The Becket Bend
A Becket Bend is a knot that joins two lengths of line that are dissimilar in size and/or material.
Life is often about the joining of the dissimilar, and here at Becket Benders, we want to offer not only Charters, but Personal & Team Development Programs, Maritime Licensing, & Custom Programs. Offerings that aren't that similar, but all have one common goal; to bring people together, whether for learning, fun, career advancement or all of the above.
We foster an environment in which you choose your own ocean adventure. One where your captains, with unique backgrounds and unparalleled experience, ensure not only your safety but time well spent on the water.
Education, empowerment, and enjoyment are what we strive for. The rest is up to you.
Shawn & Chris
These two spent their first tour together as Junior Officers in the Bering Sea rescuing crab fishermen and other vessels in distress. They spent most of their years being called into storms, & developed lifelong Captaining skills. They know safety and how to handle boats, but they also know how to enjoy their time on the water.
Like, anchoring a certain "federally owned" vessel they worked on just outside of an epic surf spot in Hawaii where they "didn't use the surfboards that weren't on board". Certainly the bosses approved of this, right?!?
Founder // Captain // Chief of Operations + Leadership
Shawn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, & a Master's Degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He served nine years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK), KUKUI (Honolulu, HI), & CAMPBELL (Kittery, ME). He also commanded Cutters ADAK (Manama, Bahrain) & KISKA (Hilo, HI). He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master License.
During his time in the Coast Guard, Shawn also graduated from the Naval Diving Salvage Training Center where he went on to become an instructor & Coast Guard Dive Program Manager.
Now that we've gotten all of the really serious things out of the way, we figured you'd like to know a little more about this one. He's pretty cool.
>>>Shawn is a talented craftsman. He makes cutting boards, paddles, picture frames, & much more, all from really beautiful wood. Check out the Crinklery.
>>He's a die hard fan of pretzels. Any kind of pretzels.
>>>Most of us consider Shawn to be amphibious. He spends much of his time underwater, sometimes to the concern of others.
Founder // Captain // Chief of Education + Maritime Licensing
Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marine & Environmental Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, & Master's Degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Administration from Oregon State University. He served eight years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK) & EAGLE (New London, CT). He commanded the cutters DORADO (Crescent City, CA) & JEFFERSON ISLAND (Portland, ME). He has also commanded sailing school tall ships ROBERT C. SEAMANS & CORWITH CRAMER as an assistant professor of nautical science at Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA). He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master License.
Chris, although serious in appearance, loves a good thinking joke. Just ask him about the penguins in the desert...
>>> Chris has been to over 50 countries
>>> Seriously, ask him about the penguins in the desert. You'll make his day.
Chief of Sales, Marketing + Logistics
Jackie has an extensive background in Sales, Marketing & Customer Service. Having worked over 15 years in retail, she honed her skills in team trainings, customer education, customer service roles, and most recently in taking a small business from conception through branding, product development and finally to market in nationwide retail outlets.
Jackie currently handles website development, marketing, branding, social media & reservations for Becket Benders.
>>> She LOVES cooking and testing new recipes (which is really code for eating new recipes).
>>> While she thrives in good weather, she loves a good, dreary rainy day - that's the Seattle girl in her (she was born there!)
>>> She's a family girl through and through.