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Captain Hugh Covert has been sailing ever since he was four years old. He holds a USCG 500 Ton Near Coastal Masters license. With over four decades of experience, he has been at the helm of modern and traditional vessels - from tugboats and fishing boats to brigantines and tall masted schooners.

Captain Hugh has navigated many of the major water bodies of the United States from the Atlantic seaboard, Florida's Intercostal waterway, the Everglades, the Chesapeake Bay, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Midwest river system and the Great Lakes. He has sailed the waters of the Canadian North Channel, Georgian Bay, Pacific coast and Bahama Islands.

Tall ships he has captained include Appledore IV, Appledore V (and previously when it was named Westwind), S/V Denis Sullivan, the Lady Washington, the Liberty Clipper, and the Schooner Manitou.

He enjoys any opportunity to be out on the water, especially if it involves sailing. When Capt. Hugh is not sailing one of the four sailboats that he built, he can often be found captaining one of the Tall Ship Schooners on the Great Lakes.

His current project is building a 20-foot scow schooner, a traditional Great Lakes sailing vessel.

He lives on a 40 acre island off the grid with his wife, Julie, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Lake Huron.