Haslund was no stranger to boating. He’d grown up on the St. Croix River in Northern Minnesota and spent countless hours exploring the waterway on his family’s fishing boat, water-skiing with friends and, later, cruising on a 1970 20-foot Cal sailboat he’d restored. The sailboat had been a gift from Ray and Donna Highness, for whom Haslund had worked since his teens and who had become a second family to him. When the couple passed away, their bequest to Haslund enabled him to buy his Galeon 510 Skydeck. “I named my boat Royal Highness in their honor,” Haslund says.