- About Pelagic
- Vessel Make/ model
- Van Helleman Schooner 65ft StarGazer
- As a Scottish teenager we moved to Canada, where I loved our new country but finally understood what below zero really meant.
Majoring in psychology, one day my Prof. explained that we subconsciously choose careers that help ourselves. Since I thought him brilliant, but a bit nuts!… I promptly ran away to a career at Sea…. in case it was contagious!
Bridging both commercial marine and professional yachting, I skippered water taxis, pilot boats, harbor and offshore tugs while doing large yacht deliveries and charters (both sail and power) till my licenses and reputation allowed me to command small cruise ships and eventually enter the Super Yacht industry.
Project managing the “Design and Build” of these modern “masterpieces” was a never ending learning curve of balancing unlimited budgets with design egos while being a practical sailor. I loved it when all that talent created a captain’s dream boat that allowed us to explore the remote corners of the Oceans, in safety and comfort.
Retired from operations I enjoy my personal sailing life on board Star Gazer, but now into a new learning curve of finding budget solutions for a cruising sailor.
I have been taught a great deal from reading this Forum, which only proves my old Prof correct that I always was a Drifter, but now with the help from CF members and friends… I can calculate my “Set and Rate” …. Fair Winds to All!