Captain Martin


Marty Bernstein, USCG Licensed Master - 50 Ton, Great Lakes, Near Coastal, Sailing Endorsements His nautical expertise, calm demeanor and professionalism have made him a favorite among his sailing clients for chartering and instruction. Marty has over 35 years sailing in Great Lakes, U.S. coastal and Caribbean waters, having done scores of deliveries all over Lake Michigan on big sailboats and has done 25 Chicago to Mackinac Island races. His passion for sailing is matched by a passion for teaching; as Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 5111, part of the Boy Scouts of America, charted by Columbia Yacht Club, he mentors coed teens in big boat sailing, racing, safety and service.

Previous Experience

Two years as USCG 50 Ton Master - sailboat charters for Windy City Sailing, Chicago Sailing and Pinnacle Yachts. 35 years sailing experience on boats from 40 to 53 feet. Lake Michigan crossings and deliveries to ports on both coasts. Twenty-five Chicago to Mackinac Island sailing races as crew member. Offshore sailing charters in British Virgin Islands, Newport Beach, CA to Catalina Island. Navigation along Florida Intercoastal Waterway and Hawk Channel to Key West.

Professional Background

Professional film editor and producer for TV commercial, documentary, feature film and docu-reality TV. Executive Producer for History Channel 8-episode series Great Lake Warriors profiling the hazards, crews and captains aboard tug boats in Chicago, Sturgeon Bay WI, Duluth, MN and Thunder Bay, ON. Current business owner, producer for Compass Point Productions, LLC and Real Time, Inc. Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University School of Cinema Arts and Columbia College Cinema Arts and Science department.


  • Sailing
  • Towing
  • Radio Operator

On-Water Specialities

  • Towing
  • Radio Operator


Oak Park, IL, United States

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