Starting with his first boat restoration and re-rig at age 14, Kent has spent nearly a lifetime in the marine industry, working as everything from technician to manager. He worked summers at a boatyard while living aboard his 30′ sailboat to help get himself through college. At the boatyard, he cut his teeth learning a myriad of boat repair jobs; from fiberglass and bottom paint to basic woodwork, rigging, plumbing and electrical. Kent has owned countless sailboats, from 14’ beach cats, to 46’ catamarans, San Juan 21 to an Explorer 45’. He has both raced and cruised. The most extreme sailboat was sailing aboard the Ultimate 30 “ZITI” which is basically an unballasted 30’ dinghy with trapeze.
Sailing with the UCSB team that went to Nationals, beating Stanford, but losing to Naval Academy
Regional Tech advisor and first Tech-10 in the West Marine system as they rolled out the “tech” program, giving seminars and info training to employees & customers on new products and equipment
Two-time Ultimate 20 Nationals ChampionCrossed both the Atlantic and Pacific aboard my own yachts (a Soubise 46 catamaran and Explorer 45 respectively)
Met the previous owner of Northwest Rigging doing a Pacific Cup in 1992
Had his own yacht brokerage firm selling high performance sailboats in the 1990’s
Has worked for Northwest Rigging for over 14 years, including working alongside the first owner, Girts Rekevics
Had world-class rigger Michael Kent, who was the lead rigger for multiple America’s Cup campaigns including America3 and Oracle/BMW, living as a tenant at his house for a year, and learned some top-notch tips from him
Had world class sailor and Melges 24 worlds champion Dave Ullman stay at my house and sail at Whidbey Island Race Week. Most valuable tip from him was to put a dollop of vanilla ice cream into my coffee to sweeten, cream and cool it all in one shot!