Yeah....my dad built his own boat back when I was about 3 or so... He built a mold from wood and laid up his own fiberglass hull.
Built the deck .... etc... etc. the whole thing. All from plans by Bruce Roberts.
Mom went out to construction sites picked up old lead pipes from around NYC and dad melted it all down for the ballast.
Every single thing on that boat other than the hardware, the spars and the rigging was made from scratch..(ok.. the head was bought too...)
The first mast even lasted a year!
The second has lasted 30+ years.. live and learn.
Anyway... we grew up racing every Wednesday night on the LI sound. We were always competitive and finished near the top of our fleet. Now we race on the Magothy.... Dad had RC duty last year and I skippered his boat with my sister... it was the first time in 33 years that the boat has gone out without him at the helm.
We did the summer cruising thing... Connecticut river, Hudson river, Around the Island.... it's what we did.
Dad wasn't exactly Salty... he just REALLY likes sailing... and his boat.... We grew up learning an extremely practical approach. Evaluate the situtation constantly and "Do What Makes Sense".... There are no easy answers or formulas. Use your brain....(Usually it was "Use Your Brain Dumbass!")
Here's a pic of Dad at the helm of my boat sailing from Norfolk to Cape Charles in about 25 kts.
He and my Uncle, Rudolph were the only sailing 'Influences'. I can't even remember if I've ever sailed on any other boats beside mine, my dad's or my Uncle's... (well 420's in college.. )
By far... Dad was THE influence.