Randy’s fascination with boats began early, while spending time with his dad on the Chesapeake Bay and his gift for innovative construction began with tinkering at his grandfather’s workbench while growing up in Virginia. This developed into a passion for restoring antiques, from classic motorcycles and British sports cars, to furniture, houses and especially old wooden boats. Along the way he developed extensive experience with mechanical and electrical systems and creative problem solving, particularly when off-the-shelf parts were not available. Having a part in keeping the wonderful historic vessels Catalyst and Westward in top condition is uniquely fulfilling. Randy also considers it a real privilege to have the chance to meet extraordinary people and explore together some of the most captivating maritime wilderness anywhere.
When not aboard, Randy currently designs and builds furniture in his shop in Vermont. He continues the deep restoration of his own classic wood Grand Banks trawler on Lake Champlain, loves to go on adventures with his wife, Carie, and spends as much time as possible with their grandkids.