William has owned boats and sailed for over twenty years. On moving to Rhode Island in 1996, he and his wife bought their first boat together, a thirty-year-old Tartan 27. Over the next ten years they moved to a C&C 37 and started racing, then to a Beneteau First 40.7 which he raced around southern New England for five years.

While racing and cruising out of Narragansett Bay, William and his wife were planning long term. In 2006 they purchased their current boat, a Hallberg-Rassy 53, with plans to cruise the world with their family. He made his first true offshore passage bringing Evenstar home from Florida to Rhode Island. He spent the next six years learning the boat and understanding her complex systems and upgrading her preparatory to cruising full time.

In that time he took many courses in marine technology at a vocational school, served on the board of his yacht club and its junior sailing program, and cruised as far as Maine.

In 2012 William and his family finally threw off the dock lines, and he set sail with his wife and children (aged 15 and 12 at the time). Since then, they've sailed from the East Coast of the U.S. to Australia, spending time in the Caribbean, Panama, the Galapagos, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia. Along the way the kids left for college, and now William and his wife are cruising as a couple.

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