My name is Chip Hanauer and I bill myself as “The Boat Guy” on our new multimedia series about the joys of simply being afloat. Unfortunately, I’m a poor substitute for the real, “Boat Guy,” who was a sweet, always smiling, gentleman by the the name of Stan Hanauer. Stan was my father.
Stan did most everything that can be experienced in the world of boating, including building boats of all shapes and sizes, sailing his own boat from Seattle to Hawaii and back again, cruising with his family in the San Juans, tent-camping out of a 16-foot outboard and working as a salvage diver in the Navy (he raised the Normandy). He lived on sailboats and powerboats. He was a great water skier. And he could tie any knot known to mankind.
Stan was not “world’s best” at any of these, but no one enjoyed the world of boating and the water more than Stan Hanauer! We always referred to Stan as “Stan the Man,” and his wife as “Violet the Co-pilot.” To Stan, boats and the water were simply tools to bring people together, vehicles to meet new friends and to enjoy the outdoors, especially in the Pacific Northwest. To Stan, boats and boating were not about achievement, but rather a lifestyle that he loved. A lifestyle that always presented new skills to be learned, that was sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable, and meant to be shared with people.
As the guy representing the real “Boat Guy,” I will always keep his attitude in mind and make it my goal to share the love of boats and the water that “Stan the Man” shared with me. My life is much richer because of the love of boats that he instilled in me. I just hope I can even approximate the job he did, for myself and for countless others. I’ll do my best in his absence.
Chip Hanauer, The Boat Guy