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Captain Mike Ahearn , Surveyor

Background & Bio

Growing up on the water in Huntington Harbor, California, where his father was Commodore of the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club, Mike is no stranger to the sea.  He joined the US Navy in 1977. After six years as a Boatswains Mate and Special Boat Operator, Mike began his commercial seagoing career with Military Sealift Command and has worked mostly military and government contract vessels ever since. Starting out commercially as an unlicensed Able Bodied Seaman, Mike has come up through the ranks to obtain a USCG Unlimited Tonnage License and has worked in every shipboard capacity from the deck to the wheelhouse. For several years Mike sailed as either Captain, Chief Mate or Second Mate aboard NOAA contracted Research Vessels including two years in Antarctica and transiting the globe setting, maintaining and recovering Tsunami, Hurricane and Weather Data Buoys for NOAA.  He brings his extensive experience and enthusiasm to the Bowditch Surveying team.  When not at work, you can find Mike hiking, boating, fishing, playing golf, and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.




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Did you Know...?

Mike lived aboard, maintained and cruised his own yacht from 2004 until 2015 and has done several deliveries of private yachts worldwide.

Fun Fact From a Co-Worker

BMI came to the rescue. They got down to business immediately and before we knew it, the situation was handled!

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