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Lifelong sailor and powerboater. Most of my experience has been sailing on the West Coast and to Hawaii, although Susan and I have chartered in Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and France. While I sailed extensively singlehanded as a young adult, I now sail with my wife Susan and a variety of children and friends. In 2012, we bought Surprise, a lovely Alerion Express 38 Yawl, which we share with some great partners in Santa Cruz.My working life was spent at West Marine, where I was employed from 1978 to 2013. Great education, and a great employer for 35 years. My interests generally centered around product performance and explanations, including safety gear, anchors, electronics, foul weather gear, and dinghies.