Born in 1932 in New Zealand Perce graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics (M.Sc)then worked for an ICI company for 14 years being moved to the United Kingdom and then Australia before returning to New Zealand. He made his first contact with computers in 1957 and started the first software company (Progeni) in NZ in 1968. Progeni prospered and Perce setup subsidiaries in Australia, the USA and China. The company, in 1989, was a casualty of the financial crash of 1987.
Perce started again with some slight success but devoting more time to his family and grandchildren, sailing and other pursuits. These include an interest in politics and acting as an arbitrator and mediator. He keeps fit by swimming and yacht racing as well as cruising
In over seventy years of sailing Perce has made many voyages around New Zealand, solo return across the Tasman Sea, to the South Pacific Islands and elsewhere. He weaves observations about people, places, boats and the sea into an unusually acute feeling for the fascination of cruising in small boats.In his time GPS, chartplotters,autopilots and roller furling have revolutionised cruising.