Captain Dane Skagen holds a USCG 50 ton inland license with sail and towing endorsements.
I learned to sail in my teens on the lakes and rivers in Alberta and British Columbia. Having gained experience running rivers on 40 foot water jet boats, I subsequently obtained a summer job operating a 36 foot jet boat on Hudson Bay in Nunavut (Northwest Territories) for a company searching for a sunken sailing ship .
After retiring as an infantry officer from the US Marine Corps and moving to Maryland I once again took up the sailing life. In the last six years I sailed the Chesapeake Bay on multiple boats and voyaged more extensively along the US East Coast and Bahamas with my wife on our Saga 43, Fortunate Soul.
Recent 2015-2016 deliveries with US Delivery Captain, Inc. have included Annapolis to Puerto Rico-Catalina 42, Annapolis to Marco Island, FL-Sabre 456, BVI's to Baltimore-Fountaine-Pajot 42, St Augustine to Annapolis-Pacific Seacraft 40, Fort Pierce to Stamford, CT-Shannon 43, Annapolis to Lake Champlain, NY-TomCat 30, Cape Canaveral, FL to Annapolis, MD-Moody 46, Annapolis, MD to Charleston, SC- Bavaria 46, Annapolis to St. Thomas, USVI- Fountaine Pajot 44, Stamford, CT to St. Augustine, FL- Shannon 43 plus multiple short deliveries on the Chesapeake Bay.
My strengths as a captain are my calm demeanor and ability to handle difficult situations, my physical fitness to handle demanding foredeck tasks, and my expertise in piloting many types of vessels—both sail and power. With my prior career in cybersecurity education and training, I am especially adept in owner-assisted deliveries where owners desire additional training in maneuvering under power and expanding their offshore voyaging skills.
As a co-owner of US Delivery Captain, Inc. I am responsible for marketing, personnel and administrative functions and I coordinate deliveries for not only myself and my co-captain-wife, but for our network of contract captains as well.