Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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I am an architect with my own firm. My office does a wide range of building types. These days I do nothing commercial with boats or sailing. Boats are strictly a hobby and although I help people find suitable boats, I do nothing for money in the maritime world (except write articles).
That was not always the case. When I first came to this area I worked as a yacht designer in Charlie Whitholz''s office and I have worked as a yacht designer at various times in my life. When I had a practice in Savannah, part of my practice included designing repairs and alterations to boats for local boat yards, so I got to see a lot of damaged boats. I also worked on and off in boat yards from the time I was 14 until I graduated from college. I''ve had my hands in a lot of resin over the years.
I also get to sail on a lot of boats. Mostly this comes from racing. I have raced boats since I was 14. I still do but I also get invited aboard boats, to help people ''sort'' them out. People who see me on the net or know me around town will email and ask me about something that they are trying to figure out on their boat. Sometimes it is a sail trim or rigging question that, if I have time, I very often will end up sailing with them to help analyze what I have been asked to help with.