Geoff Moore, Managing Director, grew up in Kent and fell in love with boats at the age of eight when his parents rented a little house on the Norfolk Broads that had a day boat. Geoff’s family of four spent every day of their holiday onboard and after having such a good time, bought a little 22-foot riverboat. Two years later, they upgraded to a 26-foot model, which they still own to this day. When Geoff was 14, his sister joined a marine college in Cornwall and obtained her Yachtmaster qualification, which is how he became aware of the career opportunities available in the maritime industry.
At age 18, Geoff joined the Merchant Navy and relocated to South Shields, which is where his connection with the North East began. Geoff is a qualified Class One Master Mariner as well as being qualified as a DPA (Designated Person Ashore), CSO (Company security officer) and Internal Auditor with an Honours Degree in Marine Operations from Northumbria University.
Geoff spent years working on commercial ships including cruise ships, ferries, dredgers and cargo vessels. He didn’t have much knowledge about the superyacht industry until an officer he had previously worked with requested his CV for an officer position on M/Y Rising Sun, which was at the time, the world’s largest yacht at 138 meters long. He was successful in his application as Second Officer and joined in 2007, starting his career in the luxury industry where he worked onboard seven different yachts in his career in the role of Chief Officer and relief Captain on yachts ranging from 50 to 130+ metres. Geoff’s career changed and he stopped working at sea and moved ashore in 2011 when his son was born and due to his knowledge of the maritime industry, he was able to transition easily into a shoreside management role. Geoff’s career has since blossomed, founding West Nautical UK in 2014 and developing it into what it is today; a thriving full service superyacht company with 13 full time employees in the UK office as well as international offices in four different locations.
When Geoff is away from work, his passions include rugby, motorsport and spending time with his family.
Many of the West Nautical team bring a diverse set of skills and experience from maritime backgrounds, where having first-hand experience of all aspects of superyacht operations, both ashore and at sea, are a huge benefit to the company. The team is therefore able to deliver the highest standards of superyacht management across all services West Nautical provides to both yacht owners and charter clients. During the Covid 19 pandemic, West Nautical saw a huge increase in yacht sales as well as an influx of new build projects now under management and the company’s growth has not stopped there.
At the start on 2022, the UK head office expanded into two new office locations, one of which is due to be
opened in May 2022 in the affluent Newcastle suburb of Jesmond. West Nautical are delighted to be thriving during what has been an unstable and difficult period globally and will continue to grow and to super serve the global yachting industry, offering a full suite of owner’s services
from the UK and beyond.
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