My name is Jason Kaplan, and I’ve been in love with the open sea for as long as I care to remember.
Of course, it didn’t start out that way.
You wouldn’t know it now, but I was that kid who couldn’t swim for way too long, which in retrospect is probably why I didn’t get into boating from a younger age.
I wish I had, but it just didn’t work out that way.
I went out with my uncle on his fishing boat the day after I learned how to swim. Initially, 11-year-old me didn’t want to go, but when we got out there, I didn’t want to go back to land.
The fishing was great, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t do it for me quite like the open ocean. The way the water rocked up against the boat.
From that moment on, I was heavily interested in boating. My first major project was fixing up an old rowboat and spending some part-time income from high school to repair and paint it.
I rowed out to sea, realized how much my arms hurt (because I was a skinny lad), and then sighed when I realized I had to row the 1.5 miles back to shore.
But it was all for the better. Today, I get to do what I love: teach people about boating.
I’m like a lighthouse, guiding you through the water.