So a few years ago I was happy working two jobs and sailing 3 -4 days a week in Summer and 2 days a week in winter. Then everything changed. I got a call that changed my world and went to work for DeckHardware full-time. It was not long after this that my family made the decision that we would like to purchase DeckHardware and that would change my life for ever. I would end up working even more jobs to help grow the company and doing more hours and unfortunately have to sell my beautiful Animus so that we could buy more stock and bring in new brands.
As much as I miss the girl she has gone to a flat water home that she deserves after 30 years of hard racing out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the sound. In an easterly she was unbeatable as one of the softer and oldest hulls still racing. I was so lucky to be the third owner of such an awesome boat and it truly was a privilege to be allowed to drive such a fantastic yacht. It was also a sad day when she left our extended family as back in 2002 with good friends, my father and uncle aboard we had won the Adams 10m Nationals. It was not long after that I bought her from family friends the Whites.
Owning DeckHardware has changed my life completely. I have had the chance to travel to Europe multiple times visiting Ireland twice, London three times, Germany twice, Amsterdam Twice and Paris. I have also had the chance to go to America several times visiting California as well as Washington DC and Annapolis. I found myself until last year pretty much working 24/7. Which is how I have found myself sitting here on a beautiful Saturday working away on the laptop instead of being out on the water. Seeing DeckHardware grow and change has been worth it even if it has been one hell of a ride and continues to be. Along with all the experiences and friends I have made as a result.
My parents tell me as a kid my personality would change as we approached my grandfathers yacht. I was lucky growing up as one grandfather had the ocean racer and the other the 1920’s ketch with bowsprit and all which we restored. The 1920’s yacht Thistle was kept on a mooring and apparently when I would step from the carpark to the grass to row out to the boat I would change completely in personality. I even worked out how to go Wednesday Sailing for School sport with Adams 10 legend Pat Carroll during my teenage years acting as my coach.
For me I am at home on and near the water.
So sitting here with my laptop looking out at the ocean I better get back to work so I can enjoy it tomorrow… Enough reminiscing and reminding myself why I push myself and work two jobs. As my crew who are still in my life always say to me when they help out at Boat Shows and in the warehouse: one day you will own a boat again for us all to go sailing on.
In the meantime I have a pretty awesome company that I believe in and love to work for that needs all my attention to keep growing and I am proud of that.