Attitude Adjustment Sailing
We are one of the leading providers of Yacht Delivery/Relocation services, Expedition Cruises, Captaining Services, as well as, Maritime Instruction and Consulting. With a combined 350,000+ nautical miles at Sea our extremely qualified USCG licensed Masters can relocate your vessel anywhere in the World. We have delivered yachts throughout the Pacific theatre from Alaska to Peru including Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central and South America. We have completed sixteen crossings between the mainland and Hawaii. Furthermore, we have substantial experience on the North Atlantic, Eastern Seaboard, the ICW, the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico.
We are a customer-centric business and our entire focus is on you, the client. From easy to understand Proposals and Contracts to real time tracking of your delivery, we seek to keep everything simple in this increasingly complex World.
If you’re considering a multimodal relocation involving transit onboard a ship and either pre-positioning and/or post-positioning of your yacht, we’re here to make the process seamless and transparent. We work with all the major shippers internationally and can coordinate all aspects of the relocation on your behalf. Need a quote to relocate your vessel by ship? No problem? We have fantastic pricing on this alternative method of relocating your vessel.
If you have the need for a Captain for a few hours or a few months, we can make it happen. With highly skilled and USCG licensed Masters ranging from 50GT to 200GT. Regardless of whether your vessel is a 35’ sailboat or a 125’ mega yacht, you can breath easy knowing a true professional is at the helm.
We do a lot of Maritime Instruction, and with our hundreds of thousands of miles at sea we have learned a lot. Our Clients, enjoy being out on the water and learning vital lessons that will reap rewards long into the future. This on water Maritime Instruction includes: Navigation, Rules of the Road, Safety at Sea, Deck General, Communications, Electronics (Radar, Chart-plotter, Auto-Pilot, etc..), and Marlinspike Seamanship not to mention learning to handle their vessel like a professional.
We pride ourselves on our project management and logistics skills. We process map every project to ensure we stay on course, on budget, and generally on point achieving the agreed upon goals and objectives. We have been involved with many refits, upgrades, and re-powers and have the experience to know what the steps are and the approximate time required for each step in a project. This knowledge, born out of experience, helps to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Also, we have a great deal to share regarding a myriad of maritime subjects including: what boat to buy, or possibly what season to depart to SE Asia or maybe how to develop a route plan.
Another area which has been growing year-over-year, has been the Expedition Cruise segment of our business. This business is an outgrowth of Owner on- board yacht deliveries. We work with the client from conception through planning, outfitting, provisioning, and logistical planning. We also know that our valued clients will be all that much more important as a valued member(s) of the crew. These Expeditions can be a week or a month at sea with few, if any, stops. While there is a great deal in common between the Blue-water Expeditions and the Coastal Expeditions, they both offer truly unique experiences.
We can help you develop either a blue water expedition or a coastal cruise expedition. The options are endless! We have started the process to build our own custom, very comfortable, Expedition Sailing Yacht which will be our first real passenger cruise operation and we are just now getting our feet wet. Call us today to discuss Yacht Delivery, Maritime Instruction, Expedition Cruises options available today!
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. Captain Fife has thirty years of experience and has sailed extensively from Alaska to Peru, including the Panama Canal 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 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. Certifications: APRIL 2017 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. JANUARY 2017 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.
Captain Jack Buckley
US Coast Guard 200 Gross Ton Master
Jack is a USCG 200 Gross Ton Master who has owned and lived aboard a variety of vessels including a 38’ Mediterranean Sportfisher, 41’ Irwin Ketch, 55’ Custom Steel Ketch, and a 60’ Custom Dutch Built Ketch on which he has lived aboard a total of nearly 30 years.
In addition to operating his own boats for charter, he also has Captained numerous vessels including the “Cherie Amie”, 75’ 130 passenger vessel, the “Californian”, 130’ CA state sailing ship, the “Limit Stalker”, 85’ Naval Research Vessel, and he is the Captain of “San Salvador”, 100’ Replica of Juan Rodriguez ship that discovered San Diego Bay.
Captain Jack and his crew completed a significant vessel relocation from the British Virgin Islands to Toronto, ON Canada. This trip involved multiple steps and included passages through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the locks prior to the difficult passage through the Thousand Islands area. In addition, Captain Jack has experience from Panama to California and from Halifax NS Canada to Florida and on to Panama.
He has also been responsible for hundreds of sailboats and powerboats being successfully relocated safely and undamaged over the last 23 years and over 20,000 miles of yacht deliveries and passages, extensive sailing and power-boating, East Coast, Boston, Long Island Sound, New York Harbor, Maryland, Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. Panama. Central America, Mexico and California.
Captain Danny grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been around the water his whole life. Growing up in one of the many small fringe towns that surround the greater San Francisco Bay Area allowed him the opportunity to grow up with strong ethics and morals and a can do “Attitude”. In 2014, Danny graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a major in Communication and minor in Business. In 2018, he received his STCW-95 “Basic Training” from TRLMI. The STCW 95 (Standards of Training Certification on Watch-keeping for Seafarers) training includes; First Aid & CPR, basic firefighting, personal survival techniques, and personal safety and social responsibilities. In 2022, Captain Danny received his 100GT Masters and spends the majority of his time running charters on large motor yachts in Southern California.
Captain Girard has been exposed to a great deal in the three years he has been delivering yachts. He has completed four Pacific crossings totaling just over 11,000nm in total. One delivery from Oahu to Vancouver British Columbia Canada on an XC-50 and another from San Diego to Oahu on a Catalina 380 as well as two passages onboard a 37’ Hallberg-Rassey, one from La Paz Mexico to Oahu, HI and continuing on from Oahu, HI to Seattle, WA (6,030nm). He has also made many coastal deliveries between La Paz Mexico and Wrangle Alaska including the inside passage through Southeastern Alaska. Many of these deliveries were owner onboard and included deliveries from Ventura, CA to Sequim, WA on a Carver 500 CMY and a 46’ Hallberg-Rassey sailing vessel relocated, also with owner aboard, from Ensenada Mexico to Sausalito, CA. Danny, also, has extensive experience serving onboard larger vessels including a Lagoon 620 Catamaran, President 107’ Mega Yacht, and Sunseeker 76’. As of August 2022 Captain Girard has well in excess of 20,000nm at sea. Recently, he completed multiple deliveries between British Columbia and Washington State repatriating USA flagged vessels trapped in Canada due to the Corona virus. A few of these yachts included a Defever 44, Cabo Rico 42 and an XC-50. He has also completed a delivery along the Inside Passage from Wrangell Alaska to Vancouver, BC. Canada as well as navigating in the St. Lawrence seaway and most all of the waters leading into and out of the Great Lakes associated with the seaway.
In total, Danny is approaching 30,000nm at sea and has learned a great deal including navigation, standards for watchkeeping, diesel engine
maintenance and repair, AC/DC electrical, marlinspike seamanship, sail trim, radar ops, and a host of other subjects such as meteorology and VHF/ SAT communications.
When you can’t find Danny on the sea, you’re sure to find him on a golf course.
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.
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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.Steve Weiland
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”
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. 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!Shadow and Diane
I had the pleasure of working with Capt. Fife for the relocation of my 43 foot catamaran from Florida to Hawaii.SGD, MDLeopard 43
The logistical challenges of the almost 7500 nm transport were expertly maneuvered by Capt. Fife using his diligence and extensive maritime knowledge. Thus, my M/Y arrived safe and in excellent condition.
Capt. Fife was thorough, professional and kept me abreast of all aspects along her journey via phone, text and email.
In sum, Capt. Fife has my highest recommendation and would utilize his services again without hesitation.
I wish to recommend Mark Fife due to my personal experience with him as a delivery captain during a trip from San Francisco to San Diego. We had normal and some rough weather around Point Conception. All problems were well handled andI felt quite comfortable during the delivery. He also advised me on some well thought out pre voyage planning . After we arrived in San Diego I did ask Mark for some additional close quarter instruction and docking procedures with my new boat .Henry Givre MDNonSuch 30
As mentioned, all went well. I would recommend Mark as a Captain, for Deliveries and as an instructor .