First Name: Chris
Last Name: Block
Company Name: The Catamaran Company
Type: Professional Member - Non Florida Broker
Licensed Broker: Yes

While we don’t hold it against him, Chris grew up in the New York City, but was drawn south via the University of Texas at Austin (BA Economics, MBA). He has had careers in Financial Services, Oil and Gas Construction and Supply Chain Management. Having developed a passion for sailing via the Austin Yacht Club, Chris has honed his skills racing JBoats, (80, 105, 109), Beneteaus, and even a Catalina. Chris has done what most urban weekend sailors only dream about. In 2008, following Hurricane Ike, a global economic downturn and a frustration with the hamster wheel of life, he quit his Fortune 500 day job and left for the Caribbean. Having both a USCG 100T Masters Captain’s license and a RYA Yachtmasters 200T ticket, he was hired quickly by one of the largest names in Charter Yachts, The Moorings. There he spent 2 years running Catamaran charters, showing guests the best spots in the British Virgin Islands, Abaco, Bahamas, and St. Marten/St. Barths. He also spent some time in the Megayacht world in Ft. Lauderdale, Portland OR, and Chicago’s Great Lakes before returning to Houston. He has since returned to the Galveston Bay area and wishes to share his experience with the community. He’s happy to provide a road map of how to go about slipping the dock lines for the last time and heading out for an adventure. In his own words, "while it’s not for everyone, I believe you can still get pretty close to the experience enjoying sailing a large catamaran here in the Gulf Coast. And of course you’ll be well equipped to make an annual pilgrimage to the BVI to keep the dream alive." When asked about the adventure he openly admits: "it was a job, make no mistake about it; catering to guests 24/7 for weeks at a time and balancing safety with fun is not an easy chore. However, it was one hell of a view from the office!"