Good evening. My name is Chris, and I currently live in Alexandria, VA. I've just picked up an old Venture 22 (Macgregor) from 1972, that needs some extensive restoration
. While I love to sail, this is my first sailboat of my own. Part of my plan is to use it to support another activity of mine, working with the Boy Scouts. I've been running a High Adventure trip for our troop, as well as a couple others, for the last 8 years now - and have been a scouter for almost 20. We're going with a pirate theme this year, and the thought of having a sailboat at our disposal was just too appealing to pass up.
I've been on boats since I was 3, running the outboard
while grandparents and parents fished, swimming ever since I can remember, and very at-home on the water
. I've had canoes with the scouts and my own kids
for the last decade now, and for 12 years I've been renting
sailboats annually in San Diego
when I travel there for work.
As an avid outdoorsman, I consider my navigational skills to be "up there", both on land and at sea. As a professional geographer, I'm very familiar with maps and charts
, coordinate systems, and navigational astronomy. My repair skills are adequate, being comfortable around wood, fiberglass
, glass repair, and even some gelcoat
. I'm no good with an engine
, at least not intuitively, though I understand the basics and can turn a wrench as well as the next man.
My other hobbies are varied; I enjoy playing music
on a number of instruments, though the bass guitar is my focus these days... I also am a semi-professional knifemaker, hence the username, and hope to make a living at that activity when I'm done working in an office someday.
I've been reading a lot on this board, and find it well-informed, busy enough, and pleasantly organized. I hope to get to know this community over the coming years.