I was raised on the island of Whalsay in Shetland and was addicted to boats from the off, my first experience was in my dads punt at the age of 3 (with him obviously !) but progressed fast and was soon rowing around the beach area of Symbister harbour myself at the age of 4. This lead on to the fouraern for another season and the addiction grew and grew until I went to the fishing in my holidays when I was 12 , on the Whalsay based "ACHEIVE" where the skipper Alex Hutchison taught me how to splice and get stuck in with the crew at gutting fish. Some days were tough as seasickness kicked in but I ploughed on regardless.
I left school at 16 as I wanted on to be the water and started working with the klondyking industry with Davie, Gordon and Marjory for 7 very enjoyable years supplying the fleet at anchor off Lerwick harbour.
I had a year at the fishing then went onto a coaster and ro/ro ferry in Orkney for a time then started with workboats and tugs with various companies like Delta Marine, Holyhead towing, maritime craft services and much more to gather as much experience fas possible. i then joined fprces back with Gordon and Marjory to set up BK Marine Ltd, where I was a skipper and director for 6 years then moved onto where my heart lies. That's with wooden vessels offering both local people and visitors the opportunity to enjoy Shetland and some touring and sea angling onboard a nice vessel with loads of character, which the "Aspire" has aplenty.
In my 26 year at sea I've gained a wealth of knowledge on deck and in the galley as cook for 11 years before gaining my OOW certificate near coastal then 18 months later my masters <500 grt near coastal and < 3000 grt Shetland and Orkney waters where I was master for the local Shetland islands council passenger ferry on yell sound.
I'm now at a stage I want to offer charters and pass on my enthusiasm and passion to others, not only for the sea and boats but also the beautiful islands we have here in Shetland.
I plan to do angling charter, some diving, whale watching, bird watch parties and general tours and also kayaking groups or any other different charter that comes our way.