Devoe has boating experience spanning 40 years. As a teenager growing up on Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, Dick raced Beetle Cats, International 110s, and Herreshoff S-boats. Years later while living in Florida during the 1970s, Dick had his share of racing experience.
For four years, he crewed on an Irwin 38 in the Midget Ocean and Senior Ocean racing circuit. His love of boating has led him to explore the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Block Island and Long Island
Sounds, Gulf of Mexico, the waters of Nova Scotia, and the Adriatic Sea. Somehow, between sailing,
Dick managed to spend 30 years as a field artillery officer in the Army, retiring in 1997. Before his retirement as Colonel, Dick was a member of the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association and served as boat captain of a U.S. Navy Hans Christian 43' ketch. While sailing for the Navy, he earned the highest ANSA skipper certification for seamanship. In the summer of 2001, he joined the Wooden Boat School staff as the Assistant Waterfront Manager.
Dick has lived on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and now resides on the Gold Coast of Florida. He holds a Coast Guard Masters Near Coastal License for both power and sail and a commercial towing endorsement.