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In Memoriam: Stan Miller

Norris Comer Boating News Community Nautical News Uncategorized

Stan Miller, founder of Stan Miller Yachts, passed away on November 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Miller’s life, often defined by family, seafaring, and his brokerage profession, is remembered by the entire team at Stan Miller Yachts, his family and friends, and boating communities across the West Coast.
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Stan Miller, at right, poses with staff at Stan Miller Yachts in 1989.

  Miller founded Stan Miller Sailboats in 1955, but was an avid sailor since the mid-1930s as a young man in Newport Harbor, California before he served in the U.S. Navy. After rejoining civilian life, Miller was off and running with his business, Stan Miller Sailboats & Hardware, which eventually became Stan Miller Yachts. His friend, Lowell North, was busy on the second story of the store developing the now-famous North Sails company. Miller continued to sail, and notably raced his boat Ragtime to two Transpacific Yacht Race wins. Miller retired in 1989 after partnering with Brad Buettner, who now owns the company.

Stan Miller is honored as one of the defining characters of the 20th Century’s West Coast boating world, both as a sailor and industry professional.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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