My Dad had a boat brokerage business in Annapolis, MD, Cobb & Stokes for 15 years. I cleaned a lot of teak!
When in college, I crewed on purchase/lease trawlers, moving them down to the Bahamas for the bareboat charter industry. Mostly Marine Trader 34's.
After College (ODU) I did a 3-year apprenticeship at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock. I graduated as an Outside Machinist. I've spent many, many hours in the bilges of everything from tugboats to LNG tankers.
Currently, I'm based in Virginia Beach, VA and my current boat is a 1972 Bertram "Moppie" sport convertible. It's quite the project boat, I am constantly working on it. Well, it is a boat... :-)