Captain "Skipper" Bud has owned and operated boats for more than 40 years.
He has had the pleasure of operating everything from a 56-foot Bertram International powerboat to his current vessel, the 35-foot Lagoon CCC catamaran sailboat, Old Glory.
Being on the water is one of his favorite places to be, especially in Florida.
He has been a full-time Florida resident since 2004, but before semi-retiring here, he was born, raised and educated at Purdue University in Indiana. He was inducted into the US Army in 1966.
Skipper Bud decided to start SAIL SWFL one day when his friends from Canada were visiting him. This was the third year in a row that they had come to visit and Bud took them for a sail aboard Old Glory. Every time they came down, his friends asked him why he wasn’t doing this full time and getting paid for it.
The third time must have been the charm because that’s when he finally decided to begin SAIL SWFL and share his joy of sailing and being on the water with the good folks of Southwest Florida.
KRISTOFFER STEWART, MARKETING/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR,
RESERVATIONS & BOOKING COORDINATOR & 2nd MATE
Kristoffer is crazy about catamarans! He's been sailing with Skipper Bud aboard the Old Glory for 5 years. His first cruise aboard Old Glory was an unforgettable birthday gift from his wife.
Read about it here!
He has worked for The Catamaran Company, the largest US dealer of French-made Lagoon catamarans and was previously an editor for MULTIHULLS Magazine. Part of his job there was to travel to boat shows around the country and charter bases in the BVI, where he test-sailed brand-new Lagoons, Leopards Catamarans by Robertson & Caine, Fountaine Pajot, the Gemini 105Mc and others. He's also interviewed some of the top naval architects in the catamaran industry for articles he's written.
Long before that, he first learned to sail as a young boy aboard his father's San Juan 24 sailboat on Lake Ray Hubbard in Texas.
But the funnest days he's ever had on the water have been aboard Old Glory, learning local knowledge from Skipper Bud.
Kris oversees all SAIL SWFL marketing and web development.
When he's not studying books on Piloting & Seamanship, or working on the SAIL SWFL marketing program, he loves to go out sailing with Skipper Bud every chance he gets.
Make your reservations today and come along with us on a relaxing, beautiful cruise of the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience the magic of sailing for yourself and see why Floridians like Captain Bud and Kris love it here so much.
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