THE SMALL CREW
Boat Type: Offshore 62
Owner: Craig Small
Yacht Club: San Diego YC
Craig is semi-retired after running his builders supply company for over 30 years. Now following a life long passion of boating,, The Small Crew is his second ocean vessel and his 5th Small Crew boat. Craig is also a commercial and instrument rated pilot . He has 2 grown boys and a wife of 32 years, First Mate Cathy.
Favorite Cruising Destination
Catalina and Mexico on the Small Crew. Have also greatly enjoyed chartering boats in the BVI’s, St. Thomas and St. Barts, St. Lucia and The Grenadines, Guadalupe, The Bahamas and Belize. We love being on the water.
Favorite Boating Experience
FUBAR 2013 and CUBAR 2015
About the Crew
All are current or former boat owners with lots of experience. Cathy (first Mate and wife) loves Mexican culture and spending time on the water. Al Messenberg is an expert seaman with extensive sailing experience. He speaks fluent Spanish and knows Mexican culture well. This is his second CUBAR with us. Dave Hingtgen is retired Navy and former owned of the Miss Molly, a Silverton 45. This is his first CUBAR. Chris Murray, on top of being a great fisherman and crew mate, Chris is a member of the Newport Yacht Club and Broker for Offshore boats. Chris was on the FUBAR committee in 2013.
What’s in a Name
Our last name is Small. Craig’s parents had a 42’ Californian Trawler named the Small Crew and we are carrying on the tradition.
Reason to Buy This Boat
We had our eye on this boat for a while. We made an offer and it was accepted and we were like…oh s**t! This is happening.
Previous Boats Owned
Meridian 440, Hallett 24;, Nordic 26’, Ski Nautique, Catamaran 16
Interest in CUBAR
We enjoyed our 2015 CUBAR and our 2013 FUBAR experience. We met interesting people, cruised the beautiful Mexican coastline, and made many great memories
Last CUBAR we had 11 passengers for a week cruising from Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad. We made a quick stop into a beautiful little cove called Careyes and were lucky to get a mooring. As soon as that mooring was hooked we had 11 pairs of fins, masks and snorkles out and everybody in for a swim