Attitude Adjustment Sailing
Meet The Crew
Captain Mark Fife
Mark graduated from Arizona State University and took post graduate courses through Harvard University’s extension program. He spent the early years of his working life as an executive in several Computer and Telecommunications companies during which he played a major role in taking three of them public. Mark transitioned to the Maritime Industry in 1999 and graduated from the Maritime Institute. He currently holds a USCG 100 Ton Masters license with sailing and towing endorsements. He also possesses the following endorsements: STCW 95, First Aid, Survival, Fire Fighting, AED, Unlimited Radar and ECDIS endorsements. Mark carries a valid TWIC card and USA Passport. Early in his maritime career he was involved with Anheuser Busch, sailing his Catalina 42MKII with customized sails and logo on the hull four days a week. He has delivered numerous yachts within the USA and Internationally. In addition, he operated a charter cruise operation under his company Attitude Adjustment Sailing Adventures. Furthermore, he worked as a rigger in Galveston TX, a commercial fisherman in California and a Licensed Yacht salesperson in San Diego for Ensign Yachts and now for YachtFinders/Windseakers.. Captain Fife has thirty years of experience and has sailed extensively from Canada to Panama with multiple trips to Hawaii. He also has experience in the Atlantic Ocean having sailed throughout South East including Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean, ICW, and Bermuda.
Captain Rick Pelton
Rick is a professional mariner and an experienced delivery captain with 30+ years of experience including small and large vessel operation, cross-pacific deliveries, diving, and salvage. He has owned, cruised, raced, managed, and delivered yachts throughout the Hawaiian Island chain, US West Coast and South Pacific. His background includes a 33 year career a as both a Navy and commercial diver with a focus on vessel systems, safety and maintenance. He has excellent mechanical ability and is extremely motivated with exceptional problem-solving abilities.
His credentials include: USCG 100 Ton USCG Master Captains License with Sail and Towing endorsements, Graduate Honolulu Community College Small Vessel Fabrication and Repair program (with honors) CPR and First Aid certified, SCUBA, and TWIC.
Rick and his wife have lived aboard his Westsail 43 in Hawaii for over 18 years.
Captain Bill Moreland
Captain Bill Moreland has been sailing for over 38 years and holds a U. S. Coast Guard Master’s License with a Sailing Endorsement. His sailing adventures include the British Virgin Islands, the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas, the East Coast, the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands in Washington State. Captain Bill has also delivered boats up and down the West Coast.
Following a successful corporate career as a senior operations executive, Bill has put his sailing credentials to work as a Charter Captain on all types and sizes of vessels. In addition, he has taken his passion for sailing and is sharing it with others as an American Sailing Association Certified Instructor in the beautiful San Francisco Bay … where sailing is always a great day.
Captain Athan Anas
A world class mariner who knows both sail and power boats. Exceptional boat handling skills. Native of San Diego, CA, Athan grew up on the water surfing and fishing. He started his boating career as a yacht sales broker and is still actively helping clients buy and sell boats. Recently having completed a delivery of a 75' sport fisher from Cancun, Mexico to San Diego through the Panama Canal, Athan has had plenty of experience with boat deliveries. Athan is also working as captain on Chere Amie, a event charter boat in San Diego.
CAPTAIN’S LICENSE CERTIFICATION, THE MARITIME INSTITUTE
Master of self-propelled vessels including auxiliary sail of less than 100 gross register tons (GRT) upon near coastal waters.
STCW CERTIFICATION - BASIC TRAINING, THE MARITIME INSTITUTE
Standards of Training Certification on Watchkeeping for Seafarers. First aid & CPR, basic firefighting, personal survival techniques, and personal safety and social responsibilities.
Yacht & Boat Delivery
Sail and power boat deliveries require professionals who have the experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the varying aspects of either local or long distance delivery of these two types of vessels. Attitude Adjustment Sailing has a team with extensive experience in both Power and Sail boat delivery. We handle everything so that you don’t have to worry about anything.
Sail – With combined sailing experience of over 50 years, Attitude Adjustment Sailing and its crew are here to ensure the delivery of your sailing vessel. We know the ropes so to speak and can assure you that your sailing vessel, whether it’s a 30’ sloop or a 100’ schooner, is in experienced hands.
Power– We know power boats with experience on dozens of different makes and models up to 164’ long. We can handle any Motor vessel from a 30’ express to a 500 ton mega yacht. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure your delivery meets your expectations.
We offer both short term and long term Captaining services for both sail and power yachts up to 500 gross tons. This service provides you with the peace of mind that a real professional is at the helm of your yacht. This service may help to meet the requirements of your insurance company or maybe just give you the level of professional yacht management that you have come to expect. Whatever your needs Attitude Adjustment Sailing’s professional Captains and crew can meet all of your yachting needs.
We offer both sail and power boat instruction. The appropriate professional Captain, from Attitude Adjustment Sailing, will take you step by step from leaving the dock thru navigating and yacht handling to docking. We take the time to make sure you’re comfortable with all ships systems so that you’re never left guessing. We take pride in making sure that you can not only take your boat across the bay, but across the ocean.
Get A Quote
San Diego, CA 92139
Call Us At
I crewed for Mark on a delivery from Hawaii to San Diego January 2018. Mark is an excellent skipper, easy to work for, confident and not afraid to make decisions. A winter crossing from Hawaii is challenging and Mark was always calm and prepared. He treated the boat as if it were his own and the owner’s interests were his priority. Mark is fun and easy to sail with. He listens to inputs but is always in command. I would gladly crew for Mark anytime.
My experiences with Mark have been some of my best at sea. Mark is a consummate professional with a focus on the safety of both crew and vessel. Mark shows sincere interest in crew welfare and is an expert at familiarizing self and crew to yacht and systems. He is highly respected and trusted, with a proactive approach toward being on-time and on-budget. Mark is friendly, reliable and trustworthy. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking a professional in the marine industry.
Captain Rick Pelton
I use AAS all the time to help me move and dock boats from one part of San Diego to another. They're so great to work with and their rates are the best around!Keith T.Marine Mechanic
We wanted to give a shout-out for Captain Mark Fife and his crew at Attitude Adjustment Sailing! My wife and I shoved off last summer for my dream sail from Anacortes, Washington to Oahu, Hawaii aboard our 49’ Hylas “Lady B”. However, after experiencing a number of days of gale force winds off the coast of California, my wife decided that Morrow Bay was a great spot to jump off and wish me luck with the rest of “my” dream trip. As miracles would have it, Mark was delivering a boat from San Francisco to San Diego and tied up on the dock behind us. I explained to him my dilemma and asked if there was any way his schedule could accommodate a rather sudden 15 day voyage to Hawaii? He took sympathy on me, made a few calls and said “I’ll be back in 3 days”.
Long story short, we had a great trip, experienced most every kind of weather and arrived 15 days later to a very happy wife waiting on the beach! Mark was very knowledgeable, calm and he and his crewman were easy to be with. It’s not an understatement to say that without Mark’s help I wouldn’t have been able to realize my dream.
If you’re considering a similar voyage, one on a smaller scale or a straight delivery, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Captain Mark and knowledgeable crew at Attitude Adjustment Sailing!
Chris & Barbara JensenHylas 49 “Lady B”
My husband and I have a 50' sailboat and we wanted to sail from San Diego to Hawaii without all the stress of navigating and handling the boat and rigging. We decided on Attitude Adjustment Sailing's captaining services and hired Captain Mark and two crew members to take us on our voyage so we could just enjoy it. We are so glad we did it. The weather got a bit rough for a bit and after going through that, we're glad we had professionals on board. The entire trip was so lovely and exciting all at the same time and we're glad we had the company of the Attitude Adjustment Sailing crew.Kelly R.Yacht Owner
Even though we have been around boats our whole life, they have been ski boats, smaller sail boats and jet boats, this is our first ocean worthy boat. Being very aware of the potential disasters that can occur with inexperienced boaters who think they know everything, we just didn’t want to fall victim to an unforgiving ocean or another inexperienced boater, of which we had observed many times at the various marinas during our two year search for the perfect boat for us. After getting our boat home, we took the boat out on a small lake and knew we had bought a great boat and we decided we wanted to make sure we got the best instruction about our boat, our boat equipment, ocean boating and navigation and after talking with several possible “Captains”, Captain Mark Fife of Attitude Adjustment Sailing, LLC in San Diego, CA was our choice for sharing our first at sea adventure on our new 2002 Regal cabin cruiser. In the phone calls leading up to our big day, Captain Mark made us feel comfortable and confident in our decision to have him on board for our first ocean excursion.Shadow and Diane
We couldn’t have asked for a better day to have Captain Mark aboard our Head Games II. The weather in San Diego started perfect, sunny and the ocean was calm when we headed out of the marina and to open waters. Upon our return it turned windy and cold in the afternoon, so we had lots of opportunity to learn different scenarios that may suddenly and unexpectedly arise. Captain Mark was professional, thorough and obviously very knowledgeable in all things boating. His attention to details was refreshing and his patience with questions was appreciated. He covered a variety of topics including acceptable boatingetiquette, safe operation and navigation through unknown hazards like crab traps, kelp beds, different colored buoys, proper radio communications, vessel going priority. and rapid change in weather conditions and ocean conditions, etc. Captain Mark is very safety conscious and prior to leaving the harbor he thoroughly inspected the entire boat, from bow to stern. He also imparted some of his navigational charting knowledge that was very informative and will be helpful in the unlikely but possible event of navigation equipment failure. Captain Mark even helped us with proper operation of the head, the anchor and other cabin equipment. He has been available by phone call or text with all of our questions after our private session.
We could not have asked for a more comprehensive private instruction and we highly recommend Captain Mark for literally anything to do with boating. He was worth every dollar we paid and then some. We are looking forward to our next outing and session with Captain Mark
Thank you Captain Mark!
My experience with Attitude Adjustment was awesome. They exceeded my expectations and were so helpful. I bought a boat that I knew nothing about and I hired them to help me move it from San Diego to the Bay Area. While along for the ride, Captain Mark taught me everything I needed to know about navigating my way in the future as well as docking the boat. I'd recommend these guys to anyone.Scott L.Yacht Owner