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Steve....now on loan to the United States Coast Guard
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As with the rest of the family my passion for the water was in the blood. My first experiences that I really remember are cruising on Grandma and Granddad's Bayliner the "Rainy Daze." But I really got hooked when I was invited to join Grandma, Granddad, and BJ on the Dunrushn. We were taking her from her home in Lake Union to her new home at Kitsap marina. Once we got out of the locks is when it started to get really fun. The smile on Granddad when the water started to get rough is one I will never forget.

I finally really got to pursue my passion once I graduated high school. Up till then all of my boating experience had been with friends and family. I ended up landing a job at Zittelís Marina. There I really started to learn all different aspects of life on the water. But something was missingÖÖ.I had no boat of my own. Then I got a phone call from my cousin BJ. It was a job offer at Kitsap Marina for Safe Boats. I jumped at the opportunity. And within one week I was working for Safe Boats. The only thing that I didnít like was that I was driving to Port Orchard from Olympia, and then I found her. In the secured moorage section of Zittel's Marina a 1966 Owens went up for sell. Of course I immediately consulted my cousin BJ who was the resident expert on the matter and within another week I was the proud owner of a wooden boat. I took in the lines and headed north to Port Orchard to my new home.

For the next 6 months I lived aboard and had some of the best times I have ever had. Many a night spent at Blake Island with my cousin and the rest of the family. But there was also a lot of work to be done. I realized how much work a boat can be when I woke up in the middle of the night soaking wet. Nothing like trying to stop a major leak at 3 AM.
 

The next part of my boating life would take me through the next year. Things were starting to change at Safe Boats and I realized that I didnít want to work inside a warehouse instead of on the water. I had also been looking into other avenues of work were I could travel and have even bigger adventures on the sea. I then moved back to Zittels marina and spent the next year there. After one major haul out where I stripped all the paint off of the hull of my boat and redid everything from the keel up, I had one of the nicest wooden boats in the marina. If there is one thing my cousin BJ taught me is that hard work pays off. That and "work smarter not harder." I bought the Owens for $4,200 and turned around and sold it for $6,000. I proved that you could make money off of an old wooden boat; all you need is a little elbow grease.

After I sold the boat I  went and talked to the local Coast Guard Recruiter. Young and single is the perfect time to go out to sea. The next thing I new I was whisked away to Cape May, New Jersey for boot camp. After that I got stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet out of Ketchikan, AK. Now the real adventures have begun. Iíve spent the last year doing patrols as far north as the Artic Circle and as far west as the 180th. Nothing like 30-40ft seas on a 60 year old Coast Guard Cutter. I slipped right into the boatswains mate rating. But nothing would have prepared me more for the Coast Guard then the general nautical knowledge that my family had taught me.

 USCG Photo Gallery

Small Boat Training

Training in the Bering Sea, North of the Pribilof Islands. Notice how calm the Bering is.

Underway!

The Bering the in 10-15ft seas enroute to a SAR (search and Rescue) case for a Crab fisheries boat. Ended up Towing the boat back to Dutch Harbor. One heck of an adventure trying to tow as the seas increased.

Fore!!

Little bit of golf in Beaver Inlet. Christmas Day 2002

Flooding!

If the family needs any training in progressive flooding, let me know. This was taken in a wet trainer. About 150 gpm were coming through the rupture in the overhead. Never doubt the box patch!

Helo Ops

Getting ready to Medevac a sick fisherman we brought aboard. This is outside of Kodiak.

Acushnet

The Acushnet underway in the Alutein Chain west of Unimak Pass.

Watch Mate

I thought this was a pretty patriotic picture. This was taken in Dutch Harbor. The eagle sat there for almost 4 hours while I was on watch.

.50 Cals

Nothing like a little Morale Shoot of the .50 Cals.

"My Former Life" Photo Gallery:

Haul Out!

In the sling and into the yard for repairs...

Lots of Work

You can see all the work she needed.

Have heat-gun, will Scrape

My friends helped me scrape paint...

Ut-oh

John and I were wondering if we bit off more than we could chew

Tent City

This was the "repair shop"

After Haul-out

My first boat...a 1966 woodie Owens. This was taken after the hauout and repairs. Isn't she pretty?

A Pirate heads for Olympia

This was taken just before going under the Narrows Bridge, heading to Olympia

Peaceful Anchorage

This is a picture of BJ & Trish's Key Result and my Owens anchored off of Blake Island.

Delivery Crew

This is BJ and me helping Gramma and Granddaddy take Dunrushn home right after they purchased her. This was on Lake Union, before we went through the locks.

 

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