About the Captain
Captain Bob is a former instructor at the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy. Over 12 years, he taught marine biology, oceanography, chemistry, and helped develop the aquaculture industry in Maine.
His love for the sea also directed him to teach scuba diving and to become a master diving instructor. He served as the diving officer for the University of Maine marine lab.
Captain Bob was selected to be one of the first fifty Kellogg National fellows which allowed him the opportunity to study fishing techniques all over the world. He was able to develop a definitive study of world fishing management techniques based on historical success and failures of various countries.
His love of biology and travel has taken him on two expeditions to the Galapagos as an American guide. He considers these adventures to be high points of his career.
As skipper of Morning In Maine, he has guided many visitors through the beauty of the Maine coast on our Rockland sailing trips. He artfully explains the nuances of the environment of the sustainable but fragile coast of Maine.
Bob’s background includes several years as a commercial fisherman, diver, and scalloper. If weather and conditions permit, Captain Bob can provide an interesting narrative of the local environment as well as the ocean economy that drives the mid coast region. Please note, boat safety is of utmost priority, so if weather and sailing conditions are adverse then Captain Bob focuses on keeping the ship on course.
About the Ketch
This year, the Morning in Maine is celebrating its 20th year sailing in the windjammer fleet as the premier boating experience in the city of Rockland. Morning in Maine is a coastal ketch designed and built by the noted Pete Culler, a renowned designer of vessels from Dartmouth, MA.
She was launched in So. Dartmouth, MA in 1970 at the Concordia Yacht Co. Built of the finest oak frames and Atlantic cedar planks she has been meticulously maintained by one Captain and owner. She was built to be a traditional sailing vessel with modern conveniences and electronics.
Her overall length is 55 ft., she has a 12-ft. beam, and 17 tons dead weight with an easily-handled, marconi rig. She is now serving the passengers of Rockland under her second owner Captain Bob Pratt.
Morning in Maine offers Rockland day sails, private Maine sailing charters, and special events from the Rockland city pier.