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Captain and Crew

Captain Paul Morse

Captain-Morse2-300x224Captain Paul Morse is the owner of the Tree of Life and has been sailing traditional schooners and Tall Ships for over thirty-five years, since the age of 17. In his early twenties, Captain Morse successfully navigated across the Atlantic Ocean twice only using traditional instruments: a sextant, an accurate timepiece and tables of the sun and planets. He has been employed as the boatswain and first mate aboard the 140-foot topsail schooner Bill of Rights. He has also worked on commercial fishing vessels, supply boats, tugboats and crew boats supporting the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Morse has owned two previous schooners and the Tree of Life is the last vessel he plans to sail since the Tree of Life has everything that any one could ask of a well-found ship. Captain Morse holds a USCG (United States Coast Guard) license for sail and auxiliary vessels of up to 100 tons and holds a BA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Boat Dimensions and Specs boatc

  • Boat Registration, USA
  • Overall Length, 91’
  • Length on Deck, 72’
  • Beam, 18’6”
  • Draft, 8’6”
  • Guest cabins, 3
  • Crew cabins, 2
  • Number of crew, 4
  • Year Built, 1991
  • Builder, Covey Island Boatworks, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Designer, Ted Brewer

Boat Features

  • Air conditioning (all cabins)
  • Chaise lounges
  • Deck awnings
  • DVD Player
  • Enclosed pilot house
  • Hammock
  • Hot and cold water
  • Large screen TV
  • Musical instrument
  • Sailing and rowing dinghies
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Stereo in each cabin

Safety Equipment

Tree of Life is outfitted with electronic navigation systems and safety equipment to help assure a safe passage for our passengers and crew.
The vessel has the following items:

  • Two eight-man life rafts
  • Three EPIRB’s (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)
  • Ten Mustang survival suits
  • Six fire extinguishers
  • One fire axe
  • An engine room fire suppression system
  • Lifelines
  • 30 PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices better known as life jackets)
  • Safety harnesses
  • LifeSling retrieval system
  • MOM Man Overboard Retrieval System
  • Man overboard pole
  • 2 horseshoe buoys
  • Flare kit
  • Electric and mechanical bilge pumps
  • Engine driven fire hose
  • Radar
  • AIS (Automated Identification System) to identify nearby vessels with their course and speed
  • Chart plotter
  • VHF radio
  • Single-Side band radio
  • Satellite phone