1986 21' Trophy w/ 1995 175 HP Evinrude Oceanpro. In the background, 1978 17' Renken w/ 50 HP Evinrude.
I attended the US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) and graduated with a Marine Engineering degree, with a Coast Guard License and a Navy Reserve commission. I sailed Navy and Merchant vessels for six years following school. I dragged surf clams in a 90ft steel trawler for a few years early in my career. I went ashore for 15 years as a design engineer for Navy ship systems with various companies.
For the last five years I have been the Marine Engineering Laboratories Supervisor at the US Merchant Marine Academy, teaching labs in steam, diesel, fabrication, welding, refrigeration, etc... and the faculty advisor for the Academy's fishing clubs. .
My family and I have owned appx 10 boats that I can recall. From first to last: 14' MFG, 14' Grumman tinny, 16' Amesbury dory, 26' Freeporter (Columbia), 36' Novi double ender, 18' Privateer, 17' Crestliner, 24' Fiberform, I currently own a 21' Trophy, and I currently operate a 31' H&H downeast commercial fishing as a side job.
As far as outboards, I prefer Evinrude simply because I have owned so many and am familiar with them. If I were purchasing a small OB, I would probably go Tohatsu for the value. For a large OB, I would go Yamaha for the reliability. For inboards, I am impressed by Yanmar and Cummins reliability.
My favorite activity, period, is fishing. A distant second would be a slow putt around NY Harbor with the family taking in the sights and having a laugh.
My favorite location is the Peconic Bay area between the forks of Long Island. The variety of fishing from creeks to coves to bays to the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean all within 20 miles means you can try something different every time you are out.