About Wendy Barker
What did you do before working with Boatshed?
I worked in the catering industry for a number of years before swapping hotels for marinas. I started working for Premier Marinas in 2000 and worked my way up the ladder finally becoming the marina manager at Gosport Marina.
What do you enjoy most about working with Boatshed?
The flexibility that Boatshed offers is certainly a highlight for me and being able to view all the boats we have for sale, albeit from the comfort of home.
Are you a motorboater or a sailor?
Sailor at heart but I do love blasting around on a rib.
What was your first/most enjoyable/worst boating experience?
My parents decided to buy their first boat when my Mum was pregnant with me so I was boating very early in life. The boat remained in our family for many years and this is where all the best and worst experiences took place.
Growing up in the West Midlands means you are pretty much as far away from the sea in all directions, luckily my parents took the brave decision to buy a boat, even though they had never sailed before! I grew up spending most weekends in the summer sailing on the East Coast as all of our holidays were aboard our Coaster 33. She was part of our family for over 30 years and many tears were shed when she had to be sold..
My career started in the catering industry where I spent a number of years working in restaurants and hotels after gaining a HND at college in Devon. In 2000 I decided that I wanted a change of career and the marina industry was calling. In September 2000 I went to the Southampton Boat Show armed with my CV and spoke to various companies to see if they had any vacancies. My luck was in and I started work with Premier Marinas in December 2000 at their flagship marina, Port Solent. I worked with the company for just over 12 years starting as a Marina Administrator and successfully being promoted to Marina Manager.
I started working with Boatshed in May 2014 and it's been interesting working in a different sector of the marine industry. It's amazing how you still cross paths with people/customers that I worked with in the marina!
I love being out on the water and it seems silly not to be when I only live a few miles from the coast. I have owned a Jaguar 21 which I skippered in 3 Round the Island Races, great boat and plenty of fun but was quite basic so we upgraded to a Feeling 286 which provided us with a few more luxuries. We sold her in 2015 as we weren't using her as much as we would like and we now own a rib so getting around the Solent is a little speedier in light winds but great fun, although a little wet at times!
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