probability of safe passage and mitigating burn out. This is good for deliveries and long passages as well as client charters. This is also why it’s required to have a certain amount of qualified crew on board – consider it added insurance.
  • Unless teaching night navigation, we navigate between dawn to dusk – there are plenty of hours in the day and plus, your vessel needs a break from time to time.
  • In terms of charters and client outings, they range from 4 to 10 hours depending upon the services requested. Please contact us for further options.
Are there ever unforeseen mechanical / technical instances?
  • There’s an old saying – it’s not IF it’s WHEN. And when speaking about boats, there’s always something that needs tending to. We have the best in the business in terms of trained captains and crew to safely address any technical instances that arise whilst underway. We also reserve the option to enlist specially trained mechanics and technician depending upon the task at hand.
Do you navigate through international waters?
  • Yes, we love to navigate international waters!
What services does Norseman International offer?
  • We offer and specialize in Yacht Management, Deliveries, Orientations, Owner-owned Vessel Charters, Lessons and pre-purchase surveys. If there’s another service which you’re curious about, please just ask us!
  • Our bread and butter, aside from deliveries has been orientations / lessons – there’s no one providing a more thorough hand-on approach to teaching then us. We come to you, on your boat, and teach you how to use it.
Why should I trust Norseman International for our boat captain needs?
  • With thousands of sea miles and many years under our belt, you can ensure the your vessel will be in the best care possible – we leave it up to our many repeat and satisfied clients testimonials about us – just google Norseman International for reviews.
How do I book a boat or yacht orientation or lesson?
  • We are available 24/7 to take your requests – call us: +1-212-470-3603 or email us: norsemanintl@gmail.com or simply fill out our contact form. We will then go through your requirements and set up a free consultation to go over expectation and such.
How do we vet for and define qualified captains?
  • We make sure that all of our captains are highly experienced, have a minimum qualification of at least 10 years as a professional captain, retain a USCG 100 Ton Master’s License (in great standing), a valid Passport, be at the disposal of a random drug testing consortium and have great moral character. Aside from our core team, we have a vast network of captains, crew, engineers, and anyone else you can possibly think of at the ready for the task at hand.
Do you delivery boats for new owners?
  • Yes, over the years we have developed a great network with vessel manufacturers, dealers, brokers, and clients – directly. Not only are we enlisted to safely deliver vessels to new owners, but we also get them up to speed and empowered with their new vessels. And should they require additional services such as charters or relocation, Norseman’s got you covered!
Do you work with insurance agencies?
  • Yes, another source of business comes directly from insurance agencies. They call us if they have a client / new boat owner who is mandated to have a qualified USCG Captain appended to their insurance policy for “X” amount of time. We will then work with the new boat owner to satisfy their insurance requirements.
Do you teach docking?
  • This is a funny question and one we often get. When clients come to us asking about docking, we need to clarify what this means to them so that we are on the same page. Learning how to dock is really asking for experience and knowledge of the wind and the waves. As a biproduct (and of course understand how to control your boat,) you will then learn how to master any maneuver with your vessel, in any location, thus teaching you how to perfectly dock – every time.
Are you qualified to give USCG Vessel Safety Inspections?
  • Yes, we are qualified to go over and explain the USCG Vessel Safety Inspection check list however, you will need to call your location USCG Auxiliary for them to sign off on the list and issue you a sticker for your vessel.
How do I book additional powerboat or sailboat captain services?
  • We are available 24/7 to take your requests – call us: +1-212-470-3603 or email us: greg@norsemanyachtservices.com or simply fill out our contact form. We will then go through your requirements and set up a free consultation to go over expectation and such.
What’s the difference between an estimate and a quote?
  • An estimate is basically a “guesstimate” or rough idea as to what the job may entail. An estimate is an informal idea of pricing and typically used as a starting point for general costs. An estimate can go up or down depending upon additional unforeseen variables.
  • A quote is something more precise and will give you more specifics when calculating the granular costs of the overall services. In short, the quote is the exact price which you are to pay when all is said and done. Understanding quotes give clients a piece of mind and all of ours are 100% transparent – we will walk thought it all together.
Are all of your captains ABYC certified?
  • Norseman International is recognized by the American Boat & Yacht Council as a certified Marine Technician – meaning, we have achieved the highest industry standard award and possess the best technical acumen for understanding, explaining, diagnosing and troubleshooting anything related to electronics and mechanics onboard yours or any other recreational vessel.
Where do you deliver to?
  • We are experienced with the safe navigation and passage of vessels on: The Great Lakes, The Erie Canal, The Hudson River, New England, East and West American Coasts, the Gulf Coast, Mississippi River, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic/Haiti, Puerto Rico, West Indies / Leeward / Windward Caribbean Islands, Central American (gulf side), and Mediterranean Sea.
What are your thoughts about sourcing the right crew for the job?
  • This is and always has been a certain topic of discussion. We can play devil’s advocate here but will ultimately insist that if Norseman is to provide services, then it is the duty and responsibility of the captain to also source his or her own crew, thereafter, making suggestion to the owner of their recommendations. It is in this way that all parties are covered and protected.
Do you offer charters?
  • One of our favorite services is to charter you on your vessel! However, if you don’t have a boat and are looking for us to source and charter your then you’ve also come to the right place – we do that! Please contact us for more details.
Will you charter our boat / yacht / sailing vessel for us?
  • Yes, our captains are qualified and experienced at chartering boats/yachts/sailing vessels up to 100 Gross Tons
What propulsion systems are you able to handle?
  • We are qualified to handle Direct Drives (straight shafts), V-drives, Stern Drives, Surface Drives (Arneson Drives), Jet Drives, IPS / Zeus (Pod Drives), as well as Hybrid Propulsion systems.
What’s the policy for having a vessel insured?
  • The vessel, captain and crew must be insured for any services that Norseman International is to render and should be the case regardless of who you entrust your vessel with. Most policies have coverage for a professional captain and crew so long as there’s owner’s consent. We will need a copy of your policy stating coverage for our captain and crew as well as any vessel restrictions.
Does weather play a factor in vessel deliveries?
  • Weather is the sole decider of whether or not boating will be pleasurable and safe or nightmarishly dangerous. Our captains are trained in meteorology as well as use the best forecasting tools available. Having said, mother nature is the ultimate decider, and we leave it up to our trained captains to make the final decision.
Will Norseman International deal with United States CBP?
  • As the commander of the vessel, our captain’s will provide all of the necessary details to make safe clearance in and out of the US / International waters. We deal and have rapport with most CPB (Custom's and Boarder Patrol) Agents and Offices. Additional details and paperwork will be required as well as flag flying protocols – all of which we will assist with.
Can a ship’s captain really marry people?
  • This is an old wife’s tale that actually once rained true. Now a days, the captain must be legal certified or at least a Notary Public – we are not but we can still charter your engagement and wedding!
Do we accept crypto currencies?
  • Yes - we accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polygon, XRP, and other select tokens - just ask!