SAIL Magazine Contributor Nigel Calder got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since. In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil production platforms. He and his wife, Terrie, built a couple of 70-foot canal boats, on which they lived in Oxford, England, and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter, which they cruised from a base in Louisiana. They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden.
Calder, a veteran cruiser, is known as the author of several marine titles, including Marine Diesel Engines, Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Refrigeration for Pleasure Boats and How to Read a Nautical Chart. He recently spent two years in groundbreaking research on how to apply hybrid propulsion technology to recreational boats, funded by a grant from the European Union.
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