Forty-five years of experience on the Great Lakes, inland and ocean waters.

Owned, restored, cruised and worked aboard 20 various vessels, ranging from a 13’ Boston Whaler to a 35’ steel-hulled party boat.

Owned and actively participated in Thumb Marine Inc. Provided salvage services (1970-2004).
Provided towing services (1990-2004).

Owned and operated a 30 passenger charter boat, the "Miss Port Austin," on Lake Huron, in Michigan’s Thumb, for 24 years (1983-2006).

Past sales representative and test boat operator for Henry Smith Co., Michigan and Florida.

Consultant, expert witness and provider of boat survey condition value reports for marine insurance companies.

Arbitration representative for Boat/U.S.

Former approved tower for Boat/U.S.

Taught boating safety; Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Aux., State of MI, (1972-1985)

Div. Vice Capt., C.G. Aux Div.15, and Flotilla Commander (1981-1985)

Author of boating safety and “how to” column for Boat Smart. (1989-2019)

Weekly opinion column “As I See It,” for Huron Daily Tribune (2004-2019)

Member of BWI (Boating Writers International) (1998-2019)

Columns and features have appeared in the following publications:

Boating World Magazine*

Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine*

Go Boating*

Mid-America Boating**

Great Lakes Angler Magazine

Power Boat Magazine

Heartland Boating Magazine**

Sea Magazine

Huron Daily Tribune**

Trailer Boats ­ Seamanship*

Lakeland Boating*

Woods-N-Water News**

BoatU.S. Magazine

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt-Print & Online**


(* regular contributor) (**currently published)


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