Boat Bumz, (dba) East Carolina Sailing, operates out of the BridgePointe Hotel & Marina in New Bern, NC. Boat Bumz took over the helm of East Carolina Sailing in the spring of 2008 and continues with it’s 11th season in 2018. This year marks a change as we make the United States Sailing Association our primary affiliation and certification. This gives us the guidance and support of US Sailing to implement the programs that we will be offering in the future through Coastal Carolina Community Maritime Center. Our goal has always been to produce capable and confident sailors in a fun and relaxed environment. Although our classes only last a few days, we offer our students the ability to audit* any class they have taken for a year at any of our schools. This gives you the ability to gain more experience and have time with an instructor again to hone your skills and build more confidence. Then once a year we try to put together a 7 to 10 day trip to try out your new found skills. We have done trips to the Florida Keys and British Virgin Islands. Boat Bumz also has a school and community boating center slated to open in the fall of 2018 in the Florida Keys; Conch Republic Sailing and Conch Republic Community Maritime Center.


Cap’n Michael is owner and lead instructor at Boat Bumz. He has been on and around boats all his life and has spent the last 15 years sailing the lakes and sounds of North Carolina as well as the Chesapeake Bay, the eastern seaboard, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Since October of 2010 he has logged more miles and spent more days on the water than he can remember. He has delivered boats from Maine to Tortola and played Charter Captain from New Jersey to Key Largo and the Bahamas, on sailboats ranging from a 27′ sloop to a 72′ ketch. He is certified to teach US Sailing Small Boat and Keelboat courses as well as American Sailing Association sailing and cruising standards from Basic Keelboat through Advanced Coastal Cruising, Coastal Navigation, Docking and Cruising Catamarans.

In his former life he was the Technology Director and adult educator for a public school system in Western North Carolina. He has two grown kids who think he’s gone crazy and swear that their father has been replaced by the “pod” people. He has two grandchildren (twins) that will be “G’ Pa’s” future crew.

He lives on his boat and calls home where ever the wind and current takes him.