CSU Maritime Academy 

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Hugo Carver was born in 1945 in Los Angeles and raised in Northridge. Carver lived in a small house his father made from airplane engine boxes that he gathered from his engineering job at Lockheed. 

In 1963 Carver was invited to crew on the first West Coast America’s Cup yacht Columbia, but decided instead to attend California Maritime Academy where he rowed whaleboats, winning the Master Mariners Regatta. Carver earned a degree in Marine Engineering Technology in 1966 and received a U.S. Navy commission. 

From 1966 to 1971, Carver sailed on several old C’3s, Victory Ships, and Mariners and spent his free time racing and delivering sailing yachts. In 1967, Carver married Marjie Reineman, and in 1971, he came ashore with the birth of their first child, Serena. 

Carver worked as engineer at Willard Boats, building large fiberglass yachts and commercial craft for a company that installed mechanical, electrical, electronic, and hydraulic machinery and systems on small craft. With the big ship background from Cal Maritime combined with familiarity with smaller craft, his services were in high demand. 

In 1971, he sailed in the “Trans Pac Race” to Honolulu aboard a Columbia 56. In 1973, he bought a sailing yacht, Nirvana, sold his house, and sailed to San Diego, living aboard until 1978. Additionally, in 1973 Carver joined classmate John Knight to form Knight and Carver Custom Yachts. Carver served as chief engineer and corporate officer through several name changes until 2013. 

Knight and Carver was selected as the home base for five of the America’s Cup Teams in 1995. In 2013, he started Carver Marine Survey with his wife. He retired in 2015 following an ALS diagnosis.

 

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

 

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?
 

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