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Catboat Sailor
Outlet Store Associate

  • Years of Boating: 50+
  • Years at Defender: 9
  • Favorite Boat:
    Any Sailboat, But Really Catboats
  • Favorite Hangout:
    Fishers Island Sound
  • Hobbies: Hand-Sewn Canvas Tote Bags

Skip is a hard-core sailor, having sailed since he was a kid ‐ a long time ago ‐ and continuing today in his Marshall Sanderling 18 Catboat.

A Defender Warehouse Store associate for 10 years, Skip is most comfortable helping customers with sailing questions and maintenance projects, whether it be sail or power. Skip started messing around in boats when he learned to sail in a pram on Long Island and Fishers Island sounds. He advanced to racing Lightnings as a teen and has delivered boats between New England and the Caribbean.

In addition to his current Marshall Sanderling 18 cat, he’s sailed with his family in smaller cats over the years and enjoyed a Pearson 26 for nearly two decades. He’s raced and had lots of family time on the water and continues to race in various regattas, including those specifically for gaff-rigged boats.

As you might imagine, he does just about all his own maintenance work. And like any true sailor, Skip is handy with needle and thread and creates canvas tote bags complete with spliced rope handles along with sail covers, cushions and similar items.

He is a former Commodore of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex, CT, where he is still a member and is also a member of the Pettipaug Yacht Club, also in Essex.

"It’s interesting to talk with people about their projects and help along the way," he said. One customer discovered a niche restoring and selling old Boston Whalers. He was so thankful for Skip’s help that he brought a finished product by one day just to show it off. Another loyal customer, who had traveled to Indonesia, told him she felt a sense of comfort when she saw stacks of Defender boxes awaiting pickup by boaters at a duty station there.

So stop by and swap stories with Skip, or pick his brain before you embark on that next project.