Check in with Kingman Yacht Center Dockmaster Scott Zeien in Cataumet, MA in this new edition of Port Personality.
What got you involved in the marine industry?
After 20-some years in the broadcast industry, it was time to make a change. I wanted to get into the business of other people’s pleasure. It was either a golf course or a marina, and I was lucky enough to make the right choice.
What is the most fun part of your work?
When you boil it all down, my only real job is to help other people have a good time. How bad can that be?
Describe yourself in three words.
Tall, dark and impassioned.
Where is your favorite place to visit by boat?
As you might imagine, the marina business interferes with my boating opportunities. Day tripping is about it. Cuttyhunk is my family’s favorite daytrip destination, especially early and late in the season when this is one of the most peaceful places on earth.
Describe the first time you remember being on a boat.
My father was a naval architect and an enthusiastic sailor. We grew up on boats. When I was about six years old, we had a 24’ Islander Bahama that he kept at Kingman Marina. I’ve always been a sailor, although I’m driving outboards now because I can’t seem to find the time for sailing these days.
If you weren’t working at the marina, what job would suit you best?
I’d love to be a panelist on Shark Tank.
What famous person would you most like to meet and why?
You didn’t specify dead or alive, so I’d love to spend a day with Frank Zappa. Can you imagine what that mind would make of this world?
What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
If I have my way, you’ll find me at the golf course spending the day with friends who don’t care how badly I play.
What is a must-see/do for a first-time Kingman visitor?
You can ask most any boater on the East Coast if they’ve heard of Kingman Yacht Center, and you’ll get a blank stare. But mention the Chart Room (restaurant/bar at the marina) and you’re sure to hear a story or two.
What is the nicest compliment a boater said about your marina?
Our slogan is “Relax. You’re at Kingman.” It grew from frequent customer comments that their everyday stuff just fades away when they drive into the marina. I love to hear that. That’s what we’re all about.