Meet Our Instructors

Iver Franzen

Iver’s 40 year career in many facets of yacht and shipwork includes a continuing career as a licensed Master (500GRT incl aux sail, plus 1600GRT OSVs), and a 25 year business of yacht and commercial vessel design, project management, and consultation.  His sailing and design experience runs the gamut from racing and cruising on dinghies and small racer/cruisers, to operating and designing a variety of sail and power vessels up to 160′ topsail schooners.

After growing up around boats, Iver taught sailing in his teens and early 20s on a variety of dinghies, daysailors, and sailing whaleboats.  His early cruising, racing, and delivery experience was on boats in the 22-45 foot range.  Transition to larger boats came with his move to the Caribbean, running sailing charter yachts from 39′ to 120′, and with numerous deliveries between there and the East Coast.

Since his return from the Caribbean, he’s been involved in the design of the Pride of Baltimore II, the Kalmar Nyckel, and numerous other projects of varying sizes and types, while continuing to be at the wheel of that same variety of boats and small ships, doing deliveries when time allows, and working as a commercial captain on cruise vessels, tugs, and research and sail-training vessels.  In addition to his teaching and Naval Academy student mentoring activities, he was recently contracted to the Office of Naval Research to skipper their 108′ research vessel, continues to provide captain and consulting time to a 160′ topsail schooner, and has several designs under construction in Nova Scotia and Florida. He is also now a senior captain with Seatow.

Iver’s own boat, the “Leonie Hayes,” a 48′ ketch, was home for 10 years for him and his wife Deborah, with cruises and chartering throughout the East and Gulf Coasts, and the Bahamas.  They still try to find time with her to cruise the Chesapeake and the Carolinas and, in the near future, beyond . . .