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My parents named me William, my Marines named me Doc and I have a touch of blood in my saltwater system.
I have come to sailing late in life... really just the last couple years. I spent 11 years in the US Navy though most of that was as a Corpsman with the Marines. Both my father and Grandfather served (Dad was a 35 year LIFER) so I spent most of my life near water. I grew up fishing various bodies of water from the California coast line to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and up and down the Atlantic coast. I have owned several power boats (small fishing types) but nothing with sails. A friend has his fishing boat berthed at a local yacht club and I have met some of his neighbors who own sailboats. I managed to get myself invited out a few times and found the quiet and calm very soothing. Twenty years as a career firefighter in a very urban environment has made me appreciate the quiet.
I spent three years working part time on a dinner cruiser that plies the Mid Hudson. I was working to get enough "time in type" to sit for my License exam but the vessel was a family owned operation and I didn't have the right last name so "Junior" got the lion's share of time in the chair.
I'm learning all I can from anybody who'll teach me and constantly on the look out for something small I can make all the mistakes on before moving to something larger.
I retire from the FD next January, though I'll have to work for a few more years until my Bride gets established in her new career field (lost her job a couple years back) and we can start looking for "calmer waters".
Thanks for looking,
Doc Wiseman KC2SYP
I'm not a Pirate, I'm an independent maritime property re-distribution specialist.
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