We were raised in small-town USA... AKA Fowlerville, MI. We've known each other since the 4th grade, were best friends in high school and finally fell for each other our last year in college, Dec. 1993. In Sept. 1995, we got married. 18 years later, we've moved 9 times & lived in 6 states: Florida, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, California, and Michigan. We have no kids. We used to have 2 dogs and a cat but over the years only our boat is left to take care of. We have owned 3 boats over the last 10 years: our first was a Westsail 32 "Adagio", then a Hunter 28 "Moondance", we've owned "Indigo", our Pacific Seacraft 34, since 2008.
Has spent the past 20 years as a Cobra helicopter pilot in the US Marine Corps, retired in May of 2014. He has been away for long periods of time on several deployments, including 2 to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. We are looking forward to deploying on our own boat, together, instead of apart.
Brian's job requires that he take risks, yet they are calculated risks. So while he is adventurous, nothing he does is without a plan of action. Everything is thought through as much as possible, in some cases over the course of months or years. Some people may think the idea of cruising on a tiny boat in the middle of an ocean is highly dangerous, and it actually is if you just do it on a whim. But believe me, nothing we do is without forethought, and more forethought, and then some more. The bigger the wire, the heavier the anchor, the thicker the steel, the more spares...the better.
Brian has a myriad of hobbies, luckily, mostly relating to boating. He loves woodworking - got that from his dad who owns his own woodworking business. ltlwoodcreations.com.
He has taken up welding, again a father/son trait, so we don't have to pay an exorbitant amount to get granny bars and other such stainless contraptions. He just started surfing last year. He also likes his Harley Davidson UltraGlide and we have enjoyed a few extended trips on the bike from time to time.
Has spent the past 18 years following Brian around, and was lucky enough to remain with the same company for the past 16. In 1997 after moving to California, she started working for a lighting fixture manufacturer, AmerillumBrands.
She started out as the receptionist, worked her way up to inventory clerk, purchasing assistant, purchasing manager, customer service manager, then moved across country and was the remote marketing manager for 4 years. She continued that job until 2014 when Brian retired. She gave her notice 5 years ago. They laughed and didn't believe her; they believe her now.
Marya enjoys reading, traveling, eating good food and tagging along for all of Brian's crazy ideas that he gets her into like driving across country on the motorcycle and this whole cruising craziness.
While not a fan initially, every year the cruising idea held more and more appeal. At this point, she firmly believes that we need to go. She equates it to Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life. "I just feel like if I don't get away, I'd bust." We all know what happens at the end of that movie, so we plan on not allowing ourselves out of it. We have told everyone this is happening because we believe it, but also to force a deadline. Too many people we have read about never get out of the marina. We have purposefully backed ourselves into a corner :)