Ventura Harbor Boatyard Inc.
1415 Spinnaker Dr. Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 654-1433
Fax (805) 654-8066

Ventura Harbor Boatyard

Steve James, General Manager/Owner 

After receiving his B.A. in 1979 from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, Steve started his marine  career as as USCG Captain for the Clipper Fleet out of Panama City, FL operating 120 ft. crew and 140 ft oil spill recovery vessels.  He moved into administration  as the Clipper Fleet Port Captain  of the crew based operations in the Santa Barbara Channel.  In 1984 Steve joined Jackson Offshore LTD in Ventura as Marine Manager and when the offshore business slowed he accepted the offer  to become a Managing Partner at Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 1990 were he spent 8 years experiencing first hand all phases of ship maintenance and repair of commercial and recreational vessels.  He supervised the weld and fabrications crews, machinists, electricians and shipwright services.  He spent 1998 to 2001 as Rincon Marine, Inc.'s  on-site contract and technical representative for the owner's start up operations and construction of two USCG SOLAS 4000HP 190 ft Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels and supervised their delivery to the West Coast.  Steve returned to Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 2001 as the General Manager.

Dale Morris, Manager/Owner/Paint Shop 
Dale Morris

Dale spent a number of years at several boatyards perfecting his craft and standards before coming to Ventura Harbor in 1982 when he started his own business at Ventura Quay Boatworks.  He stayed on with Ventura Harbor Boatyard when it was purchased in 1986, becoming a partner and owner in 1996.  Dale is an integral component in the growth of the business.  Dale's painting as well as his expert fiberglass fabrication and repair services are widely known for the quality and attention to detail he demands.  Some of his customers come from as far north as Oregon and south as San Diego specifically for his service.                   

Mike Hanson, Customer Service Manager 


Mike is a local who grew up on the water and has 24 years experience maintaining and repairing boats of every kind.  He has lived on a boat, built boats, raced boats, and is an experienced rigger and woodworker.  He was involved in the construction of the original Ventura Quay Boatworks in 1982 and worked for them in charge of haul outs and vessel repair.  When Ventura Harbor Boatyard bought Ventura Quay Boatworks in 1986, Mike became our Yard Manager.  He currently coordinates all haul outs in the large & small boat facilities, and estimates and supervises specific jobs.  Mike's knowledge & experience with all aspects of marine services puts boat owners in good hands from start to finish.

Otto Havelaar, Service Manager

Otto was an essential addition to our staff in 2002, bringing 30 years of boating and marine experience with him. He started his career in Marina del Rey with Chris Craft Pacific from 1970 through 1976. Looking for another challenge, he came to Anacapa Marine Services in 1977 as Assistant General Manager. Ventura Harbor Boatyard is proud to have acquired such a customer service oriented person. As Service Manager he will ensure vessel repairs are effectively accomplished by determining, organizing and monitoring work in process. He will prepare estimates and condition found reports for customers and coordinate same with various craft shops. Otto has excellent communication skills and enjoys coordinating every aspect of a customer's needs from haul to launch.

When Otto's not working, he enjoys sailing and crewing with friends and customers on Wet Wednesday races. His power boat experience in his youth was a cruise of Europe with his father on a Dutch built Neptune '38. 

Tom Bowman, Mechanic Shop Foreman -
Tom Bowman

Tom joined Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 2003 bringing with him an extensive background in mechanical engineering with a vast history of management projects including machine shop operations manager to president and manufacturing manager on NASA projects for JPL which have been installed in the Hubble Space Telescope. Tom graduated from CSU Northridge in 1993 with an MS in Automation Engineering and a BS in Business Administration. He also taught NC programming and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) at Northridge for 3 years to senior and graduate engineering students. Tom has owned and operated his own boat building business where he designed and built several boats including a 32’ off-shore power racer; the re-fit & design of a 75’ commercial dive charter boat & the design & fabrication of a 40’ ocean racing catamaran. Tom began sailing at the age of 12 in Marina Del Rey and has many years of local sailing/cruising around the Channels Islands.

Travis Zirkle, Welding
Travis Zirkle

Not only is Travis our weld shop foreman but he is certified in almost all categories of welding. Travis came to Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 2000. Prior to that he worked for Oceanerring International as an underwater Commercial Diver. Travis graduated from the College of Oceaneering in 1995 with an AS degree in Marine Technology. He currently holds a 500 ton Coast Guard engineers license and a current EMT license. Travis has owned numerous boats including a Newport 30 sailing vessel, a Cal 34 sailing vessel, a 36’ commercial trawler and a 34’ CHB trawler. Travis’s willingness to listen and help others is a benefit many companies would be proud to offer, as we, here at Ventura Harbor Boatyard are.

Alan Roell

…..Prior to joining the staff at Ventura Harbor Boatyard in April 2008 Al formerly owned and operated the paint shops at Anchor’s Way Marine and most recently Anacapa Marine Services. He has long standing ties with the local boating community, is a respected craftsman among his peers and responsible for many beautiful paint jobs on vessels plying our local waters. Al is assisting Dale running our ever growing paint shop. His talents are a welcome asset to Ventura Harbor Boatyard.

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