Lead Instructor, ABYC
Mike Bonicker joined the ABYC team in August 2019 as Lead Instructor after being with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore from 1999-2020. Starting as a tech doing general repair, electrical and sailboat rigging for 5 years, he became Production Manager for the remaining 15, being exposed to every facet of boat repair and maintenance while still doing hands-on electrical and sailboat rigging work. Mike earned his first ABYC certification, Electrical, under the instruction of Ed Sherman at the New England Institute of Technology in 2000 and became a Master Tech with Standards and Corrosion by 2005. He has proudly served on the board of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for 15 years. Mike learned to sail at 13 and raced for over 20 years in Baltimore and around The Chesapeake. He is also a life-long fisherman, owning several boats, both sail and power, over the years. You’ll find him crabbing on the eastern shore most every summer weekend and chasing striped bass around the Upper Chesapeake in the fall.