Bill Herrschaft
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Originally from Marina Del Rey, Bill Herrschaft began sailing as a junior at Santa Monica Yacht Club. He is currently a member of California Yacht Club.
Bill started with North Sails in 1989. He currently specializes in the Santa Cruz 70 (Sled) offshore racing class, blue water cruising boats, local Farr 40’s, and PHRF club racers.  In the past Bill was an avid small boat sailor, winning the Coronado 15 Nationals in (1979), Santana 20 Nationals in (1978, 1979), and the MORC Internationals on Lake Ontario in (1983).  Bill learned sailmaking by building one design sails in a garage sail loft, racing re-cutting and fine tuning sail shapes himself.
Bill also enjoys hiking and finishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Recently, he’s taken to road cycling, “I love the technology of how the bikes are made, the carbon frames and lightweight components, it’s addicting!”
mobile:310 890 5307
skype: bill.herrschaft


Dolph Gabeler
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Dolph started sailing in 1963 on the family 37 foot trimaran in Florida and began his Sailmaking apprenticeship in 1974 in Padanaraham, MA. After joining up with Dan Neri and Ken Read in 1985 he managed their Newport RI service loft for many years. In May of 2008 he headed west to the North 3D facility in Minden, NV to run R&D for the finishing details of Superyacht sails and 3Di sails. He also helped establish service sites in Thailand, India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Dolph brings a wealth of knowledge to our area. His experience yields a unique level of expertise in both traditional sailmaking techniques and handling North's latest technology. Southern California is happy to have his skill and experience as well as a little bit of Yankee work ethic out on the west coast.  When having your sails serviced or optimized at the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach facility, rest assured they are in good hands!

Personally, Dolph has enjoyed a lifetime of sailing multihulls. When he is not sailing or sailmaking, he enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with family.