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Dave Huffman, NAMS-CMS, Director

Dave worked for 22 years as a marine surveyor, certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS), and specializing in yachts and small craft. Prior to that, he worked as the general manager of the Riverbend Marina, a full-service boat yard in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


He also has nearly two decades of experience as a professional captain. He was employed as a captain of Virgin Islands charter yachts, Gulf of Mexico oil-field work boats, and private yachts operating in and between the U.S east and west coasts, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Central America. He was also employed as the first officer on a 2800 ton Oil Spill Recovery vessel. Dave has been licensed as a captain by the US Coast Guard since 1979, earning a 1600/3000 Ton All-Oceans USCG Masters License.

He has spent extensive time working and cruising on a variety of vessels, accumulating an estimated 200,000 miles at sea, including transatlantic passages (in both directions) and Panama canal transits. Dave continues to log cruising miles annually and is a certified diver, a light aircraft pilot, and owns both power and sail boats. Dave is a volunteer with the American Belgian Malinois Club’s rescue association, providing foster care for homeless and needy dogs. 


He has lived on the Lower Withlacoochee River for over ten years, and during this time he has come to care deeply about restoring this river.


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