Bill van Bommel
I started my working life in 1959 as an apprentice in a steel window & door construction factory in The Hague but hated working in such unbelievably noisy and dirty conditions and craved the outdoor life. A year later, I decided to go to sea and, without encouragement from my parents (my Dad thought I would only last six months), I signed on as deck-boy on a Dutch cargo ship of the “Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd” later known as the P&O - Nedlloyd Line. Here I encountered my first taste of seeing the world from east to west stopping in almost all the countries near the equator belt.
These deep-sea days lasted just over 8 years, then I tried to live a life ashore but the sea was, by now, in my veins. Luckily I was given the opportunity of delivering motor boats across the sea and extensive inland waterways of Europe, reaching Finland in the north and Lebanon in the east. This was a totally new concept in boat deliveries. During this time, I also became known for testing newly-designed craft for several well-known boat builders. In 1986 I organised and executed the commissioning, hand-over and delivery of over 185 newly-built motor cruisers made in Taiwan
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I had to dig out 40 years’ worth of sailing logs and numerous notes on the life I have lived and the places I have seen. I then began to appreciate what a privileged life I have been given.
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