I’ve had an interest in boats and he sea for as long as I can remember. The first boat that I built was a very small pram dinghy, which I constructed when I was 12 years old. It was pretty rough as I recall but I did have a lot of fun in it. As the years passed I built other larger boats and with each project learnt more and more about different craft, how they are built and how to maintain them. I have a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean qualification and have skippered and sailed aboard everything from a round the world yacht to a Maine lobster boat. One thing has been consistent throughout my boating career and that is that I have always done my own maintenance and upgrades, in fact I have enjoyed it. I’ve been on the staff of several magazines most notably Sailing Today in the UK and Sail and Boatworks in the USA. I continue to write for a variety of other boating magazines both in the US and elsewhere. The one common thread that I try to convey with all the seminars that I do and columns that I write is that looking after a boat and doing at least some if not the majority of the maintenance on the average boat is within the realm of possibility for the average boater who enjoys a spot of DIY. Sure some people may not feel comfortable about pulling an engine apart but just about anybody can polish the topsides. I’ve always tried to impart a sense of ‘you can do this’ in everything that I have written or said and even if you can’t or don’t want to look after your own boat then by understanding the processes a little better then you will better placed to ask sensible questions of the boatyard if contracting the work out to them.
I am also an associate member of SAMS Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) and I regularly undertake surveys for clients who are buying boats.
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