Marine Author

Roger H. Siminoff

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Roger Siminoff’s infatuation with sailing spans more than 45 years from his first encounter with a Sunfish in the early 1960s. His experience grew through racing and cruising on a wide array of boats that eventually brought him to the marine industry where he was employed by Trimble Navigation as national sales manager for the company’s Loran and GPS marine division. In the late 1980s, Siminoff created a marine service company called Boatdoctor, performing specialized repair and maintenance services for boaters in the San Francisco Bay area. The film industry latched onto his talents when, in 1993, he was invited to design the marine navigation system for the Universal Pictures movie Waterworld — a project that required a rich comprehension and integration of marine, mechanical, video, and film technologies.

Siminoff has sailed extensively on both coasts and in the Caribbean where he literally “learned the ropes.” Many of those uncharted experiences found their way into his book Boating 101 in which he shares ideas not taught in traditional how-to books. His current vessel, Bolero, a 323 Pearson, is highly customized and fitted out (including two handmade spinnakers), displaying the artistry and craftwork of its skipper.

Siminoff has written articles for Yachting Magazine and the Pearson Log. Further to his information-sharing credit, he has taught a class on marine navigation and is a Research Professor at California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA) where he teaches a course entitled “Emerging Digital Technologies.” Siminoff majored in industrial design at Parsons School of Design (NYC) and holds several domestic and foreign patents. Siminoff is currently involved in the music industry where he manufacturers a line of high-quality parts for mandolins and banjos.

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For more information, contact, or Siminoff Banjo & Mandolin Parts, Post Office Box 2992, Atascadero, CA 93423, USA

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