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Sailing into the Future

 It’s another beautiful day on Lake Tahoe and Paul Brunk is off for his third trip onto the water. He never gets enough of the boating life. And while he doesn’t own a boat of his own, he is responsible for ten of the biggest boats on this famous lake.

“After ten years of working for the Tahoe City Marina and trying to help take care of the boats before and after work I decided to start my own business. I found the perfect niche with the owners of these big boats.”

He is a caretaker for them. He does all the things owners don’t really want to do.

“I keep them in tip top shape, mechanically,” he says. “I stock the galleys, change the sheets, pump the tanks, scrub them down and make sure they have a great time, every time they are here.”

Not only is he a caterer, a captain, a navigator and a lifeguard for them, he’s also a nanny who can change the oil, predict the weather and make anything they need happen.”

“I’ve never had to say no to any of my clients,” he tells me. “This client here,” he says pointing to a $1.3 million yacht. “He wanted a jet ski for the weekend. He called me last night, there it is loaded up and ready for the weekend.”

He calls his business Elite Boat Management and says at first he was afraid of not having enough clients, but at the end of his first summer he’s had to turn a a few away.

 “I want to give everyone I have the very best service possible. So for now I have enough. I may hire on a few more people but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

 He calls his work the “No Stress Express” and says sometimes he can’t believe that Lake Tahoe is his office…every day.

Written by Erin Breen

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