John Hartness grew up on wooden boats. He spent 7 summers at the North Carolina coast on wooden boats. He was sailing by the age of 5 and water skiing by age 8. He has a lifelong love of boating and the water and has owned 10 boats so far. He has been Red Cross certified as an instructor in sailing, rowing, canoeing, small motor craft safety and white water canoeing. (My certifications are not current.) He was director of a sailing program at a YMCA camp and taught sailing and water skiing for the physical education department at Davidson College when a student there. He states he loves wooden boats and has subscribed to Wooden Boat magazine for over 20 years.