His expertise began with an 11-month introductory course at the Landing School on the Kennebunk River in Arundel, ME. Now he teaches there, and has done so for 25 years.
His long career has recently come full circle. In 1989, Barkhuff and his team at Portland Yacht repaired a sailboat for several months. He then left to teach, and when he returned to the company this year, that same boat came back for basic maintenance, virtually unscathed after years on the water. “It's been a pleasure to see how well the boat has been taken care of, and how well it’s held up after nearly 30 years,” he says. “It meant a lot that the restoration was successful, and that it’s still a safe boat.”
In the end, building a boat starts with passion, develops into a dedication to the craft, and culminates in the skill to build and maintain sailing vessels that are at once beautiful and tough enough to endure decades on the water. What a fool believes is that all of it comes as easy as just… sailing.