We are long time boaters having cut our teeth on sailboats at the marina for almost 10 years. John grew up on sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club. We switched to power boats when our kids did not have the time for boating and we needed to "just get there." We had small power boats on trailers for another 10 years before finding the Ranger 25.
Our homeport is Everett, Washington and we frequently launch at the cadillac of all boat ramps in Puget Sound, the 10th Street Boat Launch in Everett. Some of our most challenging water is not far from the ramp where the Snohomish River meets Puget Sound. Our next most popular ramp is in Bellingham, Washington because of its closeness to the San Juan Islands. We have trailered to Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and to Lund, British Columbia, at the end of Highway 101, that is next door to Desolation Sound.
But our longest trailer trip and longest boating trip was to do Part One of the Great Circle Loop, launching in Iowa and ending at Mobile Bay, Alabama.
We are semi-retired. Laurie's passion is education and teaching kids about science and history. A former National Park Ranger, she has a teaching credential and has taught for a large public utility district and a first-class children's museum. John worked for 30 years in policing. Twelve of those years was as a police chief and he enjoyed a great profession with amazing people and had the blessing of working for city, county and federal agencies in both urban and rural areas. He still dabbles in the field, teaching, doing seminars, publishing articles and helps with personnel issues and personnel related services. Now, he is working part-time for Public Safety Testing, Inc. creating and administering selection processes for police agencies.
We are do-it-yourself'ers who make, fabricate, create, design and cajole others to help us where our skills are lacking. The Laurie Ann is chock full of our modifications; the factory made a great platform to work with.