Diver, Avid Fisherman Outlet Store Assistant Manager
Years of Boating: 16
Years at Defender: 1
Favorite Boat: Maritime Skiff
Favorite Hangout: Mackinac Island, Lake Mich.
Hobby: Scuba Diving
Kevin offers Defender customers a wealth of information based on his maritime education in high school and college, and his time on three sail training vessels and a marine oceanographic survey team.
He’s also a certified rescue diver with an additional certification in re-breather apparatus.
His broad background makes him comfortable helping customers across a broad range of topics in his role as Assistant Manager of the Defender Outlet Store.
His work in a local boatyard gave him experience with a variety of maintenance projects as well as painting, detailing and winterization. He also keeps current with the constant evolution in marine electronics.
"I’ve been interested in boats since I was about 12 when my friend had a Whaler and we’d go out messing around and fishing," he said. He graduated from the Sound School in New Haven, CT, where he studied maritime history, maritime literature and biology. He earned his BA in Science at UConn-Avery Point where he majored in maritime history with a focus on marine archeology.
Kevin’s education included sail training trips from Nantucket to Baltimore aboard the schooners Ernestina, Westward and Brilliant, the latter a classic sailing yacht maintained to perfection by Mystic Seaport Museum.
His two weeks aboard Westward from Baltimore to New London, CT, — via the Cape Cod Canal — included some nasty weather and 10-foot seas.
"We were in harnesses for that one." He said. "That was a fun trip."
Kevin also enjoys fishing, taking frequent trips with friends to the Canyons off the East Coast for tuna, marlin, shark and other game fish.