Beth and I grew up in Minnesota, about as far from salt water as it's
possible to get in North America. I started dreaming about
visiting Polynesia when I read Thor Heyerdahl's books Kon-Tiki
and Aku-Aku at the age of 10 or 11.
I learned to sail one summer at the University of Minnesota, Duluth,
which is on Lake Superior. UMD had a fleet of 420s, 14 foot
planing dinghies. Great fun. I moved up to crewing on bigger
boats the next year, and somewhere along the way it dawned on me that
one day I might own a seagoing sailboat. The seed was sprouting.
Beth was an Army brat and sailed on small boats as a youngster in
Hawaii and on small lakes in Minnesota.
After college, we moved to Juneau, Alaska, where we built two houses
in our "spare time" (with our own hands, not by writing checks
to contractors). Remodeled another house. Started a software
business and a physical therapy business.
We purchased our first sailboat, a Rawson 30, in 1978.
cruised fairly extensively on it around Southeast Alaska, and eventually
upgraded to two larger sailboats.
We did a 3-year cruise of the Pacific in 1989-1992 on our Valiant 40
Achates, and another, longer
cruise (mostly the same places) from 2001-2006 on RED, our
steel Waterline 48.
We sold RED in 2006 upon our return from the Marshall Islands.
We now live in Chimacum, Washington, where we're finishing the third
house we've built and generally enjoying land-based life after 18 years
of living on sailboats.
Beth is a mostly-retired physical therapist and I'm a mostly-retired
Hobbies and other interests
We both like building stuff.
Beth has a variety of interests, including jewelry making,
colored pencil drawing, miscellaneous artsy pursuits, cooking, and a
bunch of other things. Knitting and spinning come to mind.
I'm still active in software projects with my business partner.
I'm an amateur machinist, welder, woodworker, electronics buff, and whatever
else interests me.
Oh, yeah, and I make e-spinners.
2002. Sailing on RED off the