I grew up sailing in Michigan and wanted to work on boats. My grand father owned a Rhodes Bounty and my father and his brothers grew up racing and cruising her on the Great Lakes. After three decades on the water, the original DAMSEL was sold just before I was born. DAMSEL loomed large over my child hood and during collage I summered in Jamestown Rhode Island and discovered the professional side of yachting. My first Job was on the Alden schooner Malabar X and that led to a long career running, repairing, and restoring sail and power boats. A great deal of travel has just barely taken the edge off my wander lust. I love having our home in Stuart Fl. That is where my heart is. But we want to explore the islands around us and our sweet Compac 19 DAMSEL IV is not quite as roomy as we would like.