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About Alan Rutherford

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About Alan Rutherford
I joined Sawmill Creek to reply to a post involvng sailboat design. In one of my earlier lives (two marriages, one career and several decades ago) I was heavily involved with sailboats and sailboat racing. I was a certified measurer for boats racing under the IOR (International Offshore Racing Rule) system, which was most of the major racing at that time. I know a lot about how modern sailboats are designed and built and a thing or two about sailing them. I had a 40-foot sailboat for many years, lived on it for a few of those years and raced and sailed it a lot, including a 2000-mile-plus single-handed ocean race.

In the 1970's before all that I was a licensed general contractor. After a few years I decided it wasn't my thing although I never really laid down my tools. I have roofed some houses, painted a few, painted too many rooms, remodeled a few kitchens, wired, plumbed and in general know what to do with almost any tool I pick up. However, I have built very little furniture, hardly ever used a lathe and in Sawmill Creek, everybody who is good at something involving woodworking is better at it than I am.

Occupationally, I describe myself as a computer programmer (retired), but that's a whole 'nother story.
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