Being born and raised in South Dakota (where's the water?) of Dutch ancestry
and a heritage that included shipbuilders in the Netherlands.
Starting sailing with a lifelong friend on Lake Michigan in a 19' 6" Lightening.
Logging over 21,750 safe and accident free sea miles with his wife
Anna on their 45' cruising ketch Justice over a 5 year period. Total sea miles have been over 43.500.
Sailing, racing and motoring on over 27 different vessels from 14' 6" to a
106' Schooner in various capacities of Captain and crew over 42 years.
Being a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain who has over 42 years experience and over
1,850 days at sea.
Having spent 5 years with his extended family in a character development high
school where parents, students, siblings, and faculty learn to explore their
issues and take the steps necessary for further emotional, spiritual and character
Having a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master Degree in Naval
Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Having a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.
Successfully completed correspondence education to obtain 1/3 of the requirements
for a Law Degree.
Created two separate and successful companies to provide Strategic Planning,
Change Management, and Facilitation services to Fortune 500 companies and US Government
Having work experience of 34 years as a Naval Architect, Change Agent, Facilitator and
Entrepreneur, including 16 years for Bath Iron
Works Corporation, a major shipbuilder of Destroyers for the U.S. Navy.
Jim's background, education and experience includes:
E-mail Us: Captain Jim
James R Vander Schaaf
Cell: (207) 318-6390
My understanding of Success:
To laugh often and much
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson