My Salty Family: My beautiful wife Kai and our sons Etolin and Kingston
My name is Rob Sanderson. I have been working in the maritime industry for over 25 years. I earned my B.A. in Sociology at Elon University in North Carolina, and I have held my USCG 100-ton Captain's License since 2001. I also hold instructor-level certifications with American Sailing Association, US Sailing, and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA).
Boats have brought me some of my happiest moments, and I love introducing the world of boating to others. Buying a boat is one of life’s greatest excitements. It’s a thoughtful process to find just the right one. I know because I’ve taught sailing to hundreds of people and helped many of those people identify their dream boat. The process is invigorating. Boats are the conduit through which I have seen the world, and I love seeing where they can take others.
I grew up sailing with my family on the Chesapeake Bay, worked on schooners in the Caribbean and the coast of Maine, and drove support boats for the America’s Cup OracleBMW team in New Zealand. When I moved to Port Townsend in 2004, I worked for the Wooden Boat Foundation and Northwest Maritime Center as the head adult sailing instructor and then program director for over seven years. I helped design and implement programs that got all ages out on the water.
I had always dreamed of taking a long voyage. So, in 2011 my now wife, Kai, and I sailed our Ingrid 38', Velella velella, south from the Puget Sound, ending up after many months in Banderas Bay, Mexico. For the next six years, we lived aboard our boat in Mexico in the winter and I captained whale-watching tour boats in the summer here in PT with PS Express and in Alaska. Now, we have two young children, and we are excited to be based year-round in our beloved Port Townsend!
Life on land moves fast. It moves slower on the water. Being on the water puts us in touch with the moment and makes us feel more alive. When you’re ready to add that sense of excitement, adventure, and tranquility into your life or change from one type of adventure to another, let us know. We'll help you find your perfect boat, and you'll have full access to our select group of captains and instructors for skill strengthening and any assistance you need to get your boat home or heading for the horizon.
A Salty Life Is a Great Life!
Our last boat Velella velella was a 1976 Ingrid 38' designed by William Atkin (1932). Here we are sailing in Mexico, living the dream and looking for surf.