How long have you been playing with boats?
It started with my brother, who is 10 years older and in 1967, when I was six years old, let me help him build a little hydroplane using plans he'd bought. We rebuilt a Mercury outboard to hang on the transom. And then he let me drive it. We grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He went on to study naval architecture and when I was older he designed a Class B tunnel boat for me, which we powered with a Mercury Mark 55H outboard. A Merc was the only outboard for us, and when other kids were daydreaming about cars or motorcycles, I was thinking about boats.