Although, most recently, I come from being a big motor yacht owner, my first boating experiences at 16 were sailing on Chautauqua Lake in Upstate NY crewing on racing E-Scows and taking girlfriends out on my own tiny Alcort Sailfish. Later, while in college, I had the chance to join the Cornell U Sailing Team; in those days, we raced 16ft Grumman Flyers (gifted to the team by their namesake) on the cold and deep waters of Cayuga Lake (sometimes in snow storms!). During my working life, I've had the chance to live, work, and sail in many places such as : the Solent (UK), Bahrain Island (Arabian Gulf), Aruba, Argentina, Singapore /Malaysia, Japan. Australia, the US & British Virgin Islands, and, most recently, the Chesapeake.
I grew-up the son of WWII refugees from Estonia and graduated with a BSEE with Distinction from Cornell; I also spent time at the University of Buenos Aires. With my Argentine wife of 37+ years, Viviana, we speak a mixture of Spanish, English and Estonian at home; I can also get by in Russian (when pressured). Today, as relatively recent transplants to Fort Lauderdale from the DC area, we enjoy our Beneteau 343, parked at our back door.
Acquiring a new sailboat is, more often than not, the realization of a key lifelong, personal objective; it should be savored. As a new comer to the business of boat sales, having been a buyer and user most of my life, I hope that my roots as an engineer/owner can be of some assistance to make your boat search a positive experience. Let's go sailing!