Photo of Captain Tim McMahon

Captain Tim McMahon

Rated 4.72/5 by 20 students

Credentials

NauticEd Credentials

  • Level III Bareboat Charter Master Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor
  • SLC Instructor/Assessor
  • ICC Instructor/Assessor

Other Credentials

USCG 100 Ton Master, STCW 95, UH Celestial Navigation, IYT Yachtmaster Ocean, IYT Instructor

My personal comment and commitment to you

Captain Tim McMahon grew up in the sailing community of Maine, USA. As a licensed US Merchant Marine 100 Ton Master, Captain Tim has lived and worked on the water for most of his life. Following many years as a busy charter and yacht delivery captain in and around Hawaiian/Pacific waters, Tim spent 7 years living aboard the his own classic yacht Houhere and cruising the oceans and waterways of the world. Settling in Thailand in 1997, Tim operated a live aboard sail/dive charter company embarking on adventure voyages along the Malacca Straits, Thailand & Malaysian coastal cruising and pioneering live aboard cruising into Myanmar and the exotic Andaman Islands. In 2004, Captain Tim partnered up with Gulf Charters Thailand as operations manager for a fleet of 10 active charter yachts. This experience has provided him with the genuine knowledge of yachts, world cruising and the live aboard lifestyle which he enthusiastically passes on to SailQuest Sailing School Center students.

Juice up your Sailing Certificate. Take an online sailing course from NauticEd and get professional practical sailing instruction from Captain Tim McMahon.

Feedback from previous students

Christian H., USA, UT Hurricane at 2019, Dec 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Captain Tim and his staff delivered a great experience along with the knowledge and training. They clearly have a handle on what they are doing.
Eystein H., Norway, Telemark Stathelle at 2019, Nov 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Gregory M., Australia, South Australia Victor Harbor at 2019, Nov 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Just completed 10 days with the SailQuest Sailing School, Thailand and I can thoroughly recommend them to anyone who wants to get a comprehensive, professional and thoroughly enjoyable sailing experience. For anyone who is nervous about their prior knowledge or maybe just not sure whether they can do 10 days sailing this is the course for you. Captain Tim and his fellow instructors (Joe and Howard) are not only experienced and knowledgeable but genuinely caring on your circumstances and will patiently walk you through any areas you may need help in. The curriculum is detailed but also there are enough gaps to take in the fun of sailing and simply chat about different areas that you are interested in. There is also detailed course notes and other information you can take away and study. Practical safety was always at the forefront and we practiced issues such as man overboard and collision avoidance rather than just looked at them in a book. Don't worry about the lower rating I gave th
Nadia V., Hong Kong S.A.R., Hong Kong at 2019, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
What a passionate and knowledgable sailor Tim, and his team, are - I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and I’m excited for my sailing future
Bob M., Switzerland, Bern at 2019, Mar 12
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day Skipper course and learned to sail with confidence and can comfortably apply the skills taught by SeaQuest. We recommend this school for anyone in the region of Bangkok / Pattaya. Our instructors were friendly, knowledgeable, and competent. Improvements to their fleet are underway.
HASSANE K., United Arab Emirates, Dubai Dubai at 2020, Apr 14
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Well done Please keep it up.
HASSANE K., United Arab Emirates, Dubai Dubai at 2019, Mar 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
A GREAT INSTRUCTOR CAPTAIN
Todd D., USA, CO Denver at 2019, Feb 23
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Capt. McMahon and the whole Sailquest staff have an enormous depth of knowledge, combined with the patience and passion for sharing their knowledge and love of sailing that make them all great instructors. It is rare to find such accomplished teachers in any profession who can still relate to students with entry level knowledge.
Ross C., China, Tianjin at 2018, Aug 02
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Tim McMahan and his co-instructors were at all times professional, generous with their abundant knowledge, courteous and fulfilled all they had said they would. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. I extend my gratitude and appreciation!
Torsten L., Thailand, Phuket Koh Kaew Munag at 2019, Jun 21
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Great course and recommendable instruction. Safe and professional
Eystein H., Norway, Telemark Stathelle at 2017, Sep 19
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Guy W., Australia, WA Perth at 2016, Aug 04
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Loved the course.Lots of fun and really feel I now have the knowledge and know how to sail .
Shaun W., Singapore, Singapore at 2015, May 10
Practical Competence of Off Shore Captain Rank
Calvin C., USA, UT Mantua at 2014, Dec 08
Practical Competence of Off Shore Captain Rank
It was a really fantastic experience and Captain Tim kept it interesting, informative and fun.
Tracy C., China, Guangdong SHENZHEN at 2014, Dec 09
Practical Competence of Off Shore Captain Rank
I learned a lot. Captain Tim has some great stories and can relate his experiences very well through them, giving great examples of real life situations and what to when something challenging happens.
Francois M., Mauritius, Tamarin at 2014, Aug 20
Practical Competence of Off Shore Captain Rank
Ana Cristina C., United Arab Emirates, Dubai, UAE at 2014, Feb 15
Practical Competence of Off Shore Captain Rank
Jim S., USA, TN Mount Juliet at 2012, Jan 31
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Tim was an absolutely fabulous instructor. Every topic was covered in great detail, and he was very willing to go deeper when needed, and tailor the session to the student. If you're looking for more than just a certificate, but a genuine learning experience in a unique environment, SailQuest is the place.
Zivko M., United Kingdom, Hinckley at 2011, Sep 07
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
If you want to learn to sail and do it thorough Tim's the man. I haven't been so impressed with someone's knowleage of their field in a long time. Highly recomended.
Teoh K., Malaysia, Shah Alam at 2012, Mar 31
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank