You might call Dave a “free spirit boater.” He’s worked and played on boats most of his life and when he has time for a getaway trip he drops anchor wherever it suits him — no arrangements with a marina needed.
Dave works in our contact center, answering customer questions, guiding them through their purchase and processing their orders.
He currently lives aboard his Catalina 27, Shasa, for most of the year, but takes to land for the coldest months. His memory of the day his heater failed and he was left iced in below has something to do with that.
"It dropped to 17 degrees and everything that had melted on deck froze," he recalled. He couldn’t get the companionway open, but he was able to bang and push hard enough on the front hatch to crawl on deck. After which he realized he would need a hammer to chip the ice from around the companionway, so he had to crawl back in and out again.
Dave has fished for tuna off Montauk and served time on a commercial lobster boat out of Stonington, CT. He cruises free-form, dropping a hook where he pleases, whether it’s between Liberty and Ellis Islands in New York Harbor or off the Palm Beach shoreline. He’s sailed between New England and Florida a number of times for respite from northern winters, but otherwise enjoys trips to Block, Newport, and anywhere between New York and Rhode Island.
"I just love the lifestyle… just being on the water is great," he said. He specializes in rigging calls, but is comfortable guiding a customer through just about anything, including escapes from icy chambers.