Grant Rafter joined the PMY crew in July 2007 after spending the previous 7 months captaining his 30-foot Allied Seawind ketch from Maine out to Bermuda, down to Martinique, and back up to Florida. He grew up in Maine, the son of accomplished sailors. The New England summers were spent near the water at jobs ranging from scraping paint and rolling varnish, to working with whale watch tours, to crewing on schooners.
Grant attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduating with a degree in English Literature in 2004. After college he continued to work on boats, crewing on megayachts around the Caribbean, freelancing in Fort Lauderdale, and captaining towboats back in Maine. He currently holds both his 200-ton MCA Yachtmaster and his 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master licenses.
Besides boating, Grant has been a freelance editor for international law & finance publications and is the co-author of the 5th edition of the Unofficial Guide Series' book Beyond Disney.
This article originally appeared in the September 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.