A tough Scottish boarding school education followed by an Arts degree at St Andrews is a good start to dealing with most things in life. I came to sailing rather late after a few years with an international tourist company with the purchase in Ibiza of a 150 ton wooden Spannish trading schooner, rigged and fitted her out in Dartmouth, worked the ship for a few years in film and TV before moving on to refitting a Le Havre pilot cutter, building a series of clinker dinghies and finally settling ashore to start a yacht brokerage in 1979. Living by the Salcombe Estuary, our two boys, Richard and Marcus grew up with boats and the water, Marcus to join the Royal Marines after a marine engineering degree in Falmouth and Richard to take to the sea as he describes below and now to bring his expertise and experience to join me in the business. Meeting hundreds of boat owners over the past 30 years gives one a good insight into what people want from their boating activity and enables one to guide newcomers to the sport as well as helping experienced yachtsmen and women to find the right boat. Inspecting thousands of yachts, large and small, project and perfect and working with some wonderful craftsmen gives one a very clear idea of the strengths and weaknesses of traditional boats but it is the people and some wonderful friendships that give us the greatest satisfaction confirming the yacht broker's motto - the two happiest days of a yachtsman's life are the day he buys and the day he sells.