Nick has been sailing since he was a toddler and racing since he was eight. At the age of 24 he set off on a three year cruise around the world with his parents, and he has been living aboard and cruising ever since.
Nick used to earn his living by delivering yachts, and if you’ve got something nice and interesting that wants moving across an ocean he and his crew would be happy to help. (He holds the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate – although he would be the first to let you know that experience is a far better measure of a sailor’s worth.)
Although he prefers not to actually use them, Nick loves engines. He has been fixing them since he was 12 and seems to like nothing better than to be covered in sump oil.
Mollymawk is a showcase of his mechanical genius. Brief details of the yacht’s ingenious drive system, cunning steering system, devious toilet and seacock system, and other idiosyncratic systems were given in a series of articles written by Jill Schinas and published in Practical Boat Owner. A full account is given in How NOT to Build a Boat.
If your boat wants a steel mast or a sail plan or a steering system, Nick would be delighted to design one; just drop him a line using the contact form.
During his career as an ocean vagabond Nick has crossed the Atlantic some twenty times, crossed the Pacific twice, sailed more miles than he can be bothered to count, and visited numerous countries. He has also capsized two boats and sunk a third; but he promises to behave himself now.
Nick enjoys sailing, sleeping, drinking gin, fiddling with engines, and sleeping some more.
His pet hate is being asked to finish the boat.