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The Founders of Sea Clear Watermakers

Bob Trahan

Bob, one of the founders of Sea Clear Watermakers

Bob and Robin cruised for 15 years

Misty Dawn, a cruising boat

Misty Dawn has sailed the Pacific

Bob Trahan, a United States Coast Guard licensed 50-ton Captain, is a world traveler and adventurer at heart. He began his career as a professional river and mountain guide working throughout the western United States, Central America, New Zealand and Australia. In his early thirties, he made the transition from life amid the mountains and rivers to the sea.

Setting out to have a "grand adventure," Bob and his partner Robin moved onto Misty Dawn, a 1959 Block Island 40. For the last 15 years they have traveled the world's oceans exploring over 40 countries, from the remote atolls of the Tuamotu's and the Marshall Islands to the famous cities of Rio and Buenos Aires. Their most challenging passage was 44 days, sailing from New Zealand down into the "Roaring 40s" of the Southern Ocean into the canals of Southwestern Chile. They then travelled to the region around Cape Horn, wintering in Ushuaia, Argentina in the Beagle Channel. Bob and Robin have now returned to the United States and have settled in Newport, Rhode Island.

Due to his adventurous lifestyle, Bob has a true understanding of the importance of simple, reliable gear which can be maintained and repaired in areas with very limited resources. It was with this philosophy in mind that Sea Clear Watermakers™ was created.

Read more about Bob and his ingenuity in a recent article by Wendy Hinman, which was published by the Cruising Club of America.

Wayne Wilbur

Wayne, one of the founders of Sea Clear Watermakers

Wayne building his sailboat

Wayne has a full workshop on board his boat

The Myth of Bristol, a steel yacht

Wayne Wilbur is a man of many talents and interests. He is an electrical engineer by trade, but has also worked as a sculpture instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, a commercial diver and dive instructor and a general contractor in both the residential and marine industries.

He designed and built his own 57 foot steel ketch, The Myth of Bristol, over a period of nine years. It includes a complete workshop on board for metal, wood, fiberglass, mechanical and electrical fabrication and repair, which has made him an excellent resource for other cruisers. He has sailed The Myth to Antigua and has cruised throughout the Caribbean including the Leeward Islands.

Wayne now resides in Bristol, Rhode Island where The Myth of Bristol is moored on the Kickemuit River. He currently enjoys exploring the New England waters and his "floating workshop" is inundated with work every spring, helping local boaters prepare their yachts for the sailing season. His engineering background, experience with boats, interest in cruising and strong belief in self sufficiency are what brought him to the Sea Clear Watermakers™ team.