Captain Rick Gaffney
Rick Gaffney, the company's President and Managing Broker, was born and raised in Hawaii and grew up boating, surfing, fishing, sailing and diving in island waters. Wanderlust and a Navy ROTC scholarship then took him to Oregon State University. After graduating, and duty in the Navy, he moved to Kona and obtained his USCG Captain's license in the mid-70's.
A job opportunity as one of the first Sea Grant Marine Advisory Specialists in the Pacific drew Rick to Maui where he later operated a series of sport fishing charter boats, including two brand new 35' Bertrams which he specified, outfitted, delivered and fished competitively throughout the islands. He eventually graduated to a 37' Merritt, before retiring from the charter game. In 1985 Rick returned to Kona, to be closer to the Pacific's most productive offshore sportfishery.
Rick has delivered sportfishing, diving, boating and travel stories from all over the world for over 25 years. His writing career has won him international recognition as a chronicler of game fishing and boating, not to mention two national awards and a marine environmental journalism fellowship.
He also serves as IGFA Representative-at-Large for the Central Pacific Islands, represents the Recreational Fishing Alliance in Hawaii, is a Co-Chair of the West Hawaii Fisheries Council, and has long been actively involved in the politics of fishery management.
At Pacific Boats & Yachts, Rick has endeavored to assemble a team of top-notch professionals, all the tools of first class boat dealer and yacht brokerage and some of the finest listings and product-lines in the Pacific, to allow the company to best serve the Pacific boating public's needs.