History

Our owner, USCG Master Captain Jeff Raymond, is a very experienced and accomplished boater. He’s spent nearly all of his life on the water and thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle. Throughout the years he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge related to boats. He prides himself on his work and always strives for perfection no matter what he’s doing. Captain Jeff possesses a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo graduating in 2001. He spent 16 years as a mechanical engineer in various industries gaining expertise in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical systems, fabrication, and project management.

After all those years, he realized the corporate world wasn’t what he wanted to do with the next half of his life. In February of 2017, Jeff earned his Masters Captains License. By July of 2017 Nautical Specialties was formed. It initially took off as a boat customization and mechanical repair business. A solid and returning customer base was achieved within the first six months of forming the business. This solid customer base allowed Jeff the opportunity to grow the business by becoming a USCG Certified Instructor for Captains Licensing in early 2018. Since then, he has issued over 20 Captains Licenses to people from all across the country who have come in to take his classes.

Most recently, Captain Jeff has become a skilled fabricator of Marine Canvas & Upholstery. While this is a newly learned skill set for him, he truly loves it. He loves discussing a customers wants, needs or desires with them. Then, the real excitement comes from taking that discussion and making that vision come true. The best part is watching that customers reaction when they see what he just created with his hands. Where did Jeff learn how to create custom canvas & upholstery? Well, he trained at the premiere Canvas and Upholstery fabricating training center in the US. He has learned from the best to become the best.

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