|The BoatTEST.com team is a group of highly trained
professionals, all of whom have years of experience
in their respective fields. These include writers,
editors, on-camera boating experts, field technicians,
cameramen, video editors, producers, and musicians...all
coming together to make the final content you
see here on BoatTEST.com. We hope you enjoy
their work as much as we enjoy working with
Hammond, Co-Founder and President
is a well-known figure in marine publishing
with more than 30 years in the field. He founded
Power & Motoryacht magazine
after serving as publisher of Boating,
chief editor of Motorboating and Sailing,
offshore racing editor of Yachting,
and managing editor of The Skipper
magazines. He founded Motorboat magazine in 1989,
and in 1990 started Motoryacht International,
which was published simultaneously in seven languages.
He has authored two books on yacht racing.
Over the years he has owned a number of powerboats,
from a 19’ outboard to a 90’ motoryacht.
||Chris Hughes, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Chris is responsible for all things non-editorial within BoatTEST, and is focused on the development of new tools and advancements that will serve our clients. His background includes corporate sales, marketing consultation, export development and management training. After serving five years in the United States Marine Corps, the first half of Chris’ career was focused in the aviation industry working with most of the top airlines, as well as with several large corporate aviation firms. Chris has helped more than 68 UK based companies expand their export capabilities by helping to set up and manage the execution of their sales and marketing efforts here in the United States. Chris comes to BoatTEST from a global consulting firm in Northern Ireland where he was the Director for Global Business Development. Chris is also an experienced consultant and executive coach and has worked with large global brands in the areas of sales, marketing, and middle/senior management development. In addition to reviewing most new boat models first hand, Chris has taken a very close and in-depth look at more than 75 boat manufacturing facilities world-wide over the past nine years.
||Capt. Robert Smith, Director of Testing
Capt. Rob's past career in the corporate world had him working for Mallinckrodt as a corporate trainer. Once he decided to pursue his true passion for boating, he joined the BoatTEST team as on-camera talent and boat test captain. In 2007 Captain Rob took on a much larger role as the Director of Testing for BoatTEST. Capt. Rob lives in California and holds a USCG 100 Ton license.
||Capt. Steve Larivee, Test Captain
Capt. Steve’s boating career started when he was spending time on the family boats while growing up on the coastline of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During his teenage years he signed aboard a local deep sea fishing boat as mate. Within two years, he was promoted to senior mate and started freelancing in the winter months on Florida’s Atlantic coast. By 18 years of age, he started studying for his Captain’s exam and in 1980 he took his test at the Miami Regional Exam Center becoming, as the examiner put it, the “youngest licensed Captain on the Eastern Seaboard”.Upon returning to Nantucket Sound, Capt. Steve would take over as Master of the same boat that he started his professional career on. Soon after, he would become owner of the company, taking part in its expansion with the purchase of a second deep sea fishing boat, and ultimately, a third boat for sightseeing.
Since the company was located in the Atlantic Northeast, winters would always find Capt. Steve heading back to southern waters. This allowed him to develop experience in ever-changing conditions on a wide variety of vessels… from private yachts to offshore “draggers” to dinner and excursion vessels.
As you might expect, throughout his professional career, Capt. Steve was among a diverse group of maritime professionals who had insights on nearly every topic of nautical life and would never hesitate to share their knowledge with him. After 25 years of working on the water, this wealth of information and insight became second nature, and formed the basis of the BoatTEST.com video boating course that has been written and produced by Capt. Steve.
Hammond, Director of Video Productions
Justine has been boating all of her life, starting out at six-months old nestled in a box
on the cabin sole of her parent’s 30’ sailboat crossing Block Island Sound. She began
sailing on her own at age 7 in an Optimist pram and single-handed across Long Island Sound
a year later. At 10 she discovered the joys of power boating and delighted in docking her
father’s twin-engine 30-foot flybridge fisherman at the local marina. At 12 she had her
own 19’ Grady-White with 150-hp engine and began a life of water sports and fishing.
She has cruised the east coast from Nova Scotia to the Grenadines in the Caribbean, and
has fished in the Caribbean, off the west coast of Mexico and Baja, Alaska and northern
Canada. She now owns a 22’ sportboat that she keeps in Norwalk, CT. Justine was
BoatTEST.com’s first employee in 2000 has the distinction of being here longer than
||Lis Soltes, Managing Editor
Lis is in charge of managing all editorial content on the site. She works with freelance writers, produces and distributes the weekly newsletters and coordinates logistics for all BoatTEST events. Prior to joining BoatTEST.com she worked for an educational database assisting in the production of online and print content.
||Sunny Keth, Programmer/Webmaster
Suntharak Keth (“Sunny”) grew up in Cambodia, and came to the US in late 2001 to attend grad school at Southern Connecticut State University. Sunny comes to us with many years of extensive experience in Information Technology, most recently from CGI Group Inc. He is currently in charge of all IT operations for BoatTEST.com. You can contact him at
||Capt. John Wenz, Test Captain
John has a lifetime of boating experience, having grown up on Long Island Sound. He graduated from the New York Maritime College in 1980, and holds a USCG license as a deck officer on unlimited tonnage vessels, and holds a 200-Ton USCG Master’s License. He has been a professional captain since 1977, and has commanded sail and powerboats all over the world, including a stint as captain for a dinner cruise vessel in the busy harbor of New York City. He is particularly proud to have been tender captain for Dennis Conner’s successful Stars & Stripes America’s Cup team in 1987. John is an ABYC Standards-Accredited professional marine surveyor, and is a member of SAMS. He chairs a municipal government committee concerned with waterfront access, and sits on the board of state and regional marine trade organizations. John has been a member of the BoatTEST.com team of testing captains since 2002 and has tested over 100 boats during those years.
Ron Svoboda, Test Captain
In his "other
life", Capt. Ron is actually an industrial
engineer with experience in both the maritime
and aerospace industries. He works with
us as an on-camera captain and field tester. Capt. Ron holds a USCG 100 Ton License.
||Keith Burton, Associate Editor
Keith Burton is a veteran journalist with over 30 years experience spanning radio, television, magazines and newspapers. An avid boater, Keith lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Keith’s work appears in a variety of nationally distributed boating and auto magazines.
A Graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design, Dan received a B.F.A. in Computer Graphics in 2001. Dan got his start in the industry as a camera operator/media specialist for Vision Media, a broadcast television and video production company located in CT. In 2005, Dan took a position as a senior video editor at Hi-Top Productions, a busy recording studio and video production house. In 2006, he left to continue building his own growing base of patronage. Dan founded Evolved Studio, his own production company specializing in a multitude of creative services including print, web and video. www.carneymedia.com
"Mr. Boston" Giglio, Cameraman
been involved in all technical aspects of
television production since graduation from
Boston University film school in 1986. As
a core member of ESPN's golf crew,
he's worked on nearly every show to be produced
at Nickelodeon Studios in Florida.
He also has numerous MTV and VH-1
concerts to his credit. He has been hit
with more than his fair share of seawater
blasts from jetboats, and his motto? "I
will let nothing stand in my way of getting
Kimelman, Cameraman and Director
onboard with us since our first video production
"GPS Navigation" in 1995. Dave's
been a camera operator, director and cinematographer
for 15 years. Along with his years of work
in the marine industry shooting for BoatTEST.com,
he is also highly regarded in the commercial,
music video and feature film arenas. His
music video credits include Rod Stewart
and U2, his commercial credits include
Snickers, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Ivory
Soap, Frito -Lay, Bacardi, Coors Light and
Carnival Cruise Lines. His feature film
credits include The Crew, TakeDown,
The Last Home Run and Curdled.