ABOUT STEVE GILMOUR:
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I am a well qualified and experienced engineer and have worked
in the field of general engineering in factories, scientific establishments,
as a technician in the University context, in secondary teaching
and most recently in the field of marine engineering.
This last context reflects a life long interest and involvement
with boats of all sorts and sizes.
I returned to New Zealand in 1999 after a period of working on
off shore maxi yachts and started my own company specialising
in the maintenance and refitting of large pleasure craft and racing
yachts, and contracting my services as a charter skipper.
I find great satisfaction in the wide variety of work that a marine
engineer must be competent to undertake in order to keep a yacht
or motor vessel operating efficiently and safely in both coastal
and off shore voyages. I have had wide experience in preparing
vessels to the standards required for off shore sailing.
My skills enable me to complete not only typical engine and transmission
work, but also plumbing maintenance and installation, pumping
systems and electrical installations.
My work as a charter skipper on coastal and off shore voyages
and my engineering training have given me an in depth understanding
of what is required to keep a vessel operating safely. I am well
able to solve problems as they occur.
My preference is for sailing vessels rather than motor vessels
and I enjoy the competitive pressure of yacht racing. The racing
experience has enabled me to increase my competence in the areas
of sailing, tactics and navigation. I have also had wide experience
of teaching others about sailing and had significant pleasure
from skippering the well known maxi Lion New Zealand. I have enjoyed
encouraging charter guests to get the most out of their opportunity.
I am good at establishing rapport with crew and guests in charter