Ernest is a part owner of Destiny, which speaks to his passion for running her right. The robust, soft-spoken Detroit native has a gentle round face and certain hazel eyes that hint at his intelligent mind and adventurous spirit. He loved boats and planes as a child and spent time drag racing cars and running offshore raceboats. When it came time to choose a career, he figured with a plane, you get someplace and you're stuck. With a boat, he said, "you get there and the fun's just starting." He cut his teeth moving boats from the Great Lakes to Florida, across Lake Erie and down the Hudson River. After becoming a helicopter pilot, he began surveying cruising areas from the air to get a better feel for the charts. Today, he knows the waters from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes to Venezuela. The friends he has cultivated along the way are particularly useful during charter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, where Destiny winters, and around New England, where she summers.