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The West Advisor® has been a trusted source for technical boating information since we published our first Master Catalog in 1987. Based on experience gained from thousands of miles of boating on a wide variety of craft, building and maintaining power and sail vessels and fixing stuff on our own boats, you'll find the West Advisor to be helpful, frequently opinionated and always entertaining.

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Tom Burden

Tom Burden - West Marine Senior Product Content Editor

Tom Burden, who writes and edits our West Advisor articles, is a lifelong boater, boatbuilder, sailing instructor and champion racing sailor. Tom has been a West Marine associate since 1995, when he began his West Marine career as one of our Product Advisors, providing technical help and answers for boaters in our call center. Today Tom writes about and photographs boats, and his articles appear in our catalogs and web site, as well as in many boating magazines. After trailering and racing an Ultimate 20 sportboat for eight years, Tom recently became the owner of a 1966 Cal 40 sailboat named Shaman. He also sails Lasers and El Toros, drives a 17.5 OMC runabout on a local lake, and messes around on kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

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