Captain Frank Mummert
USCG 50-ton Master
Although I grew up in Woodbridge, just south of the Occoquan, I really never set foot on a boat until I joined the Navy in 1977, and even then, it wasn't until 1979 that I actually went to sea. I spent 14 years in the Navy as a nuclear engineer before being medically retired. I went into management information science jobs after that, working in DC and Richmond, VA, until I "retired" in 2014.
During most of that time, I owned power boats, some working, some not. After a year or so trying to learn how to fly (was great at take-offs, stunk at landing - sort of a critical skill), my wife and I purchased a MacGregor 25 sailboat and learned to sail. Interestingly, a lot of the information I learned in flight school applied to sailing - a sail is basically a wing mounted vertically.
In 2005, we sold our house and moved aboard a 1978 Morgan 452 Ketch, "Rockhopper." In 2014, we fulfilled our dream of getting out of the corporate world and we started cruising "full-time." Currently, we spend the summers in the Chesapeake Bay and the winters in Florida waters (this year being an exception).
I have always enjoyed teaching so, when I got my license in 2004, I started sailing for a school on the southern Bay. After a year or so with them, I became an instructor for what is currently Mariner's Learning Systems, teaching OUPV and Master's classes in southern Virginia and North Carolina. When MLS went to an on-line format in 2008, I went back to teaching sailing for the Maryland School of Sailing in Rock Hall, MD. After teaching part-time for them for years, I started working for the school in 2015 as the "certified Boat Bum." I am a jack-of-all-trades, doing boat maintenance, student support and whatever else needs to get done, as well as teaching about 100 classes a year.
In addition to teaching, I have also done a bit of writing. For a period, I was a writer for the now defunct "Mad Mariner" web site, doing articles on living aboard and maintenance issues. When Mad Mariner bought DIY Boat, my articles started showing up in print. I have written some other pieces over the years and have the "Great American Boating Novel" floating around in pieces on my laptop somewhere, but life keeps intervening on finishing THAT project.
I currently hold a 50 ton near-coastal license, with sail and tow endorsements. Suzanne, my wonderful wife, also holds her 50 ton masters and helps me with the communications job here at CAPCA.