ANN ARBOR – Long-time Michigan technologist Gary Baker does several “part-time” technology jobs remotely from his pleasure yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called Shared Adventure. He wants to be “your friend with a boat” for sailing vacations to Miami, The Florida Keyes, and even the Bahamas.

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Captain Gary is a life-long boater who’s sailed and motored in Michigan and the Great Lakes for many years. He captained the original Shared Adventure back to Florida from the British Virgin Islands in 2017.

Since then, he’s taken our guests to fun places in South Florida, the Florida Keys, and the Bahamas. Captain Gary looks forward to teaching you everything you might want to know about captaining a small yacht like Shared Adventure. 

As a general aviation pilot with a small four seat airplane, Gary learned how to plan trips, check equipment, and follow weather patterns in order to stay safe even under difficult circumstances. There were, however, a few times he had to do some rapid and accurate problem-solving. Ask him about those times and, of course, his stories end with “… and no one died.”

Weeks after buying Shared Adventure, Gary was cleaning out boxes of memories at his home in Michigan. To his surprise, tucked deep in a box of treasures, was a yellowed piece of paper with a list of adventures he wanted to do in his lifetime. Gary wrote this bucket list at age 13. He never remembered writing it, yet he accomplished 21 of the 29 adventures. The first adventure on that list was to “live on a boat.”

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