Thomas R. Hill

Tom Hill, AMS is Atlantic & Pacific's principal marine surveyor, and has decades of experience in the marine industry, including twenty five years as a full time marine surveyor. Beginning in 1968 Tom served as mate and ultimately master of a number of commercial and recreational craft up to 100' in length, and in 1976 became the master of the Yankee Captains, a 100-foot high-speed aluminum passenger vessel that operated up to 100 miles offshore on trips of as long as 3 days in duration. In 1985 he became the Operations Manager and Corporate Partner of  Yankee Fleet, where he was responsible for 65 personnel, as well as the scheduling of the maintenance of the firms seven larger passenger vessels, capital improvements on the company’s 45-acre property, and the company’s P&I loss control program. He was also responsible for tracking regulatory and legislative affairs pertaining to the passenger boat and fishing industries.

In 1991, Tom was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the New England FisheryManagement Council, on which he served for 16 years. He spent much of his time dealing with the complex groundfish issues of the day, but also chaired the Council’s Scallop, Monkfish, and Law Enforcement Committees and served on the Lobster, Herring, and Comprehensive Management Committees as well. He was elected Council Chairman in 1999, and was reelected annually through 2003, and served as vice-chair from 2003 through 2006.

Tom has been involved in many other facets of the marine industry, serving as Executive Director and President of the Interstate Passenger Boat Association from 1989 to 1995, where he provided regulatory and legislative advice to the Board of Directors, developed association policy positions, and drafted a quarterly newsletter. He also served on the Gloucester Waterways Commission (Chair 1988-1993), the Gloucester Waterways Board (Chair 1994-1995), and was a member of the 1st Coast Guard District (Boston) Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Committee. He served as a board members of the Massachusetts Passenger Vessel Association from 1987 to 1993, and from 1987 to 1993 he was President of the Board of the Gloucester Adventure, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of one of Gloucester’s last remaining historic dory schooners, the 126-foot knock-about schooner Adventure.

Barry has served as an Atlantic & Pacific field surveyor since 2005, operating out of East Boothbay, ME. Barry performs many of our vessel inspections along the Maine coast. He has also been a sport fishing charter boat owner/operator and guide in Boothbay Harbor since 1971, and worked at Boston Harbor Marina (now Marina Bay) in Quincy, MA for three years following college.

He has owned and maintained nine different vessels of various types over the years, from a 15-foot lap strake outboard to a twin-diesel Rampage 31.  He designed the layout and helped build his cutting-edge, 36-foot fiberglass downeast BHM sportfisherman Shark IV in 1993, and his current charter boat Shark Six, a 28-foot Whitewater built in Miami, was commissioned in 2008. He has experience in inboard and outboard repowering, ships’ systems, construction, hull repair, hull/engine maintenance, and refinishing.

In addition to his many years in the maritime industry, Barry spent 27 years with Salt Water Sportsman magazine, 22 of them as Editor, at the magazine’s headquarters in Boston where he supervised 25 home staffers and field editors, and worked with nearly 100 contributors. A long-time proponent of responsible fishery management, he spent nine years on the New England Fishery Management Council and currently serves as Northeast Regional Director for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, as vice-president of the Northeast Charterboat Captains Association (which he co-founded in 1988), and as chair of the New England Council’s Recreational Advisory Panel.  He continues to write and consult in the boating/fishing publication field, contributes to a number of magazines including Maine Sportsman and Soundings, and in 2013 was named by Salt Water Sportsman as one of the world’s top 50 charter captains.

Barry Gibson