Amanda Suttles Pérez first started sailing on the Gulf of Mexico on the family’s sunfish with her dad and brother. They quickly moved on to a Hobie 16, then a Hobie 18. When her older brother moved to Mystic, CT and bought a Beneteau Oceanis 300 she discovered the magic of cruising around Long Island Sound.
After a half dozen charters all over the Caribbean, a move to the Chesapeake Bay and nearly 20 years in the boating industry, she now has command of her own fleet of power, sail and paddle craft, but is still always on the lookout for the next perfect boat.
As Director of Education at the BoatUS Foundation, Amanda manages the nation’s only free online boating safety course educating over a quarter million boaters annually. A passionate advocate for better boating education, in 2021 she led the National Educations Standard Panel to publish the first comprehensive set of boating safety education standards covering all aspects of safety knowledge encompassing sail, human-propelled, power and jet-propelled vessels.